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Battle of the Thousand Caves

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| name=Battle of the Thousand Caves
 
| name=Battle of the Thousand Caves
| conflict=[[Sack of Doriath]]
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| date={{FA|503}}
 
| date={{FA|503}}
 
| place=The Elven city of [[Menegroth]]
 
| place=The Elven city of [[Menegroth]]
 
| result=Dwarven Victory
 
| result=Dwarven Victory
| side1=Elves of Doriath
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| side1=[[Iathrim]]
| side2=Dwarves from Nogrod
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| side2=[[Dwarves of Nogrod]]
 
| commanders1=[[Mablung]]
 
| commanders1=[[Mablung]]
 
| commanders2=* King [[Naugladur]]
 
| commanders2=* King [[Naugladur]]
| forces1=The entire strength of Doriath, which hadn't participated in any battles since the beginning of the First Age. Probably 30,000 Elves, although not all would've been armed or trained{{fact}}
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| forces2=Unknown, Est. 20-40,000{{fact}}
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| casual1=Fairly heavy. Although the Dwarves wouldn't have slain all of them, they did break in and sack Menegroth, leading us to believe that the majority of the Elven Army was destroyed. Probably upwards of 20,000{{fact}}
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| casual2=Heavy, Est. 10,000 or more{{fact}}
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}}The ''' Battle of the Thousand Caves''' was a battle between the [[Dwarves of Nogrod]] and the [[Sindar|Elves of Menegroth]].
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}}The ''' Battle of the Thousand Caves'''<ref>{{S|Doriath}}: "For there was battle in the Thousand Caves"</ref> was a battle between the [[Dwarves of Nogrod]] and the [[Iathrim|Elves of Menegroth]].
  
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
The [[Quest for the Silmaril]] resulted the one of the [[Silmaril]]s taken from the [[Iron Crown]] of [[Morgoth]] by [[Beren]] and [[Lúthien]], and it was later, after the [[Hunting of the Wolf]] and the slaing of [[Carcharoth]], given to [[Thingol|Elu Thingol]] of [[Doriath]]. It remained in the treasury of Thingol, and he desired to have it always at hand.
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The [[Silmaril]] that was rescued by [[Beren]] and [[Lúthien]] remained in the treasury of [[Thingol]] of [[Doriath]] who desired to have it always at hand. In the last years of [[Hurin]]'s life he brought to him the famed [[Nauglamir]], the Necklace of the Dwarves, from [[Nargothrond]].  
  
After some years, [[Hurin]] was releast by Morgoth and was let to go wherever he he may desire. Hurin then desired revenge for him and his family, and came first to [[Nargothrond]], and there he found [[Mim]] and killed him. From all the treasures he took only [[Nauglamir]], the Necklace of the Dwarves, and brought it to Thingol.
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Having the two great treasures, he decided to unite them by fastening the Silmaril into the Dwarven necklace. The [[Dwarves of Nogrod|Dwarves]] that made that work desired the Silmaril from the beginning, and when the work ended he refused to give it to him. In the conflict Thingol was killed. The rest of the Dwarves were hunted down and slain as they fled home, and Nauglamir was taken from them. Two survived the slaughter, and made it to their home of [[Nogrod]] in the [[Blue Mountains]]. They lied saying that Thingol killed the Dwarves that made the Nauglamir, refusing to pay them for their work.  
 
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Having the [[Nauglamir]] and the [[Silmaril]], the two great treasures, he decided to unite them and put the Silmaril into the Dwarven Necklace. The [[Dwarves of Nogrod|Dwarves]] that made that work desired the Silmaril from the beginning, and when the work ended refused to give it to him. In the conflict Thingol was killed, but the rest of the Dwarves were hunted down and slain as they fled home, and Nauglamir, now containing the Silmaril, was taken from them.
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After the death of Thingol [[Melian]] returned to [[Valinor]]. Her magical control upon the woods of Doriath waned after her.
 
== Opposing Forces ==
 
== Opposing Forces ==
Two of the Dwarf craftsman escaped the slaughter, and made it to their home in the [[Blue Mountains]]. They didn't tell their kinsmen the truth, but instead told them that Thingol killed the Dwarves that made the Nauglamir, refusing to pay them for their work. The Dwarves were enraged, and decided to avenge their fallen artisans and although the [[Dwarves of Belegost]] refused to aid them, the Dwarves of Nogrod entered [[Beleriand]] with a great host, and, crossing [[Sarn Athrad]], marched west towards [[Doriath]].
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The Dwarves of [[Nogrod]] were enraged hearing the lies of their kinsmen, and decided to avenge their fallen artisans. Although the [[Dwarves of Belegost]] refused to aid them, they formed a great host. They entered [[Beleriand]], and, crossing [[Aros]], marched west towards [[Doriath]]. Nothing could stop them, as the [[Girdle of Melian]] waned after Melian departed.
  
After the death of Thingol the power of [[Melian]] waned, and she lost her magical control upon the woods of Doriath, and soon the [[Girdle of Melian]] was no longer protecting Doriath. Melian left [[Middle-earth]] and returned to [[Valinor]], and the [[Sindar]] remained leaderless, except their chieftains, which were scattered and without hope. But the Sindar lived mostly in [[Menegroth]], and there most of them resisted the attack of the Dwarves.
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The [[Sindar]]in captains were intimidated by the Dwarven host, and they scattered without hope. The Dwarves found resistance only by the Sindar inside Menegroth.
  
 
== The Battle ==
 
== The Battle ==
The Dwarves entered [[Menegroth]] and began fighting in the Thousand Caves. We don't know much about the battle, but we know that the losses were heavy on the both sides. Mablung was defending the treasury where the Nauglamir lay, and there he was killed before it's doors, and the Silmaril was taken. After the Nauglamir was in the hands of the Dwarves, they retreated from [[Menegroth]] and made their way home to Nogrod.
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The losses were heavy on the both sides during the grievous battle. [[Mablung]] was defending the treasury where the Nauglamir lay, and there he was killed before its doors, and the Silmaril was taken. After they plundered its treasures, they made their way home to Nogrod.
  
 
== Aftermath and Repercussions ==
 
== Aftermath and Repercussions ==
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Before leaving, Melian had told Mablung to warn [[Beren]] about the evil deed of the Dwarves. Indeed, with the help of [[Green-elves]] and [[Ents]] he ambushed the Dwarves near [[Sarn Athrad]]. During the [[Battle of Sarn Athrad|battle]] the host was destroyed and the treasure of Menegroth fell in [[Ascar]]. Save the Nauglamir which Beren brought to Lúthien.<ref>{{S|Doriath}}</ref>
  
 
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== Sources ==
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*[[The Silmarillion]]
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[[Category:Conflicts of the First Age]]
 
[[Category:Conflicts of the First Age]]

Latest revision as of 13:48, 16 November 2014

"Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?" - Tom Bombadil
This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
This article is about the battle between Elves and Dwarves. For the battle between Dior and the Sons of Feanor, see Sack of Doriath.
Battle of the Thousand Caves
Henning Janssen - Nauglamir and the Doom of Thingol.jpg
Date: F.A. 503
Place: The Elven city of Menegroth
Outcome: Dwarven Victory
Combatants

Iathrim

Dwarves of Nogrod

Commanders

Mablung

The Battle of the Thousand Caves[1] was a battle between the Dwarves of Nogrod and the Elves of Menegroth.

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[edit] Background

The Silmaril that was rescued by Beren and Lúthien remained in the treasury of Thingol of Doriath who desired to have it always at hand. In the last years of Hurin's life he brought to him the famed Nauglamir, the Necklace of the Dwarves, from Nargothrond.

Having the two great treasures, he decided to unite them by fastening the Silmaril into the Dwarven necklace. The Dwarves that made that work desired the Silmaril from the beginning, and when the work ended he refused to give it to him. In the conflict Thingol was killed. The rest of the Dwarves were hunted down and slain as they fled home, and Nauglamir was taken from them. Two survived the slaughter, and made it to their home of Nogrod in the Blue Mountains. They lied saying that Thingol killed the Dwarves that made the Nauglamir, refusing to pay them for their work.

After the death of Thingol Melian returned to Valinor. Her magical control upon the woods of Doriath waned after her.

[edit] Opposing Forces

The Dwarves of Nogrod were enraged hearing the lies of their kinsmen, and decided to avenge their fallen artisans. Although the Dwarves of Belegost refused to aid them, they formed a great host. They entered Beleriand, and, crossing Aros, marched west towards Doriath. Nothing could stop them, as the Girdle of Melian waned after Melian departed.

The Sindarin captains were intimidated by the Dwarven host, and they scattered without hope. The Dwarves found resistance only by the Sindar inside Menegroth.

[edit] The Battle

The losses were heavy on the both sides during the grievous battle. Mablung was defending the treasury where the Nauglamir lay, and there he was killed before its doors, and the Silmaril was taken. After they plundered its treasures, they made their way home to Nogrod.

[edit] Aftermath and Repercussions

Before leaving, Melian had told Mablung to warn Beren about the evil deed of the Dwarves. Indeed, with the help of Green-elves and Ents he ambushed the Dwarves near Sarn Athrad. During the battle the host was destroyed and the treasure of Menegroth fell in Ascar. Save the Nauglamir which Beren brought to Lúthien.[2]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath": "For there was battle in the Thousand Caves"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Doriath"