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Battle of Dagorlad
Part of the War of the Last Alliance
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
Casus belli: Imminent threat of conquest by the Dark Lord Sauron
Territory changes: Sauron's legion and allies effectively lose all territory in Middle Earth, though some remain scattered within Mordor
Last Alliance of Elves and Men Mordor
350,000 Elves of Lindon, Lothlorien and Rivendell, 100,000 Silvan Elves of Mirkwood and Woodland Realm, 50,000 Galadhrim Warriors, 125,000 Men of Arnor and 75,000 Men of Gondor. Estimated around 1 million Orcs, Evil creatures, and their allies
Severe 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 against 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.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Slag van Dagorlad
Bosnian (Latin) Bitka kod Dagorlada
Catalan Batalla de Dagorlad
Croatian Bitka kod Dagorlada
Czech Bitva na Dagorladu
Dutch Slag bij Dagorlad
Esperanto Batalo de Dagorlad
French Bataille de Dagorlad
German Schlacht auf der Dagorlad
Hungarian Csata Dagorlad
Icelandic Orrustan Dagorlad
Italian Battaglia di Dagorlad
Japanese ダゴルラドの戦い
Latvian Dagorlad kauja
Lithuanian Mūšis Dagorlad
Norwegian Slaget ved Dagorlad ?
Poland Bitwa na Dagorlad
Portuguese Batalha de Dagorlad
Romanian Bătălia de Dagorlad
Russian Битва при Дагорладе
Serbian Битка код Дагорлада
Swahili Mapigano ya Dagorlad
Spanish Batalla de Dagorlad
Swedish Slaget vid Dagorlad
Turkish Dagorlad Savaşı
Vietnamese Trận Dagorlad
Welsh Brwydr Dagorlad
Yiddish שלאַכט פון דאַגאָרלאַד


  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. 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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