As our main heroes recover and recoup, the war isn’t over. I mean, it’s basically over, but like in other wars, the fighting lasted longer than we’d think.
Take the Civil War, for example. After Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomatox, there was still a month of hard fighting in the Carolinas. Even more out west. The same was true during the War of the Ring.
The Siege of Erebor is lifted
By any reckoning, the baddies had lost when Sauron was sent packing with the destruction of the Ring. And while we’re told that the Enemy fighting the Battle of the Morannon were demoralized when that happened, the same couldn’t be said for Sauron’s forces elsewhere.
The Easterlings had attacked Dale on March 17th. The Dwarves and Men of Dale fought hard, but were ultimately pushed back into Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, and a siege ensued.
Whether word reached the Easterlings of Sauron’s defeat or they just felt it, they too were disheartened. They were not, however, defeated.
On this day, Bard II and Thorin III Stonehelm launched an assault to break the siege.
This is really all we know about the battle. Tolkien never really dug into it more.
Also at this time, Celebor was marching his army to Dol Guldur.
Yes, spring! Today is the first day of spring. While many of the dates in Shire Reckoning sound like our dates (and generally can be applied), some, like equinoxes and solstices, are different. Or rather, they are the same, but the dates around them are differently named.
I went into a little more detail about this here.