On Friday, 11 October 2013 at 05:11:49 UTC, Walter Bright wrote:
It's the first battle signaling the end of Middle Earth, and the rise of the Age of D. The old guard will be sailing to the Grey Havens soon.
Hmmm, dodgy metaphor. The departure of the ringbearers heralds the new age, but it's the one in which all the beautiful magical things of Middle Earth will fade away and be lost ... :-P
(Can you tell who re-read LOTR recently?:-)