Elfhelm driven back in the 2nd Battle of the Fords of Isen
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 2, 3019
An event in the 2nd Battle of the Fords of Isen; see that entry for an overview:
... a large army had already some hours before passed southward....
It was for this reason that no help had come from Elfhelm. More than half of Saruman's force had actually been sent down east of Isen. They came on more slowly than the western division, for the land was rougher and without roads; and they bore no lights. But before them, swift and silent, went several troops of the dreaded wolfriders. Before Elfhelm had any warning of the approach of enemies on his side of the river the wolfriders were between him and Grimbold's camp; and they were also attempting to surround each of his small groups of Riders. It was dark and all his force was in disarray. He gathered all that he could into a close body of horsemen, but he was obliged to retreat eastward. He could not reach Grimbold, though he knew that he was in straits and had been about to come to his aid when attacked by the wolfriders. But he also guessed rightly that the wolfriders were only the forerunners of a force far too great for him to oppose that would make for the southward road. The night was wearing away; he could only await the dawn.
Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 5, The Battles of the Fords of Isen
Elena Tiriel 9Feb05