This week in Middle-earth history: March 14-20

03.15.10 | Kunochan | Speak, friend & comment!

Originally posted on JRR Tolkien Examiner.

mumakil_250x188This week in Middle-earth history:

March 15, 3019 TA: Denethor II, Ruling Steward of Gondor, immolates himself in a madness triggered by Sauron via the palantír. Peregrin Took, Gandalf the White and Beregond rescue Faramir from the flames.

March 15, 3019 TA: The Battle of the Pelennor Fields (Mordor, Harad, Rhûn and Khand v. Gondor, Rohan and the Dúnedain of the North), with the Men of the West victorious. Death of King Théoden of Rohan, slain in battle with the Lord of the Nazgûl; he is succeeded by his nephew Éomer. Destruction of the Lord of the Nazgûl by Éowyn Dernhelm and Meriadoc Brandybuck.

March 17, 3019 TA: The Battle of Dale begins (Easterlings v. Men of Dale, Dwarves of Erebor).

March 20, 3019 TA: The end of the Battle of Dale, with the forces of Sauron victorious. The remnants of the Mannish and Dwarven forces retreat to Erebor, which is then besieged. King Brand of Dale and King Dáin Ironfoot of the Lonely Mountain are slain while successfully defending the gate; Bard II and Thorin III Stonehelm succeed as kings.

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