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Host of the West (Arnor)

This article is about the army during the Angmar War. For the army against Morgoth in the War of Wrath, see Host of the Valar.

The Host of the West was a combined allied force of Elves and Dúnedain.

[edit] Formation

The host composed of a vast army from Gondor (actually just a small force compared to the full might of Gondor) that arrived in a massive fleet, which could barely find harborage, even after filling Forlond, Harlond, and the Grey Havens. Alongside the Gondorians were allied Northmen of Rhovanion with their horses from the Vales of Anduin. Earnur led the cavalry during the Battle.

Círdan, Lord of Lindon, summoned all who would fight from the Elves of Lindon, as well as the remnants of the Dúnedain of the North. Among the forces of former Arthedain were some Hobbits from the Shire.[1]

The main body of the Allies' horsemen, was to pass around the hills to surprise Fornost from the north.

[edit] History

In T.A. 1973 Arthedain was in danger and King Eärnil II sent his son Prince Earnur and a massive fleet to their aid. After Arnor fell to Angmar, Prince Eärnur and his fleet reached belatedly Lindon to the aid of Arthedain.

Although it was too late, the fleet and the host it brought, seemed so massive, that there was much joy and wonder among Elves and Men. The allied host, led by Cirdan and Earnur, marched east across the river Lune to Fornost to challenge the Witch-king, and crushed him at the Battle of Fornost (T.A. 1975).

After the main part of the Battle, the Host was joined by a force of Elves of Rivendell led by Glorfindel, who chased the Witch-king.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"