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First Battle of the Fords of Isen

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First Battle of the Fords of Isen
Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: February 25
Place: The Fords of Isen, and the along road to Isengard 20 miles north
Outcome: Forces of Saruman retreat

Men from the Westfold and Edoras

Uruks and Dunlendings

  • Théodred *Grimbold *Elfhelm



11 mounted companies and 1 company of archers (around 1400) Men from the Westfold, Elfhelm comes later leading four companies (nearly 500) from Edoras

Over 2000 Uruks, Dunlendings and orc wolfriders


Several hundred

Hundreds more than the Rohirrim

This being the first of the Battles of the Fords of Isen. Saruman attacked the Rohirrim army under the command of Théodred, Grimbold, and Elfhelm. Théodred and the King's only heir were slain in the attack, this was later discovered to be Saruman's main objective. After Théodred was slain the armies withdrew.

War of the Ring
Osgiliath (1) · Fords of Isen · Isengard · Hornburg · Osgiliath (2) · Dale · Siege of Gondor · Pelennor Fields · Black Gate · Dol Guldur · Bywater