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Théoden's Battle Cry

Type: Songs & Stories

Description:Théoden and the host of the Rohirrim assembled on the Pelennor, having come to honor their alliance with Gondor and hope to break the seige of Minas Tirith. There was a moment when it seemed they had come to late and might turn back, but:

"Tall and proud [Théoden] seemed again; and rising in his stirrups he cried in a loud voice, more clear than any there had ever heard a mortal man achieve before:

Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!
spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!
With that he seized a great horn from Guthláf his banner-bearer, and he blew such a blast upon it that it burst asunder. And straightway all the horns in the host were lifted up in music, and the blowing of the horns of Rohan in that hour was like a storm upon the plain and a thunder in the mountains.

"Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!"

Source: LotR - RotK - Book Five, Chapter V - The Ride of the Rohirrim

Contributors: ~Nessime 07-14-03

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