This article is about the faction. For the biome, look here: Gondor (Biome)
Gondor is the greatest kingdom of Men in Middle-earth, bordered by Rohan to the north, Harad to the south, the cape of Andrast and the Sea to the west, and Mordor to the east. Its first capital was Osgiliath, but was moved to Minas Tirith in TA 1640 and has remained there since. Other major fortresses include Dol Amroth in Belfalas and Pelargir, which is a city on the Anduin.
In all, there were thirty-one kings of Gondor, from Anárion, who was slain before Barad-dûr at the Siege of Barad-dûr, to Earnur, who was lost in Minas Morgul. After the disappearance of Earnur, the Stewards ruled Gondor. The Lord Denethor, the current Steward, is the sixth and twentieth of his line.
Gondor also has many fiefdoms, including Lossarnach, the Blackroot Vale, Pinnath Gelin, Lamedon, Pelargir, Lebennin, Dor-en-Ernil, Anórien, Anfalas, and Ithilien. Harondor was also once a fiefdom of Gondor, but now it is a debatable land, disputed between the folk of Gondor and Harad.
After the War of the Elves and Sauron, the Númenóreans began to establish permanent settlements in Middle-earth. Pelargir upon Anduin would prove a base for Faithful influence on the shores of Middle-earth, which soon spread to the various colonies and havens in all the land from Lune to Pelargir. The Númenóreans, however, were constantly assailed by the native peoples, who viewed them as invaders and fought in the name of Sauron against them. But in time there was strife in Numenor, and the Faithful in the north were set at odds with the King's Men, who served the kings of Númenór and were grown corrupt and hateful of the Valar.
Yet when Sauron claimed the title "King of Men" and assailed the Númenórean colonies, Ar-Pharazôn, the greatest and most powerful of the Númenórean kings yet, gathered his fleet and came to the Haven of Umbar, which was still held by the Númenóreans at the time. The Dark Lord saw the futility of a war against the might of Númenór, and came before Ar-Pharazôn and humbled himself. Even the Faithful remembered with pride the majesty of Ar-Pharazôn, Tar-Calion the Golden, as he came out of the deeps of the Sea. But when the fleet returned to Númenór with its prisoner, Sauron set about corrupting the King and his subjects, whispering into their ears lies about the Valar. The oppression of the Faithful Númenóreans, who remained loyal to the Valar, turned to downright persecution, and a great temple to Morgoth was built in Armenelos. Sauron ordered the destruction of the White Tree that stood in the Citadel, but Isildur of the Faithful stole past the guards and saved a scion of Nimloth. Thus the lineage of Galathilion lived on, for Sauron had Nimloth cut down, and the smoke of its burning hung about the city. And the Númenóreans came to Middle-earth not as teachers nor even as rulers, but as fierce men of war, and they took the Men of Middle-earth and enslaved them, and many they slew cruelly upon their altars.
But though their loremasters and alchemists had studied the matter for years, the Númenóreans could not escape death. Pharazôn felt the shadow of age growing on him, and he succumbed to the urging of Sauron. And in the West was built a great fleet, and their sails darkened the sea. But storms came to Numenor out of the West, and lightning slew men upon the hills, and Meneltarma spouted smoke. And Amandil saw that Numenor was doomed, and bade his son Elendil to wait upon ships in the harbor of Romenna, while he sailed West to beg the Valar for mercy. This Elendil did, and he brought many scrolls of ancientry, and the Seven Seeing-Stones of the Eldar, and on the ship of Isildur was the seedling of Nimloth. Never was Amandil seen again, but the Armament of Pharazôn grew finished. And Ar-Pharazôn beheld the Eagles come out of the West upon a burning sky. But he did on his panoply and his crown, and let raise his standard, and he gave the signal for the raising of the anchors; and in that hour the trumpets of Númenor outrang the thunder. And they sailed forth to Valinor.
This the Valar did not abide, and they laid down their governance of the World, and Eru intervened. Fire spouted from the Meneltarma, and a great wave came, and all Numenor, with its pride and pomp and beauty, was sundered. But in the midst of the storm, the nine ships of the Faithful escaped out of the downfallen West. On these ships were Elendil and his sons Anarion and Isildur. Battered and beaten, Elendil's four ships landed in Lindon, the realm of Gil-galad. Elendil founded the realm of Arnor, and became High King of the two realms in exile. Isildur and Anarion, with the remaining five vessels, landed in Pelargir and founded the realm of Gondor.
The Kingdom of Gondor then extended from the Glanhir and Morthond in the West, to the Mountains of Shadow in the east, to Dagorlad to the North and Poros in the south. Isildur and Anarion founded the capital city of Osgiliath on the Anduin, and the two Kings of Gondor each built their own fortress. Anarion built Minas Anor upon the slopes of Mindollunin, and Isildur Minas Ithil as a guard against Mordor. The two made alliance with the Men of the Mountains, an ancient people who dwelt in the Ered Nimrais, and the Mountain-King swore to serve Gondor in their hour of need. But they had worshipped Sauron in the Dark Days.
Indeed, the Dunedain had believed that Sauron had been destroyed in the Downfall of Númenór, but after 110 years had passed Orodruin burst into flame once more, and it was named Amon Amarth, Mount Doom. Sauron then assaulted and captured Minas Ithil. But when Isildur called on the Men of the Mountains for aid, they fled into their dark strongholds. And so Isildur cursed them, never to rest until they fulfilled their oath. Anarion held Sauron back at Osgiliath while Isildur brought tidings to his father in the north. The power of Gil-galad had grown in the absence of Sauron, and Elendil formed with him the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. The war that ended the Second Age was won, but at a terrible price for the Dunedain. Elendil and Anarion had fallen in the conflict, with many more of Numenorean blood dead as well. But Gondor remained strong under the leadership of Isildur, now the High King of Gondor and Arnor. Isildur spent a year instructing his nephew Meneldil in the ruling of realms, then he went north. But on the way to Arnor, he was killed in an ambush in the Gladden Fields with three of his sons, and so perished the High King of Arnor and Gondor, the Second and the Last.
Gondor is a failing nation, a springless autumn. Bulwark of the west and greatest land of the Free Peoples in Middle-earth it remains, but the evil that now spreads from Mordor cannot be matched. Gondor's days are numbered, and the Black Hand is outstretched to seize the Tower of Ecthelion. But the Eyes of the White Tower are not blind, and Denethor II son of Ecthelion will not let his proud nation go gently into that dark abyss. Nay, there will be one last battle for Gondor, heirs of Numenor, and they shall stand unwavering before the Shadow.
•Rangers of the North
|The Men of Gondor|
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