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'Tithe of their strength'

'Forlong!' men shouted. 'True heart, true firned! Forlong' But when the men of Lossarnach had passed they muttered. 'So few! Two hundreds, what are they? We hoped for ten times the number. That will be the new tidings of the black fleet. They are sparing only a tithe of their strength.'

A tithe is a one-tenth part of something. So that means there's 2,000 men in Lossarnach.

But my question is, do you think the tithe comment applies to every southern area of Gondor? Like Dol Amroth sent around 1,000 men, does that mean they have 10,000 men?

 

 

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But my question is, do you think the tithe comment applies to every southern area of Gondor? Like Dol Amroth sent around 1,000 men, does that mean they have 10,000 men?

It's probably a rough measure, Ecthel.  Lords would decide individually how many men to keep home for their own defense (keeping 90% means they think they're on their own, and are only sending the bare minimum their fealty requires).  Whether, as individuals, they are optimists or pessimists, feel strong or weak, and their personal alliegance to the wider kingdom would all factor into their decision.

Dol Amroth is the largest and most powerful fief in the southlands, so they might well have five times as many men as Lossarnach; or they might have sent more than a tithe, and only have 7500 or 5000 men.  You've got wiggle room in both directions.

 

 

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