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Fall of Nargothrond

This article is about the battle. For the chapter of the same name, see The Fall of Nargothrond.
Fall of Nargothrond
Ted Nasmith - Finduilas is Led Past Túrin at the Sack of Nargothrond.jpg
Conflict: War of the Jewels
Date: F.A. 495[1][2]
Place: Nargothrond
Outcome: Victory for Morgoth. Utter destruction of Nargothrond
Combatants

Noldor

Forces of Morgoth

Commanders

Unknown

Glaurung

Casualties

All inhabitants killed or enslaved

Unknown

The Fall of Nargothrond was the overthrow and destruction of the city by that name, wrought by Glaurung and his hordes, in F.A. 495.

Contents

Prelude

When it was known in Nargothrond that Mormegil was actually Túrin, he was honored by Orodreth and became even more powerful within the realm. Wishing to make greater war against Morgoth, Túrin ordered the construction of a mighty bridge over Narog, so the host of Nargothrond could cross the river more easily.

In the spring of F.A. 495, the Elves Gelmir and Arminas came to Nargothrond in name of Círdan, bringing news from Ulmo: Eithel Sirion had been tainted by Morgoth, so his power was now withdrawn from the Sirion; therefore, Nargothrond had to close its Doors and its bridge destroyed, so the Enemy would not find the hidden realm. Orodreth was troubled with this warning, but Túrin didn't hearken it, and kept the open war against the Orcs.

The battle

Main article: Battle of Tumhalad

After hearing reports of a great mustering of Orcs under the shadow of Ered Wethrin, Túrin counselled King Orodreth, to meet them in open battle. The army of Nargothrond]went forth to meet them in the field of Tumhalad and were utterly defeated, and King Orodreth was slain there. The Orc-host led by Glaurung then moved towards the hidden stronghold.

The sack

The guards of Nargothrond were aware of what had happened in Tumhalad but were powerless to stop the assault of the enemies, as the bridge over Narog proved a ruin and could not be swilftly destroyed. Thus, Glaurung and his Orcs crossed the river, and the dragon unleashed his fire upon the Doors of Felagund and passed through. The great halls and chambers were plundered and destroyed, those with arms were driven off or killed and the women and maidens, including Orodreth's daughter Finduilas, were herded to be taken as slaves to Angband.

Coming late to the sack were Túrin and some few other survivors of the Battle of Tumhalad. Túrin crossed the bridge full of woe, and nobody could stop him, so he reached the entry to the realm, where the captives were dragged out. Then Glaurung came out and lay between Túrin and the bridge, saluting him. Túrin was alone, as his followers had fled, but tried to attack the dragon. Glaurung casted a spell upon him, halting him completely moveless, and forced to watch as the captives were driven away. Then Glaurung released Túrin, knowing the evils this would cause.

Aftermath

The captives were taken away towards Angband but Glaurung stayed and destroyed the bridge over the Narog. He gathered all the treasures of the city and laid upon them and rested.

See also

References

  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 Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar", 'when four hundred and ninety-five years had passed since the rising of the Moon'