On This Day in Middle-earth

March 22th

The dreadful nightfall.

Frodo and Samwise leave the road and turn south to Mount Doom.

Third assault on Lórien.


Traveling through Mordor you would think Frodo and Sam would want to do everything they could to get off the road and stay out of sight. Logic tells us that’s the right way to go, but Mordor’s environment is incredibly harsh and when there’s not jagged rocks to make traveling difficult there’s huge thorn bushes that tear at your clothes.

It would’ve taken them way too long a time to travel through that terrain.

We also need to consider the fact that at this point most of the roads and areas surrounding them are deserted. Why you might ask? Sauron is gathering all his armies to the Black Gate in an effort to defeat Aragorn and the remaining captains. Gondor has been a thorn in his side since, well forever, and now he has a chance to wipe out their king and remaining warriors. He’s not going to pass that up.

The third assault on Lórien takes place today, Sauron cannot let this place go, not with Galadriel and Celeborn residing there. He knows this is an Elven stronghold to defeat them here would be a major show of force.

Thank you for your time and remember, renewed shall be blade that was broken.

– The Wandering One

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