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Battle of the Powers

Conflict: War for Sake of the Elves
Date: YT ? - YT ?
Place: Northwestern part of Middle-earth
Outcome: Decisive victory of the Host of the Valar over the forces of Melkor
Valar and Maiar Forces of Melkor
Oromë, Tulkas and perhaps Eönwë Melkor and presumably Sauron as well
A great host of Valar and Maiar A great host of Balrogs, Trolls ?, Orcs, and other creatures of Melkor
Presumably light Heavy

The Battle of the Powers was the last great battle of the War for Sake of the Elves in which the forces of the Valar defeated Melkor's forces on the fields of Middle-earth and forced them to retreat into Utumno.


The hosts met each other in the northeast of Middle-earth and for an unknown time they fought, until the Host of the Valar was victorious. From the perspective of the Ainur, the battle was short and was a swift victory for the Valar; the remaining forces of Melkor retreated to the safety of Utumno were they fortified themselves, and thus began the Siege of Utumno. Its effects on the continent were devastating and shook the earth and broke the lands and seas, changing them forever until the end of the War of Wrath thousands of years later.

As the victory was swift and decisive for the Host of the Valar, losses were probably light on their side, while Melkor's forces most likely suffered heavy losses.[1]


  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter III: "Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"

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