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It was during the [[Long Peace]], in the 4th century after the arrival of the Noldor, when some Men (the [[Edain]]) reached Beleriand eager to find the "Gods" as they believed, and entered the service of the Eldar. The [[Forest of Brethil]] was given to the [[House of Haleth]] and [[Dor-lómin]] to the [[House of Hador]].
 
It was during the [[Long Peace]], in the 4th century after the arrival of the Noldor, when some Men (the [[Edain]]) reached Beleriand eager to find the "Gods" as they believed, and entered the service of the Eldar. The [[Forest of Brethil]] was given to the [[House of Haleth]] and [[Dor-lómin]] to the [[House of Hador]].
  
However, the Siege of Angband was of limited effectiveness, because the northern side of Angband was on the north side of the [[Ered Engrin]], and was unapproachable. Indeed in the 5th century, Morgoth poured rivers of fire out of Angband, ruining the besieging Noldorin armies. The green plain of [[Ard-galen]] had been permanently laid waste by the rivers of fire, and was now called ''Anfauglith'', the Choking Dust; and the highlands of [[Dorthonion]], which had been inhabited by Edain, were made inhospitable. The [[Dagor Bragollach]] (''Battle of Sudden Flame'') began. The Ñoldor eventually mustered a defence, but their losses were severe. It was in the years following that battle when the Man [[Beren]] rescued a [[Silmaril]] for the Elven King [[Elu Thingol]].
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However, the Siege of Angband was of limited effectiveness, because the northern side of Angband was on the north side of the [[Ered Engrin]], and was unapproachable. Indeed in the 5th century, Morgoth poured rivers of fire out of Angband, ruining the besieging Noldorin armies. The green plain of [[Ard-galen]] had been permanently laid waste by the rivers of fire, and was now called ''Anfauglith'', the Choking Dust; and the highlands of [[Dorthonion]], which had been inhabited by Edain, were made inhospitable. The [[Dagor Bragollach]] (''Battle of Sudden Flame'') began. The Ñoldor eventually mustered a defense, but their losses were severe. It was in the years following that battle when the Man [[Beren]] rescued a [[Silmaril]] for the Elven King [[Elu Thingol]].
  
 
The Noldor initiated a battle for a first time. They massed an army composed of Elves, Edain, and the houses of [[Bór]] and [[Ulfang]] allied to the [[Sons of Feanor]].  The Elves and their allies advanced very close to Angband, but Morgoth's trickery had upset their battle plan, and Ulfang proved treacherous. Τhe battle became known thereafter as [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]] (''Unnumbered Tears'') from the destruction of the Elves' last hope of victory.  The land of Hithlum was lost, the Sons of Feanor were largely scattered, and the peoples of Beleriand had been decimated.  Morgoth's Orcs made a heap of the Elven and Mannish dead in the center of Anfauglith. Realms such as the [[Falas]] were destroyed. The [[Havens of Sirion]] were constructed as a hidden refuge.  
 
The Noldor initiated a battle for a first time. They massed an army composed of Elves, Edain, and the houses of [[Bór]] and [[Ulfang]] allied to the [[Sons of Feanor]].  The Elves and their allies advanced very close to Angband, but Morgoth's trickery had upset their battle plan, and Ulfang proved treacherous. Τhe battle became known thereafter as [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]] (''Unnumbered Tears'') from the destruction of the Elves' last hope of victory.  The land of Hithlum was lost, the Sons of Feanor were largely scattered, and the peoples of Beleriand had been decimated.  Morgoth's Orcs made a heap of the Elven and Mannish dead in the center of Anfauglith. Realms such as the [[Falas]] were destroyed. The [[Havens of Sirion]] were constructed as a hidden refuge.  

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