Elrond's scouts return to Rivendell (estimated dates)
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Dates: December 7, 3018 ~ December 17, 3018
An event in the prelude to the Quest of the Ring; see that entry for an overview.
The hobbits had been nearly two months in the House of Elrond, and November had gone by with the last shreds of autumn, and December was passing, when the scouts began to return. Some had gone north beyond the springs of the Hoarwell into the Ettenmoors; and others had gone west, and with the help of Aragorn and the Rangers had searched the lands far down the Greyflood, as far as Tharbad, where the old North Road crossed the river by a ruined town. Many had gone east and south; and some of these had crossed the Mountains and entered Mirkwood, while others had climbed the pass at the source of the Gladden River, and had come down into Wilderland and over the Gladden Fields and so at length had reached the old home of Radagast at Rhosgobel. Radagast was not there; and they had returned over the high pass that was called the Dimrill Stair. The sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir, were the last to return; they had made a great journey, passing down the Silverlode into a strange country, but of their errand they would not speak to any save to Elrond.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 3, The Ring Goes South
'Your quest is known to us,' said Galadriel, looking at Frodo. 'But we will not here speak of it more openly.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 7, The Mirror of Galadriel
[Haldir:] '[We] have heard rumours of your coming, for the messengers of Elrond passed by Lórien on their way home up the Dimrill Stair. We had not heard of hobbits, or halflings, for many a long year, and did not know that any yet dwelt in Middle-earth. You do not look evil! And since you come with an Elf of our kindred, we are willing to befriend you, as Elrond asked; though it is not our custom to lead strangers through our land.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 6, Lothlórien
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