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 their forces were composed of 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.

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 meaning "Dimrill Dale". [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 Azanulbizari Lahing
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. Template:App
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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