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Battle Under the Trees
Battle Under the Trees
Conflict: War of the Ring; Dol-Guldur invades Mirkwood
Date: March 15, 3019[1][2]
Place: Mirkwood
Outcome: Thranduil claims victory
Woodland Realm Dol Guldur and Mordor
Thranduil Possibly Khamûl
Thousand Elves of the Woodland Realm Thousand Orcs of Dol Guldur and 6,000 Orcs of Mordor
Low/moderate High

The Battle Under the Trees was a battle that took place during the War of the Ring, between the forces of Mirkwood, under the command of its Elven-king Thranduil, and the forces of Sauron from Dol-Guldur.


On the March 15, 3019, the realm of Thranduil is invaded by the forces of Dol-Guldur. The majority of the forces are sent to Lothlórien and used its remaining forces to attack the Woodland realm, trying to secure the Elvenking's flank. The Easterlings are supposed to arrive and overwhelm their army, but they are occupied in battling the Dwarves and Men at Lonely Mountain. The Elvenking himself repels these forces, and there is a long battle under the trees. The woods are set alight, thus there is a "great ruin of fire". In the end of the battle, King Thranduil and his people emerge as victors, announcing a New Year of the Elves.[1][2]


On the day of the New Year, Thranduil and Celeborn meet in the forest where they renamed Mirkwood as Eryn Lasgalen, The Wood of the Greenleaves.[1][2] Thranduil gives the southern part of his realm to Celeborn and keeps the northern part as far as the mountains for himself and his people. The land and wide forest in between is given to the Beornings and Woodmen.

Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 幽暗密林之戰


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Great Years"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Battles in the North"

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