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Wainrider/Balchoth War

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Previous war: War of the Last Alliance
Next war: War of the Ring
Wainrider/Balchoth War
Beginning: T.A. 1851End: T.A. 2510
Place: Calenardhon, Rhovanion, Dagorlad, both banks of River Anduin
Outcome: Decisive victory of Gondor and the Éothéod
Major battles: Battle of the Plains, Second Battle of Dagorlad, Battle of the Camp, Battle of the Field of Celebrant
Gondor, the ÉothéodEasterling forces: Wainriders and Balchoth, Northern Orcs
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  • Unknown Orc commanders

The Wainrider/Balchoth War was a long series of battles over the several centuries of the second and third millennia of the Third Age. The first of these attacks occurred in T.A. 1851. During this period, Gondor was under assault from the east by a number of eastern tribes variously referred as Wainriders, Easterlings, and Balchoth. After some serious defeats, they were at last decisively defeated.


Historical Prelude

The Éothéod were a small group of Northmen in the Vales of Anduin during the middle Third Age. They first came to Gondor's notice during the reign of King Calimehtar of Gondor.

Fall of Ondoher

Easterling by Olanda Fong-Surdenas

Cirion and Eorl