Azalais (azalaisdep) wrote in tolkien_weekly,

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Ironmongery challenge, Rasp - More Dangerous, Less Wise

Honestly, Muse, since when were drabbles like buses? None for ages and then three come along at once?  Oh, well...

Author: Azalais
Title: More Dangerous, Less Wise
Source: The Hobbit, Unfinished Tales (The Quest of Erebor), LoTR Appendices
Characters: Thranduil, Legolas
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Middle-earth belongs to Tolkien and his heirs: I wander there for fun, not profit

More Dangerous, Less Wise

“The Wise – hah! – deign to assault Dol Guldur.”  Thranduil's penknife rasps furiously at his quill. “No matter that we have battled the Darkness unregarded for an Age; now that it suits their purposes... Oh, I do not blame Mithrandir; he has urged them to this for yeni, I know.  And Radagast loves too greatly bird and beast to notice overmuch the politics of Men or Elves. But Curunir... I do not trust.”

“But if Sauron is driven forth, then – the other Elven-realms?...”

“Imladris, Lothlórien, Mithlond?” Thranduil's bitter laugh surprises his son. “Fear not, Legolas. They are safe enough.... all three.”


Author's Notes: 
It's entirely (I think) my head-canon that a) the location of the Three Rings in the late Third Age is not universally known or spoken of even among Elves; b) Thranduil does know, or has worked out, or suspects, that Cirdan, Galadriel and Elrond each have a Ring (but he doesn't know that Cirdan gave Narya to Gandalf; in any case, perhaps some protective effect of Narya's long presence at Mithlond lingers there) and c) he hasn't told Legolas.  I spent a happy chapter of Amid the Powers and Chances of the World (chapter 9, should anyone else be interested!) messing with Legolas' head when he works it out after the Council of Elrond :-)

The White Council met in total four times (that we know of) during the Third Age, and Gandalf had been urging an attack on Dol Guldur since at least 2851, opposed for much of that time by Saruman. I know people also debate whether Thranduil is a member of the White Council (given that Elrond, Galadriel and Cirdan are known in canon to be so); but the very fact that (if Thranduil is indeed the Elven-King of The Hobbit) he is feasting/dealing with the Dwarves in Mirkwood at almost exactly the time the Council are assaulting Dol Guldur at last, suggests that he isn't. Which would all feed in to my head-canon of his chip on the shoulder/feeling of being sidelined as a non-Ringbearer by the so-called Wise, while he gets on with keeping back the Shadow year in and year out...

Tags: author: azalaisdep, challenge: ironmongery: rasp, character: legolas, character: thranduil
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