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Battle of Dol Guldur
Galadriel Dol Guldur
Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: March 28 - April 6, 3019
Place: Dol Guldur
Outcome: Dol Guldur destroyed
Lothlórien Dol Guldur
Unknown Orc General
5000 Silvan Elves
5000 Orcs, Giant Spiders, and Wargs of Dol Guldur
2000 Orcs of Mordor and 1000 Goblins of Moria
Light Almost utter
War of the Ring

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The Battle of Dol Guldur was one of the battles of the north fought during the War of the Ring. The Elves of Lothlórien decided to attack and destroy the last remaining fortress of Sauron's servants in Rhovanion: Dol Guldur.


The usual guardians, the Nazgûl, were gone, and the forces from Dol Guldur had been defeated four times by the Elves of Lórien.

So then on March 28, Celeborn led many Elves from Lothlórien across the river Anduin in a fleet of Elvish boats. The elves invaded. When they reached Dol Guldur, a defense had already been prepared and the siege endured seven days. As they marched on the fortress, bows strung, a group of orcs mounted on the backs of Wargs and with Giant Spiders charged at them. They were soon shot down. In this time, Radagast came to Dol Guldur as well leading a force of Sylvan Elves.

When the fortress was surrounded, on April 6, Galdriel came to the gates and with the power of her Elven ring cast down the walls, foul pits, crevices, caused grasses, and fruit trees to grow. The evil realm of Dol Guldur was finally destroyed. Galadriel caused an Elanor flower to grow in the middle of the old fortress. The forest was cleansed.

On April 6, Celeborn and King Thranduil met in the midst of the forest and renamed it Eryn Lasgalen "wood of green leaves". Celeborn took the land south of The Narrows for himself and named it East Lórien, while Thranduil took all wood north of the Mountains of Mirkwood, and they gave the middle of the wood to the Beornings and Woodmen.[1][2]

Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth IIEdit

Galadriel Tornado

The destruction of Dol Guldur in BFME II

The Battle of Dol Guldur appears in the PC and Xbox 360 game Battle for Middle-earth II as the final mission in the Good Campaign. Unlike its book counterpart, this battle has numerous differences. Elrond leads the battle instead of Celeborn, Glorfindel also is present along with Gloin (who have been paired up together in the game). Thranduil of Mirkwood also joins the fray along with Arwen and even Dain II Ironfoot (which is quite noticeable as in the book he died in Battle of Dale Whereas in the game he survived) other differences include the defenses of the stronghold. Instead of Wargs and spiders, the Orcs are joined by Easterlings and Haradrim as well as at least one Mumakil.

The initial force consists of Elrond and many Elves and Dwarves. They destroy two Mordor Camps and light signal fires. Soon Glorifindel, Gloin and Dain arrive with Dwarven reinforcements, and Thranduil and Arwen arrive with Elven and Ent reinforcements. They then proceed to attack the stronghold, after pushing through numerous defences, they receive word that Sauron has become aware of the attack and has sent reinforcements to aid his forces already there. After defeating the reinforcements lead by three Nazgûl (Who retreat probably being summoned back to Mordor to fight in Battle of the Black Gate) The army is reinforced by several Great Eagles. With their aid, the Elves, Dwarves and Ents destroy most of the remaining forces of Dol Guldur, The Watcher, Wyrms . After slaying the Dragon who was commanding the defence of Dol Guldur, Galadriel destroys the fortress, clearing the North of all evil. At the same time Sauron himself dies when the Ring of Power was destroyed.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 多爾哥多之戰役
Russian Штурм Дол Гулдура


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Battles in the North"

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