The Grey Company

by Varda-(Valar)
Jan. 10, 2003
Mankind > Grey Company

    The Grey Company, responding to a message sent by Galadriel to Rivendell, rode from the North to Rohan to aid Aragorn, joining him just before he entered the Paths of the Dead. They were thirty northern Rangers, Dunedain, grim of face, like weathered rocks, mostly silent, and courteous. They were armed with spears, bows, and swords. They wore dark grey, hooded cloaks, the hoods covering helms. Each cloak was pinned on the left shoulder with a brooch shaped like a rayed star, possibly in honor of Earendil. They wore nothing that would catch the light. They made the riders of Rohan appear almost as boys. With them they brought the standard made by Arwen with which Aragorn would proclaim himself as the returning king. Also welcome, they brought his horse, Roheryn, also from Arwen. All the horses were strong and proud, but rough-haired from weather.
    Halbarad was of that company, speaking for the group. He bore the standard of the High King, Aragorn, his kinsman.
    Elladan and Elrohir, sons of Elrond and brothers to Arwen, rode with them in gear less somber. Elrohir brought word from Elrond to Aragorn: "The days are short. If thou are in haste, remember the Paths of the Dead." Later was added, "Bid Aragorn remember the words of the seer, and the Paths 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"