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The '''Grey Company''' was a company of [[Northern Dúnedain]] commanded by [[Aragorn]]'s kinsman [[Halbarad]]. In the company of [[Elladan]] and [[Elrohir]], they rode south to fight beside their Chieftain Aragorn in the [[War of the Ring]]. They found Aragorn near the [[Fords of Isen]], accompanied him through the [[Paths of the Dead]], and on to the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]], where Halbarad fell.
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[[Image:Jef Murray - The Grey Company.jpg|thumb|''The Grey Company'' by [[Jef Murray]]]]
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The '''Grey Company''' was a company of thirty [[Dúnedain of Arnor|Northern Dúnedain]] (clad in grey) commanded by [[Aragorn]]'s kinsman [[Halbarad]].<ref name="Grey">{{RK|V2}}</ref>
  
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== History ==
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The company, aided by [[Elladan]] and [[Elrohir]], rode south to fight beside their [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain|Chieftain]] Aragorn in the [[War of the Ring]], after they received a mysterious message requesting that they come to his aid. They found him near [[Dol Baran]] before dawn on [[6 March]], {{TA|3019}}<ref name="Great">{{App|Great}}</ref>. Halbarad gave his kinsman a standard, which was a gift from [[Arwen]], and Elrohir conveyed a message from Rivendell to take the [[Paths of the Dead]]. They journeyed with the [[Rohirrim]] to [[Helm's Deep]], where they parted ways.<ref name="Grey"/>
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The Rangers rode through the plains of [[Rohan]] and reached [[Dunharrow]] by morning of [[7 March]].<ref name="Great"/> Théoden had not yet arrived, and [[Éowyn]] in vain begged Aragorn to avoid the Paths of the Dead.<ref name="Grey"/>
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Spurred only by the strength of Aragorn's will, the Company with [[Legolas]] and [[Gimli]] entered the dark path [[8 March|the next day]]. At midnight Aragorn summoned the Dead at a clearing to follow him to the [[Stone of Erech]]. After creeping in the darkness for what seemed like ages, the Company emerged from the Paths and rode quickly through the mountain fields with the Dead behind. They followed the river [[Morthond]] briefly to [[Erech]]. The inhabitants of the surrounding countryside fled in fear, calling Aragorn the "King of the Dead".
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[[File:Abe Papakhian - Oathbreakers, Why Have Ye Come (colour).jpg|thumb|left|At the Stone of Erech]]
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Arriving at the large, black Stone of Erech, the legion of the Oathbreakers announced their allegiance to Aragorn. Aragorn unfurled a black flag and pronounced himself the [[Heir of Isildur]]’s kingdom. The Company rides on to Anduin.<ref name="Grey"/>
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On [[9 March]]<ref name="Great"/> they led the [[Oathbreakers]] over [[Tarlang's Neck]], across the [[Ciril]] and [[Ethring]] on the way to [[Pelargir]] and reached [[Calembel]].<ref name="Grey"/> [[10 March|A day later]] they passed across the river [[Ringló]].
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While in [[Lamedon]], the Dead drove forth the assailants from [[Linhir]], but the staunch defenders fled as well, except for [[Angbor]]. Aragorn bade him gather his folk and follow them. After Linhir they reached [[Lebennin]]. The [[Corsairs of Umbar]] were beaten back to [[Pelargir]] the [[12 March|next day]].
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[[Image:Darrell Sweet - The Fleet of Harad.jpg|thumb|''The Fleet of Harad'' by Darrell Sweet]]
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On [[13 March]]<ref name="Great"/> they found Pelargir overrun by Corsairs once again with fifty great ships and many more smaller vessels ready to sail to [[Harlond (Gondor)|Harlond]]. The Company and the Dead drove the Corsairs away. After manning the [[Black Ships]], Aragorn released the curse of the Dead.<ref name="Debate">{{RK|Debate}}</ref> Halbarad captained a Corsair ship and they sailed toward Harlond.
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They arrived at the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]] on [[15 March]],<ref name="Great"/> where Halbarad fell.<ref>{{RK|V6}}</ref>
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==Portrayal in Adaptations ==
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'''1980: [[The Return of the King (1980 film)|''The Return of the King'' (1980 film)]]:'''
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:In the opening narration, Gandalf mentions Aragorn travels with a small band of kinsmen.
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'''2010-: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
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:The Grey Company forms during ''Volume III: Allies of the King''. There are more than thirty [[Rangers of the North|Rangers]] in the company, but by the time they meet with Aragorn their numbers are reduced to thirty. Members of the Grey Company include many of the important rangers met over the epic storyline in the game, including Calenglad, Candaith, Corunir, Daervunn, Dagoras, Golodir, Halbarad, Halros, Lothrandir, Mincham and Saeradan.
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Latest revision as of 06:42, 16 February 2013

The Grey Company by Jef Murray

The Grey Company was a company of thirty Northern Dúnedain (clad in grey) commanded by Aragorn's kinsman Halbarad.[1]

[edit] History

The company, aided by Elladan and Elrohir, rode south to fight beside their Chieftain Aragorn in the War of the Ring, after they received a mysterious message requesting that they come to his aid. They found him near Dol Baran before dawn on 6 March, T.A. 3019[2]. Halbarad gave his kinsman a standard, which was a gift from Arwen, and Elrohir conveyed a message from Rivendell to take the Paths of the Dead. They journeyed with the Rohirrim to Helm's Deep, where they parted ways.[1]

The Rangers rode through the plains of Rohan and reached Dunharrow by morning of 7 March.[2] Théoden had not yet arrived, and Éowyn in vain begged Aragorn to avoid the Paths of the Dead.[1]

Spurred only by the strength of Aragorn's will, the Company with Legolas and Gimli entered the dark path the next day. At midnight Aragorn summoned the Dead at a clearing to follow him to the Stone of Erech. After creeping in the darkness for what seemed like ages, the Company emerged from the Paths and rode quickly through the mountain fields with the Dead behind. They followed the river Morthond briefly to Erech. The inhabitants of the surrounding countryside fled in fear, calling Aragorn the "King of the Dead".

At the Stone of Erech

Arriving at the large, black Stone of Erech, the legion of the Oathbreakers announced their allegiance to Aragorn. Aragorn unfurled a black flag and pronounced himself the Heir of Isildur’s kingdom. The Company rides on to Anduin.[1]

On 9 March[2] they led the Oathbreakers over Tarlang's Neck, across the Ciril and Ethring on the way to Pelargir and reached Calembel.[1] A day later they passed across the river Ringló.

While in Lamedon, the Dead drove forth the assailants from Linhir, but the staunch defenders fled as well, except for Angbor. Aragorn bade him gather his folk and follow them. After Linhir they reached Lebennin. The Corsairs of Umbar were beaten back to Pelargir the next day.

The Fleet of Harad by Darrell Sweet

On 13 March[2] they found Pelargir overrun by Corsairs once again with fifty great ships and many more smaller vessels ready to sail to Harlond. The Company and the Dead drove the Corsairs away. After manning the Black Ships, Aragorn released the curse of the Dead.[3] Halbarad captained a Corsair ship and they sailed toward Harlond.

They arrived at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields on 15 March,[2] where Halbarad fell.[4]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

1980: The Return of the King (1980 film):

In the opening narration, Gandalf mentions Aragorn travels with a small band of kinsmen.

2010-: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Grey Company forms during Volume III: Allies of the King. There are more than thirty Rangers in the company, but by the time they meet with Aragorn their numbers are reduced to thirty. Members of the Grey Company include many of the important rangers met over the epic storyline in the game, including Calenglad, Candaith, Corunir, Daervunn, Dagoras, Golodir, Halbarad, Halros, Lothrandir, Mincham and Saeradan.

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Last Debate"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"