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Sack of Eregion

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|conflict=[[War of the Elves and Sauron]]
 
|conflict=[[War of the Elves and Sauron]]
 
|date={{SA|1697}}
 
|date={{SA|1697}}
|place=[[Eregion|Realm of Eregion]]
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|place=[[Eregion]]
|result=Destruction of Eregion by Sauron's forces
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|result=Destruction of Eregion, founding of [[Imladris]], [[Doors of Durin]] shut
|side1=Elves and Dwarves
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|side1=[[Elves of Eregion]] and [[Dwarves of Khazad-dum]]
|side2=Sauron's forces
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|side2=Hosts of [[Mordor]]
 
|commanders1=
 
|commanders1=
{{Gil-galad blazon}}
 
 
{{Celebrimbor blazon|died}}  
 
{{Celebrimbor blazon|died}}  
* [[Elrond]]
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*[[Elrond]]
* [[Amroth]]
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*[[Celeborn]]
* [[Durin III]]
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*[[Amroth]]
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*[[Durin III]]
 
|commanders2={{Sauron blazon}}
 
|commanders2={{Sauron blazon}}
|forces1=Thousands of Noldor and Dwarves
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|forces1=Large force of [[Elves of Eregion]], [[Elves of Lindon]], [[Galadhrim]], and [[Dwarves of Khazad-dum]]
|forces2=Thousands of Orcs, Evil Men, and other creatures of Sauron
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|forces2=Large force of [[Orcs]], [[Men of Darkness|Evil Men]], and other creatures of Sauron
|casual1=Thousands of Elven civilians and warriors including Celebrimbor, and some Dwarves
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|casual1=Many Elves and Dwarves; most notably [[Celebrimbor]]
 
|casual2=Unknown
 
|casual2=Unknown
 
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==Background==
 
==Background==
Sauron first came to [[Ost-in-Edhil]] around {{SA|1200}} disguised as an emissary of the [[Valar]] offering his knowledge to [[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]]. He was called [[Annatar]], Lord of the Gifts. Annatar taught Gwaith-i-Mírdain the craft of making [[Rings of Power]]. Based on the knowledge gained from Annatar, [[Celebrimbor]] created the [[Three Rings]]: [[Vilya]], [[Narya]] and [[Nenya]].
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In {{SA|1200}} [[Sauron]] came to [[Eregion]] in disguise, claiming to be an emissary of the [[Valar]] sent to offer aid to the [[Eldar]]. Although rejected by [[Gil-galad]] he was able to win over [[Celebrimbor]] and the smiths of Eregion. The brotherhood of smiths, the [[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]], profited from his knowledge<ref name="Galadriel">{{UT|Concerning}}</ref> and around {{SA|1500|n}} they began forging the [[Rings of Power]], finishing them in {{SA|1590|n}}.<ref name="SA">{{App|SA}}</ref>  Unbeknownst to them, Sauron (who had returned to [[Mordor]]) created a master [[One Ring|Ring]] to rule the others.  However, Celebrimbor perceived the designs of Sauron and prevented use of the [[Three Rings]].
  
However, Sauron secretly forged [[the One Ring]] in [[Orodruin]], the mountain of [[Mordor]]. Celebrimbor sent the Three away for safekeeping - Vilya and Narya to [[Gil-galad]], and Nenya to [[Galadriel]] - and then prepared for war.
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==The Battle==
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Infuriated by Celebrimbor's defiance, Sauron led a host out of Mordor.<ref name="Galadriel">{{UT|Concerning}}</ref> In {{SA|1695}} this army ravaged [[Eriador]] from the south.<ref>{{App|SA}}</ref>  Gil-galad sent out a force under the command of [[Elrond]] which joined with Celebrimbor, but they were unable to prevent Sauron from conquering Eregion.
  
==Opposing Forces==
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In {{SA|1697}}, [[Ost-in-Edhil]] fell, with [[Celebrimbor]] himself leading a last desperate defence on the steps of the Jewel-smiths' guild house. He was taken captive by the [[Orcs]], tormented into revealing the location of the [[Rings of Power]], then shot through with Orc-arrows, and by some accounts, Sauron used Celebrimbor's body as a banner as he turned to face Elrond's army approaching from the north.
Sauron commanded a great host of evil men, orcs, and other creatures. No number can be certain, but considering the time it likely was a force of many tens of thousands. Enough to be able to challenge and destroy not just Hollin, but the great kingdoms of Lindon and Khazad-dûm.
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As with Sauron's forces it cannot be certain the number of troops the Elves or Dwarves deployed. However it can be speculated that there were at least several thousand Elves, and several thousand Dwarves; whose inhabitants in Khazad-dûm were at their height.
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Elrond would have been overwhelmed but for an attack upon Sauron's force from the rear by [[Dwarves of Khazad-dûm]] and a force of [[Galadhrim]] lead by [[Amroth]].<ref name="Galadriel"/> Elrond was able to gather what remained of the Elves of Eregion and retreated northward.<ref name="Galadriel"/>
  
==The Battle==
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Other survivors escaped into [[Khazad-dûm]] and were granted passage by their friends the [[Dwarves]], coming eventually through the [[Misty Mountains|Mountains]] to the woodlands that would long afterwards be called [[Lórien]].
[[Sauron]] marched through [[Eriador]] until he came to [[Ost-in-Edhil]]. He sacked the city and took [[Celebrimbor]] prisoner.
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==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
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[[Elrond]], [[Celeborn]], [[Elves of Lindon]], and other Elves who fled the destruction of [[Eregion]], established [[Imladris]] in {{SA|1697}}.<ref>{{App|SA}}</ref> Many more refugees joined Elrond's host as Sauron ravaged Eriador during the course of the war. By {{SA|1700}}, Imladris, despite being [[First Siege of Imladris|besieged]], was the only part of [[Eriador]] not under Sauron's control.  It was liberated by [[Gil-galad]]'s and [[Tar-Minastir]]'s forces. After Sauron's defeat, a Council was held at that time, establishing Elrond as Gil-galad's vice-regent in Eriador and that Imladris should be maintained as an Elvish stronghold.<ref>{{UT|6}}</ref>
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Many survivors of Eregion also sailed [[West]] after their realm was sacked.
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Once the Dwarves returned to Khazad-dûm, the [[Doors of Durin]] were shut and remained so until the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] came there thousands of years later.
  
 
{{References}}
 
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[[Category:Conflicts of the Second Age]]
 
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Sack of Eregion
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Conflict: War of the Elves and Sauron
Date: S.A. 1697
Place: Eregion
Outcome: Destruction of Eregion, founding of Imladris, Doors of Durin shut
Combatants

Elves of Eregion and Dwarves of Khazad-dum

Hosts of Mordor

Commanders

Måns Björkman - Fëanor device.gifCelebrimbor

John Howe - Icon Mordor 1 small.pngSauron

Strength

Large force of Elves of Eregion, Elves of Lindon, Galadhrim, and Dwarves of Khazad-dum

Large force of Orcs, Evil Men, and other creatures of Sauron

Casualties

Many Elves and Dwarves; most notably Celebrimbor

Unknown

The Sack of Eregion was the campaign in which Sauron destroyed Eregion to find the three Elven Rings of power or to find out where they are by torture. He also scattered the Elves that lived there.

Contents

Background

In S.A. 1200 Sauron came to Eregion in disguise, claiming to be an emissary of the Valar sent to offer aid to the Eldar. Although rejected by Gil-galad he was able to win over Celebrimbor and the smiths of Eregion. The brotherhood of smiths, the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, profited from his knowledge[1] and around 1500 they began forging the Rings of Power, finishing them in 1590.[2] Unbeknownst to them, Sauron (who had returned to Mordor) created a master Ring to rule the others. However, Celebrimbor perceived the designs of Sauron and prevented use of the Three Rings.

The Battle

Infuriated by Celebrimbor's defiance, Sauron led a host out of Mordor.[1] In S.A. 1695 this army ravaged Eriador from the south.[3] Gil-galad sent out a force under the command of Elrond which joined with Celebrimbor, but they were unable to prevent Sauron from conquering Eregion.

In S.A. 1697, Ost-in-Edhil fell, with Celebrimbor himself leading a last desperate defence on the steps of the Jewel-smiths' guild house. He was taken captive by the Orcs, tormented into revealing the location of the Rings of Power, then shot through with Orc-arrows, and by some accounts, Sauron used Celebrimbor's body as a banner as he turned to face Elrond's army approaching from the north.

Elrond would have been overwhelmed but for an attack upon Sauron's force from the rear by Dwarves of Khazad-dûm and a force of Galadhrim lead by Amroth.[1] Elrond was able to gather what remained of the Elves of Eregion and retreated northward.[1]

Other survivors escaped into Khazad-dûm and were granted passage by their friends the Dwarves, coming eventually through the Mountains to the woodlands that would long afterwards be called Lórien.

Aftermath

Elrond, Celeborn, Elves of Lindon, and other Elves who fled the destruction of Eregion, established Imladris in S.A. 1697.[4] Many more refugees joined Elrond's host as Sauron ravaged Eriador during the course of the war. By S.A. 1700, Imladris, despite being besieged, was the only part of Eriador not under Sauron's control. It was liberated by Gil-galad's and Tar-Minastir's forces. After Sauron's defeat, a Council was held at that time, establishing Elrond as Gil-galad's vice-regent in Eriador and that Imladris should be maintained as an Elvish stronghold.[5]

Many survivors of Eregion also sailed West after their realm was sacked.

Once the Dwarves returned to Khazad-dûm, the Doors of Durin were shut and remained so until the Fellowship of the Ring came there thousands of years later.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"