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Where is Pelargir in Middle-earth and what is its meaning?

October 8, 2022

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Rings of Power*

Despite being a fantasy world, the land of Middle-earth has always had a degree of realism thanks to the highly detailed maps created alongside the written works of JRR Tolkien.

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings and The Rings of Power films have used these maps extensively to help provide context for the location of its characters and major events.

As a result, it leaves fans curious every time a new location is mentioned and that was exactly the case in Episode 7 of The Rings of Power when Bronwyn revealed his plan to lead the surviving Southlanders to Pelargir.

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The Southlanders head for a new home

In the closing moments of Episode 7, with the Southlands now the burning land of Mordor, the surviving Southlanders need a new home.

Galadriel asks Arondir and Bronwyn where they intend to go next to which Bronwyn reveals his plan to lead the survivors to Pelargir.

The colony is an ancient Númenórean colony that will provide fresh land and fresh water to the surviving Southerners so they can start over.

Nazanin Boniadi (Bronwyn), Morfydd Clark (Galadriel) in The Rings of PowerRings of power © Prime Video

Where is Pelargir in Middle-earth?

Pelargir is located on the River Anduin which flows from Belfalas Bay and runs through the area of ​​land that will become Gondor in years to come.

The ancient Númenórean colony is on the same river as Osgiliath, the Gondorian city that falls to Sauron in The Return of the King.

In the image below, the location of Pelargir is circled while the arrow on the left indicates the future location of Minas Tirith and the arrow on the right shows Mount Doom which just erupted in The Rings of Power.

An annotated map of the Southlands in The Rings of PowerRings of power © Prime Video

What is the meaning of expanding?

The city of Pelargir is located at a crucial location in the southern region of Middle-earth.

It can oversee ships moving up and down the Anduin River, provide a berth for fleets to venture out to sea, and serve as a key trading post.

As mentioned, the city was once a Númenorean settlement, but as Númenor began to look more and more inward, Pelargir was neglected and almost forgotten.

That was until it became the main refuge for those who still respect the ancient outward facing ways of Númenor, known as the Faithful, and provided refuge when Númenor itself was picked up by sea and destroyed.

Those who still adhered to the ancient customs of Númenor, namely Elendil and Isildur, then founded the kingdom of Gondor and Pelargir served as a key location in the newly formed country.

Surprisingly, the reference to Pelargir in The Rings of Power is not the first time the city has appeared as in the extended edition of The Return of the King, the city is briefly seen being attacked by the fleet of Corsair ships that Aragorn, Legolas and the takeover of Gimli en route to the Battle of Minas Tirith.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video after its premiere on September 2, 2022.

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