Meanwhile Back at the Golden Wood

compiled by Linaewen
Ever wonder what Galadriel was up to after she said farewell to the Company? Here's a brief timeline, gleaned from the Tale of Years in the Appendix of LOTR, with help from Michael Perry's book Untangling Tolkien.

February 17

Galadriel, having bid farewell to the Fellowship the day before, sends Gwaihir the Eagle to search for Gandalf. He is found on Mount Zirak-Zigal, and is carried to Lothlorien, where he recovers his strength and is clothed in white by Galadriel.

March 7

While Frodo is being taken to Henneth Annun by Faramir, and Aragorn approaches Dunharrow and the Paths of the Dead, Galadriel sends word to Treebeard to warn him that she has foreseen Sauron's attack upon Lothlorien.

March 11

While Gollum visits Shelob and Faramir heads for Osgiliath, Eastern Rohan is invaded and Lorien is attacked by Sauron's forces issuing from Dol Guldur. On the second day of the battle, the attacking force is defeated by the Ents in Rohan.

March 16

While the Battle of the Pelennor rages, Lorien is attacked a second time but the forces of evil are thrown back.

March 22

As the Host of the West slowly approaches Mordor, and Frodo turns towards Mount Doom, Lorien is assaulted a third time, but stands firm.

March 28

While Frodo and Sam lie asleep, recovering from their ordeal, Celeborn crosses the Anduin and destroys Dol Guldur.

"Three times Lórien had been assailed from Dol Guldur, but besides the valour of the Elven people of that land, the power that dwelt there was too great for any to overcome, unless Sauron had come there himself. Though grievous harm was done to the fair woods on the borders, the assaults were driven back; and when the Shadow passed, Celeborn came forth and led the host of Lórien over Anduin in many boats. They took Dol Guldur, and Galadriel threw down its walls and laid bare its pits, and the forest was cleansed." (The Tale of Years)