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Host of the West evades ambush by Sauron’s forces

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: March 21, 3019

Description:

An event in the prelude to the Battle of the Morannon; see that entry for an overview:
The day after, being the third day since they set out from Minas Tirith, the army began its northward march along the road....

It was near the end of the second day of their march from the Cross-roads that they first met any offer of battle. For a strong force of Orcs and Easterlings attempted to take their leading companies in an ambush; and that was in the very place where Faramir had waylaid the men of Harad, and the road went in a deep cutting through an out-thrust of the eastward hills. But the Captains of the West were well warned by their scouts, skilled men from Henneth Annûn led by Mablung; and so the ambush was itself trapped. For horsemen went wide about westward and came up on the flank of the enemy and from behind, and they were destroyed or driven east into the hills.

But the victory did little to enhearten the captains. 'It is but a feint,' said Aragorn; 'and its chief purpose, I deem, was rather to draw us on by a false guess of our Enemy’s weakness than to do us much hurt, yet.'

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

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Tanaqui 16May05

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