Season 10 Episode 5 – The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Rammas Echor

  • A great west wind blows away the darkness in front of the Rohirrim.
  • Dernhelm breaks rank and moves close to the King. The riders pass through the wall.
  • Theoden looks upon Minas Tirith. He speaks to his riders, issuing commands to Eomer, Grimbold and Elfhelm. He blows the great horn himself.

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Pelennor

  • The Witch-King leaves the gate.
  • The Rohirrim charge into the orc lines. They overrun the northern half of the Pelennor.

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  • Elfhelm drives the orcs and siege engines into the fire pits.
  • The Witch-King mounts a fell-beast, returning to attack the Rohirrim.

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  • The Haradrim lead their cavalry and mumakil against Theoden.
  • Theoden rides through the Haradrim, slaying their chieftain. The Rohirrim force the remainder to retreat.

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Minas Tirith

  • Pippin finds Beregond at the citadel. He tells Beregond of Denethor’s plan, yet Beregond has to break orders to save Faramir.
  • Pippin finds Gandalf. Imrahil takes over defense of the gate. Gandalf rides with Pippin to the tombs.
  • Beregond attacks Denethor, but is set upon by his guards. He slays two.

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  • Gandalf arrives. He takes out the two guards and confronts Denethor. Unable to reason with him, he pushes him aside and takes Faramir from the pyre. He pleads with Denethor to go down to the battle.
  • Denethor breaks his Steward’s staff on his knee and sets himself aflame, dying on the pyre with the Palantir in his hands.

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Pelennor

  • Theoden calls his riders to him. As he does so, the Witch-King attacks him from the air, killing Snowmane. Theoden is crushed by the horse’s body. Dernhelm and Merry are knocked from their horse.
  • Dernhelm stands between the Witch-King and Theoden. She reveals herself as Eowyn.

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  • Eowyn beheads the fell-beast. The Witch-King shatters Eowyn’s shield, but is stabbed by Merry from behind. Eowyn drives her sword between the Witch-King’s helm and armour, killing him. She collapses.

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  • Merry finds Theoden alive. Eomer rides up and Eothain picks up the King’s banner. Theoden hails Eomer as king before he dies.

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  • The Haradrim return with many more horsemen and mumakil. Eomer finds Eowyn on the field. In deep anger he and his men ride towards the mumakil, crying ‘death!’
  • The King’s men bear Theoden and Eowyn off the battlefield.
  • Imrahil leads the remaining strength of the city out of the gates. He finds the King’s men and shows them Eowyn is still alive.
  • Gandalf and Pippin see their hopes fade on the battlefield. Eomer and Imrahil are surrounded and they spot the ships on the Anduin.
  • Eomer prepares for a last stand. But out of the ships comes the standard of Arwen, followed by Aragorn and 4000 men of Gondor.

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  • The three armies fight long, until the forces of Mordor retreat.
  • The river and Pelennor burn red in the night. Aragorn looks over the slain, including Forlong, Dunhere, Hirluin, Grimbold and Halbarad.

Deaths – Theoden, Witch-King, Denethor, Halbarad, Grimbold, Guthlaf, Deorwine, Duilin, Derufin, Forlong, Gothmog, Hirluin, Dunhere, Fastred

Adapted from chapters ‘The Ride of the Rohirrim’, ‘The Battle of the Pelennor Fields’ and ‘The Pyre of Denethor’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Eowyn’s Stand in the Pelennor Fields – Laurent Alquier
  • The Ride of the Rohirrim – Abe Papakhian
  • The Ride of the Rohirrim – Graham Wyckford
  • Pelennor Fields – Ruizburgos
  • The Black Serpent Founders – Anke Eissmann
  • Beregond – Magali Villeneuve
  • The Pyre of Denethor – Anke Eissmann
  • Eowyn and the Nazgul – Matt Stewart
  • Eowyn and the Witch-King – Alarie
  • Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul – Ted Nasmith
  • Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul – Donato Giancola
  • Merry and Theoden – Francesco Amadio
  • Thus Came Aragorn – Ted Nasmith
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