The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien
Dates
The first Host of the West fought the War of Wrath between I 545 and I 587; the second fought in III 1975, and the third in III 3019
Races
The first Host was composed primarily of Elves led by Maiar; both the second and third were formed around armies of the Men of Gondor

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 1 May 2019
  • This entry is complete

Host of the West

An army allied against a Dark Lord

A term used for several different forces that marched against both Morgoth and Sauron at different points in history. The earliest and greatest of the Hosts of the West was the force sent by the Valar against Morgoth at the end of the First Age, who fought a war so terrible that it broke the lands of Middle-earth. They subdued the first Dark Lord and cast him out of the World.

The other Hosts of the West both belong to the Third Age, and both centred around Gondorian forces. The first of these was the army that was sent north from Gondor in III 1975 to the aid of Arthedain. It arrived too late to save the last remnant of the North-kingdom, but it succeeded in defeating Angmar and driving the Witch-king out of the North.

More than a thousand years later, Aragorn son of Arathorn led another Gondorian Host against the Witch-king's master Sauron in the War of the Ring. This Host of the West marched to the Gates of Mordor, though militarily they were outmatched by Sauron's forces. Their purpose was to distract the Dark Lord from the mission of the Ring-bearer, and in this they succeeded, allowing Frodo Baggins to bring the One Ring to Mount Doom, leading to the end of the War of the Ring.


Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 1 May 2019
  • This entry is complete

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2017, 2019. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

Website services kindly sponsored by Discus, the DISC profiling solution.
About the DISC Style Card: the Planner style type is patient, thoughtful, persistent, even and calm.
The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Menu
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry