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| date={{YT|1497}}
 
| date={{YT|1497}}
 
| place= [[Beleriand]]
 
| place= [[Beleriand]]
| result= Victory for the combined forces of [[Sindar]] and [[Green-elves]]
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| result= Victory for the combined forces of [[Sindar]], [[Green-elves]], and [[Dwarves of the Blue Mountains|Dwarves ]]
| side1= The Sindar of Beleriand (particularly [[Eglador]]) and the Laiquendi of [[Ossiriand]]
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| side1= [[Doriath]], [[Falas]], [[Ossiriand]], and [[Mount Dolmed]]
| side2= Forces of Angband
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| side2= Forces of [[Angband]]
 
| commanders1=  
 
| commanders1=  
 
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{{Thingol blazon}}
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*[[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]]
 
*[[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]]
 
* Unknown Orc commanders
 
* Unknown Orc commanders
| forces1= The Sindar of Eglador, Laiquendi, some [[Dwarves]] in the later stages
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| forces1= Large host of [[Iathrim]], [[Falathrim]], [[Laiquendi]], and [[Dwarves of the Blue Mountains|Dwarves of Mount Dolmed]]
| forces2= [[Orcs]], other evil creatures
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| forces2= Large host of [[Orcs]] and other evil creatures
| casual1= Unspecified, with heavy Green Elf losses
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| casual1= Unspecified, with heavy [[Laiquendi]] losses<ref>{{S|10}}</ref>
| casual2= Heavy
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| casual2= "few indeed returned to [[Angband]]"<ref>{{S|10}}</ref>
 
|}}
 
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The '''First Battle of Beleriand''' was the first battle of the Wars of [[Beleriand]], fought by the [[Sindar]] against [[Morgoth]].
 
The '''First Battle of Beleriand''' was the first battle of the Wars of [[Beleriand]], fought by the [[Sindar]] against [[Morgoth]].
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While the [[Noldor]] still toiled through [[Araman]], Morgoth had already arrived in Middle-earth, and had occupied his old fortress of [[Angband]] where his servants [[Sauron]] and [[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]] had long been breeding [[Orcs]].
 
While the [[Noldor]] still toiled through [[Araman]], Morgoth had already arrived in Middle-earth, and had occupied his old fortress of [[Angband]] where his servants [[Sauron]] and [[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]] had long been breeding [[Orcs]].
  
Unexpected by the Sindar, Morgoth decided to try and secure the area quickly, and he sent out his armies. This was the only battle against the Dark Lord in which the realm of King Elu Thingol took an active role. Morgoth's forces broke into two hosts, passing west through the vale of [[Sirion]] and east between [[Aros]] and [[Gelion]], some of them even scaling the passes of Anarch and [[Pass of Aglon|Aglon]].
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Unexpected by the Sindar, Morgoth decided to try and secure the area quickly, and he sent out his armies. This was the only battle against the Dark Lord in which the realm of King Elu Thingol took an active role. Morgoth's forces broke into two hosts, passing west through the vale of [[Sirion]] and east between [[Aros]] and [[Gelion]], some of them even scaling the passes of Anarch and [[Pass of Aglon|Aglon]].<ref>{{S|10}}</ref>
  
In the east, King Elu Thingol of [[Doriath]] took the offensive, meeting the Orcs at [[Amon Ereb]]. There King [[Denethor of the Nandor|Denethor]] of the [[Laiquendi]] met him, and the Orcs were forced back-to-back. The lightly armed company of Denethor fell on Amon Ereb before Thingol could rescue him and King Denethor himself was slain, but the Orcs were eventually defeated. Those few survivors were slain by the [[Dwarves]] of [[Mount Dolmed]].
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In the east, King Elu Thingol of [[Doriath]] took the offensive, meeting the Orcs at [[Amon Ereb]]. There King [[Denethor of the Nandor|Denethor]] of the [[Laiquendi]] met him, and the Orcs were forced back-to-back. The lightly armed company of Denethor fell on Amon Ereb before Thingol could rescue him and King Denethor himself was slain, but the Orcs were eventually defeated.<ref>{{S|10}}</ref> Those few survivors were slain by the [[Dwarves]] of [[Mount Dolmed]].<ref>{{S|10}}</ref>
  
In the west, the [[Elves of the Falas]] under their Lord [[Círdan]] attacked the western host, but they lost that fight, and retreated in their cities of [[Eglarest]] and [[Brithombar]]. These cities were besieged afterward, and Doriath was unable to gather a strong enough force to send aid. The Havens were only freed when the Orcs withdrew to fight the Noldor under [[Fëanor]].
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In the west, the [[Elves of the Falas]] under their Lord [[Círdan]] attacked the western host, but they lost that fight and retreated in their cities of [[Eglarest]] and [[Brithombar]].<ref>{{S|10}}</ref> These cities were besieged afterwards, and Doriath was unable to gather a strong enough force to send aid. The Havens were only freed when the Orcs withdrew to fight the Noldor under [[Fëanor]].
  
 
After the First Battle, Doriath was protected by the magical ''[[Girdle of Melian]]''.  
 
After the First Battle, Doriath was protected by the magical ''[[Girdle of Melian]]''.  
  
The death of King Denethor in this battle led the Laiquendi to pledge to never again name a king or participate in the wars between other Elves and Morgoth.
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The death of King Denethor in this battle led the Laiquendi to pledge to never again name a king or participate in the wars between other Elves and Morgoth.<ref>{{S|10}}</ref>
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Revision as of 02:19, 27 February 2019

First Battle
Conflict: Wars of Beleriand
Date: Y.T. 1497
Place: Beleriand
Outcome: Victory for the combined forces of Sindar, Green-elves, and Dwarves
Combatants

Doriath, Falas, Ossiriand, and Mount Dolmed

Forces of Angband

Commanders

Måns Björkman - Thingol device.gifThingol

Måns Björkman - Morgoth design.pngMorgoth

Strength

Large host of Iathrim, Falathrim, Laiquendi, and Dwarves of Mount Dolmed

Large host of Orcs and other evil creatures

Casualties

Unspecified, with heavy Laiquendi losses[1]

"few indeed returned to Angband"[2]

The First Battle of Beleriand was the first battle of the Wars of Beleriand, fought by the Sindar against Morgoth.

While the Noldor still toiled through Araman, Morgoth had already arrived in Middle-earth, and had occupied his old fortress of Angband where his servants Sauron and Gothmog had long been breeding Orcs.

Unexpected by the Sindar, Morgoth decided to try and secure the area quickly, and he sent out his armies. This was the only battle against the Dark Lord in which the realm of King Elu Thingol took an active role. Morgoth's forces broke into two hosts, passing west through the vale of Sirion and east between Aros and Gelion, some of them even scaling the passes of Anarch and Aglon.[3]

In the east, King Elu Thingol of Doriath took the offensive, meeting the Orcs at Amon Ereb. There King Denethor of the Laiquendi met him, and the Orcs were forced back-to-back. The lightly armed company of Denethor fell on Amon Ereb before Thingol could rescue him and King Denethor himself was slain, but the Orcs were eventually defeated.[4] Those few survivors were slain by the Dwarves of Mount Dolmed.[5]

In the west, the Elves of the Falas under their Lord Círdan attacked the western host, but they lost that fight and retreated in their cities of Eglarest and Brithombar.[6] These cities were besieged afterwards, and Doriath was unable to gather a strong enough force to send aid. The Havens were only freed when the Orcs withdrew to fight the Noldor under Fëanor.

After the First Battle, Doriath was protected by the magical Girdle of Melian.

The death of King Denethor in this battle led the Laiquendi to pledge to never again name a king or participate in the wars between other Elves and Morgoth.[7]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"


Wars of Beleriand
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