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Fall of Dol Guldur

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Fall of Dol Guldur
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Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: Began March 28, ended sometime before April 6, TA 3019
Place: Dol Guldur
Outcome: Destruction of Dol Guldur


Orcs and other evil creatures of Dol Guldur





Several thousand?

Several thousand?



Almost utter

War of the Ring
Osgiliath (1) · Fords of Isen · Isengard · Hornburg · Osgiliath (2) · Siege of Gondor · Dale · Pelennor Fields · Black Gate · Dol Guldur · Bywater

The Fall of Dol Guldur was an epic battle of the War of the Ring, culminating the Rhovanion campaign.



In March T.A. 3019, Sauron directed his armies in Dol Guldur to assail the Elves of Lórien and the Woodland Realm as part of his northern campaign in the War of the Ring. These armies made three assaults across the Anduin against Lórien and fought with fire under the trees of Mirkwood, but all these attacks were driven back. It is unknown if Khamûl or any other Ringwraiths participated in any of these battles; if so, they were recalled to Mordor before the Battle of the Morannon on 25 March.[1]

Upon the destruction of the One Ring that same day, the Shadow of Sauron was lifted from the hearts of his enemies and fear and despair fell upon his servants and allies.[1]

The Battle

On 28 March, Celeborn led the Galadhrim across the Anduin on many boats and took Dol Guldur.[2] After the battle, Galadriel came and threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, cleansing the forest.[1]


On April 6 Celeborn and Thranduil met in the midst of the forest and renamed it Eryn Lasgalen, the "Wood of Green Leaves." Celeborn took the land south of The Narrows for himself and named it East Lórien, while Thranduil took all wood north of the Mountains of Mirkwood. They gave the middle of the wood to the Beornings and Woodmen.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"