Sacking of Mount Gundabad

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Sacking of Mount Gundabad
Conflict: War of the Dwarves and Orcs
Date: Between T.A. 2793 and T.A. 2799. Most the first few years.
Place: Mount Gundabad
Outcome: The Coalition of Dwarves wipe out all the Orcs they can find in the mountain and plunder it of any treasure or valuables

Longbeards, Firebeards, Broadbeams, Blacklocks, Stonefoots, Ironfists, and Stiffbeards

Orcs of the Misty Mountains


Unknown Orc Chieftain(s)







The Sacking of Mount Gundabad was a battle that took place sometime between T.A. 2793 and T.A. 2799 during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.


The murder of Thrór, the former king of the Longbeards, by the Orc chieftain Azog in T.A. 2790 sent a shockwave throughout the Dwarven race unlike any before. At his son Thráin II's behest, all Seven Houses were rallied, and in three years the host was gathered and set out to avenge the elder father of their race.


It is insinuated that when the coalition set out for war the first place targeted was Mount Gundabad. For the war lasted six years, and the Dwarves campaign seems to have been one that started in the far north (Gundabad) and place by place, they made their way south (the Gladden). It can, therefore, be assumed that Gundabad was set upon in the outset.

The Battle

The Mountain was assailed and sacked by the great host of King Thráin sometime in 2793 and was abandoned when it was totally eradicated of Orcs sometime later.[2]


The Dwarves annihilated the Orcs they could find at Gundabad, but with their host continuing on the crusade of vengeance down the Misty Mountains the land was left empty and (at some point) during or after the War's end in 2799 the Orcs of the Misty Mountains returned to their self-proclaimed capitol, and reestablished it as a stronghold and hub.