Frodo. Toto. Same dif.
Rivendell was an Elven stronghold founded by Elrond during the War of Elves and Sauron. It was not built as a fortified castle but rather an outpost with a garrison, using the surrounding of the treacherous steep rocks and rivers as a natural defense. Located at the base of the Misty Mountains in Eastern Eriador along the river Bruinen, hidden within the valley. It’s location, decided during a war, became a sanctuary for those engaged or fleeing from future wars, Notably survivors from the Destruction of Eregion.
It would face a siege from the forces of Angmar but prevailed from Gil-Galad’s reinforcements.
It’s second major military engagement was it’s service as a staging point for Gil-Galad’s army during the War of the Last Alliance. During the 2nd Age it was deemed one of the safest places for the Free People’s and became the home of both artifacts (Shards of Narsil and the Ring of Barahir), the remaining Dúnedain, and many of the Noldor before they passed to the Undying Lands. The 2nd and 3rd age would see Rivendell grow in importance as a center of learning and refuge, notable people including Aragorn and Arwen (falling in love (Aw)), and home of notable Elves such as Glorfindel, Elladin, Elrohir, and Gildor. By the Third Age Imladris (as it was called in Sindarin) was a notable stopping point for anyone affiliated with the elves. Gandalf and his dwarven company stopped there on their Quest for Erebor. Bilbo Baggins fled there upon his 111th birthday. Upon the discovery of the One Ring it was decided that the Ring should be brought to Rivendell and a Council was held on it’s fate. Here the Fellowship of the Ring was formed and set out for it’s ultimate quest. During the War of the Ring it remained a base of operations for the Commanders of the West, but never fell to siege or war. The Destruction of the One Ring was followed by a mass exodus of the Elves of Rivendell as they all went West. It’s legacy remained as a place of history and culture rather than a military position, and it was invaluable in preserving the history and alliance of the Free Peoples.
“’What about Rivendell and the Elves? Is Rivendell safe?’”.
“‘Yes, at present, until all else is conquered. The Elves may fear the Dark Lord, and they may fly before him, but never again will they listen to him or serve him. And here in Rivendell there live still some of his chief foes: The Elven-wise, lords of the Eldar for those who have dwelt in the Blessed Realm live at once in both worlds, and against both the Seen and the Unseen they have great power’“.
– Gandalf reassuring Frodo of the safety of Rivendell, Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings.
And why isn’t this a Valentine’s Day card?
Basically, whatever directions they give you, go the other direction.
Basically, whichever way they tell you to go, go the other way
*sniff* Ahh. L’odeur de Strider. Very chic.
Frodo. Toto. Same dif.
This looks like a picture from a weird Bring Your Child to Work Day.
of the ti-iger. Hey, if the song fits, sing it.