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Watchful Peace, by John Howe

The Watchful Peace was a relatively peaceful period during the Third Age which lasted from TA 2063 to TA 2460. Before that time, Sauron had been secretly living in the stronghold Dol Guldur in Mirkwood as the 'Necromancer', and from there he had directed numerous attacks against Gondor and Arnor. In 2060, Gandalf and others of the Wise began to suspect that the evil presence in Dol Guldur was Sauron. Gandalf went to Dol Guldur to investigate in 2063 and Sauron fled into the East to avoid detection.


During the Watchful Peace, Gondor was free from attacks by Sauron's minions so it strengthened its borders while keeping a watchful eye on the east, as Minas Morgul - where the Nazgûl remained quiet - was still a threat on their flank and Mordor was occupied by Orcs. The Dúnedain of the North also had peace for a time.

Over the course of four centuries, Gondor slowly declined. In the west, the garrisons at Isengard and the Hornburg - two strongholds guarding the gap between the Misty Mountains and the White Mountains, were neglected and Dunlendings steadily infiltrated the province of Calenardhon.

In the north, Arnor had been conquered long before, but the Hobbits of the Shire prospered, getting their first Took Thain and colonizing Buckland.

Sauron, however, was not idle in the east: he created a strong alliance between the various tribes of Easterlings, so that when he returned he was more powerful than before and had many Men in his service. Sauron returned to Dol Guldur in TA 2460 and the Watchful Peace ended. Evil creatures had already begun to trouble the north, while attacks on Gondor resumed soon afterwards. In TA 2475, Ithilien was invaded by Uruks from Mordor and Osgiliath taken and finally ruined. Around 2480, Orcs repopulated Moria and other strongholds in the Misty Mountains. In 2510, Men from Rhûn called the Balchoth, successors to the Wainriders, took advantage of the lightly guarded forts at the Undeeps and invaded across the river. Only the coming of the Éothéod led by Eorl helped Gondor defeat the Balchoth in the Battle of the Field of Celebrant.

Despite that victory, Gondor remained under constant threat from the end of the Watchful Peace to the time Sauron and Mordor were finally overthrown, in the year TA 3019.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Wakende Vrede
Albanian Paqja Vigjilente
Amharic ቪጂላንት ሰላም
Arabic السلام اليقظ
Armenian Զգոն Խաղաղության
Azerbaijani Ayıq sülh
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Bengali সচেতন শান্তি
Bosnian Budnim mir
Bulgarian Cyrillic Внимателен мир
Cambodian សន្តិភាពអប្បមាទ
Catalan Pau vigilant
Cebuano Mabinantayon Kalinaw
Chinese 警惕和平
Croatian Oprezan mir
Czech Pozorný mír
Danish Vågent Fred
Estonian Valvas rahu
Fijian Qarauna matua na vakacegu
Filipino Maalaga na kapayapaan
Finnish Valpas rauha
French Paix Vigilante
Dutch Waakzame Vrede
Galician Paz Vixiante
Georgian სიფხიზლე მშვიდობა
German Wachsamer Friede
Greek Άγρυπνη ειρήνη
Gujarati જાગૃત શાંતિ
Hebrew ה שלום הזהיר
Hindi चौकस शांति
Hmong Ceebfaj kev sib haum xeeb
Hungarian Figyelmes béke
Icelandic Vakandi Friður
Indonesian Waspada perdamaian
Italian Pace Vigile
Japanese 穏やかな平和
Kannada ಜಾಗರೂಕ ಶಾಂತಿ
Kazakh Қырағы бейбітшілік (Cyrillic) Qırağı beybitşilik (Latin)
Korean 조심스런 평화
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Сергек тынчтык
Laotian ສັນຕິພາບລະມັດລະວັງ
Latvian Uzmanīgas miera
Lithuanian Akylas taikos
Malagasy Miambina Fiadanana
Malaysian Berjaga-jaga keamanan
Nepalese सतर्कता शान्ति
Norwegian Våkent Fred
Pashto واجیلینټ سوله
Persian صلح ناظر
Polish Niespokojny Pokój
Portuguese Paz vigilante
Romanian Vigilent pace
Russian Бдительный Мир
Serbian Будним Мир (Cyrillic) Budnim Mir (Latin)
Sinhalese සුපරීක්ෂාකාරී සාමය
Slovak Pozorný mier
Slovenian Budnim miru
Spanish Paz vigilante
Sundanese Karapihan Waspada
Swahili Amani Waangalifu
Swedish Vaksam Fred
Tajik Cyrillic Салом биност
Tamil விஜிலென்ட் அமைதி
Telugu అప్రమత్తమైన శాంతి
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Turkish Dikkatli barış
Ukrainian Cyrillic Пильним миру
Urdu چوکس امن
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Vietnamese Cảnh giác hòa bình
Welsh Heddwch Gwyliadwrus
Yiddish וואך שלום