For me, I don’t think Thranduil got to find or even say goodbye to Oropher. But this is a nice rendering for the optimistic.
“What has it got in its pocketses?” he heard the hiss loud behind him, and the splash as Gollum leapt from his boat.
– The Hobbit, Chapter 5 Riddles In The Dark
A sudden weight smote him and he crashed forward, tearing the backs of his hands that still clasped his master’s. Then he knew what had happened, for above him as he lay he heard a hated voice.
– The Lord of the Rings, Volume Three: The Return of the King, Book Six: The End Of The Third Age, Chapter 3: Mount Doom
A charming scene of the Noldor Elves, led by Gildor, and the Hobbits, Frodo, Sam, and Pippin, from The Fellowship of the Ring:
‘Hail, Frodo!’ he cried. ‘You are abroad late. Or are you perhaps lost?’ Then he called aloud to the others, and all the company stopped and gathered round.
‘This is indeed wonderful!’ they said. ‘Three hobbits in a wood at night! We have not seen such a thing since Bilbo went away. What is the meaning of it?’
The caption she includes with this piece is as follows:
“Long before, in the bliss of Valinor, before Melkor was unchained, or lies came between them, Fingon had been close in friendship with Maedhros; and though he knew not yet that Maedhros had not forgotten him at the burning of the ships, the thought of their ancient friendship stung his heart.” The Silmarillion, Of the Return of the Noldor
Maedhros and Fingon
Nice! I’ve always wondered about Maedhros and Maglor because they were the most behaved of the seven, and oh so conflicted.
(Quote Ref: The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion Chapter XIII Of the Return of the Noldor)
“Cousins”This is one of my favorite…
Barad Eithel (S. ’Tower of the Well’: barad ”tower” + eithel ”well, gen.”) was the mountain fortress of Fingolfin and his son Fingon, thus the seat (until the Nirnaeth Arnoediad) of the High Kings of the Noldor.
It was set in the eastern foothills of the Ered Wethrin, at the source of the River Sirion. It was here that the Battle of Unnumbered Tears took place, and where Fingon was slain, giving Morgoth the chance to take control over the chief stronghold of both Mithrim and Dor-lómin.
I can see this as the Barad Eithel in Chapter 20 “Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad”, of the Quenta Silmarillion.
I loved the first two thirds of BotFA. Everything I didn’t like about the last third, Gandalf was so kind to summarise for me.