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The reign of Tarannon was an unhappy one: he married [[Berúthiel]], nefarious and loveless. Unlike her husband, she hated the Sea, its smells and its sounds. Mystery began to surround her as she used her [[cats]] to spy on the Gondorian nobility, and paranoia and fear rose. After much ado, Tarannon banished her from Gondor, setting her on an adrift ship with her cats. The ship was last seen passing [[Umbar]] in the South.<ref name="UTI7">{{UT|Istari}}, note 7</ref>  Because he exiled his wife, Tarannon died childless, and the kingship went to his nephew Eärnil I. But not all went ill for Tarannon. Around {{TA|830}}, Tarannon captured the land of Harandor, and took the name Falastur, meaning Lord of Coasts.
 
The reign of Tarannon was an unhappy one: he married [[Berúthiel]], nefarious and loveless. Unlike her husband, she hated the Sea, its smells and its sounds. Mystery began to surround her as she used her [[cats]] to spy on the Gondorian nobility, and paranoia and fear rose. After much ado, Tarannon banished her from Gondor, setting her on an adrift ship with her cats. The ship was last seen passing [[Umbar]] in the South.<ref name="UTI7">{{UT|Istari}}, note 7</ref>  Because he exiled his wife, Tarannon died childless, and the kingship went to his nephew Eärnil I. But not all went ill for Tarannon. Around {{TA|830}}, Tarannon captured the land of Harandor, and took the name Falastur, meaning Lord of Coasts.
  
But Gondor was not the supreme lord of the coasts as Tarannon boasted, the haven of [[Umbar]] stood in their way of complete domination.  So in 933, Eärnil I defeated the Umbarim, seizing control of the seas.  Even though Gondor held unrivaled control of the seas, Eärnil I was lost at sea and was never seen again. The exiled nobility of Umbar sought to depose the newly established Gondorian control of Umbar.  They mustered a Haradrim army and besieged the city. In hopes of relieving the siege, Ciryandil I led an army into Harad, but in 1149 he died fighting the Haradrim.
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But Gondor was not the supreme lord of the coasts as Tarannon boasted, the haven of [[Umbar]] stood in their way of complete domination.  So in 933, Eärnil I defeated the Umbarim, seizing control of the seas.  Even though Gondor held unrivaled control of the seas, Eärnil I was lost at sea and was never seen again.<ref>{{App.|A pp.355}}<ref/> The exiled nobility of Umbar sought to depose the newly established Gondorian control of Umbar.  They mustered a Haradrim army and besieged the city. In hopes of relieving the siege, Ciryandil I led an army into Harad, but in 1149 he died fighting the Haradrim.
  
 
In the reign of the powerful king Hyarmendacil I Gondor reached the height of its power. During Hyarmendacil's reign, Gondor's borders reached their furthest extent. The Kingdom extended east to the [[Sea of Rhûn]]; south to the [[Harnen]] and all the coast up to the cape of [[Umbar]]; as far north as [[Celebrant]]; and west towards [[Greyflood]]. Gondor would also enjoy several centuries of peace due to its military might. The [[Men of the Vales of Anduin]] as well as the Haradrim acknowledged its authority and overlordship, with the Kings of Harad paying homage.<ref name="Gondor"/>
 
In the reign of the powerful king Hyarmendacil I Gondor reached the height of its power. During Hyarmendacil's reign, Gondor's borders reached their furthest extent. The Kingdom extended east to the [[Sea of Rhûn]]; south to the [[Harnen]] and all the coast up to the cape of [[Umbar]]; as far north as [[Celebrant]]; and west towards [[Greyflood]]. Gondor would also enjoy several centuries of peace due to its military might. The [[Men of the Vales of Anduin]] as well as the Haradrim acknowledged its authority and overlordship, with the Kings of Harad paying homage.<ref name="Gondor"/>

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