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The Argonath, also known as the Gates of Argonath or Pillars of Kings, was a great monument of Gondor.


The monument was comprised of two enormous statues carved in the likenesses of Isildur and Anárion, standing upon either side of the River Anduin at the northern entrance to Nen Hithoel. It marked the northern border of Gondor, and nearby to the south were previous outposts, Amon Hen and Amon Lhaw.

Each of the two figures bore a crown and a helm, with an axe in its right hand and its left hand raised in a gesture of warning to Gondor's enemies.[1]


The Argonath was originally constructed after the year TA 1248 at the order of Rómendacil II to commemorate his victory over the Easterlings and to mark the northern border of Gondor.[2]

By the time the Fellowship of the Ring passed the monument on February 25, 3019, the realm of Gondor had diminished, leaving the Argonath far outside its boundaries.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

The Fellowship of the Ring (film)

An Argonath statue of Elendil in the films

In Peter Jackson's movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Argonath comprises two large and highly detailed models, which are combined with live action footage and digital backgrounds to convey the proper sense of scale. Unlike in the books, these Argonath statues portray Isildur and his father Elendil (shown holding a sword, not an axe, as portrayed during the film's prologue). Anárion was removed entirely from the films. Also seen in the film is a quarry near one of the statues' feet, reasoned to have been necessary to provide stone for construction of the statues' uppermost sections.

The Lord of the Rings Online

Argonath in The Lord of the Rings Online

The Argonath appears in The Lord of the Rings Online, portrayed similarly to its appearance in the films.


Foreign Language Translated name
Bulgarian Cyrillic Аргонат
Danish Argonath (Kongestøtterne)
Greek Άργκοναθ
Hebrew ארגונאת
Persian آرگونات
Russian Аргонат
Ukrainian Cyrillic Аргонат
Places of Middle-earth and Arda

Middle-earth Locations:


Arnor | Dunland | Ettenmoors | Forochel | Forodwaith | Gondor | Harad | Ithilien | Khand | Lindon | Minhiriath | Mordor | Rhovanion | Rhûn | Rohan | The Shire

Forests & Mountains:

Amon Dîn | Amon Hen | Amon Lhaw | Caradhras | Emyn Muil | Erebor | Fangorn Forest | High Pass | Iron Hills | Lórien | Mirkwood | Mount Doom | Mount Gundabad | Old Forest | Tower Hills | Weathertop


Angband | Barad-dûr | Bree | Caras Galadhon | Dol Guldur | Fornost | Hornburg | Isengard | Minas Morgul | Minas Tirith | Orthanc | Osgiliath | Rivendell | Umbar | Utumno


Argonath | Buckland | Cair Andros | Dagorlad | Dead Marshes | Enedwaith | Fords of Isen | Gap of Rohan | Grey Havens | Weathertop

The rest of Arda:

Aman | Dark Land | Land of the Sun | Númenor | Tol Eressëa | Valinor


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. IX: "The Great River"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, I. "The Númenórean Kings", iv. "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"