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War of the Ring
Fords of Isen - Isengard - Hornburg - Lothlórien - Mirkwood - Osgiliath - Pelennor Fields - Dale - Black Gate - Bywater
War of the Ring

Mordor's siege towers roll through Osgiliath prior to the climax of the War of the Ring, in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Return of the King
Date 3018–3019 Third Age (fighting in Gondor started long before that)
Location Northwestern Middle-earth
Result Free peoples' victory; destruction of the One Ring, Sauron and Mordor; start of the Fourth Age; Arnor and Gondor reunited under restoration of the King of Gondor
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 and Celeborn
Thranduil
Treebeard
Gwaihir
For Mordor, etc.: Sauron
The Witch-king of Angmar
Khamûl
The other seven Nazgûl
The Mouth of Sauron
Gothmog
The Serpent Lord

For Isengard: Saruman
Strength
150,000 500,000, large incalcuable numbers from Mordor, Rhûn, Harad, Umbar and Khand
Casualties
30-40,000 Nearly all of the attacking forces
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In the fictional fantasy-world of J. R. R. Tolkien the War of the Ring is a war between Sauron and the free peoples of Middle-earth for control of the One Ring and dominion over the continent. It took place at the end of the Third Age. Along with the Quest of Mount Doom it is extensively told about in The Lord of the Rings. 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 All Ents and Huorns of Fangorn forest. ... Combatants Isengard Rohan Commanders Saruman Théoden, Éomer, Aragorn, Gamling, Gandalf, Erkenbrand 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 the Huorns... Combatants Galadhrim Mordor, Dol Guldur, Moria Commanders Celeborn and Galadriel Unknown Strength Total strength unknown, certainly far lower than the enemy. ... Combatants Gondor Mordor Commanders Faramir Sauron, Gothmog,[citation needed] the Witch-king Strength About 7,500 Gondorian soldiers,[citation needed] 300-500 Ithilien rangers[citation needed] ~20,000-40,000 Orcs,[citation needed] the nine Nazgûl Casualties One third of the total force,[citation needed] about 1,000 Rangers... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Battle of Dale is fictional battle in J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... Combatants Gondor, Rohan, Eagles Mordor, Harad, Rhûn Commanders Gandalf, Imrahil, Éomer, Aragorn, Gwaihir Sauron†, Mouth of Sauron* Strength about 6,000 Men of Gondor and Rohan, one Istar, two Hobbit, one Elf, two Half-elves, one Dwarf, and an unknown number of Eagles Eight Nazgûl and an unknown... 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... Image File history File linksMetadata WaroftheRingSiegeTowers. ... A siege tower is a specialized siege engine, constructed to protect assailants and ladders whilst approaching the defensive walls of a fortification. ... Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961) is a three-time Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning New Zealand filmmaker best known as the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which he, along with his long time partner, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens adapted from the novels... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 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It has been suggested that BitKinex WebDAV Client be merged into this article or section. ... Harad is a town in Saudi Arabia. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Arda, a great haven to the far south of Gondor in Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth, Khand was the name of a land which lay to the south-east of Mordor and to the east of Near Harad. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Location of Isengard in Middle-earth marked in red In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Isengard, a translation of the Sindarin Angrenost, was a large fortress. ... location of Dunland in Middle-earth marked in red In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Dunland was a place in north-west Middle-earth: the land of the Dunlendings. ... In J. R. R. 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The war was initiated by Sauron, who had gained strength since the end of the Second Age and sought the One Ring. During the War of the Ring, many thousands of Men of Rohan and Gondor were killed. The overall number of combatants in the war is estimated to be over a million—tens of thousands from the side of the Free Peoples and hundreds of thousands from the Evil side. The war also signified the decline of the Elves' power in Middle-earth, the rise of Men in the West, the restoration of the King of Gondor and Arnor and the start of the Fourth Age. The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age is the fifth and last part of The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Sauron (IPA: , Quenya: Abhorred) is the eponymous title character and main antagonist of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... The Second Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The One Ring, also known as the Ruling Ring, the Great Ring of Power, or Isildurs Bane, is an artifact from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth universe. ... 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 banner of Rohan, as rendered in Peter Jacksons movies; the sun is an embellishment on the books description of a white horse upon green. Rohan (from Sindarin Rochand), is a fictional realm in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy era of Middle-earth. ... Gondor is a fictional country in the southern part of J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... Celeborn (portrayed by Marton Csokas), an Elf in Peter Jacksons adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring. ... Properly, the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor is a fictional realm from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... This article also concerns the later Ages of Middle-earth, after the Third Age The Fourth Age and the later ages that followed it, are fictional time periods from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ...


Battles were fought in Gondor, Rohan, Lórien, Mirkwood, at the Lonely Mountain and at Dale. These were primarily waged against Sauron's forces, but Saruman, a third contender, also had armies, who fought battles at the Fords of Isen and Helm's Deep. Gondor is a fictional country in the southern part of J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... The banner of Rohan, as rendered in Peter Jacksons movies; the sun is an embellishment on the books description of a white horse upon green. Rohan (from Sindarin Rochand), is a fictional realm in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy era of Middle-earth. ... location of Lórien in Middle-earth marked in red This article is about the Lórien of J. R. R. Tolkiens works. ... It Norse sagas, Mirkwood is a forest which separates Hunaland from other countries. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Lonely Mountain (Sindarin Erebor) is a mountain in the northeast of Rhovanion. ... Dale is a town in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... 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, Helms Deep was a large valley in the north-western Ered Nimrais (White Mountains). ...


The war ended after the Battle of Bywater and, shortly afterwards, the deaths of Saruman and Gríma Wormtongue. Towards the end of the War of the Ring, Elessar was crowned King of Gondor, and forgave the Men who had fought under Sauron, heralding a great renewal of cooperation and communication between Men, Elves, and Dwarves. 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... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens novel The Lord of the Rings, Gríma (Wormtongue) is the chief advisor to King Théoden of Rohan. ... Aragorn is an important character in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ...

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Events

Southern Theatre

The objective of Sauron's grand strategy was to defeat the strongest of the nations that opposed him, Gondor, and to do so he would need to take the capital city and greatest fortress of Gondor, Minas Tirith. To this end, the war effort of Mordor was focused in the south in and around Gondor, in a strategy of divide and conquer. To keep Gondor's ally Rohan, on its northern border, from sending aid, Sauron promoted the rise of Saruman at Isengard to the west of Rohan. Thus all of Rohan's forces would be focused in the west trying to stem the tide of the Isengard attack, and none would be sent to Minas Tirith's defence. Meanwhile, Sauron sent the Mordor-allied Corsairs of Umbar to attack Gondor's populous southern coastal fiefs, which as a result sent only a fraction of their forces to defend Minas Tirith in northern Gondor, while the rest stayed on the coasts preparing for the Corsair assault. However, Sauron's divide and conquer strategy was ultimately foiled and a united front of Gondor and Rohan's forces faced Mordor. Grand strategy is military strategy considered at the level of the movement and use of an entire nation state or empires resources. ... Minas Tirith (IPA: ), originally named Minas Anor, is a fictional fortified city in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth writings, which was the capital of Gondor in the second half of the Third Age. ... Divide and conquer (derived from the Latin saying Divide et impera) can mean either: In politics and sociology, a strategy to gain or maintain power: see divide and rule In computer science, an algorithm design paradigm based on recursion: see divide and conquer (computer science). ...


Rohan

Although there had never really been peace, the War of the Ring started in Rohan when Saruman's troops crossed the Fords of Isen. Théodred, the son of the King Théoden, had mustered his forces on the fords in order to launch a surprise attack against the enemy. On 23 February T.A. 3019 he attacked the vanguard of the orcs marching out of Isengard. Reinforcements were quickly sent from Isengard however, and Théodred ordered a retreat. His forces retreated to an island in the fords, but they were soon surrounded and he was killed. Grimbold managed to hold the island, but would not have succeeded if Elfhelm had not come with reinforcements from Helm's Deep. Thus the first battle of the Fords of Isen ended in defeat for 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 Isengard Rohan Commanders Saruman Théoden, Éomer, Aragorn, Gamling, Gandalf, Erkenbrand 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 the Huorns... Combatants Fangorn forest Isengard Commanders Treebeard Saruman Strength All Ents and Huorns of Fangorn forest. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Theodred Théodred (T.A. 2978-3019) is a fictional character in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. ... This is a list of kings of Rohan from the fictional universe of Middle-earth by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings, Théoden was the seventeenth King of Rohan, and last of the Second Line. ... The Third Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... Grimbold is a character in the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien. ... 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, Helms Deep was a large valley in the north-western Ered Nimrais (White Mountains). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Rohan. ...


Now that the Marshal of the Westmark was dead, Erkenbrand took command of the Westfold. He placed Grimbold and Elfhelm at the Fords. However, they were unable to withstand the force of Isengard, and were surrounded. Though they successfully broke through the enemy's lines, they ended up scattered around the Westfold, giving Saruman clear passage into Rohan. Erkenbrand is a character from J. R. R. Tolkiens novel The Lord of the Rings. ... Vestfold is a county in Norway, bordering Buskerud and Telemark. ...


Meanwhile, Gandalf drove Gríma Wormtongue out of Edoras and went to gather Erkenbrand's scattered forces, advising King Théoden to move to the stronghold of Helm's Deep. The king and his forces arrived unmolested, but soon the fortress was surrounded by Saruman's troops. The situation became desperate, and at dawn the Rohirrim attempted a break-out. Unexpectedly, Gandalf arrived with Erkenbrand and the scattered Rohirrim, along with a forest of Huorns who had been sent to the battle by Treebeard. The orcs were trapped and utterly destroyed. In J. R. R. Tolkiens novel The Lord of the Rings, Gríma (Wormtongue) is the chief advisor to King Théoden of Rohan. ... Edoras is the grand mountain top capital city of Rohan. ... The Huorns are a fictional race from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... Treebeard or (Sindarin) Fangorn is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ...


Days before, at an Entmoot in Fangorn Forest, the Ents, furious over the destruction Saruman had wrought upon the forest, decided to march on Isengard. They were to move up to Isengard and destroy it. By 3 March the destruction was completed, and the command of Isengard was taken by the Ent Treebeard. At Gandalf's request he sent a large herd of Huorns to the Battle of Hornburg, to aid the Rohirrim. In medicine, ENT represents the Ear, Nose, and Throat specialism, also known as otolaryngology. ...


Gondor

For over 3000 years, the realm of Gondor held back the shadow and the threat from the East. In time, the kingdom declined, and Sauron prepared to swoop in for the kill. Faramir, captain of Gondor, had divided his forces to many fronts. The two most important of these were in the island citadel of Cair Andros and the ruined city of Osgiliath. In a strict sense, the War of the Ring began with the Great Signal from Minas Morgul and the answering signal from Mount Doom, and thus the attack on Osgiliath was the first battle of the war proper. Sauron's two armies obliterated the fortresses, and Faramir was forced to retreat to the causeway forts, the last defence against the Morgul forces. Soon these too were destroyed, and only Minas Tirith remained. The attack soon began, as the Nazgûl hovered above and spread terror and confusion, and siege towers tried to take the walls but were all destroyed. The Gate of Minas Tirith was broken, and the Lord of the Nazgûl entered, the first and only enemy to do so. All seemed lost — until six thousand Rohirrim, under King Théoden's command, came and somewhat relieved the Gondorian defenders. Still, the battle was in doubt until Aragorn arrived with a large force out of South Gondor. The joint force of Gondor and Rohan then successfully defeated their enemies. Combatants Gondor Mordor Commanders Faramir Sauron, Gothmog,[citation needed] the Witch-king Strength About 7,500 Gondorian soldiers,[citation needed] 300-500 Ithilien rangers[citation needed] ~20,000-40,000 Orcs,[citation needed] the nine Nazgûl Casualties One third of the total force,[citation needed] about 1,000 Rangers... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Faramir, Steward of Gondor, Prince of Ithilien and Lord of Emyn Arnen (T.A. 2983 – F.A. 82) was a wise man of nobility and the second of Denethors two sons in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth. ... In The Lord of the Rings, Cair Andros is an island in the middle of the Anduin River. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Osgiliath is a city of Middle-earth, the old capital city of Gondor. ... Location of Minas Morgul in Middle-earth marked in red Minas Morgul, also known by its earlier name Minas Ithil, is a fictional city in J.R.R. Tolkiens world of Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Nazgûl (from Black Speech Nazg (ring) and Gûl (wraith, spirit); Ringwraiths, sometimes written Ring-wraiths), also known as the Nine Riders or Black or Dark Riders (or simply the Nine), are evil servants of Sauron. ... The Witch-king of Angmar, also known as Lord of the Nazgûl or the Black Captain, is a fictional character in the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, set in the fantasy world of Middle-earth. ...

The Battle of the Morannon 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, roughly 6,000 strong, led by Aragorn marched on the gate and faced a vastly larger force 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. Despite the seemingly impossible odds the Army of the West was eventually victorious, when the Ring was destroyed, and Sauron's forces fled or surrendered in dismay. Combatants Gondor, Rohan, Eagles Mordor, Harad, Rhûn Commanders Gandalf, Imrahil, Éomer, Aragorn, Gwaihir Sauron†, Mouth of Sauron* Strength about 6,000 Men of Gondor and Rohan, one Istar, two Hobbit, one Elf, two Half-elves, one Dwarf, and an unknown number of Eagles Eight Nazgûl and an unknown... The Black Gate or Morannon is a location in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth. ... Mount Doom and Barad-dûr in Mordor, as depicted in the Peter Jackson film In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Mordor is the dwelling place of Sauron, in the southeast of Middle-earth to the East of Anduin, the great river. ... Aragorn is an important character in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ... Frodo Baggins (September 22, 2968 T.A. – ?) is the main character of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... Samwise Gamgee (T.A. 2980[1] – F.A. sometime after 61), later Samwise Gardner[2] and commonly known as Sam, is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy world Middle-earth. ... The One Ring, also known as the Ruling Ring, the Great Ring of Power, or Isildurs Bane, is an artifact from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth universe. ... Aragorn is an important character in J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium. ...


Northern Theatre

Mordor's war effort was focused in the south against Gondor, but using his outstretched right arm Sauron attempted to flank the lands of the Free Peoples through the north, using Orcs and allied barbarian nations of Men. In this northern theatre of the war (which had spread far across Middle-earth) Sauron's primary objective was to use the forces at his primary base of operations in the areas, Dol Guldur in southern Mirkwood, to defeat Lothlórien, then pass the Misty Mountains (attacking Rivendell), and wheel around to take Rohan and Gondor from the rear. However, Dol Guldur had to deal with the threat of the Woodland Realm of Thranduil, and thus split their forces between the attack on Lothlórien and the one on the Woodland Realm. Sauron wanted to use his barbarian Easterling allies in a joint attack with the Orcs from Dol Guldur on the Woodland Realm, and then have this victorious army link up with the other ones attacking Lothlórien and defeat it. However, unfortunately for Sauron a strong Dwarf nation now existed at Lonely Mountain thanks to the efforts of Gandalf, as well as the Dwarves of the Iron Hills and allied Men of Dale. Mordor's Easterling allies were tied up fighting the Dwarves of Erebor and Men of Dale, and never linked up with the Mordor forces assaulting the Woodland Realm, which in turn could not link up with those attacking Lothlórien, and the line held.


Bridging the gap between the northern and southern theatres of the war was the line of the River Anduin between Lothlórien and Gondor, running along the Rohan border. Orc armies peeling off from the assault on Lothlórien tried to enter Rohan via this route, while almost its entire army had left to fight at Minas Tirith, but the Ents of Fangorn forest counterattacked and drove the Orcs back in a panic, and most if not all drowned while attempting to flee by crossing the river.


Dale

Main article: Battle of Dale

As the war begun, the Dwarves of Erebor refused to co-operate with Sauron in his hunt for the Ring. Therefore, Sauron sent an army of Easterlings to Dale. On March 17 they met the armies of the Dwarves and the Men of Dale. After three days of fighting, Men and Dwarves were overrun and sought refuge in Erebor. King Brand of Dale fell before the gate of Erebor, and King under the Mountain Dáin II Ironfoot fell as he was defending Brand's body. Many Men and Dwarves made their escape to Erebor however, and were able to withstand the siege of the mountain fastness. When news was spread about the victory in the South, the Easterlings scattered and the sons of Brand and Dain let their army out of Erebor. The Battle of Dale is fictional battle in J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Lonely Mountain (Sindarin Erebor) is a mountain in the northeast of Rhovanion. ... In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Easterlings were Men who lived in the east of Middle-earth, and were enemies of the Free Peoples. ... Dale is a town in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Lonely Mountain (Sindarin Erebor) is a mountain in the northeast of Rhovanion. ... Brand is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... Dáin II Ironfoot was a Dwarven King from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth. ...


Lothlórien and Mirkwood

On March 11 Lothlórien is first attacked from Dol Guldur. It was attacked two further times, on the 15 and the 22. When the Dark Lord had fallen, Celeborn led his army out of Lórien, and crossed the Anduin. Dol Guldur was captured and destroyed by Galadriel. 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. ... Location of Anduin in Middle Earth In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth, Anduin is the Sindarin name for the Great River of Wilderland, the longest river in the Third Age (the original Sindarin name means Long River). ... Galadriel is a fictional character created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ...


Also Thranduil of Mirkwood was attacked from Dol Guldur, but in the Battle under the Trees, the Elven folk won a hard victory. After the destruction of Dol Guldur, Celeborn met Thranduil on 6 April, and as the shadow had passed, they divided Mirkwood and renamed it Eryn Lasgalen. King Thranduil was a character in the fictitious world of Middle-earth created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... It Norse sagas, Mirkwood is a forest which separates Hunaland from other countries. ... Mirkwood was a great wood east of the Misty Mountains in Rhovanion, in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth. ...


Shire

Main article: Battle of Bywater

After the defeat of the Dark Lord, Saruman was released by Treebeard. He travelled to the Shire, where he replaced Lotho Sackville-Baggins as the Chief under the name Sharkey. Under his command ruffians entered The Shire and ruined it. They were defeated by Hobbits under the lead of Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took (Merry and Pippin) in the Battle of Bywater on 3 November. The Hobbits headed to Hobbiton where Frodo ordered Saruman and Wormtongue to leave the Shire. Wormtongue however killed Saruman, before he himself was killed by the Hobbits. With the death of Saruman, the War of the Ring finally ended. 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... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Baggins family is a remarkable and rich Hobbit family. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, a Hobbit is an individual member of one of the races that inhabit the lands of Arda. ... Meriadoc Brandybuck, usually referred to as Merry, is a Hobbit, a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth, featured as a central character throughout Tolkiens most famous work, The Lord of the Rings. ... Peregrin Took (T.A. 2990-?), 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 best friends. ... 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... In J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Shire is subdivided into several regions. ... Frodo Baggins (September 22, 2968 T.A. – ?) is the main character of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings. ...


Consequences

The War of the Ring had great influence on all of the lands of the northwest of Middle-earth. Most importantly it led to the restoration of the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor as the Reunited Kingdom, under King Elessar Telcontar. The Steward of Gondor was dead, but he was succeeded by his son Faramir, who was given the title Prince of Ithilien. Probable area of the reunited kingdom in Middle-earth marked in red Properly, the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor is a fictional realm from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens legendarium, Aragorn II was the 16th Chieftain of the Dúnedain of the North (T.A. 2931 – F.A. 120) who was later crowned King Elessar Telcontar, 26th King of Arnor, 35th King of Gondor and First High King of the Reunited Kingdom. ... Faramir, Steward of Gondor, Prince of Ithilien and Lord of Emyn Arnen (T.A. 2983 – F.A. 82) was a wise man of nobility and the second of Denethors two sons in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth. ...


In Rohan the heir apparent, Théodred, was killed, and, during the Battle of Pelennor Fields, King Théoden died as well. He was succeeded by his nephew Éomer. In the Glittering Caves at the Hornburg, a Dwarven colony was established, and Isengard was given to the Ents. Contrasting with heir presumptive, an heir apparent is one who cannot be prevented from inheriting by the birth of any other person. ... Theodred Théodred (T.A. 2978-3019) is a fictional character in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings, Théoden was the seventeenth King of Rohan, and last of the Second Line. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Aglarond was a name for the Hornburg as well as the Glittering Caves behind it at Helms Deep. ...


In Dale, both King Brand and King Dáin II Ironfoot were killed, who were succeeded by their sons Bard and Thorin III Stonehelm. They sent their emissaries to the crowning of Elessar, and were in alliance with Gondor until their Kingdoms ended. Brand is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium. ... Dáin II Ironfoot was a Dwarven King from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth. ... Thorin III Stonehelm was a Dwarven King from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth. ...


For the Elves, the final decline had begun. The bearers of the Rings left Middle-earth, and Lórien was eventually abandoned. In Eryn Lasgalen however, Thranduil's rule continued, and they had peace. There was also an Elven colony in Ithilien.


In the Shire life continued as it had prior to the war. It was declared a free land under the Sceptre of Annúminas, and Men were forbidden to enter it. The Westmarch was added to the Shire by King Elessar in 1452 S.R. In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional mythology, the Sceptre of Annúminas is the chief mark of royalty of the North-kingdom of Arnor. ... The Shire Calendar was a calendar used in J.R.R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth by the Hobbits of Shire. ...


In general, once the Fourth Age began the Elves stopped having an active influence on the affairs of Middle-earth and faded away, while the Orcs never became a serious threat again, reduced to small bands of mountain brigands they were never more than a nuissance. Great wars shifted from being between Elves and Orcs to between the Men who had allied on the side of Good, and the nations of Men who had served Sauron.


Adaptations

For the defunct company, see Game Designers Workshop. ... The promotional Gimli on Dead Uruk-hai miniature. ... The complete One Rulebook to Rule them All. The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game (LoTR SBG), often referred to by players as Lord of the Rings, is a tabletop miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop, based on The Lord of the Rings films and novels. ... Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) is a Roseville, Minnesota-based game company that creates and publishes role-playing, board, and card games. ... Box Art for War of the Ring War of the Ring is a strategy board game produced by Fantasy Flight Games. ... Simulations Publications, Inc. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Founded on 1993, Nexus Editrice is one of the leading game publishers in Italy. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Trivia

  • The War of the Ring is the title of the eighth volume of The History of Middle-earth.
  • The War of the Ring was the title J. R. R. Tolkien wanted for the third volume of The Lord of the Rings.

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. ...

See also

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. ... 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. ... The promotional Gimli on Dead Uruk-hai miniature. ...

References

  • Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
  • Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A
  • Tolkien, J.R.R., Unfinished Tales, The Fords of the Isen

External links

  • The Thains Book A description of the key battles of Middle-earth
  • Encyclopedia of Arda
  • Official 2005 Games Workshop Online Summer Campaign website
Lord of the Rings SBG Articles

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The war also signified the decline of the Elves' power in Middle-earth, the rise of Men in the West, the restoration of the King of Gondor and Arnor and the start of the Fourth Age.
The war is not considered to have ended until after the Battle of Bywater and, shortly after, the deaths of Saruman and Wormtongue.
The War of the Ring is the title of the eighth volume of The History of Middle-earth.
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War of the Rings’ strict adherence to the Lord of the Rings canon is evident, from the battles you fight in, to the design and actions of the units, to some of the heroes you can command (Such as Legolas and Aragorn).
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