Armies of Sauron

Sauron's battalions at the Black Gate

Sauron's army was the vast army of the Dark Lord Sauron. It was mustered for the sole purpose of finally defeating Sauron's mortal enemies in the West once and for all, in both the Second and Third Ages.

Description and HistoryEdit

The army consisted mostly of Orcs, though it also contained Haradrim, GoblinsEasterlings, Variags, TrollsHalf-trolls of Far Harad, Wargs, MumakilUruk-haiBlack uruks and Nazgûl mounted upon Fell beasts, and they also had naval support from the Corsairs of Umbar.

Sauron used this army throughout the Second and Third Ages. They fought against the Last Alliance of Elves and Men at the Battle of Dagorlad and the Siege of Barad-dûr. They again fought for their dark master throughout the War of the Ring. Notable battles fought by Sauron's army during the War of the Ring were the Battle of Osgiliath, the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and the Battle of the Black Gate. There were many symbols for Sauron's many garrisons. Minas Morgul's Orcs had the symbol of a wicked crescent moon, the Orcs and Uruks of Cirith Ungol and Barad-dûr bore a red eye, the others in Gorgoroth probably had just a tattered black banner with red runes. Orcs of Barad-dûr had thick black iron, Morgul Orcs had smaller, and better-made armor (so said Samwise Gamgee) and possibly many beaked helms. Orcs of Cirith Ungol had heavier (and hulkier) chain-mail and leather aprons and belts, and possibly round or boxy helmets. No other specifics about Orcish armor are given.