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== Prior to the Battle ==
 
== Prior to the Battle ==
Prior to the battle, in the winter of {{TA|1635}},<ref name="Cirion">{{UT|Cirion}}, (i) ''The Northmen and the Wainriders''</ref> the [[Great Plague]] arrived by dark winds in the northwest of [[Middle-earth]].  The heaviest impact struck the kingdoms of [[Rhovanion]], which lost half of its people, and Gondor, where in {{TA|1636}} it killed many thousands of its people as well.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>  They were slow to recover; but fortunately, their weaknesses went untested for decades.<ref name="Cirion"/>  The [[Easterlings]] had also been afflicted, so that the enemies of Gondor struck mainly from the south, or were maritime raiders.  But when the Wainriders invasions began in {{TA|1851}},<ref name="TA"/> they involved Gondor in wars that lasted for nearly a hundred years. In these conflicts, the Northmen bore the brunt of the first assaults.<ref name="Cirion"/>
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Prior to the battle, in the winter of {{TA|1635}},<ref name="Cirion">{{UT|Cirion}}, (i) ''The Northmen and the Wainriders''</ref> the [[Great Plague]] arrived by dark winds in the northwest of [[Middle-earth]].  The heaviest impact struck the kingdoms of [[Rhovanion (Realm)|Rhovanion]], which lost half of its people, and Gondor, where in {{TA|1636}} it killed many thousands of its people as well.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>  They were slow to recover; but fortunately, their weaknesses went untested for decades.<ref name="Cirion"/>  The [[Easterlings]] had also been afflicted, so that the enemies of Gondor struck mainly from the south, or were maritime raiders.  But when the Wainriders invasions began in {{TA|1851}},<ref name="TA"/> they involved Gondor in wars that lasted for nearly a hundred years. In these conflicts, the Northmen bore the brunt of the first assaults.<ref name="Cirion"/>
  
 
== The Battle ==
 
== The Battle ==

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