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 Orcs of the Ered Mithrin, Gundubad included, they could of snuck into Eriador and raided while Dale was being sacked? Then the shire would of burned, Rivendell besieged, and the Grey havens would have to of come to their aid. Then things might of gone bad for the Grey Havens. So many would of died too if the Balrog would of been unleashed, i think that no army in Middle earth could of taken it down without being reduced to rubble and death.
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