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The great port of Gondor, Pelargir, was one of the earliest settlements of the Númenóreans founded in Middle-earth during the Second Age.

It was located above the delta of Anduin river south of the White Mountains.


Pelargir was built in SA 2350.[2] During the years of Númenor's fall it became the chief haven of the Faithful as they migrated to escape the persecution they faced from the King's Men. When Númenor finally fell the city became the principal port of the newly founded Kingdom of Gondor.[3]

As Gondor's power grew under the four Ship-kings, Pelargir became the home of its navy. Tarannon Falastur built a palace in the city, suspended on arches above the river. However during the civil war of the Kin-strife, the city was besieged by Eldacar, as it had become a stronghold of the sons and supporters of Castamir, The Usurper. The siege was partially a success, as Eldacar drove his enemies out, but they escaped by ship and set themselves up in Umbar. Their heirs became known as the Corsairs of Umbar.

With the decline of Gondor's power, Pelargir was attacked many times by the Corsairs, who were in secret allegiance with Sauron, but the forces of Gondor managed to defend the coasts. In TA 1634, however, the Corsairs sacked the city, slaying King Minardil.

The Corsairs of Umbar advancing from Pelargir.

Prior to the War of the Ring the city's defences were strengthened by Ecthelion II and during the war the struggle with the Corsairs came to a head when a great Corsair fleet captured the city. As Gondor's army was tied up at Minas Tirith, there were few troops to defend Pelargir or the coasts. Then Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, along with the Grey Company and the Army of the Dead, arrived and defeated the Corsairs. The heroes used the black ships to reach Minas Tirith and defeat Sauron's forces.[4]

After Sauron was defeated, the Corsairs no longer attacked Gondor.[5]


Pelargir is a Sindarin word that meant 'Garth of Royal Ships'.[6]

Other Interpretations

In Games Workshop's The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game the garrison of Pelargir is the Wardens of Pelargir. They carry shields emblazoned with the original Men of Gondor heraldry rather than those seen in the War of the Ring. Games Workshop also name Corinir as the Lord of Pelargir.


Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ጰላርጊር
Arabic پهلارگیر
Armenian Պելարգիր
Belarusian Cyrillic Пеларгир
Bengali পেলারজির
Bulgarian Cyrillic Пеларгир
Chinese 佩拉格
Georgian პელარგირ
Greek Πελαργυρ
Gujarati પેલાગિર
Hebrew פלרגיר
Hindi पेलर्गिर
Japanese ペラルギア
Kannada ಪೆಲಗಿರ್
Kazakh Пеларгир (Cyrillic) Pelargir (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Пэларгир
Macedonian Cyrillic Пеларгир
Malayalam പെലര്ഗിര്
Marathi पलालगिर
Mongolian Cyrillic Пэларгир
Nepalese पेलर्गिर
Persian پلارگیر
Russian Пеларгир
Sanskrit पेलर्गिर्
Serbian Пеларгир (Cyrillic) Pelargir (Latin)
Sinhalese පෙලර්ගිර්
Tajik Cyrillic Пеларгир
Tamil பெளர்கிற
Telugu పేలరెగిరి
Thai ภเละรgิร
Ukrainian Cyrillic Пеларгір
Uzbek Пеларгир (Cyrillic) Pelargir (Latin)
Yiddish פּעלאַרגיר


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The White Mountains"
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  3. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter IX: "The Last Debate"
  5. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  6. The Silmarillion, Index of Names