Orcs break in through the culvert in the Battle of the Hornburg
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 4, 3019
An event in the Battle of the Hornburg; see that entry for an overview:
Against the Deeping Wall the hosts of Isengard roared like a sea. ... Ropes with grappling hooks were hurled over the parapet faster than men could cut them or fling them back. Hundreds of long ladders were lifted up. Many were cast down in ruin, but many more replaced them, and Orcs sprang up them.... Before the wall's foot the dead and broken were piled like shingle in a storm ... and still the enemy came on.
The men of Rohan grew weary. All their arrows were spent ... their swords were notched, and their shields were riven. ...
Then a clamour arose in the Deep behind. Orcs had crept like rats through the culvert through which the stream flowed out. There they had gathered in the shadow of the cliffs, until the assault above was hottest and nearly all the men of the defence had rushed to the wall's top. Then they sprang out. Already some had passed into the jaws of the Deep and were among the horses, fighting with the guards.
Down from the wall leapt Gimli with a fierce cry that echoed in the cliffs. 'Khazâd! Khazâd!' He soon had work enough.
'Ai-oi!' he shouted. 'The Orcs are behind the wall.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 7, Helm's Deep
Elena Tiriel 11Jan05