Lord of the Rings: Second Age (Complete)

Lord of the Rings: Second Age (Complete)

Following the victory of the Valar against
Morgoth in the war of wrath at the end of the first age, the world was forever changed,
with the lands of Beleriand submerged beneath the waves while the island of Elenna was raised
in the middle of the Sea of Belegaer. Though the First Dark Lord was defeated and
his spirit banished from the world, it came at a heavy cost, with many Dwarves, Elves
and men lost in the fighting and its aftermath. The surviving Dwarves from the Firebeard and
Broadbeam clans, abandoned the ruins of Belegost and Nogrod in the Blue Mountains to join Durin’s
Folk in Khazad Dum, while the Noldor, Sindar and Green Elves settled in the newly formed
Kingdom of Lindon under Gil-Galad, the High King of the Noldor. Through the port city of Mithlond ruled by
Cirdan, other Elves sailed west and returned to Valinor, their ancient homeland in the
Undying lands. This wondrous, enchanted region in the continent
of Aman was home to the powerful Valar and Maiar, beings older then the world itself,
and flowed with a magical energy that made it a paradise for the Elves. Yet still, some preferred to stay in Middle-Earth
and live within their own realms, with the more adventurous among them leaving the Kingdom
of Lindon to explore further east until coming into contact with their ancient kinsmen the
Silvan Elves, descended from those Teleri who long ago chose to abandon the great journey
to Valinor, instead populating the lands east of the Misty Mountains. These Teleri then became the Nandor, tribal
forest dwellers who mixed with the Avari of the far east and in time were called Silvan,
sharing not only ancient kinship with the Noldor and Sindar, but also a more direct
connection to the Green Elves of Lindon, who were among the Nandor that remained behind,
only to later follow their leader Denethor in finally crossing over the mountains and
explore the the lands beyond, until finally settling in Beleriand. Recognizing their own kind, the Silvan welcomed
them with open arms, learning all they could from the more advanced Elves of the West and
even accepting them as rulers, with Amdir becoming King of Lothlorien and Oropher ruling
the Woodland Realm further north, both Sindar Elves who lived in Doriath during the First
Age. While the Elves and Dwarves resettled in Middle-Earth,
the human tribes of the Edain, who fought for the Valar against Morgoth, were rewarded
with longer lifespans and the Island of Elenna, where they founded the Kingdom of Numenor. Ruled by Elros, the half elven son of a powerful
noble blood line, he gave up the chance to live as an immortal elf, to instead become
a mortal man, founding a royal bloodline whose descendant lived even longer than their fellow
Numenoreans, ruling over them for thousands of years to come. When Elros, called Tar- Minyatur, at last
died in the year 442, his eldest son Tar-Vardamir inherited the scepter, but he was already
advanced in years, and had no interest in ruling, and so abdicated in favour of his
son Tar Amandil. Amandil ruled until the year 590, when he
abdicated for his son Tar-Elendil whose reign saw the Numenoreans sailing beyond their waters
to rediscover and explore Middle-earth. In the year 740, Elendil, now well into his
elder years, abdicated in favour of his 1st born son Tar-Meneldur who was the third born
overall, with his 2 older sisters passed over because the law at the time forbid women from
ruling. Nevertheless, Elendil’s first born child
Silmarien went on to have a tremendous impact on the history of their people, as she married
the nobleman Elatan, and had a son Valandil, inspiring her father the king to create the
title Lord of Andunie and bestow it on the child. As a result, the Lord of Andunie and his descendants
became one of the most prominent noble families on the island who would preserve their legacy
of their people into the third age and beyond Under Tar Elendil as well as his son Tar-Meneldur,
Numenor further explored middle-earth, and through their friendship with the Elves, were
contacted by the tribes of their ancient kin who came to be known as the Middle Men, descendants
of the Atanatari who did not pass beyond the blue mountains during the human migration
west. Since most Numenoreans shared common ancestry
with the Middle-Men, through the Houses of Beor and Marach, they recognized similarities
between the speech of these more primitive people with their own Adunaic, and so established
friendly relations, trading and intermixing with them until their languages combined to
create Westron, the common speech of the third age. Unfortunately, the Numenoreans did not feel
this same comradery with all the tribes they encountered, as the descendants of the Haladin
spoke a different language entirely, and so were not counted as Middle-men and treated
with hostility. Back on Numenor, the king’s eldest son Aldarion
did his duty and married the woman Erendis, to produce a daughter Aranel. Yet while Erendis loved her husband in the
beginning, his true love was the sea, and she came to resent him for spending nearly
all his time away. Eventually she left him and took their daughter
to her family’s homeland, but when her husband returned from his latest adventure, he demanded
Aranel be returned. Grudgingly she obeyed his command, but did
not return to him until years later when she travelled to see him as he returned from his
final voyage, only to perish in water before he arrived. In the year 884 of the second age, Meneldur
abdicated and his son Aldarion took the throne. Estranged from his wife and without a male
heir, the king changed the law so his daughter Aranel could succeed him and when he abdicated
in 1075, she rose to become Tar-Ancalime, the first Queen of Numenor. Unfortunately, the tumultuous relationship
of her parents greatly influenced her outlook on marriage, leading her to arrange a loveless
political marriage with the nobleman Hallacar, done only to produce an heir, their son Anarion,
after which they lived entirely separate lives. In later life, her distain for marriage remained
and she forbid her granddaughters from being wed. In the year 1280, Ancalime abdicated in favour
of her son Tar- Anarion, and he did the same in 1394 for his third born child Surion, as
his 2 elder daughters refused the crown. Surion ruled until 1566, when he abdicated
for his daughter Tar-Telperien, the second ever Queen of Numenor. While the descendants of the Edain thrived
on their far away island, the peoples of Middle-earth struggled against a rising threat, as Sauron,
the Maiar spirit who once served as a Lieutenant of Morgoth, survived their defeat in the War
of Wrath and 500 years later began to spread his influence and grow his power. By the year 1000, Sauron settled in Mordor
and started building the tower of Barad-dur. Determined to rule over the continent, Sauron
grew his strength, breeding armies of orcs and trolls as well as recruiting human warriors
from the Easterlings and Haradrim, men he tricked, coerced or corrupted into his service. Yet the Second Dark Lord knew that armies
alone might not bring him victory, and so he used cunning, manipulation and subterfuge
to help weaken and undermine his enemies. The Elves meanwhile, continued to settle the
west, founding the realm of Eregion in the year 750, led by Galadriel, the lady of light,
and her husband Celeborn until they left in 1350 to live in Lothlorien further east. After their departure, Celebrimbor took power,
renown for his skill as a smith, and his ancestry, as the grandson of Feanor, one of the most
famous and powerful Elves to ever live. Celebrimbor’s love of crafting was shared
by his people, and they became unique among the Elves by developing amicable relations
with the dwarves of Durin’s Folk, bonding over their shared love of smith work and teaching
each other their skills. Yet Eregion soon came under threat when Sauron
appeared before them posing as Annatar, the Lord of Gifts, an envoy from the Vala Aule,
sent to teach them secret crafting knowledge. Though some did not trust him, many of those
within Eregion were eager to learn this secret knowledge, and with Annatar’s encouragement,
they used their new skills to start crafting a set of rings. With the aid of the Dark Lord Sauron, posing
as Annatar an emmisarry of the Valar, the Elves of Eregion crafted 16 magical rings,
while another 3 were forged exclusively by their leader Celebrimbor. When they were completed, Sauron travelled
to the fires of Mount Doom, and made his masterwork, the One Ring of Power, One Ring to Rule Them
All. Believing this was the key to conquering Middle
Earth, Sauron gave it immense power by imbuing it with part of his soul, thereby linking
his lifeforce to the One Ring. Placing this creation upon his finger Sauron
expected to gain mastery over the Elves wearing the lesser rings, but they immediately felt
his dark presence, removed them and thereby resisted his influence. His plan a failure and identity exposed, the
Dark Lord confronted the Elves of Eregion, demanding they surrender the rings. When they refused, the armies of mordor slaughtered
their people, capturing Celebrimbor as he made fought last stand alongside his warriors. Finding 9 rings of power, Celebrimbor revealed
the location of the other 7, yet despite suffering excruciating torture, would not give up the
final three. Eventually he was shot full of arrows and
his corpse used as a Banner for Sauron’s army when it fell upon Elrond and the Elves
of Lindon, sent by Gil-Galad to reinforce Eregion. Unfortunately they came too late and would
have also been massacred if not for the Dwarves of Durin’s Folk and the Elves of Lorien,
who attacked the enemy from behind, distracting them long enough for the Elrond, his warriors
and the survivors of Eregion to retreat north. With their allies saved, the Dwarves and Elves
pulled back into the Misty Mountains, behind a powerful gate which could not be breached. Having fought to honor their friendship with
the Elves of Eregion, Durin’s Folk also provided a safe harbour for any refugees who
came to their mountain, and helped get them into the east where they might settle in Lorien. For these acts of courage and loyalty, the
Dwarves paid a terrible price, as Sauron made Khazad-Dum a permanent target for the Orcs,
leading to many years of war and forcing them to largely remain isolated within the safety
of their mountain for the rest of the Age. Despite this setback Sauron went ahead with
a new plan, gifting the 16 lesser rings of power to 9 human kings and 7 dwarf lords,
hoping their minds were more susceptible to his corruption. Though the Dwarves proved too resilient, and
did not succumb to his will, the rings did contribute to their eventual downfall, as
it made them increasingly greedy and reckless in their pursuit of wealth. Yet of all the children of Iluvatar, none
proved more susceptible to corruption then Men, with the nine ring-bearers becoming powerful
sorcerers who slowly turned into the Nazgul, ring wraith loyal to the Dark Lord. Although his prized creation largely failed
to accomplish its original purpose, so much of Sauron was put into the One Ring it became
his focal point, augmenting his natural abilities to ensure he was as powerful as possible while
allowing him to survive any harm to his body or spirit so long as the ring survived. But at the same time, should he be parted
from it, he would weaken significantly, and were it destroyed, the Dark Lord would also
perish. Leading the remnants of his army and the survivors
of Eregion north, Elrond established the refuge Imladris which soon became a great elven stronghold,
with its leader named Vice-regent of all Eriador, second only to King Gil Galad. Yet this new center of Elven power was not
enough to turn the tide of battle, and as the War of Elves and Sauron continued, the
dark armies conquered nearly all of the westlands, save for Imladris and Mithlond which were
held under siege. Yet just as the Grey Havens were set to fall,
the ships of Numenor came into the harbour, bringing forth a mighty host to drive the
Dark Lord into retreat. Though Tar-Telperien was reluctant to involve
herself in the affairs of Middle-earth, her nephew and heir Minastir at once answered
the call for reinforcements sent by Gil Galad in Lindon. Sending the commander Ciryatur with a vast
army and fleet, he split their force in two, sending half to defend the Grey Havens, chasing
the enemy east to defeat them again at the Battle of Sarn Ford. Meanwhile, the rest of the Numenoreans landed
at the mouth of the Gwathló river, cutting off Sauron’s retreat and defeating them
him once more. Finally, with his army all but destroyed,
the Dark Lord was attacked in the East of Callenardhon, left to flee back into Mordor,
broken and humiliated. In the North the orc army surrounding Rivendell
was trapped between the warriors of Elrond and Gil-Galad, bringing the Elves victory
against the Dark Lord, though it came at a high cost, with many of their people killed
and their lands utterly devastated. When Tar-Minastir inherited the sceptre from
his aunt in 1731, he set out to secure Western middle-earth from further invasion by establishing
permanent settlements, guarded by their ships and soldiers, which might work with their
allies the Elves. However his son Tar-Ciryatan had no love for
the Eldar, and when he took power in 1869, dedicated his reign to expanding their imperial
power, sending ships to sail and colonize every corner of the world, establishing costal
colonies which demanded tribute from the peoples of middle earth. It was under Tar-Ciryatan, that Numenoreans
started to deride the Valar, resenting them for the ban placed on sailing westward, as
no mortal man was meant to set foot upon the Undying lands. Some even argued that because they were now
a mighty people, they should be allowed to voyage west and be granted immortality. Since the Elves of Tol Eressea often sent
ships to visit and trade with Numenor, the Valar soon heard about what was being said
and sent messengers to try and persuade them away from these dangerous notions. However
the Numenoreans only grew more stubborn and hostile, causing the Elves
of the Undying Lands to stop visiting, and when Ciryatan’s son
Tar-Atanamir the great, inherited the sceptre in 2029, matters only grew worse, as he furthered
their imperialist policies and vitriol against the Valar. Atanamir became the first king to refuse abdicating
in his elder years, and instead ruled until his death in 2251, when he was succeeded by
his son Tar-Ancalimon. Under Ancalimon, those loyal to the growing
Imperialist mindset of Numenor began to heavily populate the colony of Umbar, while those
who remained Faithful to Eru, the Valar and the Elves founded the city of Pelargir. In 2386, the king died was succeeded by his
son Tar Telemmaite, who was then followed by his daughter Tar- Vanimelde in 2526. Throughout much of her reign, her husband
ruled as regent and so when she passed 2637, he usurped power, taking the name Tar-Anducal
and ruling until his death 20 years later. Nevertheless, their history books did not
count him as an official King, and so the next true ruler was his son Tar-Alcarin, who
reigned until 2737, when his own son Tar-Calmacil inherited the sceptre. Tar-Calmacil, was the first King to record
his name not only in the tradition Quenya of the Elves, but also their own language
Adunaic, calling himself Ar-Belzagar. In 2825, his son Tar-Ardamin took power, known
also as Ar-Abattarik, who was then replace by his son in 2899, the first king to take
the sceptre with a title in the Adunaic language rather the Quenya, named Ar-Adunakhor, meaning
Lord of the West, an insult directed towards Manwe, King of the Valar, who shared the title. Under his rule, Quenya was banished from Numenor,
and only the Faithful, led by the Lords of Andunie, remained in contact with the Elves. After the death of Ar-Adunakhor, his heir
Ar-Zimrathon inherited the sceptre in the year 2962, followed by his son Ar-Sakalthor
in 3033, and Ar-Gimilzor in 3102. Throughout these years, the corruption of
the Numenoreans deepened, and the King’s Men faction grew more influential leading
the population to turn against the Valar and Elves, resenting their immortality, and the
Ban that kept them from Sailing West to the Undying Lands. Though the Valar, Maiar and Elves were all
permitted to live in Valinor upon the continent of Aman, experiencing the enchanted paradise
for as long as they wished, mortal men were forbidden from travelling to these sacred
lands. In the beginning, humans were happy to make
their life in the east, but in the later years of Numenorean power, some came it as an injustice
that Elves who once rebelled and left the Undying Lands, were later allowed to return,
but the High Men of Numenor, who fought for the Valar in the War of Wrath, were not permitted. To answer their questions, the Valar sent
emissaries who explained that this world was the eternal home of the Elves, and they were
fated to experience its pleasures and wariness until they day of doom and end of all things. For this reason they felt a special connection
to the natural world and were invited to enjoy the paradise of the Undying Lands. Arda, however, was not the final home of Men,
as they had a second destiny that awaited them after death. A fate so secret, none but the creator Eru
knew what was to come. And so men lived only short lives, of relative
hardship in this world, and were not to voyage West, as they had another destiny awaiting
them in the afterlife. Were they to travel to these forbidden lands,
they would be attempting to take both the gift of Elves and Men for themselves, and
this Eru would not allow. Yet this explanation was not enough the placate
the men of Numenor, who stated that awaiting a second destiny after death required great
faith as they could not be certain of Eru’s intentions, while going west to the Undying
Lands was something they could do within their lifetimes, and might bring them joy in this
world, which they loved dearly. And so their anger and fear of death only
worsened, shortening their extended lifespans and pushing them into an imperialist mindset
they used to expand and conquer the world. By the reign of Ar-Gimilzor, all Elven languages
were banned from Numenor, and spies were sent to watch the Faithful, a small faction led
by the Lords of Andunie who continued to worship Eru. When Gimilzor learned that the Faithful were
using their western port city to remain in secret contact with the elves of Tol Eressea,
they were forcibly moved to the other side of the island, leading many to leave the island
entirely and migrate to Pelargir in Middle Earth. Though other Kings had spoken and acted against
the their ancient traditions, Ar-Gimilzor was the first to never climb the mountain
Meneltarma in reverence of Eru, and even neglected the White Tree Nimloth, a gift from the Elves,
thought to be tied to the prosperity of the Royal Family. The White Tree Nimloth and its ancestors had
a history dating back to years before the Sun, when the White Tree of Light Telperion,
was destroyed by Morgoth during an attack against Valinor. In honor of this wondrous creation, Yavanna
made a second tree in its image, Galathilion and planted it in the city of Tirion. From Galathilion, a seedling was taken and
planted in Tol Eressea, sprouting the White tree Celeborn. The Elves then took a seedling from celeborn
and gifted it to Numenor, where it became the White Tree Nimloth, a profound symbol
for their King and people. Though Ar-Gimilzor married Inzilbeth, a woman
renown for her great beauty, their marriage was unhappy, as she was secretly one of the
Faithful, and so did not agree with her husband’s actions and views. Their first born son Inziladûn took after
his mother and became one of the faithful, while their second child Gimilkhâd was like
his father and became a leader of the King’s Men. Though Ar-Gimilzor wanted Gimilkhad to succeed
him, he was unable to change the law and so when he died in 3177, his first born child
inherited the sceptre and immediately set to work reversing the corruption which plagued
their people. First he took a Quenya name Tar-Palantir,
then tended to the tree Nimloth, stopped persecuting the Faithful and ascended Meneltarma in reverence
of Eru. Yet it was not enough to turn the tide that
began centuries earlier, and many rebelled against his rule, turning to his brother Gimilkhad,
leader of the King’s Men. Disheartned by the civil strife, Tar-Palantir
spent much of his time gazing upon the waters of the west, hoping to see a sign from the
Valar, but no sign came and when he died in 3255, so too did his reforms. Although his only child, a daughter Miriel,
was raised as a Faithful and might have ruled like her father, she lacked popular support,
and so her cousin, the son of Gimilkhad, staged a coup and forcibly married her to become
Ar-Pharazon, the last ruler of Numenor who reigned at the very height of its power. Meanwhile, in the lands of Middle-earth, the
Dark Lord rebuilt his armies after failing to conquer the west in the War of the Elves
and Sauron, and in time grew more powerful than ever, expanding his influence in the
east and south. To honor his ancient master, Sauron formed
the cult of Melkor, building temples dedicated to the worship of the First Dark Lord, performing
human sacrifices in his name. Arrogant in his power, Sauron underestimated
the strength of the Dunedain, and once again attempted to conquer the west, attacking Numenorean
colonies. In his youth, Ar-Pharazon served in these
wars against Sauron, gaining much fame, prestige and wealth form his adventurers. Upon returning home, he was generous with
his coin and won the loyalty of the people, allowing him to take leadership of the King’s
men after the death of his father, and use that support to usurp power for himself. Yet Sauron did not fear the king and sent
his armies on a great campaign west, causing several Numenorean commanders to sail west
and report that the Dark Lord of Mordor had taken a new title, calling himself the King
of Men. Outraged by his proclamation, Ar-Pharazon
set out to claim the title for himself and spent several years preparing a mighty host
to descend upon the east. When at last the Dark Lords’ armies saw
the full might of the Numenorean fleet sailing into the port of Umbar, they were so fearful
they deserted and fled, allowing Ar-Pharazon and his men to march upon Mordor without opposition. Once arrived Ar Pharazon called for Sauron
to come forth and humble himself by swearing fealty. Realizing that he underestimated their power,
the Dark Lords knew he was defeated in the short-term but also saw this as a unique opportunity
to secure victory in the long-term, and so devised a new plan to destroy his enemies
from within. Taking fair form, Sauron presented himself
before ar pharazon and bent the knee, accepting his defeat in words deemed fair and wise. Yet the King was unconvinced that Sauron would
truly abide by his oath and so after stripped him of all lands and titles, brought him to
Numenor as a prisoner, to ensure he could no longer pose a threat to their colonies
on Middle Earth. Though Sauron acted disheartened by the descision,
he was actually thrilled, as this was precisely what he wanted. Once in Numenor, Sauron worked hard to ingratiate
himself with the royal court and population, using his vast knowledge and skills to help
them however possible. Gaining their trust, he then started to teach
about his master Melkor, recruiting many into his cult and building a temple for his worship. Because Sauron was a Maia, an immortal being
older then the world itself, and the people already hated the Lords of the West, many
including the King believed his teaching that the god of this world, Eru, did not exist,
and the Valar invented him to keep humanity subjugated. But Melkor, the giver of freedom, wanted to
liberate them from this oppression, and through his worship, men might become even more powerful
than the Valar. Becoming an adviser to the King, Sauron’s
influence grew and so he started calling for the White Tree Nimloth to be destroyed, and
in response, Isildur, one of the Faithful and the grandson of Amandil the Lord of Andunie,
broke the law by stealing a fruit from the tree to safe guard its legacy. Unfortunately this action was seen as a sign
by the King, who then ordered Nimloth burned. Growing more stubborn and prideful by the
day, Ar-Pharazon dismissed the Lord of Andunie from his council, a close friend since childhood,
so beloved that despite being one of the faithful, he was allowed to serve in the royal court. Fortunately, while Amandil was no longer welcome
in the capital, he was still highly respected, and no harm befell him or his family. Using the secret knowledge provided by the
Dark Lord Sauron, Numenoreans devised new engines and built greater ships, growing their
wealth through their colonies in middle earth which plundered and enslaved their neighbours,
performing ritual sacrifices to honor their god Melkor. Yet their pursuit of material wealth and military
power only furthered their corruption and fear of death, and the Dunedain began to lose
the blessings bestowed upon them, suffering from madness, illnesses and shorter lifespans. As they interacted with one another, they
grew increasingly greedy, jealous, angry and violent, quarrelling and killing each other
over minor provocations. As the Dark Lord travelled throughout the
island, he spread further hatred and stirred up rebellions against the nobility, which
in turn caused the Lords and King of the Island to take cruel revenge upon the people. For years Ar-Pharazon ruled as the greatest
Tyrant since Morgoth in the First Age, though in truth Sauron ruled from the shadows. Despite having everything a man could want,
the King’s fear of death intensified as he grew older, and ready to prey on this vulnerability,
Sauron one day approached him to reveal yet another secret truth. Ready to begin the final stage of his plan,
Sauron explained the Lords of the West lied about the nature of eternal lives and that
if a being as mighty as Ar-Pharazon were to conquer the Undying Lands, he would gain immortal
and rule the world in place of the Valar. For nine years, Ar-Pharazon prepared his Great
Armament and planned the invasion of Valinor, and in response, signs were sent to warn them
of their folly, like earthquakes, darkened skies, violent winds, torrential rain, hail
storms, and clouds in the shape of eagles with lightning beneath their wings. Yet in the face of all this Ar-Pharazon remained
defiant, claiming “The Lords of the West have plotted against us. They strike first. The next blow shall be ours!” When at last the Great Armament was complete,
a final warning fell upon them, when the Eagles of Manwe came forth arrayed as for battle
with a terrible red sky behind them, shining so bright that the Numenoreans glowed as if
lit with a flame of great anger. But the King ignored the sign and hardened
his heart further, boarding his ship and sailing for war. As all this occurred, the Lord of Andunie
watched from afar, knowing that the King was bringing doom upon them all, and devised his
own plan to save their people. Leaving his son Elendil in command, he sailed
in secret to the Undying Lands, in hopes of replicating the success of his ancestors Earendil,
who convinced the Valar to save Middle-earth from Morgoth in the First Age. Though he knew it was dangerous to defy the
Ban of the Valar, he hoped that because his people remained Faithful to Eru, he might
yet convince them to save Numenor. Following his father’s instructions, Elendil
then prepared a fleet of ships at the port of Romenna, and readied the Faithful to depart
if necessary, taking with them as many island treasures as possible. To explain their actions, they claimed Amandil
left to prepare a new home for their people in Middle Earth, and the other faithful were
preparing ships to follow. Departing the island on a small ship with
his 3 most loyal servants, the Lord of Andunie was never heard from again, and while the
Valar once answered the call of a man in the First Age and saved the Edain, they would
not do so a second time. With Amandil gone, Elendil was called by the
king to bring his warriors forth and join the Great Armament, but he refused, and so
after the ships departed Sauron sent his soldiers against the Faithful who retreated to their
ships and sailed eastward, waiting to see what was to come. In the year 3319 of the Second Age, Ar-Pharazon
and his mighty fleet arrived in the Undying Lands, finding it haunted by an eerie silence,
as the Elves who lived along the coast pulled back to a nearby city. Though the King hesitated and wavered, nearly
turning back at the last moment, his pride would not allow it, and so he marched into
Valinor and declared himself ruler of the continent, before ordering his men to make
camp around Tirion. In response to the High Men of Numenor ignoring
their warnings, violating the Ban and invading their homeland with weapons of war, Manwe,
King of the Valar called upon their creator Eru who unleashed his terrible power, causing
Numenor to fall beneath the waves and the Undying Lands to physically detach itself
from the world. As all this occurred, the ships of the great
Armament were swallowed by the sea, while Ar-Pharazon and his warriors were buried beneath
falling hills, trapped within the forgotten caves until the final battle at the end of
the world. In later years, when men once against began
sailing west, hoping to find the fabled land of Aman or else the remains of Numenor, they
failed to do so and instead reported back that all roads are now bent, meaning their
once flat world was now round and populated with new lands and seas. Yet while the mortal races could no longer
travel to the Undying Lands, a hidden, Straight Road remained, accessible only to the elves,
though some humans told stories of great mariners who stumbled upon this secret path, and were
able to glimpse the shores of Valinor before they died. While Eru reshaped the world, the people of
Numenor were destroyed, including their Queen, the Faithful Miriel, who died trying to escape
the waves by climbing Meneltarma, her dying screams lost in the roaring winds. Though Sauron was fearful when he felt the
fury of Eru, it soon turned to mirth, laughing at the ruin he brought upon his enemies. When his Temple finally collapsed and his
body died, the Maia spirit within emerged, still in possession of the One Ring of Power,
and made its way to Middle-earth and his home of Mordor. Having lost the ability to take fair form,
Sauron made himself a body to inspire fear, and started rebuilding his armies to conquer
middle-earth. Yet the peoples of the west continued to oppose
him, not only the Elves, who under King Gil-Galad grew mighty during the years of the Dark Lord’s
absence, but also Elendil, son of Amandil, and his followers the Faithful of Numenor
who survived the doom. Standing aboard their ships, during the reshaping
of the world, the Faithful saw their island home collapse into the sea, before the tempest
overtook them. Though it cannot be certain why they were
sparred, some believe Amandil’s voyage to the Undying Lands was not entirely in vain,
and for his sake the Valar protected the Faithful from the terrible storms and brought them
unharmed to the shores of Middle earth. With their ships split in two groups, Elendil
and his followers sailed into the Kingdom of Lindon and were greeted warmly by the Elven
King, while Isildur and Anarion arrived at the mouth of the river anduin. In the north they established the Kingdom
of Arnor, populated settlements like Annúminas, Fornost, Cardolan, and Rhudaur. While in the south they formed the Kingdom
of Gondor, with the brother kings ruling from the capital of Osgiliath, though Minas Ithil
was the home of Isildur and Minas Anor the home of Anarion. Though the Sceptre of the King was lost when
Ar-Pharazon attacked Valinor, the Faithful were able to save the Sceptre of Andúnië
which was then held by the Kings of Arnor, as well as many other Numenorean treasures,
like the 7 Palantiri gifted by the Elves. Stones which allowed the user to see and communicate
over great distances, with those of great power able to use them to see almost anything. The Faithful also saved the white tree grown
from the seedling of Nimloth, and it was planted in Minas Ithil with Isildur and his people. Furious that his Numenorean enemies survived
and were prospering in the west, Sauron launched his attack earlier then originally planned,
and descended upon Minas Ithil, burning the White Tree and forcing Isildur into retreat,
though he was once again able to save a seedling before departing to seek reinforcements. The Dark armies also attacked Osgiliath, but
Anarion led the defense and held his ground, though it was clear they could not last much
longer. Learning of the attacks, King Elendil met
with King Gil Galad and formed the Last Alliance of Men and Elves, gathering the largest army
assembled since the War of Wrath to engage Sauron’s armies at the Battle of Dagorlad,
where it seemed as though all the races and beasts of Middle Earth were represented on
both sides, save for the Elves who were entirely in opposition to the Dark Lord. Fighting for Last Alliance, was King Elendil
with the Dunedain of Arnor, the Kings Anarion and Isildur with the Dunedain of Gondor, King
Gil Galad and Lord Elrond with Noldor and Sindar Elves of Lindon and Imladris, as well
King Amdir and King Oropher with the Silvan Elves of Lothlorien and the Woodland Realm. Fighting for the Dark Lord were Orcs, trolls,
wicked beast and men of the east and south, both those who served him and Morgoth in the
past and the Black Numenoreans who now populated the coasts, Dunedain who were in the colonies
and therefore survived the doom of their island. While some of those colonists were Faithful,
like those in Pelargir, the Black Numenoreans of the south were King’s Men, and easily
won to the side of Sauron. Among these recruits were the men of Umbar
as well as Herumor and Fuinur, who became great Lords of the Haradrim. Though few Dwarves participated in the war,
some few served Sauron, while the Longbeards of Durin’s Folk emerged from their mountain
to join the Last Alliance. Though the battle of Dagorlad was won by the
Last Alliance, it was a devastating conflict made worse because the Silvan Elves did not
feel any particular loyalty to the Sindar and Noldor of the West, and therefore disobeyed
orders and attack prematurely, resulting in the death of King Oropher, while Amdir and
half his army were slaughtered in what came to be called the Dead Marshes. Despite winning the battle, the war was not
over and so they entered mordor and laid siege to Barad Dur. For seven years the Dark Lord mounted an impressive
defense, peppering them with projectiles and raids resulting in significant casualties
including the death of King Anarion, but at long last Sauron finally emerged, prepared
to face his enemies directly. Answering his challenge, the Kings Elendil
and Gil Galad fought valiantly and gave their lives to slay the dark Lord. With all three fallen, Elendil’s last surviving
son Isildur, picked up the shards of Narsil, his father’s broken sword, and cut the one
ring of power from Sauron’s finger, destroying his physical body. However Sauron’s spirit survived as it was
linked to the One Ring, and so both Elrond and Cirdan urged Isildur to destroy it in
the fires of Mount Doom. But the corruption of the ring and the allure
of its power led him to keep it as wergild for the loss of his father and brother. With the death of Gil Galad, the Noldor Kingdoms
of Middle Earth were at an end, and so many decided to leave and return the Undying Lands. Of the Elves who remained behind, some lived
in the Grey Havens under Cirdan, or else Imladris under Elrond, Lothlorien under Amdir’s son
Amroth and the Woodland Realm under Oropher’s son Thranduil. The Dunedain lived under Isildur as King of
Gondor and Arnor, while Durin’s Folk returned to Khazad Dum, and the servants of Sauron
scattered into the east and south. Defeated but determined to have his revenge
upon the free peoples of Middle Earth, the Dark Lord slowly recovered and made new plans,
awaiting the day he might return to full strength by reuniting with the One Ring of Power.

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  3. You know taking into account all the arguments the elves made against traveling to Valinor I think I still would have done it. How were they supposed to know that Eru really existed? The whole moral of the story seems to be blind obedience. I get that Tolkien was very Christian but I never liked that part of the story.

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