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Muster of the Rohirrim for the aid of Gondor

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: March 10, 3019

Description:

An event in the prelude to the Siege of Minas Tirith and the Battle of the Pelennor; see those entries for an overview:
[Stretching] away into the distance behind there were ordered rows of tents and booths, and lines of picketed horses, and great store of arms, and piled spears bristling like thickets of new-planted trees.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 3, The Muster of Rohan

'So we come to it in the end,' [the king] said: 'the great battle of our time, in which many things shall pass away. But at least there is no longer need for hiding. We will ride the straight way and the open road and with all our speed. The muster shall begin at once, and wait for none that tarry.'....

'[Call] the heralds, Éomer,' said Théoden. 'Let the Riders be marshalled!'....

'I am going to war, Master Meriadoc,' he said.... 'I release you from my service, but not from my friendship.'....

'But, but, lord,' Merry stammered, 'I offered you my sword. I do not want to be parted from you like this, Théoden King.'....

'But we ride on horses tall and swift,' said Théoden; 'and... you cannot ride on such beasts.... But... you shall ride with me to Edoras and look on Meduseld; for that way I shall go. So far Stybba can bear you: the great race will not begin till we reach the plains.'

Then Éowyn rose up. 'Come now, Meriadoc!' she said. 'I will show you the gear that I have prepared for you.'....

Merry bowed, and the lady showed him the shield, which... bore on it the device of the white horse. 'Take all these things,' she said, 'and bear them to good fortune! Farewell now, Master Meriadoc! Yet maybe we shall meet again, you and I.'

So it was that amid a gathering gloom the King of the Mark made ready to lead all his Riders on the eastward road....

There... were marshalled in many companies well nigh five and fifty hundreds of Riders fully armed, and many hundreds of other men with spare horses lightly burdened. A single trumpet sounded. The king raised his hand, and then silently the host of the Mark began to move....

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 3, The Muster of Rohan

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 13Sep04, 28Jan05, 8Mar08

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