The Battle of Fornost was the decisive battle between the forces of Angmar, under the Witch-king, and of Eärnur, the Crown Prince of Gondor, in the year TA 1975 that ended the evil northern Kingdom of Angmar.
A year prior to the battle, the armies of Angmar conquered Arthedain, the last realm of Arnor. Angmar's armies had taken Fornost, the capital of the Dúnedain, and Arvedui, the last King of Arnor, had drowned in the Icebay of Forochel. A year later, a fleet of ships under Eärnur arrived in the Grey Havens and set off toward what was left of the once-great northern kingdom. With the armies of Gondor came men from Rhovanion, elves from Lindon, and the remainder of the Dúnedain (among them Aranarth, the Prince of Arthedain). According to Shire historians, a company of archers was also sent to the battle.
The battle itself did not take place in the city of Fornost, but on the plains to the west of the city, near Lake Evendim. The armies of Angmar hurried west to meet the assault, and seeing this, the cavalry of Gondor rode north into the Hills of Evendim to wait in ambush. As the main part of the army of Gondor met the enemy in battle, Gondor's cavalry set out from the hills to strike the rear of the army of Angmar. This served as the turning point in the battle, and allowed the combined armies of the west to gain the advantage. Realizing that his forces were all but completely destroyed, the Witch-king of Angmar fled eastward. As he fled, an army led by Glorfindel came up out of the south and blocked his escape, destroying what was left of his crumbling army.
Eärnur then challenged the Witch-king to single combat, but his horse panicked under the Nazgûl's evil power and the Witch-king mocked him, although his laughter turned to flight with the arrival of Glorfindel. Eärnur attempted to pursue but was stopped by Glorfindel who told him that not by the hand of mortal man would the Witch-king be slain. Though the battle itself had been lost and Angmar utterly destroyed, Sauron was extremely pleased with the Witch-King's work, for the destruction of the northern kingdoms of the Dúnedain was a victory for the Dark Powers which far outweighed the loss of the Witch-King's realm.
Portrayal in adaptations
The battle is portrayed in The Battle for Middle-Earth II, Rise of the Witch-King, where it is the epilogue mission to the game story. The battle has some notable differences, for it takes place in the heart of Angmar itself. Elrond himself is also present as an additional hero, along with Glorfindel and Earnur. The player must navigate through the various ambushes waiting in line before confronting the Witch-King. Killing him automatically completes the mission.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Afrikaans||Slag van Fornost|
|Albanian||Beteja e Fornost|
|Bosnian||Bitka kod Fornost|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Битката при Форност|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||佛諾斯特戰役|
|Croatian||Bitka kod Fornost|
|Czech||Bitva u Fornostu|
|Danish||Slaget ved Fornost|
|Dutch||Slag bij Fornost|
|ESperanto||Batalo de Fornost|
|Filipino||Labanan ng Fornost|
|French||Bataille de Fornost|
|Galician||Batalla das Fornost|
|German||Schlacht von Fornost|
|Greek||Η Μάχη του Φόρνοστ|
|Hebrew||הקרב של פורנוסט|
|Hindi||फॉरनोस्ट का युद्ध|
|Icelandic||Bardaga á Fornost|
|Irish Gaelic||Cath Fornost|
|Italian||Battaglia di Fornost|
|Kazakh||Форност шайқасы (Cyrillic) Fornost şayqası (Latin)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||Форность согушу|
|Latin||Pugna ad Fornost|
|Maltese||Battalja ta ’Fornost|
|Norwegian||Slaget ved Fornost|
|Occitan||Batalha dei Fornost|
|Polish||Bitwa pod Fornostem|
|Portuguese||Batalha de Fornost|
|Romanian||Bătălia de la Fornost|
|Russian||Битва при Форносте|
|Scottish Gaelic||Blàr de Fornost|
|Sicilian||Battagghia di li Fornost|
|Slovak||Bitka pri Fornost|
|Slovenian||Bitka pri Fornost|
|Somalian||Dagaalka ee Fornost|
|Spanish||Batalla de Fornost|
|Swedish||Slaget vid Fornost|
|Tajik Cyrillic||Ҷанги Форност|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Битва при Форност|
|Urdu||فورنوسٹ کی لڑائی|
|Uzbek||Форност жанги (Cyrillic) Fornost jangi (Latin)|
|Yiddish||שלאַכט פון פאָרנאָסט|
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
- The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
- The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Third Age, "Wainriders and Angmar"