Written by Mr. Mouseburger 14th Apr 2006
Kindly submitted by Slasher71
During the epic siege of Minas Tirith, Denethor, the Steward of Gondor, is stricken with grief over the death of his last remaining son, Faramir; Boromir (q.v.) being killed in the first instalment of the trilogy. Feeling there is nothing left to live for, he ignores all protestations that his son is alive, and with his elite guard, he locks himself away in the Tomb of the Stewards, and puts Faramir on a funeral pyre, preparing to burn him.
Just as he is about to put a flame to the pyre, Gandalf and Pippin come bursting into the Tomb of the Stewards and rescue Faramir. It is obvious at this point that Denethor has gone mad through his grief, and when he attempts to attack Pippin for having the temerity to save Faramir, Gandalf (or more precisely Shadowfax) knocks Denethor into the pyre where he lights up like a Christmas tree.
Completely aflame, Denethor then bursts out of the Tomb of the Stewards, runs what must be at least a mile along the uppermost cliff of the city in world record time, before launching himself off of the end (no doubt crashing on some poor innocent Gondorian who was happily going about his daily chores).