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Cirion defends against the Invasion of Calenardhon

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Dates: March 11, 2510 ~ April 15, 2510

Description:
An event in the Invasion of Calenardhon by Balchoth and Orcs; see that entry for a description of the enemy and the overall timeline:

... in that year (2510) the Balchoth, having built many great boats and rafts on the east shores of Anduin, swarmed over the River and swept away the defenders.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

In this peril Cirion's thought turned at last in desperation to the Éothéod, and he determined to send messengers to them. ... Cirion had little hope that any of them would get through. ...

Cirion ... ordered what strength he had to meet the storm. He gathered as great a force as he could, and taking command of it himself made ready as swiftly as might be to lead it north to Calenardhon. Hallas his son he left in command at Minas Tirith.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: The Ride of Eorl

... the northern army of Gondor was in peril. Defeated in the Wold and cut off from the south, it had been driven across the Limlight, and was then suddenly assailed by the Orc-host that pressed it towards the Anduin. All hope was lost....

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl

[Cirion's] army marching up from the south was cut off and driven north over the Limlight, and there it was suddenly attacked by a horde of Orcs from the [Misty] Mountains and pressed towards the Anduin. Then out of the North there came help beyond hope, and the horns of the Rohirrim were first heard in Gondor.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion

[Note: the dates were set to span the time between when Cirion Sends for Aid from the Éothéod and the Battle of the Field of Celebrant.]

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 25Jul04

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