Third Age 3019:
—The Orcs in the Tower of Cirith Ungol fight over Frodo’s mithril shirt; they end up killing each other. Following, Samwise finds Frodo in the Tower. The Orc Shagrat escapes Cirith Ungol with Frodo’s mithril shirt, elven cloak and sword.
“Sam had no time to think. He might have slipped out of the other door, but hardly without being seen; and he could not have played hide-and-seek with this hideous orc for long. He did what was probably the best thing he could have done. He sprang out to meet Shagrat with a shout. He was no longer holding the Ring, but it was there, a hidden power, a cowing menace to the slaves of Mordor; and in his hand was Sting, and its light smote the eyes of the orc like the glitter of cruel stars in the terrible elf-countries, the dream of which was a cold fear to all his kind. And Shagrat could not both fight and keep hold of his treasure. He stopped, growling, baring his fangs. Then once more, orc-fashion, he leapt aside, and as Sam sprang at him, using the heavy bundle as both shield and weapon, he thrust it hard into his enemy’s face. Sam staggered, and before he could recover, Shagrat darted past and down the stairs.”
[The Return of the King, LotR Book 6, Ch 1, The Tower of Cirith Ungol]
—The siege of Minas Tirith continues.
—The Rohirrim led by the Wild Men come to the Grey Wood.