Ch:Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin
|Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin|
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien|
 Plot Summary
 Dagor Bragollach
Fingolfin had felt a urgent over the Siege of Angand, now that the Noldor were mighty and many, and Men were on their side, and he thought it wise maybe to make the first strike against Morgoth, most of the Noldor enjoyed peace and did not care for more war, so the peace remained. However, Morgorth had been working long and hard, building his forces, and would soon take the time to strike. Four hundred and fifty-five years after Fingolfin had come to Beleriand, Angband made its first move. The peaks of Thangorodrim and the Mountains of Iron erupted and sent lava over the plains of Ard-galen, charring everything, and it was then known Anfauglith, the Gasping Dust, for all the grass in the land, trees by the mountains to the south, and people dwelling within were turned to ash. This was the start of the fourth great battle Dagor Brallach, the Battle of Sudden Flame.
Glaurung the dragon led the assault, followed by the Balrogs, which were followed by the largest Orc armies of Morgoth the world had ever seen. Many of the defenses of Elves and Men were conquered in the first few days, for the pugnacity of this assault had been too quick and too immense for the Noldor and the Sindar to rally themselves appropriately, and so many of them were destroyed without difficulty. Many of the Grey-elves took haven in Doriath, where the Girdle of Melian would protect them. Others went far off to the coast, avoiding the perils of war in the north, or they went into Ossiriand instead to hide. Some even went so far as to vacate Beleriand and risk the wild of Middle-earth, where tales of the war and the end of the Siege came to the Men of the wild.
Finarfin's son suffered most dearly. Angrod and Aegnor were slain battle. Bregolas of the line of Bëor fell alongside them, loyal to the end, as well as many other Men. Barahir, the brother of Bregolas, was fighting westward, near the Pass of Sirion. Finrod had been cut off from his army and surrounded by Orc forces, but Barahir gathered his bravest men and intercepted the attack, surrounding Finrod in a phalanx of Men, and they fought their way free. Many Men died, but Finrod swore an oath of friendship and aid to Barahir afterward, to help then in every need, and he gave Barahir his ring, who was now the lord of the people of Bëor. However, many of his people had fled Dorthonion and hid in Hithlum.
In Hithlum, Fingolfin and Fingon had not enough strength to ride to the rescue of their fellow Noldor in the east, and they barely managed to hold off an invasion into their lands, and Ered Wethrin was where they held off the advanced, though Eithel Sirion was taken, where Hador, son of Marach, and his son Gundor died defending it, and Galdor became the new lord of his line. The Elves and Men of Hithlum had still managed to hold their ground and threatened Morgoth's flank.
Celegorm and Curufin were pushed out of their lands and fled far to the way of Narogothrond, which made it stronger, but Maedhros held off the armies valiantly, as his captivity in Thangorodrim had hardened him and made him hungry for retribution. The Hill of Himring sustained, and many survivors of the East and Dorthonion went to Himring to rally under the Elven king.
The armies of darkness were more successful yet, as they took the Pass of Aglon, and Glaurung went and destroyed all the land between the arms of Gelion, but the Orcs did not attack the Green-elves or go into Ossiriand.
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