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Dates
Location
Across Eriador, but centred on the land of Eregion
Origins
Sauron's invasion of Eriador in quest of the Rings of Power held in Eregion
Races
Fought by Elves and Men against Sauron, one of the Maiar
Divisions
The Elves of Eregion were primarily of the Noldor; the Men who aided them were Númenóreans
Settlements
Sauron's main goal was the capture of Ost-in-Edhil in Eregion
Pronunciation
Sauron is pronounced 'Sow'ron' ('sow' as in English 'now')
Meaning
Sauron means 'the abhorred'

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War of the Elves and Sauron

The end of Eregion

During the Second Age, Sauron planned to take control of the Elves through the power of his One Ring. In his guise as Annatar, he instructed the Elves of Eregion in the making of Rings of Power, and then secretly constructed a Ruling Ring of his own to enslave the bearers of the Rings. Unknown to him, the Elves had made Three Rings of their own, so that when Sauron took up his own Ring, they understood his intentions and his centuries of planning came to nothing.

What he could not control by subtlety, Sauron resolved to destroy by force, and so began the War of the Elves and Sauron. At first, Sauron's victories came quickly: vast armies emerged from Mordor and, over the next six years, overran Eriador. Eregion was destroyed, and Sauron claimed the remaining Rings of Power (except for the Three Rings, which had been sent far from Eregion at the beginning of the war).

Just as Sauron's victory looked secure, a great navy appeared in the north, carrying the forces of Númenor sent by King Tar-Minastir. The Númenóreans put Sauron's armies to rout, and forced them back out of the Westlands. So Eriador was saved, but Celebrimbor's kingdom of Eregion had been wiped out, and a great many of the Rings of Power had fallen into the hands of Sauron.


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