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Notable Elf of the Month – Thranduil

Thranduil sits on his throne.Thranduil: King of the Woodland Realm, also known as Mirkwood.

While his birth is unknown, it is assumed he was alive sometime during the First Age, and most likely was kin to Celeborn who lived in Doriath, Beleriand with King Elu Thingol.

After the sinking of Beleriand he lived for a short time with his father, Oropher, and Celeborn in Harlindon, but then sometime prior to SA 1000 journeyed east to help found a kingdom in Eryn Galen – Greenwood the Great.

The dwarves of Erebor helped to build the underground Halls that Thranduil and his father Oropher ruled from. It is said that they were reminiscent of Menegroth, the Halls of Elu Thingol and Melian in Doriath, Beleriand.

Thranduil most likely marched with his father Oropher and the Silvan elves’ forces during the War of the Last Alliance. Oropher was too proud to march under High-king Gil-Galad‘s command and the Silvan elves received heavy losses during the Battle of Dagorlad, most notably Oropher himself. After the loss of his father, Thranduil returned to Eryn Galen with the remainder of the Silvan elves.

In the TA 2941, Thranduil briefly imprisoned Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves and Bilbo Baggins as they travelled through Mirkwood on their way to Erebor. He sent aid to the peoples of Laketown after the dragon Smaug rose from his slumber in the mountain of Erebor and attacked them, and marched with them to Erebor when they demanded recompense from Thorin’s band for the attack. It was while they were camped outside of Erebor that they would be attacked by Orcs and wolves and would join together to fight what became known as the Battle of Five Armies. After the battle, the dwarves richly rewarded Thranduil and his people (Thranduil, it is said, had a great love of jewels and riches).

During the year 3018, Aragorn brought Gollum to Thranduil where Thranduil agreed to keep him prisoner until it could be decided what was to be done with him. Gollum escaped the Silvan elves and Thranduil sent his son Legolas to Rivendell to inform Aragorn and Elrond of the creature’s escape. Legolas then became a companion on the quest to destroy the One Ring.

During the War of the Ring, Thranduil’s realm was attacked from Dol Guldur in the south. His forces and those of Celeborn’s from Lothlórien joined and defeated the enemy, and destroyed Dol Guldur. New boundaries for both Thranduil’s and Celeborn’s realms were established and Mirkwood was renamed Eryn Lasgalen.

Thranduil remained in Middle-earth into the Fourth Age, but it is not known if he eventually took a ship into the West.

Thranduil dressed for battle.

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New category – Notable Elf of the Month

feather pen and paperI’ve decided to add a new category to the blog, one that will help force me to make, at least, monthly updates to the site. I’ve been remiss at adding new content, and with the Hobbit now completed there is not as much news to report as there has been. There are, however, plenty of updates to the website that need to happen – elvish locations to be added, the whole Artifacts section to be worked on, and more profile pages for the Elves.

It is this last that I’ve decided to at least commit to on a monthly basis. At first I thought to call it ‘Elf of the Month’ but upon reflection I felt that it sounded too much like a pin-up poster, which might be okay if I was only posting male elves, but there will also be notable females as well. Hence, I’ve decided to call it ‘Notable Elf of the Month.’ Okay, it still has somewhat of a pin-up vibe but I’m hoping that by adding ‘notable’ in front it helps change it a little.

That brings us to who will be the first elf of note to be posted. There are already a few profile pages available on the website, and I could just post a link to one of them to start off with. I really, really wanted to start with Gil-Galad, as he is my favorite, but I’ve decided to save him for another month as I want to make some extensive updates to his page. Therefore, I’ve decided to add a new profile to the site, and one that seems more current with the completion of the Hobbit in theaters.

So, without further ado, I bring you the first Notable Elf of the Month – Thranduil!

Director Peter Jackson Reveals Desolation of Smaug Character Posters

On Sunday, November 2, director Peter Jackson, via his Facebook page, revealed seven new character posters for the upcoming Desolation of Smaug. The posters showcase what will be the main characters in the second installment of The Hobbit films.

Below is a gallery of the posters for you to enjoy.

New ‘Desolation of Smaug’ banner posters

Leading up to today’s release of the latest ‘Desolation of Smaug’ trailer, available here for those who haven’t seen it yet, several new banner posters were revealed. Below is a slide show of each poster. The Thranduil and Legolas/Tauriel ones are really quite stunning, but then we could be a little biased 😉

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The Latest ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer Revealed!

The latest trailer for the next installment of The Hobbit, ‘Desolation of Smaug,’ has hit the Internet and it’s good!

The trailer hints that things will be heating up, and not just because of the dragon Smaug. Some of the things teased at in this trailer are: Thorin obsessed with reclaiming the mountain and his birthright, the elven king Thranduil possibly wanting some of the the dwarves treasure himself, Legolas overly fond of Tauriel with Thranduil disapproving, Bard arguing against helping the dwarves, and last but not least hearing the dragon Smaug’s voice for the first time! This next installment looks like it will be very action packed.


Empire’s ‘Desolation of Smaug’ issue out now

The August edition of Empire Magazine is out on new stands now (in the UK) and features a behind the scenes look at the next installment in the Hobbit series of films, The Desolation of Smaug.

The article is elf-heavy, as indicated by the fact the three main Silvan elf characters of Tauriel, Legolas, and Thranduil grace the cover. If you are a subscriber of the magazine, you will receive a special minimalists cover that really showcases the three.

Empire Magazine cover August 2013Empire Mag Aug 2013 subscriber's cover

For those who can’t wait to get their own copy of the issue, or for those whom getting an issue is problematic, the folks over at Heirs of Durin have put up some nice hi-res scans of the article. There are also links to some fantastic hi-res images of Tauriel, Legolas, and Thranduil!

The Desolation of Smaug Article in Empire — Heirs of Durin