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War of Wrath
Date First Age, Y.S. 545–Y.S. 587
Location Eglarest, mid-Beleriand, Anfauglith, Thangorodrim
Result Decisive victory for the Host of Valinor
Combatants
Host of Valinor[1] All the hosts of Morgoth[2]
Commanders
Eönwë Morgoth
Casualties
Unknown, but probably severe Nearly all the forces of Morgoth: Balrogs, Orcs, Dragons and others
Wars of Beleriand
First Battle - Dagor-nuin-Giliath - Dagor Aglareb - Siege of Angband - Dagor Bragollach - Nírnaeth Arnoediad - War of Wrath
Middle-earth warfare

In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, the War of Wrath, or the Great Battle, was the final war against Morgoth at the end of the First Age. In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Years of the Sun are the last of the three great time-periods of Arda, together with the Years of the Lamps and the Years of the Trees. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Havens of the Falas were Elven cities in Beleriand. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Ard-galen (Green Region), later Anfauglith, was the wide green plain that lay north of the highlands of Dorthonion and south of Morgoths fortress of Angband in the Iron Mountains, in the First Age. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Thangorodrim (The Mountains of Oppression or, literally, oppression mountain group, pronounced ) was a group of three volcanic mountains in the Iron Mountains in the north of Middle-earth during the First Age. ... Valinor (meaning Land of the Valar) is a fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, the realm of the Valar in Aman. ... In Tolkiens fictional world, Eönwë was the banner-bearer and the herald of Manwë, and Chief of the Maiar along with Ilmarë. Eönwë was referred to as the greatest of arms in Arda, meaning that he was the best with weapons, though not necessarily the most powerful. ... Morgoth Bauglir (originally known as Melkor) is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens The Silmarillion, there were many battles between the Elves of Beleriand and the forces Morgoth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth, the First Battle of Beleriand was the first battle of the Wars of Beleriand, fought by the Sindar against Morgoth. ... Combatants Angband Fëanorian Noldor Commanders Several Orc-captains, Gothmog Fëanor†, Celegorm Strength 60,000–75,000[1] 15,000–20,000 including some 5,000 cavalry Casualties 20,000–35,000[2] Light In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth, the Dagor-nuin-Giliath (Battle-under... In J. R. R. Tolkienss fictional Middle-earth, the Dagor Aglareb was the third battle of the Wars of Beleriand, known as the Glorious Battle. ... The Siege of Angband in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth fictional universe, was the leaguer of the Ñoldor around the fortress of Morgoth in the early centuries of the First Age, which began following the Dagor Aglareb. ... Combatants Angband Realms of the Noldor and their Vassals Commanders Morgoth, Glaurung,[1] Gothmog, Sauron, Boldog Fingolfin† and other Lords of the Noldor and Edain, incl. ... Combatants Angband, later Easterlings of Ulfang Union of Maedhros: Himring, Amon Ereb, Easterlings, Belegost, Hithlum, Falas, Brethil, Nargothrond, Gondolin Participants Gothmog, Glaurung, Sons of Ulfang† Sons of Fëanor, Fingon†, Turgon, Gwindor, Húrin, Huor†, Haldir†, Hundar†, Bór with sons†, Azaghâl† In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth much of the history of the three ages of his legendarium are concerned with wars and the battles and armies of those wars. ... Tolkien redirects here. ... A legendarium is a book or series of books consisting of a collection of legends. ... Morgoth Bauglir (originally known as Melkor) is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the First Age began with the awakening of the Elves, and ended with the final overthrow of Morgoth by the combined armies of Valinor and Beleriand. ...


Elrond, at his Council, makes comparison to the Last Alliance of Elves and Men of the Second Age in The Lord of the Rings saying, Elrond Half-elven is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... Combatants Mordor and allies Lindon, Gondor, Arnor and allies Commanders Sauron Gil-galad and Elendil Strength The Hosts of Mordor: Many Orc-hosts. ... The Second Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... This article is about the novel. ...

"I remember well the splendour of their banners ... It recalled to me the glory of the Elder Days and the hosts of Beleriand, so many great princes and captains were assembled. And yet not so many, nor so fair, as when Thangorodrim was broken...".[3]

In the Tale of the Years[4] it is called the Great Battle and the army, the Host of Valinor. The best known and most poetical account is in The Silmarillion,[5] itself closely drawn from the earlier Quenta Silmarillion.[6] The most detailed account of the course of the war is in The Later Annals of Beleriand.[7] Other accounts and fragmentary details about the war are scattered, appearing in the earliest versions of the legendarium.[8] The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkiens mythopoeic works, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien in 1977, with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay, who would later become a noted fantasy fiction writer. ... 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. ...


The experience of distance to the War of Wrath is greatest in Lord of the Rings, drawing nearer to it in The Silmarillion, closer still in the Annals and Quentas of the History of Middle-earth and closest, in aspects, in The Lost Tales.

Contents

The Silmarillion account

As it is told in The Silmarillion, five centuries after the rising of the sun, Morgoth has defeated all who opposed him and becomes mighty and uncontested in Middle-earth. The mariner Eärendil, by the light of the Silmaril on his brow, searches and comes to Valinor, on behalf of the two kindreds (that of Elves and Men), asking the Valar to pardon and aid the enthralled Elves and Men of Middle-earth. A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... For the Anglo-Saxon name, see Earendel. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, the Silmarils (Quenya Silmarilli) are three fictional sacred objects in the form of brilliant star-like jewels which contained the unmarred light of the Two Trees. ... Valinor (meaning Land of the Valar) is a fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, the realm of the Valar in Aman. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, an Elf is an individual member of one of the races that inhabit the lands of Arda. ... The race of Men in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth books, such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, refers to humanity and does not denote gender. ... The Valar (singular Vala) are characters in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ...


The Valar are moved by Eärendil's plea and prepare a great armament. The armies of the Vanyar and the remaining Noldor are sent in Aman to Middle-earth in a mighty host. At the behest of Elwing, their kinswoman, the Teleri carry the host on their ships, but they remain on their ships for they would not land. The Host of Valinor marches through Beleriand and meets the forces of Morgoth. In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Vanyar are the fairest and most noble of the High Elves. ... In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Noldor (meaning those with knowledge) are of the second clan of the Elves who came to Aman, the Tatyar. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, Aman (blessed realm) is a continent that lies to the west of Middle-earth (although it lay in another dimension during the time of The Lord of the Rings), across the great ocean Belegaer. ... The main part of this article relates to the version of Middle-earths history that is considered canon by most Tolkien fans who accept such labels (see: Middle-earth canon). ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Beleriand was the region of northwestern Middle-earth during the First Age. ...


The Host of the Valar completely defeats the Orc armies of Melkor and destroys most of the Balrogs. While the Three Houses of Men, the Edain, fought for the Valar, many other Easterling Men fight for Morgoth and are either destroyed or flee to the far eastern parts of Middle-earth. The Host of the Valar marches north to Angband in pursuit of the remnants of the hosts of Morgoth. There Melkor releases his last force, the fleet of winged dragons, that had never been seen before, and they drive the Host of the Valar back. Then Eärendil comes with his ship Vingilot, along with the Eagles of Thorondor, Lord of Eagles, and there they contest with the dragons in the air, slaying most of them. Eärendil throws down the mightiest of dragons, Ancalagon the Black, whose fall breaks the towers of Thangorodrim. Morgoth is captured and he is bound again with the chain Angainor. His iron crown is beaten into a collar and the two Silmarils are taken by the Maia Eönwë, the herald of Manwë. Finally, the Valar imprison him in the Void. In J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy writings, Orcs or Orks are a race of creatures who are used as soldiers and henchmen by both the greater and lesser villains of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings — Morgoth, Sauron and Saruman. ... A Balrog fighting Gandalf, as depicted by Ted Nasmith. ... In the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Edain were those Men (humans) who made their way into Beleriand in the First Age, and were friendly to the Elves. ... In the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Edain were those Men (humans) who made their way into Beleriand in the First Age, and were friendly to the Elves. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Middle-earth, Angband (Sindarin for Hells of Iron, although the literal meaning is iron prison) is the name of the fortress of Melkor, constructed before the First Age, located in the Iron Mountains in the enemys realm Dor Daedeloth north... J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth features dragons closely based on those of European legend. ... For the Anglo-Saxon name, see Earendel. ... Vingilótë, or Vingilot, is a fictional ship in 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. ... Ancalagon can also refer to a fossil priapulid worm. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Thangorodrim (The Mountains of Oppression or, literally, oppression mountain group, pronounced ) was a group of three volcanic mountains in the Iron Mountains in the north of Middle-earth during the First Age. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Angainor is the chain used to contain Melkor (who was later known as Morgoth) in the Halls of Mandos. ... In Tolkiens fictional world, Eönwë was the banner-bearer and the herald of Manwë, and Chief of the Maiar along with Ilmarë. Eönwë was referred to as the greatest of arms in Arda, meaning that he was the best with weapons, though not necessarily the most powerful. ... The Void is an abstract term which refers to the part of the Middle-earth universe which is uninhabited. ...


The wreckage of the war is immense. The River Sirion is destroyed. Much of the north of the land west of the Ered Luin is laid waste and sinks into the sea. The surviving Elves of Beleriand[9] are bidden by Ëonwë to return with him to the lands of Aman. Most of them do so, but others refuse the summons and instead journey eastward where they become lords of the remaining Noldor and Sindar, as well as others in the east such as the Silvan Elves. Galadriel and Celeborn are among these, as was Gil-galad. The Ered Luin or Blue Mountains, also known as Ered Lindon, is the mountain range at the far west of Eriador, in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the best known Silvan Elves are the Elves of northern Mirkwood and Lothlórien. ... Galadriel is a fictional character created by J. R. R. Tolkien, appearing in The Lord of the Rings. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy book The Lord of the Rings, Celeborn (pronounced with a hard c as in cat) is the Elven husband of Galadriel; Lord of the Galadhrim; and co-ruler along with Galadriel of Lothlórien. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, Ereinion Gil-galad was the son of Orodreth,[1] and his mother was a Sindarin Elf. ...


After Morgoth's defeat, those men of the Edain, who fought for the host of the Valar are granted the island land of Andor. Following Elros as King, they found the realm of Númenor.[10] Morgoth's chief servant, Sauron, surrenders to Ëonwë and is summoned to Valinor to receive judgement by the Valar. However, he is unwilling to face the Valar and flees to the east, as do some Dragons, Balrogs and Orcs to trouble the Men and Elves through later ages. Elros Tar-Minyatur (F.A. 525 – S.A. 442, ruled 32 – 442 S.A.) is a fictional character of Middle-earth, created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Númenor is a fictional location from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth and is intended to be his version of Atlantis. ... This article is about a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth fantasy writings. ...


Concept and creation

The Silmarillion account closely follows the Quenta Silmarillion and is in agreement with it on the events of the war varying mostly in nomenclature.


Nearly contemporary to the Quenta Silmarillion are the Annals of Beleriand, a complementary, separate account with a different point of view. The two main versions, early[11] and late, of the Annals are in agreement with the events but are at variance with nomenclature and dates. They provide a good deal of incidental detail otherwise lacking in the various parallel versions of the Silmarillion. The Later Annals are the final version of the War of Wrath in this form. There are versions of events and aspects of the war in the Annals that are in conflict with those in Quenta Silmarillion beyond minor inconsistencies in nomenclature and dates. Most notably, the Annals, in contrast to the Silmarillion[12] and Quenta traditions, hold that Morgoth leaves Angband passing over Taur-na-Fuin to contest the passage of Sirion.


Other details do not conflict with the Silmarillion, because of the difference in mode between Annal and Quenta some are just not present in the Quentas. The landing of Ingwë's son and his victory in the Battle of Eglarest is a significant example.[13] The Later Annals provide additional details about the battle including the driving of the Orcs from the shore and then entire Host of Valinor driving both Orcs and Balrogs across Sirion followed by the long struggle of the hosts of the West and North for passage of the River Sirion which lays between the Hosts.


It is only in the Annals versions and the earliest Quenta that Eönwë is stated to be leader, or captain, of the Host of the West and that Ingwion is captain of the Vanyar. In The Silmarillion, Eönwë is called 'the Herald of Manwë'.[14] As captains, The Silmarillion mentions Finarfin leading the Noldor of Aman and Thorondor "captain of the great birds of heaven".[15] Lay of Leithian speaks directly of Balrog captains leading Orcs: The Lays of Beleriand, published in 1985, is the third volume of Christopher Tolkiens 12-volume series, The History of Middle-earth, in which he analyses the unpublished manuscripts of his father J. R. R. Tolkien. ...

"the Orcs went forth to rape and war, and Balrog captains marched before.".[16]

The Later Annals of Beleriand expand on detail and reintroduce the encampment of the Host beside the River Sirion[17] that goes back to the earliest fragments of the story.[18] There a camp is made in Tasarinan, Land of Willows, the place mentioned in Treebeard's song in the Two Towers, "the willow-meads of Tasarinan".[19] Further, some subsidiary battles to the campaign of the Great Battle are mentioned there briefly, as well as in the tale of The Fall of Gondolin where the Battle of Tasarinan is described as a surprise attack by the Goblins on the Noldor of the Host.[20] Another battle is that of the Silent Pools, or Twilight Pools which is Umboth Muilin, or Ailin Uial. Here it is suggested that the Easterling Men of Hithlum descend from the north and attack the flank of the Elves. The early traditions for this battle are in some serious contradiction at points with the later tales in that it is held here that Tulkas and Morgoth and other Valar are present whereas later only the Maiar, Eönwë for the Host of the West, and the Balrogs, for the Hosts of Angband, take the field.[21] Treebeard or (Sindarin) Fangorn is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Throughout all the varied stories and time the terrain over which the War of Wrath is fought remains remarkably the same, in particular, the River Sirion. The course of the river is never changed on the maps and its character stays consistent. It is the mighty river that divides East and West Beleriand. As early as the Lays of Beleriand until the Children of Húrin it is described as uncrossable[22] on foot except at a very few places: far north at Eithel Sirion, at the ford of the Brithiach, over the Guarded Bridge[23] near the tributary Esgalduin and over the land bridge of the Andram above the Gates of Sirion. This makes Sirion a formidable obstacle to an army trying to cross it in the face of opposition. Without the further use of the ships of the Telerin fleet the Host of the Valar cannot be ferried to East Beleriand flanking the line of Sirion in the south but must fight their way across at one or more of those crossings. Advancing north west of Sirion does not allow a northern flanking of the line of Sirion as there is only a ford near Eithel Sirion and only a couple of easily defended and widely separated passes through the mountains of Ered Wethrin.[24] This explains the long deadlock of bitter conflict between Eonwë leading the Host of the West and Morgoth's Host of the North described in the Annals and the Tale of the Years[25] as lasting over forty years. The Narn i Chîn Húrin or Tale of the Children of Húrin is a part of the Unfinished Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Eithel Sirion is a spring in the Middle-earth universe. ... In Tolkiens The Silmarillion, the river Esgalduin (Enchanted River in Sindarin) was an eastern tributary of Sirion flowing from the hills of Dorthonion through Doriath and past the caves of Menegroth. ... Andram (S. long wall) in Tolkiens fictional world of Middle-earth, was the long wall of hills that ran across Beleriand west to east, from Nargothrond to the Gates of Sirion and ending to Ramdal. ... Eithel Sirion is a spring in the Middle-earth universe. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Ered Wethrin (Mountains of Shadow) was a mountain range in the north of Middle-earth in the First Age. ...


Impact on popular culture

There are several musical adaptations taken from the War of Wrath:

  • The power/epic metal group Blind Guardian, in their album Nightfall in Middle-Earth (based fully upon The Silmarillion), recorded a track in which is performed a short conversation between Morgoth and Sauron at the end of the War of Wrath. The track's name is, exactly, War of Wrath.
  • The epic/gothic metal group Battlelore, a Finnish band whose every song deals with Middle-earth, in their album Sword's Song have a track entitled "The War of Wrath". The lyrics tell the tale of Morgoth's demise.

This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Nightfall in Middle-Earth is a concept album by Blind Guardian, released in 1998. ... Morgoth Bauglir (originally known as Melkor) is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. ... This article is about a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth fantasy writings. ... Battlelore is a battle metal band from Lappeenranta, Finland. ... Swords Song is the 2nd album released by the epic metal band Battlelore, the one notable thing about the album is that its lyrics are based off J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth events and citizens. ... Morgoth Bauglir (originally known as Melkor) is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. ...

References

  1. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth, Vol. V, (1987), p. 328, "march of the host...in his armies..."indicates that a host is made up of two or more armies. Also, in J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, Unfinished Tales, (1980), p.258, the "great army of Oropher" and the "lesser army of Malgalad" are joined to form the "host of Silvan Elves".The Host of Valinor consists of the armies of the Vanyar, the army of the Noldor of Aman, and the fleet of the Teleri (described in the Annals as a 'host'; a 'multitude' of ships). There are also contingents of the Eldar and the Edain and other peoples of Beleriand; and the great birds of heaven. As a base line number for general estimates of the size of an Elven army within a Host, the army of Turgon at the Fifth Battle, Nírnaeth Arnoediad, is unequivocally stated as ten thousand strong in numerous texts and over time: J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, Children of Húrin, (2007), p.53; J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, The Silmarillion, (1977), p.190; J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth, Vol.XI, (1994), Grey Annals, p.72.
  2. ^ The hosts of Morgoth included Orcs, Men, Balrogs, Dragons and Wolves. History of Middle-earth, Vol.XI. pp. 15-17; Silmarillion, p.96, 106-107. These passages describe a "great army" sent from Angband that divides into an "eastern host" and an "Orc-host in the West"; later, the western host that marched north is described as: "...the armies...that had passed south...". The attack on Fëanor is described as "the host of Melkor, orcs and werewolves"; "the host of Morgoth". From this it's possible to discern that: a great army of Orcs is made up of hosts, that a host is made up of armies. Both Vol. XI, p.57 and Simarillion, p. 157, later described a lesser formation that attacks Brethil, an Orc-legion. This and many other citations show that a basic Orc military structure consists of: Orc-bands that make up Orc-companies; Orc-companies that make up an Orc-legion; Orc-legions that make up an Orc-army; Orc-armies that make up an Orc-host; Orc-hosts that make up a Great Army or a Great Host or a Great Force.
  3. ^ Lord of the Rings, 1954-5: I, p.256
  4. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, III, (2nd edition 1966), p.363 Appendix B
  5. ^ (1977), pp. 250-252; the work published posthumously by the author's son and literary executor, Christopher Tolkien.
  6. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth Vol. V, (1987), pp.326-331, 336; the poetical Silmarillion account is derived almost word for word from Quenta Silmarillion of the mid 1930's, the main changes are to the later versions of names, e.g.: Fionwë to Eönwë, Lindar to Vanyar, etc.
  7. ^ History of Middle-earth Vol. V, pp.143-144, 153, the Annals are nearly contemporary and complementary to the Quenta Silmarillion, not an alternative draft of these events, but the Sindarin view as differentiated from the Noldorin view of the Quentas. Christopher Tolkien states that this version "only came to light very recently" (p.125), perhaps 10 years after he published The Silmarillion.
  8. ^ written from the 1915 through the 1930s and published posthumously in the History of Middle-earth series 1983-1996, Vols. I, II, IV, especially, as well as later volumes.
  9. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth, Vol II, (1984), p.196, at the end of Tolkien's pivotal and foundational tale The Fall of Gondolin the surviving folk of Gondolin that sail West numbered just 320 males and male children and 260 females and female children.
  10. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth, Vol.XII, (1996), p. 145 describes Elros' fleet of some 150-300 ships carrying 5,000 to 10,000 people. This remnant is smaller in number to the Edain that first arrived in Beleriand, see p.307, Vol XII, where Bëor's following alone has 2,000 adult men, the Folk of Hador are three times that size, and those of Haleth about the same as Bëor, some 10,000 grown men, not counting their women and children.
  11. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth, Vol. IV, (1986), pp. 309-310,
  12. ^ In what Christopher Tolkien, History of Middle-earth, Vol. IV, calls the earliest 'Silmarillion' and the early Quenta, where in a most powerful image, Morgoth issues forth and fights in front of Angband with all his Dragons, in the later versions of these Morgoth fearfully hides in Angband, but not in the Annals.
  13. ^ History of Middle-earth, Vol. IV, p.313: Eldorest>Eglarest>Eglorest - while there is considerable vacillation about the place-name, there is no dithering about the place itself; Círdan's former haven, or the event: the landing and battle.
  14. ^ Christopher Tolkien mentions, editorially, in the index, p.328, that Eönwë "is the leader...". Prior to the Post War Later Quenta Silmarillion the name of this character is Fionwë. C. Tolkien notes the Fionwë>Eonwë change at around 1958. So too, Ingwiel>Ingwion. These changes of character names, important in other respects, have no particular effect on the role that character plays in the War of Wrath.
  15. ^ History of Middle-earth, Vol. V, p.14, the first version of the Fall of Númenor has the unique statement, referring to the captains of Angband, that after the battle "Morgoth and many of his captains were bound...".
  16. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth, Vol III, (1985), p. 281
  17. ^ History of Middle-earth, Vol. V, p.144, "he camped beside Sirion"
  18. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth Vol. II, (1984), pp.278, 280, from the 'schemes' for the Tale of Eärendel, "encampment in the Land of Willows of first host."; "The camp in the Land of Willows". The Land of Willows is Tasarinan, a Qenya and Quenya cognate for Nan-tathren, 'Willow-vale' or 'Land of Willows' The Silmarillion, index, p.342.
  19. ^ J.R.R.Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, Vol. II, (2nd edition, 1966), p.72
  20. ^ History of Middle-earth Vol. II, p154. the Noldor, at this literary stage, are still called Gnomes. The battle is also mentioned by name in Turambar and the Foalókë, p.70.
  21. ^ It is interesting to note from the standpoint of literary development of the War of Wrath that, over time, the Valar are progressively moved, figuratively and physically (in the case of Morgoth, in distinct stages) away from the actual fighting, until in the latest versions its held no Vala engages in combat.
  22. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, Children of Húrin, (2007), p.118 "unbridged and unforded"; History of Middle-earth, Vol.III, Lay of the Children of Húrin, p.59, lines 1457-1471
  23. ^ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, Unfinished Tales, (1980), p.120, "the guarded bridge near the inflowing of Esgalduin"; J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, Children of Húrin, (2007), p. 211
  24. ^ There is mentioned that there is a pass above the source of the stream Lithir, J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI, (1994), p. 261,"one of the ancient passes...". And only one pass the length of the southern face of Ered Wethrin over the shoulder of the mountain, Amon Darthir, Unfinished Tales, pp.68, 69 "steep pass"; "there was no other pass". J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien editor, Children of Húrin, (2007), p.67, "He (Morgoth) trusted that Ered Wethrin was a wall insurmountable...against assault from the south; and indeed there was no other pass..."
  25. ^ History of Middle-earth, Vol.XI, pp.345-6

The History of Middle-earth is a 12-volume series of books that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... Unfinished Tales (full title Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth) is a collection of stories by J. R. R. Tolkien that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and published in 1980. ... In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Vanyar are the fairest and most noble of the High Elves. ... In the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Noldor (meaning those with knowledge) are of the second clan of the Elves who came to Aman, the Tatyar. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, Aman (blessed realm) is a continent that lies to the west of Middle-earth (although it lay in another dimension during the time of The Lord of the Rings), across the great ocean Belegaer. ... The main part of this article relates to the version of Middle-earths history that is considered canon by most Tolkien fans who accept such labels (see: Middle-earth canon). ... Eldar may refer to: Eldar Djangirov, jazz pianist Eldar is also a known Hebrew name. ... In the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Edain were those Men (humans) who made their way into Beleriand in the First Age, and were friendly to the Elves. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Beleriand was the region of northwestern Middle-earth during the First Age. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy writings, Orcs or Orks are a race of creatures who are used as soldiers and henchmen by both the greater and lesser villains of The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings — Morgoth, Sauron and Saruman. ... The race of Men in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth books, such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, refers to humanity and does not denote gender. ... A Balrog fighting Gandalf, as depicted by Ted Nasmith. ... J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth features dragons closely based on those of European legend. ... Christopher Reuel Tolkien (born November 21, 1924) is best known as the third son of author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973), and as the editor of much of his fathers posthumously published work. ... The History of Middle-earth is a 12-volume series of books that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... The History of Middle-earth is a 12-volume series of books that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... The History of Middle-earth is a 12-volume series of books that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the House of Bëor was the oldest of the Three Houses of Men that had allied with the Elves in the First Age. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Hador was a Lord of Men during the First Age. ... Haleth is a fictional character from J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... The Narn i Chîn Húrin or Tale of the Children of Húrin is a part of the Unfinished Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Unfinished Tales (full title Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth) is a collection of stories by J. R. R. Tolkien that were never completed during his lifetime, but were edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and published in 1980. ... The History of Middle-earth is a 12-volume series of books that collect and analyse material relating to the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien. ... The Narn i Chîn Húrin or Tale of the Children of Húrin is a part of the Unfinished Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien. ...

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