Happy New Year to everyone! Nothing new to upload but after seeing 'The Hobbit' last week, it reminded me of an image I took at last years Medieval Festival at Herstmonceaux Castle, Dwarves and long beards etc Was a great film by the way, can't wait for part two!
Erebor became the home of the Folk of Durin, a clan of Dwarves known as the Longbeards, after they were driven from their ancestral home of Khazad-dûm. In the latter days of the Third Age, this Kingdom Under the Mountain held one of the largest dwarven treasure hoards in Middle-earth. The mountain was aptly named, as it stood hundreds of miles from the nearest mountain range. Tolkien's map shown in The Hobbit depicts the mountain as having six ridges stretching out from a central peak that was snowcapped well into Spring. The whole mountain was perhaps ten miles in diameter, with Dale, a town of Men, built between the two southern spurs.
Few escaped the fire of the Dragon Smaug when he fell with death and ruin upon the Dwarf realm of Erebor beneath the Lonely Mountain. Even fewer expected to find King Thror or his son Thrain among the survivors, but against all hope the Longbeards had escaped the sack of the city by way of a secret passage.
Centuries later, the precious key to this back door to the mountain kingdom would find its way into the hands of Thorin Oakenshield, grandson of Thror and the heir to Erebor, and with it, hope of restoring his thone.
Song of the Lonely Mountain
Thanks for your time and as always, your thoughts/comments are very welcome!
Regards - Sarah J x