So this is Middle Earth as of mid-april when you last saw it:
And this is where I am now:
There are now 12000 stitches in, so still a way to go ;-)
I am also trying a new technique to avoid gridlines when working on big blocks of color. I'll explain this in my next post (which will be Kriemhild's Revenge), because you can see it better on that project. But you can already see that there is a sort of zick-zack line instead of a strait edge ;-) Up to now, this looks like quite promising.