13 March 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 257: Dagor Aglareb

The third of five major battles in the Wars of Beleriand, the Dagor Aglareb (S. ‘Glorious Battle’) was the greatest victory ever achieved by the Eldar over the forces of Angband. Fought in the 60th Year of the Sun, the battle began as an assault on all fronts by Morgoth, who sought a surprise attack on the Noldor; hosts of Orcs and Trolls broke through the Pass of Sirion in the west and Maglor’s Gap in the east, with Angband’s main army striking the northern walls of Dorthonion. Here they were contained and taken on by the Elves, who broke their forces and utterly destroyed those attempting to retreat across Ard-galen.  Following this attack, which served as a warning, the Elves began the Siege of Angband.

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