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Castamir captures Osgiliath and deposes Eldacar in the Kin-strife

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - The Kings

Year: 1437

Description:

An event in the Kin-strife in Gondor; see that entry for an overview:
At first [Eldacar] held Osgiliath, and Minas Anor, but he was driven out and deposed by [Castamir1]....

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Southern Line of Gondor, The Anárioni

When the confederates led by descendants of the kings rose against him, he opposed them to the end of his strength. At last he was besieged in Osgiliath, and held it long, until hunger and the greater forces of the rebels drove him out, leaving the city in flames. In that siege and burning the Tower of the Dome of Osgiliath was destroyed, and the palantír was lost in the waters.

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

[The] slaughter and destruction done in the city at [Castamir's] bidding far exceeded the needs of war.

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


Notes
1   This text is from one of Tolkien's early drafts. For the sake of clarity, earlier versions of proper names used by Tolkien in this draft have been replaced with the versions in use in the canon sources. All substitutions are marked with brackets.

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 12Dec04

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