The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy began as a writing exercise in July of 2015 on Tumblr while I was working (and waiting) on another project. When someone had read a minor excerpt once, they asked me to write Thranduil’s story. I didn’t want to at the time for many reasons (one was the other project that I am still waiting on). The biggest reason was my love and respect for Tolkien. When I eventually decided to write it, I would only write under specific specifications: 1) it would have to follow the History of Middle Earth, 2) it would have to have a plausible and fitting storyline that could be seen as coming from Middle Earth even as an original piece of writing, and 3) it would have to use only Tolkien-isms from the tone to the use of only Tolkien Elvish and/or Tolkien Languages (none of the film elvish). By the end of 2015, I called it a Trilogy. I had no idea at the time it would actually turn into one until I realized that in six months, I had written well over 100 + pages of what would become part of the (now) completed Book II: The Saga of Thranduil (522 pages).
Within a year, I accumulated every book Tolkien ever wrote on Middle Earth (including The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings), several essays and in the past few months discussed Tolkien with the Mythopoeic Society, who have been instrumental in research, critique and answering my annoying questions from time to time. On July 14, 2016, the first book of the trilogy (which is actually the second book in the trilogy) was completed and few days later, Book III: To Eryn Lasgalen began with much fanfare. Book I (which begins with the sundering of the Elves) has many awaiting its inauguration as Book III begins the final chapter in the life of Thranduil and the Mirkwood Elves during and after the War of the Ring.
Since beginning The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy, it has become somewhat of a success–much to my surprise. I never thought it would go so far so quickly–from a few words to an online point of interest with a modest but growing number of followers. It opened up a new chapter in my life and helped me overcome my fear of writing narrative. The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy now has opened up a number of possibilities that are now being explored.
The story (known in shorthand as TKWRT) has added over 170 new characters (mostly elves) all created within the Tolkien universe for authenticity. It is an original tale woven into the fabric of the History of Middle Earth including events such as The War of the Last Alliance, The Battle of the Five Armies and soon The War of the Ring. Books II/III are from the perspective of Thranduil, the elvenking of the Woodland Realm (Eryn Galen/Mirkwood/Eryn Lasgalen) from childhood. Book I will be from the perspectives of his grandfather (Orothôn) and father, King Oropher and the very foundations of Greenwood the Great (Eryn Galen).
The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy has a newsfeed: (http://tkwrtnewsfeed.tumblr.com) where updates and information is posted–and then some.