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The '''Watchful Peace''' is a relatively peaceful period during the [[Third Age]].
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The '''Watchful Peace''' was a relatively peaceful 4-century period during the [[Third Age]], from {{TA|2063}} until [[Sauron]]'s return to [[Dol Guldur]] in {{TA|2460|n}}. During this time Dol Guldur was ruled by [[Khamûl]] the Easterling in the Absence of the [[Necromancer]]. The Shadow on [[Mirkwood]] had lessened, but the [[Nazgûl]] had used this period to prepare for Sauron's return.
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==Background==
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When [[Arnor]] reestablished relations with [[Gondor]], Kings [[Araphant]] and [[Ondoher]] realised that a single force was co-ordinating the attacks on both of their kingdoms and that they should work together to combat this evil. However it was already too late; the [[Witch-king]] of [[Angmar]] managed to overthrow [[Arthedain]], the last remnant of the Northern Kingdom of [[Arnor]].
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Angmar was in turn destroyed by the [[Elves]] of [[Rivendell]].  
  
The Watchful Peace began in [[Third Age]] 2063, when [[Gandalf]] went to [[Dol Guldur]] and the evil dwelling there (later known to be [[Sauron]]) fled east.  It lasted until 2460, when Sauron returned with new strength.
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The [[Nazgûl]] gathered back in [[Mordor]] and subsequently captured [[Minas Ithil]], now renamed [[Minas Morgul]]. The [[Dwarves of Moria]] also suffered a big loss with the awakening of a [[Balrog]] and the following evacuation of [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]].
  
This took place shortly after the loss of [[Eärnur]], the last king of Gondor, and so the first ten [[Ruling Steward]]s had relative calm in which to renew their strength. During the Watchful Peace Gondor strengthened its borders, keeping a watchful eye on the east, as [[Minas Morgul]] was still a threat on their flank and [[Mordor]] was still occupied with [[Orcs]]. But no major escalations occurred except for minor skirmishes with the [[Haven of Umbar]].  Stewards of Gondor during the Watchful Peace included [[Mardil Voronwë]], [[Eradan]], [[Herion]], [[Belegorn]], [[Húrin I]], [[Túrin I]], [[Hador (Steward of Gondor)|Hador]], [[Barahir (Steward of Gondor)|Barahir]], [[Dior (Steward of Gondor)|Dior]], and [[Denethor I]].
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The last years before the Watchful peace, [[Gondor]] suffered the loss of its last childless King [[Earnur]], and the beginning of the [[Ruling Stewards]].
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[[File:John Howe - Pass the Doors of Dol Guldur.jpg|thumb|John Howe - ''Pass the Doors of Dol Guldur'']]
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Eventually the [[Wise]] feared that their enemy is active in [[Dol Guldur]] and in {{TA|2063}} [[Gandalf]] went there; Sauron fled to the [[East]] so that he would not be identified.
  
In the north, [[Arthedain]] and [[Arnor]] were long gone, but [[Angmar]] had also fallen. The first seven [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain]] reigned during the Watchful Peace: [[Aranarth]], [[Arahael]], [[Aranuir]], [[Aravir]], [[Aragorn I]], [[Araglas]], and [[Arahad I]]. The [[Hobbits]] of the [[Shire]] prospered and even expanded; [[Buckland]] was first occupied by [[Oldbucks]] at this time. [[Isumbras Took I|Isumbras I]] became the first [[Took|Tookish]] [[Thain]] of the Shire in [[Third Age 2340|2340]].
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==History==
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===Gondor===
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The first ten [[Ruling Steward]]s had relative calm in which to renew their strength. These included [[Mardil|Mardil Voronwë]], [[Eradan]], [[Herion]], [[Belegorn]], [[Húrin I]], [[Túrin I]], [[Hador (Steward of Gondor)|Hador]], [[Barahir (Steward of Gondor)|Barahir]], [[Dior (Steward of Gondor)|Dior]], and [[Denethor I]].
  
At the beginning of the Watchful Peace, the [[Dwarves]] of [[Durin's folk]] dwelt in both the [[Grey Mountains]] and in [[Erebor]]. [[Thráin I]] made his abode at Erebor, but the majority of his people inhabited the Grey Mountains and his son [[Thorin I]] moved there as well.  He was followed as [[Kings of Durin's Folk|King of Durin's Folk]] by [[Glóin (Son of Thorin I)|Glóin]] and [[Óin (Son of Glóin)|Óin]].
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During the Peace Gondor strengthened its borders, keeping a watchful eye on the east, as [[Minas Morgul]] was still a threat on their flank and [[Mordor]] was still occupied with [[Orcs]]. But no major escalations occurred except for minor skirmishes with the [[Umbar|Haven of Umbar]].
  
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During the Peace the garrisons of the forts of [[Calenardhon]] (which was depopulated during the [[Great Plague]]) were not renewed, and local chieftains (whose subjects were increasingly of mixed blood) gained more control.<ref>{{UT|Isen}}</ref>
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===Eriador===
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The first seven [[Chieftains of the Dúnedain]] ruled their people, the [[Rangers of the North]], during the Watchful Peace: [[Aranarth]], [[Arahael]], [[Aranuir]], [[Aravir]], [[Aragorn I]], [[Araglas]], and [[Arahad I]]. The region suffered only from some evil creatures such as [[wolves]].
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The [[Hobbits]] of [[the Shire]] prospered and even expanded; [[Buckland]] was first occupied by [[Oldbucks]] at this time. [[Isumbras Took I|Isumbras I]] became the first [[Took|Tookish]] [[Thain]] of the Shire in {{TA|2340|n}}.
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===Longbeards===
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At the beginning of the Watchful Peace, the [[Dwarves]] of [[Durin's folk]] dwelt in both the [[Grey Mountains]] and in [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]. [[Thráin I]] made his abode at Erebor, but the majority of his people inhabited the Grey Mountains and his son [[Thorin I]] moved there as well.
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He was followed as [[Kings of Durin's Folk|King of Durin's Folk]] by [[Glóin (King of Durin's Folk)|Glóin]] and [[Óin (King of Durin's Folk)|Óin]].
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===North===
 
The [[Éothéod]] dwelt in the north vales of [[Anduin]] during the Watchful Peace.
 
The [[Éothéod]] dwelt in the north vales of [[Anduin]] during the Watchful Peace.
  
Sauron was not idle in the east: he created a strong alliance between the various tribes of [[Easterlings]], so that when he returned he was more powerful and had many [[Men]] in his service.
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Further south, some [[Stoors]] inhabited the areas near the [[Gladden Fields]], having settled there some centuries ago to flee the shadow of [[Angmar]], and formed a matriarchical society.<ref>{{App|Eriador}}</ref><ref>{{FR|Shadow}}</ref> [[Sméagol]] was born and spent his youth there toward the end of the Watchful Peace.
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==End of the Peace==
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A new race of Orcs was bred in Minas Morgul, the [[Uruk-hai]]. But Sauron was not idle in the east either: he created a strong alliance between the various tribes of [[Easterlings]], so that when he returned he was more powerful and had many [[Men]] in his service.
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In {{TA|2460}}, Sauron returned with new strength. His return coincided with [[the One Ring]] revealing itself and Sméagol claimed it three years later. In c. {{TA|2480}} Orcs began to spread again in the Misty Mountains in order to block all passes into Eriador, whilst Sauron's creatures took Moria as their own. The next years [[Ithilien]] and [[Osgiliath]] were devastated by the Uruk-hai.
  
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The Watchful Peace was a relatively peaceful 4-century period during the Third Age, from T.A. 2063 until Sauron's return to Dol Guldur in 2460. During this time Dol Guldur was ruled by Khamûl the Easterling in the Absence of the Necromancer. The Shadow on Mirkwood had lessened, but the Nazgûl had used this period to prepare for Sauron's return.

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Background

When Arnor reestablished relations with Gondor, Kings Araphant and Ondoher realised that a single force was co-ordinating the attacks on both of their kingdoms and that they should work together to combat this evil. However it was already too late; the Witch-king of Angmar managed to overthrow Arthedain, the last remnant of the Northern Kingdom of Arnor. Angmar was in turn destroyed by the Elves of Rivendell.

The Nazgûl gathered back in Mordor and subsequently captured Minas Ithil, now renamed Minas Morgul. The Dwarves of Moria also suffered a big loss with the awakening of a Balrog and the following evacuation of Khazad-dûm.

The last years before the Watchful peace, Gondor suffered the loss of its last childless King Earnur, and the beginning of the Ruling Stewards.

John Howe - Pass the Doors of Dol Guldur

Eventually the Wise feared that their enemy is active in Dol Guldur and in T.A. 2063 Gandalf went there; Sauron fled to the East so that he would not be identified.

History

Gondor

The first ten Ruling Stewards had relative calm in which to renew their strength. These included Mardil Voronwë, Eradan, Herion, Belegorn, Húrin I, Túrin I, Hador, Barahir, Dior, and Denethor I.

During the Peace Gondor strengthened its borders, keeping a watchful eye on the east, as Minas Morgul was still a threat on their flank and Mordor was still occupied with Orcs. But no major escalations occurred except for minor skirmishes with the Haven of Umbar.

During the Peace the garrisons of the forts of Calenardhon (which was depopulated during the Great Plague) were not renewed, and local chieftains (whose subjects were increasingly of mixed blood) gained more control.[1]

Eriador

The first seven Chieftains of the Dúnedain ruled their people, the Rangers of the North, during the Watchful Peace: Aranarth, Arahael, Aranuir, Aravir, Aragorn I, Araglas, and Arahad I. The region suffered only from some evil creatures such as wolves.

The Hobbits of the Shire prospered and even expanded; Buckland was first occupied by Oldbucks at this time. Isumbras I became the first Tookish Thain of the Shire in 2340.

Longbeards

At the beginning of the Watchful Peace, the Dwarves of Durin's folk dwelt in both the Grey Mountains and in Erebor. Thráin I made his abode at Erebor, but the majority of his people inhabited the Grey Mountains and his son Thorin I moved there as well.

He was followed as King of Durin's Folk by Glóin and Óin.

North

The Éothéod dwelt in the north vales of Anduin during the Watchful Peace.

Further south, some Stoors inhabited the areas near the Gladden Fields, having settled there some centuries ago to flee the shadow of Angmar, and formed a matriarchical society.[2][3] Sméagol was born and spent his youth there toward the end of the Watchful Peace.

End of the Peace

A new race of Orcs was bred in Minas Morgul, the Uruk-hai. But Sauron was not idle in the east either: he created a strong alliance between the various tribes of Easterlings, so that when he returned he was more powerful and had many Men in his service.

In T.A. 2460, Sauron returned with new strength. His return coincided with the One Ring revealing itself and Sméagol claimed it three years later. In c. T.A. 2480 Orcs began to spread again in the Misty Mountains in order to block all passes into Eriador, whilst Sauron's creatures took Moria as their own. The next years Ithilien and Osgiliath were devastated by the Uruk-hai.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Battles of the Fords of Isen"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
Preceded by:
Angmar War
Major events of Middle-earth
T.A. 2063 - T.A. 2460
Followed by:
War of the Dwarves and Dragons