I am about to work on the Fall of Dol Guldur. That means it’s going to take a minute for my next excerpt. Again, it takes hours at time to get my elves ready for battle (Fëaluin’s twin sons and their twin sons are a handful. I had to write them down in an accessible place with arrows and stuff). Mirkwood is fine. Now you have Lothlórien. Yay….at some point. After this, Book II will wind down to its end one last time. But Thranduil will remain. He does have to be born. But for now, Thranduil’s saga continues.–J.


Mirkwood was a large forest of Rhovanion, flanked by two great rivers, the north was bordering the Grey Mountains and the south by plains and wasteland. It is intersected by numerous rivers, notably the Forest River which flowed through the Elvenking’s land. This river had a smaller river branching off of it, which was enchanted and caused drowsiness and hallucinations. The forest was split by the Old Forest Road, a major trade route that connected the East and the West. Built by the dwarves to connect Erebor and the Iron Hills to the Misty Mountains in the 2nd Age but fell into disuse when the dwarf kingdoms fell. South of the Old Forest Road was much darker as the Elves had less control of the region. By the Third Age there were large spiders throughout the area drawn by the evil of Dol Guldur. Dol Guldur was a base used by Sauron as he regained his power, under the moniker of the Necromancer. The Silvan elves settled in Mirkwood (Greenwood The Great) on their journey to go West. They were less wise and reserved then other elves, and often celebrated with wine and feasts. The first king was Oropher, a grey elf who ruled until he died during the Battle of Dagorlad, slain disobeying orders. His son, Thranduil, became the king. By the Third Age the kingdom was in decline and it became Mirkwood. Thorin’s Company passed through Mirkwood on their quest to Erebor. They suffered passing the Enchanted River and attempted to hunt, but failed. They engaged with many of the Great Spiders and were almost defeated. Tired, hungry, and feeling the effects of the Enchanted River they were gladly captured by the Elves. They were detained by the Elvenking but thanks to Bilbo’s ring and cunning they escaped using wine barrels down the Forest River. During the War Of The Ring Mirkwood was attacked by Mordor, and in the Battle Under The Trees Thranduil repelled the attacks and Galadriel destroyed Dol Guldur. The forest was cleansed and Galadriel renamed it Eryn Lasgalen, “Wood of Greenleaves”. Notable people who dwelt in Mirkwood include Legolas, Radagast, and groups of Northmen.

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go. Before you could get round Mirkwood in the North you would be right among the slopes of the Grey Mountains, and they are simply stiff with goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description. Before you could get round it in the South, you would get into the land of the Necromancer, and even you, Bilbo, won’t need me to tell you tales of that black sorcerer.” - Gandalf’s warning to the Company of Thorin, The Hobbit, Queer Lodgings.


Sir Ian McKellen: We get on very well together, and there’s an emotional connection based on mutual trust and admiration for each other.

Cate Blanchett: It’s not hard to be flirtatious with Ian.

Peter Jackson: Like, yes, you can call it a special chemistry, other people will call it snogging. They seem to fall in love with each other almost instantaneously.

On Tauriel and Her Purpose in the Narrative (And Why She isn’t a Mary-Sue)

(as a preface, I should note that this meta is entirely based on the movies— especially since those are what Tauriel is exclusive to them.)

So. We’ve all seen those “Tauriel only ditched her kingdom because of a dwarf” posts, which end more often than not with someone pulling shit out of their ass and passing it off like it’s canonical. 

Tauriel’s existence in the Hobbit trilogy was not for sake of romance. It was never for the sake of romance. Tauriel’s existence was for the sake of rebellion. The whole “Tauriel only left because she thought Kili was hot” train of thought is flawed because it ultimately shows a failure to comprehend the narrative, and thus, the character.

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The messenger has come to Thranduil with word of the call to battle. Much to his surprise, it is Galadriel, daughter of Finarfin, son of Finwë.*

*Important mental note going into Book I: The Epic of Eryn Galen. 😏

a list of hobbit aus i’m surprised no one has written a fic about (to my knowledge) but would be rly cool?

  • tauriel goes with kili to erebor instead of going to gundabad with legolas
  • thráin survives dol guldur and shows up to erebor with gandalf
  • the “arkenstone as bargaining chip” plan WORKS 
  • the dwarves are late to the moon door and have to remain in laketown for another year. shenanigans ensue

This is my favorite gif of all time. She is my favorite character in all the Lord of the Rings and probably favorite female character of all time. Galadriel is awesome…She was the only woman who stood with the males and rebelled against the Valar. Not only that, but she was one of the Elves who crossed the Helcraxë and became the one of the greatest Noldor in Middle Earth. During the War of the Ring, she and Thranduil’s Elven army tore down and destroyed Dol Guldur. She could have claimed the high kingship of the Elves in Middle Earth but she did not claim that title instead going by Lady Galadriel. She not only had magical powers that kept Lothlórien from harm and could perceive the future and others’ minds, but she also was beautiful and wise beyond almost all others.

[…] and she grew to be tall beyond the measure even of the women of the Noldor; she was strong of body, mind, and will […] Even among the Eldar she was accounted beautiful, and her hair was held a marvel unmatched. It was golden like the hair of her father and of her foremother Indis, but richer and more radiant, for its gold was touched by some memory of the starlike silver of her mother; and the Eldar said that the light of the Two Trees, Laurelin and Telperion, had been snared in her tresses.

Cate Blanchett became one of my favorite people because of how well she portrayed Galadriel. 


Atop Naked Hill stood Greenwood the Great’s capital, Amon Lanc. A splendid place it was, full of light and peace and majesty. Founded by Oropher in the second age, the inheritance of Thranduil; it was the jewel of The Woodland Realm.

…Then Sauron the deceiver came with a darkness so thick it drove even the mighty woodland elves north. 

And where Amon Lanc failed, Dol Guldur was born.