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|Previous war: War of the Last Alliance|
|Next war: War of the Ring|
|Beginning: T.A. 1851||End: T.A. 2510|
|Place: Calenardhon, Rhovanion, Dagorlad, Ithilien, both banks of River Anduin|
|Outcome: Decisive victory for 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 Éothéod||Easterling forces: Wainriders and Balchoth, Northern Orcs|
|45px Tarostar Rómendacil I†|
45px Ecthelion II†
45px Unknown Easterling commanders
The Wainrider/Balchoth War was a long series of battles spread over the first, second and third millennia of the Third Age. The first of these attacks occurred several centuries after the founding of Gondor. 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 setbacks for Gondor, they were at last decisively defeated.
Early in the Third Age, c. T.A. 490, Easterling tribes began a series of attacks against the southern Númenórean exile kingdom of Gondor. This first occurred during the reign of King Ostoher, who also rebuilt Minas Anor, in c. 490 T.A. His successor, Rómendacil I, defeated an Easterling invasion in T.A. 500, but was slain in a fresh assault by them in T.A. 541. His son, Turambar, once again defeated them, and captured a large area eastwards south of the Sea of Rhûn. Gondor was not troubled by Easterling attacks for centuries afterwards, and by the reign of Ciryaher Hyarmendacil (c. 1050), Gondor was at the height of its power, controlling wide areas to the south and east. Template:Ref
Minilcar, Regent and later King of Gondor, gave the Northmen extensive lands east of Anduin and south of the forest of Greenwood the Great.