Fall of Dol Guldur

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Fall of Dol Guldur
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Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: Began on March 28 and ended sometime before April 6, TA 3019
Place: Dol Guldur
Outcome: Victory for the Elves


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

The Fall of Dol Guldur was the epic conflict that culminated the Rhovanion campaign of the War of the Ring.

History[edit | edit source]

Prelude[edit | edit source]

In March of T.A. 3019, Sauron directed his armies in Dol Guldur to assail the Elves of Lórien and the Woodland Realm as part of his northern campaign in the War of the Ring. These armies made three assaults across the Anduin against Lórien. Although grievous harm was done to the borders of the forest, all these attacks were driven back for the valour of the Galadhrim was great and the power that lay in the woods was far too powerful to be overcome unless Sauron had come there himself.[1]

Upon the destruction of the One Ring that same day, the Shadow of Sauron was lifted from the hearts of his enemies and fear and despair fell upon his servants and allies.[1]

Battle[edit | edit source]

On 28 March, Celeborn led the host of Galadhrim across the Anduin on many boats and took Dol Guldur.[2] After taking the fortress, Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, cleansing the forest.[1]

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

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

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  2. 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"