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Minas Ithil by neral85 Minas Ithil by neral85
Minas Ithil - the tower of rising moon - the counterpart of Minas Anor (later Minas Tirith), the seat of king Isildur and the most beautiful town in Gondor, located in the deep valley in the Mountains of Shadow, a citadel of the Dúnedain on the very border of Mordor...
...until it was besieged and conquered by the ringwraiths and turned into the dreadful city called Minas Morgul.

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kyuzoRAMPAGE Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student General Artist
when they change the name???im not doubting u but like...I FUCKING LOVE LORD OF THE RINGZ!!!so when did they change it??? lol
PetSto Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
I would say, when it was besieged by the ringwraights. Such a dreadful place don't deserve such a beautiful name!
kyuzoRAMPAGE Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
true true...
Celestialhost Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
neral85 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
Shabazik Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist
very beatiful!

But I wallways wondered how much black paint the orcs needed to apply to the poor white conquered city XD
neral85 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, interesting question. :-)
Thanks! :thanks:
herr-garrett Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
While I like this picture, there are several problems with it. For one, either the city is huge, or the Ephel Dúath are more like hills - yet most of its peaks were well above the snowline, which so far to the South must be pretty high.
Two, I understand that the mountains need to be a bit "menacing", but the Mountains of Shadow was a natural range, not Sauron-architected like Gorgoroth.
Three, Minas Ithil was built into a vale, yet this is more like an open valley.
Four, and last, no vegetation, yet Minas Ithil was the capital of and thus situated in Ithilien.

Well. Er, yes. But I like the picture, all the same :D
neral85 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate such a fruitful critique! ;-)
Well, you're right, there may be some problems. The proportion isn't really best, but let's assume we see just some front cliffs of the range and not the highest peaks. As for the mountains, I couldn't really help to make them look markedly sinister in contrast to the city.:-) With the vale you're right; it probably shlould be narrower. On the other hand there were some flat meads on the banks of the stream. And the fourth problem - I did it this way just for artistic reasons. I wanted to draw a clean, simple picture of pale sky, green ground, ominous mountains and white city... :-)
Terinqui Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Minas Ithil looks really nice. The white color is perfect for the Tower of the rising moon.

This reminds me of Nasmith's version of Gondolin more than Minas Tirith.
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