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Great Hall of the White Tower, The

Type: Buildings, Halls, Houses

Region: Gondor

Other Names
The Hall of the Kings
The Hall of the Tower
The Tower Hall

Location: The throne room at the base of the White Tower (Tower of Ecthelion) in Minas Tirith.

Description: Pippin looked into a great hall. It was lit by deep windows in the wide aisles at either side, beyond the rows of tall pillars that upheld the roof. Monoliths of black marble, they rose to great capitals carved in many strange figures of beasts and leaves; and far above in shadow the wide vaulting gleamed with dull gold, inset with flowing traceries of many colours. No hangings nor storied webs, nor any things of woven stuff or of wood, were to be seen in that long solemn hall; but between the pillars there stood a silent company of tall images graven in cold stone.

Suddenly Pippin was reminded of the hewn rocks of Argonath, and awe fell on him, as he looked down that avenue of kings long dead. At the far end upon a dais of many steps was set a high throne under a canopy of marble shaped like a crowned helm; behind it was carved upon the wall and set with gems an image of a tree in flower. But the throne was empty. At the foot of the dais, upon the lowest step which was broad and deep, there was a stone chair, black and unadorned, and on it sat an old man gazing at his lap.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith

Before long he was walking with Gandalf once more down the cold corridor to the door of the Tower Hall. There Denethor sat in a grey gloom, like an old patient spider, Pippin thought: he did not seem to have moved since the day before.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

In the days that followed his crowning the King sat on his throne in the Hall of the Kings and pronounced his judgements.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, The Steward and the King

Contributors: Lyllyn 19Sep03
Elena Tiriel 24Jun04, 25Aug04, 15Jan05, 4Dec04

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