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Minas Ithil falls to the Nazgûl

Event Type: General

Age: 3rd Age - The Kings

Year: 2002

Description:

An event in the Fall of Minas Ithil — Third Age; see that entry for an overview:
Under [the Sorcerer-king of Angmar's] leadership the Úlairi took Minas Ithil, and made it their city and stronghold, from which they were never expelled.

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Southern Line of Gondor: The Anárioni

[It] was not until 2000 that [the Nazgûl]... laid siege to Minas Ithil. This they took in 2002, and captured the palantír.... They were not expelled while the Third Age lasted....

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

[They] took Minas Ithil for their abode; and they made it a place of such dread1 that none dared to look upon it. Thereafter it was called Minas Morgul....

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age


Notes
1   Paler indeed than the moon ailing in some slow eclipse was the light of [Minas Morgul] now, wavering and blowing like a noisome exhalation of decay, a corpse-light, a light that illuminated nothing. In the walls and tower windows showed, like countless black holes looking inward into emptiness; but the topmost course of the tower revolved slowly..., a huge ghostly head leering into the night.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 8, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 18Aug07

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