Storm of the North
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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 capital of Al-Enoth was completely destroyed.

Edgerd Marothë III; the last King of Thalar was slain during this storm when the fortress of Sol-Kathad was overcome. Peacemaker; his Elanthir sword was lost at the same time.

Causes of the Storm


There is disagreement as to who or what caused the great storm, or if it was simply a natural phenomenon.

The most popular theory is the Storm was created by the Witch-Queen Baba Yaga, to avenge an earlier betrayal by Queen Katarina of Thalar.

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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 Elanthir, while a third theory claims the storm was actually the work of the Dark-Elves.

Finally, a fourth theory is that the storm was simply an incredibly powerful, natural phenomenon.

Legacy


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.