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Battle of the Lammoth

Battle of the Lammoth
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Conflict: Wars of Beleriand
Date: F.A. 1
Place: The Lammoth
Outcome: Victory for Elves under Fingolfin, Defeat of the Orcs
Combatants

Fingolfin and Exiles

Morgoth's Orcs

Commanders

Fingolfin, his sons and the sons of Finarfin

Unknown Orc commander

Strength

5000+(?)

10,000+(?)

Casualties

Argon, otherwise moderate

Unknown

The Battle of the Lammoth was fought against the Orcs in the Lammoth soon after Fingolfin and his host arrived in Middle-earth. During the conflict Argon, Fingolfin's youngest child, fell.[1] The Orcs made a surprise attack upon the Elves, who began to give way when Argon dashed forward and cut a path to the Orc-captain, whom he slew. The Orcs surrounded and killed Argon, but his brave deed turned the fortunes of the battle.[2]

[edit] Other versions

In the published Silmarillion this battle does not exist, as it was only mentioned late in Tolkien's life.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", The names of Finwë's descendants
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Note 38