The One Ring: The Darkening of Mirkwood
The Old Oak
Every forest, no matter how great, began with a single tree. The Old Oak is older than Mirkwood, older than the Secondborn race of Men, older than the Misty Mountains. It is a gnarled, half-fallen old thing, almost as wide as it is tall. The Old Oak stands in the middle of an oak glade, supported by the vigorous branches of its offspring, like and aged king held up by his sons. Of all the trees in Mirkwood, it is the most awake, and can speak.
The oak lies deep in the heart of Mirkwood, south of the mountains, in the realm of the Spiders, and neither Elf nor man has spoken to the Old Oak since the Shadow returned after the Watchful Peace. No-one knows if the tree still stands, or, if it does, whose side it is on.
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