Things of Middle-earth
Statue of the Fallen King
A defaced monument of an ancient king of Gondor, standing at the Cross-roads of the North Road of Ithilien and the ancient Road from Minas Anor to Minas Ithil
[The] Sun was sinking, finding at last the hem of the great slow-rolling pall of cloud.... The brief glow fell upon a huge sitting figure, still and solemn as the great stone kings of Argonath. The years had gnawed it, and violent hands had maimed it. Its head was gone, and in its place was set in mockery a round rough-hewn stone, rudely painted by savage hands in the likeness of a grinning face with one large red eye in the midst of its forehead. Upon its knees and mighty chair, and all about the pedestal, were idle scrawls mixed with the foul symbols that the maggot-folk of Mordor used.
Suddenly, caught by the level beams, Frodo saw the old king's head: it was lying rolled away by the roadside. 'Look, Sam!' he cried, startled into speech. 'Look! The king has got a crown again!'
The eyes were hollow and the carven beard was broken, but about the high stern forehead there was a coronal of silver and gold. A trailing plant with flowers like small white stars had bound itself across the brows as if in reverence for the fallen king, and in the crevices of his stony hair yellow stonecrop gleamed.
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 7, Journey to the Cross-roads
Contributors: Elena Tiriel 8Mar07