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Lebennin

Post  Yrobryn on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:26 pm

Known as Fair Lebennin of the Five Streams, referring to the Five Rivers of Lebennin, it was one of the faithful fiefs of Gondor. Its largest city was Pelargir.
Lebennin was largely populated by Men of mixed blood, as many Men of Lebennin traced their ancestry to the forgotten 'Men of the Mountains' that had been displaced from the White Mountains by the Númenóreans.
During the War of the Ring, Lebennin did not send many Men to the aid of Minas Tirith as it was under attack by the Corsairs of Umbar. Lebennin was rescued by Aragorn and the Dead Men of the Mountains.





The great port of Gondor, Pelargir, was one of the first settlements of the Numenoreans founded in Middle-earth during the Second Age.
During the years of Numenor's fall it became the chief haven of the Faithful as they migrated to escape the persecution they faced from the King's Men. When Numenor finally fell the city became a part of the newly founded Kingdom of Gondor.
As Gondor's power grew, Pelargir became the home of its navy. But during the civil war of the Kin-strife, the city was besieged by Eldacar as it had become a stronghold of the sons and supporters of Castamir, The Usurper. The siege was partially a success, as Eldacar had driven his enemies out, but they escaped and set themselves up in Umbar and their heirs became known as the Corsairs of Umbar.
As Gondor's power declined Pelargir was attacked many times by the Corsairs, who were in secret allegiance with Sauron, but the forces of Gondor managed to defend the coasts.
The conflict with Umbar finally came to a head during the War of the Ring when a great Corsair fleet besieged the city. As Gondor's army was tied up at Minas Tirith there were little to defend Pelargir or the coasts. Then Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, along with the Dunedain and the Army of the Dead arrived and defeated the Corsairs and used their ships to reach Minas Tirith to defeat Sauron's forces.
After Sauron was defeated the Corsairs no longer attacked Gondor.
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