Númenóreans begin to teach the Men of Middle-earth (estimated date)
Event Type: Cultural/Social
Age: 2nd Age - Pre-Rings
At first the Númenóreans had come to Middle-earth as teachers and friends of lesser Men afflicted by Sauron....
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Númenor
... the Dúnedain came at times to the shores of the Great Lands, and they took pity on the forsaken world of Middle-earth; and the Lords of Númenor set foot again upon the western shores in the Dark Years of Men, and none yet dared to withstand them. For most of the Men of that age that sat under the Shadow were now grown weak and fearful. And coming among them the Númenóreans taught them many things. Corn and wine they brought, and they instructed Men in the sowing of seed and the grinding of grain, in the hewing of wood and the shaping of stone, and in the ordering of their life, such as it might be in the lands of swift death and little bliss.
Then the Men of Middle-earth were comforted, and here and there upon the western shores the houseless woods drew back, and Men shook off the yoke of the offspring of Morgoth, and unlearned their terror of the dark. And they revered the memory of the tall Sea-kings, and when they had departed they called them gods, hoping for their return; for at that time the Númenóreans dwelt never long in Middle-earth, nor made there as yet any habitation of their own.
The Silmarillion, Akallabêth
[The date is an estimate, set to follow the event Númenóreans first meet the Men of Eriador.]
Elena Tiriel 12Nov05