Thread: Battle of the Dale
Sauron forged alliances with many evil creatures. Among them I believe the Orcs of Gundabad (If there were any left!)
I think that the attack on Dale was aimed at the Lonely Mountain. The vast forges alone would make the mountain a key strategic target not to mention the treasures and the Silmaril.
I always thought that Dale was attacked by Orcs and Wagon riders but I could be wrong. I don't think that these armies passed from Dol Guldur because the elves would've stopped them easily. I assume the armies marched from either Gundabad or were brought there along the great river (They could've marched but thats a long long way.)
It is also possible that the attack was simply Saurons way of making sure that Dain wouldn't resist him again. Didn't he promise something of the sort when asking after Bilbo?
What about the kin of the wain riders,they could of sieged the lonely mountain easily under the command of Khamul in dol guldur.Also the easterlings were very numerous and outnumbered The dwarves and men of dale.