The subject of this article originates from non-canonical sources. To find out about what is considered "canon" see LOTR:Canon.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogyEdit
Its second and last appearance is during The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, when Thranduil arrives in Dale to deliver food for Bard and his people. The elk continuously accompanied the Elven-king throughout the ordeal at the gates of Erebor. It is later seen assisting Thranduil when the battle broke out, using its massive antlers to trap Orcs. It is killed when an arrow pierced its head.
- More elk comically appear in the game LEGO The Hobbit: The Video Game, wherein they are shown as free-roaming elk within the palace.
- King Thranduil's elk may have been inspired by the Megaloceros ("Irish Elk") which a prehistoric genus of deer which roamed Europe during the Pleistocene. In The Desolation Of Smaug, Thranduil's throne appears to be comprised of Megaloceros antlers.