The War of Wrath, also called the Great Battle, was a war of Elves, Men, and Valar against Morgoth at the end of the First Age that marked the end of both the Age and of Morgoth's rule in Middle-earth. It was the largest battle of the First Age and possibly the largest battle to ever occur in Arda. It resulted in the expulsion of Morgoth from Arda and the ruin of Thangorodrim, but the violence of the clashes between the forces of the Valar and Morgoth shattered the northwestern portion of Middle-earth, Beleriand, causing it to sink beneath the ocean.
By the early sixth century of the First Age, Morgoth's dominion had been completely uncontested in Middle-earth. The effort of Elves, Men, and Dwarves to resist him had failed, and all the great Elf kingdoms had been overthrown. Morgoth was now master of nearly all of Beleriand, save for the havens in Arvernien, which he gave little heed to. To make matters worse, and to the great amusement of Morgoth, the Sons of Fëanor, seeking the Silmaril of Beren and Lúthien, had launched two devastatingly brutal Kinslayings in which they had destroyed both Doriath and the Havens of Sirion. In this time of need, the mariner Eärendil, by the guidance of a Silmaril which he wore on his forehead, searched for and came to Valinor on behalf of Elves and Men. There, he begged the Valar to pardon and aid the overmatched peoples of Middle-earth.
Despite having pledged to leave the Ñoldor to reap the bitter harvest of their folly in pursuing Morgoth, Manwë was moved by Eärendil's plea. Along with the Vanyar and the remaining Ñoldor in Aman, the host of the Valar came to Middle-earth in the mightiest gathering of arms in the history of Arda. The Teleri of Alqualondë granted the use of their ships to ferry the hosts of Aman to Middle-earth, but they remembered still the Kinslaying of their people long ago and harbored much bitterness over it. As such, they sent only what mariners were needed to crew the ships, and none of them set foot on Middle-earth once they arrived. The great force of Aman marched across Beleriand and met the armies of Morgoth in the plains of Anfauglith. Morgoth marshaled the entirety of his forces, which had by this point grown so vast that Anfauglith could not contain their numbers.
Though the war lasted for over 40 years, the host of the Valar utterly destroyed the Orc armies of Morgoth, as well as most of the Balrogs. While the Three Houses of Men fought alongside the Valar, many other Men from the East fought for the forces of Morgoth and were either destroyed or forced to flee back to the far eastern parts of Middle-earth. Facing final defeat, Morgoth released his ultimate weapon, the winged Dragons, which had never been seen before. Their terrible onslaught was accompanied by lightning storms and tempests of fire, and they drove the Valar back and nearly destroyed the host of the West.
Fortunately, Eärendil came with his sky-ship Vingilot, along with the Eagles of Manwë led by Thorondor. In the skies above Angband, they confronted the dragons, and Eärendil himself slew their captain, the mighty Ancalagon the Black, who broke the towers of Thangorodrim in his fall. Angband was then leveled and Morgoth was finally captured in the deepest of his mines. He sued for peace and pardon, but he was bound again with the old chain Angainor and the two Silmarils still in his possession were taken by the Maia Eönwë, the herald of Manwë. Morgoth was taken to Aman and tried for his crimes. In the end, the Valar un-housed Morgoth by beheading him and "thrust him through the Door of Night", beyond the Walls of the World, into the Timeless Void, the doors of which are forever guarded by Ëarendil.
The geographical wreckage of the war was immense; most of the land west of the Blue Mountains was destroyed and sank beneath the waves. Though it is not known exactly how many casualties the Host of the West endured, the war dragged on for decades before they managed to approach Angband, and the attack of Morgoth's winged dragons was known to have been nearly catastrophic for the forces of the Valar. While the hosts of Morgoth were utterly defeated, the creatures that composed them were not eradicated, and many (particularly Orcs) remained to trouble the world under the power of Sauron. Additionally, it was noted that a few Balrogs fled and hid deep in the Earth, though only one, known by the title of Durin's Bane, was ever noted by history to have appeared again. Some number of dragons, particularly Cold-drakes, also hid away in the mountains. These dragons bred over time and became particularly troublesome for the Dwarves in ages to come. Nearly all of the winged Fire-drakes were destroyed by Ëarendil, Thorondor, and his Eagles, but two fled.
The remaining Elves were bidden by Ëonwë to return with him to the lands of Aman. Most of the Elves went into the West, while others still refused the summons and rather journeyed eastward where they would become lords of the remaining Eldar or those Elves who still dwelt in the East. Gil-galad, Galadriel, Celeborn, and Elrond were chief among these. Additionally, the victory was made even more bitter by the loss of the Silmarils. Maedhros and Maglor, the two surviving sons of Fëanor, were compelled by their oath to recover the gems. Though sick at heart at the burden of the terrible oath, they conspired to sneak into the camp of the victorious host of the Valar, where they slew the guard around the Silmarils and took them. The camp was aroused against them, and though they were prepared to fight to the death to keep the gems, they were permitted to go. But they soon discovered that, due to the wicked deeds they had performed in recovering the jewels, first among them the three Kinslayings, they could not hold the Silmarils without suffering terrible pain. And so Maedhros cast himself and the Silmaril he bore into a fiery pit, and Maglor threw his jewel into the Sea. And so both were lost to the Host of the Valar, and they returned to Aman empty-handed.
For those men of the Edain who fought for the host of the Valar, the land of Númenor (in the full Quenya form Nùmenórë) was given to them. This land was neither of Aman nor of Middle-earth but was closer to Aman.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Afrikaans||Oorlog van Toorn|
|Albanian||Lufta e zemërimit|
|Armenian||Ւար ոֆ Ւրատհ|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||вайна гневу|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||войната на гнева|
|Catalan||Guerra de la Còlera|
|Cebuano||Gubat sa Kasuko|
|Chichewa||Nkhondo ya Mkwiyo|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||憤怒之戰|
|Cornish||Bell a Sorr ?|
|Corsican||Guerra di Fureur|
|Dutch||Oorlog van Gramschap|
|Esperanto||Milito de Kolero|
|Filipino||Digmaan ng Poot|
|French||Guerre de la Grande Colère|
|Galician||Guerra da ira|
|German||Krieg des Zorns|
|Greek||πόλεμος της οργής|
|Haiti Creole||Lagè nan kòlè|
|Hindi||क्रोध का युद्ध|
|Hmong||Ua tsov ua rog ntawm txoj kev npau taws|
|Hungarian||Izzó Harag Háborúja|
|Irish Gaelic||Cogadh na Feirge|
|Kazakh||Соғыс гнева (Cyrillic) Soğıs gneva (Latin)|
|Kurdish||Şer ji Xezeba (Kurmanji)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||согуш Каары|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||војна на гневот|
|Maithili||क्रोध के युद्ध|
|Manx||Chaggey ny Ymmoose|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Уур хилэнгээс дайн|
|Pashto||د غلا جنګ|
|Portuguese||Guerra da Ira|
|Romanian||Rrăzboi de Mânie|
|Scottish Gaelic||Cogadh de Corraich|
|Serbian||Рат Гневa (Cyrillic) Rat Gneva (Latin)|
|Sindhi||ڏمر جي جنگ|
|Somalian||Dagaalkii oo Cadaabka|
|Spanish||Guerra de la Cólera|
|Swahili||Vita ya Ghadhabu|
|Tajik Cyrillic||Ҷанги ғазаб|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Війна Гніву|
|Uzbek||Ғазабкорлик уруши (Cyrillic) G'azabkorlik urush (Latin)|
|Vietnamese||Chiến tranh của cơn thịnh nộ|
|Welsh||Rhyfel o Ddigofaint|
|Xhosa||Kwimfazwe ye Ingqumbo|
|Yiddish||מלחמה פון צארן|
War of the Great Jewels
|First Battle – Dagor-nuin-Giliath – Dagor Aglareb – Dagor Bragollach – Nírnaeth Arnoediad – War of Wrath|
Battles of Beleriand
|First Battle • Dagor-nuin-Giliath • Dagor Aglareb • Siege of Angband • Dagor Bragollach • Nírnaeth Arnoediad • War of Wrath|