Celeborn crosses Anduin; destruction of Dol Guldur begun.
Three times Sauron waylaid Lórien, and even though many trees and land were ruined the strength of the Elves was too much for Sauron’s forces. Only Sauron himself could’ve successfully conquered Lórien. When the Ring was destroyed, shadow and fear was lifted from the hearts of the Elves and fell upon his forces. Celeborn then came forth and led his forces over the Anduin and towards Dol Guldor. There the Elves fought to rid this place of Sauron’s evil-doing.
“Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, and the forest was cleansed.”
The war may be over for Gondor but Sauron attacked more than one region, Dale and Erebor were under attack, Lórien was under attack, and so was Thranduil in Mirkwood. Sauron’s plan, it seems, was to thin out his opponents forces and I think that was a mistake. Imagine if he has concentrated his focus on defeating Gondor. He might have succeeded and there would’ve been no battle at his front door to distract him from Frodo and Sam. Hindsight is 20/20, he probably should’ve listened to Illuvatar’s plan a little better.
Thank you, so much, for your time and remember, a light from the shadows shall spring.
– The Wandering One