Battle of the Peak
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Dates: January 23, 3019 ~ January 25, 3019
An event in the Battles of the Fellowship at Moria; see that entry for an overview:
'We fought.... I pursued [the Balrog].... [We] came to the Endless Stair.'....
'From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak it climbed, ascending in unbroken spiral in many thousand steps, until it issued at last in Durin's Tower carved in the living rock of Zirakzigil, the pinnacle of the Silvertine.
'There upon Celebdil was a lonely window in the snow, and before it lay a narrow space, a dizzy eyrie above the mists of the world. The sun shone fiercely there, but all below was wrapped in cloud. Out he sprang, and even as I came behind, he burst into new flame. There was none to see, or perhaps in after ages songs would still be sung of the Battle of the Peak.' Suddenly Gandalf laughed. 'But what would they say in song? Those that looked up from afar thought that the mountain was crowned with storm. Thunder they heard, and lightning, they said, smote upon Celebdil, and leaped back broken into tongues of fire. Is not that enough? A great smoke rose about us, vapour and steam. Ice fell like rain. I threw down my enemy, and he fell from the high place and broke the mountainside where he smote it in his ruin. Then darkness took me....'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider
'I have returned from the Northern Fences,' said [Haldir].... 'The Dimrill Dale is full of vapour and clouds of smoke, and the mountains are troubled. There are noises in the deeps of the earth. If any of you had thought of returning northwards to your homes, you would not have been able to pass that way.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 8, Farewell to Lórien
Elena Tiriel 24Jun04, 4Jul04