The Black Gate of Mordor Opens to the Men of the East.
For countless days the Easterlings of Rhûn had marched in long regiments from the red mountains in the East to the Gate of the Black Land.
The Easterlings were Men of Darkness who were always eager to follow the Dark Lord in his endless war upon the West.
These wild and savage warriors looked like half-orcs bred in the time of the first Dark Lord Morgoth!
Ever prone to evil, these men were easily swayed to join the ranks of Mordor with the promise of of gold and free land to the West.
They were drawn to the vast power of Mordor, swelling the armies of the Dark Lord. Many of the Easterlings of Rhûn, after being marshaled in Mordor, would march north to Dol Guldur and to the large camps along the Sea of Rhûn. Their part in the War of the Ring would be to assault the woodland realm of Thranduil and the settlements of men beside the Long Lake and the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor.
However, on this day countless thousands marched on the dusty plain of the Dagorlad to the Black Gate of Mordor! After their captain spoke Morgul words of of opening, they would be allowed to enter the vast gate and then march into the Dark Vale of Udûn. Each of the Dark Men of Rhûn would be given a choice, to either be branded with a hot iron that burned the symbol of the Eye of Sauron into bare flesh and take an oath to serve the Dark Lord of Mordor… or to die! Those who refused were stripped and slain by orcs, their flesh devoured by the Wargs of Udûn. Very few refused to submit to the black oath of Shadow! Once fitted with the armor of Mordor, they would rejoin their captains and await orders for battle.
None who entered the Black Gate left it unchanged, for the will of Sauron drove all his fell servants with a hunger for war!
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