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Host of the Alliance crosses the Misty Mountains and marches south

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: Akallabêth/Last Alliance

Year: 3434

Description:

An event in the prelude to the War of the Last Alliance; see that entry for an overview:
From Imladris they crossed the Misty Mountains by many passes....

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

The Host of the Alliance crosses the Misty Mountains and marches south.

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 6, The Tale of Years of the Second Age

Sauron... had sent out such Orc-troops... as he could spare, to do what they could to harry any forces that attempted to shorten their road by crossing the Mountains. In the event the main might of Gil-galad, together with Isildur and part of the Men of Arnor, had come over the Passes of Imladris and Caradhras, and the Orcs were dismayed and hid themselves 1.... [Author's note.]

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Notes, Note 20

[After the war, Isildur]... determined to make his way north... up the Vales of Anduin to Cirith Forn en Andrath, the high-climbing pass of the North, that led down to Imladris. He knew the land well, for he... had marched that way to the war with men of eastern Arnor in the company of Elrond.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields

[They]... marched down the River Anduin, 2 and so came at last upon... Dagorlad, the Battle Plain, which lies before the gate of the Black Land.

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


Notes
1But they remained alert and watchful, determined to attack any companies of Elves or Men that they outnumbered.... [Author's note.]

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Notes, Note 20

2In [an] earlier draft... there is a note referring to 'the ancient Forest Road that led down from the Pass of Imladris and crossed Anduin by a bridge (that had been enlarged and strengthened for the passage of the armies of the Alliance)....' In The Hobbit the Forest Road traversed the great river by the Old Ford and there is no mention of there having once been a bridge at the crossing.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields: Notes, Note 14

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 5Dec07

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