You might get some mileage out of the lotr.wikia.com pages on Mirkwood (http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Mirkwood) and the Woodland Realm (http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Woodland_Realm). Big important thing: after the war, when the dust has settled and Celeborn's host has pwned Dol Guldur, Thranduil and Celeborn decide to rename the region from "Mirkwood" to "Eryn Lasgalen":
Originally Posted by TreeHuggerSong
Sooooo, I guess I could see you calling it "Eryn Lasgalen"--but it'd be pretty early! Right now the place is pretty messed-up. And Legolas himself seems to call it "Mirkwood," judging from a quick text search through the book; looks like Haldir does as well. I guesssss . . . I mean, OK, evidently Thranduil is a Sindar, and Legolas is therefore at least half-Sindar; I guess there's this notion of a Sindarin royalty ruling Silvan-Elves in the Woodland Realm. So I suppose your character's distaste for the name "Mirkwood" could be part of a broader distaste for the ways of the Sindar aristocracy? And your character could (prematurely) want to call the region "Eryn Lasgalen" or "Eryn Galen"? But--I dunno, man, it feels like overreaching to say that that'd be the conventional practice among Wood-Elves. I'd seriously consider just going with "Mirkwood."
In the North also there had been war and evil. The realm of Thranduil was invaded, and there was long battle under the trees and great ruin of fire; but in the end Thranduil had the victory. And on the day of the New Year of the Elves, Celeborn and Thranduil met in the midst of the forest; and they renamed Mirkwood Eryn Lasgalen, the Wood of Greenleaves. Thranduil took all the northern region...
What would a Sindarin translation for "Woodland Realm" be, by the way? That might be a good alternative. Of course, the Woodland Realm is a political entity rather than a geographic one; it's the part of (northern) Mirkwood ruled by Thranduil.
Last edited by Iralith; Jun 12 2014 at 04:05 PM.
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