Sil Study Ch 18 Aug 12, 2009 14:28:11 GMT -6
Post by Androga Erindalant on Aug 12, 2009 14:28:11 GMT -6
Ch 18: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin[/u]
Fingolfin pondered on a new war with Morgoth, as the Enemy ever remained a threat to Beleriand. Yet as the land was in peace, most Elves didn't feel for war. Morgoth prepared for war too, however. The Dark Lord released rivers of flame, destroying Ard-Galen. Glaurung the Dragon led an army of Balrogs and orcs, ending the Siege of Angband.
The sons of Finarfin suffered most under the attack. Angrod and Aegnor were slain, together with many of the House of Bëor. The armies of Hithlum were driven back to Ered Wethrin, yet could hold position on the mountains. Most of the east marches were also taken. Celegorm and Curufin fled to Nargothrond. Maedhros could keep the fort of the Himring. Yet Glaurung went through Maglor's Gap, after which he could destroy all of Thargelion. Caranthir joined forces with Amrod, Amras and the Green Elves to stop the orc invasion.
Fingolfin heard about the fate of Finarfin's and Fëanor's sons. He then thought the Noldor were destroyed. In despair he rode to the gates of Angband, where he challenged Morgoth himself. In the fight that followed, Fingolfin could wound Morgoth seven times. Yet in the end he grew tired and fell. Just before he died, the Noldor king could cut off Morgoth's foot.
Barahir and his people fought a hard battle in Dorthonion, until they were rooted out. Only the woman and children fled. Sauron could take over Minas Tirith, which, until then, had been controlled by Orodreth. Thus Morgoth gained the western pass, allowing his orcs to roam further into Beleriand. At Brethil the Haladin fought bravely, by that keeping the orcs at bay with the help of Beleg Strongbow. Amongst them also Húrin and Huor fought. They got separated however, and were chased until the Sirion. They were saved by Thorondor and brought to Gondolin by air. They remained a full year, learning much. But as they longed for their own people, and they didn't know the way to Gondolin, king Turgon allowed them to leave.
King Turgon realized the battle against Morgoth couldn't be won without aid. He sent many messengers to sail the western seas, in search of the Valar. Though nobody ever reached the destination.
Morgoth feared the hidden realms of Nargothrond and Gondolin. He withdrew his orcs, to enstrengthen himself again. When he attacked again, Fingon could win only with the aid of Círdan's ships.[/color]