The defeat of Harjumaa (Harrien), Virumaa (Vironia) and Järvamaa

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January 1224

Already in the end of 1223, the Brotherhood had made a campaign to Järvamaa. During the negotiations, the elders of Järva promised to keep their earlier agreements with the Germans.

New campaign to Harrien and Järvamaa was organized in the beginning of 1224, where the well protected Lohu fort was sieged. Heavy equipment was used and after two weeks the defenders surrendered.

Fort was looted and torched, but the defenders could leave. Prisoners that had been taken were handed over to the Danes, thus recognizing the Danish dominance in the area. Smaller groups of crusaders may also have besieged Keava fort nearby.

The Germans continued their campaign in Järvamaa, where they accepted the peace offerings of Järva and Wironia. With this, the Tartu fort was the last one in Estonia that the locals still had a hold on. There, already in the end of 1223, the prince of Koknese, Vjachko had arrived with 200 men.

Source: Sulev Vahtre. Muinasaja loojang Eestis: vabadusvõitlus 1208-1227. Tallinn: Olion. 1990
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                  

Image source: http://www.kohilakylad.ee/loone_vaatamisvaarsus_linnus.jpg


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