Battle under the trees

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Battle under the trees
Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: 15 March, T.A. 3019
Place: Mirkwood
Outcome: Thranduil repels the forces of Dol Guldur

Elves of Mirkwood

Orcs of Dol Guldur





Unknown, enough for victory




Unknown, enough for defeat

War of the Ring
Osgiliath (1) · Moria · Isen (1) · Rauros · Isen (2) · Fangorn · Isengard · Hornburg · Osgiliath (2) · Siege of Gondor · Mirkwood · Dale · Pelennor Fields · Black Gate · Dol Guldur · Bywater

The battle under the trees was a conflict fought on 15 March, T.A. 3019, as part of the War of the Ring.[1] It was fought simultaneously with the second assault on Lórien, a battle also fought against the forces of Dol Guldur.


Dol Guldur had recently become active[2](possibly under the power of Khamûl, its former commander)[3] under the service of Sauron. On 11 March, Dol Guldur sent a force of Orcs against Lothlórien.[1] Though acting as the first of three assaults, it ended in failure.

The Battle

On the 15 March, the Battle of the Pelennor Fields took place in Gondor.[4] Not soon after its end, Orcs were sent from Dol Guldur to Lórien and the Woodland Realm. Another long battle then took place under the trees of Mirkwood when Thranduil's realm was invaded, and a great ruin of fire. In the end Thranduil took the victory and the Elves of Mirkwood won.[1]

At the same time, the Orcs sent to Lothlórien for a second time, once again failed the assault.[1]


A third assault on Lórien was made on 22 March and ended comparably to the others. On 28 March, Celeborn took Dol Guldur and Galadriel laid it bare, presumably by way of Nenya. [1]

On 6 April, Celeborn and King Thranduil met in the midst of the forest and renamed it Eryn Lasgalen, "wood of green leaves". Celeborn took the land south of The Narrows for himself and named it East Lórien, while Thranduil took all wood north of the Mountains of Mirkwood. They gave the middle of the wood to the Beornings and Woodmen. [1]


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