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Sauron populates Moria with evil creatures

Event Type: Military/Strategic

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Year: 2480

An event in the aftermath of Sauron's return to Dol Guldur; see that entry for more information:

circa 2480
... Sauron begins to people Moria with his creatures.

The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

Orcs again multiply in secret and occupy many deep places (especially those anciently made by the Dwarves) in the Misty Mountains. They do this so stealthily that none are aware of it..., according to the plan of their master in Dol Guldur. Orcs and Trolls occupy parts of the now empty Mines of Moria.

The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 8, The Tale of Years of the Third Age

With a quick movement Gandalf stepped before the narrow opening of the door.... For an instant the wizard looked out. Arrows whined and whistled down the corridor as he sprang back.

'There are Orcs, very many of them,' he said. 'And some are large and evil: black Uruks of Mordor. For the moment they are hanging back, but there is something else there. A great cave-troll, I think, or more than one. There is no hope of escape that way.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 5, The Bridge of Khazad-dûm

Elena Tiriel 8Oct05, 17Oct05

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