The Silmarillion Recap: Welcome to Middle-earth (or Isildur and Co. Finally Arrive)

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Last week, Sauron gave out more Rings to some new friends. This week, a new threat arrives in Middle-earth

“Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age” part 4

Now we’re caught back up to the end of “Akallabêth.” After several years (known as the “Black Years”) of fighting with Gil-galad and his friends, Sauron leaves Middle-earth, causes the demise of Númenor, and then starts his trip back to Middle-earth.

Another group is on their way to Middle-earth, though: Elendil, his sons Isildur and Anárion, and their households. After boarding ships with all of their belongings, they find themselves in Middle-earth – a place the Dúnedain had been visiting for a while.

However, the three ships are separated in the chaos of Númenor’s destruction.

Elendil ends up more in the north, near Gil-galad’s territory. They become fast friends, and Elendil establishes the kingdom of Arnor. (Remember Amon Sûl from The Fellowship of the Ring? It’s part of this kingdom.)

Isildur and Anárion end up in the same place: south near Mordor. They establish the famous kingdom known as Gondor (and the major cities found in The Lord of the Rings). There are three major cities that anyone would need to know about. The first is Osgiliath, the chief city of Gondor. Basically, the two brothers rule from here. Next is Minas Ithil, the Tower of the Rising Moon. This city and its impressive tower were built with the sole purpose of intimidating Sauron in Mordor. The third is Minas Anor, the Tower of the Setting Sun. This was built as protection against the Men who lived in the area and threatened them. (After all, most of them are under Sauron’s influence to some degree.)

It’s also worth mentioning that one other renowned city and town was built in this era: Isengard, also known as Orthanc. The Dúnedain establish it as well, making their mark on the land that their forefathers left so long ago.

Next week, Sauron isn’t too happy about his defeat in Númenor, so he comes up with a new plan…


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