Faramir sets out on an errand across the Anduin
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 1, 3019
An event in the prelude to the Siege of Minas Tirith; see that entry for an overview:
Faramir leaves Minas Tirith on an errand to Ithilien.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
[Said Beregond,] '[My] lord Faramir is abroad, beyond the River on some perilous errand....'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith
[Said Mablung,] '[We] have a new errand on this journey: we come to ambush the Men of Harad.'....
'Aye, curse the Southrons!' said Damrod.... Now of late we have learned that the Enemy has been among them, and they are gone over to Him, or back to Him — they were ever ready to His will — as have so many also in the East.'....
'But still we will not sit idle and let Him do all as He would,' said Mablung. 'These cursed Southrons come now marching up the ancient roads to swell the hosts of the Dark Tower.... And they go ever more heedlessly, we learn, thinking that the power of their new master is great enough, so that the mere shadow of His hills will protect them. We come to teach them another lesson. Great strength of them was reported to us some days ago, marching north. One of their regiments is due by our reckoning to pass by... up on the road above, where it passes through the cloven way. The road may pass, but they shall not! Not while Faramir is Captain. He leads now in all perilous ventures.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 4, Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
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