Orc reinforcements from Mordor join the Orc-raiders
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: February 27, 3019
An event in the aftermath of the Orc-raid at Parth Galen and the prelude to the Attack on the Orc-raiders at Fangorn; see those entries for an overall timeline:
'Others joined them, coming out of the East across the Great River: their trail is plain to see a little north of this spot.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 2, The Riders of Rohan
At that moment Pippin saw why some of the troop had been pointing eastward. From that direction there now came hoarse cries, and there was Grishnákh again, and at his back a couple of score of others like him: long-armed crook-legged Orcs. They had a red eye painted on their shields. Uglúk stepped forward to meet them. 'So you've come back?' he said. ...
'I've returned to see that Orders are carried out and the prisoners safe,' answered Grishnákh.
'Indeed!' said Uglúk. 'Waste of effort. I'll see that orders are carried out in my command. And what else did you come back for? You went in a hurry. Did you leave anything behind?'
'I left a fool,' snarled Grishnákh. 'But there were some stout fellows with him that are too good to lose. I knew you'd lead them into a mess. I've come to help them.'
'Splendid!' laughed Uglúk. 'But unless you've got some guts for fighting, you've taken the wrong way. Lugbúrz was your road. The Whiteskins are coming. What's happened to your precious Nazgûl? Has he had another mount shot under him? ...'
'Nazgûl, Nazgûl,' said Grishnákh, shivering and licking his lips, as if the word had a foul taste.... 'You speak of what is deep beyond the reach of your muddy dreams, Uglúk,' he said. ... 'Ape!' he snarled fiercely. 'You ought to know that they're the apple of the Great Eye. But the winged Nazgûl: not yet, not yet. He won't let them show themselves across the Great River yet, not too soon. They're for the War--and other purposes.'
'You seem to know a lot,' said Uglúk. 'More than is good for you, I guess. Perhaps those in Lugbúrz might wonder how, and why. But in the meantime the Uruk-hai of Isengard can do the dirty work, as usual. Don't stand slavering there! Get your rabble together! The other swine are legging it to the forest. You'd better follow. You wouldn't get back to the Great River alive. Right off the mark! Now! I'll be on your heels.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 3, The Uruk-Hai
Elena Tiriel 28Dec04