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Tolkien at UVM - 2012 summer - week 3 - army of the dead

The Shire

Jul 21 2012, 3:48pm

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When the Heir of Isildur summons the spirits of the Dead at the Stone of Erech, a pact is made: if they help Aragorn rid "this land" of the servants of the Enemy, he will consider their oath fulfilled. "This land" seems to have meant the southern (coastal) lands of Gondor around the Anduin's delta, and the Shadow Host, as they're called, helps Aragorn defeat the army of Southrons even as they are preparing to embark in their black fleet up the Anduin.

Question: Could Aragorn have used the words "this land" to mean Gondor (or even Middle-earth) and kept this army of the dead in his service not only in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields but also in his march on the Morannon. In fact, why doesn't he lead this army against Sauron's forces in Mordor? Is it merely that they owed Isildur's Heir service in one battle, or might Sauron have wrested control of them away from Aragorn in his own realm?

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Tolkien at UVM - 2012 summer - week 3 - army of the dead bglenney_uvm Send a private message to bglenney_uvm Jul 21 2012, 3:48pm
    They did what Aragorn needed. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Jul 21 2012, 6:06pm
    Aragorn keeps his promises. Mim Send a private message to Mim Jul 21 2012, 10:13pm
    First of all, the Shadow Host broke their oath Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 22 2012, 3:07am
    easy prey for the Necromancer Felagund Send a private message to Felagund Jul 23 2012, 7:16pm
        I think you nailed the answer CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jul 24 2012, 5:19pm


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