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Year 3019 – The Lord of the Rings

March 3

  • Théoden retreats to Helm’s Deep
  • Battle of the Horn-burg begins
  • Ents complete the destruction of Isengard

March 4

  • Théoden and Gandalf set out from Helm’s Deep for Isengard
  • Frodo reaches the slagmounds on the edge of the Desolation of the Morannon

March 5

  • Théoden reaches Isengard at noon
  • Parley with Saruman in Orthanc
  • Winged Nazgûl passes over the camp at Dol Baran
  • Gandalf sets out with Peregrin for Minas Tirith
  • Frodo hides in sight of the Morannon, and leaves at dusk

Suddenly another voice spoke, low and melodious, its very sound an enchantment. Those who listened unwarily to that voice could seldom report the words that they heard; and if they did, they wondered, for little power remained in them. Mostly they remembered only that it was a delight to hear the voice speaking, all that it said seemed wise and reasonable, and desire awoke in them by swift agreement to seem wise themselves. When others spoke they seemed harsh and uncouth by contrast; and if they gainsaid the voice, anger was kindled in the hearts of those under the spell. For some the spell lasted only while the voice spoke to them, and when it spoke to another they smiled, as men do who see through a juggler’s trick while others gape at it. For many the sound of the voice alone was enough to hold them enthralled; but for those whom it conquered the spell endured when they were far away, and ever they heard that soft voice whispering and urging them. But none were unmoved; none rejected its pleas and its commands without an effort of mind and will, so long as its master had control of it.

[The Two Towers, Book 2, Chapter 10: The Voice of Saruman]

March 6

  • Aragorn overtaken by the Dúnedain in the early hours
  • Théoden sets out from the Hornburg for Harrowdale; Aragorn sets out later

March 7

  • Frodo taken by Faramir to Henneth Annûn
  • Aragorn comes to Dunharrow at nightfall

March 8

  • Aragorn takes the ‘Paths of the Dead’ at daybreak; he reaches Erech at midnight
  • Frodo leaves Henneth Annûn

March 9

  • Gandalf reaches Minas Tirith
  • Faramir leaves Henneth Annûn
  • Aragorn sets out from Erech and comes to Calembel
  • At dusk Frodo reaches the Morgul-road
  • Théoden comes to Dunharrow
  • Darkness begins to flow out of Mordor
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