Captains of the West come to Morgul Vale
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 19, 3019
An event in the prelude to the Battle of the Morannon; see that entry for an overview:
The Host comes to Morgul Vale.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
[The] next day when the main host came up, they set a strong guard upon the Cross-roads to make some defence, if Mordor should send a force over the Morgul Pass, or should bring more men up from the South. For that guard they chose mostly archers who knew the ways of Ithilien and would lie hid in the woods and slopes about the meeting of the ways. But Gandalf and Aragorn rode with the vanguard to the entrance of Morgul Vale and looked on the evil city.
It was dark and lifeless; for the Orcs and lesser creatures of Mordor that had dwelt there had been destroyed in battle, and the Nazgûl were abroad. Yet the air of the valley was heavy with fear and enmity. Then they broke the evil bridge and set red flames in the noisome fields and departed.
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 10, The Black Gate Opens
All the land [of Mordor] now brooded as at the coming of a great storm: for the Captains of the West had passed the Cross-roads and set flames in the deadly fields of Imlad Morgul.
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 3, Mount Doom
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