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Battle of Dagorlad
Elves prepare to clash with the Orcish hordes of Mordor
Date: SA 3434[1][2]
Location: Plains of Dagorlad
Result: Victory for the Last Alliance
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Last Alliance of Elves and Men Mordor
Durin IV
Estimated 1-2 Million Elves and Men Dwarves Estimated 5-9 Million Orcs, Evil creatures, and their allies
Hundreds of thousands dead with almost all commanders slain Devastating Almost Wiped out
War of the Last Alliance

Conquest of Minas Ithil - Defense of Minas Anor and Osgiliath - Battle of Dagorlad - Siege of Barad-dûr

The Battle of Dagorlad was the major battle of the War of the Last Alliance during the late Second Age.


The battle took place in the year SA 3434. It was fought between the army of the Last Alliance under Gil-galad and Elendil and an army of Orcs and other creatures loyal to Sauron, on the plains of Dagorlad just outside Mordor between Emyn Muil and Cirith Gorgor. The Last Alliance met with the Anarion's Numenorean army which was holding Osgiliath and Minas Ithil, they marched to Dagorlad. Oropher and Amdír annoyed by Gil-galad's command prematurely charged at the enemy and were driven back and Amdír along with many Galadhrim Warriors died in the Dead Marshes. Eventually, the Alliance was able to drive back the the enemy forces, and the army of the Last Alliance won the battle and was able to attack the Black Gate and proceeded to Udûn.

Later, in the Third Age of Middle-earth, the Dagorlad was the site of many battles between Gondor and various Easterlings armies. Many of the bodies of those slain in the battle on both sides came to occupy the marshes at the foot of Emyn Muil, and were preserved nearly intact for several millennia. The area had long been known as the Dead Marshes by the time Frodo crossed it on March 1 and 2, 3019.[4][5]


The word 'Dagorlad' means "Battle plain", from the Sindarin dagor ("battle") and lad ("plain, valley").[6][7]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Lord of the Rings film trilogyEdit

In Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Dagorlad is misspelled as Dagorland on various maps shown in the films and in the appendices of the special extended DVD editions.


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VI: "The Tale of Years of the Second Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien", Appendices: Appendix B, The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves
  4. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  5. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (ii): "The Realms in Exile"
  6. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  7. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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