Battle of Azanulbizar
Conflict: War of the Dwarves and Orcs
Date: TA 2799
Place: The Dimrill Dale and the steps of the East-gate of Moria.
Outcome: Costly victory for the Dwarves, War ends, Misty Mountains were relatively safe for the next 2 centuries.
Lonely Mountain
Iron Hills
Mount Gundabad
Thrór(Film only)
Thráin II(Flashback only in the Extended Edition)
Thorin II
Náin(Book only)
Dáin II Ironfoot
Commanders of other Houses
Azog†(Died in book only)
  • Total forces: 56,500-66,000 consisting of:
  • 16,000-18,000 Longbeards
  • 13,000-15,000 Firebeards
  • 11,000-12,000 Broadbeams
  • 8000-10,000 Ironfists
  • 6000-7000 Stiffbeards
  • 2000-3000 Blacklocks
  • 500-1000 Stonefoots
  • Total forces: 7,000-13,000
  • 6000-10,000 Dwarves of Erebor
  • 1000-3000 Dwarves of the Iron Hills
  • Book:
  • Total forces: 70,000-100,000 consisting of:
  • 50,000-70,000 Orcs
  • 20,000-30,000 Goblins Film:
  • 15,000-20,000 Gundabad Orcs that occupied Moria
  • Casualties
    heavy casulties, Frerin, Fundin very heavy casulties, whole army routed to Moria

    The Battle of Azanulbizar, known also as the Battle of Nanduhirion, the Battle of Moria, or the Battle of Dimrill Dale, was the last battle in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.


    The Battle of Azanulbizar was fought in the year TA 2799 at the eastern gate of Moria between the Dwarves of all houses and the Orcs of the Misty Mountains.

    It was the greatest battle of the War of Dwarves and Orcs, and was a decisive victory for the Dwarves. However, the battle claimed the lives of many, including Frerin, the second son of Thráin II, and the younger brother of Thorin Oakenshield. Fundin, father of Balin and Dwalin, also fell. Náin, son of Grór was slain in a fight with Azog, right outside the East Gate. Azog was then slain in turn by Náin's son Dáin Ironfoot.


    Azog dragged away in defeat in The Battle of Azanulbizar

    After the Orcs were routed, Thráin II, heir of Durin, wished to enter and reclaim Moria after the War. However, the Dwarves of Durin's folk were too few, and the Dwarves of the other six houses believed that they did not have the strength to confront Durin's Bane, though none knew what it was.

    The aftermath of the battle and the overall war resulted in devastating losses for all the dwarves involved, but virtually all of the Orcs infesting the Misty Mountains were destroyed, leaving only a handful left. This resulted in the Misty Mountains being relatively safer for the next two centuries. The Battle of Azanulbizar was also where Thorin earned the name "Oakenshield"; after his shield was broken during the battle, he cleaved a great branch from a nearby oak tree to use as both a shield and a bludgeon.

    The Dwarves' losses were so great that it was impossible to bury all their dead, and instead the corpses were burned on funeral pyres. In later years, the relatives and descendants of these casualties would commonly say of their ancestor, "He was a burned Dwarf", a remark instantly understandable as a reference to Azanulbizar and the Dwarves who died there.[1]

    Opposing ForcesEdit

    The exact number of the Dwarves was not specified, but it can be estimated at being somewhere between six to ten thousand Longbeards, Firebeards, Broadbeams, Ironfists, Stonefoots, Blacklocks, and Stiffbeards.[2]

    The Orcs, as stated above, came from Moria, and from as far north as Mount Gundabad. Their numbers can be estimated at twenty-five to thirty thousand Orcs.[2]

    Portrayal in AdaptationsEdit

    The Hobbit Thorin vs Azog, When Azog just cutted of King Thrors Head

    Thorin Oakenshield vs. Azog

    The Battle of Azanulbizar was portrayed to be much different in The Hobbit film trilogy. The narrative of the battle has been heavily condensed.

    After Smaug had driven the Dwarves out of the Lonely Mountain, Thrór attempted to lead all of his people back to their ancestral realm in Moria, only to find that the Gundabad Orcs, led by Azog, had gotten there first. Before going into battle, Thrór gave his son Thráin one of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves in case he was slain. If this occurred, his son would take his position as King of Durin's Folk. Leading a legion of Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain and the Iron Hills, Thrór fought side-by-side with his son and grandson during the battle, and attempted to fight against Azog, but the giant Pale Orc darted aside and decapitated the King Thrór. Thorin witnessed his grandfather's death and attempted to avenge him, but Thráin stopped him and warned him that Azog the Defiler was meant to destroy the line of Durin. Refusing to allow his son suffer the same fate as Thrór, Thráin attempted to take down Azog himself, but the deadly Orc managed to take him down and steal the ring by slicing off his finger.

    While Thráin took 6000 Dwarven soldiers and warriors to lead a charge towards the Dimrill Gate and never returned, Thorin decided to face off against Azog in single person combat. The Pale Orc easily overpowered him, relieving Thorin of his sword and shield. Thorin defended himself desperately with an oaken branch as a shield, and eventually managed to slice off Azog's left arm with his retrieved sword. The wounded Azog was then dragged back into Moria by his subordinates, and Thorin lead a charge of the remaining dwarves, including Balin, Dwalin, Dori, Bifur, and Oin, against the remaining orcs. The battle ended soon after, and thousands of Dwarves were slain in the battle, and Moria would not be occupied. While Balin, Dwalin, Dori, Oin, and Bifur walked amidst the heaps of their slain kin, Thorin was told by several Dwarves that Thráin was gone as well. Thorin refused to believe it, and spent hours searching among the slain dwarves, to the last body, and finally realized that his father was not among the fallen. Azog had been presumed dead, dying of his injuries. However, as it was shown in An Unexpected Journey, Azog lived, and vowed revenge on Thorin.


    The name 'Azanulbizar' is a Khuzdul word.[3]

    Translations around the WorldEdit

    Foreign Language Translated name
    Afrikaans Slag van Azanulbizar
    Albanian Beteja e Azanulbizar
    Amharic ባትትለ ኦፍ ዓዛኑልቢዛር
    Armenian Ազանուլբիզարի Ճակատամարտ
    Azerbaijani Azanulbizar Döyüş ?
    Basque Azanulbizar Gudua
    Belarusian Cyrillic Баттле оф Азанулбізар
    Bosnian Bitka kod Azanulbizar
    Breton Emgann Azanulbizar
    Bulgarian Cyrillic Баттле оф Азанулбизар
    Catalan Batalla d'Azanulbizar
    Cebuano Gubat sa Azanulbizar
    Chichewa Nkhondo ya Azanulbizar
    Chinese (Hong Kong) 南都西理安之戰
    Cornish Batel a Azanulbizar
    Croatian Bitka Azanulbizar
    Czech Bitva v Azanulbizaru
    Danish Slaget ved Azanulbizar
    Dari باتتله وف ازانولبیزار
    Dutch Slag bij Azanulbizar
    Esperanto Batalo de Azanulbizar
    Estonian Lahing Azanulbizar
    Filipino Labanan ng Azanulbizar
    Finnish Azanulbizarin taistelu
    French Bataille de Azanulbizar
    Galician Batalla de Azanulbizar
    Georgian ბრძოლა აზანულბიზართან
    German Schlacht von Azanulbizar
    Greek Μάχη της Αζανουλμπιζάρ
    Gujarati બત્ત્લે ઓફ આઝનુલ્બિઝર
    Haiti Creole Batay nan Azanulbizar
    Hebrew הקרב באזנולביזאר
    Hindi की लड़ाई आज़नुल्बिज़र ?
    Hungarian Azanulbizari csata
    Icelandic Orrustan Azanulbizar
    Igbo Agha nke Azanulbizar
    Italian Battaglia di Azanulbizar
    Irish Gaelic Cath Azanulbizar
    Indonesian Peperangan Azanulbizar
    Kazakh Cyrillic Баттле оф Азанұлбізар
    Kyrgyz Cyrillic Баттлэ оф Азанулбизар
    Kurdish باتتله‌ ۆف ئزانولبیزار ? (Arabic script) Şer yên Azanulbizar (Latin)
    Latin Bellum Azanulbizar
    Latvian Kaujas Azanulbizar
    Lithuanian Mūšis Azanulbizar
    Luxembourgish Schluecht vun Azanulbizar
    Malagasy Ady ny Azanulbizar ?
    Malay Pertempuran Azanulbizar
    Maltese Battalja ta 'Azanulbizar
    Manx Azanulbizar y Caggee
    Navajo Da-ah-hi-dzi-tsio Azanulbizar ?
    Nepali बत्त्ले ओफ़ आज़नुल्बिज़र्
    Norwegian Kamp av Azanulbizar
    Pashto باټلې وف آزانولبیزار
    Polish Bitwa Azanulbizar
    Portuguese Batalha de Azanulbizar
    Querétaro Otomi Hñäki ya Azanulbizar
    Romanian Bătălia de la Azanulbizar
    Romansh Bataglia Azanulbizar
    Russian Битва при Азанулбизаре
    Scottish Gaelic Cath de Azanulbizar ?
    Serbian Битка за Азанулбизар (Cyrillic) Bitka kod Azanulbizar (Latin)
    Sesotho Ntoa ea Azanulbizar
    Slovak Bitka Azanulbizare
    Slovenian Bitka Azanulbizar
    Spanish Batalla de Azanulbizar
    Swahili Mapigano ya Azanulbizar
    Swedish Slaget vid Azanulbizar
    Welsh Brwydr Azanulbizar
    Tajik Cyrillic Баттле оф Азанулбизар
    Telugu యుద్ధం ఒf ఆzఅనుల్బిzఅర్ ?
    Tigrinya ባትትለ ኦፍ ዓዛኑልቢዛር
    Turkish Azanulbizar Savaşı
    Turkmen Söwe ? Azanulbizar
    Ukrainian Cyrillic Битва при Анулбізарі
    Urdu جنگ ازانولبیزر
    Uyghur باتتلە وف ئزانۇلبىزار
    Uzbek Баттле оф Азанулбизар (Cyrillic) Azanulbizar Urushi (Latin)
    Yiddish שלאַכט פון אַזאַנולביזאַר
    Yoruba Ogun ti Azanulbizar
    Yucatec Maya Batalla u Azanulbizar


    1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
    2. 2.0 2.1 Template:App
    3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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