The eight lower levels have intellectually fabricated and contrived that which is changeless solely due to fleeting thoughts that never experience what truly is. They apply antidotes to and reject that which is not to be rejected. They refer to as flawed that in which there is nothing to be purified, with a mind that desires purification. They have created division with respect to that which cannot be obtained by their hopes and fears that it can be obtained elsewhere. And they have obscured wisdom, which is naturally present, by their efforts in respect to that which is free from effort and free from needing to be accomplished. Therefore, they have had no chance to make contact with genuine, ultimate reality as it is (rnal ma'i de kho na nyid).
—  Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje emphasizing the eight lower vehicles are intellectually fabricated and contrived

noctu-rnal  asked:

Hello! I am writing a LOTR/The Hobbit Legolas/OC fanfiction and I am wondering if you could help me out with a few things: 1. I wish my protagonist to be from a "fallen"/"forgotten" elvish royal family but I don't have enough knowledge of the elvish family tree to figure one out myself, so it'd be great if you could recommend me one (see the next question)

  1. Hmmmm….. there are a few possibilities for “forgotten” royal families. The most relevant/convenient for Legolas would probably be Lorien, actually. Before Galadriel and Celeborn came to rule there Lorien actually had a king, but he died childless. You could easily give him some sort of relative who stayed behind but didn’t succeed Amroth (the last king) as ruler of Lorien. (Here’s where you can read more about Amroth. Also, here’s a post about the relationship between Mirkwood and Lorien, in case you go with this route.) Going further back in history you can take a similar strategy with other heirless kings. You could say that Gil-galad had a child who (for whatever reason) doesn’t go on to rule Lindon after his death. Or even that Celebrimbor had a child in the Second Age, and after Eregion was destroyed they went to live in Rivendell under Elrond’s rule, instead of ruling their own kingdom somewhere. Those seem like the three best ideas to me, at least.
  2. Thranduil is only really described at all in The Hobbit, though this post covers a lot of the main ideas. Legolas gets some good description scattered throughout LotR, though there’s more in Fellowship of the Ring (the Council of Elrond is a good place to start, since that’s where he’s introduced.)
  3. Unfortunately, the only other named elf in Mirkwood is the butler, Galion. But take a look at this post, where I made some educated guesses about Thranduil’s court.

I hope this helped, and good luck!