Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring (Sponsored by Lootcrate)

Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring (Sponsored by Lootcrate)

Following the defeat of Morgoth in the First
Age, his lieutenant Sauron rose to power in Middle Earth, becoming the new Dark Lord of
the Second and Third Ages. Determined to rule over the continent and
subjugate all the peoples within, he grew his strength, breeding armies of orcs and
trolls in the lands of Mordor. Yet the Dark Lord knew that armies alone would
not bring him victory, and so he used cunning, manipulation and subterfuge to help weaken
and undermine his enemies. Taking fair form, Sauron befriended the Elves
of Eregion posing as Annatar, the Lord of Gifts. Helping them create a set of 19 magical rings. The Dark Lord, personally had a hand in the
creation of 16, while the other 3 were forged exclusively by Celebrimbor, the grandson of
Feanor, the greatest smith who ever lived. But what the Elves did not know, was that
Sauron had crafted another ring in secret, forging the One Ring of Power in the fires
of Mount Doom. Believing that this was the key to helping
him conquer Middle Earth, Sauron gave it immense power by imbuing it with part of his soul,
thereby linking the Dark Lord’s lifeforce to the One Ring. Sauron intended to use his creation to gain
mastery over those who wore the lesser rings, with 3 meant for the Elves, 7 for the Dwarf
Lords and nine for mortal Men. However as soon as he put on the One Ring,
the Elves felt his dark presence and so immediately took theirs off, resisting his influence. Enraged by his failure, the Dark Lord sent
his armies to destroy Eregion, and forcefully took possession of all the rings save for
the 3 created by Celebrimor, which were given to powerful Elves for safe keeping. Continuing with his plan, Sauron gifted the
lesser rings of power to human kings and dwarf lords, hoping their minds were more susceptible
to corruption then those of the Elves. Yet the Dwarves proved too resilient, and
did not fall to the Dark Lord, though the rings did contribute to their eventual downfall,
as it made them increasingly greedy and reckless in their pursuit of wealth. While Elves and Dwarves resisted corruption,
humans proved far more easily swayed, with the nine ring-bearers becoming the Nazgul,
powerful ring wraith loyal to the Dark Lord. Although his prized creation largely failed
to accomplish its original purpose, so much of himself was put into the creation of the
One Ring, it became the focal point of his power. While Sauron held the One Ring, it augmented
his natural abilities, ensuring he was as powerful as possible, and allowed him to survive
any harm to his body or spirit so long as the ring survived. But at the same time, should he parted from
it, he would weaken significantly, and were it destroyed; the Dark One too would perish. Seeking more servants for his cause, Sauron
made contact with the Easterlings of Rhun, the Haradrim of the South, enlisting them
through lies, manipulation and fear. He then used his armies as well as his twisted
cunning to foment war and suffering throughout the Second Age, ultimately culminating in
the Battle of Dagorlad during the War of the Last Alliance, when Elves, Humans and Dwarves
joined together to face the armies of darkness and determine the fate of middle earth. After a vicious battle and 7 years of siege,
the Dark Lord’s forces were defeated, leaving him no choice but to come out of hiding. Staring down his enemies, the Dark Lord refused
to surrender, engaging Elendil High king of Gondor and Arnor, as well as Gil galad High
king of the noldor elves. Though the Dark Lord killed them both, Isildur,
the son of Elendil then picked up his father’s broken sword, using it to cut the one ring
of power from Sauron’s hand, resulting in the destruction of his body and weakening
of his spirit. Victorious, Isildur had this one chance to
destroy ring, by dropping it into the fires of Mount Doom where it was created, but he
refused, having become enraptured by its unnatural allure. Yet it would not remain in his possession
for long, as Isildur was later ambushed and killed, leaving the ring to fall into the
Anduin River, where it was lost for much of the Third Age. Defeated and weakened, Sauron spirit wandered
Middle Earth for a thousand years, and slowly regained his strength, secretly establishing
himself in Dol Guldur of southern Mirkwood, where he was known as the Necromancer. In the centuries that followed, the Nazgul
re-emerged and started attacking the realms men, while orcs and trolls were bred in Mordor
and Angmar. While most of those in Middle Earth were unaware
of the threat amassing in the shadow, the Valar of Valinor knew that Sauron still posed
a significant risk, and sent the Istari, 5 Maiar in the form of elderly wizards to aid
the free people’s where possible. However, to try and prevent these Maiar from
becoming corrupted, they were forbidden from using their full strength or powers directly
against the Dark Lord. Although they each played a role in shaping
the events to come, Saruman the White and Gandalf the Grey, took on much of the responsibility
for countering the threat of Sauron directly. Yet where Gandalf was wise and kind-hearted,
Saruman was jealous and prideful, eventually abandoning the free people and succumbing
to his lust for power, believing he could become even mightier than Sauron were he to
possess the One Ring. And so it would be Gandalf who primarily led
the fight against the Dark Lord, spending his early years wandering around the western
lands of middle earth, learning about the peoples who inhabit the land while making
friends and contacts, studying their history and learning anything possible about their
past dealings with Sauron. By the year 2063 of the Third Age, the grey
wizards became suspicious of the growing darkness in Mirkwood and decided to investigate Dol
Guldur, prompting Sauron to escape into the east, where spent the next four hundred years
growing his power among the easterlings of middle earth. This period, known as the Watchful peace,
ended in 2460 when the Dark Lord returned to Dol Guldur with renewed strength. In 2850, Gandalf revisited the location, and
at last confirmed the presence of Sauron, urging the White Council to confront him,
but was overruled by Saruman and no action was taken. As Sauron’s strength continued to grow,
he focused on accomplish two major objectives to secure his stranglehold over middle earth. The first was to find the One Ring of Power,
thereby ending his slow recovery and returning him to full strength. Second, he needed to destroy the Kingdom of
Gondor and capture the city of Minis Tirith, thereby eliminating the realm which posed
the most significant threat to his eventual military campaign. Standing in opposition to the Dark Lord, Gandalf
the Grey took on the role of General and master strategist for the peoples of the West, having
spent centuries gaining an understanding of the political and military landscape of the
region. Where Sauron had the loyalty of Mordor, Dol
Guldur, the Orcs of the Misty Mountains, the Easterlings of Rhun, the Haradrim of Harad,
the corsairs of Umbar, and the Variags of Khand,
The peoples of the west, could primarily rely on support from the human Kingdoms of Gondor
and Rohan, The Elves of the Woodland Realm, Lothlorien, Rivendell, The Dwarves of the
Iron Hills and Erebor, and finally the Humans of Dale, who were allied with the Dwarves. Unfortunately, in the year 2770, Smaug the
terrible, one of the last dragons known to exist destroyed the city of Dale, and attacked
the lonely mountain, driving away the dwarves of Durin’s folk. Not only did this eliminate a large portion
of their northern defenses, the attack left a powerful dragon in their place, a weapon
of mass devastation which once served the First Dark Lord Morgoth, and might one day
serve the Second Dark Lord as well. Deciding that this potential ally of Sauron
must be neutralized, Gandalf convinced the Dwarven exile Thorin Oakenshield and his companions
to attempt retaking the mountain and eliminating the dragon. With the help of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins,
and a man named Bard the Bowman, they eventually succeeded in their mission, and restored the
Kingdom of Erebor as well as the kingdom of Dale. In addition to restoring their northern defenses
and slaying the dragon, several other important events took place during this time period,
such as the White council finally moving against Dol Guldur, forcing Sauron to retreat into
Mordor, and the discovery of the One Ring of power by the hobbit Bilbo baggins. Many years after being lost in the Anduin
River, the One Ring was found by a Stoor named Deagol, who was quickly killed by his friend
Smeagol, who took it into the mountains where he lived in solitude for many years. Although the One Ring granted him immortality,
it also drove him mad with obsession, becoming the twisted creature known as Gollum, until
it eventually abandoned him and slipped from his grasp. The ring was then found by Bilbo Baggins as
he travelled through the misty mountains, during his adventure with the Company of Thorin
Oakenshield. Though Gandalf knew that his small friend
had acquired a ring during the journey, and grew concerned early on, he did not truly
begin to suspect the truth until many years later, when he saw that Bilbo had stopped
aging and grew irrationally angry when asked to part with his precious prize. After Bilbo moved away and passed the ring
to his nephew Frodo, Gandalf at last was able to confirm his suspicion, and immediately
sent the hobbit and his 3 companions on a journey east, so they might attend the Council
of Elrond to be held in Rivendell. Unfortunately, the Dark Lord also learned
of the ring’s location, torturing the creature Gollum to learn that it was in the possession
of a Hobbit from the Shire, sending the Nazgul for its retrieval. Despite a harrowing journey, the hobbits eventually
arrived in Rivendell and Frodo attended a meeting where he revealed the One Ring of
power to representatives from the free peoples of the west. Though many had differing views on what to
do, in the end it was decided that Frodo must continue to carry the ring, as he had proven
he was capable of resisting its corruption. Joined by 8 companions to form the Fellowship
of the Ring, Frodo was tasked with travelling to mordor and destroying the One Ring it in
the fires of mount doom, to eliminate the threat of Sauron once and for all. Meanwhile, it fell to the free peoples to
resist the armies of darkness for as long as possible, giving the fellowship time to
complete their quest. In this great journey, Frodo Baggins was joined
by the hobbits Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck, as well as the Wizard
Gandalf the Grey, the human ranger Aragorn who was also the heir of Isildur and rightful
king of Gondor, Boromir, a valiant warrior and son of Denethor, the Steward of Gondor,
the Sindar Elf Legolas son of King Thranduil of the Woodland Realm, and the Dwarf Gimli
of Durin’s Folk, the son of Gloin who had been one of Bilbo’s companion during the
quest to retake Erebor. Despite their best efforts, the fellowship
eventually broke apart, as Gandalf died protecting them from the balrog of Moria, and Frodo grew
increasingly paranoid, believing his companions would not be able to resist the allure of
the One Ring for much longer. After Boromir fell to temptation and tried
to take the ring, Frodo and Sam, left the others behind and continued the mission on
their own. While Frodo underwent this perilous journey,
Sauron started to march his armies west and at last began the war of the ring. The conflict was divided into two large scale
campaigns fought throughout the Northern and Southern theatres of war, with Saurion’s
primary goal being the capture of Minas Tirith, which he would accomplish by weakening the
alliance between Rohan and Gondor before assaulting them from three sides. In the North, the Dark Lord’s Orcs armies
in Dol Guldur were ordered to attack the Elves of Lothlorien, and the Woodland Realm, while
a massive Easterling army was sent to sweep through Dwarven lands and join the fighting
in Mirkwood. After the destruction of the Woodland Realm,
the combined army of Easterlings and Orcs would join the attack on Lothlorien, then
passing through Misty Mountain to take Rivendell before marching south into Rohan. The defense of the North therefore came down
to stopping the Easterling army from joining their allies in Mirkwood. Soon it became apparent to Sauron that the
Dwarves of Durin’s folk might be of concern to his plans, and so attempted diplomacy,
sending a messenger to seek an alliance with King Dain II Ironfoot of Erebor. But Dain dismissed the messenger without giving
an answer and prepared his kingdom for war. When the massive Easterling army at last marched
into their territories, the combined forces of Erebor and the Kingdom of Dale held them
back for 3 days before retreating to the Lonely Mountain. Although the city of Dale which was sacked
and burned, the Dwarves and their human allies continued to fight at the gates of Erebor,
suffering significant losses, including the death of King Brand, which then led King Dain
to rush to his side, where he died defending his friend’s body. When they at last barricaded themselves inside
the mountain, the Siege of Erebor lasted for several more days, long enough for the great
Easterling host to fail in its mission of reinforcing the Orcs of Mirkwood. As a result, the Woodland Realm under King
Thranduil repelled the armies sent against them in the Battle under the Trees, while
Lothlorien under celeborn and Galadriel also defeated the Orcs, and then pursued them to
capture and destroy Dol Guldur. Though it cost thousands of lives, all across
the Northern theatre the line was held and Sauron’s forces were defeated. Yet what few knew, was that part of the credit
for this victory may have belonged to the Blue Wizards, Alatar and Pallando, as some
stories say they went into the east and spent centuries limiting the influence of Sauron
wherever possible, thereby reducing the size of the army he was able to raise and march
into the west. While all this occurred in the north, the
Southern Theater faced a war on several fronts, with Sauron seeking to prevent Gondor from
summoning their full strength or calling their allies in Rohan. To accomplish this, Sauron allied himself
with Saruman of Isengard, allowing him to breed his own orc and Uruk-hai armies. In addition, Saruman rallied the wildmen of
Dunland, and used his new great army to raid and plunder Rohan, leading to the death of
Prince Theodred in the Battle of the Fords of Isen. Despite the loss of his son, King Theoden
was unable to respond properly to the situation, as his mind was bewitched by his advisor Grima
Wormtongue, who was a secret servant of the Dark Lords. *allowed Saruman to control body*
Fortunately, Gandalf the White soon arrived, accompanied by Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli,
breaking the spell and freeing the king. Although Gandalf the Grey died defeating the
Balrog in the misty mountains, his spirit was sent back to middle earth as Gandalf the
White, in order to continue his efforts to defeat Sauron. With his mind liberated, Theoden organizes
a strategic retreat south to Helm’s Deep, where they made their last stand in the battle
of the Hornburg. Though the fighting nearly ended in catastrophic
defeat, Gandalf arrived late into the battle with a host of Rohhirim cavalry to reinforce
the king and bring them victory. At the same time, the Ents and Huorns of Fangorn
forest, decided to go to war against Saruman and Isengard, in retaliation for their careless
destruction of trees and wildlife. Encouraged by the Hobbits Merry and Pipin,
the Ents attacked and defeated Isengard while, while the Huorns spread throughout the forests,
in order to cut off the enemies retreating from the battle of the Hornberg. After their victory, Theoden received a messenger
from Gondor, bearing the Red Arrow, a symbol which represented a call for reinforcements,
and so the King gathered his men and rode to their defense. In order to further diminish their defensive
capabilities, Sauron sent the Corsairs of Umbar to raid Southern Gondor, forcing local
lords to keep their armies at home, sending only a fraction of their men north for the
defence of Minas Tirith. With Gondor’s allies weakened and defenses
reduced, Sauron sent his armies out of Mordor to capture Osgiliath, before preparing a final
assault against the White city. The War then culminated in the Battle of the
Pelennor Fields, where Sauron’s forces were sent directly against Minis Tirith, breaching
their walls and entering the city. However The defenders of Gondor were soon
joined by the riders of Rohan, as well as an undead army under the command of Aragorn,
men who once betrayed their word to the king of Gondor, and so were pledged to fulfil their
oath before their spirits could pass into the afterlife. With these reinforcements, the free peoples
were successfully able to defend Minis Tirith. But the war was not over so long as the one
ring of power continued to exist, and so they decided to mount one last assault, directly
against Sauron, in order to give Frodo and Sam the necessary time and opportunity to
travel across Mordor and reach Mount Doom. Gathering whatever men they could, Aragorn
and Gandalf led their warriors to the battle of the black gate, the last major engagement
of the war. Fortunately, their attack had the desired
effect, giving the hobbits the chance to cross the barren realm of the dark lord. For a time Frodo was captured and nearly killed,
leading Samwise to take the ring in order to complete the quest on his own if necessary,
but he soon managed to save Frodo and possessed enough will power to voluntarily return the
ring. With both now marked as Ring bearers, they
at last reached the crack of Mount Doom, but by this point Frodo had grown so attached
to the One Ring, he refused to destroy it, choosing to keep it for himself, just as Isildur
had done thousands of years earlier. However, the creature Gollum soon attacked
Frodo, engaging in a struggle that caused him and the one ring to accidently fall into
the fiery chasm. With the ring destroyed, Sauron was at last
vanquished, with his spirit diminishing to such an extent he could no long interact with
the world. After the news of the Dark Lord’s defeat
spread into the north, many of the Easterlings laying siege to Erebor lost the will to fight
and deserted. Two days later the combined armies of men
and dwarves, charged out of the Lonely mountain, and beat back the Easterling invaders, forcing
them into retreat. With the war over, King Thorin Stonehelm III
became King of Erebor, while King Brand II rebuilt and ruled over the Kingdom of Dale. The Woodland Realm continued under King Thranduil,
with most of its Elves choosing to remain in Middle Earth. Lothlorien however was largely abandoned,
with some following Celeborn to resettle in East Lorien, formerly known as Dol Guldur,
while others followed Galadriel and Elrond who travelled West to the Undying Lands. In the south, Aragorn took up his seat in
Minis Tirith and became King Elessar of the reunited kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor, ushering
in an age of prosperity alongside his allies in Rohan, who were now led by King Eomer,
nephew of Theoden. Despite his defeat at Isengard, Saruman the
White survived the war of the ring but was brought so low, that he ended his days as
small time crime boss in the Shire, where he was killed by his minion Grima Wormtongue
on the front steps of Bag End. When he died his spirit sought to travel west
to Valinor, but it was blown away by a strong wind, and forbidden from returning. As the Third Age ended and Fourth Age began,
many Elves travelled to the Grey havens and boarded ship to travel west, so they might
join the rest of their kind in the undying lands of the Aman. Yet some few non elves were also allowed to
make the journey, as Frodo and Bilbo were now considered honoured ring bearers and so
were allowed passage west alongside Gandalf. Samwise Gamgee meanwhile inherited Bag End
as well as the red book of westmarch, where both Frodo and Bilbo had written about their adventures.

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  2. Things go like every creation of Eru have their meaning and purpose. Eru created the Elves and with their craftsmanship and magic they created artefacts that defined history of Middle Earth: Silmarils, Palantiri, necklace of Nauglameur, ring of Barahir, 19 Rings of power; the legendary realms of Gondolin, Doriah and Nagothrond and their heroes and swords went down in history as the greatest of all. Their legacies and wisdom would live on to later Ages carried by Galadriel and Elrond.

    On the other hand Men the second-born of Eru awoke much later when the Elves were the dominant race in ME with the on-going war with Morgoth and many swore allegiance to the High Kings of Noldor. Later with the rise of Numenor as the strongest nation in the world, pride and greed of immortality would change the course of history in ME. With the fall of Numenor came the birth of Great Kingdoms of Men: Gondor and Arnor, their blood and sweat would be the dominant force fighting the dark foes for thousand of years. After the War of the Rings the Age of Men would finally spring upon Middle Earth.

    Elves were the arch-enemy of first dark lord Morgoth while Men were the bitter enemy of second dark lord Sauron. Both dark lords hated and feared Elves and Men respectively. Dragons were bred by Morgoth, his greatest weapons and we know that all the named dragons of ME were all slew by Men, no Elves or Dwarves ever killed a dragon, with only exception of Earendil who were born half-Elven and he is too half-Men.

    If you guys look at it this way as if Eru the had foreseen the future and that every lives he created have its purpose of existence.

  3. Were there any Elves or Dwarves left on Middle-Earth ? .It feels like all the magic left that world after Sauron was defeated .Like it was all barren , a wasteland .No more magic , no more foes to vanquish , no more people to save and ( Something that would at one point make Bilbo Baggings glad and heartbroken at another ) no more adventures .Bilbo wrote his poem saying goodbye to Middle Earth .And so , we part too .

  4. Is there any knowledge of what happened Curumo/Saruman other than his spirit was buffeted by winds and prevented from returning to Aman? Is he manifested for the Dagor Dagorath?

  5. I think Gandalf assumed Bilbo picked up one of the minor rings, most likely from one of the dwarves. He wanted to see if a Hobbit could resist its power, unaware of it being the one true ring. This proved as an even greater test, as it took Bilbo decades to become corrupted. Even then, he had no trouble handing it over. Gandalf knew from this that giving the ring to Frodo or another Hobbit was the best idea, as giving it to a human, they would be corrupted in seconds; and elves, maybe days.

  6. and a last comment at the ending of the video
    "And after the death of his Wife Samwise Gamgee as a last ringbearer sailed to Valinor to reunite with Frodo there"

  7. Correction 1: It was Erkenbrand not Eomer who led foot soldiers to Helm's Deep.
    Correction 2: Dead Men of Dunharrow defeated the Umbar in the south, allowing Aragorn to bring more soldiers from southern Gondor to fight at the Pelennor Fields.
    Correction 3: The King of Dale after the war was Bard II, not Brand II

  8. Southern Gondor was described as a deserted and contested land in the books. The corsairs of Umbar raided the gondorian coast and claimed the port city of Pelargir during the war of the ring.

  9. They think that because dragons are a creation of morgoth that they would just naturally serve Sauron just as easily bc he was second in command?

  10. Question: did the valar castrated the Istari or something? why didn't saruman used all of his power after changing sides? was he afraid of even greater punishment? was he unable? was that all a maiar is capable of that they can be killed by a nobody human?

  11. After listening to your telling of the first age, I was sorry to see you glossed over the story of the second age, the downfall of Numenor.

  12. Dude, without a fucking doubt, you are the best LOTR youtuber. You make it so easy to understand and learn, thank you!

  13. I would like to see a movie on what happened in the North during the war of the ring

  14. Erkenbrand, Grimbold, Denethor, Faramir, Beregond, Forlong, Hirluin, Imrahil, Halbarad, Ghân-buri-Ghân, Gothmog, Sagrat and Gorbag disliked this video… Shelob has yet to vote, she's too busy being hungry

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  16. Everyone gives Isildur a lot of sh*t for not destroying the ring, but he did a lot of good before the War of the Ring, in saving the White Tree and establishing the fortress Minas Ithil. And also, at the Crack of Doom, no one, not even Sauron, if he chose to, could destroy the Ring there. That's why Eru had to "push" Gollum when he bit the ring off Frodo's finger.

  17. *******. Elendil and Gilgalad killed Sauron, and died themselves in the process.

    Isildur cut the ring from Sauron’s dead hand. Isildur didn’t kill Sauron or anything like that. He was simply the one who was there.

    Let’s forget the Peter Jackson version.

  18. Imagine making up a whole world history with details about wars, battles, kings, their affairs and quests.

  19. These were all great! But u did leave out the end of gimli and legolas how they went to the Crystal caves together and eventually sailed west together long after the last host and gimli elf friend was the first dwarf to be aloud into valinor…

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