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Battles of the Fords of Isen

The Battles of the Fords of the Isen were the first battles in the War of the Ring. In order to invade Rohan, Saruman had to cross the river Isen first (as well as take care of other things). The first battle, known as the First Battle of the Fords of Isen was on 25 February T.A. 3019. Its main objective seems to have been to kill Théodred (in which Saruman succeeded). In the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen on March 2, Saruman finally won passage over the river, beating a heavily outnumbered army of Rohirrim under Grimbold and Elfhelm.

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