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Battle of Dagorlad
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Battle of Dagorlad
Elves prepare to clash with the Orcish hordes of Mordor
Date: SA 3434
Location: Plains of Dagorlad
Result: Victory for the Last Alliance
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Combatants
Last Alliance of Elves and Men Mordor
Rhun
Khand
Harad
Commanders
Gil-galad
Elendil
Isildur
Elrond
Anárion
Oropher
Sauron
Mouth of Sauron
Khamûl
Strength
Probably over 200,000 Elves, Men and 50,000 Dwarves Approximately 300,000 Orcs, 1,000 Trolls, 10,000 Wargs, 900 Evil Men (Haradrim, Easterlings, Black Numenoreans and Variags), thousands of other evil creatures, and a small number of Dwarves
Casualties
Moderate: 10,000 Mannish soldiers, 10,000 Elves, and 10,000 Dwarves Heavy: 200,000 Mordor troops, and 900 Evil Men
War of the Last Alliance

Conquest of Minas Ithil - Defense of Minas Anor of 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.

HistoryEdit

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. 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 of Middle Earth, 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.[1][2]

EtymologyEdit

The word 'Dagorlad' means 'battle plain' in the Sindarin language.[3]

NoteEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (ii): "The Realms in Exile"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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