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Year 3019 – The Lord of the Rings

March 17

  • Battle of Dale
  • King Brand and King Dáin Ironfoot fall
  • Many Dwarves and Men take refuge in Erebor and are besieged
  • Shagrat brings Frodo’s cloak, mail-shirt, and sword to Baraddûr

March 18

  • The Host of the West marches from Minas Tirith
  • Frodo comes in sight of the Isenmouthe; he is over-taken by Orcs on the road from Durthang to Udûn

March 19

  • The Host comes to Morgul-vale
  • Frodo and Samwise escape and begin their journey along the road to the Barad-dûr

March 22

  • The dreadful nightfall
  • Frodo and Samwise leave the road and turn south to Mount Doom
  • Third assault on Lórien

March 23

  • The Host passes out of Ithilien
  • Aragorn dismisses the faint-hearted
  • Frodo and Samwise cast away their arms and gear

Frodo looked again towards the Mountain. ‘No,’ he said, ‘we shan’t need much on that road. And at its end nothing.’ Picking up his orc-shield he flung it away and threw his helmet after it. Then pulling off the grey cloak he undid the heavy belt and let it fall to the ground, and the sheathed sword with it. The shreds of the black cloak he tore off and scattered.
‘There, I’ll be an orc no more,’ he cried, ‘and I’ll bear no weapon fair or foul. Let them take me, if they will!’

[The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 3: Mount Doom]

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