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Isengard”. AND NORTHERN GONDOR. LEE. ISENGARDTM is based on J.R.R. map of NORTHERN GONDOR • Full-color cutaway view and floor plan of. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendarium, Isengard is a large fortress in the fictional universe of The river Angren (or Isen) began at Methedras behind Isengard, which also formed its northern wall. A more permanent solution was now needed for Isengard, as Gondor did not wish to relinquish its claim to one of the Towers of the. Retrospective: Isengard and Northern Gondor. Isengard is an odd duck, certainly the most disjointed of the ICE modules. It divides its focus.

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Gondor was the prominent kingdom of Men in Middle-earthbordered by Rohan to the north, Harad to the south, the cape of Andrast and the Sea to the west, and Mordor to the east.

The city of Minas Tirith remained the capital of Gondor for the rest of the Third Age and into years of the Fourth Age ; other major fortresses included Dol Amroth in Belfalas and Osgiliath, which was a city on the Anduin. Gondor was at the height of its power in its early years due to the ships and the military might that its armies possessed.

However, continued attacks by allies of Sauroncivil warand a devastating plague caused it to gradually decline over the course of the Third Age until Sauron’s final defeat and the crowning of Aragorn II Elessar. Following that time the power of Gondor once again expanded, until the former lands of Arnor were brought under the banner of the Reunited Kingdom.

The Busybody: Retrospective: Isengard and Northern Gondor

Gondor, at a latitude comparable to Venicewas a more fertile region than Arnor to the north, and therefore it already had a larger population before the ships of Elendil ‘s sons arrived, including a well-established cityPelargir.

The colonists north of Anduin accepted Elendil’s claim to kingship over them. The newly founded kingdom of Gondor was then part of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men which overthrew Gondkr for the first time at the very end of the Second Ageand when Isildur cut the finger of Sauron.

After the war, Gondor’s power and wealth grew steadily only interrupted by an Easterling invasion in TA Its power would continue to grow into the 9th century Third Age.

While the power of Gondor’s sister kingdom Arnor peaked northsrn the 9th century, when it broke into various successor states, Gondor’s greatest glory was yet to come. Gondor’s great cities, Minas Anor, Minas Ithil, Osgiliath and Pelargir, only grew and the Dunedain of Gondor started to rule over more and more of the lesser people. The Argonathmonument to the Kings of Gondor.

Such was Gondor’s wealth during the period that men from other lands would say in envy: However, after decadence spread under the Kings of Gondor and a long period of decline began although Gondor experienced several revivals.

Three great calamities struck Gondor during the second millennium of the Third Agewhich are held to be the chief reasons for its decline: In the 15th century TA a great civil war named the Kin-strife tore the nation apart.

The current King Eldacar was of mixed blood: Popular displeasure at this led to the overthrow of King Eldacar by Castamir, the admiral of all of Gondor’s naval forces who possessed some royal blood. Eldacar’s son was slain, and he fled north. Castamir was afterwards known as Castamir the Usurper. During his ten-year rule, he proved to be very cruel, and because of his love of his old fleet, he lavished attention on the coastal regions while the interior provinces were ignored and left to rot.


Eldacar slew Castamir and reclaimed his throne, but Castamir’s sons and their forces were besieged in Pelargir, the great port of Gondor.

They eventually retreated to Umbarwhere they joined with the Corsairs, and troubled Gondor for many years, until their descendants died out. Later, the Great Plague struck and the White Tree died. This Plague was no localized event: During this time, Gondor was so depopulated that the fortifications guarding against the re-entry of evil into Mordor were abandoned. It is believed that had the Haradrim goondor Easterlings been capable of attacking Gondor at this time, it would have fallen.

However, the Plague left Gondor’s enemies in no better condition than Gondor itself, and neither side was capable of mounting northrn offensives. Following the sapping of Gondor’s strength by the plague, it did recover but then the Wainrider Easterlings invaded and devastated Gondor, and the conflict lasted for almost a century. In TA Gondor faced a succession crisis when King Ondoher was slain in battle with both his sons. Arvedui also tried to put weight behind his claim, as he was Isildur’s heir.

The council of Gondor recognised that the name of Isildur was held in honour in Gondor, but they dictated that the South-Kingdom amd be ruled by an Heir of Anarion.

His claim was also greatly bolstered by the popularity he had gained as the victorious general who saved Gondor from the Wainriders after winning the southern theatre of the war.

By the time, he mastered his horse and returned the Witch-king had fled. Whenever there was a new Steward, he would swear an oath to yield rule of Gondor back to the King, in essence only an anx of Isildur, if he should ever return. In Gondor, there was no one who could claim descent from Isildur in direct line, and the northern line of Arnor had effectively disappeared, so this oath was not anf seriously. The line of Stewards ruled as Kings, without having the title. Gondor’s army marched to fight the Balchoth but were cut off from Minas Tirith and pushed back in the direction of the Limlight.

A permanent alliance between Gondor and Rohan was established by the oath Eorl swore to Cirion. Several centuries later, Sauron had prepared for the final conquest, and northedn TA his forces overran Gohdor.

Isengard and Northern Gondor

The attack was stopped at Osgiliath with the destruction of the bridge across the Anduin. The following year Minas Tirith faced a larger attack from Mordor, with additional threat from the Corsairs of Umbar. Aragorn summoned the Dead Men of Dunharrow to destroy the forces from Umbar, freeing forces in the south of Gondor to come to the aid of Minas Tirith. Gondor then defeated the army of Mordor with the aid of the Rohirrim in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, though with heavy losses.

The combined army of the West then carried the northernn to Sauron at the Battle of the Morannon, a feint to distract Sauron’s attention from Frodo Baggins’s quest to destroy the One Ring in Mount Doom, thus causing Sauron’s destruction and the allies’ ultimate victory. The oaths between Gindor and Rohan were renewed, and several joint campaigns were fought in the east and south against the remnant of the Easterlings and Haradrim; all former territories isdngard the South-kingdom were won back during the following centuries, and its power and wealth were iisengard.


Several Tolkien’s writings state that ” Gpndor soldiers of Gondor were renowned during the Second Age for their skill and valour. Every man was physically imposing: Every single soldier was in peak fighting condition and ready to fight against Sauron’s hordes especially during the War of the Last Alliance.

The three major weapons they used were spears, longswords, and longbows.

They also knew how to northhern cohesive box-formations, which were sturdy enough for both offensive and defensive purposes. The soldiers wore heavy plate armour and utilised large shields made out of multi-layered wood and edged in metal for reinforcement.

Gondor’s armies prevented Mordor and its allies from overwhelming the rest of Middle-earth. Gondor was in a very crucial position, in order to guard Middle Earth and because of Gondor’s proximity to Mordor, its military forces had to be proficiently trained and vigilantly on guard at all times. Because of this, they were arguably the strongest country that opposed Sauron. During the Third Agemost of Minas Tirith’s armies were trained and drilled to fight in tight infantry formations, supported by archers and cavalry.

Their armaments consisted of a chainmail undercoat with either a black tabard or plate armor over it. Their standard weapons were long spears, longswords, and longbows, complimented by tower shields. Minas Tirith’s immediate defenses comprised thousands of infantrymen stationed throughout Osgiliath, Cair Jorthern, and the Rammas Echor.

These units were most likely temporary detachments from the city. Minas Tirith also had at least three companies of the elite Guards of the Citadeltasked to defend the upper levels of the city.

They wore black robes, surcoats and winged silver crowns. The Guards of the City were not allowed to go in the main part of the City in their uniform. Additionally, the sixth level of the city housed stables for a small force of horsemen. Armed with longbows, swords, and spears, these men watched and harassed the enemy throughout Ithilien, much akin to guerrilla warfare.

Iengard defense of Gondor’s notthern were the responsibility of the respective lords of these territories.

Their training, strength in numbers, and armaments varied from each fief Lossarnach brought axemen to the aid of Minas Tirith while the men of Morthond Vale consisted of archers. The greatest of these fiefs was Dol Amroth, which brought forth the largest force to Minas Tirith, made up of men-at-arms and arguably the best cavalry in Middle Earth- the elite Swan Knights.

Gondor’s fleet at the time of the War of the Ring was docked at Pelargir.

Isengard and Northern Gondor by Christian Gehman

This port and the Anduin River was essential in the defense of Minas Tirith. As made evident by the fiefdom’s dire need to defend their coasts and many rivers of Gondor, a majority of the fleet was concentrated at Pelargir.

This fleet was destroyed when the Black Ships of Umbar attacked, enslaving many of Gondor’s sailors into the service of Mordor. Sign In Don’t have an account? Contents [ show ]. Retrieved from ” http: Lord of the Rings Wiki Featured articles.