Gondor is located east of Rohan and just west of Mordor. Gondor is described at the greatest realm of Men in the west of Middle-Earth by the end of the third age. Gondor was founded by Isildur and Anarion, exiles from the downfall of Numenor. Along with Arnor in the north, Gondor served as a last stronghold of the Men of the West. Gondor gradually declined growth in the Third Age as there was internal strife and conflict with the forces of Sauron. After Sauron's defeat and the crowning of Aragorn Gondor was restored to its former glory and became the greatest city of men. Before Gondor was founded it was colonized by many Numenoreans in the Second Age. After the two sons, Isildur and Anarion, landed after the downfall of Numenor they were welcomed by the colonists and lordship was accepted. Sauron wanted to try and kill off the colonists before they gained power and became Gondor. He launched an assault on Osgiliath, a city along the river separating Gondor and Mordor, but failed as Anarion was able to hold off the attack. Soon after the Men and Elves formed an alliance and went to Mordor to fight off Sauron and destroy him once and for all. After the battle was won Isildur killed Sauron and had the One Ring, all he had to do now was destroy it. By the time he got to Mount Doom Sauron's spirit was still in the ring and corrupt Isildur's mind and stopped him from destroying the ring. Soon after leaving Mordor returning to Gondor, Isildur was shot by Orcs trying to get the ring back but it had fallen into the River and was never seen again. Until one Hobbit was fishing in that very River and got pulled in and found a golden ring in the sand.