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|
|The entire army was destroyed||2,000|
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.
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.