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March 27–28, S.R. 1419 (T.A. 3019)

The Tale of Years gives late March dates for two victories in the north that followed fast upon the destruction of the Ring.

March 27. Bard II and Thorin III Stonehelm drive the enemy from Dale.   28  Celeborn crosses Anduin; destruction of Dol Guldur begun.

From a prose summary of these victories that precedes the dates themselves in the Tale of Years, we can produce plausible summaries.

The Shire-Reckoning · Mar 27 · 2:35 pm

Ten days ago King Brand and King Dáin died defending the gates of Erebor. Now their sons Bard and Thorin lead the men and dwarves out of the mountain to retake Dale. The Easterlings are soon in full retreat.

They will rule as King Bard II of Dale and King Thorin III of Erebor.

The Shire-Reckoning · Mar 28 · 7:30 am

The Lord Celeborn leads a host of the Elves of Lórien across the Anduin by boat and invades southern Mirkwood, determined to lift its shadows and rout its monsters.

The Shire-Reckoning · Mar 28 · 5:55 pm

The Lord Celeborn’s elven-host reaches the old fortress of Dol Guldur, whose Orcs made recent assaults on both Thranduil’s realm and Lórien. The Lady Galadriel begins the work of tearing down its walls and opening its dungeons.

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