From the spider-haunted pass of Cirith Ungol we go now to Minas Ithil, the Tower of the Moon. A city as great as Minas Tirith, it guarded the way into Mordor through the Ephel Duath. Perhaps the nightmarish presence of the Land of Shadow so close tinged the dreamy Gondorian city with a touch of darkness, as well as infusing it with a need for beauty to contrast the horror.
|The Tower of the Moon that dominates the city, once a gleaming symbol of peace and beauty. Centuries later, it would be a menacing presence for Frodo and Sam as they attempted to slip into Mordor.|
|Queen Mirien has decided to make Minas Ithil her personal domain after continued friction with her husband, King Tarondor.|
|The marble buildings of Minas Ithil stand bravely, but a shadow already creeps within the city.|
|A portion of Minas Ithil, the city, with Tower of the Moon itself labeled #4.|