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The Long Peace is a term referring to the extended peace in Beleriand in the First Age during which Morgoth did not try to break the Siege of Angband. It began when Glaurung was defeated in the First Age year 260 and ended with the Dagor Bragollach in 455 – lasting some 195 years.

During this period the Elven peoples in north west Middle-earth prospered. It was also during the Long Peace that the Edain passed into Beleriand from the east.

[edit] History

The forces of Darkness attempted to break the Siege of Angband. Glaurung the Worm managed to drive the Noldor off Ard-galen, however he was too young, and was pushed back by Fingon. It was then decided that Glaurung should wait to mature until ready to strike back. This long wait allowed for the races of Beleriand to recover and prosper.

The first major event during those years was the arrival of the Edain into Beleriand, looking for the land of the Gods in the West. Finrod quickly befriended these first Men and advised them to settle in Estolad in the realm of Amrod.[1] In F.A. 402, Orcs attempted to break through the Pass of Aglon, but the people of Bëor helped Maedhros and Maglor throw back the invaders. This was the first time Men fought on behalf of the Eldar. Their head was also given the region of Ladros of Dorthonion.

Around that time, the Haladin, the people of Marach, and the Easterlings crossed over the Blue Mountains into Beleriand.

The Haladin dwelt in Thargelion as scattered groups until a host of orcs assaulted their territory in F.A. 375. They built a stockade between the angle of Gelion and Ascar until Caranthir's army could relieve them. Haleth declined a feif in his lands and moved on to Talath Dirnen and settled in the Forest of Brethil.

The Marachians remained in Estolad after the Beorians, becoming close allies with the House of Fingolfin in Hithlum and then moved to the southern slopes of the Ered Wethrin; during the time of Hador in F.A. 423 they were granted permanent fief of Dor-lómin.[2]

The period ended when the Siege was broken in the Dagor Bragollach.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"