I’m always on the lookout for any tidbits that might either support or dash my hopes for my Prince Runaan headcanon (pt 1, pt 2). The new map in Book One: Moon happened to catch my eye because I spent so much time staring at maps of Mirkwood for my old Thranduil fanfics.
On the left: Mirkwood, in Middle Earth. The turquoise circle at the top right is where the elves currently live, in the Elvenking’s Halls, with Thranduil as their king. The red circle in the bottom right is Dol Guldur, née Amon Lanc, King Oropher’s first castle in the forest before the evil of the shadow gradually pushed the elves northward.
And on the right: similar positions for the Silvergrove and the Ruins of Elarion in Xadia.
I haven’t read the book yet, obviously, since it doesn’t come out until next week, but I’ll be super curious to learn if there are any tiny hints about Elarion’s relationship to the history of the Moonshadow Forest.
But for now, I’m super stoked to see that the forest that the Moonshadows might’ve immigrated eastward to when the lava border was drawn really looks like the forest that Oropher and Thranduil immigrated to after their homeland was lost to them as well. TDP cartographers giving me life today!