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Sauron musters his Mordor forces inside the Morannon

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Dates: March 16, 3019 ~ March 19, 3019


An event in the preludes to the Battle of the Morannon and the Destruction of the One Ring; see those entries for an overview:
Here in the northward regions [of Gorgoroth] were the mines and forges, and the musterings of long-planned war; and here the Dark Power, moving its armies like pieces on the board, was gathering them together. Its first moves, the first feelers of its strength, had been checked upon its western line, southward and northward. For the moment it withdrew them, and brought up new forces, massing them about Cirith Gorgor for an avenging stroke.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 2, The Land of Shadow

[There] was a narrow gap: Carach Angren, the Isenmouthe, beyond which lay the deep dale of Udûn. In that dale behind the Morannon were the tunnels and deep armouries that the servants of Mordor had made for the defence of the Black Gate...; and there now their Lord was gathering in haste great forces to meet the onslaught of the Captains of the West.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 2, The Land of Shadow

The leading orcs came loping along, panting.... They were a gang of the smaller breeds being driven unwilling to their Dark Lord's wars; all they cared for was to get the march over and escape the whip. Beside them, running up and down the line, went two of the large fierce uruks, cracking lashes and shouting....

'Come on, you slugs!' he cried....

'Where there's a whip there's a will, my slugs.... [You'll] get as much lash as your skins will carry when you come in late to your camp.... Don't you know we're at war?'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 2, The Land of Shadow

They were... drawing near the entrance to Udûn. Some way in front of it..., the road from the west converged with others coming from the south, and from Barad-dûr. Along all the roads troops were moving; for... the Dark Lord was speeding his forces north. So it chanced that several companies came together at the road-meeting.... At once there was great jostling and cursing as each troop tried to get first to the gate and the ending of their march.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 2, The Land of Shadow

[The] scuffling and cries die down as the troops passed on through the Isenmouthe.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 3, Mount Doom

The dates are set to include the time period between the events Frodo and Sam see the enemy's camp from the Morgai and Frodo and Sam escape the Orc-troops near Udûn.

Elena Tiriel 6Aug06

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