3rd Invasion of Gondor by Easterlings
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - The Kings
Minalcar [was] Regent ... he governed Gondor in the name of the kings.... His chief concern was with the Northmen.
These had increased greatly in the peace brought by the power of Gondor. The kings showed them favour, ... and they gave them wide lands beyond Anduin south of Greenwood the Great, to be a defence against men of the East. For in the past the attacks of the Easterlings had come mostly over the plain between the Inland Sea and the Ash Mountains.
In the days of Narmacil I their attacks began again, though at first with little force; but it was learned by the regent that the Northmen did not always remain true to Gondor, and some would join forces with the Easterlings, either out of greed for spoil, or in the furtherance of feuds among their princes.
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion
[Note: the date is an estimate, timed to precede the event Minalcar Defeats the 3rd Invasion of Gondor by Easterlings.]
Elena Tiriel 4Dec04