Re: [mythsoc] Gollum's rescuers
- Sorry, yes, I meant The Hunt for the Ring. A slip of the brain.The idea that the mountains are the Grey Mountains is an interesting one. It would also help explain Legolas's statement that they came from 'over the mountains', since that implies beyond rather than within, and there are at least lands beyond the Grey Mountains which might have orcs in large numbers.Thanks for people's comments,John----- Original Message -----Sent: Monday, October 18, 2010 9:24 PMSubject: Re: [mythsoc] Gollum's rescuers
Jason Fisher wrote:
> Oh, that was just an accidental slip, Sarah. John meant "The Hunt for
> _the Ring_", notes in the Professor's own hand, published posthumously
> in /Unfinished Tales/.
> > [. . .]
> > When Gollum is being held captive by Thranduil's elves, the elves are
> > attacked by orcs and Gollum escapes. In Legolas's account of this at the
> > Council of Elrond, he says that the orcs 'came from over the mountains,
> > and were unused to woods'. This would imply that they were either from
> > Goblin-town or Moria. However, in the Hunt for Gollum (UT), it is spies
> > from Dol Guldur who discover that Gollum is being held captive, in which
> > case it would seem more likely that orcs from Dol Guldur would have
> > attacked Thranduil's elves, thus not coming over the mountains and
> > certainly being used to the woods in which they dwelled.
Maybe "the mountains" means the Grey Mountains. They were known to
be "simply stiff with goblins, hobgoblins and orcs of the worst
description" (Gandalf in _The Hobbit_) before the Battle of Five
Armies, and may have been badly infested again at the time of the
War of the Ring.
One may speculate that the diversionary raid was launched from
there because a raid from Dol Guldur was sure to have been detected
and met too far away from Thranduil's halls to affect the guard on
> > (Especially as it was
> > Sauron who gave the order, and it is not certain that the orcs of
> > Goblin-town or Moria were particularly under his control.)
That would be true about the Grey Mountains as well. One will
have to assume either that Sauron somehow was able to make the
orcs there strike against Thranduil, or that he sent a force from
Mordor a long way round.