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Théoden’s funeral escort sets out from Minas Tirith (revised date)

Event Type: Genealogical

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: July 22, 3019

Description:

July 22
The funeral escort of King Théoden sets out.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Chief Days from the Fall of the Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age

'In seven days we will go,' said Aragorn. 'For we shall ride with you..., even as far as the country of Rohan. In three days now Éomer will return hither to bear Théoden back to rest in the Mark, and we shall ride with him to honour the fallen.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, Many Partings

At last the day of departure came, and a great and fair company made ready to ride north from the City. Then the kings of Gondor and Rohan went to the Hallows and they came to the tombs in Rath Dínen, and they bore away King Théoden upon a golden bier, and passed through the City in silence. Then they laid the bier upon a great wain with Riders of Rohan all about it and his banner borne before; and Merry being Théoden's esquire rode upon the wain and kept the arms of the king.

For the other Companions steeds were furnished according to their stature; and Frodo and Samwise rode at Aragorn's side, and Gandalf rode upon Shadowfax, and Pippin rode with the knights of Gondor; and Legolas and Gimli as ever rode together upon Arod.

In that riding went also Queen Arwen, and Celeborn and Galadriel with their folk, and Elrond and his sons; and the princes of Dol Amroth and of Ithilien, and many captains and knights. Never had any king of the Mark such company upon the road as went with Théoden Thengel's son to the land of his home.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, Many Partings


Notes
Editions of The Lord of the Rings published prior to 2004 placed this event on the 19th of July, rather than the 22nd.

Contributors:
Tanaqui 14Jan05
Elena Tiriel 6Feb10

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