The Elvenking's Halls[1] was a cave system in northern Mirkwood, in which King Thranduil and many of the Elves of Mirkwood lived during most of the Third Age and into the Fourth Age.

Description Edit

The halls were just inside the eastern border of Mirkwood on the north bank of the Forest River, some miles upstream from Esgaroth.[1] The great cave had many passages and wide halls and was more wholesome than the goblin tunnels in the Misty Mountains. While most of the Elves lived in the woods the king's halls served as his palace and treasure vault, and was also a fortress for the Elves in times of danger.[2]

The entryway to the halls had huge stone doors[2] that were closed and secured by magic. The throne room for Thranduil was a great hall with pillars carved from the living rock. In lower levels were cells for prisoners and at the lowest part of the caves were the cellars of the king. These cellars were built over an underground stream so that empty barrels could be dropped into the water and floated out to the Forest River through a gate barred by a portcullis.[3]

History Edit

About TA 1050 the Shadow began to fall upon Greenwood (causing it to be called Mirkwood).[4] In response, King Thranduil led his people to the north-east corner of the forest and delved there a fortress and series of great halls underground. He was inspired in this enterprise by Thingol's halls of Menegroth in Doriath during the First Age[5], and like Thingol, he used the skill of the Dwarves[6] to aid in making his stronghold, though the Elvenking's Halls of Mirkwood were less grand than that magnificent ancient cavern.

In the autumn of TA 2941[4] Thorin and Company were traversing Mirkwood and had run out of food. Spotting some woodland feasts the Company attempted to enter these gatherings but were thwarted each time. On the third attempt Thorin was captured and brought to Thranduil's halls where he was interrogated by the king. Angered by Thorin's refusal to answer his questions, Thranduil had Thorin locked in his innermost cell.[2]

Soon after, the twelve remaining dwarves (but not Bilbo Baggins) were taken by the Elves and brought to Thranduil's halls. They fared no better with the king and were also locked in the king's dungeon. Bilbo though, through the invisibility conferred by his ring, roamed about the halls and discovered the cellars and the trap door leading to the underground stream. Through good luck Bilbo was able to obtain the keys to the dwarves' cells, free them, and pack them into empty barrels in the cellar. Workers then came and rolled the barrels through the trap door and thus the hobbit (riding one of the barrels) effected the escape of the Company from Thranduil's halls.[3]

In TA 3017, Aragorn captured Gollum in the Dead Marshes and brought him to Thranduil's halls.[4] As was told in the Council of Elrond, Gollum was kept in prison but had been allowed to climb a tree, with guards to watch him.[7] About 20 June TA 3018, Orcs attacked and Gollum disappeared.[8]

During the War of the Ring Thranduil's realm had been invaded but on 15 March TA 3019 he was victorious over the forces of Dol Guldur. With the passing of Sauron Thranduil's domain was extended to the Mountains of Mirkwood[8] but presumably he continued to live in the same halls.

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Sale van Thranduil
Albanian Salla e Thranduil
Amharic ጥህራንዱኢል ውስጥ አዳራሾች
Arabic قاعات ثراندويل
Armenian Սրահներից Թրանդուիլ
Azerbaijani Thranduilın zallarının
Basque Thranduil Aretoen
Belarusian Cyrillic Залы Трандуіл
Bengali ঠ্রান্দুইল হলসমূহ
Bosnian Dvorana Thranduila
Bulgarian Cyrillic Зали на Тхрандуил
Burmese ဌ္ရန္ဒုဣလ္ ၏ခန်းမ ?
Catalan Sales de Thrànduil
Chichewa Nyumba ya Thranduil
Chinese 瑟蘭督伊大厅
Croatian Dvorana Thranduila
Czech Haly z Thranduil
Esperanto Salonoj de Thranduil
Estonian Saali Thranduil
Filipino Bulwagan ng Thranduil
Finnish Thranduilin salit
French Salles de Thranduil
Frisian Sealen fan Thranduil
Danish Haller af Thranduil
Dutch De Zalen van Thandruil
Galician Salóns de Thranduil
Georgian დარბაზები თჰრანდუილი
German Hallen von Thranduil
Greek Αίθουσες του θρανδυιλ
Gujarati ઠ્રન્દુઇલ ના હોલ
Haitian Creole Sal nan Thranduil
Hausa Majami'un na Thranduil
Hawaiian Keʻena o Thranduil
Hebrew אולמות של ת'רנדויל
Hindi ठ्रन्दुइल के हॉल
Hungarian Thranduil Csarnoka
Icelandic Sölum af Thranduil
Igbo Nzukọ nke Thranduil ?
Indonesian Ruang-ruang Thranduil
Irish Gaelic Hallaí na Thranduil
Italian Sale di Thranduil
Japanese スランドゥイルのホール
Javanese Aula Thranduil
Kannada ಥ್ರನ್ದುಯಿಲ್ ಸಭಾಂಗಣಗಳಲ್ಲಿ
Kazakh Тһрандұілтың залдары (Cyrillic) Thranduiltıñ zaldarı (Latin)
Kurdish Salonên ji Thranduil (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Korean 스란두일의 홀
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Тhрандуил залдарында
Laotian ຫ້ອງການຂອງ ຕຫrະນດຸິຣ ?
Latin Atrium Thranduil
Latvian Zāles Thranduil
Lithuanian Salėse Thranduil
Luxembourgish Hale vun Thranduil
Macedonian Cyrillic Салите на Тхрандуил
Marathi ठ्रन्दुइल च्या हॉलमध्ये
Malagasy Ny Lalantsara' ny Thranduil
Maltese Swali tal-Thranduil
Mongolian Cyrillic Тhрандуил-ын танхим
Nepalese ठ्रन्दुइल को हल
Norwegian Haller av Thranduil
Pashto د سالونونه طهراندویل
Persian سالن های تراندوئیل
Polish Jaskinie Thranduila
Portuguese Salões de Thranduil
Punjabi ਠ੍ਰਨ੍ਦੁਇਲ ਦੇ ਹਾਲ
Romanian Sali de Thranduil
Russian Залы Трандуил
Scottish Gaelic Tallaichean de Thranduil
Serbian Тхрандуилове Дворане (Cyrillic) Thranduilove Dvorane (Latin)
Sesotho Liholo Tsa Thranduil
Shona Dzimba dzose Thranduil
Sinhalese ඨ්‍රඳුඉල් ශාලා
Slovak Sály Thranduil
Slovenian Dvorane Thranduil
Somalian Hoolka of Thranduil
Spanish Salas de Thranduil
Swahili Kumbi za Thranduil
Swedish Thranduils Salar
Tajik Cyrillic Толорҳои аз Тҳрандуил
Tamil ட்ஹ்ரந்துஇல் அரங்குகள்
Thai ห้องโถงของ ธ ธรันดูอิล
Turkish Thranduil'in salonları
Ukrainian Cyrillic Зали Тграндуіл
Urdu ہالوں کے ترندوال
Uzbek Тҳрандуилнинг залларида (Cyrillic) Thranduilning zallarida (Latin)
Vietnamese Hội trường của Thranduil
Welsh Neuaddau Thranduil
Yiddish האַללס פון טהראַנדויל
Yucatec Maya Salas u Thranduil

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Map of Wilderland"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Flies and Spiders"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the RingsThe Two Towers, "The Road to Isengard"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the RingsThe Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  8. 8.0 8.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"