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Nazgûl attack Gandalf on Weathertop

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Dates: October 3, 3018 ~ October 4, 3018


An event in the prelude to the Attack on the Camp at Weathertop; see that entry for an overview.
'I galloped to Weathertop like a gale, and I reached it before sundown on my second day from Bree — and they were there before me. They drew away from me, for they felt the coming of my anger and they dared not face it while the Sun was in the sky. But they closed round at night, and I was besieged on the hill-top, in the old ring of Amon Sûl. I was hard put to it indeed: such light and flame cannot have been seen on Weathertop since the war-beacons of old.

'At sunrise I escaped and fled towards the north.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond

As Frodo lay..., it seemed to him that far away there came a light in the eastern sky: it flashed and faded many times.... [The] dawn... was still some hours off.

'What is the light?'....

Strider answered[,] 'It is too distant to make out. It is like lightning that leaps up from the hill-tops.'....

[For] a long while [Frodo] could still see the white flashes....

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

On the top they found..., a wide ring of ancient stonework, now crumbling or covered with age-long grass. But in the centre a cairn of broken stones had been piled. They were blackened as if with fire. About them the turf was burned to the roots and all within the ring the grass was scorched and shrivelled, as if flames had swept the hill-top....

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

Lyllyn 18Jun03
Elena Tiriel 7Jul06

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