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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 '14 at 23:17
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    Absolutely non-authoritative answer: an Irish Elk – Niall C. Feb 8 '14 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. – Anthony Grist Feb 8 '14 at 23:24
  • @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 '14 at 0:14
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    It's a moose! The Elves must be Canadian! – DJClayworth May 16 '14 at 20:58

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.

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