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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


Glaurung's attack on the Beleriand was a lone, unsuccessful attack on the Beleriand by the young "Father of Dragons" Glaurung.

History

Background

During the Siege of Angband, the Ñoldor successfully laid siege to Angband building many castles and fortifications that ever watched the Gates of Angband, and no doubt kept legions of mounted and unmounted sentinels on the plain of Ard-galen. Fenced in, Morgoth choose not to attack in force as before and took council with himself on how he might defeat his enemy in other ways. During these long years, Morgoth began the breeding of the Dragons and the most prominent and well-known in later years was Glaurung, the first of the deadly Fire-drakes.

The attack

Glaurung, still young and only half-grown felt strong enough to strike. Without orders from his master, he came forth suddenly from the Gates of Angband. At first the Ñoldor were terrified at this new menacing foe and fled before him southward. As a result, the dragon unleashed destruction upon Ard-galen burning it with hot blasts of destroying flames. The Ñoldor on the other hand were not defeated and regrouped in around Dorthonion and Ered Wethrin under Fingon. When they rode up to face the dragon, they hit him with volley after volley of arrows and soon he was surrounded. At point-blank range, Fingon and his Ñoldor riders continued their barrage of arrows and Glaurung unable to endure these weapons due to his weak armor was defeated. Wounded, Glaurung was able to escape back to Angband safely.

Aftermath

While the Ñoldor celebrated their victory, Glaurung was scolded by Morgoth for revealing himself too soon and without full strength. Afterwards, there was peace for two-hundred some years with the Ñoldor creating great watchtowers behind which the fruits of peace flourished.[1]

References

  1. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XIII: "Of the Return of the Noldor"
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