Thanks Brego, I wonder a lot about Huorns to. If they had not changed the rout of the orcs to a slaughter maybe Rohan would not have felt safe riding to Gondor, and the whole fate of Middle-Earth would have been different. And yes, Gondor is very valiant to. Especially when Tolkien describes the walls, "The bones of the earth." The blood of Numenor was a mere shadow of what it had once been, but it was still very powerful. Many of the Gondor scenes made me come close to crying because they were once so vast and powerful and had dwindled with the years, until they were so weak (at least by comparison to what they once were) that they could not even people their own lands. For me Gondor is a sad story, and yet their is a possibility that Aragorn can make it prosper...
Nice thread Curufinwe. My favorite intriguing moments from LOTR are those which involve the Huorns. Are they under evolved Ents, Old Ents, Maia spirits in tree form or just animated enraged trees? Every time they are mentioned by JRRT I want to know more. If it was not for the Huorns, the outcome for Middle Earth would have been very different.
Well Curufinwe,about the population,i will try to see this out like a math.When the captains of the outlands came,they brought around 2000 men,5000 from the southeren fiefs and those defending the rammas echor osgiliath and cair andros,so about 8000 to 9500 soldiers.The gondorians were very valiant playing a key role in the battle of Pelannor fields.
Tolkien literally wrote, "their were not enough people left to people the lands of Gondor after the long siege of Barad-dur" so I am rather sure that they fell from a massive nation to one that while still strong was very weak by comparison. That is why it is a sad story, because they went from being amazingly powerful to a week nation.
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