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November III 2758 to March III 2759
Northern Middle-earth, southward at least as far as Rohan
Not to be confused with the two Fell Winters, one occurring in First Age, and the other later in the Third Age


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Long Winter

The worst winter in the history of Middle-earth

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A period of five months between November III 2758 and March III 2759, during which time the western lands, and especially Eriador and Rohan, were beset by snow and ice. This was a catastrophic time, the Winter and the hard years that followed it cost many lives, and brought the land of Rohan near to extinction. The Long Winter is not to be confused with the Fell Winter, which occurred some 153 years later.

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