Osgiliath begins to fall into ruin
Event Type: Cultural/Social
Age: 3rd Age - The Kings
An event in the Great Plague; see that entry for an overview:
1640 […] Osgiliath begins to fall into ruin.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
[Tarondor] it was who removed the king's house permanently to Minas Anor, for Osgiliath was now partly deserted, and began to fall into ruin. Few of those who had fled from the plague into Ithilien or to the western dales were willing to return.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion
During the plague in Osgiliath those folk that survived fled from the city to the western dales or into the woods of Ithilien, and few were willing to return. Osgiliath became largely deserted and partly ruinous.
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