Calenardhon was a wide green landscape in the north of Gondor, but it was devastated by the Great Plague. During the Watchful Peace the Númenórean garrisons of the forts were not renewed, and local chieftains (whose subjects were increasingly of mixed blood) gained more control. The Dunlendings decided to repopulate it.
During the rule of the Steward Cirion, Gondor faced a series of attacks by the Balchoth, and Calenardhon was overrun by these evil people. Cirion sent messages for help to Gondor's old allies, including the Éothéod, to help defend Gondor.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Nancy Smith, "Index questions". Cf. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (HarperCollinsPublishers 2008), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 477
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297, (dated August 1967)
- ↑ 2000 "Cabor" edition of the Sindarin Dictionary (accessible through here); entries "calen" and "ardhon"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part Two: The Ring Goes East", "Faramir"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Heirs of Elendil"