Shadow of Mordor lengthens
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards
Sauron extends his evil influence to Saruman, who in turn begins to trouble Rohan:
The shadow of Mordor lengthens. Saruman dares to use the palantír of Orthanc, but becomes ensnared by Sauron....
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
At that time Sauron had arisen again, and the shadow of Mordor reached out to Rohan. Orcs began to raid in the eastern regions and slay or steal horses. Others also came down from the Misty Mountains, many being great uruks in the service of Saruman, though it was long before that was suspected. Éomund's chief charge lay in the east marches.... If news came of a raid he would often ride against them.... Thus it came about that he was slain in 3002; for he pursued a small band to the borders of the Emyn Muil, and was there surprised by a strong force that lay in wait in the rocks.
Not long after Théodwyn took sick and died.... Éomer and Éowyn grew up at Edoras and saw the dark shadow fall on the halls of Théoden.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The House of Eorl: The Kings of the Mark
Elena Tiriel 21Oct05