Host of the West passes out of Ithilien
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 23, 3019
An event in the prelude to the Battle of the Morannon; see that entry for an overview:
The Host passes out of Ithilien. Aragorn dismisses the faint-hearted.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
So time and the hopeless journey wore away. Upon the fourth day from the Cross-roads and the sixth from Minas Tirith they came at last to the end of the living lands, and began to pass into the desolation that lay before the gates of the Pass of Cirith Gorgor; and they could descry the marshes and the desert that stretched north and west to the Emyn Muil. So desolate were those places and so deep the horror that lay on them that some of the host were unmanned, and they could neither walk nor ride further north....
And so, since many men had already been left at the Cross-roads, it was with less than six thousands that the Captains of the West came at last to challenge the Black Gate and the might of Mordor.
They advanced now slowly, expecting at every hour some answer to their challenge, and they drew together, since it was but waste of men to send out scouts or small parties from the main host.
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 10, The Black Gate Opens