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The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Date: 15 March III 3019
Location: surrounding Minas Tirith*
Good Guys Killed: Théoden
Bad Guys Killed: The Witch-King of Angmar

*  Minas Tirith is surrounded by an outer wall called the Rammas Echor that extends to the Anduin in the south and beyond the cross-roads to the north. The Pelennor Fields lie within this wall.

© Alan Lee
Click here to view a map of the Pelennor.

Who Fought?

In "The Atlas of Middle-Earth," Karen Wynn Fonstad gives a really great table describing the forces and numbers on both sides of the battle. Here are some of those numbers:

Gondor & Allies
Southern Fiefs from Lossarnach and Dol Amroth 2,400 (including bowmen, "fisher-folk" and hillmen)
The Rohirrim from Rohan 6,000 cavalry
The Guard from Minas Tirith 2,000
Aragorn from the South 1,000
The Dúnedain from the North 30

Mordor & Allies
The Witch-King from Mordor 20,000
The Southrons from Harad 18,000
The Easterlings from Khand 7,000

Specific Events of the Battle:

    The death of King Théoden - The Riders of the Mark arrived after the battle had begun, relieving the forces of Gondor and the Dúnedain. At this time, The Witch-King of Angmar fought with King Théoden, who was consequently slain after falling from his horse.

    The death of the Witch-King of Angmar - Seeing her beloved uncle's fall, Éowyn, who had disguised herself as the knight Dernhelm in order to fight, engaged the Witch-King and, with the help of Meriadoc Brandybuck, was able to slay him.

    The death of the Steward Denethor - While the battle occurred outside the walls of Minas Tirith, Faramir and Boromir's father Denethor succumbed to the madness of one of the lost palantírs and, sensing his kingdom was about to fall, committed suicide atop a funeral pyre. He attempted to take his wounded son Faramir with him, but Peregrin Took and Gandalf were able to save the captain's life.

    The arrival of Aragorn - After retreating into the White Mountains following the battle at Helm's Deep, Aragorn visited the Paths of the Dead and gathered the ghostly army to aid him in rescuing Gondor. They arrived from southern waterways into the Pelennor--the literal "Return of the King."