26 April 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 300: the Battle of Tumhalad

The Battle of Tumhalad, fought on the plain of Tumhalad between the Narog and its tributary Ginglith, was the last battle of the Elves of Nargothrond.

In the autumn of FA 496, the dragon Glaurung led a great army of Orcs through the Pass of Sirion, defiling Eithel Ivrin and ravaging the northern stretches of Talath Dirnen. Against the warnings of the Vala Ulmo not to openly attack the forces of Morgoth, Túrin Turambar persuaded king Orodreth to march out and fight the enemy.

Greatly outnumbered and not used to open war (previously, the Elves had relied on guerilla tactics against the enemy), the Elves found that their enemies were even larger than anticipated. As a result, the Elves were driven back and trapped in Tumhalad, Orodreth and Gwindor were slain, and Túrin (who had been wearing the Dragon-helm, thus allowing him to withstand the fires of Glaurung) was one of the few survivors. With the Elves defeated, Glaurung and the Orcs were able to sack the city of Nargothrond.  

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