On This Day in Middle-earth

March 15th

In the early hours the Witch-king breaks the Gates of the City.

Denethor burns himself on a pyre.

The horns of the Rohirrim are heard at cockcrow.

Battle of the Pelennor.

Théoden is slain.

Aragorn raises the standard of Arwen.

Frodo and Samwise escape and begin their journey north along the Morgai.

Battle under the trees in Mirkwood; Thranduil repels the forces of Dol Guldur.

Second assault on Lórien.

We get insite to things happening beyond the main plot today.

We learn that Mirkwood faces it’s own battle during these trying times, and so does Lórien. Sauron’s forces have tried to break there way into the heart of Elvendom more than once now, I’m sure he’s not going to stop at two times. At Of Blades and Kings, we’re always excited to learn more about the happenings in Middle-earth. It’s proof that Tolkien had thought of a larger world than the one that involved his main characters. In the books and movies we only learn about what happens in the main story, but Sauron really put all his efforts in this assault. Gondor, Mirkwood, and Lórien are all under attack, and there’s not much around to help them.

Let’s take a moment to lament the fall of a great king. May you rest in peace Théoden King.

Théoden was always viewed as a just king, someone would the people loved and his soldiers would die for. Far too often kings wouldn’t get involved in their own wars, but Théoden was different. Pushed to the brink, Théoden fought alongside his soldiers and died beside them. Yes, Théoden was under Saruman’s spell, but when he saw the truth he immediately renounced him and began ruling as he always did. Sadly, today is the day we must say goodbye to this great king.

All hail King Théoden! May you join your fathers, your forefathers, and your son into the beyond.

Thank you for your time, and remember, the crownless again shall be king.

– The Wandering One

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