This list is for the minor battles of Middle-earth.
The Quest of the FellowshipEdit
Battle of MoriaEdit
(Main Article: Fight in Balin's Tomb)
|Battle of Moria|
The Fellowship ready for battle at Balin's Tomb
|Conflict: Battle of Moria|
|Date: 3019 TA|
|Place: Moria; Chamber of Mazarbul|
|Outcome: Fellowship Victory With Major Loss|
|The Fellowship of the Ring||Goblins of Moria|
| about 10,000 Goblins|
a Cave Troll
Watcher in the Water
|Gandalf (The Grey)||The Cave Troll, about 1,300 goblins, Durin's Bane|
The Fellowship arrives at the gates of Moria and find a riddle on the gate "Speak, friend, and enter". While Gandalf attempts to solve the riddle Boromir throws a rock into the water disturbing the Watcher in the Water. The Watcher in the Water tries to take Frodo but is shot by Legolas and the Fellowship of the Ring escape. Then the Watcher in a rage destroys the gate-area, barricading their way out and light. The Fellowship of the Ring has no choice but to move forward deep into Moria to exit via the eastern gate, which happens three days after that point.
The Fellowship has no choice now but to move to the Eastern Gate of Moria. While en route to the exit they camp for a time in a guardroom near a crossroads of 3 passages that has a deep well in it. Pippin foolishly throws a stone down the well out of pure curiosity, angering Gandalf and alerting the Goblins to their presence. After some deliberation, Gandalf chooses the passage to the right. Slowly but surely they make their way through the mines until they come to the twenty-first hall, and through that, the Chamber of Records that holds Balin's tomb. As Gandalf reads the records of the colony of Moria drums begin to sound and the Goblins move towards Balin's Tomb. The Fellowship bars the doors. However when the foot of the cave troll is stuck in the door, the sword of Boromir is notched when he tries to attack it but Frodo's sword, Sting, bites deep into the troll's foot with Sting. When the doors are broken down the goblins rush in. When the troll is slain, The Fellowship of the Ring (disambiguation) attempt to escape through the Eastern exit, but a great orc chieftain breaks in and stabs Frodo in the chest with a long spear. Aragorn deals with the orc chieftain and then picks up Frodo and flees with the rest of the Fellowship. Though in Peter Jackson movie adaptation of The Fellowship of the ring, the cave troll stabs Frodo with the spear. The troll is soon taken care of by the Fellowship of the Ring. They are amazed when Frodo tells them he is unharmed, and reveals his mithril vest to the fellowship. Soon after, the Fellowship leaves Balin's tomb and heads towards the Bridge of Khazad Dum.
The goblins surround the Fellowship and are about to attack. Just then, they all hear a noise and flee the scene. Gandalf realizes that the goblins fled because they were frightened of the Balrog, an ancient evil servant of Morgoth, that had been roused and was now after them. Gandalf tries to seal the door to the chamber against the Balrog but the Balrog proves too strong. However in the movie Gandalf attempts to block out the Balrog before realising what it actually is. After moving down the path they discover a huge chamber with a fiery chasm (if the Fellowship had originally gone down the eastern road from the twenty-first hall it would have been trapped). Just then, the goblins (and the Balrog) pursue the Fellowship again, signified by the drums starting again. The Fellowship turns and flees to the Bridge of Khazad-dum. As they reach and try to cross the bridge, some Goblin archers shoot at them. The Fellowship of the Ring finally reaches the bridge of Khazad-dûm and Gandalf commands the rest of the Fellowship to cross the bridge. He then commences to battle the Balrog. Gandalf tells his title to the Balrog who shrinks away. Then as he returns to hit Gandalf, he puts up a shield. In the end Gandalf makes the bridge collapse right in front of the Balrog. The Balrog falls but uses its whip to take Gandalf with him who also falls. The rest of the Company of the Ring mourn but Boromir and Aragorn lead them out of the Mines of Moria and towards Lothlorien.
Battle of Amon HenEdit
(Main Article: Skirmish at Amon Hen)
|Battle of Amon Hen|
Uruks and orcs rushing out into Amon Hen
|Conflict: Battle of Amon Hen|
|Date: February 3019|
|Place: Amon Hen|
|Outcome: Isengard Tactical Victory|
|Isengard and Mordor||The Fellowship of the Ring|
|Lurtz†, Ugluk in the book||Aragorn|
|Hundreds of Orcs and Uruk-hai||Aragorn, Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir†|
|100 orc warriors and archers, and uruk-hai,Lurtz||Boromir killed, Pippin and Merry captured|
After leaving Lothlorien, the Fellowship reaches Amon Hen and Frodo goes to patrol the forest. Boromir becomes possessed by the Ring's power and attacks Frodo. Frodo puts on the Ring and flees. Boromir comes to his senses just as a squad of Uruk-Hai and Orcs attack. The Fellowship is divided into three groups: Boromir, Merry, and Pippin; Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli; and Frodo and Sam. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli swiftly deal with their attackers and hear Boromir blow the horn of Gondor for aid. They go to help him while Sam and Frodo try to reach the boats. Boromir, Pippin, and Merry are able to slay several of their attackers, but Boromir is wounded mortally by his enemies. He falls with many slain enemies around him, but Aragorn arrives in time to see Boromir one last time before he dies. Merry and Pippin are captured by the Uruk-Hai and marched toward Isengard. Fortunately, Sam and Frodo reach the boats and set off alone toward Mordor. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli begin hunting the Uruks who captured Merry and Pippin, after sending Boromir's body (along with tokens of the battle, such as orc helmets and weapons) over the falls as a sort of funeral procession. The Uruks, though successfully capturing two of the Hobbits and slaying Boromir in the process, have ultimately failed Saruman because they were unable to capture Sam and Frodo, the two hobbits that really had the Ring.
Battles from The Two TowersEdit
Attack of the RohirrimEdit
|Attack of the Rohirrim|
Rohirrim charging towards the orcs
|Conflict: War of the Ring|
|Place: near Fangorn forest|
|Outcome: Decisive Rohirrim Victory|
|Eomer's Rohirrim||Orcs, Goblins and Uruks|
|One Rohirrim éored, about 120|| Many Orcs from Barad-dûr and Uruk-Hai (movie)
200 goblins, Orcs, and Uruks (Book)
|16 dead riders, 13 horses||All (In movie adaption Grishnikh survives but is slain by Treebeard|
Eomer, though banished from Edoras by Wormtongue, still went to rid Rohan of the foul orcs. He tracked down the party of Uruk-hai and Orcs that were taking Merry and Pippin to Isengard, and isolated them to the top of a hill just outside of Fangorn forest. The party of monsters that had been fighting with each other soon fell to the Rohirrim. Their guard being slain, Merry and Pippin were able to escape into Fangorn, Eomer and his men then piled and burned the dead bodies of the party. The Marshal of the Mark later meets and tells Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli of what had taken place on the hill, and lends them horses that he makes them promise to return to Edoras. The trio sets off and finds the trail the hobbits might have taken and proceed to track them down knowing that at least one hobbit was still alive.
Ambush of the Wargs (non-book trilogy)Edit
|Ambush of the Wargs|
Wargs proceeding to ambush the Rohirrim army
|Conflict: Ambush of the Wargs|
|Place: The Route to Helm's Deep|
|Outcome: Decisive Rohan Victory|
|Refugees of Edoras, Army of Rohan||Wargs of Isengard|
|Aragorn,Legolas, Gimli, Gamling, Háma†, Refugees of Rohan, and c. 50 Rohan horsemen||400 Wargs|
|Many Rohan Soldiers, Háma in the movies||All the wargs, Sharku|
When the refugees and the unbanished Rohan soldier-host were marching to Helm's Deep, they were ambushed by warg riders led by the Orc Sharku, sent from Saruman. Háma, Théoden's bodyguard, was killed at the beginning of the battle by the Warg Scout. After a short battle between the Warg host and the cavalry of Theoden, the Wargs were routed, and Aragorn mortally wounded Sharku before toppling over a cliff and into a river below. He was believed to have perished, but he survived, and arrived later at Helm's Deep after spotting the Army of Isengard. However, this battle only appears in the movies.
Ambush on the HaradrimEdit
|Ambush of the Rangers|
Rangers attacking the Oliphaunts
|Conflict: War of the Ring|
|Date: 7th March 3019|
|Place: Near Henneth Annûn|
|Outcome: Decisive Gondor Victory|
|Rangers of Ithilien||Harad, 2 Mûmak|
|251 Rangers of Ithillien||12,000 haradrim spears, 1,200 harad archers, 2 mumaks, 2 mumak mahud|
As Frodo, Sam and Gollum were camping in Ithilien, they heard Mumakil near a cliff. As they were watching, small panic occurred. They could see several men firing arrows through bushes. One Mumak nearly ran into them but fortunately the ranger leader, which was Faramir, shot the beast in the head, causing havoc on its archer-tower; and one Southron fell through the trees lay before them, dead. By now Gollum was frightened by the rangers, and had run away. He was later caught in the Forbidden Pool, next to Henneth Annun.
Return of the King BattlesEdit
Battle of Cirith UngolEdit
|Battle of Cirith Ungol|
|Conflict: Battle of Cirith Ungol|
|Place: Cirith Ungol|
|Outcome: Frodo rescued|
|1,025 Uruk-hai||1,800 Orcs|
|All Uruk-Hai, excepting Shagrat||All orcs|
The Battle of Cirith Ungol was a vague fight between the Orcs of Barad-dûr and Minas Morgul and Uruk-Hai stationed at Cirith Ungol over Frodo's mithril vest. The commanders of the two sides were Shagrat and Gorbag. The fight allowed Sam to sneak in the tower then he was able to find Frodo and rescue him. Every soldier stationed at the tower was killed except Shagrat, managing to get away with the mithril coat; and he took it to Barad-dûr.