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Dagor Aglareb: 3rd Battle of Beleriand

Meaning: Glorious Battle

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 1st Age

Year: 0060

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Table of Contents:

The Combatants
The Prelude
The Battle
The Aftermath
Etymology
The Combatants

Attacking Forces

" …Orcs poured forth across the plain of Ard-galen …"

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor


Defensive Forces

"…But Fingolfin and Maedhros were not sleeping, and while others sought out the scattered bands of Orcs … they came upon the main host from either side…"

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

Since Tolkien writes that orcs "thrust down the Pass of Sirion in the west…" and the map in this chapter has "Orodreth" written over that area, it may be extrapololated that Orodreth was among the "others" cited above who fought in this battle.

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor, Map


The Prelude

"Now Morgoth, believing the report of his spies that the lords of the Noldor were wandering abroad with little thought of war, made trial of the strength and watchfulness of his enemies."

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor


The Battle

"…Once more, with little warning, his [Morgoth's] might was stirred, and suddenly there were earthquakes in the north, and fire came from fissures in the earth, and the Iron Mountains vomited flame; and Orcs poured forth across the plain of Ard-galen. Thence they thrust down the Pass of Sirion in the west, and in the east they burst through the land of Maglor, in the gap between the hills of Maedhros and the outliers of the Blue Mountains. But Fingolfin and Maedhros were not sleeping, and while others sought out the scattered bands of Orcs that strayed in Beleriand and did great evil they came upon the main host from either side as it was assaulting Dorthonion; and they defeated the servants of Morgoth, and pursuing them across Ard-galen destroyed them utterly, to the least and last, within sight of Angband's gates. That was the third great battle of the Wars of Beleriand, and it was named Dagor Aglareb, the Glorious Battle."

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor


The Aftermath

"A victory it was, and yet a warning; and the princes took heed of it, and thereafter drew closer their leaguer, and strengthened and ordered their watch, setting the Siege of Angband."

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 13, Of the Return of the Noldor

"Now after the Dagor Aglareb the unquiet that Ulmo set in his heart returned to him, and he summoned many of the hardiest and most skilled of his people, and led them secretly to the hidden vale, and there they began the building of the city that Turgon had devised; and they set a watch all about it, that none might come upon their work from without, and the power of Ulmo that ran in Sirion protected them."

The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Ch 15, Of the Noldor in Beleriand

Note : The date comes from The War of the Jewels, HoME Vol 11, Part 1, The Grey Annals


Etymology

aglar 'glory, brilliance' in Dagor Aglareb, Aglarond. The form in Quenya, alkar, has transposition of the consonants: to Sindarin aglareb corresponds Alkarinquë. The root is kal- 'shine'....

The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names

Contributors:
Lyllyn 18April03, reformatted, links added 5Feb05

added Etymology: Elena Tiriel 5Jan05,

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