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Knights of Dol Amroth

Type: Military Units

Other Names:
the swan-knights

Description:

The elite cavalry of Dol Amroth, led by its Prince.
And last and proudest, [came] Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth..., with gilded banners bearing his token of the Ship and the Silver Swan, and a company of knights in full harness riding grey horses; and behind them seven hundreds of men at arms, tall as lords, grey-eyed, dark-haired, singing as they came.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 1, Minas Tirith

Now they sprang forward, formed, quickened to a gallop, and charged with a great shout. And from the walls an answering shout went up; for foremost on the field rode the swan-knights of Dol Amroth with their Prince and his blue banner at their head.

'Amroth for Gondor!' they cried. 'Amroth to Faramir!'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

The mounted knights returned, and at their rear the banner of Dol Amroth, and the Prince. And in his arms before him on his horse he bore the body of his kinsman, Faramir son of Denethor, found upon the stricken field....

Only the charge of Dol Amroth had saved him from the red southland swords that would have hewed him as he lay.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

So it was that Gandalf took command of the last defence of the City of Gondor.... Tirelessly he strode from Citadel to Gate...; and with him went the Prince of Dol Amroth in his shining mail. For he and his knights still held themselves like lords in whom the race of Númenor ran true. Men that saw them whispered saying: 'Belike the old tales speak well; there is Elvish blood in the veins of that folk, for the people of Nimrodel dwelt in that land once long ago.' And then one would sing amid the gloom some staves of the Lay of Nimrodel, or other songs of the Vale of Anduin out of vanished years.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

But about the Gate resistance still was stout, and there the knights of Dol Amroth and the hardiest of the garrison stood at bay. Shot and dart fell thick; siege-towers crashed or blazed suddenly like torches.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

But northward the white crest of Éomer led the great front of the Rohirrim which he had again gathered and marshalled; and out of the City came all the strength of men that was in it, and the silver swan of Dol Amroth was borne in the van, driving the enemy from the Gate.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 6, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

East rode the knights of Dol Amroth driving the enemy before them: troll-men and Variags and orcs that hated the sunlight. South strode Éomer and men fled before his face, and they were caught between the hammer and the anvil.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 6, The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

[Another] company of five hundred horse there should be, among which should ride the sons of Elrond with the Dúnedain and the knights of Dol Amroth....

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 9, The Last Debate

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 23Jul06

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