It is clear to me that the Enemy has long planned an assault on us,
We cannot assault the mountains of — of yonder realm.
Now he was one small soldier in a city preparing for a great assault, clad in the proud but sombre manner of the Tower of Guard.
It was no brigand or orc-chieftain that ordered the assault upon the Lord of Mordor’s greatest foe.
Now at last in the middle night the assault was loosed.
Ever since the middle night the great assault had gone on.
But all seem drawn off to the assault.
Chapter 6 The Battle of the Pelennor Fields But it was no orc-chieftain or brigand that led the assault upon Gondor.
Hardly has our strength sufficed to beat off the first great assault.
Indeed the force that we lead east need not be great enough for any assault in earnest upon Mordor, so long as it be great enough to challenge battle.
I judge that we could lead out seven thousands of horse and foot, and yet leave the City in better defence than it was when the assault began.
Then even as he thought these things the first assault crashed into them.
And, maybe,’ said Imrahil, ’the road that leads thence to the pass above will prove an easier way of assault upon the Dark Lord than his northern gate.
’I wish Merry was here,’ he heard himself saying, and quick thoughts raced through his mind, even as he watched the enemy come charging to the assault.
He studies the signs: the Sword that robbed him of his treasure re-made; the winds of fortune turning in our favour, and the defeat unlooked-for of his first assault the fall of his great Captain.
But in the front towards Mordor where the first bitter assault would come there stood the sons of Elrond on the left with the Dunedain about them, and on the right the Prince Imrahil with the men of Dol Amroth tall and fair, and picked men of the Tower of Guard.
They were come to the last end of their folly, and stood forlorn and chill in the grey light of early day before towers and walls which their army could not assault with hope, not even if it had brought thither engines of great power, and the Enemy had no more force than would suffice for the manning of the gate and wall alone.
This is what it is, Mr. Baggins, said the leader of the Shirriffs, a two-feather hobbit: ’You’re arrested for Gate-breaking, and Tearing up of Rules, and Assaulting Gate-keepers, and Trespassing, and Sleeping in Shire-buildings without Leave, and Bribing Guards with Food.’