Faramir defeated by Sauron's forces at Osgiliath
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 12, 3019
An event in the prelude to the Siege of Minas Tirith; see that entry for an overview:
The next day,... the darkness... weighed heavier on men's hearts, and a great dread was on them. Ill news came soon again. The passage of Anduin was won by the Enemy. Faramir was retreating to the wall of the Pelennor, rallying his men to the Causeway Forts; but he was ten times outnumbered.
[Said] the messenger. 'They have paid dear for the crossing but less dearly than we hoped. The plan has been well laid. It is now seen that in secret they have long been building floats and barges in great numbers in East Osgiliath. They swarmed across like beetles. But it is the Black Captain that defeats us. Few will stand and abide even the rumour of his coming. His own folk quail at him, and they would slay themselves at his bidding.'
'Then I am needed there more than here,' said Gandalf, and rode off at once, and the glimmer of him faded soon from sight.
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor
Elena Tiriel 5Sep04