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Théodred takes command of Rohan's defence against Saruman (estimated date)

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: September 21, 3018

Description:

An event in the aftermath of Gandalf's Imprisonment in Isengard and the prelude to the Invasion of Westfold by Saruman; see those entries for an overview:
The chief obstacles to an easy conquest of Rohan by Saruman were Théodred and Éomer: they were vigorous men, devoted to the King, and high in his affections, as his only son and his sister-son; and they did all that they could to thwart the influence over him that Gríma gained when the King's health began to fail.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

In the days of Théoden there was no man appointed to the office of First Marshal.... When Théoden became, as it seemed, prematurely old, this situation continued, and there was no effective central command: a state of affairs encouraged by his counsellor Gríma. The King, becoming decrepit... fell into the habit of issuing orders... by the mouth of Gríma Wormtongue. This was resented, but the orders were obeyed, within Edoras.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen: Appendix

[The] Second marshal, the King's son Théodred, had command over the West-mark with his base at Helm's Deep....

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen: Appendix

As far as fighting was concerned, when the war with Saruman began Théodred without orders assumed general command. He summoned a muster of Edoras, and drew away a large part of its Riders, under Elfhelm, to strengthen the Muster of Westfold and help it to resist the invasion.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen: Appendix

It was clearly seen in Rohan, when the true accounts of the battles at the Fords were known, that Saruman had given special orders that Théodred should at all costs be slain.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen


Notes
The date is estimated, set to follow the event Théoden rejects Gandalf's warnings about Saruman.

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 16May05

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