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When Denethor leapt, flaming, from the top of that castle, did he kill any orcs or set any of their war machines ablaze when he landed? I really hope he did, it would have been a good redemption for him.

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    Please note this is the movie only. In the book, he was burned in the Houses of the Dead and did not leap from anywhere. – Daniel Roseman Dec 5 '13 at 10:34
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Unfortunately, it doesn't seem terribly likely - the rock outcrop he jumps from doesn't extend past the city's outer wall, and even at a full run, he wouldn't have travelled too far from the base of the outcrop.

More than likely, he would have landed amongst the soldiers fighting to defend the first gate - and would have likely further decreased their morale at a crucial moment (though, they probably would not have realised it was Denethor, having a flaming body splatter in your midst wouldn't be cheerful).

Model of Minas Tirith

  • That is a horrible realization. – Gelfamat Dec 5 '13 at 8:55
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    For even more horrible, read the book - there's no redemption whatsoever, and something involving a Palatir (that I don't want to spoil on you so I'm not going to say any more). – user8719 Dec 5 '13 at 13:14
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    Actually at the time of Denethor's fall the main gate had been captured and Gandalf had fallen back to another position. – Oldcat Nov 19 '14 at 20:47
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Well it didn't really happen, so no. Just PJ and his revising for effect on the audience....

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    You mean "really" like the bit in the books really happened? – Adriano Varoli Piazza Sep 14 '14 at 23:18

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