Storm of the North

The Storm of the North was a period of ferocious winter weather that was unleashed upon the northern kingdom of Thalar in the Fourth Age.

This terrible storm lasted for forty years, between 785-825/4. When it subsided, the realm of Thalar was overthrown, and its capitol city of El-Gerath was completely destroyed.

In addition, the Thalari city of Al-Enoth was destroyed, and the fortress of Sol-Kathad fell to an army of Dark-Elves; who were secretly working with Alokkair to overthrow the North. Once Sol-Kathad was captured, the Dark-Elves took the fortress as their own, and the two Thalari cities were laid waste and never rebuilt.

Edgerd Marothë III, the last King of Thalar was slain during this storm when Sol-Kathad fell, and Peacemaker; his Melanthir sword was lost forever.


There is much disagreement among sages as to who or what caused the great storm, or if it was simply a natural phenomenon. Some Thalari Legends tell it that the Storm was created by the Witch-Queen Baba Yaga, to avenge an earlier betrayal by Queen Katarina of Thalar.


Some sages believe the Storm was the work of Alokkair; who desired to destroy the northern Kingdom and avenge his earlier defeat during the War of the Melanthir, while other scholars believe the storm was the work of the Dark-Elves.


The Storm of the North also had another dark legacy. After it subsided, the Northern Wastes began to be plagued by wandering, vengeful spirits called the Ice Wraiths; bent on revenge and seeking the blood of living men.