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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
Combatants
Angband Sons of Fëanor
Kingdom of Fingolfin
Elves of Dorthonion
Elves of Falas
Commanders
Morgoth Angrod
Aegnor
Fingolfin
Maedhros
Strength
Unknown, but probably formidable Unknown, but probably formidable
Casualties
The entire army was destroyed Unknown, probably light

The Dagor Aglareb was the third of the great battles of the War of the Jewels in Beleriand.

HistoryEdit

After the Dagor-nuin-Giliath, 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 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]

EtymologyEdit

Dagor Aglareb is Sindarin for 'Glorious Battle'.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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