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Princes of Dol Amroth
February, 25 2006
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Denise wrote: Could it have something to do with the fighting that took place in Pelargir, when Aragorn took over the Corsair fleet? It was months ago, but the King's House could very well have been a major target...
I like that idea too.
Which reminds me: I don't remember Tolkien ever saying anything about the disposition of the Gondor/Dol Amroth fleet during the Ring War. Do you and Altariel have thoughts about where Erchirion and the other captains were during that time?
Ouch. I was pondering that just the other day-little guy was watching the ROTK extended edition for the kazillionth time, and I was watching all those towns on the river burn and thinking "Where was Dol Amroth's navy?" Of course, Dol Amroth's rather extensive navy is my invention and not Tolkien's, but still, you'd think Gondor would have something of a navy, what with the old tradition of Numenorean naval superiority and it's never mentioned in the books.
The only thing I can figure is that the Corsairs came in such strength, a veritable Corsair Armada, that Dol Amroth's navy was not able to stop them. I suspect that the best Erchirion could accomplish was to winnow the numbers down somewhat. He probably did what he could against the impossible odds, got soundly trounced and had to withdraw to protect Dol Amroth itself, poor fellow. It's a wonder he survived to visit with his cousin after the war.
Maybe if I re-read enough Forester and O'Brien I'll address that some day.
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