Gandalf escapes from Orthanc in the early hours.
The Black Riders cross the Fords of Isen.
From July 10th till today Gandalf had been imprisoned in Orthanc. Two months of captivity certainly can take its toll on a person, luckily for us Gandalf is no ordinary individual. Saruman, of course, tried to persuade Gandalf to join him in his quest for the One Ring and the power that came with it, but Gandalf refused. With the help of his friend Gwaihir, Gandalf was able to escape the Tower of Orthanc and head towards Rohan.
At this point of time Gandalf had encouraged Frodo to leave the Shire and he planned on joining Frodo, unfortunately Saruman had gotten in the way. Time was precious, but there was no way of knowing where Frodo was, besides making his way towards the Shire.
While Gandalf and Saruman were making their moves, Sauron was joining the game. His Black Riders crossed the Fords of Isen and were making their way towards a “Baggins” who dwelt in the “Shire.”
Thank you for your time and remember, renewed shall be blade that was broken.
– The Wandering One