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Battle of Azanulbizar
The Battle of Azanulbizar in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Conflict: War of the Dwarves and Orcs
Date: TA 2799
Place: The Dimrill Dale and the steps of the East-gate of Moria.
Outcome: Costly victory for the Dwarves, War ends.
Dwarves of all Seven Houses Orcs of the Misty Mountains
Thrór(Film only)
Thráin II (Flashback in Extended Edition only) †
Thorin II
Náin(Book only)
Dáin II Ironfoot (Book only)
Commanders of other Houses
  • 16,000-18,000 Longbeards
  • 13,000-15,000 Firebeards
  • 11,000-12,000 Broadbeams
  • 8000-10,000 Ironfists
  • 6000-7000 Stiffbeards
  • 2000-3000 Blacklocks
  • 500-1000 Stonefoots
  • 6000-10,000 Dwarves of Erebor+1000-3000 Dwarves of the Iron Hills
  • Book:
  • 50,000-70,000 Orcs
  • 20,000-30,000 Goblins Film:
  • 15,000-20,000 Gundabad Orcs that occupied Moria
  • Casualties
    Heavy Very Heavy

    The Battle of Azanulbizar, known also as the Battle of Nanduhirion or the Battle of Dimrill Dale, was the last battle in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.


    The Battle of Azanulbizar was fought in the year TA 2799 at the eastern gate of Moria between the Dwarves of all houses and the Orcs of the Misty Mountains.

    It was the greatest battle of the War of Dwarves and Orcs, and was a decisive victory for the Dwarves. However, the battle claimed the lives of many, including Frerin, the second son of Thráin II, and the younger brother of Thorin Oakenshield. Fundin, father of Balin and Dwalin, also fell. Náin, son of Grór was slain in a fight with Azog, right outside the East Gate. Azog was then slain in turn by Náin's son Dáin Ironfoot.


    Azog dragged away in defeat in The Battle of Azanulbizar

    After the Orcs were routed, Thráin II, heir of Durin, wished to enter and reclaim Moria after the War. However, the Dwarves of Durin's folk were too few, and the Dwarves of the other six houses refused to get involved with Durin's Bane. The aftermath of the battle and the overall war resulted in devastating losses for all the dwarves involved, but virtually all of the Orcs infesting the Misty Mountains were destroyed, leaving only a handful left. This resulted in the Misty Mountains being relatively safer for the next two centuries. The Battle of Azanulbizar was also where Thorin earned the name "Oakenshield"; after his shield was broken during the battle, he cleaved a great branch from a nearby oak tree to use as both defense and bludgeon.[1]

    Opposing ForcesEdit

    The exact number of the Dwarves was not specified, but it can be estimated at being somewhere between six to ten thousand Longbeards, Firebeards, Broadbeams, Ironfists, Stonefoots, Blacklocks, and Stiffbeards.[2]

    The Orcs, as stated above, came from Moria, and from as far north as Mount Gundabad. Their numbers can be estimated at twenty-five to thirty thousand Orcs.[2]

    Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

    The Hobbit Thorin vs Azog, When Azog just cutted of King Thrors Head

    Thorin Oakenshield vs. Azog

    The Battle of Azanulbizar was portrayed to be much different in The Hobbit film trilogy. The narrative of the battle has been heavily condensed.

    After Smaug drove the Dwarves out of Erebor, Thrór attempted to lead all of his people back to their ancestral realm in Moria, only to find that the Gundabad Orcs, led by Azog, had gotten there first. Before going into battle, Thrór gave his son Thráin one of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves in case if he was slain. If this occurred, his son would take his position as King of Durin's Folk. Leading a legion of Dwarves of Erebor and the Iron Hills, Thrór fought side-by-side with his son and grandson during the battle, and attempted to fight against Azog, but the giant Pale Orc darted aside and decapitated the King Thrór . Thorin witnessed his grandfather's death and attempted to avenge him, but Thráin stopped him and warned him that Azog the Defiler was meant to destroy the line of Durin. Refusing to allow his son suffer the same fate as Thrór, Thráin attempted to take down Azog himself, but the deadly Orc managed to take him down and steal the ring by slicing off his finger.

    When Thráin took 6000 Dwarven soldiers and warriors to lead a charge towards the Dimrill Gate and never returned, Thorin rallied the remaining dwarven forces and fought against Azog in single combat and managed to slice off Orc's left arm at the elbow. The wounded Azog is dragged back into Moria by his subordinates, and the Dwarves assume he had died of his injuries, but he survived to appear in a present-time sub-plot in which he is hunting Thorin and Company for revenge. At the end of the battle, thousands of dwarves were slain in the battle, and Moria would not be occupied. While Balin, Dwalin, and Bifur walked amidst the heaps of their slain kin, Thorin was told by several dwarves that Thráin was gone, and was one of the fallen, but Thorin refused to believe that. He spent hours searching amongst the slain to the last body, and finally realized that his father was not among the fallen.


    The name 'Azanulbizar' is a Khuzdul word.[3]

    Translations around the WorldEdit

    Foreign Language Translated name
    Afrikaans Slag van Azanulbizar
    Albanian Beteja e Azanulbizar
    Catalan Batalla d'Azanulbizar
    Chinese (Hong Kong) 南都西理安之戰
    Czech Bitka Azanulbizar
    Danish Slaget ved Azanulbizar
    Dutch Slag bij Azanulbizar
    Esperanto Batalo de Azanulbizar
    Filipino Labanan ng Azanulbizar
    Finnish Taistelu Azanulbizar
    French Bataille de Azanulbizar
    German Schlacht von Azanulbizar
    Hungarian Csata Azanulbizar
    Italian Battaglia di Azanulbizar
    Lithuanian Mūšis Azanulbizar
    Maltese Battalja ta 'Azanulbizar
    Portugese Batalha de Azanulbizar
    Romanian Bătălia de Azanulbizar
    Russian Битва при Азанулбизаре
    Serbian Битка за Азанулбизар
    Slovak Bitka Azanulbizare
    Slovenian Bitka Azanulbizar
    Spanish Batalla de Azanulbizar
    Swahili Mapigano ya Azanulbizar
    Swedish Slaget vid Azanulbizar
    Welsh Brwydr Azanulbizar
    Turkish Azanulbizar Savaşı
    Yiddish שלאַכט פון אַזאַנולביזאַר


    1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
    2. 2.0 2.1 Template:App
    3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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