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Battle of Tumhalad

Battle of Tumhalad
Ted Nasmith - Túrin Bears Gwindor to Safety.jpg
Conflict: Wars of Beleriand
Date: F.A. 495[1]
Place: Tumhalad
Outcome: Victory for Morgoth

Elves of Nargothrond

Forces of Morgoth



Greater than the Elves[2]


Complete destruction of the host, few survivors


The Battle of Tumhalad was the last battle of the Elves of Nargothrond against the Forces of Morgoth. It was fought on the plain of Tumhalad between the Narog and its tributary, the Ginglith. The defeat in this battle derived directly into the Fall of Nargothrond.


[edit] Prelude

Nargothrond was the hidden stronghold of Finrod Felagund who built it as a safe haven for the Noldor against the forces of Morgoth. Túrin, was led there by Gwindor, a lord of Nargothrond, and during his stay there Túrin becoming mighty among the Elves and grew in favour of King Orodreth, becoming his chief counsellor and ruled all matters of war. Túrin had no liking of their manner of warfare of stealth and ambush[3] preferring battle in the open so the Noldor built a mighty bridge over the Narog for swifter passage. A great store of weapons were made and the Elves forsook their secrecy and went into open war.

Five years since the arrival of Túrin in Nargothrond, they were visited by Gelmir and Arminas of the people of Finarfin whom have dwelt with Angrod. They gave warning of a great gathering of Orcs about Sauron's Isle[4] and a message from the Vala Ulmo to shut their doors and go not abroad. Túrin rebuffed the Vala's warning and kept fighting against Orcs.

[edit] The battle

In the same year, the hosts of Morgoth had defeated Haldir, lord of Brethil, making the Men of Brethil to retreat into the woods. Therefore, the way to Nargothrond was open, and in autumn Morgoth sent forth his host of Orcs with Glaurung at its head. In their way, the dragon burned Talath Dirnen, so their coming was soon known by the Elves.

Túrin counselled Orodreth to meet them in open battle. The host of Nargothrond went forth with Orodreth leading along with Túrin and Gwindor. The host of Orcs were much larger than anticipated, none could withstand the assault of the dragon Glaurung except for Túrin and his dwarf-mask and the Elves were driven back into the field of Tumahalad.

In-between Narog and Ginglith the host of Nargothrond was defeated. King Orodreth was slain in the forefront of the battle, and Gwindor was mortally wounded and died later.

[edit] Aftermath

Túrin fled the battle with Gwindor while the remaining few Elves that did escape fled to Nargothrond, some to Doriath and possibly to the Isle of Balar.

After defeat of the Elven host, Glaurung turned towards the stronghold inevitably sacking the city.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §275
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Fall of Nargothrond", pp. 176 'But greater far was the host of Morgoth than any scouts had told'
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Fall of Nargothrond", pp. 173