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Location of Llanowar
Visions of Llanowar. Art by Glen Angus, Rob Alexander, Phillip Straub, and Anthony S. Waters.

Llanowar is a gigantic lush forest region in South Aerona, southeast of Benalia on Dominaria.[1][2] It is bordered by the Kb'Briann Highlands, the Durkwood, the Ironclaw Mountains and the Erg Mirab.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

Llanowar ranges in width from several hundred miles to over a thousand miles at its widest point. This vast and ancient forest is populated by the Llanowar elves, fierce beings who are very reclusive (some say xenophobic). Redwood treefolk live in the heart of Llanowar, and aboroths are powerful elementals that grow from the soil and terrorize the elves on occasion. The forest is known to goblins as the Forest of Death. Mirri, a cat-warrior who was trained in magic together with Gerrard, lived for a while in Llanowar.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Some scholars claim it is the tremendous size of the forest that has long protected the Llanowar elves, but although it is quite vast indeed, it is not in any way unique in its size. The elves in Llanowar divide themselves into tribes, or elfhames. There are seven of these elven kingdoms contained within the forest realm. Each elfhame has a distinct populace, territory, leadership and social structure. They differ from communal treetowns to tribal matriarchies. Although most of them get along with one another, there is occasional strife between them. The uniting imperative is to protect their homes from the orcs and goblins of the Ironclaw Mountains.[4]

Elfhames[edit | edit source]

Other locations[edit | edit source]

  • The Llanowar rivers (among them the Fors river, the Selendine River and the Moen river) have their outlet to the sea in the Fors Basin.
  • Jubilar, the former eighth Elfhame destroyed in the phyrexian Invasion. Its survivors were taken up by the Kelfae.
    • Welspree, a former port city of the Jubilar, now half-sunk in the waters of Lake Ardkanor.[5]
  • Pendelhaven. A great tree, believed to be old as Dominaria itself and home to the maro-sorcerer Molimo.

History[edit | edit source]

Since the Ice Age, the Llanowar elves have had to protect their forest from the ravages of outsiders seeking precious firewood. Though they do have some contact with their neighbours, they have done a remarkable job of keeping other peoples and cultures from influencing their home. They maintain a strict belief, grounded in religion, that they must keep some distance from other peoples in order to retain their mystical connection to nature and their forest home. The Llanowar and the Shanodin dryads share a deep respect and connection despite the tremendous distance (several thousand miles) between their forests.

With the help of Freyalise the elves of Llanowar managed to keep their cultures intact throughout even the most difficult of times.[7] This isolationist philosophy is taken to its most extreme by the Order of the Steel Leaf, a select cadre of elves said to have been brought together by Freyalise herself. The beautiful half-elven planeswalker is considered a goddess by the elves of Llanowar, who are unaware of her heritage. The Steel Leaf are zealous to maintain the purity of Llanowar. Any non-native entering their territory risks their life in doing so. They have even been known to direct their isolationist zeal against elves of other elfhames.

Invasion[edit | edit source]

During the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria, all Llanowar rallied around Eladamri's banner and united in his name.

Post-Mending[edit | edit source]

Llanowar was one of the first Dominarian regions that was rejuvenated after the Mending.[8] Due to the casualties suffered during the Invasion and the Rift Era, half of Llanowar's current population consists of adolescents, aged sixty or below.

Note[edit | edit source]

In prerevisionist continuity Lord Magnus of Llanowar was the Nature Spirit of the forest. Ever since the "revision" Magnus is the Nature Spirit of the forests of Argenti instead. The current Nature Spirit of Llanowar is Molimo.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Doug Beyer (September 02, 2009). "The Planes of Planechase". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Martha Wells (March 21, 2018). "Return to Dominaria, Episode 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Ethan Fleischer (April 20, 2018). "Dominarian Cartography". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic the Gathering: Calendar 1997.
  5. a b c J. Robert King (2000), Invasion. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. a b Flavor text for Llanowar Scout
  7. Magic Arcana (August 16, 2005). "The elves of Llanowar". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Ethan Fleischer on Twitter