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Host of the West reaches Osgiliath

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: March 18, 3019

Description:

An event in the prelude to the Battle of the Morannon; see that entry for an overview:
March [3019]
18

The Host of the West marches from Minas Tirith.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

Ere noon the army came to Osgiliath. There all the workers and craftsmen that could be spared were busy. Some were strengthening the ferries and boat-bridges that the enemy had made and in part destroyed when they fled; some gathered stores and booty; and others on the eastern side across the River were throwing up hasty works of defence.

The vanguard passed on through the ruins of Old Gondor, and over the wide River, and on up the long straight road that in the high days had been made to run from the fair Tower of the Sun to the tall Tower of the Moon, which now was Minas Morgul in its accursed vale. Five miles beyond Osgiliath they halted, ending their first day's march.

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

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Tanaqui 16May05

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