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Ecthelion
White Tower of Ecthelion
Background Information
Type Tower
Location Center of The Citadel on the seventh level of Minas Tirith[1]
Realms Gondor
Capital
Founded/Built TA 1900 (built) TA 2698 (restored)[2]
Ruler Kings of Gondor, Ruling Stewards of Gondor
Other Information
Summary Known for housing the Anor-stone
Other names Tower of Ecthelion
Inhabitants Men of Gondor
Spoken Languages Westron
Lifespan TA 1900 - ?
The White Tower of Ecthelion was the tall tower in the Citadel of Minas Tirith, on top of which was the banner of Gondor that went one thousand feet into the air.

The thrones of the King and the Steward of Gondor were inside the tower, and Denethor II in the Third Age secretively kept his Palantir in the uppermost story.

DescriptionEdit

Tower of Ecthelion

The Tower of Ecthelion in the movies.

The White Tower had graced the highest point of Minas Tirith since ancient times. The Tower of Ecthelion was used to bear the plain white standard of the Stewards of Gondor of the City, which flew from its pinnacle, and—at least during the last years of the Third Age. It is 50 fathoms (300 feet) tall. The Tower stood in the center of the Citadel on the seventh level of the city. In front of the Tower was the Place of the Fountain where the White Tree of Gondor grew.

In the Tower Hall was the throne of the King of Gondor upon a dais, and at the foot the dais on the lowest step was a black chair where the Steward of Gondor would sit. There was a chamber high in the Tower and above it in the summit there was a secret room where the Palantír of Minas Anor, called the Anor-stone, was kept.

Below the Hall was the buttery of Beregond's company, where the Citadel Guard (which Pippin became) would stay when not on duty.[3][4][1]

HistoryEdit

King Calimehtar first built the White Tower in TA 1900 in order to house the Palantír. In TA 2698, the Tower was repaired and rebuilt by the Steward Ecthelion I, some three centuries before the War of the Ring, and for whom the Tower came to be named.

The elite military unit in Minas Tirith was called the Guard of the Citadel or the Guard of the Tower. At the time of the War of the Ring, Boromir and Faramir - the sons of the Steward of Gondor - each bore the title Captain of the White Tower. Boromir, the Steward's heir, was also the High Warden of the White Tower.

On March 9, 3019, Peregrin Took got his first glimpse of the Tower of Ecthelion as he rode with Gandalf to Minas Tirith:

Then Pippin cried aloud, for the Tower of Ecthelion, standing high within the topmost wall, shone out against the sky, glimmering like a spike of pearl and silver, tall and fair and shapely, and its pinnacle glittered as if it were wrought of crystals; and white banners broke and fluttered from the battlements in the morning breeze, and high and far he heard a clear ringing as of silver trumpets.

-The Return of the King: chapter 1,"Minas Tirith"

Pippin met Denethor II, the Steward of Gondor, in the Tower Hall. Denethor's son Faramir came to the Tower Hall the next day, and Pippin and Gandalf learned of his encounter with Frodo and Sam in Ithilien. When Faramir was brought back to the city gravely wounded on March 13, Denethor retreated to his chamber high in the Tower with his son and would not come down. In the secret chamber of the Tower, Denethor looked into the Palantír and saw images manipulated by Sauron that caused him to despair.

After the War of the Ring on May 1, 3019, the standard of the Stewards of Gondor was raised for the last time. That day Aragorn was crowned King and when he entered the Citadel; the standard of the Kings of Gondor bearing the White Tree and the Stars was unfurled on the pinnacle of the Tower of Ecthelion.[3][4][2][5]

EtymologyEdit

It was renamed the Tower of Ecthelion after the Steward Ecthelion I who rebuilt it. Also called the Tower of Denethor during the reign of Denethor II.[citation needed]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Minas Tirith"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter I: "Minas Tirith"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter V: "The Steward and the King"
  5. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil"

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