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Where did Elladan and Elrohir go just before the Ring set out from Rivendell?

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Sep 27 2009, 2:13pm

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Where did Elladan and Elrohir go just before the Ring set out from Rivendell? Can't Post

I hope I'm not breaking any rules by jumping in with this in the middle of a discussion of another book, but it's something that's been puzzling me for over 35 years and having just been ill and rereading TLotR for the umpteenth time it started puzzling me all over again. I've done a lot of internet searches but the only answer is always - wrongly - that they went to visit Lorien. Originally Gandalf states that Aragorn has set out with the sons of Elrond, but it's then stated that Aragorn and the Rangers had searched the lands far down the Greyflood as far as Tharbad, and that 'the sons of Elrond, Elladan and Ellrohir, were the last to return, they had made a great journey, passing down the Slverlode into a strange country, but of their errand they'd speak to none save Elrond'.
Everything I've come across on the net says it's obvious that their journey was to Lorien, but aside from the fact they returned last and it was definitely implied they went a straight route, not to search widely as the other scouts did, Lorien is hardly further than some of the other routes taken which involved much wider sweeping of the land, theirs is referred to as a 'great journey'.

Then when the company reach Lorien and climb up onto the flet for the night they are greeted by an elf who says he has heard rumours of their coming 'for the messengers of Elrond passed by Lorien on their way home up the Dimrill Stair'.

The messengers seem almost certain to be Elladan and Elrohir, they were obviously known and allowed access, which given Arwen's long sojourns there would make sense, plus it would account for them arriving back last if Lorien was only on the way home, rather than the destination, but where did they go and why? There's no hint it was Minas Tirith, or for that matter Minas Morgul. Does anyone have any answer to this?

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Where did Elladan and Elrohir go just before the Ring set out from Rivendell? redkite Send a private message to redkite Sep 27 2009, 2:13pm
    I don't think there is an answer to this. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Sep 27 2009, 11:48pm
    Really interesting question that I haven't heard before SilentLion Send a private message to SilentLion Sep 29 2009, 10:00pm
        It's good to see you here again! // N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Sep 29 2009, 10:34pm
        I second NEB sador Send a private message to sador Sep 30 2009, 9:10am
            Thanks for the kind words SilentLion Send a private message to SilentLion Oct 1 2009, 8:47pm


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