In the year 3019 of the Third Age, Sauron sent forth his legions from Minas Morgul, the City of Sorcery and Lair of the Witch-king, towards Minas Tirith.

They besieged the White City for a whole day after the Rammos Echor, a vast wall surrounding the quiet farmlands of the Pelennor Fields outside the City, was broken and the fields overrun.

The Lord of the Nazgûl used catapults, battering rams and siege towers, but could not take the wall until Grond boomed and the Great Gate fell. Victory was near for Sauron’s legions, yet at that moment, horns filled the plain, and Théoden arrived with the Riders of the Mark, leaving his own country to save what was left of the day.

Thus began the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and great was the slaughter that day, for although the Rohirrim broke through the flank of their surprised enemy, Mordor’s army was still too strong to be defeated by six thousand horsemen.

But luck turned against the allied forces. Théoden King fell there, far from his own lands, and Denethor, the Steward of Gondor, killed himself on a pyre.

And from the River in the South, new forces of the Enemy came in, the mercenaries from Umbar, carried by the Black Fleet.

Yet the wind turned: Éowyn, daughter of Éomund, revealed herself and slew the Witch-king of Angmar, aided by Merry.
And the banner of Kings was unfurled as the Black Ships unloaded, and from the fleet Aragorn, Elendil’s Heir, came forth, together with the soldiers of the southern provinces.
The Armies of Mordor were crushed between hammer and anvil, and fortune had proven lucky.

All hope then turned towards the Ringbearer.

Written by Eärnil_Captain_Of_Gondor