Sauron attacks Osgiliath.
About the same time Thranduil is attacked, and Gollum escapes.
For the most part we’ve been keeping up with the chronological order of events, but at this point in the year we’re beginning to lap the events in the books. Now we’re back at the beginning of our story.
Today, Sauron begins making moves against the free people’s of Middle-earth. He decides to attack his longtime enemies in Gondor, and he commands an attack against Thranduil. When Sauron had released Gollum he hadn’t expected others having interest in the creature. He was mistaken.
At this point of time in the story, Aragorn and Gandalf had been making moves to learn all they could about the Ring in Frodo’s possession. Aragorn was the one that captured Gollum after his release, he was the one that took Gollum to Thranduil. Yes, Sauron has been bidding his time and setting up his moves, but Gandalf has been busy too.
Thank you for your time, and remember, the crownless again shall be king.
– The Wandering One