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The '''First Siege of Imladris''' was a siege of [[Elrond]]'s refuge by [[Sauron]]'s forces during the [[War of the Elves and Sauron]] in the [[Second Age]].
  
The '''First Siege of Imladris''' was a siege during the [[War of the Elves and Sauron]].  
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==Prelude==
 
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In {{SA|1200}} [[Sauron]] came to [[Eregion]] in disguise, claiming to be an emissary of the [[Valar]] sent to offer aid to the [[Eldar]]. Although rejected by [[Gil-galad]] he was able to win over [[Celebrimbor]] and the smiths of Eregion.  The brotherhood of smiths, the [[Gwaith-i-Mírdain]], profited from his knowledge<ref name="Galadriel">{{UT|Concerning}}</ref> and around {{SA|1500|n}} they began forging the [[Rings of Power]], finishing them in {{SA|1590|n}}.<ref name="SA">{{App|SA}}</ref>  Unbeknownst to them, Sauron (who had returned to [[Mordor]]) created a master [[One Ring|Ring]] to rule the others.  However, Celebrimbor perceived the designs of Sauron and prevented use of the [[Three Rings]].
[[Elrond]] had fled with the survivors of [[Eregion]] to the North where he built a haven and fortress to hold out against Sauron he named it [[Imladris]] or Rivendell in the common tongue.
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Infuriated by Celebrimbor's defiance, Sauron led a host out of Mordor.<ref name="Galadriel"/> In {{SA|1695|n}} this army invaded [[Eriador]] from the south.<ref name="SA"/>  Gil-galad sent out a force under the command of [[Elrond]] which joined with Celebrimbor, but they were unable to prevent Sauron from conquering Eregion.  Celebrimbor was captured and killed.  Elrond too would have been overwhelmed but for an attack upon Sauron's force from the rear by [[Dwarves]] from [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]].  Elrond was able to gather what remained of the Elves of Eregion and retreated northward.<ref name="Galadriel"/>
In [[Second Age 1697 |SA 1697]] Imladris came under siege by the forces of Sauron, and was cut off from [[Lindon]] and [[Khazad-dûm]].  In SA 1700 the siege was broken and Sauron was defeated at [[Battle of the Gwathló]].
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==The Battle==
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In {{SA|1697|n}} Elrond founded the refuge of [[Imladris]].  Sauron did not immediately pursue Elrond, turning his attention upon the Dwarves and Elves from [[Lothlórien]].  Once they were driven back into Khazad-dûm and the gates were shut, Sauron sought to overrun all of Eriador.  Small groups of [[Men]] and the remaining [[Elves]] fled to Elrond, swelling his forces. While Sauron sent most of his army west to attack [[Lindon]] he had to leave a strong detachment behind to contain Elrond.<ref name="Galadriel"/>
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The siege lasted until {{SA|1700|n}} when a great [[Númenórean]] navy, sent by [[Tar-Minastir]], arrived in Lindon.<ref name="SA"/>  The might of [[Númenor]] broke Sauron's army at the [[Lhûn]] and crushed his forces at the [[Battle of the Gwathló]]. The army he had left besieging Imladris was caught between Elrond and Gil-galad and utterly destroyed, thus ending the siege.
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==Aftermath==
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A Council was held in the wake of Sauron's defeat.  Given the devastation of Eregion it was decided that Imladris should become the new Elvish stronghold in eastern Eriador.  In recognition of his efforts, Gil-galad bestowed the ring [[Vilya]] upon Elrond at this time and made him his vice-regent.<ref name="Galadriel"/>  Elrond maintained Imladris from then on until the end of the [[Third Age]] when he departed from Middle-earth.<ref>{{App|Chief}}</ref>
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Revision as of 19:03, 4 October 2013

First Siege of Imladris
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Conflict: War of the Elves and Sauron
Date: S.A. 1697 - 1700
Place: Imladris
Outcome: Victory for Elrond's forces
Combatants

Elves and Men

Sauron's forces

Commanders
  • Elrond

The First Siege of Imladris was a siege of Elrond's refuge by Sauron's forces during the War of the Elves and Sauron in the Second Age.

Contents

Prelude

In S.A. 1200 Sauron came to Eregion in disguise, claiming to be an emissary of the Valar sent to offer aid to the Eldar. Although rejected by Gil-galad he was able to win over Celebrimbor and the smiths of Eregion. The brotherhood of smiths, the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, profited from his knowledge[1] and around 1500 they began forging the Rings of Power, finishing them in 1590.[2] Unbeknownst to them, Sauron (who had returned to Mordor) created a master Ring to rule the others. However, Celebrimbor perceived the designs of Sauron and prevented use of the Three Rings.

Infuriated by Celebrimbor's defiance, Sauron led a host out of Mordor.[1] In 1695 this army invaded Eriador from the south.[2] Gil-galad sent out a force under the command of Elrond which joined with Celebrimbor, but they were unable to prevent Sauron from conquering Eregion. Celebrimbor was captured and killed. Elrond too would have been overwhelmed but for an attack upon Sauron's force from the rear by Dwarves from Khazad-dûm. Elrond was able to gather what remained of the Elves of Eregion and retreated northward.[1]

The Battle

In 1697 Elrond founded the refuge of Imladris. Sauron did not immediately pursue Elrond, turning his attention upon the Dwarves and Elves from Lothlórien. Once they were driven back into Khazad-dûm and the gates were shut, Sauron sought to overrun all of Eriador. Small groups of Men and the remaining Elves fled to Elrond, swelling his forces. While Sauron sent most of his army west to attack Lindon he had to leave a strong detachment behind to contain Elrond.[1]

The siege lasted until 1700 when a great Númenórean navy, sent by Tar-Minastir, arrived in Lindon.[2] The might of Númenor broke Sauron's army at the Lhûn and crushed his forces at the Battle of the Gwathló. The army he had left besieging Imladris was caught between Elrond and Gil-galad and utterly destroyed, thus ending the siege.

Aftermath

A Council was held in the wake of Sauron's defeat. Given the devastation of Eregion it was decided that Imladris should become the new Elvish stronghold in eastern Eriador. In recognition of his efforts, Gil-galad bestowed the ring Vilya upon Elrond at this time and made him his vice-regent.[1] Elrond maintained Imladris from then on until the end of the Third Age when he departed from Middle-earth.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"