Host of the West camps before the Morannon
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age Begins: 3rd Age - Ring War
Age Ends: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Date: March 24, 3019
An event in the prelude to the Battle of the Morannon; see that entry for an overview:
The Host camps in the Desolation of the Morannon.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
At nightfall of the fifth day of the march from Morgul Vale they made their last camp, and set fires about it of such dead wood and heath as they could find. They passed the hours of night in wakefulness and they were aware of many things half-seen that walked and prowled all about them, and they heard the howling of wolves. The wind had died and all the air seemed still. They could see little, for though it was cloudless and the waxing moon was four nights old, there were smokes and fumes that rose out of the earth and the white crescent was shrouded in the mists of Mordor.
It grew cold. As morning came... the land seemed empty. North amid their noisome pits lay the first of the great heaps... of slag and broken rock and blasted earth, the vomit of the maggot-folk of Mordor; but south and now near loomed the great rampart of Cirith Gorgor, and the Black Gate amidmost, and the two Towers of the Teeth tall and dark upon either side. For in their last march the Captains had turned away from the old road as it bent east..., and so now they were approaching the Morannon from the north-west....
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 10, The Black Gate Opens
Elena Tiriel 3Aug06