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The Accursed Years, also called the Black Years or Dark Years, refers to the first millennium of Sauron's rule over Middle-earth in the latter part of the Second Age. During this period, Númenor's power grew as the power of Men and Elves grew less from the wars and tyranny of Sauron's rule. The Dark Lord claimed the Rings of Power early on, later forging the One Ring for himself. It ended with the War of the Last Alliance and the destruction of the Dark Tower.

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