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The '''Orcs of the [[Misty Mountains]]''' were a tribe of [[Orcs]] settled in the tunnels of the mountains.
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The '''Orcs of the [[Misty Mountains]]''' were a tribe of [[Orcs]] settled in the tunnels of the mountains. They harassed the regions around them and eventually occupied [[Moria]].
  
Their origin, and when they settled those tunnels is not known. [[Sauron]] must have taken at least some control over them when he settled in [[Mordor]]. By the end of the [[Second Age]], [[Orcs of Mordor]] had come among them, and under their command the Orcs of the Mountains ambushed and killed [[Isildur]] at the [[Battle of the Gladden Fields]].
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==History==
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Their origin, and when they settled those tunnels is not known. [[Sauron]] must have taken at least some control over them when he settled in [[Mordor]]. By the end of the [[Second Age]] they must have done the [[First Sacking of Gundabad]] and drove out the [[Dwarves]]{{fact}}. [[Orcs of Mordor]] had come among them{{fact}}, and under their command they ambushed and killed [[Isildur]] at the [[Battle of the Gladden Fields]] in early [[Third Age]].<ref>{{HM|UT}}, [[The Disaster of the Gladden Fields]]</ref>
  
After the fall of [[Moria]] in [[Third Age 1981]], Orcs of the Misty Mountains entered and occupied its ruins. In [[Third Age 2509]], on a trip to [[Lórien in Middle-earth|Lórien]] to visit her parents, [[Celebrian]] was waylaid by Orcs in the [[Redhorn Pass]]. She was captured and tormented, receiving a poisoned wound.  Her sons rescued her and she was healed by [[Elrond]]
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After the fall of [[Moria]] in {{TA|1981}}, Orcs of the Misty Mountains entered and occupied its ruins.<ref name=A>{{HM|AA}}</ref> Around {{TA|2480|n}} they Orcs begun to make secret strongholds in the Mountains so as to bar all the passes into [[Eriador]]<ref name=B>{{HM|AB}}</ref>. In {{TA|2509|n}}, on a trip to [[Lothlórien|Lórien]] to visit her parents, [[Celebrian]] was waylaid by Orcs in the [[Redhorn Pass]]. She was captured and tormented, receiving a poisoned wound until her sons rescued her.<ref name=B/>
  
Long afterwards, Moria became the seat of an Orc-chieftain named [[Azog]] who slew King [[Thrór]] of the [[Longbeards]], and so started the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]]. In [[Third Age 2793]] they attacked, assailing and/or sacking one by one all the Orc-holds they could from [[Mount Gundabad]] in the north, to the [[Gladden Fields]] in the south. Most of the war was fought underground, in the great mines. During the conflict many thousands of Orcs fleeing south through [[Rohan]], trying to claim a refuge in the [[White Mountains]] beyond, troubled the Rohirrim for two generations. The war ended with the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]] where Azog himself was slain.
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Around {{TA|2740|n}} the Orcs became more bold, daring to invade Eriador. The [[Rangers of the North]] fought many battles trying to hold them back, but one party managed to reach [[the Shire]] in {{TA|2747|n}}. They were fought off by a party of brave Hobbits under [[Bandobras Took]], who killed their leader [[Golfimbul]] in the [[Battle of Greenfields]].<ref>{{HM|H}}, [[An Unexpected Party]]</ref>
  
The Orcs of the Misty Mountains virtually disappeared as a threat for [[Eriador]] and [[Wilderland]]. Around [[Third Age 2747]] the Orcs became more bold, daring to invade [[Eriador]]. The [[Rangers of the North]] fought many battles trying to hold them back, but one party managed to reach the [[Shire]]. They were fought off by a party of brave Hobbits under [[Bandobras Took]], who killed their leader [[Golfimbul]] in the [[Battle of Greenfields]].
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[[File:Mikel Janin - Battle of Azanulbizar.jpeg|left|thumb|The Battle of Azanulbizar]]
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Long afterwards, Moria became the seat of an Orc-chieftain named [[Azog]] who slew King [[Thrór]] of the [[Longbeards]], beginning the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]]. In {{TA|2793|n}} the Dwarves sought revenge, assailing and sacking one by one all the Orc-holds they could from [[Second Sacking of Gundabad|sacking]] [[Mount Gundabad]] in the north, to the [[Gladden Fields]] in the south. Most of the war was fought underground, in the mines, halls, and other dwellings the Orcs had occupied or created. The war ended with the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]] where Azog himself was slain.<ref name=A/> Causing thousands of Orcs to flee south through [[Rohan]], who found refuge in the [[White Mountains]], troubling the Rohirrim for two generations.
  
After that, the Orcs lurked among the Misty Mountains, and in [[Third Age 2941]], a group of them led by the [[Great Goblin]], captured [[Thorin and Company]] in the [[High Pass]]. They escaped with [[Gandalf]]'s help, killing the Great Goblin in the process. Soon after, Azog's son, [[Bolg]] united the Orcs of the Misty Mountains and led them east to fight the [[Battle of Five Armies]]. That battle ended in defeat for the Orcs, and left the Misty Mountains free of them for many years afterwards.
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The Orcs of the Misty Mountains virtually disappeared as a threat for [[Eriador]] and [[Wilderland]] but the Dwarves were unable to reclaim Moria.  
  
In [[Third Age 2989]] [[Balin]] left the [[Lonely Mountain]] and entered Moria with other Dwarves to start a colony. The Orcs responded and about [[Third Age 2994|2994]], the entire expeditionary force was besieged and destroyed
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[[File:Capucine Mazille - The Battle of Five Armies.jpg|thumb|Orcs against Elves and Dwarves in the [[Battle of Five Armies]]]]
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After that, the Orcs lurked among the Misty Mountains, and in {{TA|2941|n}}, a group of them under the leadership of the [[Great Goblin]], captured [[Thorin and Company]] in the [[High Pass]]. They escaped with [[Gandalf]]'s help, killing the Great Goblin in the process.<ref>{{HM|H}}, [[Over Hill and Under Hill]]</ref> Soon after, Azog's son, [[Bolg]] united the Orcs of the Misty Mountains and led them east to fight in the [[Battle of Five Armies]]. It ended in defeat for the Orcs (three fourths of their entire population killed), and left the Misty Mountains free of them for many years afterwards.<ref>{{HM|H}}, [[The Clouds Burst]]</ref>
  
By the time of the [[War of the Ring]], the Orcs of the Mountains reclaimed Moria but fell under the command of Sauron and [[Saruman]]. There were Orcs from the Misty Mountains, in the party that captured Merry and Pippin at [[Parth Galen]].
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In {{TA|2989|n}} [[Balin]] left the [[Lonely Mountain]] and entered Moria with other Dwarves to start a [[Balin's Colony|colony]] and restore Khazad-dûm. The Orcs later counter-attacked, and in {{TA|2994|n}}, the entire expeditionary force was besieged and destroyed.<ref name="B"/><ref>{{HM|FR}}, [[The Bridge of Khazad-dûm]]</ref>
  
Legend says that the [[Longbeards]] eventually succeeded in recapturing Moria, so the power of the Orcs in the Misty Mountains must have waned considerably after the Third Age if they survived at all.
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By the time of the [[War of the Ring]], the Orcs of the Mountains though permanently depleted, reclaimed Moria but fell under the command of Sauron and [[Saruman]]. They were, for instance, amongst the party of Orcs that captured [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] at [[Parth Galen]].<ref>{{HM|TT}}, [[The Uruk-hai]]</ref>
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The [[Longbeards]] eventually succeeded in recapturing Moria, which suggests that the Orcs of the Misty Mountains diminished.
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The Orcs of the Misty Mountains lead Thorin and Company to the Great Goblin

The Orcs of the Misty Mountains were a tribe of Orcs settled in the tunnels of the mountains. They harassed the regions around them and eventually occupied Moria.

History

Their origin, and when they settled those tunnels is not known. Sauron must have taken at least some control over them when he settled in Mordor. By the end of the Second Age they must have done the First Sacking of Gundabad and drove out the Dwarves[source?]. Orcs of Mordor had come among them[source?], and under their command they ambushed and killed Isildur at the Battle of the Gladden Fields in early Third Age.[1]

After the fall of Moria in T.A. 1981, Orcs of the Misty Mountains entered and occupied its ruins.[2] Around 2480 they Orcs begun to make secret strongholds in the Mountains so as to bar all the passes into Eriador[3]. In 2509, on a trip to Lórien to visit her parents, Celebrian was waylaid by Orcs in the Redhorn Pass. She was captured and tormented, receiving a poisoned wound until her sons rescued her.[3]

Around 2740 the Orcs became more bold, daring to invade Eriador. The Rangers of the North fought many battles trying to hold them back, but one party managed to reach the Shire in 2747. They were fought off by a party of brave Hobbits under Bandobras Took, who killed their leader Golfimbul in the Battle of Greenfields.[4]

The Battle of Azanulbizar

Long afterwards, Moria became the seat of an Orc-chieftain named Azog who slew King Thrór of the Longbeards, beginning the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. In 2793 the Dwarves sought revenge, assailing and sacking one by one all the Orc-holds they could from sacking Mount Gundabad in the north, to the Gladden Fields in the south. Most of the war was fought underground, in the mines, halls, and other dwellings the Orcs had occupied or created. The war ended with the Battle of Azanulbizar where Azog himself was slain.[2] Causing thousands of Orcs to flee south through Rohan, who found refuge in the White Mountains, troubling the Rohirrim for two generations.

The Orcs of the Misty Mountains virtually disappeared as a threat for Eriador and Wilderland but the Dwarves were unable to reclaim Moria.

Orcs against Elves and Dwarves in the Battle of Five Armies

After that, the Orcs lurked among the Misty Mountains, and in 2941, a group of them under the leadership of the Great Goblin, captured Thorin and Company in the High Pass. They escaped with Gandalf's help, killing the Great Goblin in the process.[5] Soon after, Azog's son, Bolg united the Orcs of the Misty Mountains and led them east to fight in the Battle of Five Armies. It ended in defeat for the Orcs (three fourths of their entire population killed), and left the Misty Mountains free of them for many years afterwards.[6]

In 2989 Balin left the Lonely Mountain and entered Moria with other Dwarves to start a colony and restore Khazad-dûm. The Orcs later counter-attacked, and in 2994, the entire expeditionary force was besieged and destroyed.[3][7]

By the time of the War of the Ring, the Orcs of the Mountains though permanently depleted, reclaimed Moria but fell under the command of Sauron and Saruman. They were, for instance, amongst the party of Orcs that captured Merry and Pippin at Parth Galen.[8]

The Longbeards eventually succeeded in recapturing Moria, which suggests that the Orcs of the Misty Mountains diminished.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Over Hill and Under Hill
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Clouds Burst
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, The Uruk-hai