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Battle of the Morannon
Conflict from Tolkien's Legendarium

The Shadow of Sauron by Ted Nasmith
Other names The Battle of the Black Gate
Location The Morannon (near the plain of Dagorlad), built across the Cirith Gorgor pass, entrance to Mordor
Date T.A. 25 March 3019
Result Strategic victory of the West, final defeat of Sauron
Books The Lord of the Rings
(The Return of the King)
Adaptations See below
Combatants
Gondor, Rohan, Arnor (Rangers of the North), Eagles Mordor, Harad, Rhûn
Participants
Gandalf, Imrahil, Éomer, Aragorn, Gwaihir, Legolas, Gimli, Pippin Sauron†, Mouth of Sauron, Khamûl

In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, the Battle of the Morannon or Battle of the Black Gate is a fictional event that took place at the end of the War of the Ring. It is depicted in The Return of the King, the third volume of his fantasy book The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien redirects here. ... Tolkiens Legendarium (ISBN 0-313-30530-7) is a collection of scholarly essays edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter on the History of Middle-earth series of books relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... Image File history File links NasmithBlackGate. ... Ted Nasmith Ted Nasmith is a Canadian artist, illustrator and architectural renderer. ... The Black Gate or Morannon is a fictional location in J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Battle of Dagorlad took place in the Middle-earth fantasy world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. ... Cirith Gorgor is a geographical feature in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth. ... Mount Doom and Barad-dûr in Mordor, as depicted in the Peter Jackson film. ... This article includes several chronologies relating to J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... For other uses, see The Third Age. ... This article is about a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth fantasy writings. ... This article is about the novel. ... This article is about the book. ... For the city in Ethiopia, see Gondar. ... For other uses, see Rohan (disambiguation). ... In the fictional legendarium of J. R. R. Tolkien, Arnor, or the Northern Kingdom, was a kingdom of the Dúnedain in the land of Eriador in Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendarium, the Rangers of the North, also known as the Dúnedain of the North, were the descendants of the Dúnedain from the lost kingdom of Arnor. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the eagles were immense flying birds that were sentient, and could speak. ... Mount Doom and Barad-dûr in Mordor, as depicted in the Peter Jackson film. ... Harad is a town in Saudi Arabia. ... Location of Rhûn in Middle-earth marked in red In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Rhûn is a large region of eastern Middle-earth. ... For other uses, see Gandalf (disambiguation). ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Imrahil was the twenty-second Prince of Dol Amroth. ... Éomer is a supporting character in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... Aragorn II is a fictional character from J. R. R Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the eagles were immense flying birds that were sentient, and could speak. ... Legolas is a character in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, featured in The Lord of the Rings. ... Gimli is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, featured in The Lord of the Rings. ... Peregrin Took (T.A. 2990–F.A. 70), better known to his friends as Pippin, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth, a Hobbit, and one of Frodo Bagginss youngest but dearest friends. ... This article is about a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth fantasy writings. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Mouth of Sauron was the name given to the Dark Lord Saurons servant and emissary. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, Khamûl is a fictional character being one of the most powerful of the nine Ringwraiths or Nazgûl, second only to the Lord of the Nazgûl himself. ... Combatants Free peoples: Gondor, Rohan, Dale, Esgaroth, Erebor, The Shire, Lothlórien, the Woodland Realm and the Fangorn forest Evil forces: Under Sauron: Mordor, Rhûn, Morgul, Harad, Umbar, Khand Under Saruman: Isengard, Dunland Commanders Gandalf (died but later resurrected) Aragorn Théoden† Éomer Denethor† Dáin II† Brand† Galadriel... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Fords of Isen were fords in the river Isen, guarded by the Rohirrim. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Fords of Isen were fords in the river Isen, guarded by the Rohirrim. ... Combatants Fangorn forest Isengard Commanders Treebeard Saruman Strength Roughly 50 Ents, thousands of Huorns from Fangorn forest, Merry and Pippin. ... Combatants Isengard Rohan Commanders Saruman Théoden, Aragorn, Gandalf, Éomer Strength 10,000 Uruk-hai and common Orcs of Isengard, 2,000-5,000 Dunlendings, an unknown number of orc-human hybrids about 2,000 Rohirrim; reinforced by 1,000 more Rohirrim in the morning, and thousands of Huorns Casualties... Combatants Galadhrim Mordor, Dol Guldur, Moria Commanders Celeborn and Galadriel Unknown Strength Total strength unknown, certainly far lower than the enemy. ... This was a major battle of the War of the Ring. ... Combatants Gondor Mordor Commanders Faramir, Boromir, Gandalf Sauron, Gothmog, the Witch-king Strength About 4000-5000 Gondorian soldiers plus 300 Rangers and an unknown number of reinforcements from the City,[citation needed] ~30,000-50,000 Orcs,[citation needed] the nine Nazgûl Casualties Over a third of Gondorian force... Combatants Gondor, Rohan, Dúnedain of the North Mordor, Harad, Rhûn, Khand, Umbar Participants Gandalf, Éomer, Éowyn, Aragorn, Imrahil, Merry, Denethor†, Théoden† Witch-king of Angmar†, Nazgûl, Gothmog† War of the Ring 1st Fords of Isen - 2nd Fords of Isen - Isengard - Hornburg - Lothlórien - Mirkwood - Osgiliath - Pelennor... The Battle of Dale is fictional battle in J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... Combatants Hobbits of The Shire Ruffians in the service of Saruman Commanders Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took Ruffian chief†, Saruman†, Wormtongue† Strength 200 local Hobbits of the Shire under Meriadoc Brandybuck, including Tolman Cotton and Samwise Gamgee, and 110 Tooks from Tookland under Peregrin Took slightly over 200 Casualties 19... J. R. R. Tolkiens high fantasy book The Lord of the Rings concerns itself with, among other things, the War of the Ring, a war waged by the Dark Lord Sauron against the Elves, Dwarves and Men of the West of Middle-earth. ... Tolkien redirects here. ... A legendarium is a book or series of books consisting of a collection of legends. ... Combatants Free peoples: Gondor, Rohan, Dale, Esgaroth, Erebor, The Shire, Lothlórien, the Woodland Realm and the Fangorn forest Evil forces: Under Sauron: Mordor, Rhûn, Morgul, Harad, Umbar, Khand Under Saruman: Isengard, Dunland Commanders Gandalf (died but later resurrected) Aragorn Théoden† Éomer Denethor† Dáin II† Brand† Galadriel... This article is about the book. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... This article is about the novel. ...

Contents

Plot

This was the final major battle against Sauron in the War of the Ring, fought at the Black Gate of Mordor. The Army of the West, led by Aragorn, marched on the gate as a diversionary feint to distract Sauron's attention from Frodo and Sam, who were carrying the One Ring through Mordor. It was hoped that Sauron would think Aragorn had the Ring and was now trying to use it to overthrow Mordor. As the journey progressed, Aragorn was credited openly as "the King Elessar" by their heralds to challenge Sauron. Combatants Free peoples: Gondor, Rohan, Dale, Esgaroth, Erebor, The Shire, Lothlórien, the Woodland Realm and the Fangorn forest Evil forces: Under Sauron: Mordor, Rhûn, Morgul, Harad, Umbar, Khand Under Saruman: Isengard, Dunland Commanders Gandalf (died but later resurrected) Aragorn Théoden† Éomer Denethor† Dáin II† Brand† Galadriel... The Black Gate or Morannon is a location in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth. ... Frodo redirects here. ... Samwise Gamgee, later known as Samwise Gardner[2] or Samwise the Brave and commonly known as Sam, is a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth universe, Elfstone, also known as the Elessar or the Stone of Eärendil, is a famous green jewel that Galadriel gives as a gift to Aragorn just before the Fellowship of the Ring leaves the wood of Lothlórien. ...


Aragorn and the other captains had around 7,000 soldiers of Gondor and Rohan available to fight, they left some in Minas Tirith to defend against assault, and sent 3,000 Rohirrim under Elfhelm to rout another army holding the west road to Anórien. Thus they marched with about 6,000 foot and 1,000 cavalry.[1] In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth legendarium, Elfhelm was a Lord of Rohan and Marshal of the East-mark. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Anórien is a region and fiefdom of Gondor. ...


At the Crossroads, Aragorn and other captains leave the main force for a while with a small company of troops and surveys Minas Morgul from afar, finally setting the valley in which Minas Morgul is in on fire. They also left some archers to guard the Crossroads.


They were also later ambushed by Orcs and Easterlings on the very spot where Faramir and the Rangers of Ithilien had ambushed a company of Haradrim some days ago. However, the enemy was beaten back without much loss. However, it was realized that this was an intentionally weak feint, meant to try to lure them into thinking that Sauron's army was incapable of mounting a strong attack when in fact it was. Later, some whose fear overcame them were sent to retake and hold Cair Andros, an island in the Great River, used as a fortress by Gondor. Thus the Army of the West was less than 6,000 strong at the Black Gate.[2] This article is about the son of Denethor. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, the Rangers of Ithilien, also known as the Rangers of the South and Rangers of Gondor, were an elite group of the Southern Dúnedain warriors who scouted in and guarded Ithilien. ... In The Lord of the Rings, Cair Andros is an island in the middle of the Anduin River. ...


Before the battle began, Sauron sent one of his servants, the Black Númenórean called the Mouth of Sauron, to speak with the Captains of the West. He tried to trick Gandalf into believing Sauron held Frodo captive, displaying as evidence items that had belonged to Frodo and Sam (Sam's sword, an Elven cloak, and Frodo's mithril shirt.) The Mouth threatened that Frodo would be tortured if the West did not agree to Sauron's terms of surrender. (It is clear that while Sauron knew there was a Hobbit in Mordor, he did not know why.) Gandalf, however, refused to be swayed, took the items from the Mouth of Sauron, and sent him away. Amazed and angered, the Mouth of Sauron rode back to the Black Gate and the forces of Sauron advanced. At the same time, more of Sauron's forces that had been hidden in the hills around the Black Gate came forth, thus surrounding the Men of the West. Sauron's army outnumbered that of the West by at least ten to one. It is not clear who commanded the field for Sauron. The Army of the West divided itself into two rings upon two great hills of rubble opposite the gate: Aragorn, Gandalf, and the sons of Elrond were on the left ring, with Éomer, Imrahil, and the Knights of Dol Amroth on the right. In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Arda, the Black Númenóreans were originally the royalist survivors from the mightiest human kingdom that had yet been: Númenor, which was destroyed in the late Second Age. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Mouth of Sauron was the name given to the Dark Lord Saurons servant and emissary. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, an Elf is an individual member of one of the races that inhabit the lands of Arda. ... Mithril is a fictional metal from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth fantasy writings. ...


Against Aragorn's army was arrayed Sauron's hordes of Orcs, Trolls, and Mannish allies such as the Easterlings and Southrons (Haradrim). An exact count is not given of the number of Sauron's forces, though Tolkien says they were "ten times and more than ten times" the size of Aragorn's army. This puts the size of Sauron's army at greater than 60,000. The Olog-hai, improved Trolls much like the Uruk-hai were improved Orcs, first made an appearance. In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional realm of Middle-earth, the Olog-hai [[1]] were a fierce breed of Trolls that appeared during the last days of the War of the Ring in Saurons service. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional realm of Middle-earth, the Uruk-hai (Black Speech: Orc folk) were a new breed of Orcs that appeared during the Third Age. ...


During the course of the battle, the Hobbit Peregrin Took, marching as a Guard of the Citadel of Minas Tirith, managed to kill one of the Olog-hai. The remaining eight Nazgûl hovered over the Army of the West and spread fear and confusion. The Eagles of the Misty Mountains, led by Gwaihir the Windlord, arrived and attacked the Ringwraiths. At that moment, when all hope seemed lost, Frodo put on the One Ring and Sauron realized that Frodo was inside Mount Doom. The Nazgûl immediately left the battle to intercept Frodo. However, Gollum bit the Ring off Frodo's finger and then accidentally fell into the Crack of Doom, and Sauron's power was overthrown. Minas Tirith (IPA: ), originally named Minas Anor, is a heavily fortified city in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth writings, which was the capital of Gondor in the second half of the Third Age. ... The Misty Mountains as seen in the prologue to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Mount Doom, or Orodruin, is a volcano in Mordor where the One Ring was forged in the Crack of Doom, a fiery chasm within the mountain. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Mount Doom, or Orodruin, is a volcano in Mordor where the One Ring was forged in the Crack of Doom, a fiery chasm within the mountain. ...


The Nazgûl flew over Mount Doom just as it underwent a gigantic volcanic eruption, and they were all destroyed in the firestorm. Barad-dûr, the Black Gate and the Towers of the Teeth collapsed to ruin as their foundations were built with the Ring's magic. Sauron's physical body perished yet again for what would be the last time. His gigantic shadow formed in the sky and reached out in wrath to the heroes, but it was blown away by a strong wind, and his spirit, which had been housed in a tall humanoid form ever since the start of the Age, was left forever bodiless and impotent. Barad-dûr and Mount Doom in Peter Jacksons film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. ... The Black Gate complete with the Teeth of Mordor as seen by the approaching Host of the West in Peter Jacksons Return of the King The Teeth of Mordor (or Towers of the Teeth) are two fictional towers situated on either side of the Black Gate of Mordor in...


The Orcs and other creatures of Sauron were left completely directionless with the Dark Lord's demise and were easily defeated by the Army of the West. Some slew themselves, while others fled to hide in dark places. The proud Easterlings and Southrons fought on bravely, though eventually many threw down their weapons and surrendered (later to be sent home in peace by Aragorn).


Fighting against Sauron's remaining forces would continue in the northern theatre of the War of the Ring for several weeks, notably in Mirkwood, Lothlórien, Dol Guldur and at Erebor, but the power of Sauron, the Dark Lord of Mordor, was no more. For the game Mirkwood, see Mirkwood (mud). ... location of Lórien in Middle-earth marked in red This article is about the Lórien of J. R. R. Tolkiens works. ... In the fictional world of J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, Dol Guldur, or Hill of Sorcery, was a stronghold of Sauron located in the south of Mirkwood. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Lonely Mountain (Sindarin Erebor) is a mountain in the northeast of Rhovanion. ...


Months later, the Battle of Bywater in the Shire against ruffians led by Saruman, and the subsequent killing of Saruman and Wormtongue on the very doorstep of Bag End, ended the War of the Ring. Combatants Hobbits of The Shire Ruffians in the service of Saruman Commanders Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took Ruffian chief†, Saruman†, Wormtongue† Strength 200 local Hobbits of the Shire under Meriadoc Brandybuck, including Tolman Cotton and Samwise Gamgee, and 110 Tooks from Tookland under Peregrin Took slightly over 200 Casualties 19... The fields of the Shire in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy The Shire is a region of J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth, described in The Lord of the Rings and other works. ... Saruman is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... Gríma, called (the) Wormtongue, is a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... Bag End, as it is represented in a Lord of the Rings computer game. ...


Adaptations

The 1980 animated film

The armies of Gondor ride up to the Gate here, not as a diversion, but seemingly as a merely suicidal attack on Mordor. The Nazgûl are seen flying overhead as they approach, and the Orcs can be heard singing the song "Towers of the Teeth" but they are not visible at first. Aragorn cries out silencing them, and then he demands the Dark Lord come forth. The Mouth of Sauron does appear and he mocks Aragorn before warning that he is hopelessly outnumbered. He does not, however, present any tokens. Aragorn defies him and the Mouth turns back into the gate. As he does, the Orcs resume their song and appear all along the walls, the towers, and the gate itself. The scene then cuts to inside Mt. Doom until after the Ring is destroyed.


Once the Ring is destroyed, the towers and the gate are shown to come crashing down, and the earth begins to shake. Here is seems that the earthquake will destroy the armies of the West as well, but at this time the Great Eagles turn up (thousands of them) and they lift up the soldiers from harm's way and fly them all back to Minas Tirith.

Towers of the Teeth as sung by the Orcs:

Win the battle, lose the war,
Choice of evils lie before your feet,
Retreat, Retreat, Retreat!
If you win then you will lose,
Choice of evils yours to choose,
Retreat...
Retreat, retreat, retreat!
You are standing in the eye of the storm,
Move an inch, and you'll be dead,
You are standing underneath, the towers of the Teeth,
and the Eye...blazes red!

The 1981 radio series

The encounter with the Mouth of Sauron and the events preceding the battle are faithful to the book. However, the battle itself is virtually omitted. After the Mouth of Sauron departs, sounds of approaching orcs are heard, and Gandalf says, "The trap is sprung. We are surrounded by the whole host of Mordor, and we must fight!", but it then leads on to the rest of Frodo and Sam's journey up Mount Doom.


The 2003 live-action film

In Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Return of the King, it is interspersed with scenes of Frodo and Sam at Mount Doom, and focuses mainly on the characters of Gandalf, Aragorn, and the rest of the Fellowship.


Before the battle proper, Aragorn beheads the Mouth of Sauron in the extended edition of the film. In contrast, the literary Mouth says, "I am a herald and ambassador and may not be assailed!"[2]. Some readers consider this shooting the messenger.[3][4]. In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Mouth of Sauron was the name given to the Dark Lord Saurons servant and emissary. ... Shooting the messenger is a phrase describing the act of lashing out at the (blameless) bearer of bad news. ...


Sauron's army marches forward appearing to be shouting "Barad-dûr!" in complete unity. Aragorn's force does not position itself on two rings, but rather in one great circle, which is completely surrounded by the enemy. Merry is present along with Pippin; in the book he remains in the Houses of Healing. Before the battle, Aragorn encourages his army, and upon hearing Sauron call him "Elessar", leads them in a desperate charge against the army of Mordor. Meriadoc Brandybuck, usually referred to as Merry, is a fictional character from J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, featured throughout his most famous work, The Lord of the Rings. ... Éowyn in the Houses of Healing In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Houses of Healing were the houses that lay in the sixth circle of Minas Tirith, surrounded by lawns and trees, where the healers of Gondor did their work. ...


Aragon's rousing Speech:


Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes, the same fear that would take the heart of me. The day may come, when the courage of man fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship! But it is not this day. A howl of wolves, of shattered shields, when the age of man comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! For all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you - Stand! Men of the West!


The two armies clash and fierce combat ensues. Aragorn is shown battling a troll (which nearly defeats him).


When they arrive, the Eagles manage to dismount a few of the Nazgûl. The Dark Tower and Mount Doom are visible through the Gate (when in reality they would have been hundreds of miles away). When the Ring is destroyed and the Dark Tower collapses (along with Jackson's literal interpretation of the Eye of Sauron), a great earthquake shakes the land. A huge rift opens in the earth, swallowing up the gates and a greater part of Sauron's army, with the rest fleeing in terror. The release of the "impotent shadow" is instead replaced by a massive shock wave caused by the Eye's implosion. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Sauron. ... Introduction The shock wave is one of several different ways in which a gas in a supersonic flow can be compressed. ...


Originally, Peter Jackson envisioned having Sauron himself make an appearance in the battle. At first there was to be an image of Sauron in his Second Age guise of "Annatar", which was fair to look upon, but once the battle was joined the Dark Lord was going to emerge much as he looked at the beginning of the trilogy before the Ring was cut from his hand. The Extended Edition of the movie features storyboard animations of this idea. Aragorn battles the Dark Lord and is almost defeated when the Ring is destroyed and Sauron's physical form shattered. The Second Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ...


This idea was abandoned as it played too much like the opening of the first film and because it diminished the triumph of Frodo at Mount Doom with the destruction of the Ring. The original footage of Aragorn battling Sauron was kept, but modified to show him battling the troll instead. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a film, released on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, directed by Peter Jackson with a runtime of 178 minutes (2 hours, 58 minutes). ...


References

  1. ^ J. R. R. Tolkien (April 1, 1987), The Return of the King, vol. 3, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, pp. "The Last Debate", ISBN 0-395-08256-0
  2. ^ a b J. R. R. Tolkien (April 1, 1987), The Return of the King, vol. 3, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, pp. "The Black Gate Opens", ISBN 0-395-08256-0
  3. ^ http://forums.theonering.com/viewtopic.php?p=3036145
  4. ^ http://forums.theonering.com/viewtopic.php?t=84763

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