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
蝴蝶夫人（魔女化） by 白 熊
Melkor hated the Sea, for he could not subdue it. It is said that in the making of Arda he endeavoured to draw Ossë to his allegiance, promising to him all the realm and power of Ulmo, if he would serve him. So it was that long ago there arose great tumults in the sea that wrought ruin to the lands. But Uinen, at the prayer of Aulë, restrained Ossë and brought him before Ulmo; and he was pardoned and returned to his allegiance, to which he has remained faithful. For the most part; for the delight in violence has never wholly departed from him, and at times he will rage in his wilfulness without any command from Ulmo his lord. Therefore those who dwell by the sea or go up in ships may love him, but they do not trust him.
-The Silmarillion, Valaquenta
Imagine that. Uinen subdued Ossë at Aulë’s behest before they became spouses. I suspect she could curb Ossë’s violent tendencies and bring him to heel because her own greater capacity for violence (which she utilised to great effect subduing him) gave him pause. It’s just that she keeps it under control that much better than him. But he knows if ever she rose in wrath, there is nowhere to hide, because even Ulmo knew to give her due respect. Best not to give her any reason to get riled up in the first place!
by Byzwa Dher
‘… I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.’
‘What do you fear, lady?’ he asked.
‘A cage,’ she said. ‘To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.’
– The Lord of the Rings, Volume Three: The Return of the King, Book Five: The War Of The Ring, Chapter 2: The Passing Of The Grey Company
Bear with the incongruity of Éowyn quotes and this image evoking a bedecked daughter of Woodmen.
Gollum’s adventures after the Battle of Five Armies may just be a side-effect in the moment, but coupled with the fading of good-will euphoria from the Battle, and the gradual return to darkness, I imagine the Woodmen of Mirkwood would start stepping up on militarising. Perhaps they even retained the Wood-elves as consultants during the initial setup. And as a result, being a woman of the dark dangerous times, a daughter of the Woodmen could hold her own, just like Éowyn would. Equality ftw.
If some Hunt for Gollum movie happens, and it involves a daughter of the Woodmen, you saw it here first.
Maybe it’s the recent overdose on those things, but without taking anything away from this beautiful art that inspired the musing, I’ll leave it at this, having little interest and entirely too much of movie-makers’ uninspiring tropes that tend to characterise their OCs and the canon warping in their stead.
Black Queen by ARTVORTEX
For of the Maiar many were drawn to his splendour in the days of his greatness, and remained in that allegiance down into his darkness; and others he corrupted afterwards to his service with lies and treacherous gifts.
– The Silmarillion, Valaquenta
For of the Maiar many were…
by NS SATHISH
But Sauron caused to be built upon the hill in the midst of the city of the Númenóreans, Armenelos the Golden, a mighty temple; and it was in the form of a circle at the base, and there the walls were fifty feet in thickness, and the width of the base was five hundred feet across the centre, and the walls rose from the ground five hundred feet, and they were crowned with a mighty dome. And that dome was roofed all with silver, and rose glittering in the sun, so that the light of it could be seen afar off; but soon the light was darkened, and the silver became black. For there was an altar of fire in the midst of the temple, and in the topmost of the dome there was a louver, whence there issued a great smoke….
– The Silmarillion, Akallabêth
But Sauron caused to be…
Swiftly the wolf grew, until he could creep into no den, but lay huge and hungry before the feet of Morgoth. There the fire and anguish of hell entered into him, and he became filled with a devouring spirit, tormented, terrible, and strong. Carcharoth, the Red Maw, he is named in the tales of those days, and Anfauglir, the Jaws of Thirst. And Morgoth set him to lie unsleeping before the doors of Angband, lest Huan come.
-The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion Chapter XIX Of Beren and Lúthien
Swiftly the wolf grew,…