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.
Portrayal in adaptations
The Fellowship of the Ring (film)
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
The Argonath appears in The Lord of the Rings Online, portrayed similarly to its appearance in the films.
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