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Dagor Aglareb
Dagor Aglareb by LuisFBejarano
Dagor Aglareb, the Glorious Battle, by LuisF. Bejarano
Conflict: The War of the Jewels
Date: FA 60
Place: Various regions of Beleriand
Outcome: Decisive Elven victory
Angband Sons of Fëanor, Kingdom of Fingolfin, Elves of Dorthonion, and Elves of Falas
Morgoth Angrod, Aegnor, Fingolfin, Maedhros
70,000-90,000 40,000-50,000
The entire army was destroyed 2,000

The Dagor Aglareb, i.e. the Glorious Battle, was the third of the great battles of the War of the Jewels in Beleriand.


After the Dagor-nuin-Giliath (Battle-under-Stars), the Ñoldor of Beleriand had wasted their chance to destroy Morgoth's forces quickly. Instead, they had been building their numerous realms and establishing contacts with the Sindar.

As the Iron Mountains (Ered Engrin) spewed forth fire, Morgoth sent forth numerous small bands of orcs, which passed through the Pass of Sirion and Maglor's Gap. Fighting small battles along the way, they penetrated deep in West and East Beleriand, where they were destroyed by southern forces of the Ñoldor and elves under Círdan of the Falas.

Doriath was shut and refused to fight, and the Laiquendi of Ossiriand fought no more battles after their leader had been killed in the First Battle of Beleriand.

Meanwhile, the main force of the orcs spewed forth from Angband to Dorthonion, where the twins Angrod and Aegnor held them off until armies under Fingolfin and Maedhros counter-attacked on the plains of Lothlann and Ard-galen, trapping the orcs between them. There was an envelopment and the orcs were caught in the vice of Fingolfin from the west and Maedhros from the east. Most orcs were destroyed, and they retreated to Angband. The Ñoldor pursued, and utterly destroyed their enemies in sight of the gates of Angband.

This was the first complete victory over Morgoth, and after it the Ñoldor maintained a guard on Angband, beginning the period of watchful peace known as the Siege of Angband.[1]

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

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