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Pippin slays the Troll-chief in the Battle of the Morannon

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: March 25, 3019

Description:

An event in the Battle of the Morannon; see that entry for an overview:
Pippin had bowed crushed with horror when he heard Gandalf reject the terms and doom Frodo to the torment of the Tower; but he had mastered himself, and now he stood beside Beregond in the front rank of Gondor with Imrahil's men. For it seemed best to him to die soon and leave the bitter story of his life, since all was in ruin.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 10, The Black Gate Opens

'I wish Merry was here,' he heard himself saying ...

He drew his sword and looked at it.... 'This was made for just such an hour,' he thought. 'If only I could smite that foul Messenger with it, then almost I should draw level with old Merry. Well, I'll smite some of this beastly brood before the end.' ...

Then even as he thought these things the first assault crashed into them. ... [A] great company of hill-trolls ... broke upon the line of the men of Gondor, and beat upon helm and head.... At Pippin's side Beregond was stunned...; and the great troll-chief that smote him down bent over him, reaching out a clutching claw....

Then Pippin stabbed upwards, and the written blade of Westernesse pierced through the hide and went deep into the vitals of the troll, and his black blood came gushing out. He toppled forward....

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 10, The Black Gate Opens

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 23Jul06

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