Battle of the Plains
Conflict: Wainrider War
Date: TA 1856
Place: The plains south of Mirkwood
Outcome: Decisive Wainrider victory. Gondor loses its eastern territories. Most of Rhovanion enslaved.
Narmacil II Unknown Wainrider commander
A large army of unknown numbers A no doubt formidable army of unknown size
Heavy Unknown, probably moderate

The Battle of the Plains was a battle between Gondor, its Northmen allies, and the Wainrider invaders.


After five years of ravaging eastern Gondor and the Northmen of Rhovanion, Gondor assembled a large army with many scattered remnants of loyal Northman allies under the leadership of Narmacil II. The King marched his great host north from Ithilien to the open plains just south of Mirkwood where they met their foe. However, Narmacil's great host was defeated and cost Narmacil his life.[1][2][3]


After the battle was lost, the Northman noble Marhari involved in leading a rearguard action against the enemy was slain. The survivors fled south over Dagorlad and back into Ithilien and Gondor was forced to abandon its eastern lands. The majority of the Northmen fell into slavery and those that did not withdrew further north over the River Running and into Dale, where they joined with the Men of Dale. Others gathered around Marhari's son Marhwini, who settled the Vales of Anduin between Mirkwood and the river Anduin with fugitives slaves from Rhovanion, who joined with them later. These survivors and refugees would later become the Éothéod, an ally of Gondor.[2]


The loss at the Plains led to the later creation of the Rohirrim out of the Éothéod who were survivors of the battle. These warrior-folk would maintain friendship with Gondor and centuries later would take the Oath of Eorl and settle the Gondor province of Calenardhon, later renamed Rohan and remain an eternal ally of Gondor and the later Reunited Kingdom.


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Third Age, "Wainriders and Angmar"

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