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Thranduil in Elk

King Thranduil on his elk

Thranduil's elk is a steed that appears in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as the main method of transportation by the King of Mirkwood, Thranduil.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogyEdit


Thranduil and his elk before the Battle of the Five Armies

It makes its first appearance during the prologue of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. When the dragon Smaug attacks the Lonely Mountain, King Thranduil arrives astride his elk.

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.

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  • 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.

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