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The Loden was a single Elfstone that was affixed to the top of the Ruhk Staff. It was featured in The Elf Queen of Shannara as well as the Genesis of Shannara trilogy.

The Elf Queen of ShannaraEdit

Like all Elfstones, the Loden was created during the Age of Faerie. During their efforts to recover the magics of the old world in the centuries after the passing of the Druid Allanon, the Elves rediscovered the Loden. The Loden was made for the single purpose of transporting the Elven city of Arborlon, and unlike other Elfstones which drew its strength from an individual, the Loden drew its strength from the entire Elven nation. Using the Loden, the Elves took themselves and their city to the island of Morrowindl. Once there, the Loden also was used to create a magic wall around Arborlon called the Keel, which shielded the city from the horde of Shadowen.

Later, Ellenroh Elessedil used the Loden to seal away Arborlon for transport back to Westland. Her granddaughter Wren Elessedil made it back to the Westland and restored to the city to its rightful place atop the Carolan. Wren then intentionally drained the Elfstone of the remainder of its magic as a vow that the Elves would never leave their home again. When she was finished draining the Loden, it had become a useless common rock, and the Ruhk Staff had become a charred, brittle piece of wood.

Genesis of ShannaraEdit

Long ago, during the Age of Faerie, the Elves had conquered the Demons that threatened to destroy the world, sealing them off in another world called the Forbidding. The linchpin of the barrier that kept the Demons in the Forbidding was the Ellcrys, a sentient tree that resided in a part of the world known to the Elves during the Age of Man as the Cintra. The Ellcrys was protected by the Chosen, caretakers specially selected by the tree herself.

During the Age of Man the Ellcrys told two of her Chosen, Kirisin Belloruus and his cousin Erisha Belloruus, the Elven King's daughter, that a force was coming that would forever change the world. The magical tree urged them to find the Elfstones and to use them to locate the Loden, inside which the tree could be safely sealed away for protection and transport during the Great Wars.

Loden

The Loden and the Ruhk Staff.

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