The Company of the Whiskey Drinking Bear
King of the Woodland Realm
King Thranduil’s bodyguard, Ortanas,vanished while riding with the King to visit the Wayward Elves and convince them to return to the Halls. Ortanas was captured by Tyulquin, who used the elf and artifact to lure Thranduil to a trap, where she planned to force an encounter.
The Company stumbled into the trap instead. Tyulquin’s nervous by the powers behind the scheme involving Legelaven. What power could muscle the daughters of Shelob into falling in step to transport an old human across the forest?
The heroes returned with the elf and Naur Fuin to the Woodland Realm. The Company performed “”/wikis/the-dancing-whiskey-drinking-bear" class=“wiki-page-link”> The Whiskey Drinking Bear" bringing merriment to the elves. Legolas interrupted the performance, saying Thranduil desired to be part of the celebration.
The full company performed the song, bringing joy to the elves. Afterwards, Elebrimborn spoke with Thranduil.
Thranduil convinced Elabrimborn to visit the Wayward Elves and form a plan to relay to Thranduil at the Feast of Five Armies in Lake Town.
Thranduil was one of the Sindar, or Grey Elves. Although the date and place of his birth are unrecorded, he may have been born in Beleriand, during the First Age of Middle-earth.1 Following the end of the First Age and the destruction of much of Beleriand during the War of Wrath many Sindar migrated into the east of Middle-earth. Crossing the Misty Mountains, they found populations of Silvan Elves living in the woodlands that bordered the River Anduin. The Sindar were welcomed by these people and some were made princes over them. Among these was Thranduil’s father Oropher, whose realm included the southern portions of the forest of Greenwood the Great, which was later known as Mirkwood.
At the end of the Second Age Thranduil marched with his father and a large army of their people to join the Last Alliance of Elves and Men in their war against Sauron. The Silvan Elves suffered grievous losses, including Oropher who was slain in the Battle of Dagorlad before the Black Gate of Mordor. Following the war Thranduil, now king of his people, led the remnants of his army, only a third of what had set out, back to their woodland home.2 During the Third Age Thranduil’s people migrated northward in the forest, especially after the year 1000 when a shadow began to fall on its south. Thranduil’s folk eventually settled in north-east Mirkwood, beyond the Forest River. Here they managed to hold the evil emanating from the feared fortress of Dol Guldur at bay and lived lives of guarded peace in both the forest and the great underground halls they built.
Being located so far north, and on the eastern edge of an increasingly perilous Mirkwood, Thranduil’s realm became somewhat isolated, but he established cordial diplomatic and trade relations with the Dwarves and Men who lived nearby in Erebor, Dale, and Esgaroth. However, the attack of the dragon Smaug in TA 2770 destroyed Erebor and Dale, and reduced Esgaroth to a shell of its former self; though there remained a healthy wine trade between the lake and the wood. This situation remained unchanged until the arrival of Bilbo Baggins and a company of Dwarves in TA 2941, on their quest to reclaim Erebor. The Dwarves were captured by Thranduil’s guards and, suspicious of their intentions, he had them locked in his dungeons from which they later escaped inside barrels. After the death of Smaug, Thranduil along with the people of Esgaroth demanded a share of the treasure of Erebor, beginning a confrontation with the Dwarves, who were reinforced by an army from the Iron Hills, that nearly led to war. War with the Dwarves was averted by the intervention of the wizard Gandalf, just prior to the arrival of the allied forces of Orcs and wargs. The combined army of Elves, Dwarves, and Men was victorious in the ensuing Battle of the Five Armies, but at great cost of life. Following the battle, Thranduil established generally positive relations with the re-established kingdoms of Erebor and Dale, but ancient grievances and prejudices between the Dwarves and Elves continued to strain the friendship between the peoples.