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Fall of Dol Guldur

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Fall of Dol Guldur
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Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: Began March 28, ended sometime before April 6, TA 3019
Place: Dol Guldur
Outcome: Destruction of Dol Guldur
Combatants

Galadhrim

Orcs of Dol Guldur

Commanders

Celeborn

Unknown

Strength

Several thousand?

Several thousand?

Casualties

Unknown

Almost utter

The Fall of Dol Guldur was an epic battle of the War of the Ring, culminating the Rhovanion Campaign. The usual guardians, the Nazgûl, were gone, and the forces from Dol Guldur had been defeated four times by the Elves of Lórien and Mirkwood. Celeborn led the assault on March 28, and it was within a few days it was captured. After the battle, Galadriel came and threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, cleansing the forest.

On April 6th Celeborn and King Thranduil met in the midst of the forest and renamed it Eryn Lasgalen "wood of green leaves". Celeborn took the land south of The Narrows for himself and named it East Lórien, while Thanduil took all wood north of the Mountains of Mirkwood, and they gave the middle of the wood to the Beornings and Woodmen.