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Angmar War
Conflict: Angmar War
Date: TA 1300 - TA 1975
Place: Eriador
Outcome: Pyrrhic victory for the Free Peoples of Middle-earth; Angmar completely destroyed, but Arnor also destroyed

Misty Mountains


Gondor (Late war)

Witch King of Angmar(possibly other Nazgul) Kings of Arthedain


Tens of thousands of Gundabad Orcs, Black Numenoreans Rhudaur Men, and Hill-men, Wolves and Trolls Thousands of Men of Arnor and Gondor, Elves and Dwarves. An unknown number of Hobbits
Very Heavy, majority of Angmar's armies destroyed, the survivors scattered Very heavy, all Arnorian armies destroyed, many Elves, Dwarves, Gondor Men and Hobbits slain

The Angmar War was a centuries-long struggle between the Northern Dúnedain kingdom of Arnor (mainly Arthedain) and the forces of Angmar, led by the Witch-king of Angmar.


After 1000 years of peace that followed the Battle of the Last Alliance, evil once more began to spread across Middle-earth. In the year 1300 of the Third Age, evil things started to stir in Middle-earth again, and the Nazgûl re-appeared. The Witch-king settled in Angmar with its capital city at Carn Dûm, and after having built an army there, invades Arnor in the year TA 1409, and wages a war lasting nearly 500 years against the Kingdom of Arnor, the Northern-Kingdom of Men. The tower of Amon-Sûl is destroyed, but the great fortress of Fornost is defended, and war continues. After the Great Plague in TA 1636 which devastates Gondor and desolates many parts of Eriador, the southern part of Arnor, the Witch-King finally destroys Fornost TA 1974, and takes it as his own fortress.

King Eärnur of Gondor, after receiving a message from Arnor from help finally arrived with a formidable force and defeated the forces the Witch-king at the Battle of Fornost. Despite the victory of the allies on the field, the already divided Kingdom of Arnor fell but its remnants continues under the leadership of the Chieftain of the Dúnedain.[1][2]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Video gamesEdit

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king tells a zoomed-in and thorough story of the evil Witch-king's rise to power, domination of Angmar and invasion of the great Kingdom of Arnor. In the campaign, the player must dominate the land of Angmar, gather a huge army, and then launch a massive invasion that will span half a millennium in Middle-earth's history.

Campaign StorylineEdit

These battles were seen in the campaign of The Rise of the Witch-king.

Foundations of AngmarEdit

The Witch-king and Morgomir arrive at a barren land to the North near the Ettenmoors. They immediately notice a relatively intelligent warrior-troll, Rogash, and recruit him on the promise that they will reunite the Snow and Hill-Trolls. These three Angmar Champions rush to the fighting Trolls, and the Witch-king fulfills his promise to Rogash and unites them. The Witch-king orders the foundation of three mighty Angmar fortresses while his armies eliminate the Black Númenóreans in the area, freeing other trolls in the process. Soon after, a great army of Black Númenóreans arrive to eliminate the intruders, but the Witch-king and his troll army easily overcome them. The Witch-king forces the allegiance of the Black Númenóreans, and Angmar is successfully founded.

Fall of RhudaurEdit

A group of Hill-men of Rhudaur begin to rebel against Arnor, led by Hwaldar. Hwaldar is seized and arrested, but Morgomir recognizes a valuable ally to control the Hill-men of Rhudaur. The Witch-king and his army eliminate the Loyalists and recruit the rebels. Soon after, they destroy the Dúnedain guarding Hwaldar and free him. They then proceed to attack the mighty Arnor fortresses in Rhudaur, but the attack (while successful on one fortress) weakens the Angmar forces badly and King Argeleb I soon arrives to finish them off. Morgomir brilliantly trains the Thrall Masters to replenish the Angmar army and wipe out King Argeleb and his army. They then destroy the other fortress, claiming total control over Rhudaur.

Invasion of Amon SûlEdit

Further invasions from Angmar are thwarted by King Arveleg I, who uses the Palantír of Amon Sul to foresee attacks. To proceed in Arnor's destruction, the Witch-king must destroy Amon Sûl and claim the Palantír.

Rogash, Hwaldar, Morgomir, and the Witch-king are all involved in this battle. The forces of darkness start off by destroying five Mallorn trees that power various defenses of Amon Sûl. After they are destroyed, they proceed in destroying the main fortress. Reinforcements of Arnor later arrive, but the enemy wipes them out completely. The Angmar forces turn back towards Amon Sûl and begin destroying the structures in the fortress despite heavy resistance. Angmar eventually summons two Mountain Giants and proceeds to attack the watchtower, destroying it once and for all.

Though Angmar has destroyed Amon Sûl, Arveleg has escaped with the Palantír. The Witch-King sends Morgomir to retrieve it.

Dark Lord's EyeEdit

A small Angmar scout party sent by Morgomir pursues Arveleg. The Dire wolves make a mad rush for King Arveleg, while the Thrall Masters summon Gundabad Orcs to attack the Tower Guards. The combined forces successfully wear down Arveleg, but before he is killed he smashes the Palantír, causing a huge explosion killing everything nearby.

Morgomir and more powerful forces later arrive and notice a shard of the Palantír, which is still filled with power. Arnor also notices it and sends orders to retrieve it. Angmar and Arnor compete and race for mastery of the shards, partially since both of their powers have been nullified by the blast and are regenerated with the Palantír shards. Angmar gets most of them, but when Arnor brings some to their outpost Morgomir and his forces destroy the outpost. After the Arnor outpost is destroyed, Morgomir easily gathers the seven shards and gains victory for Angmar.

Barrow DownsEdit

Cardolan wasn't affected by the destruction of Amon Sûl so the Witch-king attacks the Barrow Downs, planning to draw out Cardolan's forces into a foolish and self-destructive charge. He sends Hwaldar to claim the royal barrow. To assist the conquest, Hwaldar destroys the attacking forces and kills some Dúnedain rangers that planned attack the reinforcements of Angmar. With him are some Thrall Masters and Sorcerers that have gained power from the Palantír shards. When Hwaldar reaches the Royal Barrow, Cardolan becomes enraged and sends its forces to destroy him. But, the Rhudaur Warriors hold back each attack and the Sorcerers cripple and destroy Arnor's soldiers, turning some of them into corrupted Wights. As time passes, more Sorcerers, Thrall Masters, and Trolls arrive; at one point, Morgomir joins the battle. In the end, the Prince of Cardolan himself arrives to answer the challenge, but so does the Witch-king and Rogash at the same time. The Prince is eventually killed by the Witch-King and his forces, and Cardolan is laid bare to the enemy.

Carn DûmEdit

Glorfindel, Elrond and the Elves prepare to lead a charge on the capital of Carn Dûm, in an attempt to destroy Angmar and give Arnor time to recover. The Witch-king lights a beacon to call Rogash, and some builders and Hwaldar begin setting up defenses. By the time the Elves attack, Carn Dûm is ready. Despite this, the battle originally goes ill for Angmar as more and more trebuchets and Elves pound on the assault. Just as Carn Dûm appears to be taken, Rogash and Morgomir arrive with armies of Trolls. With these powerful new reinforcements, Carn Dûm is saved from the Elves. Glorfindel is defeated, but before he can be killed he is rescued by the Elves (later to launch a more successful invasion of Angmar. He is also one of the heroes in the good campaign on Battle For Middle Earth 2). In the meantime, however, Angmar is weakened but not destroyed, and the Witch-king continues to plan the next assault even as both Angmar and Arnor recuperate.

Plague BearerEdit

After an unsuccessful attack by Men and Elves on the fortress of Carn Dûm, the Witch-king contemplates his next move. The audacity of his enemies angered him greatly, and an example should be made. However, Angmar has been significantly weakened, and his next attack needs to be planned in order to prevent failure.

With the help of Morgomir, he decides to unleash a terrible plague upon the unsuspecting Arnor, created by his Black Númenórean sorcerers. These wicked men, already deeply immersed in the Dark Arts, have become even more powerful due to acquiring the shards of the Palantír; their powers have already been demonstrated in the Battle for Cardolan. However, the Witch-king needs a ground zero from which his diabolical plague will spread. With utter malice, he chooses the most sacred ground in all of Arnor: the Barrow downs. These quiet and dignified monuments of the Dúnedain are essential to the morale of Cardolan, which Angmar is perfectly aware of.

Morgomir is to lead the attack on the Barrow downs. Cardolan's forces, outraged at this desecration, sends its own armies (led by Captain Carthaen) to destroy Angmar's forces even as the Sorcerers begin corrupting souls. Morgomir, however, instructs his Sorcerers to cast their own terrible spells on the Cardolan army, weakening it significantly. To finalize victory, Morgomir summons a tortured, evil ice werewolf to crush the opposition. The Sorcerers complete the plague, and the Barrow-wights are fully created. Captain Carthaen is soon trapped by the Sorcerers, and Morgomir stabs him with a Morgul-blade. And so, Karsh the Whisperer is created.

Fornost and the Fall of ArnorEdit

Angmar has almost completely dominated Arnor, but Fornost still remains to be taken. The Dúnedain and their allies all gather for this final assault. In order to prevent a foolish advance (and subsequent destruction), the Witch-king prepares a base and gathers his forces first. After all the preparations, they begin the assault. Angmar starts by destroying the front gate and some of the outer defenses. Combining the fury of the Angmar army and deadly Angmar ice powers, the Witch-King slowly wears down the fortress one building at a time. Casualties are both sides are high as the Dúnedain desperately battle for their lives and Angmar's army fights in a berserk rage. In the end, the citadel of Fornost is destroyed and the structure falls. Angmar has achieved complete victory over Arnor, and has now opened the opportunity for complete domination of the North.[3]


  1. The Lord of the Rings: Appendix A
  2. The Lord of the Rings: Appendix B
  3. The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king (game)

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