The House of Isildur
"In the year 1975 of the Third Age, a party of Dunedain led by the brothers Laegened and Haerdor traveled north into Forochel to reclaim the relics left behind in the flight from the wreck of Fornost..."
Candaith has decided to tell you of some key events in the history of the Dunedain.
In the year 1975 of the Third Age, a party of Dunedain led by the brothers Laegened and Haerdor traveled north into Forochel to reclaim the relics left behind in the flight from the wreck of Fornost.
Haerdor has scouted ahead and wishes to speak with you.
Your brother Haerdor has asked you to use your stealthy abilities to clear the path ahead of worms.
Haerdor says, "There are worms ahead, Laegened. Clear them from the path that we may pass."
'Laegened's ability to remain unseen was unrivalled in the North.'
'Laegened worked quickly, and soon half of the worms were defeated. Only three remained.'
'Laegened cleared the path of the Winter-worms and returned to Haerdor.'
Haerdor has arrived on the shores of the Ice Bay, beholding the broken ship that was sent to rescue Arvedui. He waits to speak with you.
'The small party continued north, coming at last to the shores of the Ice Bay.'
Haerdor is waiting to speak with you on the shores of the Ice Bay.
Haerdor is waiting to speak with you on the shores of the Ice bay.
Haerdor says, "Hurry, Laegened! This way!"
Haerdor says, "There are people ahead, but...no sign of our king."
'But even as they raced along the shore, they knew what awaited them.'
Haerdor says, "Hoy there! What can you tell us of that ship?"
'Hasikka, the chieftain of that people, simply shook his head.'
Hasikka says, "You are the people of the tall king."
'It was not a question. The Dunedain had been expected.'
Haerdor says, "If you speak of King Arvedui, know that he is our liege! What has become of him?"
Hasikka says, "The tall king sheltered us for a time, until the great sea-monster came."
Hasikka says, "We warned him not to climb atop it. Our shamans smelled danger on the air."
Hasikka says, "He did not listen."
Haerdor says, "How could this happen?"
Hasikka says, "The power of the Witch-king is very strong in Winter. His ice broke the sea-monster's back."
Hasikka says, "Who now will rule your people? Did the tall king have no sons?"
'Laegened explained then to Hasikka that Arvedui had a son. The line would continue.
Hasikka says, "Only the treasure he gave to me remains."
Haerdor says, "Wait. What treasure is this of which you speak?"
Hasikka says, "Before he left us, at his peril, the tall king gave to me a ring."
Hasikka says, "He said it had no power, but his people would give much to have it back."
Haerdor says, "Laegened, I need a word with you."
'It was in this way that the Ring of Barahir was saved.'
'For more than nine hundred years, the descendents of Arvedui ruled as chieftains of the Dunedain.'
'In the year Twenty-nine Thirty of the 3rd Age, Arador, the Chieftain of the Dunedain, was taken captive by the Hill-trolls.
'Corugur and Glangon, two of his closest allies, journeyed far into the Ettenmoors to rescue him.'
Glangon says, "I will climb the slope and support you from above. You take the low road."
'Corugur carefully dealt with the goblins he encountered.'
'The goblins would long whisper of the shadow that cut down their fellows that day.'
'The goblins fell before him, and Corugur came to the den of the Hill-trolls.'
'The Hill-trolls were defeated, but it was too late, the chieftain of the Dunedain was dead.'
Glangon says, "Oh no! Arador! Arador!"
'The Rangers fervently hoped that Arador's son Arathorn would rule long as their chief, but it was not to be.'
'One year after the birth of his son, Aragorn, Arathorn was slain by orcs, and his wife fled to Rivendell.'
'In the year Twenty-nine Fifty-six of the Third Age, Aragorn was about to make an important acquaintance.'
Aragorn says, "I wish to see the great kingdoms of the South, Tugonn."
Aragorn says, "Who is that on the road ahead? Few travellers take this way."
Aragorn says, "You are a long way from home, old man. What brings you to this road?"
'The old man smiled with amusement.'
Old Man says, "What you say is true. It might also be said of you, Aragorn son of Arathorn."
Aragorn says, "How do you know my name? No, hold , Tugonn. I do not believe this man is our enemy."
Old Man says, "I know a great deal about you."
Old Man says, "I know that you were fostered by Elrond of Rivendell after the death of your father."
Old Man says, "I know that he has told you something of your noble lineage."
Old Man says, "I know too he has given you heirlooms of your house: the shards of Narsil and the Ring of Barahir."
Aragorn says,"But how do you know these things, old man?"
Old Man says, "I know because it is my business to know. I am Gandalf."
'Yes, it was Gandalf, and if Aragorn in his youth spoke roughly, the Wizard surely forgave him."
You play this instance as a level 65 Dunadan, as Laegened and then Corugur, followed by Tugonn