Taken by boat on the river Auduin, as we entered the realm of Gondor, while on vacation in Middle Earth.
The Argonath (also known as The Gates of Argonath or The Pillars of Kings) is a monument comprising two enormous statues carved in the likenesses of Isildur and his father Elendil, standing upon either side of the River Anduin at the northern approach to Nen Hithoel. It marked the northern border of Gondor, as nearby down south were previous outposts, the Amon Hen and the Amon Lhaw.
These two lovely Argonath statues are actually sculpted bookends that came with a deluxe version of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring dvd release somewhere around 2002. I missed the initial release of these because of price, but I went searching on eBay a while back and finally found a set.
These are so fantastic. One of my favorite scenes from Fellowship is when they pass into the realm of Gondor and see the Argonath.
This shot was taken on my back porch of our apartment; the bookends simply sitting on the railing, and me waiting for the sun to lower enough that I could catch a little bit of a "gleam" off of one of them.