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The Great Plague, known also as the Dark Plague, was a disastrous pestilence in Middle-earth during the Third Age.

HistoryEdit

BeginningEdit

The Great Plague began in the east beyond Mordor, reaching Osgiliath in TA 1636 just a year after King Minardil of Gondor had been killed at Pelargir by the Corsairs of Umbar, and only two centuries after the Kin-strife of Gondor. The new king, Telemnar was killed together with his kin, as well as many others of the Dúnedain. Together these events served to further destroy the people of Gondor.[1]

Movement of the PlagueEdit

The Plague had first hit Rhûn and Rhovanion, and after the plague had passed more than half the folk of the Kingdom of Rhovanion had been killed. From Osgiliath the plague spread west and then north. Enedwaith and Dunland were scarcely affected, but the Plague regained strength as it went north, and Minhiriath (the southern part of Cardolan) was especially hit hard. The last of the Dúnedain of Cardolan died on the Barrowdowns, and evil spirits from Angmar and Rhudaur entered the realm.

Arthedain further to the north was scarcely affected, while the Shire was hit harder, with the Hobbits suffering great losses[1]. Arthedain still defended Fornost to the north.

The city of Osgiliath was especially hit hard, suffering the highest casualties outside of Rhovanion. Many fled the city and re-located to Ithilien and Anórien, and Minas Anor became the King's seat there.[1]

After the PlagueEdit

The casualties were so high that the fortresses guarding Mordor were abandoned as the troops were recalled. For the next two centuries Gondor, as well as its enemies, did little but try to regain strength. Eventually Gondor did recover and garrisoned the fortresses for a short time.[citation needed]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

In Great Plague appears in The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king. In the game, the plague has a completely different origin and went in the opposite direction. It was a plan by The Witch-king to weaken the Dunedain kingdoms even further. The plague is created by Angmar's Sorcerers by corrupting the Barrow-downs of Cardolan, creating many Barrow-wights, including Karsh. Afterwards, the plague ravages Arnor, then spreads across the Misty Mountains, affecting Osgiliath, Rhovanion, and Rhun, presumably affecting them the same as in the books.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Groot Pes
Albanian murtajë e Madhe
Amharic ታላቁ መቅሰፍት
Arabic العظيم طاعون
Armenian Մեծ ժանտախտը
Azerbaijani Böyük vəbası
Basque Izurrite handia
Belarusian Cyrillic Вялікая Чума
Bengali গ্রেট প্লেগ
Bosnian Velika kuga
Bulgarian Cyrillic Голяма чумна
Burmese ဂရိတ်ဘေးကပ်ရောဂါ
Cambodian ជំងឺប៉េស្តដ៏អស្ចារ្យ
Catalan Gran plaga
Cebuano Dakong katalagman
Chinese 大大瘟疫
Croatian Velika kuga
Czech Velký mor
Danish Store Pesten
Dutch Grote Plaag
Esperanto Granda pesto
Estonian Suur katk
Filipino Mahusay na Peste
Finnish Suuri rutto
French Grande peste
Frisian Grutte pest
Galician Gran peste
Georgian დიდი ჭირი
German Große Pest
Greek Μεγάλη πληγή
Gujarati ગ્રેટ પ્લેગ
Hausa Babban annoba
Hebrew המגפה הגדולה
Hindi महान प्लेग
Hungarian Nagy pestis
Icelandic Mikill plága
Indonesian Wabah Besar
Irish Gaelic Mór pest
Italian Grande Epidemia
Japanese グレートペスト
Kannada ಗ್ರೇಟ್ ಪ್ಲೇಗ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Ұлы оба
Korean 그레이트 역병
Laotian ໄພພິບັດທີ່ຍິ່ງໃຫຍ່
Latvian Liela nelaime
Lithuanian Didysis maras
Luxembourgish Grouss Pescht
Macedonian Cyrillic Голема чума
Malagasy aretina Lehibe
Malay Wabak besar
Malayalam വലിയ പ്ലേഗ്
Maltese Pesta Kbira
Marathi ग्रेट प्लेग
Norwegian Stor Pesten
Persian طاعون بزرگ
Polish Wielki Mór
Portuguese Grande Praga
Punjabi ਮਹਾਨ ਪਲੇਗ
Romanian Ciuma mare
Russian Великая Чума
Serbian Велика куга (Cyrillic) Velika kuga (Latin)
Sinhalese මහා වසංගතය
Slovak Veľký mor
Slovenian Velika kuga
Spanish Gran Plaga
Sudanese Pagebug Hébat
Swahili Tauni Kubwa
Swedish Stor Pest
Tajik Cyrillic Бемории калон
Tamil பெரிய பிளேக்
Telugu గ్రేట్ ప్లేగు
Thai โรคระบาดครั้งใหญ่
Turkish Büyük Vebası
Ukrainian Cyrillic Велика чума
Urdu عظیم پلیگ
Uzbek Катта чума (Cyrillic) Katta chuma (Latin)
Vietnamese Đại dịch hạch
Welsh Pla mawr
Xhosa Kakhulu Isibetho
Yiddish גרויס פּלאָגן

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Return of the King, Appendix B: The Tale of Years

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