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Sack of Eregion

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Sack of Eregion
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Conflict: War of the Elves and Sauron
Date: S.A. 1697
Place: Realm of Eregion
Outcome: Destruction of Eregion by Sauron's forces

Elves and Dwarves

Sauron's forces


Måns Björkman - Gil-galad device.gifGil-galad Måns Björkman - Fëanor device.gifCelebrimbor

John Howe - Icon Mordor 1 small.pngSauron


Thousands of Noldor and Dwarves

Thousands of Orcs, Evil Men, and other creatures of Sauron


Thousands of Elven civilians and warriors including Celebrimbor, and some Dwarves


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.



Sauron first came to Ost-in-Edhil around S.A. 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.

However, Sauron secretly forged the One Ring in Orodruin, the mountain of Mordor. Celebrimbor sent the Three away for safekeeping - Vilya to Gil-galad, Narya to Círdan, and Nenya to Galadriel - and then prepared for war.

Opposing Forces

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.

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.

The Battle

Sauron marched through Eriador until he came to Ost-in-Edhil. He sacked the city and took Celebrimbor prisoner.