Minas-Anor

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.

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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. 

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.
—  J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

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

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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)

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

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lord of the rings meme: nine locations [7/9]

“Farewell, Aragorn! Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! I have failed.”
“No!” said Aragorn, taking his hand and kissing his brow. “You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory. Be at peace! Minas Tirith shall not fall!”
Boromir smiled.

The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien

But fear no more! I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory. I do not wish such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo …

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 as 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 …

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The Two Towers, JRR Tolkien

Faramir, guys. Faramir.

*swoon*