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Glorfindel drives the Nazgûl into the Ford of Bruinen

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: October 20, 3018

Description:

An event in the Ambush at the Ford of Bruinen; see that entry for an overview.
At that moment there came a roaring... noise of loud waters rolling many stones.... The three Riders that were still in the midst of the Ford... disappeared, buried suddenly under angry foam. Those that were behind drew back in dismay.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 12, Flight to the Ford

At the Ford of Bruinen only the Witch-king and two others, with the lure of the Ring straight before them, had dared to enter the river; the others were driven into it by Glorfindel and Aragorn. [Author's note.]

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 4, The Hunt for the Ring: Notes, Note 3

With his last failing senses Frodo heard cries, and it seemed to him that he saw, beyond the Riders that hesitated on the shore, a shining figure of white light; and behind it ran small shadowy forms waving flames, that flared red in the grey mist that was falling over the world.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 12, Flight to the Ford

'When the Riders swept by, your friends ran up behind. Close to the Ford there is a small hollow beside the road masked by a few stunted trees. There they hastily kindled fire; for Glorfindel knew that a flood would come down, if the Riders tried to cross, and then he would have to deal with any that were left on his side of the river. The moment the flood appeared, he rushed out, followed by Aragorn and the others with flaming brands. Caught between fire and water, and seeing an Elf-lord revealed in his wrath, 1 they were dismayed, and their horses were stricken with madness.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 1, Many Meetings


Notes
1 '[Here] in Rivendell there live still some of [the Dark Lord's] chief foes: the Elven-wise, lords of the Eldar from beyond the furthest seas. They do not fear the Ringwraiths, for those who have dwelt in the Blessed Realm live at once in both worlds, and against both the Seen and the Unseen they have great power.'

'I thought that I saw a white figure that shone and did not grow dim like the others. Was that Glorfindel then?'

'Yes, you saw him for a moment as he is upon the other side: one of the mighty of the Firstborn.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 1, Many Meetings

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 18Jul06

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