Minas-Anor

Originally built by the Dunedain Anarion in the late Second Age, it was one of the three great cities of Gondor, along with Minas Ithil and Osgiliath, and was called Minas Anor. When Minas Ithil fell, it was renamed to Minas Tirith( the Tower of Guard). Also, it became the capital of gondor after the plague in Osgiliath. Fun fact: Another Minas Tirith was built in the First Age by elves.

‘For myself,’ said Faramir, 'I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens: not a mistress of many slaves, nay, not even a kind mistress of willing slaves. War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Númenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom. Not feared, save as men may fear the dignity of a man, old and wise.’
—  In which I discover that I really adore the way Faramir talks and that he is totally my favorite brother (sorry, Boromir).
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Then the heart of Éowyn changed, or else at last she understood it. And suddenly her winter passed, and the sun shone on her.
‘I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun,’ she said; 'and behold! the Shadow has departed! I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.’ And again she looked at Faramir. 'No longer do I desire to be a queen,’ she said. 

I was thinking about the words Martin once said on the finale of “A Song of Ice and Fire” being “bitter sweet” as in “The Lord of the Rings”. And my mind run free looking for similiraties and clues when I was hit by a thought. Faramir and Tyrion do share a few things, like their bright minds, or the relationship with their respective mother and father, to mention some.
And then of course I thought about the woman Faramir fell in love with, Eowyn, which believed to be in love with a man that instead represented just an ideal. And in the other side we have Sansa, which had in her mind her own ideal man.

                 “It is but a shadow and a thought that you love”

I know that I let my mind travel too much with the imagination but… is that bad thinking at Sansa and Tyrion as something like Eowyn and Faramir? Wouldn’t that be beautiful?

               “… still I would love you. Sansa, do you not love me?”

Then the heart of Sansa changed, or else at last she understood it.  And suddenly her winter passed, and the sun shone on her.

I mean… all this Faramir and Eowyn scene, if you just switch names… don’t you think it could fit them? Or am I having struggles with the long wait before I saw them again? Or just having too many Sanrion feels? Probably.

‘Éowyn, do you not love me, or will you not?’

   ‘I wished to be loved by another,’ she answered.  'But I desire no man’s pity.’

   'That I know,’ he said.  'You desired to have the love of the Lord Aragorn.  Because he was high and puissant, and you wished to have renown and glory and to be lifted far above the mean things that crawl on the earth.  And as a great captain may to a young soldier he seemed to you admirable.  For so he is, a lord among men, the greatest that now is.  But when he gave you only understanding and pity, then you desired to have nothing, unless a brave death in battle.  Look at me, Éowyn!’

   And Éowyn looked at Faramir long and steadily; and Faramir said:  'Do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart, Éowyn!  But I do not offer you my pity.  For you are a lady high and valiant and have yourself won renown that shall not be forgotten; and you are a lady beautiful, I deem, beyond even the words of the Elven-tongue to tell.  And I love you.  Once I pitied your sorrow.  But now, were you sorrowless, without fear or any lack, were you the blissful Queen of Gondor, still I would love you. Éowyn, do you not love me?’

   Then the heart of Éowyn changed, or else at last she understood it.  And suddenly her winter passed, and the sun shone on her.

   'I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun,’ she said; 'and behold! the Shadow has departed!  I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying.  I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.’  And again she looked at Faramir.  'No longer do I desire to be a queen,’ she said.

   Then Faramir laughed merrily.  'That is well,’ he said; 'for I am not a king.  Yet I will wed with the White Lady of Rohan, if it be her will.  And if she will, then let us cross the River and in happier days let us dwell in fair Ithilien and there make a garden.  All things will grow with joy there, if the White Lady comes.’

   'Then must I leave my own people, man of Gondor?’ she said.  'And would you have your proud folk say of you:  "There goes a lord who tamed a wild shieldmaiden of the North!  Was there no woman of the race of Númenor to choose?“’

   'I would,’ said Faramir.  And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.  And many indeed saw them and the light that shone about them as they came down from the walls and went hand in hand to the Houses of Healing.

Fact-checking the council

I think this is the first time I’ve read ‘The Council of Elrond’ and properly realized that Boromir is essentially playing the devil’s advocate, countering not only claims about Gondor, but also supposed news from Rohan and the authenticity of both the Sword that was Broken and the One Ring itself. (And yes, I’m slow, since this reread has a number well in the double digits, but better late than never.)

To start with, it could be easily labelled patriotic pride; when Elrond laments how ’the blood of the Númenóreans became mingled with that of lesser men’ – and implies this is why their watch on Mordor slackened – Boromir is quick to retort, claiming the blood of Númenor is hardly spent – it is, after all, his line Elrond is belittling – and claiming Gondor should be thanked for holding back both the Easterlings and the troops of Morgul. But to say ’thus alone are peace and freedom maintained in the lands behind us, bulwark of the West’ might be going a bit too far, and Aragorn will take issue with this particular statement. Later in the chapter, Boromir gives a very similar reply when Galdor calls the (military) might of Gondor ‘waning’.

Boromir is also quick to defend the folk of Rohan, whom he calls ‘true and valiant’ allies of Gondor, when Gandalf relays the words of Gwaihir the Eagle about Rohan sending horses in tribute to Mordor. He refutes such claims as lies of the Enemy, and is not swayed from his conviction even when Aragorn reminds him it’s been months since he had any first-hand information of the situation.

However, there are also others who are touchy about their line and the perceived prowess and honour of their people; when Boromir, quite reasonably, does not take the authenticity of Narsil at face value, it’s Aragorn who bristles, and he doesn’t do so gracefully:

’If Gondor, Boromir, has been a stalwart tower, we have played another part. Many evil things there are that your strong walls and bright swords do not stay. You know little of the lands beyond your bounds. Peace and freedom, do you say? The North would have known them little but for us. Fear would have destroyed them.’

Basically, this is Aragorn saying ‘You know nothing, Boromir of Gondor. I have fought bogeymen scarier than you can imagine.’ At least Bilbo has the good grace to couch his reproach in poetry.

Boromir retorts by doubting the claim that Frodo’s ring is indeed the famed Isildur’s Bane. In fact, he’s interrupting Gandalf’s telling by boasting that Isildur’s true tale (that he returned to Minas Anor before riding North and his doom on the Gladden Fields) is something ‘all know in Gondor’. In his defence this comes after Gandalf claims to have found something forgotten by all the living lore-masters of the White City, one of whom is Boromir’s own father.

But before this, there is an interesting little detail: when quoting Saruman on the One Ring, Gandalf describes it as ‘round and unadorned, as it were one of the lesser rings’ (my emphasis). Now what lesser rings, one might wonder. In ‘The Shadow of the Past’, Gandalf gives a partial explanation:

’In Eregion long ago many Elven-rings were made, magic rings as you call them, and they were, of course, of various kinds: some more potent and some less. The lesser rings were only essays in the craft before it was full-grown, and to the Elven-smiths they were but trifles–’

Quite obviously, this is an attempt to explain away the fact Gandalf waited years, decades even, without doing anything about a magical object he was concerned about; he believed – or wanted to believe – it to be one of Celebrimbor’s practice pieces, left over from ‘the old days when such rings were still at large in the world’. (The Hobbit, ‘Riddles in the Dark’.)

Another reason to mention the lesser rings is world-building: one can’t help but think of the trove of stories that must be there: what exactly were these rings, some more potent than others, and what eventually became of them. Once again, Tolkien gives an intriguing glimpse into a reality vaster and deeper, and above else, older than what is explicitly told out in the story.

For you are a lady high and valiant and have yourself won renown that shall not be forgotten; and you are a lady beautiful, I deem, beyond even the words of the Elven-tongue to tell. And I love you. Once I pitied your sorrow. But now, were you sorrowless, without fear or any lack, were you the blissful Queen of Gondor, still I would love you. Eowyn, do you not love me?’

Then the heart of Eowyn changed, or else at last she understood it. And suddenly her winter passed, and the sun shone on her.

‘I stand in Minas Anor, the Tower of the Sun,’ she said; 'and behold! the Shadow has departed! I will be a shieldmaiden no longer, nor vie with the great Riders, nor take joy only in the songs of slaying. I will be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren.’ And again she looked at Faramir. 'No longer do I desire to be a queen,’ she said.

Then Faramir laughed merrily. 'That is well,’ he said; 'for I am not a king. Yet I will wed with the White Lady of Rohan, if it be her will.

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The Return of the King (”The Steward and the King”)

Anonymous asked, for the Middle Earth Quote Meme, “9 for LotR (ask meme)”, #9 being the most romantic quote.

It’s been a while since I posted about reading Lord of the RIngs out loud to my sister, but I’ve totally been doing that! We’re now well into Book IV, and have run into Faramir. Faramir is the best.

(S: How is he so smart?)

‘For myself,’ said Faramir, 'I would see the White Tree in flower again in the court of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens: not a mistress of many slaves, nay, not even a kind mistress of willing slaves. War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Numenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom. Not feared, save as men may fear the dignity of a man, old and wise.

GRAMMAR TIME WITH FARAMIR

Immon, nai cenuvan i ninquë alda lohtiessë ata i pacassen i aranion, ar i telpë ríë pelë, ar Mindon Tirisso senda, Mindon Anaro ata vë yáro, quanta cálëo, tára ar melima, vanima vë tári imbi exë tárir; lá vë cáno limbi mólion, vá, lala asëa cáno nírava mólion. Ohta nauva, silumë yassë varyealvë coivielvar úcarello ya ummatuva illi; mal umin melë i calima macil vë maica, lá i pilin vë linta, lá i ohtar vë alcarinqua. Melin er ya varyëantë: i osto Fírimaron Númenoro, ar merin i naryë mélina vanwë tendileryain, lúmequentaryan, vanesseryan, ar ñolwen hanyaryë silumë. Lá rúcina, hequa vë queni cé rucë i lissë nero, yára ar saila.

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Immon Dative of reflexive pronoun (myself/yourself/himself/herself/itself): For myself
nai imperative wishing verb: may it be that
cenuvan future tense verb cen- (to see) cenuva + shortened first person singular pronominal suffix (-n): I will see
i definite article: the
ninquë adjective: white
alda nominative singular noun: tree
lohtiessë gerund of lohta- (to sprout, to flower) + singular locative case ending (-ssë): in flowering
ata adverb: again
i definite article: the
pacassen locative plural noun - paca (court): in courts
i definite article: the
aranion genitive plural noun - aran (king): of kings

Translation: For myself, may it be that I will see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the Kings,

ar conjunction: and
i definite article: the
telpë singular adjective: silver
ríë nominative noun: crown
pelë infinitive verb pel- (to return): return
ar conjunction: and
Mindon Tirisso direct translation of Minas Tirith (Tower of the Watch)
senda singular adjective: peaceful
Mindon Anaro direct translation of Minas Anor (Tower of the Sun)
ata adverb: again
preposition: as
yáro genitive singular inflected adjective – yára (old): of old
quanta singular adjective: full
cálëo genitive singular noun cálë (light): of light
tára singular adjective: wise
ar conjunction: and
melima singular adjective: fair
vanima singular adjective: beautiful
preposition: as
tári singular nominative noun: queen
imbi preposition: among
exë plural adjective exa (other): other
tárir plural nominative noun tári (queen): queens

Translation: … and the silver crown return, and Minas Tirith peaceful, Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, wise and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens;

adverb: not
preposition: as
cáno nominative singular noun: ruler
limbi plural adjective limbë (many; possibly obsolete): many
mólion genitive plural noun mól (thrall): of thralls
exclamation: I will not!
lala negation: indeed not
asëa singular adjective: kindly
cáno nominative singular noun: ruler
nírava adjectival singular noun níra (will): possessing will ~willing
mólion genitive plural noun mól (thrall): of thralls

Translation: …not as a ruler of many thralls, no! not even a kindly ruler of willing thralls.

Ohta nominative singular noun: war
nauva future tense verb na- (to be): will be
silumë adverb: at this time
yassë locative of relative pronoun ya (what, which): in which
varyealvë present tense verb varya- (to protect) + first person plural inclusive pronominal suffix (-lve): we are protecting
coivielvar nominative plural noun coivie (life) + first person plural inclusive possessive suffix (-lva): our lives
úcarello ablative singular noun úcarë (sin, evil, wrongness): from evil
ya relative pronoun: which
ummatuva intensive prefix un- (assimilates to um- before m) + future tense verb mat- (to eat): will completely eat ~will devour
illi plural noun (no singular form): all.

Translation: War will be in this time, when we are protecting our lives from an evil which will devour all,

mal conjunction: but
umin aorist tense verb negative copula um- + shortened first person singular pronominal suffix (-n): I do not
melë aorist tense verb mel- (to love): love
i definite article: the
calima singular adjective: bright
macil nominative singular noun: sword
preposition: as
maica singular nominative inflected adjective: sharp one
adverb: not
i definite article: the
pilin nominative singular noun: arrow
preposition: as
linta singular nominative inflected adjective: swift one
adverb: not
i definite article: the
ohtar nominative singular noun: warrior
preposition: as
alcarinqua singular nominative inflected adjective: glorious one

Translation: … but I do not love the bright sword as a sharp one, not the arrow as a swift one, not the warrior as a glorious one.

Melin aorist tense verb mel- (to love) + shortened first person singular pronominal suffix (-n): I love
er adverb: only
ya relative pronoun: what
varyëantë present tense verb varya- (to protect) + third person plural pronominal suffix (-nte): they are protecting
i definite article: the
osto nominative singular noun: city
Fírimaron genitive plural proper noun Fírima (mortal man): of (the) Men
Númenoro genitive singular proper noun Númenor: of Númenor
ar conjunction: and
merin aorist tense verb mer- (to wish) + shortened first person singular pronominal suffix (-n): I wish
i relative pronoun: that
naryë aorist tense verb na- (to be) + third person singular pronominal suffix (-rye): she is
mélina singular past participle verb mel- (to love): loved
vanwë plural adjective vanwa: past
tendileryain dative plural noun tendilë (sentiment) + third person singular possessive suffix (-rya): for her sentiments
lúmequentaryan dative singular noun lúmequenta (history) + third person singular possessive suffix (-rya):  for her history
vanesseryan dative singular noun vanessë (beauty) + third person singular possessive suffix (-rya):  for her beauty
ar conjunction: and
i definite article: the
ñolwen dative singular noun ñolwë (lore): for lore
hanyaryë aorist tense verb hanya- (have knowledge of) + third person singular pronominal suffix (-rye): she has knowledge of
silumë adverb: at this time

Translation: I love only what they are protecting: the city of the Men of Númenor, and I wish that she is loved for her past feelings, for her history, for her beauty, and for the lore she now possesses.

adverb: not
rúcina singular past participle verb ruc- (to fear): feared
hequa preposition: except
preposition: as
queni plural nominative noun quén (one, somebody, a person): people
particle indicating uncertainty: might
rucë aorist tence verb ruc- (to fear): fear
i definite article: the
lissë singular nominative noun: grace
nero genitive singular noun nér (man): of man
yára singular adjective: ancient
ar conjunction: and
saila singular adjective: wise

Translation: Not feared, except as people might fear the grace of a man ancient and wise.

Battles of the War of the Last Alliance

The only battle that’s really named in Tolkien’s writing is the Battle of Dagorlad. But, if I were to write a history book on the War of the Last Alliance, I’d basically split it up into five parts, which I guess could be considered battles:

Sauron’s Initial Assault: The Fall of Minas Ithil (3429 SA)

When Sauron had built up his army after the destruction of Numenor, he used his power to attack the newly-formed Gondor (at the time ruled jointly by Isildur and Anarion, the sons of Elendil.) Sauron first attacked Minas Ithil (now known as Minas Morgul), where Isildur lived. Isildur and his family managed to escape, along with a seedling of the White Tree. They fled south to Osgiliath, where Anarion was. Then Isildur headed north to Arnor to get help from Elendil and Gil-galad, leaving Gondor’s defense in Anarion’s hands.

The War in Gondor: Anarion’s Defense at Osgiliath (3429-3434 SA)

Anarion defended Gondor (specifically the cities of Osgiliath and Minas Anor (now known as Minas Tirith) for five years while the Army of the Last Alliance was being gathered in the north. And he was successful, keeping the cities safe until help could arrive.

The Last Alliance Arrives: The Battle of Dagorlad (3434 SA)

Finally, the armies of Elendil and Gil-galad - the Last Alliance of Elves and Men - arrived from the north. This is generally considered to be the greatest battle of the war - the turning point, if you will. While Anarion had managed to hold back Sauron’s advances, after the Battle of Dagorlad the Last Alliance actually pushed Sauron’s army back into Mordor, and then laid siege on Barad-dur itself. The costs of this battle were very high. Most especially, over half of the Silvan elves that joined the alliance died in this battle (largely due to leadership issues, see this post.)

The War in Mordor: The Siege of Barad-dur (3434-3441 SA)

The longest part of the war comes next. For seven years Elendil and Gil-galad laid siege to Barad-dur. While much of Sauron’s army had been destroyed in the Battle of Dagorlad, he obviously had the strength (and supplies) to defend the fortress for that long. It seems that there were regular skirmishes during the siege. In fact, Anarion was killed in 3440 when a flying rock (supposedly from a catapult of some sort) crushed his helmet. Nevertheless, the Last Alliance remained strong.

The Final Battle: Sauron Enters the Battlefield (3441 SA)

Finally, Sauron himself came out of Barad-dur and joined the fight. It was in this final battle that Sauron killed Gil-galad and Elendil (falling himself during the fight), and Isildur cut the One Ring from his hand, seemingly destroying Sauron, and ending the war.

SOURCES: LOTR, LOTR Appendices, The Silmarillion

Settlements in Rohan and Gondor

Okay, so we know the names of some town and cities in Rohan and Gondor. I say some because I’m convinced that there must be more towns that simply don’t show up in Tolkien’s writings or maps - especially when it comes to Rohan.  But, here’s what we know for sure:

Rohan only has four named settlements: Edoras, Aldburg, Hornburg, Underharrow, and Upbourn. Edoras is Rohan’s capital and most likely it’s largest town. Aldburg was Rohan’s original capital, and is (like Edoras), a walled-in city. It was also the muster-point for the East-mark. The Hornburg is the castle within Helm’s Deep. And while Tolkien doesn’t really expand on this, since the castle had a permanent lord (Erkenbrand), I’d assume that it was regularly inhabited, even when not being used as refuge. This was also likely the muster-point for the West-mark. The only other named settlements in Rohan are two small villages, Underharrow and Upbourn, both of which are located along the River Snowbourn (east of Edoras.) I’d imagine there would be several more villages like these two in other parts of Rohan.

Tolkien named many more settlements for Gondor. There is, of course, Minas Tirith (which was originally called Minas Anor), which during the War of the Ring served as capital of Gondor. During the kingdom’s prime, the greatest city was Osgiliath, just northeast of Minas Tirith. And, early in the Third Age, Minas Ithil (later called Minas Morgul) was the major settlement of Ithilien (in the Fourth Age Faramir rules Ithilien from Emyn Arnen.) Further down the River Anduin you come to Gondor’s main port city, Pelargir. It would also have been one of the oldest settlements in Gondor, being built in the mid-Second Age as a port for the Numenoreans. Gondor has a few other port cities, though. There’s Linhir, a town straddling the junction of the rivers Gilrain and Serni. Further west there’s Dol Amroth, home of the Prince of Dol Amroth and the largest city in the Belfalas region. North of Dol Amroth is the ancient elvish haven of Edhellond (how inhabited this is in the late Third Age is unknown.) And Tolkien names two inland settlements as well - Tarnost (about which all we know is its location), and Calembel, a town situated along the ford of the River Ciril, between Erech and Pelargir.

SOURCES: LotR, LotR Appendices, The Unfinished Tales (“The History of Galadriel and Celeborn”, “Aldarion and Erendis”), Histories of Middle Earth vol. 8 (“Part Three: Minas Tirith”)

‘For myself,’ said Faramir, 'I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens: not a mistress of many slaves, nay, not even a kind mistress of willing slaves. War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Númenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom. Not feared, save as men may fear the dignity of a man, old and wise.
—  J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Tolkien Read-Along | The Window on the West

‘For myself,’ said Faramir, ‘I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens: not a mistress of many slaves, nay, not even a kind mistress of willing slaves. War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all’.

omnia-fortunae-commito  asked:

Only Osgiliath herself was able to restrain the grief-stricken city from rushing headlong into battle, despite being only a shadow of her former self. In the days that followed Minas Anor hardened her heart, renaming herself Minas Tirith, the Tower of Guard, for she would not let what happened to her brother happen to anyone else. (to be continued)

omnia-fortunae-commito

asked

thecitysmith

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At the end of each day, when the Sun set and the Moon rose, she would look out across the Anduin, to where her brother lay captive. She did not fear his death, for one only had to look at the orcs, those fallen once-elves to see the Enemy could do far worse to him than simply end his life… (finished)

This is now a Lord of the Rings blog.

(there’s a joke about me taking you lot and and in the darkness binding you but it’s too obvious)

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fangirl meme: male characters [9/25]

“For myself, I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens: not a mistress of many slaves, nay, not even a kind mistress of willing slaves. War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend: the city of the Men of Numenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom. Not feared, save as men may fear the dignity of a man, old and wise.”

So, you may or may not know that I’m getting the White Tree of Gondor tattooed on my back, covering my entire back. Well, I was thinking about it, and the trunk would just be a solid black line down my spinal cord. Instead, I could put something like this over it, like, in the center, so the roots would show below it and the branches above it, sorta with the city in front of the tree.

I'unno, it’s an idea. It would certainly make the tattoo more complex.

Minas Anor - Minas Tirith

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“For the fashion of Minas Tirith was such that it was built on seven levels, each delved into the hill, and about each was set a wall, and in each was a gate. But the gates were not set in a line: the Great Gate in the City wall was at the east point of the circuit, but the next faced half south, and the third half north, and so to and fro upwards; so the paved way that climbed toward the citadel turned this way and that and then that across the face of the hill.”

      ————-–The Return of the King