Throughout the Second and Third Ages, Nenya — one of the three rings forged by Celebrimbor for the elves, and given to Galadriel — maintained the forest of Lothlórien against the fading of its splendor. At the end of the Third Age, Galadriel passed to the West with the other ringbearers. Since that time, Lothlórien has begun to fade. Her husband Celeborn, now the sole ruler of that realm, crossed the Anduin to lay waste to Dol Guldur, which became Amon Lanc once again. Celeborn made it the center of power of the new realm of East Lorien.

After the death of her husband King Elessar, Celeborn’s granddaughter Arwen came to Lothlórien to die upon the mound of Cerin Amroth. Now, it would seem, with his wife already departed for Valinor and his granddaughter dead, Celeborn and his people are preparing to make the journey into the West themselves. He intends to leave Lothlórien to the Elvenking Thranduil. Caras Galadhon, once the center of Lothlórien, now stands nearly abandoned. Tauriel, the captain of Thranduil’s guard, leads a regiment of Silvan elf soldiers to occupy the site. They are concerned by the orcs in the nearby mines of Moria, but hope to keep them contained within their deep tunnels.

Tolkien Gateway: Lothlórien


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