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Sauron begins searching Gladden Fields for the One Ring

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Year: 2939


An event in the prelude to the third meeting of the White Council; see that entry for more information:
[The] Wise... had discovered that... Sauron... desired to find the One Ring that Isildur took, and sought to learn if any heir of Isildur yet lived upon earth; and the spies of Sauron were many.

The Peoples of Middle-earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 9, The Making of Appendix A: The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

Saruman discovers that Sauron's servants are searching the Anduin near Gladden Fields, and that Sauron therefore has learned of Isildur's end. He is alarmed, but says nothing to the Council.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

[We] learned that [Sauron] was seeking ever more eagerly for the One. We feared then that he had some news of it that we knew nothing of.

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

[Saruman] set a watch upon the Gladden Fields; but soon he discovered that the servants of Dol Guldur were searching all the ways of the River in that region. Then he perceived that Sauron also had learned of the manner of Isildur's end, and he grew afraid and withdrew to Isengard and fortified it; and ever he probed deeper into the lore of the Rings of Power and the art of their forging. But he spoke of none of this to the Council, hoping still that he might be the first to hear news of the Ring.

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

To [an attack] Curunír now assented, desiring that Sauron should be thrust from Dol Guldur, which was nigh to the River, and should have leisure to search there no longer.

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Elena Tiriel 4Oct05, 19Dec07

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