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In the year 3319 of the Second Age, Princes Isildur and Anarion along with their father Elendil the Tall escaped the Downfall of Numenor. Sailing eastward with nine ships and all those still faithful, they landed in the land called Endor (Middle-earth). Elendil landed in the north in Lindon while his sons landed at the port-city Pelargir. From there on, they went off to establish the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor in the year 3320. Elendil ruled as High King in Arnor in the north while his sons sailed southward and oversaw the construction of Minas Ithil, Minas Anor, and Osgiliath in Gondor.

While the Exiles of Numenor built their kingdoms, the kingdoms of the Eldar flourished and remained in relative peace. King Gil-galad's rule remained strong in Lindon while Elrond Half-Elven settled down in the valley of Imladris or Rivendell. Cirdan the Shipbuilder was Master of the Grey Havens while Lord Amdir ruled in Lothlorien.

The year is 3425 and the realms of Arnor and Gondor are flourishing. Unbeknowst of Elves and Men, Sauron the Deceiver is in the midst of rebuilding his army. His hatred of the Eldar and the Men of Westernesse has fueled the fires of Mount Doom once more. He is preparing for war, eager to cover the lands of Elves and Men in Shadow and bring all the Rings of Power under the might of his One Ring.

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In the realm of Gondor, Prince Anarion prepared himself for the opening of the Library of Osgiliath. It was to be a day of festivity, long remembered by the Southern Dunedain. But tragedy struck, and the event was delayed. Prince Isildur had gathered news of an approaching Orc-raid sent out of the South by the cruel Enemy, Sauron the Deceiver. With haste, Prince Isildur gathered up what few defenders he could with such short notice, and rode to battle. His best efforts were not enough, however. Though great slaughter was the fate of the Orcs of the East, their numbers were greater. So many were they, that they were able to lay hands on the Prince Isildur of Gondor himself, and drag him unconscious to the Black Lands of Mordor.

Far to the North, King Elendil of Arnor learns through the palantir of Annuminas, that his eldest son has been lost. His sorrows were uncountable, and he nearly lost all hope. Only his Elven ally, the High King Gil-galad, was able to bring him comfort. The Elven-king, being so dedicated to his Dunadan friend, that he vowed in that hour to save Prince Isildur, at whatever costs. Taking counsel with his herald, Elrond, it was decided that the only path with any hope lie with the servants of Manwe, the Eagles. Scaling the Misty Mountains, a small Elf-host came to the eyries of the Eagles, and requested whatever aid possible.

The Lord of Eagles, Gwaihir, looked upon Prince Isildur with pity. Taking Gil-galad and his host in wing, the Eagles attacked the Tent Fields of Mordor with the greatest swiftness that could be mustered. Though many fell, Gil-galad and Gwaihir were somehow successful in rescuing the Prince of Gondor; and the Elven-king placed his thanks upon fate, and upon Eru.

Yet Sauron was wroth. Upon learning upon the terrible breech in Mordor's defenses, he ordered a direct assault upon Minas Ithil. The Dunedain were wise, however, and perceived such a threat. Within days, the defenses of Minas Ithil and Osgiliath were strengthened. With the presence of such lordly figures such as Gil-galad, Prince Anarion, and Lady Galadriel, as well as the valour of the Exiled Numenoreans, the assault was easily thrown back. Once more, Gondor was at peace; Sauron had turned his fiery gaze elsewhere.

The Elf-host then looked back to Lindon. By ship, the Company of Gil-galad returned to their kingdom in the North. Much had befallen since Gil-galad's departure; Elendil of Arnor had come to Mithlond not long before, and with him came his newly-engaged squire, Morthol. But while the wedding was yet being planned, Gil-galad heard some most dreadful news: An Orc-host, sent through the north of Arnor, to attack Lindon itself, surely an act of retribution against his success in Gondor. Almost immediately, Gil-galad summoned a council, to determine what plan of action would best be undergone.

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(Unfamiliar with this period in time? Not sure who we speak of? Check out the Encyclopedia of Arda for an idea. The Chronicles of Arda is particularly helpful for key dates and events.)