War of Elves and Sauron
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 2nd Age - Rings
Years: 1693 ~ 1700
A war between the elves of Hollin and Lindon against Sauron as he attempts to seize the three Elven Rings of Power. Lasts for 7 years until Tar-Minastir arrives with great navy to defeat Sauron:
War of the Elves and Sauron begins. The Three Rings are hidden.
Sauron's forces invade Eriador. Gil-galad sends Elrond to Eregion.
Eregion laid waste. Death of Celebrimbor. The gates of Moria are shut. Elrond retreats with remnant of the Noldor and founds the refuge of Imladris.
Sauron overruns Eriador.
[See: Sauron overruns Eriador]
Tar-Minastir sends a great navy from Númenor to Lindon. Sauron is defeated.
Sauron is driven out of Eriador. The Westlands have peace for a long while.
[See: Sauron driven out of Eriador]
The Return of the King, LoTR Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Second Age
Now the Elves made many rings; but secretly Sauron made One Ring to rule all the others, and their power was bound up with it, to be subject wholly to it and to last only so long as it too should last. ...
But the Elves were not so lightly to be caught. As soon as Sauron set the One Ring upon his finger they were aware of him; and they knew him, and perceived that he would be master of them, and of all that they wrought. Then in anger and fear they took off their rings. But he, finding that he was betrayed and that the Elves were not deceived, was filled with wrath; and he came against them with open war, demanding that all the rings should be delivered to him, since the Elven-smiths could not have attained to their making without his lore and counsel. But the Elves fled from him; and three of their rings they saved, and bore them away, and hid them.
The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
Anglachel - 3.16.03
added quote: Elena Tiriel 23Feb06