Théoden rejects Gandalf's warnings about Saruman
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: September 20, 3018
An event in the aftermath of Gandalf's Imprisonment in Isengard; see that entry for an overview:
'[Gwaihir] set me down in the land of Rohan ere dawn.... In Rohan I found evil already at work: the lies of Saruman; and the king of the land would not listen to my warnings. He bade me take a horse and be gone; and I chose one much to my liking, but little to his. I took the best horse in his land....'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond
'Gandalf!' Éomer exclaimed. 'Gandalf Greyhame is known in the Mark: but his name, I warn you, is no longer a password to the king's favour. He has been a guest in the land many times in the memory of men.... He is ever the herald of strange events: a bringer of evil, some now say.
'Indeed since his last coming in the summer all things have gone amiss. At that time our trouble with Saruman began. Until then we counted Saruman our friend, but Gandalf came then and warned us that sudden war was preparing in Isengard. He said that he himself had been a prisoner in Orthanc and had hardly escaped, and he begged for help. But Théoden would not listen to him, and he went away.
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 2, The Riders of Rohan
[Said Wormtongue,] 'What aid have you ever brought, Stormcrow? And what aid do you bring now? It was aid from us that you sought last time that you were here. Then my lord bade you choose any horse that you would and be gone; and to the wonder of all you took Shadowfax in your insolence. My lord was sorely grieved; yet to some it seemed that to speed you from the land the price was not too great.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 6, The King of the Golden Hall
Elena Tiriel 16May05