Player name(s): Ytsen
Player rank: Overseer
Private or Public: Currently private until everything is mapped out in-game
Location name: Tharbad
Tharbad starts out as a Númenórean settlement on the Gwathló, settled somewhere in the Second Age. The ford is first mentioned in SA 883. It is where Númenórean king Tar-Aldarion first meets Galadriel, who dwells in Eregion at that time. Several decades later, if not centuries, the Númenóreans start to interact more closely with the area around Tharbad.
Enedwaith and Minhiriath are the site of many lumber camps. The timber is used for the harbour at Lond Daer. Lond Daer is describes as “the site of a new haven entirely under Númenórean control…[which] was in origin a timber-port and ship-building harbour”. Tharbad is likely to have been a fortress-town, providing safety to the Númenóreans harvesting the trees, protecting them from Dunlendings and druedain raids.
Sauron invades Eregion in SA 1695, which is looted and razed shortly after. The gates of Moria close. In SA 1700 almost all of Eriador is held by Sauron.
“Then Tar-Minastir the [Númenórean] King sent out a great navy; but it was delayed, and did not reach the coasts of Middle-earth until the year 1700. By that time Sauron had mastered all Eriador, save only besieged Imladris, and had reached the line of the River Lhûn. He had summoned more forces, which were approaching from the south-east, and were indeed in Enedwaith at the Crossing of Tharbad, which was only lightly held. Gil-galad and the Númenóreans were holding the Lhûn in desperate defence of the Grey Havens, when in the very nick of time the great armament of Tar-Minastir came in; and Sauron’s host was heavily defeated and driven back. The Númenórean admiral Ciryatur sent part of his ships to make a landing further to the south.”
Sauron’s flight and the ensuing battle are described in more detail: "Sauron was driven away south-east after a great slaughter at Sarn Ford (the crossing of the Baranduin); and though strengthened by his force at Tharbad he suddenly found a host of the Númenóreans again in his rear, for Ciryatur had put a strong force ashore at the mouth of the Gwathló (Greyflood), ‘where there was a small Númenórean harbor’…
“In the Battle of the Gwathló Sauron was routed utterly and he himself only narrowly escaped. His small remaining force was assailed in the east of Calenardhon, and he with no more than a bodyguard fled to the region afterwards called Dagorlad (Battle Plain), whence broken and humiliated he returned to Mordor, and vowed vengeance upon Númenor. The army that was besieging Imladris was caught between Elrond and Gil-galad, and utterly destroyed. Eriador was cleared of the enemy, but lay largely in ruins.”
Enedwaith and minhiriath are already devoid of trees when Sauron is defeated. Tolkien writes: "When Sauron was at last defeated and driven east out of Eriador most of the old forests had been destroyed. The Gwathló flowed through a land that was far and wide on either bank a desert, treeless but untilled".
A hundred years pass after the war. From SA 1800 onwards the Númenóreans start to establish permanent dominions in Middle-Earth. They start extorting the local population, and levy heavy taxes and duties. While this mostly applies to the regions direclty east of Númenór, a similar practice can be expected along the Greyflood. Only minor growth of this area -if any, since most riches were to be found near Umbar. Tharbad is still unreachable by (sea-going) ships.
In SA 3320 Arnor and Gondor are founded after the Downfall of Númenor. Annúminas becomes capital of Arnor, whereas Osgiliath becomes capital of Gondor. Tharbad becomes the link between the two kingdoms. “In the early days of the kingdoms the most expeditious route from one to the other (except for great armaments) was found to be by sea to the ancient port at the head of the estuary of the Gwathlo and so to the river-port of Tharbad, and thence by the road”. A bridge is constructed, for which the immense labour was shared by the North and South Kingdoms. The town and haven about the great bridge are fortified. Tharbad prospers. "With long labour a port capable of receiving seagoing vessels had been made at Tharbad, and a fort raised there on great earthworks on both sides of the river, to guard the once famed Bridge of Tharbad".
Link --> Greyflood forts and villages thread
Will raise the ramp, make the city a swamp.
Will show the floodings by emulating breached levees
Please PM me if you have a good idea for the harbour areas
The fortress looking something like this https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/40/Villa_quintili.jpg/1200px-Villa_quintili.jpg