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The mere reason we locked Gunmar in Killahead was that he was trying to bring... the Eternal Night: the time where trolls would reclaim the surface from mankind.
Blinky to Jim about the Eternal Night[src]

The Eternal Night (also known as the Night Eternal) is a dark ritual that creates a haze to enshroud the world and forever block out the sun so trolls would never have to worry about being turned to stone.

The ritual requires the dust of slain trolls, the Staff of Avalon, and the power of a Heartstone.

It was one of the primary goals of the evil sorceress Morgana to enact in her bid to conquer the world.

History

Gunmar was promised by Morgana that he would usher in the Eternal Night. He used those very words to rally sympathetic trolls and fellow Gumm-Gumms into his army, proclaiming that the Eternal Night would see trollkind reclaim the surface from humans.

However, the rest of trollkind opposed his plan and Gunmar was imprisoned in the Darklands at the Battle of Killahead Bridge. At the same time, Merlin fought Morgana to stop her bringing about the Eternal Night and sacrificed most of his magic to imprison her in a secret chamber in the Heartstone underneath Arcadia Oaks, where no one knew she was. Merlin then went to sleep in his tomb, ready for the day they needed him again.

Hundreds of years later, when Morgana was freed with the Staff of Avalon, she used the Staff of Avalon and the ashes of several Gumm-Gumms to bring about the Eternal Night, enabling the Gumm-Gumms to invade Arcadia.

While the Trollhunters deal with Morgana and try and put a stop to the Eternal Night, the Akiridions, Aja, Krel, Varvatos, and Zadra, confront Zeron Alpha and an Omen Blank sent by General Morando (which has taken control of the Mothership).

Eventually, just as Morgana's spell was about to reach full strength and cover the Earth in eternal darkness, the Trollhunters managed to banish her to the Shadow Realm, enabling Merlin to regain his magic and put an end to the Eternal Night. Meanwhile, the Akiridions manage to destroy the Omen and restore their Mothership, although she is damaged beyond Krel's ability, and Varvatos was taken hostage by Alpha and sent to the Moon.

Appearances

Appearances in the Trilogy

Trollhunters

Part Two

Part Three

3Below

Part One

Part Two

Trivia

  • In the 3Below Part One finale "Bad Omen", Krel refers to the Eternal Night as a "lunar anomaly".
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