Device of Cardolan

Lost Kingdom of Cardolan

//Map of Cardolan//
Barrow-Downs © Anke-Katrin Eißmann
Barrow Downs. A painting by Anke-Katrin Eißmann.
Counties
Tyrn Gorthad
Dyr Erib
Faerdor
Girithlin
Ethir Gwathló
Dol Tinereb
Dol Caladir

Cities
Tharbad

Cardolan


Cardolan (S. "Red Hill Country") was one of the Successor Kingdoms of Arnor. Its borders extended from the river Baranduin (Brandywine) to the west, the river Mitheithel (Hoarwell) to the east and the river Gwathló (Greyflood) to the east and south. Its northern border was the Great East Road.

Cardolan County of Caladir County of Girithlin County of Dol Tinereb County of Faerdor

After it became a kingdom, Cardolan also claimed the Arthedain-controlled Weather Hills, which were inhabited by Breelanders ethnically related to the men of Cardolan, and which contained the fortress of Amon Sûl (Weathertop) and its valuable palantír. For this reason the Weather Hills were claimed by all three kingdoms — Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur. This territorial dispute continued until Rhudaur became a vassal of Angmar after the line of the Dúnedain kings failed there.

In III 1050, the branch of Hobbits known as the Harfoots crossed the Misty Mountains, and settled in the South Downs in the west of Cardolan. They were joined about a century later by the Fallohides.

When the kingdom of Angmar arose in northern Eriador, Cardolan became the most important ally of Arthedain. It had to fight the combined armies of both Angmar and Rhudaur. In 1356 Argeleb I of Arthedain was slain in battle with Rhudaur, now allied with Angmar. For a while Cardolan and Arthedain held back Angmar, and in its last years the people became entrenched in their capital region, Tyrn Gorthad, but in 1409 a large Army from Angmar broke into Cardolan and devastated the country. Arthedain could provide little aid, as it was itself under attack. The last King of Cardolan died in this conflict, and Cardolan was shattered. While Arthedain recovered something of her power, Cardolan did not. In 1636 the Great Plague spread north along the Great Road that joined the two kingdoms, and the population of Minhiriath was decimated. About this time the plague also wiped out the Dúnedain and evil spirits came to dwell in Cardolan.

Suomeksi


Jo silloin, kun hobittiveljekset Marcho ja Blancho perustivat Konnun vuonna III 1601, Cardolanin (S. "punaisten kukkuloiden maa") kuningaskunta oli merkitty enää vanhoihin karttoihin. Vain muutamia vuosisatoja sen jälkeen tuo ennen niin hedelmällinen ja taajaväkinen maa autioitui täysin, ja sukupolvien saavutuksista kertoivat enää Tharbadin suudet sillat ja Hautakerot, joilla haudanhaamut vaanivat matkalaisia. Viisaatkin olivat panneet syrjään unohdetut kirjat, ja vain Tom Bombadil muisti:
"Lammaskatraat määkivät. Vihreät ja valkeat muurit kohosivat. Kukkuloilla oli linnoituksia. Pikku kuningaskuntien kuninkaat taistelivat keskenään ja nuori aurinko hehkui tulen lailla heidän uusien ja ahnaiden miekkojensa punaisilla terillä. Voittoja ja tappioita; tornit kaatuivat ja linnoitukset poltettiin ja liekit ulottuivat taivaaseen."

Karttoja



Arnor's changing boundaries during the Third Age


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