Candles were lit in their chamber, for only a dim twilight came through the windows; the air was heavy as with approaching thunder.
As the king approached many men sprang up out of the shadow of the rocks; and when they saw the king they cried with glad voices: ’Theoden King!
An hour long prepared approaches.
On they came, reckless of their loss as they approached, still bunched and herded, within the range of bowmen on the wall.
The Tower trembles; to the tombs of kings doom approaches.
The road that we have climbed is the approach to the Door, yonder in the Dimholt.
None of the people of the valley dared to approach it, nor would they dwell near; for they said that it was a trysting-place of the Shadow-men, and there they would gather in times of fear, thronging round the Stone and whispering.
And as each length of trench was completed, they could see great wains approaching; and soon yet more companies of the enemy were swiftly setting up, each behind the cover of a trench, great engines for the casting of missiles.
It was through a mist that presently he saw the van of the men of Gondor approaching.
And if it had also been its purpose to defend the Mountain against all approach, it could scarcely have done more.
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Footsteps were approaching.
For Anduin, from the bend at the Harlond, so flowed that from the City men could look down it lengthwise for some leagues, and the far-sighted could see any ships that approached.
Then without taking counsel or waiting for the approach of the men of the City, he spurred headlong back to the front of the great host, and blew a horn, and cried aloud for the onset.
For in their last march the Captains had turned away from the old road as it bent east, and avoided the peril of the lurking hills, and so now they were approaching the Morannon from the north-west, even as Frodo had done.
But far worse than all such perils was the ever-approaching threat that beat upon them as they went: the dreadful menace of the Power that waited, brooding in deep thought and sleepless malice behind the dark veil about its Throne.
And as the Hobbits approached swords were unsheathed, and spears were shaken, and horns and trumpets sang, and men cried with many voices and in many tongues: _’Long live the Halflings! Praise them with great praise! Cuio i Pheriain anann! Aglar’ni Pheriannath! Praise them with great praise, Frodo and Samwise! Daur a Berhael, Conin en Annun! Eglerio! Praise them! Eglerio! A laita te, laita te! Andave laituvalmet! Praise them! Cormacolindor, a laita tarienna! Praise them! The…