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Watchful Peace ends

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Year: 2460

An event in the prelude to the formation of the White Council; see that entry for more information:

The Watchful Peace lasted from the years 2063 to 2460, when Sauron was absent from Dol Guldur.

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 2, Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan: Notes, Note 21

... there was a watchful peace for a long while. But at length the Shadow returned and its power increased; and in that time was first made the Council of the Wise that is called the White Council....

The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

... even before the Watchful Peace ended evil things again began to attack Eriador or to invade it secretly....

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur

Orcs begin to make secret strongholds in the Misty Mountains so as to bar all the passes into Eriador. Sauron begins to people Moria with his creatures.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

At first [the Ruling Stewards] had quiet, for those were the days of the Watchful Peace.... But from the time of Denethor I, there was never full peace again, and even when Gondor had no great or open war its borders were under constant threat.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion: The Stewards

Elena Tiriel 3Oct05, 8Oct05

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