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Imrahil takes temporary command of Minas Tirith

Event Type: Political

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Date: March 15, 3019

Description:

An event in the Siege of Minas Tirith; see that entry for an overview.
[Gandalf and Pippin] met the Prince Imrahil, and he called to them: 'Whither now, Mithrandir? The Rohirrim are fighting on the fields of Gondor! We must gather all the strength that we can find.'

'You will need every man and more,' said Gandalf. 'Make all haste. I will come when I can. But I have an errand to the Lord Denethor that will not wait. Take command in the Lord's absence!'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 7, The Pyre of Denethor

'The Prince of Dol Amroth is in command in the absence of the Lord,' said Gandalf.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 7, The Pyre of Denethor

But Imrahil said: 'So victory is shorn of gladness, and it is bitter bought, if both Gondor and Rohan are in one day bereft of their lords. Éomer rules the Rohirrim. Who shall rule the City meanwhile? Shall we not send now for the Lord Aragorn?'

And the cloaked man spoke and said: 'He is come.' And they saw as he stepped into the light of the lantern by the door that it was Aragorn.... 'I have come because Gandalf begs me to do so,' he said. 'But for the present I am but the Captain of the Dúnedain of Arnor; and the Lord of Dol Amroth shall rule the City until Faramir awakes. But it is my counsel that Gandalf should rule us all in the days that follow and in our dealings with the Enemy.' And they agreed upon that.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 8, The Houses of Healing

And in the morning the banner of Dol Amroth, a white ship like a swan upon blue water, floated from the Tower, and men looked up and wondered if the coming of the King had been but a dream.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 8, The Houses of Healing

'As for me,' said Imrahil,... 'for a while I stand in the place of the Steward of Gondor, and it is mine to think first of its people. To prudence some heed must still be given. For we must prepare against all chances, good as well as evil. Now, it may be that we shall triumph, and while there is any hope of this, Gondor must be protected. I would not have us return with victory to a City in ruins and a land ravaged behind us. And yet we learn from the Rohirrim that there is an army still unfought upon our northern flank.'

'That is true,' said Gandalf. 'I do not counsel you to leave the City all unmanned.'

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 9, The Last Debate

Contributors:
Tanaqui 15May05
Elena Tiriel 10Feb08

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