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Foundations of Angmar
Part of Fall of Arnor
Rogash Angmar
Rogash fighting orcs of Gundabad and Moria
Date: TA 1300
Location: Angmar, Eriador
Result: Witch-king victory
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Army of the Witch-king Black Númenóreans
Witch-king of Angmar unknown
Snow-troll tribes
Hill-troll tribes
Dire wolves
Cave-troll (late battle)
Black Númenórean warriors

Black Númenórean Dark Numenoreans
Orcs of Gundabad
Gundabad Wolf riders The Fifth Nazgul

Moderate to heavy; at least half of both Troll tribes slain and 3/4 of the dire wolf packs slain Very heavy

The Foundations of Angmar was a battle in which the Witch-king took over Angmar.

Lead up to the takeoverEdit

After a time of the defeat of Sauron at the war with the Last Alliance the Witch-King fled to Angmar, where with another of the nine (Morgomir) he decided to take over the region and bring the Black Númenóreans back under the banner of the Dark Lord.

After travelling through, both of the Ringwraiths saw a warrior troll fighting against Black Númenóreans. After aiding the troll in defeating his attackers he revealed himself as Rogash and asked for the Witch-King's aid in uniting the troll tribes together. Soon the three of them came across a host of Snow-trolls, Hill-trolls and Dire Wolves fighting amongst themselves; after stopping the senseless fighting, the Witch-King proposed to the host before him to join him and fight for him for many gifts. They all accepted, and soon the battle was about to begin.

The Taking of AngmarEdit

With his host ready, the Witch-king got wind that three places would be ideal for taking over; as the Witch-king host marched northward, they came across a small tribe of Snow-trolls who were mining like slaves for the Black Númenóreans. The host charged and slew the entire lot, and, out of gratitude, the Snow-trolls joined under the banner of the Witch-King. Continuing north, spies informed him that the Black Númenóreans were ready for them and preparing for an attack. The raid was short and bloody; the snow-trolls had been hit hard, with some of them dead, and all wounded, while only one small pack of Dire Wolves was left,under the command of the orcs. However, with this the first fortress was built.

In heart of their first victory the Witch-King's army marched to the west to find the second place to build upon. As they arrived, a sizable force of Black Númenóreans had assembled. This was the longest of the battles and reduced the Witch-King's army by a considerable amount, with all of the Dire Wolves dead and just one set of Snow-trolls left. The Hill-trolls, however, had suffered light casualties.

As they prepared to mobilise to the final place to conquer Angmar, they heard of a Hill-troll tribe fighting to protect their den. The tribe rushed to their aid and declared their union with the banner of the Witch-King,led by the Fifth of the Nine. With this cave they recruited a sizable amount of snow-trolls and Dire Wolves to aid the army. The Witch-King left the host for a few days to oversee a project being made, and returned with better armour and weapons for the host; he was thus prepared for the final conquer of the region.

The road to the final objective was dangerous. They encountered a fire drake along the way and lost half a tribe of Hill-trolls to the beast, but the Witch-King and Morgomir rushed forward and slew the beast, giving the host new heart, and so they continued their march south. Finally they came to the final battle ground upon Amon Celebrethil and a large battle was fought. The Gundaband Orcs proved deadly combatants, doing considerable damage to the forces of Angmar, but in the end they were slain. The Orc army attempted to use a Cave-troll to aid in the battle, but it was convinced by Roguish to aid the Witch-King instead, so it destroyed the troll stone throwers. With this the final fortress was built and it seemed that the Witch-King was victorious. However, the Black Númenóreans would not give up without a fight.

The Black Númenórean Counter-attackEdit

Spies warned the Witch-King that an army of Black Númenóreans had teamed with the Orcs of Gundabad and were attempting to destroy the Witch-King's forces and strongholds; the Witch-King was prepared for this and made plans:

  • The Witch-King and Rogash would defend the third fortress with the aid of the cave-troll, 2 tribes of Snow-trolls and 2 tribes of Hill-trolls.
  • Morgomir would defend the second fortress with a tribe of Snow-trolls and Hill-trolls and the surviving Dire wolves.
  • The First fortress would be defended by a den of Dire wolves located in the fortress; also the fortress was upgraded with ice walls and spikes for defence.

With this the board was set for the final battle; the Black Númenóreans and Orcs rushed onto the field and split their forces into three:

  • Most of the Orcs and some Black Númenóreans rushed to the first fortress.
  • The hillmen took Amon Celebrethil,with light losses.
  • A considerable part of the army rushed to battle Morgimir's forces to the west.
  • The largest part of the army rushed to do battle with the Witch-King's host further to the south.

As the force battled with Morgimir's army, it seemed to be tied as both armies were evenly matched, but by the end, Morgimir's trolls proved too powerful and the opposing army was annihilated. However, this victory was short-lived as he heard that the fortress to the east was being badly hit and would probably not last. Morgomir gathered his forces and rushed eastwards to do battle with the raiding Orcs. It looked as if the Orcs and Black Númenóreans would be victorious, but a tribe of Hill-trolls spotted the battle taking place and rushed the Orcs from behind, easily slaying many of them and causing the others to flee towards Morgimir's army. The army easily slaughtered them, turning the tide of battle towards the Witch-King's favour, even though suffering heavy casualties.

The final part of the battle had begun when Dark Rangers started a sneak attack on the Hill-trolls in the camp of the Witch-King's army. However, their casualties were light and the Witch-King's host charged to meet the army of Black Númenóreans, leading to a stalemate. Soon news arrived that a small group of men had invaded the second fortress and was attempting to destroy it. Thus the Witch-King left Rogash in charge of the army and fled north to do battle with the small band of men. By the end, all were slain and led, with the victory of Rogash's forces to the south, to the Witch-King's first victory in his campaign.


Both armies had suffered tremendous casualties, but finally the Witch-King was successful in taking Angmar for himself, and the Black Númenóreans and the Orcs of Gundabad swore their loyalty to him. With Angmar under his control, the Witch-King turned his eyes on Arnor, the one place he needed to defeat. But conquest would not be easy.............


This battle is non-canonical thus meaning it did not happen in the books. It is only depicted in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king.