Other Battles of Beleriand

Battle of the Lammoth - Battle of the Firth of Drengist - Glaurung's attack on the Beleriand - Battle of the Thousand Caves - Battle of Sarn Athrad - Battle of Tumhalad - Second Kinslaying - Fall of Gondolin - Third Kinslaying

The Battle of the Thousand Caves was a great battle between the Dwarves of Nogrod and the Elves of Doriath in the Caves of Menegroth.



After the Quest for the Silmaril and the Hunting of the Wolf, Thingol came to possess the Silmaril that Beren cut from Morgoth's Iron Crown. Then around FA 500, Hurin, freshly released from his long imprisonment by the Dark Lord appeared and presented to the King the Nauglamír that he took from Mîm at Nargothrond. Seeing that he now possessed the two most beautiful things ever created by the Children of Ilúvatar, Thingol desired to combine them into one great creation. From this, he contracted the Dwarven craftsmen working in his smithies who were strongly motivated because the Nauglamir was a creation of their own race, and they too desired the Silmaril but hid it well.

Long did they labor in the deep smithies of Menegroth and when the marvelous creation was complete, King Thingol came to claim it but the Dwarves coveted it and withheld it from him saying he had no right to it. Seeing their true minds, Thingol scorned the Dwarves with hurtful words in praise of himself. Then, the Dwarves unable to bear anymore rose before him and slew him then and there took the Nauglamír and the Silmaril within it and fled. The killers managed to get out of Menegroth but not out of the realm for word quickly spread on who was responsible and the Dwarves were pursued to the death. Most of them were killed and the Nauglamír and Silmaril returned to Doriath. Only two Dwarves escaped. Melian, unable to bear the loss of her husband and seeing that that the doom she had so feared had finally come upon Doriath withdrew her protection, and entrusted Mablung to send word to Beren at Tol Galen and gave him the Silmaril for safe-keeping. She then left Middle-earth and returned to Valinor.[1]


The two surviving Dwarves that made it back to Nogrod and when asked what had happened they lied to their Lord saying that their brethren were slain on the command of Thingol, who intended not to pay them for their works. Then, great anger came to the Dwarves and the halls of Nogrod filled with their wrath, and the Dwarves prepared for war intending to avenge this wrong. They tried to get the Dwarves of Belegost to help but they refused and also tried to dissuade them from their intent, but they did not succeed. The Dwarves marched westward through the Beleriand with a great host, and all trembled at the sight of host of the Dwarves. They passed through the now open and unguarded borders of Doriath, and no one opposed them and retreated before them. Then, the host came to Menegroth, crossed the Bridge of Menegroth and entered the caves and so the battle begun.[1]

The Battle

The battle took place entirely underground in the many thousands of the Caves of Menegroth. It is not known how long the two foes fought one another only that many died on both sides but the Dwarves emerged victorious.[1]


After the Dwarves won the battle, they pillaged and plundered all they could and then eager to get their hands on the Nauglamir and the Silmaril, they came to the treasury of the realm and slew Mablung before its doors taking both the treasures. Doriath was sacked but the Dwarves did not claim the realm and instead left for home. Doriath ceased to be without the King or his Queen. Even Beren's avenging of the defeat at Sarn Athrad did not resurrect the kingdom, not until the coming of age of Beren's son Dior. The battle also remained in the racial memories of both the Elves and Dwarves for many ages to come.

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Slag van die Duisend Grotte
Albanian Beteja e mijë shpellave
Amharic የሺዎች ዋሻዎች ጦርነት
Arabic معركة الكهوف الف
Armenian Հազարավոր քարանձավների ճակատամարտը
Azerbaijani Min mağaraların Döyüşü
Basque Milaka haitzuloko gudua
Belarusian Cyrillic Бітва Тысячы Пячораў
Bengali হাজার গুহা যুদ্ধ
Bosnian Bitka od tisuću špilja
Bulgarian Cyrillic Битката на хилядите пещери
Burmese တထောင်ဂူ၏စစ်တိုက်
Cambodian សមរភូមិគុហារាប់ពាន់
Catalan Batalla de les coves de mil
Chinese 千洞之战
Croatian Bitka za tisuću špilja
Czech Bitva o tisíc jeskyní
Danish Slaget ved de Tusinde huler
Dutch Slag van de Duizend Grotten
Esperanto Batalo de la Mil Kavernoj
Estonian Lahing tuhat koopad
Filipino Labanan ng mga Libong Kuweba
Finnish Tuhansien luolien taistelu
French Bataille des Mille Grottes
Frisian Slach fan de Tûzen hoalen
Galician Batalla das Mil covas
Georgian ათასი გამოქვაბული ბრძოლა ?
German Schlacht um die Tausend Höhlen
Greek Μάχη των χιλιάδων σπηλαίων
Gujarati હજાર ગુફાઓનું યુદ્ધ
Haitian Creole Batay nan la mil gwòt
Hebrew הקרב של מערות אלף
Hindi हजार गुफाओं की लड़ाई
Hungarian Csata a ezer-barlangok
Icelandic Orrustan við tugþúsunda hellana
Indonesian Pertempuran gua ribu
Irish Gaelic Cath de na míle phluais
Italian Battaglia delle Mille Caverne
Japanese 千の洞窟の戦い
Kannada ಸಾವಿರ ಗುಹೆಗಳು ಕದನ
Kazakh Мың үңгірлер шайқасы (Cyrillic) Mıñ üñgirler şayqası (Latin)
Korean 천 동굴 전투
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Мын тешик согуш ?
Laotian ຮົບຂອງຖ້ໍາພັນໆ
Latin Pugna ad mille specus
Latvian Cīņa par tūkstoš alām
Lithuanian Tūkstantis urvų mūšis
Luxembourgish Schluecht vun den Tausend Kichen
Macedonian Cyrillic Битка кај илјада пештери
Malay Pertempuran Gua Ribu
Marathi हजार गुहांची युद्धे
Mongolian Cyrillic Мянга мянган агуйд тулалдаж байна
Nepalese हजारौं गुफाहरूको युद्ध
Norwegian Slaget ved de Tusen Grottene
Pashto د زرګونو غارونو جنګ
Persian نبرد غارهای هزار
Polish Bitwa Tysiąca Jaskiń
Portuguese Batalha das Mil cavernas
Punjabi ਹਜ਼ਾਰ ਗੁਫ਼ਾ ਜੰਗ
Romanian Bătălia de la Mii de Pesteri
Russian Битва в Тысяче Пещер
Scottish Gaelic Blàr nam Mìltean uamhan
Serbian Битка код хиљаду пећина (Cyrillic) Bitka kod hiljadu pećina (Latin)
Sindhi هزارين غار جنگين ?
Sinhalese දහසක් ගුහා ලෙන්
Slovak Bitka pri tisíc jaskyniach
Slovenian Bitka za tisoč jame
Spanish Batalla de las Mil cuevas
Swahili Vita ya Mapango Elfu
Swedish Slaget vid de Tusen Grottorna
Tajik Cyrillic ҷанги ҳазорҳо мағора
Tamil ஆயிரம் குகைகள் போர்
Telugu వెయ్యి గుహల యుద్ధం
Thai การต่อสู้ของถ้ำพัน
Turkish Bin mağara Muharebesi
Ukrainian Cyrillic Битва за тисячу печер
Urdu ہزار غاروں کی جنگ
Uzbek Минглаб маğаралар уруши (Cyrillic) Minglab mağaralar urushi (Latin)
Vietnamese Trận chiến của các hang động nghìn
Welsh Brwydr o y Ogofâu Mil
Yiddish שלאַכט פון די טויזנט קאַוועס


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXII: "Of the Ruin of Doriath"
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