The Grey Company
> Grey Company
The Grey Company,
to a message sent by Galadriel
to Rivendell, rode from the North to Rohan
joining him just before he entered the Paths of the Dead. They were
Dunedain, grim of face, like weathered rocks, mostly silent, and
were armed with spears, bows, and swords. They wore dark grey, hooded
the hoods covering helms. Each cloak was pinned on the left shoulder
a brooch shaped like a rayed star, possibly in honor of Earendil. They
nothing that would catch the light. They made the riders of Rohan
almost as boys. With them they brought the standard made by Arwen with
Aragorn would proclaim himself as the returning king. Also welcome,
brought his horse, Roheryn, also from Arwen. All the horses were strong
and proud, but
rough-haired from weather.
was of that company, speaking for the
group. He bore the standard of the High King, Aragorn, his kinsman.
and Elrohir, sons of Elrond and brothers to
rode with them in gear less somber. Elrohir brought word from Elrond to
"The days are short. If thou are in haste, remember the Paths of the
Later was added, "Bid Aragorn remember the words of the seer, and the
of the Dead." Elrohir also brought a silver horn, which he gave to
Aragorn to summon the Oath-breakers
to redeem themselves.
The Grey Company traveled with Aragorn to the rout
of the Corsairs
of Umbar, took over the ships and went with Aragorn to the battle
for Minas Tirith, then on to the Black Gates. They continued to support
him loyally thereafter.
Reference: Return of the King: "The Passing of the Grey Company"