The forests south of the Mountains of Mirkwood have long been contested ground, and now is no different. The trade route through Mirkwood is profitable for those travelling it and also those raiding the travellers. The orcs have allowed their Uruk-hai allies to shelter within their caves, if somewhat unwillingly. As usual the arrangement between these tribes is strained at best. In related news, the Lords of Gondor have made an agreement with Troy Volrath to allow the Free Peoples some respite when needed.
Credit: Turamarth and Orome