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Sack of Pelargir
Part of the Eldacari-Castamirioni conflict
Date 1634
Location Lebennin
Casus belli Humiliating peace of Ancalimon in 1621; Umbarean desire for revanche
Result Decisive Umbarean victory
 Gondor  Umbar
 Aran Minardil †
 Brego Bassoneth-Celosien, Captain of the Ships

Sack of Pelargir

The Sack of Pelargir on 5 May 1634 was a military event carried out by the rebel troops of Angamaitë and Sangahyando, lords of Umbar and descendants of king Castamir. It marked a crucial rebel victory in the civil war between descendants of Eldacar and the Traditionalist League (1440–1810) — the confederacy of southern Dúnedain and some of the former leading families of Pelargir.


Harondor had continued to be an object of contention between the League and the kings during the century following the Gondorian recapture of the north bank of the river Harnen. Towns and villages fell regularly to either side, though Gobel Mírlond remained under Gondorian control. Both sides gradually increased the size of their forces in the region. In III 1633 king Minardil grew certain that the Corsairs were about to launch a major offensive to retake much of Harondor. To his surprise, the rebel fleet that had been assembling in Umbar bypassed the Harnen and struck the coasts of southern Gondor.

The architects of this great and daring amphibious operation were Angamaitë and Sangahyando, two great-grandsons of Castamir. They were give full support of the Umbarean Council of Captains in an attempt to alter the balance of power in the Belfalas Bay, and free Harondor from what many considered to be 'Unlawful domination' by the Eldacar dynasty. King Minardil was at the time residing in Pelargir to oversee the preparing of the new Royal fleet. Due to lack of intelligence and incomptence of the new Captain of the Ships, Angamaitë and Sangahyando managed to take the Gondorians totally by surprise. They landed 34,000 rebel troops behind Gondorian lines in the mouths of Anduin and led them towards Pelargir. Apart from some 6,000 Dúnedain under Sangahyando, the operation included some 14,000 mercenaries under lord Númendur, some Haruze infantry led by Curmegil, Macilion of Ûrêlôni and Gildas of Tirith Argon, and some cavalry under Pilinehtar, count of Barazôn.

Angamaitë set sail on April 20, 1634, taking advantage of the chaos among the Gondorians and their allies after a revolt which had broken out in Lebennin against king Minardil. In this way, the largely undisciplined raiders sacked Methir and Fanuilond, and occupied Lorilad and Barfalas, reaching the walls of Pelargir on May 5. The troops defending Pelargir were not at all numerous, consisting of 5,000 militiamen led by Brego Bassoneth-Celosien and the Company of the White Tree. The city's fortifications included the massive walls, and it possessed a good artillery force, which the Imperial army lacked. Angamaitë and Sangahyando needed to conquer the haven hastily, to avoid the risk of being trapped between the besieged city and the Royal army.

On May 6, the League navy and marine contingents attacked the walls at the Neldelendin and Enta Sirith. Sangahyando was fatally wounded in the assault, allegedly shot by Brego Bassoneth-Celosien. Sangahyando was wearing his famous white cloak to mark him out to his troops, but it also had the unintended consequence of pointing him out as the leader to his enemies. Rebels believed that their beloved commander was dead, which caused any restraint in the soldiers to disappear, and they easily captured the walls of Pelargir the same day. Heavy galleasses of Angamaitë bombarded the confused defenders with lead, Naurnen and incendiary devices, made by loremaster of Umbar. Tightly-packed formations of Royal ships quickly took fire and were utterly decimated. Most of the Ceiriath Aran was either burned or captured.

One of the Royal Guard's most dreary hours occurred at this time. Almost the entire guard was massacred by rebel troops on the steps of Abad-en-Arahir. Of 189 guards on duty only 42 survived, their bravery ensuing that Brego Bassoneth-Celosien could escape to Barad Aerhir and continue the defense. Angamaitë personally slew king Minardil at the quays and thus revenged the death of his great-grandfather in the hands of Eldacar two hundred years earlier. After three days of ravages, Angamaitë ordered the sack to cease, but few the soldiers obeyed. In the meantime, Captain of the Ships continued to be prisoner in Barad Aerhir.

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