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The Battle of Azanulbizar was the last battle in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.


The Battle of Azanulbizar was fought in the year TA 2799 and was between the Dwarves and the Orcs.

It was the greatest battle of the War of Dwarves and Orcs, and was a decisive, if pyrrhic, victory for the Dwarves. The battle claimed the lives of many, including Frerin, the second son of Thráin II and younger brother of Thorin Oakenshield. Fundin, father of Balin and Dwalin, also fell. Náin, son of Grór was slain in a fight with Azog. Azog was then slain in turn by Náin's son Dáin Ironfoot.

After the battle the casualties among the Dwarves were so high that there were not enough left to bury all the dead, so the fallen were assembled into a pyre and burned. Subsequent generations would say 'he was a burned dwarf' and nothing more needed to be said.

Portrayal in adaptations

The portrayal of the Battle of Azanulbizar in The Hobbit film trilogy was altered in several significant aspects from the account given in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings, notably in the condensing of the battle.

Thorin Oakenshield vs. Azog

As shown in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, after Smaug had driven the Dwarves out of the Lonely Mountain, Thrór attempted to lead all of his people back to their ancestral realm in Azanulbizar only to find that the Gundabad Orcs, led by Azog, had gotten there first. Before going into battle, Thrór gave his son Thráin his Ring of Power in case he was slain. If this occurred, his son would take his position as King of Durin's Folk. Leading a legion of Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain and the Iron Hills, Thrór fought with his son and grandson during the battle, and attempted to fight against Azog, but the Orc darted aside and decapitated him. Thorin witnessed his grandfather's death and attempted to avenge him, but Thráin stopped him and warned him that Azog the Defiler was meant to destroy the line of Durin. Refusing to allow his son suffer the same fate as Thrór, Thráin attempted to take down Azog himself, but the deadly Orc managed to take him down and steal the ring by slicing off his finger.

Azog dragged away in defeat in following the battle

While Thráin led a charge towards the Dimrill Gate and never returned, the rest of the Dwarf Army was driven back by the Orcs in a retreat that threatened to turn into a rout, with Orcs slaughtering the fleeing Dwarves on the run. Thorin, hoping to rally his army, decided to face off against Azog in single combat. The Orc easily overpowered him, relieving Thorin of his sword and shield. Thorin defended himself desperately with an oaken branch as a shield, and eventually managed to slice off Azog's left arm with his retrieved sword. The wounded Azog was then dragged back by his subordinates, and Thorin rallied the remaining Dwarves, including Balin and Dwalin against the remaining Orcs and won a pyrrhic victory, defeating the Orcs. Most the of Dwarves were slain. While Balin, and Dwalin walked amidst the heaps of their slain kin, Thorin was told by several Dwarves that Thráin was gone as well. Thorin refused to believe it, and spent hours searching among the slain Dwarves, to the last body, and finally realized that his father was not among the fallen. Azog had been presumed dead, dying of his injuries. However, as it was shown in An Unexpected Journey, Azog lived, and vowed revenge on Thorin.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Slag van Azanulbizar
Albanian Beteja e Azanulbizarit
Alemannisch Schlacht am Azanulbizar
Amharic የአዛኑልዚባር ውጊያ
Arabic معركة أزانولبيزار
Aragonese Batalla de Azanulbizar
Armenian Ազանուլբիզարի Դագորլադ
Asturian Batalla de Azanulbizar
Azerbaijani Azanulbizar döyüş
Basque Azanulbizarko Gudua
Belarusian Cyrillic Азанулбізар бітва
Bosnian Bitka kod Azanulbizar
Breton Emgann Azanulbizar
Bulgarian Cyrillic Битката при Азанулбизар (Battle of Azanulbizar) Битката при Нандухирион (Battle of Nanduhirion)
Catalan Batalla de Azanulbizar
Cebuano Gubat sa Azanulbizar
Chichewa Nkhondo ya Azanulbizar
Chinese (Hong Kong) 南都西理安之戰
Cornish Batel Azanulbizar
Croatian Bitka kod Azanulbizar
Czech Bitva o Azanulbizar
Danish Slaget ved Azanulbizar
Dutch Slag bij Azanulbizar
Esperanto Batalo de Azanulbizar
Estonian Azanulbizari lahing
Filipino Labanan ng Azanulbizar
Finnish Azanulbizarin taistelu
French Bataille d’Azanulbizar
Frisian Slach om Azanulbizar (Western)
Galician Batalla de Azanulbizar
Georgian აზანულბიზარ ბრძოლა
German Schlacht von Azanulbizar
Greek Μάχη του Αζανούλμπιζαρ
Gujarati અઝાનુલબિઝારનું યુદ્ધ
Haiti Creole Batay nan Azanulbizar
Hebrew (Battle of Nanduhirion) קרב נאנדוהיריון (Battle of Azanulbizar) קרב אזאנולביזאר
Hindi अज़ानुलबिजर की लड़ाई
Hungarian Azanulbizari csata
Icelandic Orrustan um Azanulbizar
Igbo Agha nke Azanulbizar
Italian Battaglia di Azanulbizar
Irish Gaelic Cath Azanulbizar
Indonesian Peperangan Azanulbizar
Japanese アザヌルビザールの戦い
Javanese Perang Azanulbizar
Kannada ಆಜನುಲ್ಬಿಜರ ಸಮರ
Kazakh Азанүлбізар шайқасы (Cyrillic) Azanülbizar şayqası (Latin)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Азанулбизар салгылашы
Kurdish Şerê Azanulbizar (Kurmanji)
Latin Pugna Azanulbizar
Latvian Azanulbizar kaujas
Lithuanian Azanulbizar mūšis
Lombard Batàia de Azanulbizar
Luxembourgish Schluecht vu Azanulbizar
Macedonian Cyrillic Азанулбизар битка
Malagasy Ady ny Azanulbizar ?
Malaysian Pertempuran Azanulbizar
Maltese Battalja ta 'Azanulbizar
Manx Azanulbizar y Caggee
Marathi अझनुलबिझार युद्ध
Mongolian Cyrillic Азанулбизар тулалдаан
Nepalese आज़नुल्बिज़र् को युद्ध
Norwegian Slaget ved Azanulbizar
Occitan Batalha d'Azanulbizar
Pashto باټلې وف آزانولبیزار
Persian نبرد آزانولبیزار
Polish Bitwa pod Azanulbizar
Portuguese Batalha de Azanulbizar
Punjabi ਅਜ਼ਾਨੂਲਬੀਜ਼ਰ ਦੀ ਲੜਾਈ
Romanian Bătălia de la Azanulbizar
Romansh Bataglia Azanulbizar
Russian Битва при Азанулбизаре (Battle of Azanulbizar) Битва при Нандугирион (Battle of Nanduhirion)
Sardinian Batalla de Azanulbizar
Scottish Gaelic Blàr Azanulbizar
Serbian Битка за Азанулбизар (Cyrillic) Bitka za Azanulbizar (Latin)
Sesotho Ntoa ea Azanulbizar
Sicilian Battagghia di li Azanulbizar
Slovak Bitka pri Azanulbizare
Slovenian Bitka pri Azanulbizar
Spanish Batalla de Azanulbizar
Swahili Mapigano ya Azanulbizar
Swedish Slaget vid Azanulbizar
Tajik Cyrillic Азанулбизар
Tamil ஆசானுல்பிசர் சண்டை
Telugu అజనుల్బిజర్ యుద్ధం
Turkish Azanulbizar Muharebesi
Turkmen Azanulbizar Söweş
Ukrainian Cyrillic Битва при Анулбізарі
Urdu جنگ ازانولبیزر
Uzbek Азанулбизар уруши (Cyrillic) Azanulbizar urushi (Latin)
Welsh Brwydr Azanulbizar
Yiddish שלאַכט פון אַזאַנולביזאַר
Yoruba Ogun ti Azanulbizar


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Durin's Folk, pg. 1412
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII, pg. 278,