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Battle of the Crossings of Erui

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Battle of the Crossings of Erui
Conflict: Kin-strife of Gondor
Date: T.A. 1447
Place: Crossings of Erui in Lebennin
Outcome: Victory and restoration of Eldacar

People of Calenardhon, Anórien, Ithilien, and Northmen

People of the coasts, especially Pelargir and Umbar



Castamir the Usurper



Heavy, Castamir

The Battle of the Crossings of Erui was the last battle of the Kin-strife of Gondor.


In T.A. 1447[1] the rightful King Eldacar returned to Gondor at the head of an army composed of Northmen and many of the folk from the northern fiefs of the realm. Castamir the Usurper gathered the peoples of the coasts, especially from Pelargir and Umbar, and met Eldacar's forces at the Crossings of Erui,[2] on the road between Pelargir and Minas Tirith.[3]

The resulting clash was a victory for Eldacar, who slew Castamir in personal combat and regained the throne. However, the sons of Castamir, his kin, and many people of the fleets escaped. After enduring the Siege of Pelargir,[2] in 1448[1] these enemies of the king sailed to Umbar, for Eldacar had no ships to stop them. Umbar became a refuge for the rebels for generations, until finally subdued by King Elessar in the Fourth Age.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"