So I was looking at pictures of Minas Tirith, because I often do, and you should too.
And I noticed something that had always bothered me. Maybe you noticed it to. That big giant jutting out spear of rock? Yeah, you know the one, the one Denethor runs off of. Well, there was a picture where the light hits it just the right way. And it all made sense.
We know that Minas Tirith is carved out of a mountain. The entire city was carved away and so fixed in stone that you can’t break down a house without further digging into a mountain. The place is a fortress, and solid stone. And I always thought it weird that there was a rock sticking out, and they didn’t bother to carve it down into more homes. I get it, they wanted a courtyard, but they couldn’t have wanted more housing?
And then it dawned on me. No, they didn’t carve that point out, because how else would they tell time?
Minas Tirith is a giant sundial.
And depending on what parts of the city are visible or not visible tells what time of day it is.