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Faramir falls in the retreat over the Pelennor

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: March 13, 3019

Description:

An event in the Siege of Minas Tirith; see that entry for an overview:
Orcs... and wild Southron men... [surged] up.... [The] Nazgûl [stooped] to the kill.

The retreat became a rout.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

They reached the Gate of the City and entered.... [Proudly] the people of the City looked on them... and yet they were troubled in heart. For the companies were grievously reduced. Faramir had lost a third of his men. And where was he?

Last of all he came.... The mounted knights returned, and at their rear the banner of Dol Amroth, and the Prince. And in his arms before him on his horse he bore the body of his kinsman, Faramir son of Denethor, found upon the stricken field.

'Faramir! Faramir!' men cried, weeping in the streets.... [They] bore him away up the winding road to the Citadel and his father. Even as the Nazgûl had swerved aside from the onset of the White Rider, there came flying a deadly dart, and Faramir, as he held at bay a mounted champion of Harad, had fallen to the earth. Only the charge of Dol Amroth had saved him from the red southland swords that would have hewed him....

The Prince Imrahil brought Faramir to the White Tower, and he said: 'Your son has returned, lord, after great deeds,' and he told all that he had seen. But Denethor rose and looked on the face of his son and was silent. Then he bade them make a bed in the chamber and lay Faramir upon it and depart.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 4, The Siege of Gondor

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 5Sep04

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