Second battle of Dagorlad

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The second battle of Dagorlad was a battle in the Third Age. King Calimehtar of Gondor defeated the Easterling army on the Dagorlad, the site of the legendary battle where Sauron was routed.


An Easterling people known as the Wainriders began attacking Gondor. Gondorians and Northmen who moved against them were defeated in the Battle of the Plains (T.A. 1856). Most Northmen lands were occupied by the Wainriders and were enslaved, however other escaped and some followed Marhwini to the Vales of Anduin.

Years later, the Wainriders planned to raid Calenardhon across the Undeeps. Lord Marhwini sent message to King Calimehtar warning him about this, notifying him also that the enslaved Northmen were also preparing a revolt should the Wainriders become involved in war.

As quickly as he could in T.A. 1899 Calimehtar led an army north from Ithilien. He also secretly sent horsemen over the Undeeps.

The Battle

While moving his army, Calimehtar did what he could to make the enemies know of his movements in order to lure them. Indeed, gathering all of their available strength, the Wainriders came down to meet him and the King gave way before them, drawing them away from their homes, leaving the Undeeps unguarded.

The two forces met on Dagorlad where battle developed. All seemed in doubt, until at the peak of the battle, upon the flank and rear of the Wainriders, fell Calimehtar's horsemen from the Undeeps, who were joined with a great éored led by Marhwini. The joint army drove the Wainriders back to the East.

Revolt of the enslaved Northmen

Desperate Northmen who had become outlaws came out of Mirkwood and roused the Northmen who had been enslaved by the Wainriders to revolt against the families of the Wainriders who had stayed behind in their camps after their warriors had left to fight against the men of Gondor. They burned many of their enemies' dwellings, storehouses and fortified camps of wagons, but most of them died, because they were not well armed and because the youths, women and old men of the Wainriders defended their homes and their children.

Calimehtar's and Marhwini's victory was overwhelming and Gondor enjoyed a respite from war for 45 years. Marhwini retired to his land beside the Anduin, and the Northmen of his race never again returned to their former homes.[1]