Tolkien Gateway

Surprise Attack on Umbar

(Difference between revisions)
m (Relinked)
(5 intermediate revisions by 3 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
{{unnamed}}
 
{{unnamed}}
{{battle|
+
{{battle
image=[[Image:John Howe - Corsairs of Umbar.jpg|300px]]|
+
|image=[[Image:John Howe - Corsairs of Umbar.jpg|300px]]
name=Surprise Attack on Umbar|
+
|name=Surprise Attack on Umbar
conflict=[[Corsair Wars]]|
+
|conflict=[[Corsair Wars]]
date=[[Third Age 2980|T.A. 2980]]|
+
|date={{TA|2980}}
place=The [[Haven of Umbar]]|
+
|place=[[Umbar]]
result=Victory for Gondorian naval forces, Destruction of much of the Corsair Navy|
+
|result=Victory for Gondorian naval forces, Destruction of much of the Corsair Navy
side1=[[Gondorian Military Forces#Gondorian Naval Forces|Gondorian Navy]]|
+
|side1=[[Gondorian Military Forces#Gondorian Naval Forces|Gondorian Navy]]
side2=[[Corsairs of Umbar]]|
+
|side2=[[Corsairs of Umbar]]
commanders1=[[Image:ME-Gondor.png|45px]] [[Thorongil]]|
+
|commanders1=[[Image:ME-Gondor.png|45px]] [[Thorongil]]
commanders2=[[Image:ME-Harad.png|45px]] [[Captain of Umbar]]†|
+
|commanders2=[[Image:ME-Harad.png|45px]] [[Captain of Umbar]]†
forces1=Unknown, less than 100 ships, several hundreds raiders and sailors|
+
|forces1=Unknown, less than 100 ships, several hundreds raiders and sailors
forces2=Unknown, est. thousands of Corsair soldiers and sailors, hundreds of ships|
+
|forces2=Unknown, est. thousands of Corsair soldiers and sailors, hundreds of ships
casual1=Unknown, light|
+
|casual1=Unknown, light
casual2=Unknown, many ships and an est. hundreds of sailors, Captain of Umbar|
+
|casual2=Unknown, many ships and an est. hundreds of sailors, Captain of Umbar|
 
}}
 
}}
 
+
The '''Surprise Attack on Umbar''' was a battle that took place in {{TA|2980}} upon the waters and quays of the [[Umbar|Haven of Umbar]].
The '''Surprise Attack on Umbar''' was a sea battle that took place in TA 2980.
+
  
 
==Prelude to the Battle==
 
==Prelude to the Battle==
 
+
During the reign of [[Ecthelion II]], [[Steward of Gondor]], the realm of [[Umbar]] was a grave seafaring threat to the [[Southern Fiefs]] of [[Gondor]].  The [[Corsairs]] attacked trade ships, fishing vessels, and the [[Gondorian Military Forces#Gondorian Naval Forces|Gondorian Navy]], as well as the Gondorian coast. The Steward's most trusted counselor was a man the people called [[Thorongil]].  He was very concerned about what the Corsairs could do to the coasts, and voiced his worries often to Ecthelion.  Finally Ecthelion gave him permission to tackle this menace.<ref name="Gondor">{{App|Gondor}}</ref>
During the reign of [[Ecthelion II]], [[Steward of Gondor]] the realm [[Umbar]] was a grave seafaring threat to the [[Southern Fiefs]] of Gondor.  The [[Corsairs]] attacked trade ships, fishing vessels, and [[Gondorian Military Forces#Gondorian Naval Forces|Gondorian Navy]] ships, as as the Gondorian coast.
+
The Steward's most trusted counselor was a man the people called [[Thorongil]].  He was very concerned about what the Corsairs could do to the coasts, and voiced his worries often to [[Ecthelion]].  Finally Ecthelion gave him permission to tackle this menace.
+
  
 
==The Attack==
 
==The Attack==
 
+
In {{TA|2980|n}}<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref> when all was prepared Thorongil led his small naval task force into the Gulf of Umbar to the Havens, and catching the Corsairs unprepared and unaware, they burned and destroyed many of their ships.  During the battle Thorongil slew the [[Captain of Umbar]] upon the quays, and then withdrew his forces with little loss.
When all was prepared Thorongil led his small naval task force into the Gulf of Umbar to the Havens, and catching the Corsairs unprepared and unaware, they burned and destroyed many of their ships.  During the battle Thorongil slew the [[Captain of Umbar]] on the quays, and then withdrew his forces with little loss.
+
  
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
 +
Thanks to the brilliance of Thorongil, the threat of [[Umbar]] was definitely deminished. Many of their ships were destroyed along with many of their sailors.  Thorongil would have received much praise and honor for his victory, but when the returning victors reached [[Pelargir]] he refused to return to [[Minas Tirith]].  He sent a message of farewell to [[Ecthelion II|Ecthelion]], saying: "Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate."  Though no one could guess what those tasks could be, or by whom he was summoned, they did know where went.  For he took a boat and crossed the [[Anduin]] river, and there he said farewell to his companions and went on alone; and when he was last seen he was headed toward the [[Ephel Dúath|Mountains of Shadow]].  This Thorongil turned out to be the young [[Aragorn|Aragorn II]].<ref name="Gondor"/>
  
Thanks to the brilliance of Thorongil, the threat of [[Umbar]] was definitely deterred. Many of their ships were destroyed along with many of their sailors.
+
{{references}}
Thorongil would have received much praise and honor for his victory, but when they reached [[Pelargir]] he would not return to [[Minas Tirith]] for his awards.
+
He sent a message of farewell to [[Ecthelion]], saying: "Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate."  Though no one could guess what those tasks could be, or by whom he was summoned, they did know where went.  For he took a boat and crossed the [[Anduin]] river, and there he said farewell to his companions and went on alone; and when he was last seen he was headed toward the [[Mountains of Shadow]].  This Thorongil turned out to be a young [[Aragorn II]].
+
 
+
==References==
+
* ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', [[Appendix A]].
+
 
+
 
[[Category:Conflicts of the Third Age]]
 
[[Category:Conflicts of the Third Age]]

Revision as of 10:26, 6 April 2013

"Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?" - Tom Bombadil
This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
Surprise Attack on Umbar
John Howe - Corsairs of Umbar.jpg
Conflict: Corsair Wars
Date: T.A. 2980
Place: Umbar
Outcome: Victory for Gondorian naval forces, Destruction of much of the Corsair Navy
Combatants

Gondorian Navy

Corsairs of Umbar

Commanders

ME-Gondor.png Thorongil

ME-Harad.png Captain of Umbar

Strength

Unknown, less than 100 ships, several hundreds raiders and sailors

Unknown, est. thousands of Corsair soldiers and sailors, hundreds of ships

Casualties

Unknown, light

Unknown, many ships and an est. hundreds of sailors, Captain of Umbar

The Surprise Attack on Umbar was a battle that took place in T.A. 2980 upon the waters and quays of the Haven of Umbar.

Contents

Prelude to the Battle

During the reign of Ecthelion II, Steward of Gondor, the realm of Umbar was a grave seafaring threat to the Southern Fiefs of Gondor. The Corsairs attacked trade ships, fishing vessels, and the Gondorian Navy, as well as the Gondorian coast. The Steward's most trusted counselor was a man the people called Thorongil. He was very concerned about what the Corsairs could do to the coasts, and voiced his worries often to Ecthelion. Finally Ecthelion gave him permission to tackle this menace.[1]

The Attack

In 2980[2] when all was prepared Thorongil led his small naval task force into the Gulf of Umbar to the Havens, and catching the Corsairs unprepared and unaware, they burned and destroyed many of their ships. During the battle Thorongil slew the Captain of Umbar upon the quays, and then withdrew his forces with little loss.

Aftermath

Thanks to the brilliance of Thorongil, the threat of Umbar was definitely deminished. Many of their ships were destroyed along with many of their sailors. Thorongil would have received much praise and honor for his victory, but when the returning victors reached Pelargir he refused to return to Minas Tirith. He sent a message of farewell to Ecthelion, saying: "Other tasks now call me, lord, and much time and many perils must pass, ere I come again to Gondor, if that be my fate." Though no one could guess what those tasks could be, or by whom he was summoned, they did know where went. For he took a boat and crossed the Anduin river, and there he said farewell to his companions and went on alone; and when he was last seen he was headed toward the Mountains of Shadow. This Thorongil turned out to be the young Aragorn II.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"