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'''The Last Debate''' is the ninth chapter of the fifth book in ''[[The Return of the King]]''.
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| event=[[Aragorn]] holds a council with the Captains of [[Gondor]].
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'''The Last Debate''' is the ninth chapter of the first book in ''[[The Return of the King]]''.
  
===Summary===
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==Summary==
[[Gimli]] and [[Legolas]] find [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] in the [[Houses of Healing]]. The [[Hobbits]] eagerly ask questions about the [[Paths of the Dead]]. Gimli refuses to speak of the experience, but Legolas describes it. According to Legolas, after setting out from the Paths of the Dead, [[Aragorn]] led the Company and the army of the Dead to the Great River, [[Anduin]]. Invading fleets of [[Sauron]]’s allies prevented thousands of potential defenders from reaching [[Minas Tirith]]. At Aragorn’s command, the legion of Dead swept over the Enemy’s ships, causing the terrified sailors to throw themselves overboard. Aragorn released the Dead from their curse and then, gathering the local Men of Lamedon, set sail for Minas Tirith. At the end of the tale, Gimli and Legolas express their wonder that [[Mordor]]’s allies were overthrown by darkness and fear.
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[[Gimli]] and [[Legolas]] found [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] in the [[Houses of Healing]]. The [[Hobbits]] eagerly asked questions about the [[Paths of the Dead]].<ref>{{RK|Company}}</ref> Gimli refused to speak of the experience, but Legolas described it. According to Legolas, after setting out from the Paths of the Dead, [[Aragorn]] led the Company and the army of the [[Oathbreakers|Dead]] to the Great River, [[Anduin]]. Invading fleets of [[Sauron]]'s allies prevented thousands of potential defenders from reaching [[Minas Tirith]]. At Aragorn's command, the legion of Dead had swept over the Enemy’s ships, causing the terrified sailors to throw themselves overboard. Aragorn had released the Dead from their curse and then, gathering the local [[Men]] of [[Lamedon]], set sail for Minas Tirith. At the end of the tale, Gimli and Legolas expressed their wonder that [[Mordor]]’s allies were overthrown by darkness and fear.<ref>{{RK|Battle}}</ref>
  
While the four companions share their stories, Aragorn holds a meeting of the lords in his tent outside the city. [[Gandalf]] tells the assembled captains that Mordor has not yet unleashed the greater part of its army. Though Minas Tirith has fought back the first assault, the next will be much stronger. In addition, the [[The One Ring|Ring of Power]] is now somewhere within the borders of Mordor. Should Sauron seize [[The One Ring|the Ring]], all hope would be lost. Gandalf suggests an assault on the Black Gate of Mordor, reasoning that it is impossible to defeat Mordor without destroying the Ring, and that the [[Eye of Sauron]] must be diverted from the [[Ring-bearers|Ring-bearer]] as long as possible. Gandalf predicts that Sauron will think that Aragorn has taken possession of the Ring and, rash with pride, has chosen to attack Mordor. Gandalf believes that while attacking Mordor may prove fatal, it is their duty to defend against evil while it remains in their power to do so. The Captains agree to this plan.
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While the four companions shared their stories, Aragorn held a meeting of the lords in his tent outside the city. [[Gandalf]] told the assembled captains that Mordor had not yet unleashed the greater part of its army. Though Minas Tirith had fought back the first assault, the next would be much stronger. In addition, the [[The One Ring|Ring of Power]] was now somewhere within the borders of Mordor.<ref>{{TT|Choices}}</ref> Should Sauron seize it, all hope would be lost. Gandalf suggested an assault on the [[Black Gate]] of Mordor, reasoning that it was impossible to defeat Mordor without destroying the Ring, and that the [[Eye of Sauron]] must be diverted from the [[Ring-bearers|Ring-bearer]] as long as possible. Gandalf predicted that Sauron would think that Aragorn had taken possession of the Ring and, rash with pride, had chosen to attack Mordor. Gandalf believed that while attacking Mordor may prove fatal, it was their duty to defend against evil while it remained in their power to do so. The Captains agreed to this plan.
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[[Category:The Return of the King chapters|Last Debate]]

Latest revision as of 23:29, 6 February 2018

The Last Debate
Chapter of The Return of the King
Number9
Synopsis
EventAragorn holds a council with the Captains of Gondor.
Date16 March 3019
LocationMinas Tirith
PerspectiveMerry and Peregrin
Navigation
<  The Houses of Healing
The Black Gate Opens  >

The Last Debate is the ninth chapter of the first book in The Return of the King.

[edit] Summary

Gimli and Legolas found Merry and Pippin in the Houses of Healing. The Hobbits eagerly asked questions about the Paths of the Dead.[1] Gimli refused to speak of the experience, but Legolas described it. According to Legolas, after setting out from the Paths of the Dead, Aragorn led the Company and the army of the Dead to the Great River, Anduin. Invading fleets of Sauron's allies prevented thousands of potential defenders from reaching Minas Tirith. At Aragorn's command, the legion of Dead had swept over the Enemy’s ships, causing the terrified sailors to throw themselves overboard. Aragorn had released the Dead from their curse and then, gathering the local Men of Lamedon, set sail for Minas Tirith. At the end of the tale, Gimli and Legolas expressed their wonder that Mordor’s allies were overthrown by darkness and fear.[2]

While the four companions shared their stories, Aragorn held a meeting of the lords in his tent outside the city. Gandalf told the assembled captains that Mordor had not yet unleashed the greater part of its army. Though Minas Tirith had fought back the first assault, the next would be much stronger. In addition, the Ring of Power was now somewhere within the borders of Mordor.[3] Should Sauron seize it, all hope would be lost. Gandalf suggested an assault on the Black Gate of Mordor, reasoning that it was impossible to defeat Mordor without destroying the Ring, and that the Eye of Sauron must be diverted from the Ring-bearer as long as possible. Gandalf predicted that Sauron would think that Aragorn had taken possession of the Ring and, rash with pride, had chosen to attack Mordor. Gandalf believed that while attacking Mordor may prove fatal, it was their duty to defend against evil while it remained in their power to do so. The Captains agreed to this plan.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Choices of Master Samwise"