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Battle of the Lammoth

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Battle of the Lammoth
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Conflict: Wars of Beleriand
Date: F.A. 1
Place: The Lammoth
Outcome: Defeat of the Orcs
Combatants

Fingolfin and Exiles

Morgoth's Orcs

Commanders

Fingolfin, his sons and the sons of Finarfin

Unknown Orc commander

Strength

5000+(?)

10,000+(?)

Casualties

Argon, otherwise very few

Unknown

The Battle of the Lammoth was fought against the Orcs in the Lammoth soon after Fingolfin and his host arrived in Middle-earth. During the conflict Argon, Fingolfin's youngest child, fell.[1] The Orcs made a surprise attack upon the Elves, who began to give way when Argon dashed forward and cut a path to the Orc-captain, whom he slew. The Orcs surrounded and killed Argon, but his brave deed turned the fortunes of the battle.[2]

Other versions

In the published Silmarillion this battle does not exist, as it was only mentioned late in Tolkien's life.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", The names of Finwë's descendants
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", Note 38