Dark Years

   The years of the dominion of Sauron in the Second Age.
   A term for the long years of hardship of the Men of Middle-earth during the Second Age. While Númenor flourished, the Men of Middle-earth endured trouble and war, and many of them turned to the worship of Sauron in this time. The Dark Years ended with the coming of Elendil and his sons near the end of the Second Age.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth glossary. . 2003.

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