The dark plague hits Gondor
Drawing inspiration from the more obscure bits of Middle Earth's lore. The dark plague was a disastrous pestilence that hit Middle Earth in the third age and killed untold numbers of people, possibly up into the hundreds of thousands. Among its victims were king Telemar and all his kin, as well as the white tree of Gondor. And the most devastating consequence was the abandoning of the watch over Mordor. Historians believed that the Plague was caused by Sauron since the Shadow deepened in Mirkwood, foretelling his return in the (now unguarded) Mordor.
Now we shall all be grateful that extremely effective evil plans can only be successfully used once in fantasy, or the war of the ring would have been a lot more different if Sauron had another plague up his sleeve.
A5 pen and ink drawing
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