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Huorns dispose of the Orcs after the Battle of the Hornburg

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Dates: March 4, 3019 ~ March 5, 3019

Description:
An event in the aftermath of the Battle of the Hornburg; see that entry for an overview:

The Orcs were piled in great heaps.... And the people were troubled ... for the heaps of carrion were too great for burial or for burning.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 8, The Road to Isengard

... upon the Hornburg, in the middle night men heard a great noise, as a wind in the valley, and the ground trembled; and all were afraid and no one ventured to go forth. But in the morning they went out and were amazed; for the slain Orcs were gone, and the trees also. Far down into the valley of the Deep the grass was crushed and trampled brown ... but a mile below the Dike a huge pit had been delved in the earth, and over it stones were piled into a hill. Men believed that the Orcs whom they had slain were buried there; but whether those who had fled into the wood were with them, none could say, for no man ever set foot upon that hill. The Death Down it was afterwards called, and no grass would grow there. But the strange trees were never seen in Deeping-coomb again; they had returned at night.... Thus they were revenged upon the Orcs.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 8, The Road to Isengard

For a while the three companions walked together ... until they stood on Helm's Dike and looked into the Coomb. The Death Down already stood there, black and tall and stony, and the great trampling and scoring of the grass by the Huorns could be plainly seen.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 2, The Passing of the Grey Company

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 1Feb05

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