Loegenel

Loegenel "Taurondûr"

Name Loegenel
Status
Active
Occupation
Forester, gardener, scout, survivalist
Age
Very old
Race
Elf
Residence
Woodland Realm
Kinship
Outward Appearance

 

Loegenel (Nandorin for "The pond in between"), also called "Taurondûr" (Sindarin for "Dark forester") is a silvan elf living in the Woodland Realm.

 

He loves wandering the forest twilight, and most of the time he is wearing garb made of leather and cloth, reflecting the dark green and brown colours of Greenwood the Great, now called Mirkwood.

Carrying his hunting bow and a hunting knife, he does not appear particularly tall or massive but rather sinewy and lean, with broad shoulders and long legs. Most of the time, his movements are slow and reduced, safe in time of need where he can develop great peaks of speed and agility. With exceptional eyes, ears and nose he tends to constantly scan his environment, a silent observer taking constant notice of his surroundings.

 

 

He still remembers his mother-tongue (Nandorin), though there are few he can speak with in that language. Apart from Sindarin which is the official language of the Woodland Realm, he speaks fluently in the Common Tongue, though an accent may be heard by those who listen closely. He refuses to learn languages like Quenya or Khûzdul.

 

He can be found either within the great cavern city of Felegoth or in the vast forests of the Woodland Realm. A few times a year, he also travels to southern Mirkwood and the Brown Lands, and he has been seen in Lake-Town and the city of Dale as well.

 

Background

 

"The Nandor are the Host of Dan, the Wood-elves, the Wanderers, the Staff-elves, the Green Elves and the Brown, the Hidden People; and those that came at last to Ossiriand are the Elves of the Seven Rivers, the Singers Unseen, the Kingless, the Weaponless, and the Lost Folk, for they are now no more."

(JRR Tolkien, History of Middle-Earth / Morgoth's Ring)

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Loegenel's memory stretches back to a time when his people used to live simple lives as hunters and gatherers.

 

Years of the Trees

During their great migration towards the west, the elves had encountered the mighty Hithaeglir. A part of them, lead by Lenwë (also called Dan) grew afraid of the icy peaks and difficult passages and did not continue the journey. These folk were called the Nandor (meaning "those who go back"), though neither did they go back to Cuiviénen nor did they stay nearby the mountains. Spreading through the lands east of the Hithaeglir, they populated parts of Middle-Earth that were later called Greenwood, the Brown Lands, Rohan and Gondor.

 

 

Loegenel's parents, outsiders in the beginning, were living in the large forest later known as Greenwood the Great. They called home to a place that later bore the name Sanalad (Sindarin for "Garden of Light"). A clear pond lay there, nourished by many wells, in midst of tall trees. There their only son was born, and they gave him the name Loegenel (referring to the life giving water in the centre of their home).

Not much from the childhood of Loegenel is known, but when he counted about eighty summers, the parents decided to abandon Sanalad one day. Nothing is known about their reasons, but it is said that dark creatures had begun to hunt the woods in that time, and the Nandor would rather abandon their homes and hide than stay and fight.

Wandering south, the family eventually met other tribes, and became part of a great clan that had decided to move west. For stories had reached the Nandor from King Elu Thingol who ruled a mighty realm in the west, in safety and prosperity.

Uniting under the son of Lenwë, an elf called Denethor whom they made their king, they moved west, taking a long and perilous road. Arriving to west of the Blue Mountains, they found rich and fertile woodlands with rivers and gentle lakes, mild winters and warm summers, called Ossiriand (Sindarin for "Land of Seven Rivers"). Settling there, they quickly made friends with the Sindar, who welcomed their new neighbours, calling them the Laegrim (Sindarin for "Green Elves").

And yet, in the years of Loegenel's youth, the peace of Ossiriand was interrupted, for the dark lord Morgoth in the icy north sent forth his armies to conquer the vast lands of Beleriand. That was when King Thingol Greymantle asked the Laegrim for aid, and the Green Elves answered his call. King Denethor himself lead the host from Ossiriand, but the armies of Angband reached them before they could unite with the Doriathrim. The Laegrim, lightly geared with wooden weapons that did not match the ironclad host of the Orks were driven back. Upon Amon Ereb they suffered terrible losses, and king Denethor was slain among many others.

That day Loegenel lost both his mother and father, and he hardly survived himself, hiding injured under thousands of corpses. Although the Orks were eventually defeated thanks to an united effort by the newly arrived Noldor in the north, Finrod Felagund in the south and Thingol in the east, the Green Elves retreated to Ossiriand, full of fear and grief. Never again they took a king, and they refused to play any further role in the wars of Beleriand. Thus, Ossiriand grew a secretive land, with the hidden singers of the Laegrim never leaving the forests.

 

First Age of the Sun

Loegenel, living upon the river Adurant, slowly getting over his loss, forgetting the horrors of a battlefield had grown very fond of the many trees, flowers and animals living in the woods. Caring for all living and growing things, he lived a life in service of the offspring of Yavanna.

So it came that after many decades he became the witness of a strange yet important event: Beren and Luthien appeared in Ossiriand to live the rest of their life together upon the island of Tol Galen. Some said that not only had this couple regained a Silmaril from the dark lord's crown in Angband, but had mastered fate by returning from the dead. Whether these rumours were true or not, Tol Galen was by that time called Dor Firn-i-Chuinar ("land of the dead that live").

When news came from the north about the assault upon Menegroth by the dwarves of Nogrod and the death of king Elu Thingol, Beren Erchamion prepared himself to waylay the thieves of the Nauglamir. Many of the Laegrim went with him, for Thingol had been a close ally and a loyal friend to the Green Elves from the beginning. Thus, the Hidden People left their lands for one last war.

Loegenel marched among the archers of the Laegrim, and his arrows found many Firebeards on that day. He saw the forest awakening and devouring the dwarven troops...

Little love he has felt for the dwarves ever after, and after the sack of Doriath by the sons of Fëanor he began to feel horrified whenever finding himself in the presence of a Feanorian warrior. 

 

Second Age of the Sun

In the new world that emerged from the War of Wrath and the downfall of Beleriand Ossiriand had heavily changed its face. Sindar, Falathrim and Noldor settled upon the land, sharing it with the native Laegrim. Over the time, the Green Elves mingled with them, thus losing their unique ways of living, most of them even forgetting their language. And so the Lindi (Nandorin for "the singers) silently vanished from history, but their song and their knowledge about nature endured, enriching elven culture, filling forests and glades with melodies of the Hidden Folk.