War of the Dwarves and Orcs
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|Previous war: War of the Dwarves and Dragons|
|Next war: War of the Ring|
|War of the Dwarves and Orcs|
|Beginning: T.A. 2763||End: T.A. 2799|
|Place: The northern Misty Mountains and Mount Gundabad|
|Outcome: Crippling defeat for Orcs, pyrrhic victory for Dwarves|
|Major battles: Second Sacking of Gundabad, various battles in mines, strongholds, and colonies, Battle of Azanulbizar.|
|Dwarves of all Seven Houses, Longbeards, Firebeards, Broadbeams, Blacklocks, Stonefoots, Ironfists, and Stiffbeards.||Orcs of the Misty Mountains|
|King Thráin II, Thorin Oakenshield, Náin son of Grór, various generals and/or kings or lords of the other houses||Azog and possibly various other Orc-chieftains|
The War of the Dwarves and Orcs was a great war fought between the two races.
The War began when the elderly exiled dwarven King Thrór, after living many years in poverty, wandered with his friend Nár into Moria and was murdered by Azog, the Goblin-chieftain of Moria, in Third Age 2790. But Nár was let go by Azog to tell his people never to come to Moria, and returned to the Blue Mountains.
When Nár returned to the king's son Thráin II, he told him of his father's murder. Thráin sat for seven days without eating or sleeping, until he stood and said "This cannot be borne!".[source?] Thus began the war.
From 2790 to 2793 the Longbeards responded to this tragedy by gathering their forces, and calling on all the other Houses of the Dwarves for war, but it took them three years to fully gather their strength.
Little is known about the war, but most of the war was fought underground, in the great mines and tunnels of the Misty Mountains, where Dwarves excelled in combat. The Dwarves were so fierce that for two Mannish generations, Orcs were fleeing towards the White Mountains.
The Final Battle
The war climaxed in 2799, when the final battle was fought in the valley outside the eastern gates of Moria, the Battle of Azanûlbizar. The Dwarves finally won this notoriously bloody encounter when reinforcements arrived late on the scene from the Iron Hills.
After the battle, King Thráin II wanted to enter Moria and reclaim it, but the Dwarves not of Durin's folk refused, saying that the city was not their Fathers' House; they had honoured Thrór's memory by fighting, and this was enough. Dáin Ironfoot also warned Thráin that Durin's Bane still dwelt within Khazad-dûm.
Aftermath and Repercussions
The war was very costly for the Dwarves. Half of those involved in the Battle of Azanulbizar were killed and possibly a couple thousand more were killed throughout the rest of the war. Náin, Frerin, and Fundin were among the more notable casualties. Thráin II himself lost an eye, and Thorin was wounded when his shield broke and he had to use an oak branch to defend himself. This led to his later name Thorin Oakenshield.
Other effects of the war were that the Orcs of the Misty Mountains virtually disappeared as a threat for Eriador and Wilderland. One and a half century later the Orcs of the North were beginning to recover, but their population was further reduced during the Battle of Five Armies in Third Age 2941]], where Bolg son of Azog tried to avenge his father, and in the process destroying three fourths of them.