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First Battle of Beleriand

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{{battle
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| name= First Battle
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| image=[[Image:Beleriand_color.jpg|300px]]
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| conflict= [[Wars of Beleriand]]
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| date= YOTT 1497
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| place= [[Beleriand]]
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| result= Victory for the combined forces of [[Sindar]] and [[Green-elves]]
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| side1= The Sindar of Beleriand (particularly [[Eglador]]) and the Laiquendi of [[Ossiriand]]
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| side2= Forces of Angband
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| commanders1=
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{{Thingol blazon}}
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* [[Denethor (Nando)|Denethor]] †
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* [[Círdan]]
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| commanders2=
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{{Morgoth blazon}}
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*[[Sauron]]
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*[[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]]
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* Unknown Orc commanders
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| forces1= The Sindar of Eglador, Laiquendi, some [[Dwarves]] in the later stages
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| forces2= [[Orcs]], other evil creatures
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| casual1= Unspecified, with heavy Green Elf losses
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| casual2= Heavy
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|}}
 
The '''First Battle of Beleriand''' was the first battle of the Wars of [[Beleriand]], fought by the [[Sindar]] against [[Morgoth]].
 
The '''First Battle of Beleriand''' was the first battle of the Wars of [[Beleriand]], fought by the [[Sindar]] against [[Morgoth]].
  
While the [[Noldor]] still toiled through [[Araman]], Morgoth had already arrived in Middle-earth, and had occupied his old fortress of [[Angband]] where his servants [[Sauron]] and [[Gothmog]] had long been breeding [[Orcs]].
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While the [[Noldor]] still toiled through [[Araman]], Morgoth had already arrived in Middle-earth, and had occupied his old fortress of [[Angband]] where his servants [[Sauron]] and [[Gothmog (balrog)|Gothmog]] had long been breeding [[Orcs]].
  
Unexpected by the Sindar, Morgoth decided to try and secure the area quickly, and he sent out his armies. This was the only battle against the Dark Lord that the Sindar took an active role. Morgoth's forces broke into two hosts, passing west through the vale of [[Sirion]] and east between [[Aros]] and [[Gelion]], some of them even scaling the passes of Anarch and [[Pass of Aglon|Aglon]].
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Unexpected by the Sindar, Morgoth decided to try and secure the area quickly, and he sent out his armies. This was the only battle against the Dark Lord in which the realm of King Elu Thingol took an active role. Morgoth's forces broke into two hosts, passing west through the vale of [[Sirion]] and east between [[Aros]] and [[Gelion]], some of them even scaling the passes of Anarch and [[Pass of Aglon|Aglon]].
  
In the east, King Elu [[Thingol]] of [[Doriath]] took the offense, meeting the Orcs at [[Amon Ereb]]. There King [[Denethor of the Nandor|Denethor]] of the [[Laiquendi]] met him, and the Orcs were forced back-to-back. The lightly armed company of Denethor fell on Amon Ereb before Thingol could rescue him and King Denethor himself was slain, but the Orcs were eventually defeated. Those few survivors were slain by the [[Dwarves]] of [[Mount Dolmed]].
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In the east, King Elu Thingol of [[Doriath]] took the offensive, meeting the Orcs at [[Amon Ereb]]. There King [[Denethor of the Nandor|Denethor]] of the [[Laiquendi]] met him, and the Orcs were forced back-to-back. The lightly armed company of Denethor fell on Amon Ereb before Thingol could rescue him and King Denethor himself was slain, but the Orcs were eventually defeated. Those few survivors were slain by the [[Dwarves]] of [[Mount Dolmed]].
  
In the west, the [[Elves of the Falas]] under their Lord [[Círdan]] attacked the western host, but they lost that fight, and retreated in their cities of [[Eglarest]] and [[Brithombar]]. These cities were besieged afterwards, and Doriath was unable to gather a strong enough force to send aid. The Havens were only freed when the Orcs withdrew to fight the Noldor under [[Fëanor]].
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In the west, the [[Elves of the Falas]] under their Lord [[Círdan]] attacked the western host, but they lost that fight, and retreated in their cities of [[Eglarest]] and [[Brithombar]]. These cities were besieged afterward, and Doriath was unable to gather a strong enough force to send aid. The Havens were only freed when the Orcs withdrew to fight the Noldor under [[Fëanor]].
  
After the First Battle Doriath was protected by the magical ''Girdle of [[Melian]]''.  
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After the First Battle, Doriath was protected by the magical ''[[Girdle of Melian]]''.  
  
 
The death of King Denethor in this battle led the Laiquendi to pledge to never again name a king or participate in the wars between the other Elves and Morgoth.
 
The death of King Denethor in this battle led the Laiquendi to pledge to never again name a king or participate in the wars between the other Elves and Morgoth.
  
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[[Category:Conflicts of the First Age]]
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[[Category:Sieges]]
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[[de:Erste große Schlacht von Beleriand]]
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[[fr:encyclo/evenements/aa/guerres/premiere_bataille_de_beleriand]]
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[[fi:Beleriandin Sotien ensimmäinen taistelu]]

Revision as of 05:35, 17 January 2013

First Battle
Beleriand color.jpg
Conflict: Wars of Beleriand
Date: YOTT 1497
Place: Beleriand
Outcome: Victory for the combined forces of Sindar and Green-elves
Combatants

The Sindar of Beleriand (particularly Eglador) and the Laiquendi of Ossiriand

Forces of Angband

Commanders
Strength

The Sindar of Eglador, Laiquendi, some Dwarves in the later stages

Orcs, other evil creatures

Casualties

Unspecified, with heavy Green Elf losses

Heavy

The First Battle of Beleriand was the first battle of the Wars of Beleriand, fought by the Sindar against Morgoth.

While the Noldor still toiled through Araman, Morgoth had already arrived in Middle-earth, and had occupied his old fortress of Angband where his servants Sauron and Gothmog had long been breeding Orcs.

Unexpected by the Sindar, Morgoth decided to try and secure the area quickly, and he sent out his armies. This was the only battle against the Dark Lord in which the realm of King Elu Thingol took an active role. Morgoth's forces broke into two hosts, passing west through the vale of Sirion and east between Aros and Gelion, some of them even scaling the passes of Anarch and Aglon.

In the east, King Elu Thingol of Doriath took the offensive, meeting the Orcs at Amon Ereb. There King Denethor of the Laiquendi met him, and the Orcs were forced back-to-back. The lightly armed company of Denethor fell on Amon Ereb before Thingol could rescue him and King Denethor himself was slain, but the Orcs were eventually defeated. Those few survivors were slain by the Dwarves of Mount Dolmed.

In the west, the Elves of the Falas under their Lord Círdan attacked the western host, but they lost that fight, and retreated in their cities of Eglarest and Brithombar. These cities were besieged afterward, and Doriath was unable to gather a strong enough force to send aid. The Havens were only freed when the Orcs withdrew to fight the Noldor under Fëanor.

After the First Battle, Doriath was protected by the magical Girdle of Melian.

The death of King Denethor in this battle led the Laiquendi to pledge to never again name a king or participate in the wars between the other Elves and Morgoth.


Wars of Beleriand
First Battle · Dagor-nuin-Giliath · Dagor Aglareb · Dagor Bragollach · Nirnaeth Arnoediad · War of Wrath