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Gondor

Fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth.

Gondor is a human kingdom located to the south of Rohan and to the west of Mordor, on the Bay of Belfalas[?]. It was the second realm founded by the line of Elendil after the downfall of Númenor (the other was Arnor).

Gondor was part of the Last Alliance of Elves and Man[?] which overthrew Sauron for the first time. After the war Gondor's power and wealth grew steadily (only interrupted by an Easterling[?] invasion in 492 Third Age). In the reign of the powerful king Hyarmendacil I (12th century T.A.) Gondor reached the height of its power.

But after his reign decadence spread under the kings of Gondor and a long period of decline began (although Gondor experienced several revivals). In the 15th century a great civil war named the Kin-strife[?] tore the nation apart.

In 1944 T.A. Gondor faced a constitutional crisis when King Ondoher was slain in battle without heirs. Arvedui[?] of Arthedain and a victorious general named Eärnil claimed the throne. Steward Pelendur[?] intervened in favor of the latter, who reigned as Eärnil II.

The realm was governed by a long line of stewards after the disappearance of Eärnur, son of Eärnil, since there was no proof that the last king was dead.

In 2510 T.A. when Steward Cirion[?] ruled over Gondor, the nation faced one of its greatest perils, an Easterling[?] tribe named the Balchoth[?] invaded Gonder with mass force. Gondor's army marched to fight the Balchoth but were cut off from Minas Tirith and pushed back in the direction of the Limlight[?].

Messengers were sent to get help from the Éothéod[?], a tribe which lived in the northern vales of the Anduin. But nobody expected the messengers to reach the tribe. But when certain peril came upon Gondor, the Rohirrim[?] turned the tide of the Battle of the Field of Celebrant[?].

In 3019 Gondor faced an all out attack on its capital, Minas Tirith, in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields[?]. Although nearly defeated the Rohirrim once again turned the tide of battle.

After the second and final defeat of Sauron the Kingship was restored with the Return of the King and Aragorn II became king of both Gondor and Arnor.



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