Aragorn regains the Keys of Orthanc
Event Type: General
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: August 22, 3019
[Said Gandalf,] '... the Tower of Orthanc now goes back to the King, to whom it belongs. Though maybe he will not need it.'
'That will be seen later,' said Aragorn. 'But I will give to Ents all this valley to do with as they will, so long as they keep a watch upon Orthanc and see that none enter it without my leave.'
'It is locked,' said Treebeard. 'I made Saruman lock it and give me the keys. Quickbeam has them.'
Quickbeam bowed like a tree bending in the wind and handed to Aragorn two great black keys of intricate shape, joined by a ring of steel. 'Now I thank you once more,' said Aragorn, 'and I bid you farewell. May your forest grow again in peace. When this valley is filled there is room and to spare west of the mountains, where once you walked long ago.'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, Many Partings
Elena Tiriel 12Jan05