Mordor left unguarded
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - The Kings
An event in the Great Plague; see that entry for an overview:
1640 […] Mordor is left unguarded.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
Tarondor had the longest reign of all the Kings of Gondor (162 years), but was unable to do more than attempt to re-establish life and order within his borders. Owing to the fewness of his people the watch on Mordor was neglected and the fortresses guarding the passes became emptied.
The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Southern Line of Gondor: The Anárioni
Tanaqui 22Apr05, link to Great Plague overview added 25Apr05