Chapter 8: Fire and Ice  

Prerequisite: Chapter 7: Evil Tidings
Series Name: Vol. 1, Book 5: The Last Refuge
Leads To: Book V Tale: Fire and Ice
Leads To: Foreword: Turning to the North
Includes Quest: Instance: Fire and Ice
Start Zone: Rivendell
Start Area: The Last Homely House
Start Location: Elrond's Library
Start Mob: Elrond
Flags: Epic, Fellowship
Items Rewarded:Cash Granted: 44s 80c
Quest Level: 43
Min Level: 38
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Bestowal

'What the Nazgûl seeks has become apparent to me, (your name). Glóin told you of the fall of Helegrod, I expect: Durin, the fifth such dwarf to bear that name, slew the dragon Thorog but perished during the battle alongside most of his company? When it became clear that Helegrod was a place of evil and their attempts to restore it futile, the dwarves removed the riches from the treasury and left the dragon's body to moulder.

'However, I fear the cold and ice of Orod Lostol may have preserved the body of the dragon far longer than any would have thought. Even after death and the passage of so many years, the body of Thorog would possess much power. I fear that Drugoth the Gaunt-lord might use his arts to place some spirit within that corpse, raising the most terrible of wights to the service of Angmar.

'A dragon-wight within reach of Imladris is too grave a threat to be ignored. I must ask you to go into the treasury of Helegrod and put an end to the plans of Drugoth and the Nazgûl. It will be a difficult task, so gather a party of mighty warriors and go forth.'

Background

Elrond told you that after the dwarf-king Durin defeated Thorog the dragon, the body of the dragon was left to moulder in the empty treasury of Helegrod. He fears that the ice and cold of Orod Lostol will have preserved the body to such an extent that the arts of the Gaunt-lord, Drugoth, may be able to instill it with a fell spirit and raise it as a wight.

Notes

Going around the cave clockwize, the oblisks are in tunnel 2, 4 and 5.