Part three of my review for this book (don’t worry, only one more part to go after this).
PART THREE: THE THIRD AGE
I: THE DISASTER AT GLADDEN FIELDS
In this section we hear the story of how Isildur lost the ring of power and how exactly the battle took place. Isildur was traveling northward when he and his men were beset by orcs and forced into battle. Isildur was forced to flee so the enemy would not get hold of the one ring. He was forced to put in the ring, and the last time he was ever seen by men was with a cry of pain as he donned the ring. He then went over the river, and lost the ring in the crossing at which time the orcs guarding the far shore saw and shot him through with arrows. His body fell back into the river and was lost to the current.
This was an interesting little story to read add it has such an effect on the storyline of The Lord of the Rings. So if you’re an LotR fan this story will be of great interest to you. It was brief, and revealed much more of who Isildur was in character.
II: CIRION AND EORL AND THE FRIENDSHIP OF GONDOR AND ROHAN
There is a lot of talk of battles in this chapter. Who fought where, what was taken from who, who lived where… Most of this chapter reads like a historical text on influential battles for land.