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0204 – LOTR – History of the Third Age – Part 2: SA3320 – TA861

With the defeat of Sauron at the end of the Second Age, the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor are free to carry on the legacy and culture of the lost island of Númenor. Yet from the beginning of the Third Age, mysterious invaders from the east constantly threaten their peace, and power struggles and expeditionary dreams tempt their leaders. What became of Arnor? What was the early history of Gondor like? Join us as we continue to explore the history of the Third Age!

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  • Tolkien Fandom Oral History Project
  • History of the Third Age begins with the end of the Second Age!
  • SA3320: Foundation of the Realms in Exile » Arnor & Gondor
  • Second Age ends with the overthrow of Sauron and Isildur taking the One Ring.
  • Importance of Arnor & Gondor
  • 2: Isildur: the White Tree, and disaster of the Gladden Fields
    • Minas Anor: what would become known as Minas Tirith
    • Meneldil: son of Anarion, last child born in Númenor
    • Isildur’s death
  • 3: Ohtar: squire of Isildur
  • 10: Valandil becomes King of Arnor
    • Valandil? youngest son of Isildur
    • Arnor
      • The “north-kingdom” 
      • Capital was Annuminas, on the shores of Lake Evendim
      • Interesting to remember that the region in which the Shire exists was once a thriving Númenorean civilization
  • 109: Elrond weds Celebrían, daughter of Celeborn (& Galadriel)
    • Elladan & Elrohir (130); Arwen (241)
  • 420: Minas Anor rebuilt
  • 490: Invasion of Easterlings
    • Easterlings? Men from the East dominated by Sauron in the Second Age, whose were still darkened in the Third Age
    • Romendacil? AKA Tarostar, 8th King of Gondor
  • 830: Falastur / Ship-Kings of Gondor
    • 12th King of Gondor
  • 861: Division of Arnor?
  • The Division of Arnor is a fitting stopping point for the First Millenium.

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