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Saruman's army retreats after Théodred's death in the 1st Battle of the Fords of Isen

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: February 25, 3019

Description:

The final event in the First Battle of the Fords of Isen; see that entry for an overview:
When Théodred was at last slain Saruman's commander (no doubt under orders) seemed satisfied for the time being....

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

Night fell. A harsh horn sounded, and then all was silent. The attack on the west bank ceased, and the enemy there faded away into the dark. The Rohirrim held the Fords of Isen; but their losses were heavy... and [they] did not know what might yet befall.

When after a cold and sleepless night the grey light returned there was no sign of the Isengarders, save those many that they left dead upon the field. Wolves were howling far off.... Many men scattered by the sudden assault of the Isengarders began to return, some still mounted, some leading horses recaptured. Later in the morning most of Théodred's Riders that had been driven south down the river by a battalion of black Uruks came back battle-worn but in good order. They had a like tale to tell. They came to a stand on a low hill and prepared to defend.... The Uruks... were driving them towards the now hostile country of the Dunlendish "west-march." But as the Riders prepared to resist their assault... a horn was sounded; and soon they discovered that the enemy had gone. They had too few horses to attempt any pursuit.... After some time they began cautiously to advance north again.... They thought that the Uruks had gone back to reinforce their hold on the Fords, and expected there to meet in battle again, and they wondered much to find the Rohirrim in command.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 5Feb05

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