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In the year S.R. 1418
[In some editions,
the Tale of Years gives this as the date on which Gandalf meets Radagast.
The main text, however, twice places their meeting on Midyear's Day:
(a) Gandalf at the Council of Elrond quotes Radagast as saying
The forces of Sauron make a sudden attack upon the ruins of the ancient city of Osgiliath that straddle the River Anduin. Not only are allied Easterlings and Haradrim present for the battle, but Sauron for the first time deploys openly the Nazgûl, who exert their terror to drive back the soldiers of Gondor and take the eastern half of the ruins.
They fail to push across the river, however, for Boromir and Faramir — the sons of the Ruling Steward — hold the eastern end of the bridge with a few remaining soldiers until the rest of their forces are able to destroy the bridge behind them. Of the soldiers then trapped on the eastern bank, only the two brothers and two other others are able to swim the river and return alive.
But the main objective of Sauron is accomplished: to make it appear as for the sake of the attack that the Nine had been sent forth from Mordor and Dol Guldur, so that their appearance in the West will be thought an act of war rather than the beginnings of his hunt for the Ruling Ring.
At around the same time as the Nazgûl assault Osgiliath, Orcs move over the mountains into northern Mirkwood and attack the Wood-elves who hold Gollum hostage. Though they are successful in freeing Gollum, the Orcs themselves are apparently unable to apprehend him, and Gollum disappears into the woods and travels southeast.
Gandalf meets Aragorn at Sarn Ford and informs him that Frodo will be leaving for Rivendell in September.
Gandalf breakfasts at Bag End, having arrived yesterday after an absence of more than nine years. He explains to Frodo that the magic ring Bilbo left him is in fact the Ruling Ring of Sauron, forged long ago so that through it his will could dominate the Three Rings of the Elves and, eventually, all of Middle-earth. Frodo accepts that he will have to leave the Shire with the Ring, and when Sam is caught eavesdropping Gandalf designates him as Frodo's travelling companion.
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In the year S.R. 1419
Gandalf takes Aragorn onto the desolate heights of the mountain behind Minas Tirith. At the edge of the snow they find a sapling of the White Tree of Gondor with which Aragorn replaces the dead remains of the white tree which have been standing in the court of the Citadel.
Elrond, his sons, and the High-elves with them in Edoras set out on the final road by which they will bring Arwen to Minas Tirith for her to wed the King.
The two sons of Elrond ride out from Edoras to meet the procession of High-elves riding from Lórien and escort their sister into the city.
After resting a week beneath the trees of Lórien, Elrond and Arwen leave to continue their journey south to Minas Tirith where he will give her hand to the King in marriage. They are joined by Galadriel and Celeborn, who will also visit Minas Tirith to see this last betrothal between Elves and Men.
Having left Rivendell at the beginning of May, Elrond and Arwen reach Lórien after coming safely over the Redhorn Pass and down the Silverlode.
A week after the coronation of the King, the new King Éomer leaves Minas Tirith with his sister Éowyn to return to Edoras and set in order his own kingdom. He will also prepare a new mound at the foot of the city to receive the body of King Théoden when his body returns to Edoras in two months; in the meantime Théoden lies in state in the White Tower.
Frodo and his companions remain in Minas Tirith at the insistence of Aragorn, who awaits the riding of the High Elves in which Elrond will bring his bride Arwen now that he has become the King Elessar.
Elrond leaves Rivendell with his daughter Arwen for the two-month journey south to Minas Tirith where he will give her in marriage to the King.