Battle of Dagorlad
|Battle of Dagorlad|
|Conflict: War of the Last Alliance|
|Date: S.A. 3434|
|Place: The plains or Dagorlad outside Mordor|
|Outcome: Decisive victory for the Allies|
Men, Elves, and Dwarves
Orcs, Easterlings, Southrons, Trolls, and other creatures and servants of Sauron
Hundreds of thousands of Men, Elves, and Dwarves
Hundreds of thousands of Orcs, Fallen Men, and other evil creatures
Vast numbers, more than the allies
The Battle of Dagorlad occurred in the year 3434 of the Second Age. It was fought between the army of the Last Alliance under Gil-galad and Elendil and an army of Orcs and other creatures loyal to Sauron. The battle took place on the great, treeless, open plain between the Dead Marshes and Cirith Gorgor.
After the Downfall of Númenor in S.A. 3319 the remaining Faithful led by Elendil and his sons Isildur and Anárion etablished the Realms in Exile in Middle-earth. Elendil ruled Arnor in the north, Isildur and Anarion jointly ruled the southern realm of Gondor. Sauron had survived the Fall of Númenor and returned to his fortress Barad-dûr in Mordor.
Perceiving that his enemies of old had escaped the downfall, Sauron's wrath was great and in 3429 he launched an attack upon Gondor. To counter this attack Elendil and Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor forged the Last Alliance of Elves and Men to defeat Sauron finally. Meanwhile Anárion held out in Gondor, defending Osgiliath and Minas Anor.
The united host of Elves and Men crossed the Misty Mountains and marched south through the vale of Anduin, where they were joined by the Silvan Elves lead by Amdír and Oropher. and also a host from Khazad-dûm. The Alliance entered the vast plain between the Dead Marshes and Cirith Gorgor, where Sauron's host awaited them, from the north-west and where joined by Anárion's forces.
Not many accounts of the battle itself are given. The two captains of the Silvan Elves had little sympathy for the Sindar and Noldor Elves that were lead by Gil-galad. As a result they were indisposed to place themselves under the supreme command of Gil-galad and impetuous and stubborn as they were attacked the host of Mordor rashly, before Gil-galad had given the command. The Silvans were valiant and doughty, but comparably ill-equipped and Oropher perished in the first onslaught while Amdír and his troops were cut off an driven into the marshes where half of his host perished.
Nevertheless the Alliance gained the upper hand and drove away the Orcs and wicked Men Sauron had mustered. Thus they finally broke through Cirith Gorgor (it is unclear how the Alliance managed to break through the Morannon), and established a camp upon Gorgoroth.
A great part of Sauron's soldiers was slain in this battle. The Alliance was able to enter Mordor and lay siege upon Barad-dûr itself. Nevertheless Sauron still had enough supplies to defend the fortress for seven more years, until the siege was so pressing that he himself came forth, which led to the battle on the slopes of Orodruin in which Sauron was defeated and the One Ring taken from him.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"