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The Númenórean shield-barrier

A defensive battle tactic employed by the Númenóreans and their descendants. It consisted of two ranks of Men, closely pressed together but flexible enough to react to a flanking maneouvre by the enemy. Sandastan was the formal, Quenya name for this formation, but in practice it was more commonly called a thangail, a Sindarin word literally meaning 'shield-hedge'.

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