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Year 3019 – The Lord of the Rings

February 25

  • The Company pass the Argonath and camp at Parth Galen
  • First Battle of the Fords of Isen; Theodred son of Theoden slain

February 26

  • Breaking of the Fellowship
  • Death of Boromir; his horn is heard in Minas Tirith
  • Meriadoc and Peregrin captured
  • Frodo and Samwise enter the eastern Emyn Muil
  • Aragorn sets out in pursuit of the Orcs at evening
  • Eomer hears of the descent of the Orc-band from the Emyn Muil

Aragorn knelt beside him. Boromir opened his eyes and strove to speak. At last slow words came. ‘I tried to take the Ring from Frodo,’ he said. ‘I am sorry. I have paid.’ His glance strayed to his fallen enemies; twenty at least lay there. ‘They have gone: the Halflings: the Orcs have taken them. I think they are not dead. Orcs bound them.’ He paused and his eyes closed wearily. After a moment he spoke again.
‘Farewell, Aragorn! Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! I have failed.’
‘No!’ said Aragorn, taking his hand and kissing his brow. ‘You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory. Be at peace! Minas Tirith shall not fall!’
Boromir smiled.

[The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 1: The Departure of Boromir]


February 27

  • Aragorn reaches the west-cliff at sunrise
  • Eomer against Theoden’s orders sets out from Eastfold about midnight to pursue the Orcs

February 28

  • Eomer overtakes the Orcs just outside Fangorn Forest

(February 29)

  • Meriadoc and Pippin escape and meet Treebeard
  • The Rohirrim attack at sunrise and destroy the Orcs
  • Frodo descends from the Emyn Muil and meets Gollum
  • Faramir sees the funeral boat of Boromir

(February 30)

  • Entmoot begins
  • Eomer returning to Edoras meets Aragorn

March 1

  • Frodo begins the passage of the Dead Marshes at dawn
  • Entmoot continues
  • Aragorn meets Gandalf the White
  • They set out for Edoras
  • Faramir leaves Minas Tirith on an errand to Ithilien

March 2

  • Frodo comes to the end of the Marshes
  • Gandalf comes to Edoras and heals Théoden
  • The Rohirrim ride west against Saruman
  • Second Battle of Fords of Isen
  • Erkenbrand defeated
  • Entmoot ends in after-noon
  • The Ents march on Isengard and reach it at night
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