Grishnákh, Captain of the Mordor Orcs, slain at Fangorn (approximate date)
Event Type: Genealogical
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: February 28, 3019
[Note: the actual date is 29 February 3019, but modern date software cannot handle such a date.]
An event in the prelude of the Attack on the Orc-raiders at Fangorn; see that entry for an overall timeline:
Suddenly [Grishnákh] seized [Merry and Pippin]. Then he sprang forward.... Quickly and silently he went ... down the slope and away westward towards the river that flowed out of the forest. In that direction there was a wide open space with only one fire.
After going a dozen yards he halted, peering and listening. Nothing could be seen or heard. He crept slowly on, bent almost double. Then he squatted and listened again. Then he stood up, as if to risk a sudden dash. At that very moment the dark form of a rider loomed up right in front of him. A horse snorted and reared. A man called out.
Grishnákh flung himself on the ground flat, dragging the hobbits under him; then he drew his sword. No doubt he meant to kill his captives, rather than allow them to escape or to be rescued; but it was his undoing. The sword rang faintly, and glinted a little in the light of the fire away to his left. An arrow came whistling out of the gloom: it was aimed with skill ... and it pierced his right hand. He dropped the sword and shrieked. There was a quick beat of hoofs, and even as Grishnákh leaped up and ran, he was ridden down and a spear passed through him. He gave a hideous shivering cry and lay still.
The hobbits remained flat on the ground.... Another horseman came riding swiftly to his comrade's aid. ... the horse lifted and sprang lightly over them; but its rider did not see them, lying covered in their elven-cloaks, ... too afraid to move.
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 3, The Uruk-Hai
Elena Tiriel 28Dec04