And the rout is on.
With Imrahil leading one charge, Éomer another, and Aragorn leading his force off the boats, the orcs and men caught in the middle don’t stand much of a chance. Aragorn meets Éomer in the middle, happy as they can be in the heat of battle. Éomer mentions the losses of Rohan, but Aragorn encourages him to avenge his pain for now, and they can talk when the fighting is done.
The battle rages on for the rest of the day, until sunset brings a red glow to everything strewn on the fields. All foes are either slain or fled.
I noticed that, in the rundown of forces rallying from the boats (which includes men from the regions that Aragorn undoubtedly saved from the corsairs), no ghosts are mentioned. So, apparently, even though a large part of his reason for journeying through the Paths of the Dead was to gain a risky strike force, they aren’t the reason that he turned the battle. Perhaps they were spent and released after attacking the corsair fleet. I expect that this will be touched on at some point, but it’s such a large part of the movie that Aragorn arrives with an undead menace. Again, it’s been a really, really long time since I read through this text. Are they really that unimportant in the long run?
Unrelated, but I love the visual at the end of the page when the battle is finished. Red light touches everything, though it sounds like a lot of things are red anyway. Yeah, blood. I mean blood. It’s also another moment where the red sun marks death. That’s an important symbol in Middle-earth.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 57
“Few ever came eastward to Morgul or Mordor; and to the land of the Haradrim came only a tale from far off: a rumour of the wrath and terror of Gondor.”