Faramir's defense of Osgiliath
This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
|Faramir's defense of Osgiliath|
|Conflict: War of the Ring|
|Date: 12 March T.A. 3019|
|Place: The ruins of western Osgiliath|
|Outcome: Victory for Sauron, gaining the crossing of the Anduin River|
Unknown, the men of Gondor
Unknown, forces of Mordor, Southrons, Haradwaith
|War of the Ring|
|Osgiliath (1) · Fords of Isen · Isengard · Hornburg · Osgiliath (2) · Dale · Siege of Gondor · Pelennor Fields · Black Gate · Dol Guldur · Bywater|
Two days after the departure of Frodo Baggins from Henneth Annûn, Faramir returned to Minas Tirith. Early in the morning of the next day Denethor ordered his son to Osgiliath, hoping to make the Enemy pay dearly for the crossing of the river. Although Faramir warned that Sauron could easily afford to lose ten times Gondor's losses, and that those so far afield would find retreat perilous, Denethor insisted that Faramir defend the ruined city because no army could cross the river north of Cair Andros or southwards towards Lebennin. After the meeting of the Council Faramir took what strength he could to Osgiliath.
On 12 March, T.A. 3019, Sauron's army met and shoved Faramir's scratch forces west out of Osgiliath. Although the Enemy did pay dearly for the crossing, it was less than hoped. In secret, numerous floats and barges had been built in East Osgiliath which allowed Sauron's forces to swarm like beetles upon the defenders.
Portrayal in adaptations
The movie version of The Return of the King by Peter Jackson condensed the battle. In the book, Denethor did not order Faramir on a suicidal cavalry charge against Osgiliath, although Faramir did regard the order to go to help defend Osgiliath ill-advised. Also, in the movie the Causeway Forts and the Rammas Echor did not exist.