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Fall of the Falas

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Fall of the Falas
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Conflict: Wars of Beleriand
Date: F.A. 473
Place: Falas
Outcome: Victory for Morgoth
Combatants

Forces of Morgoth

Elves of the Falas

Commanders

Morgoth

Círdan

Strength

Unknown

Unknown

Casualties

Unknown

Heavy

The Fall of the Falas was the ruin of Círdan's realm wrought by the forces of Morgoth in F.A. 473.[1] After Morgoth's victory in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, he launched an invasion of the west coast of Beleriand. It is not counted among the major battles of the First Age, and it ended in the destruction of the Falas and the death of many Elves.

[edit] History

After the Nírnaeth, the servants of Morgoth roamed the north freely and those that survived the battle fled south. Círdan, the lord of the Falas, received many refugees and sent mariners to harass the enemy whenever they came near the coast. The two havens of the Falas, Brithombar and Eglarest, were strong, and their walls were high.[2]

A year later, in the autumn, Morgoth sent a great force over Hithlum and Nevrast. His armies ravaged the countryside as they went, laying siege to Brithombar and Eglarest. The Elves resisted valiantly, but in the armies of Morgoth were 'skilled smiths, miners and masters of fire' who built mighty siege-engines which broke the walls. Barad Nimras was cast down, and most of the elves were killed and enslaved. But Círdan himself escaped with a remnant, including the Noldorin prince Ereinion Gil-galad, aboard the ships. They sailed to the Isle of Balar and continued to welcome refugees, but the Falas were no more.[2]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §256
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"