First Siege of Imladris

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First Siege of Imladris
Conflict: War of the Elves and Sauron
Date: S.A. 1697 - S.A. 1700
Place: Imladris
Outcome: Victory for the Elves
  • Siege lifted

Elves of Eregion
Elves of Lindon

Forces of Sauron






"a strong detachment " left behind by Sauron[1]




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.

Background[edit | edit source]

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 the use of the Three Rings.

History[edit | edit source]

Prelude[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sack of Eregion

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 Celeborn in defence of Eregion, but they were unable to prevent Sauron from conquering the realm. 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 and many Galadhrim led by Amroth.[1] Elrond gathered what remained of the Elves of Eregion and retreated northward.[1]

Siege[edit | edit source]

In 1697 Elrond founded the refuge of Imladris. Sauron did not immediately pursue Elrond, turning his attention upon the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm and Elves of Lórinand. Once they were driven back into Khazad-dûm and the gates were shut, Sauron sought to overrun all of Eriador. 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[edit | edit source]

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]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 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"