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Lord of the Rings: Second Age (Part 3 of 4)

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After the death of Ar-Adunakhor, his heir
Ar-Zimrathon inherited the sceptre in the year 2962, followed by his son Ar-Sakalthor
in 3033, and Ar-Gimilzor in 3102. Throughout these years, the corruption of
the Numenoreans deepened, and the King’s Men faction grew more influential leading
the population to turn against the Valar and Elves, resenting their immortality, and the
Ban that kept them from Sailing West to the Undying Lands. Though the Valar, Maiar and Elves were all
permitted to live in Valinor upon the continent of Aman, experiencing the enchanted paradise
for as long as they wished, mortal men were forbidden from travelling to these sacred
lands. In the beginning, humans were happy to make
their life in the east, but in the later years of Numenorean power, some came it as an injustice
that Elves who once rebelled and left the Undying Lands, were later allowed to return,
but the High Men of Numenor, who fought for the Valar in the War of Wrath, were not permitted. To answer their questions, the Valar sent
emissaries who explained that this world was the eternal home of the Elves, and they were
fated to experience its pleasures and wariness until they day of doom and end of all things. For this reason they felt a special connection
to the natural world and were invited to enjoy the paradise of the Undying Lands. Arda, however, was not the final home of Men,
as they had a second destiny that awaited them after death. A fate so secret, none but the creator Eru
knew what was to come. And so men lived only short lives, of relative
hardship in this world, and were not to voyage West, as they had another destiny awaiting
them in the afterlife. Were they to travel to these forbidden lands,
they would be attempting to take both the gift of Elves and Men for themselves, and
this Eru would not allow. Yet this explanation was not enough the placate
the men of Numenor, who stated that awaiting a second destiny after death required great
faith as they could not be certain of Eru’s intentions, while going west to the Undying
Lands was something they could do within their lifetimes, and might bring them joy in this
world, which they loved dearly. And so their anger and fear of death only
worsened, shortening their extended lifespans and pushing them into an imperialist mindset
they used to expand and conquer the world. By the reign of Ar-Gimilzor, all Elven languages
were banned from Numenor, and spies were sent to watch the Faithful, a small faction led
by the Lords of Andunie who continued to worship Eru. When Gimilzor learned that the Faithful were
using their western port city to remain in secret contact with the elves of Tol Eressea,
they were forcibly moved to the other side of the island, leading many to leave the island
entirely and migrate to Pelargir in Middle Earth. Though other Kings had spoken and acted against
the their ancient traditions, Ar-Gimilzor was the first to never climb the mountain
Meneltarma in reverence of Eru, and even neglected the White Tree Nimloth, a gift from the Elves,
thought to be tied to the prosperity of the Royal Family. The White Tree Nimloth and its ancestors had
a history dating back to years before the Sun, when the the White Tree of Light Telperien,
was destroyed by Morgoth during an attack against Valinor. In honor of this wondrous creation, Yavanna
made a second tree in its image, Galathilion and planted it in the city of Tirion. From Galathilion, a seedling was taken and
planted in Tol Eressea, sprouting the White tree Celeborn. The Elves then took a seedling from celeborn
and gifted it to Numenor, where it became the White Tree Nimloth, a profound symbol
for their King and people. Though Ar-Gimilzor married Inzilbeth, a woman
renown for her great beauty, their marriage was unhappy, as she was secretly one of the
Faithful, and so did not agree with her husband’s actions and views. Their first born son Inziladûn took after
his mother and became one of the faithful, while their second child Gimilkhâd was like
his father and became a leader of the King’s Men. Though Ar-Gimilzor wanted Gimilkhad to succeed
him, he was unable to change the law and so when he died in 3177, his first born child
inherited the sceptre and immediately set to work reversing the corruption which plagued
their people. First he took a Quenya name Tar-Palantir,
then tended to the tree Nimloth, stopped persecuting the Faithful and ascended Meneltarma in reverence
of Eru. Yet it was not enough to turn the tide that
began centuries earlier, and many rebelled against his rule, turning to his brother Gimilkhad,
leader of the King’s Men. Disheartned by the civil strife, Tar-Palantir
spent much of his time gazing upon the waters of the west, hoping to see a sign from the
Valar, but no sign came and when he died in 3255, so too did his reforms. Although his only child, a daughter Miriel,
was raised as a Faithful and might have ruled like her father, she lacked popular support,
and so her cousin, the son of Gimilkhad, staged a coup and forcibly married her to become
Ar-Pharazon, the last ruler of Numenor who reigned at the very height of its power. Meanwhile, in the lands of Middle-earth, the
Dark Lord rebuilt his armies after failing to conquer the west in the War of the Elves
and Sauron, and in time grew more powerful than ever, expanding his influence in the
east and south. To honor his ancient master, Sauron formed
the cult of Melkor, building temples dedicated to the worship of the First Dark Lord, performing
human sacrifices in his name. Arrogant in his power, Sauron underestimated
the strength of the Dunedain, and once again attempted to conquer the west, attacking Numenorean
colonies. In his youth, Ar-Pharazon served in these
wars against Sauron, gaining much fame, prestige and wealth form his adventurers. Upon returning home, he was generous with
his coin and won the loyalty of the people, allowing him to take leadership of the King’s
men after the death of his father, and use that support to usurp power for himself. Yet Sauron did not fear the king and sent
his armies on a great campaign west, causing several Numenorean commanders to sail west
and report that the Dark Lord of Mordor had taken a new title, calling himself the King
of Men. Outraged by his proclamation, Ar-Pharazon
set out to claim the title for himself and spent several years preparing a mighty host
to descend upon the east. When at last the Dark Lords’ armies saw
the full might of the Numenorean fleet sailing into the port of Umbar, they were so fearful
they deserted and fled, allowing Ar-Pharazon and his men to march upon Mordor without opposition. Once arrived Ar Pharazon called for Sauron
to come forth and humble himself by swearing fealty. Realizing that he underestimated their power,
the Dark Lords knew he was defeated in the short-term but also saw this as a unique opportunity
to secure victory in the long-term, and so devised a new plan to destroy his enemies
from within. Taking fair form, Sauron presented himself
before ar pharazon and bent the knee, accepting his defeat in words deemed fair and wise. Yet the King was unconvinced that Sauron would
truly abide by his oath and so after stripped him of all lands and titles, brought him to
Numenor as a prisoner, to ensure he could no longer pose a threat to their colonies
on Middle Earth. Though Sauron acted disheartened by the descision,
he was actually thrilled, as this was precisely what he wanted. Once in Numenor, Sauron worked hard to ingratiate
himself with the royal court and population, using his vast knowledge and skills to help
them however possible. Gaining their trust, he then started to teach
about his master Melkor, recruiting many into his cult and building a temple for his worship. Because Sauron was a Maia, an immortal being
older then the world itself, and the people already hated the Lords of the West, many
including the King believed his teaching that the god of this world, Eru, did not exist,
and the Valar invented him to keep humanity subjugated. But Melkor, the giver of freedom, wanted to
liberate them from this oppression, and through his worship, men might become even more powerful
than the Valar. Becoming an adviser to the King, Sauron’s
influence grew and so he started calling for the White Tree Nimloth to be destroyed, and
in response, Isildur, one of the Faithful and the grandson of Amandil the Lord of Andunie,
broke the law by stealing a fruit from the tree to safe guard its legacy. Unfortunately this action was seen as a sign
by the King, who then ordered Nimloth burned. Growing more stubborn and prideful by the
day, Ar-Pharazon dismissed the Lord of Andunie from his council, a close friend since childhood,
so beloved that despite being one of the faithful, he was allowed to serve in the royal court. Fortunately, while Amandil was no longer welcome
in the capital, he was still highly respected, and no harm befell him or his family.

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20 thoughts on “Lord of the Rings: Second Age (Part 3 of 4)”

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  2. CivilizationEx says:

    First Age (Complete): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSPlIdRX_c0

    Second Age Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc2qJLVC-Zs

    Second Age Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri5lcNJAl4I

  3. Bezom Bowe says:

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  4. trigilaen says:

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  5. SHARKVADERS says:

    CivEx!!!

  6. HOD0R says:

    second age is best age.

  7. Kyle Platter says:

    I AM THE SEVENTH COMMENT,
    Last time I was this early melkor as on his second chance

  8. Kyle Platter says:

    Tmw the earth wasn’t round, then it became round cuz some men found the edge of the map

  9. Boris Min says:

    Thankyou!!!!😉

  10. Tony Medina says:

    Good explanation!

  11. stark man92 says:

    AW YE

  12. Dennis Megacock Prager says:

    Yami Yaqei Yariv

  13. Minato D Roger says:

    Them numenorians didn't play my word

  14. Rohan Potter says:

    I only found your channel a couple days ago, but I'm a huge fan of your content and it's gotten me back into lotr and wanting to read the silmarillion

  15. rodrigopaim82 says:

    Akalabeth is one of the most tragic stories of Arda

  16. Meduseld Tales says:

    Was there a Cult of Melkor in Middle-earth? In the last chapter of Silmarillion, it says that Sauron called himself Lord of the Earth and people in east and south saw him as both king and god. As I understand, Sauron only started the Cult of Melkor in Numenor, because it's hard to pretend to be a god for someone who just kicked your ass.

  17. LordJudgement1818 says:

    Sauron making moves out here

  18. CivilizationEx says:

    *A note about the Cult of Melkor: At 5:18 I mention that Sauron started the Cult of Melkor in Middle Earth before going to Numenor, but that is not exactly correct. Melkor encouraged the belief that Melkor was a God in Middle-earth, and took advantage of those in the east and south who worshiped the Dark Lord since the First Age. However the specific Cult of Melkor I mentioned, in which Sauron was a High Priest with a Temple that performed human sacrifices, was specifically created in Numenor after his capture. I will be sure to clarify that in the final version of this video.

  19. Aung Un'Rama says:

    All that power and splendour yet lacking in wisdom and common sense. Their own overweening pride and arrogance brought their once great people to nearly complete ruin. It's astonishing that with all that their ancestors had to suffer through to become as great as they became. They would forget all the damage that morgoth and sauron has done to them and all of arda.

  20. Spartakusaufstand Deutschland says:

    The Sundering Begins, and so shall the Rise of Faithful Arnor-Gondor

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