Ost-in-Edhil was founded by Galadriel and Celeborn, before the time they ruled Lothlórien. The Elves began trading with the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm and built a large road to connect the city with the West-gate of the Dwarven kingdom. The Elves of Eregion also traded with the Men of Númenor. After the Númenóreans founded the city of Tharbad to the south of Ost-in-Edhil, Galadriel is recorded meeting with Aldarion before he took up the Sceptre.
In time the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, a brotherhood of Elven craftsmen, was founded. They were led by Celebrimbor, the greatest smith since Fëanor. Sometime after S.A. 1350 Galadriel left for Lothlórien and Celebrimbor became Lord of Ost-in-Edhil.
In 1200 a mysterious craftsman named Annatar came to the city, offering his considerable talents. For 400 years they learned from him and together forged many Rings of Power. Annatar was, in truth, Sauron, who returned to Mordor to forge the One Ring. In 1695 the Dark Lord returned with an army of Orcs and began the War of the Elves and Sauron. In 1697 Celebrimbor was slain and Ost-in-Edhil was completely destroyed.
Centuries later the Fellowship of the Ring encountered the ruins of Ost-in-Edhil shortly before reaching Moria.
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