Second Battle of Mirilondë
Part of the Third Corsair War (1652-1666)
Date 14 March-15 March 1663 (Gwaeron 23-24)
Location Straits of Miraz, Harondor
Result Gondorian victory
 Gondor  Umbar
Captain of the Ships Elenaerion
Flag-admiral Ercamir Serni
Flag-admiral Tarlanc
Prince Sangahyandion
Flag-captain Súrion Ainarauta
5 great galleasses (Valaróma, Vórima, Vairë, Yavanna, Tintallë)
5 galleasses (Coranar, Silmerossë, Elemmírë, Falmar, Olofantur)
9 carracks (Alcarinquë, Borgil, Morwiniyon, Valacirca, Remmirath, Arfanturion, Ellairë, Ambaróna)
20 galleys
114 smaller vessels

12,500 men
2 great ships (Herunúmen, Hirilondë)
2 great galleasses (Balanrûth, Vorommacil)
3 galleasses (Ephel Duath, Hísilokë, Herenya)
4 carracks (Umbarama, Rana, Alatairë, Tuilindo)
23 dromons
77 smaller vessels

8,000 men
3 large ships (Arfanturion, Ellairë, Ambaróna)
4 galleys
23 smaller vessels
at least 2 190 killed, 4 500 wounded
4 large ships (Vorommacil, Ephel Duath, Herenya, Rana)
16 dromons
16 smaller vessels
28 ships captured (including flagship Hirilondë)
at least 4 000 casualties

Battle of Miraz (1663)

The Second Battle of Straits of Miraz (Q. Mirilondë) was a naval engagement fought in the Harnen estuary, outside the city of Gobel Mírlond, on Gwaeron 23-24, (14-15 March in our reckoning) during the Third Corsair War (1652-1666) in which Gondorian naval forces, led by Captain of the Ships Elenaerion, defeated the Umbarean coastal fleet.


Circumstances in the 1660s, including the marriage of prince Sangahyandion, subsequent unification of several Oligarchic navies, and the moving of a portion of the Umbarean High Seas Fleet to the Harnen estuary, prompted the Gondorian king Tarondor to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Corsairs in 1663. It was also started to distract domestic attention up for domestic political problems and for the king to be able to fulfil his role as a hero.

His main aim was to recapture some of the territory in Harondor which had been lost to the Castamirioni rebels in the 1640s. In 1662, he began a covert maritime campaign in the Bay of Belfalas, using many new privateer ships. From their new naval base in Tolfalas, he planned to attack Gobel Mírlond and Barad Harn. However, the Gondorian army was crippled by political factions, and, as a result, Tarondor was forced to rely heavily on his navy including his new inshore defence fleet based at Methir.

The war was supposed to be won by a surprise assault on Gobel Mírlond, conducted by the Royal Navy (Ceiriath Aran) and the all-new Coastal navy. The latter was a superb brown-water force, designed for coastal amphibious warfare in the Belfalas Bay.


Umbarean navy was anticipating Gondorian advance. Another force, far greater in numbers, was sailing by the Red Cliffs, preparing to cut off enemy movement. However, Captain of the Ships Elenaerion managed to utilize strong winds blowing from the west and bring his fleet into Harnen estuary two full days earlier that was expected.

The battle started very well for the Gondorians. Although they had superiority in men and ships, the Umbarean forces were anchored in a strong L-shaped formation. On the eve of battle, the Gondorians attacked to the north and landed ten companies of naval infantry in attempt to take Gobel Mírlond by storm, but the clumsy barges appropriated for this amphibious operation were scattered by wind and sea. They took a battering from the Castamirioni coastal forces, including shore batteries and anchored galleys. The Gondorians then advanced their heavy galleasses down the left flank, forcing Castamirioni dromons to flee.

This in turn led to the Castamirioni galleys being overcome by waves and sea, and either sunk or run aground. Several sailing ships, anchored in position, were boarded and either captured or burnt. At dusk, the Umbareans consolidated their position with an counterattack and succeeded in torching several Gondorian greatships with Númenorean fire. Hearing news of another Umbarean fleet closing from the south, Elenaerion called for orderly retreat and escaped the trap.

The Umbareans lost over 4 000 men dead, wounded and captured, 64 vessels sunk, burnt or taken and one half of their fleet destroyed, compared with Gondorians losses of three large ships and 2 000 men. Along with 27 other ships the Gondorians captured the flagship of Prince Sangahyandion, the Hirilondë, which was set to fire when Gondorians retreated.

The battle was followed by Gauntlet at Has Adri.

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