|Battle of Dagorlad|
|Part of The War of the Last Alliance|
Elves prepare to clash with the Orcish hordes of Mordor
|Last Alliance of Elves and Men|| Mordor|
Rhun Khand Harad
Mouth of Sauron
|Probably over 200,000 Elves and Men; 50,000 Dwarves||Approximately 300,000 orcs; 1,000 Trolls; 20,000 Wargs; 900 evil men,a small number of Dwarves (Haradrim, Easterling, Black Numenoreans and Variags); thousands of other evil creatures.|
|Moderate: ,10,000 human Soldiers 10,000 Elves 10,000 Dwarves|| Heavy: 200,000 Mordorians
900 Evil Men
|War of Sauron and the Elves|
Battle of Dagorlad – Siege of Barad-dûr
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 or Dagorlad just outside Mordor between Emyn Muil and Cirith Gorgor. For an unknown number of days or perhaps weeks, the fight raged on in what was to be the largest battle of the Second Age.
The army of the Last Alliance won the battle and was able to attack the Morannon, the entrance to Sauron's land of Mordor. Later, in the Third Age, the Dagorlad was the site of many battles between Gondor and various Easterlings armies.
By some unknown means, 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.
The word dagorlad means 'battle plain' in the Sindarin language.
- The Silmarillion: Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings"