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Dagor-nuin-Giliath

Conflict: The War of the Jewels
Date: YT ? (before the rising of the Moon and Sun)
Place: Various regions of Beleriand
Outcome: Ñoldor victory
Combatants
Angband Ñoldor
Commanders
Morgoth, Gothmog Fëanor†, Celegorm
Strength
90,000 Orcs and Balrogs 15,000 Elves and Maiar Spirits
Casualties
Heavy; almost the entire force Relatively light 4,000
Great Battles of Beleriand

First Battle of Beleriand - Dagor-nuin-Giliath - Dagor Aglareb - Dagor Bragollach - Nirnaeth Arnoediad - War of Wrath

The Dagor-nuin-Giliath (Battle-under-Stars) was the second major battle of the War of the Jewels in Beleriand but the first to be fought by the exiled Ñoldor of the Beleriand.

HistoryEdit

The battle began when the Ñoldor of Fëanor had arrived unexpectently at the Firth of Drengist, and passed through the Gate of the Ñoldor into Hithlum. They encamped on the northern shore of Lake Mithrim.

Morgoth hoped to destroy the Ñoldor before they could establish themselves, and sent his forces through the passes of the Ered Wethrin (Mountains of Shadow). Although the orcs of Morgoth by far outnumbered the Ñoldor, the Ñoldor were still empowered with the Light of Valinor, and quickly defeated them. The orcs retreated north through Ard-galen, with the Ñoldor in hot pursuit.

The forces of Morgoth that had been besieging the Havens of the Falas since the First Battle of Beleriand marched north to attack the Ñoldor in the rear, but a taskforce led by Celegorm ambushed them at Eithel Sirion. Trapped between the two Ñoldorin forces, the orcs fought unendingly for ten days, encircled at the Fens of Serech. All but a few orcs perished, and Fëanor in his wrath pursued even this small group. The tables turned at the edge of Dor Daedeloth, as Balrogs poured forth from Thangorodrim. Fëanor stood his ground and long fought alone, until he was finally wounded. However, before the Balrogs could kill him, Fëanor was rescued by his sons. Fëanor would die soon after due to his wounds.

Immediately following this the Moon rose, and with the rising of the Moon Fingolfin and the second, greater host of the Ñoldor arrived in Lhammoth. There they were attacked by a force of orcs which had been sent there by Morgoth to attack Fëanor in the rear, and they fought their first battle, the Battle of Lhammoth. The Ñoldor were caught off-guard, and Fingolfin's son Argon was slain. Fingolfin and his host pursued the orcs until they were completely destroyed, and then passed into Mithrim as the Moon first rose.

It was thus a bittersweet victory for the Ñoldor, as they had destroyed most of Morgoth's forces in one strike, but their greatest leader had been mortally wounded, and they had lost one of their princes.[1]

NotesEdit

The Battle of Lhammoth and Argon do not appear in the published Silmarillion at all, because they only came to light in very late writings by Tolkien. In the published Silmarillion Fingolfin's host only arrives after the battle is long over.

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In the second edition of The Silmarillion edited by Christopher Tolkien Fingolfin appears during the battle but his sons death is not mentioned

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"

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