As shown here: Thranduil, with elves on foot behind him, sits mounted on a large, somewhat shaggy-coated quadruped with a horse-like face, deer-like ears and strange antlers that have the thickness of a moose's but the spikiness of a deer's

What is this creature?

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    Video game questions are out of our scope. We can tell you about the creature Thranduil is riding, but you'll find Arqade more helpful for questions about LotR Online. (Lothlórien is a forest. Thranduil is the elven king played by Lee Pace.)
    – BESW
    Feb 8, 2014 at 23:17
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    Absolutely non-authoritative answer: an Irish Elk
    – Niall C.
    Feb 8, 2014 at 23:21
  • @NiallC. I don't think it's ever specified in the book exactly what Thranduil rode, only that he did ride, so that's probably the best answer. Feb 8, 2014 at 23:24
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    @BESW What the... The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a movie. That strange elk is shown in the movie. What videogame are you talking about? :P
    – Andres F.
    Feb 9, 2014 at 0:14
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    It's a moose! The Elves must be Canadian! May 16, 2014 at 20:58

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Megaloceros, the Giant Elk.

These are an extinct real-world creature, and there's no reference to them in any of the books. Thranduil is only said to have ridden... something... and so the film producers chose a cool visual appropriate to the Woodland Realm.

  • Ironic, there is a theory that Giant Elk extinction was caused by their moor like habitat becoming more wooded. Apr 25, 2023 at 15:26

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