The forces of Isengard prepare to assault The Hornburg.
|Treebeard leads the ents against the elusive wargs.|
Meanwhile, Aragorn had found his way to the Hornburg, only to see that the Rohan army led by Theodred and Eomer had been defeated at the Fords of Isen and decided to retreat to the safely behind the fortress walls. They knew that the fortress would give them the best chance against the Isengard host. But King Théoden was not going to sit aside while a force of evil invaded his land. He convinced Gandalf to ride with him to Helms Deep and if this was to be their end, to make it such an end worthy of song. Théoden took four companies of the Kings Guard, while Gandalf rode with two companies of Royal knights. Along with an eored of six companies of Rohan Riders, they hoped to smash Saruman's force in the flanks as they besieged the Hornburg.
|Defenders of Helms Deep.|
|Gandalf rides forth with Rohan Knights.|
|Isengard brings ladders up to the fortress walls.|
But the tide was turning for Théoden. He made the mistake of dividing up his Royal Knights into smaller formations who were not able to mass against the fighting Uruk-hai. His loyal bodyguard Hama fought a Heroic Duel that was directed against the King by an Uruk-hai captain, only to perish underneath the evil blade. Losing riders fast, the King's sister-daughter Eowyn revealed herself amongst the riders and died in an Epic Sacrifice so that other could live. But with their companies gone, there was little Théoden and Gandalf could do, but retreat from the field hoping that the defenders of Helms Deep could defeat such reckless hate.
The assault ballista tried again and again to hit fortress gate, but only caused minimal damage. The Uruk-hai ram then tried to smash the gate, but the Uruks slipped and fell as they tried to charge up the causeway. Ultimately, the Hornburg was too strong for them this day and the Uruks, now dimished in number were forced to lift the siege and retreat back to the Fords of Isen.
The ram tries to smash the fortress gates.
Victory ultimately lay with Rohan as they had prevented Isengard from taking Helms Deep. But at what cost? The Kings Guard were destroyed along with an entire eored of Rohan Riders. Their only hope now lay with the ents who have moved out of Fangorn into Westemnet. But having learned of this, enough was enough. With his last horde of Uruk-hai now equipt for war, Saruman would lead them personally out of Isengard and crush Rohan once and for all!