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Siege of Gondor

Sauron’s assault on Minas Tirith

The greatest battle of the War of the Ring came about when Sauron concentrated vast forces on the city of Minas Tirith, with the hope of overthrowing the strongest of his foes in a single strike. After gaining a crossing of the Great River at Osgiliath, a vast array of warriors and arms poured into the Pelennor Fields: Orcs, Trolls and Men under the command of Sauron's lieutenant, the Lord of the Nazgûl.

The Siege took place over three days, from 13 to 15 March III 3019. At first Sauron's forces had the upper hand, and they even succeeded in breaking through the Great Gate of Minas Tirith. As the Battle of the Pelennor was fought out, though, the tide began to turn. The arrival of the Rohirrim, as well as a fleet from the south under the command of Aragorn, finally enabled the Men of Gondor to drive the Enemy from their walls.

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