Théoden departs from Rohan
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 11, 3019
An event in the prelude to the Siege of Minas Tirith and the Battle of the Pelennor; see those entries for an overview:
On into the shadow they rode.... [Twelve] leagues1 east of Edoras, they camped that night. And then on again through the Folde; and through the Fenmarch, where to their right great oakwoods climbed on the skirts of the hills under the shades of dark Halifirien by the borders of Gondor; but away to their left the mists lay on the marshes fed by the mouths of Entwash. And as they rode rumour came of war in the North. Lone men, riding wild, brought word of foes assailing their east-borders, of orc-hosts marching in the Wold of Rohan.
'Ride on...!' cried Éomer. 'Too late now to turn aside. The fens of Entwash must guard our flank. Haste now we need. Ride on!'
And so King Théoden departed from his own realm....
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 3, The Muster of Rohan
1 A league is approximately three of our miles.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Appendix, Númenórean Linear Measures
Elena Tiriel 8Mar08