Rangers of the North
Minas Tirith (Sindarin: Tower watch)
“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.”
Minas Anor (Tower of the sun in sindarin) was buildt in SA 3320, but renamed Minas Tirith in TA 2002 when Minas Ithil fell to the enemy.
Constructed on a hill under Mount Mindolluin that rises a couple of thousand feet above the citys’ cintadel. It is buildt in such a manner that it was divded into seven one-hundred-foot high levels, each surrounded by white walls. The gates from one level to the next is not aligned, instead they faces different directions and thus aid in the defence of the citadel.
With the Noeg Echor and the walls of the City, the defence of Minas Tirith is so strong that no enemy has yet breached its Great Gate.
A spur of rock, whose summit is level with the city’s uppermost tier, jutts out from the front of the city in an easterly direction, dividing all but the two innermost leves in two. Many have remarked that the spur resembles the shape of the bow of the ship, an obvious reference to how man first colonized the area.
Each level is scattered with many alleys, narrow passageways, marketplaces, family shops and stores, and apartments and even full-fledged houses.