The Company of the Whiskey Drinking Bear

A small adventure begins
Thorr's Journal Entry 15

Changes are inevitable. Years ago I would not have dreamed of traveling through Mirkwood with a host of elves and now it seems as normal as my time in Laketown. Being alongside my good friend Elabrimborn keeps me focused on our mission and takes my mind away from my beloved Mair. I must do all that I can to win the favor of her father and we must do what we can to save Gandalf and find Aegir.

Having a Brandybuck join our fellowship seems right as rain. This one is a bit odd but she has a wicked bow. Definitely she is kin of Donidas and Dodi. To wander alone out into the world takes courage. These folk always bring surprises. She’ll come out of her shell soon, I’m sure. Haven’t seen a hobbit yet that didn’t enjoy a good drink and some story telling. Spending time with the children at Donidas and Dodi’s place would surely do the trick. We needed that night before we started off to that damnable place.

What foul creatures these are that we hunt. Their forest is eerie and horrendous to pass. All that filth and decay is intolerable. My mallet thirsts even more to crush the heads of those orcs and trolls. Standing before that troll as he bore down on me was surreal. It took all that I had to stand my ground and bury my mallet into him. Thanks the elves for the regalim.

Me only wish we had some left. At least I have the ruby jewel. It means as much to me as the red amulet that Mair gave me. The jewel is so lovely and I keep wanting to hold it close. I can’t share it with anyone, even Mair.

I was hoping for more clues. Finding the green cloaked man at least solves one mystery and puts an end to those that killed the archivists in Erebor. If only I had been the one to have taken him down with my mallet. At least their souls can rest now. There wasn’t much left but at least we have another lead to follow.

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Finding Aegir
Thorr's Journal Entry 14

Our year has begun anew and I was hesitant to leave my Mair after spending a wonderful winter with her. Yet my obligations to our fellowship are just as strong. I knew I must take the new ankle bracelet to Saruman in hopes that we can save our friends.

As I departed Mair, I gave her a long kiss and promised that I would return. I traveled to Laketown to meet up with our fellowship and was met by Elabrimborn. We found that Aegir had already left town. He had omens of ill about his family and left days before we arrived. We made haste to chase to his family cabin and came upon rogues who had taken up residence at the cabin during the winter.

Aegir had happened upon these rogues to learn that his uncle had fled them during the winter. Aegir made them pay for their misdeeds and again was off before us. I am surprised by Elabrimborn’s compassion as I was ready to throw them to the wolves. Again, we gave chase after Aegir.

In our pursuit, we next came upon Frar the Beardless and a peddler of shovels in a heated argument. Elabrimborn was able to negotiate a peace and befriended the peddler’s son. Helping Frar to build the road through forest helps all of our people. Hopefully, my side bargain to aide Frar will help bring more people to build this needed road.

We now take the peddler and his son on to the House at the Ford. As the norm in these dark woods, we ran afoul from our path and were fortunate to find a dwarven safe-hold. Speaking the magic words to open it, we took refuge. As is the madness of this forest, our peddler was drawn out into the night. Elabrimborn and I took a risk leaving the son alone as we searched for the father.

Again we crossed paths with scoundrels and ettercaps. If only those scoundrels who looked a lot like Aegir’s people would have listened, we would not have been forced to take their lives. A grave lesson that they did not learn.

Meeting up with the elves was a pleasant surprise and it was good to return and visit with them. Learning that Aegir had also been with the elves brought hope to our hearts. We must not tally here long as he could be heading into great danger alone. For now, we rest and heal from our battle.

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Shedding Light on the Shadow

As we visited our dear friend
Did not we realize our journey would end
For bursting forth from our grandmother baker
A trap of the shadow in form of noxious vapor
This agent of shadow had laid out her trap
Baiting us along into a web to enwrap
Could it have beenTyulquin, the spider witch beast
Who caused the poisonous vapor from Legelaven release
No time to morn or weep
As Mithrandir fell to a black sleep
We awoke shackled, lost but survived
To Carador the bear baiter, once dead now revived
No wizard, No Legelaven, caused growth of this calamity
Taunted by evil within ruins of insanity
This sorcerer of shadow, less mystery now real
Like a stone troll, toys with his food before a meal
We came upon the bodies of innocents, a terrible sight
Tormented at the hands of the necromancer’s delight
Escaping a carpet that drains your strength and will
And a ghostly murder of crows swooping to kill
We now know his face, his voice, his lies
We will find you now that we have uncloaked your disguise
We fear you not, agent of the dark art
Soon Heroes of three kingdoms, will quiet your black heart

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Ankle Biter's Roofie
Thorr's Journal Entry 13

The end of Dragon Tide closed with the great banquet held by King Bard. We were honored to meet Bombur and again see Bilbo. Elabrimborn and Aegir entertained us with their poetry, song and stories. Many eyes were drawn to our Fellowship of the Whiskey Drinking Bear. Our tales shocked those in attendance and brought honor to our group. Aegir is now known as Spider Stomper and I was pleased for him to begin to be accepted by the Kings Guard.

I never imagined that this night would be so special. My toast to the beautiful ladies of the tournament won great favor with my Mair. We danced the night away and my hopes are high that we will be together. The words King Dain shared with me gives me hope that she will one day be mine. The invitation to spend Yule with the King was greater than I could ever have imagined.

Although we enjoyed ourselves throughout the night, we were nervous that something ominous would happen and relieved when the party ended without incident. We traveled the next day with Gandalf back to my homeland. It was good to return to my Erebor. Our hopes were high that Gandalf and Saruman would cure Legelaven. We were totally unprepared for the events that followed.

Seeing Anklebiter in such pain was heartbreaking. Our emotions were high. When she announced that she was free of the pain, we thought that she might be at her end. To then see that green light spew forth from her and into Gandalf’s face will never be forgotten. Waking up in that hell hole of a necromancer’s lair and seeing Caradog the Bear Beater was even more shocking. I never dreamed even in nightmares that I would come face to face with a dead man and even more shocked to see someone that I had been part of killing.

To see all those poor souls killed in such a horrible manner brought forth such fury in me. I was almost lost to it when the visions of Mair dying were cast into my mind. Vengeance consumed me and my actions in that evil place and it still makes me uneasy at times. I must not let that happen again or I could lose all that I have gained. We were fortunate to have escaped and recover the palantir. We can only pray that this has weakened the necromancer enough to defeat him.

My time with Mair during Yule will always mean the world to me. Spending those evenings with my precious is so special to me and our relationship continues to grow. I am truly committed to her. I do believe I have won over the King. Mair will be mine as soon as I prove myself to the ladies and lords of the court. Saving Gandalf from this strange magic may be just what is needed. I have put a lot of time into forging the twin of that evil bracelet for Saruman so that we can undo what has been done to Gandalf and AnkleBiter.

I was pleased to correspond with all the new people that we have befriended. I was especially proud to make crafted mugs for Gerald that depicted our great DragonTide battle and send these to him. The herbs, barley and hops that he returned to me made the most delectable beer ever tasted in Erebor. The kind words returned from Elabrimborn, Legolas, Thranduil and Loreth were delightful and I was happy to strengthen our bonds of friendship. It was noted to read that Loreth wanted to hear again Elabrimborn’s song and to look upon shooting bow with him. I could not forget the chef at Isengard and sent to her a new set of custom pots that I made to show my gratitude.

My last letter to Bilbo brought a great chuckle to me as he challenged me to raise my song and story telling skills so that I could compete with the big boys. As Yule draws near to its end, my heart is burdened to leave Mair but I know that I must face the evil necromancer and help to find a way to cure Gandalf and AnkleBiter.

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Tales of Dragon Tide
Thorr's Journal Entry 12

On the eve of Dragon Tide my new burden weighed heavily upon my brow. I felt compelled to bring the brothers of my fellowship into my confidence. The toe ring that I now carry must not fall into the hands of others. If I should fall during our adventures, the toe ring must be taken to my family. The knowledge of my parents deaths must not be forgotten and the secret of this ring uncovered. After Dragon Tide, I may need to take the advice of Aegir and bring this to the attention of wise men such as Gandalf. For now, I must carry onward with our fellowship and help protect our people from any evil that may occur during Dragon Tide.

The eve of Dragon Tide brought us to the great banquet attended by King Dain, Thranduil, King Bard and the other great leaders of our time. My boldness still remains as I felt the urge to speak with Thranduil in front of King Dain and the fair Lady Mair. My words flowed as though I were an elf and Thranduil’s words filled my heart with pride. I can only hope that I can someday sway King Dain to think the same of me.

The eve of Dragon Tide may have come to a pleasant end if not for the distraction of my unexpected meeting with Gisele. I do seem to have the way with women. I can only hope that my actions do not bring disfavor with Mair. Men selecting ladies garments with the wrong women often bring unexpected fireworks.

The tales of the Whiskey Drinking Bear at the tournaments of Dragon Tide will be told for many years to come. This did not seem so as we failed in our first attempts to win the riddle contest. We bounced back with Elabrimborn’s win against the renown Bilbo the Hobbit . The events of the lost boy almost prevented us from attending the great events. If not for the headless eels we may have gone off after the evil that slayed this young boy. It may have been that creature that roamed Mirkwood a long time ago.

I might introduce my mattock to that Quill one day soon. For him to call us cowards after all that we have been through is unconscionable. For Gandalf to not think the Master and Quill are not a serious threat is unnerving.

My chance meeting with Mair has brought renewed hope that I will win her heart yet. Her scratchy bearded kiss will not soon be forgotten. Her beauty spurred me on to the battle of arms. My first win against the elf was noteworthy as I threw him over my back and out of the ring. Yet the final battle with Gerald, the nephew of Beourn, will be told for some time. A Beorning flying through the air will not be forgotten for many a year. If not for my friends final inspiration, I could not have won that great battle. Our celebration with Gerald will also be remembered as we drank all of our winnings away.

The departure of Gandalf and Saruman just before the Grand Melee is concerning. The actions of Quill supporting those puppeteers is not amusing. My vengeance is something that Quill would not find amusing.

The Whiskey Drinking Bear attendance in the Great Melee was unexpected by us and even more so to our foes. Through our swiftness of action we survived to the final rounds. The defeat of Elston and his follower was resounding. Once again we were at odds with Gerald. Others that would have faced the Beorning behemoth with terrible strength would have fallen away but the Whiskey Drinking Bear roared into battle. The final great blow by Aegir took out my new friend. The puppeteers will have something new to perform after this great event. I can only hope that King Dain will now see me as being worthy of his daughter.

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Aegir Dreamwalker VIII ( Rhyme of Lore )
The Fight

So there we fared,
Into Greenwood the Great
A trio of friends
An Elf, a Dwarf and a Man

In a hunt for loyalty, daring and adventure
Stepped into the forest to free victims of the Shadow

Into her web Sarquin and her kin tried to lure us
But we answered with a Bow, Mattock and Sword.
With Song, Fire and Relentlessness.
With friendship, Honour and Courage

The song lured Sarquin away
Fire lit the path and a dream of Hope of survival.
The spiders is no more, all except Sarquin who was lured astray
And behold, what a revival

The Company of the whiskey drinking bear did yet prevail
for there was a great feast not to avail
In Laketown by the end of the fall
they could still stand tall.

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Dwarves were not meant to climb trees
Thorr's Journal Entry 11

Our fears were great as we entered the homestead of Legelaven. We were shocked to learn of the attack by the Sarquin’s spiders. We vowed to the townspeople that we would get them back if they were still alive. Our fellowship is now three and we were fortunate to have the horses of Rohan to carry us all this way. Lest we be weary to pursue these foul creatures into the dark wood.

Chasing down those damnable spiders and into those towering trees is not a place for a dwarf. We were fortunate to save those that we could. A dwarf is not meant for climbing trees. If Mair knew that I was swinging from tree to tree like a great monkey, I’m certain she would not think highly of me if she had seen such as sight. Most certainly her father would be disappointed. Yet, I could not let those good people suffer further at the fangs of that nightmarish Sarquin.

That dancing elf was masterful in luring Sarquin away so that I could get our friends cut down from those trees. Only an elf could be so annoying as to create such hatred from that foul arachnid. This was not the battle that we should have won this night.

Lest I not forget how important Aegir the Dreamwalker is to our fellowship. He put everything on the line for our friends and for me. I shall never forget how he saved me time and again that night from those spider’s webs. His spirit is so weakened by this battle that I must help him however I can. If he had not held strong against all those spiders down below us, I am certain none of us would be here today.

Our return to Legolas did bring back needed hope for Aegir and for our fellowship. We are so gladdened that Legolas may soon recover and that Thranduil has named us elf friend. If only he would have let me ride that beautiful elk into Laketown. My Mair would have been so proud of me. I guess my boldness is well rooted in me.

I am so happy at the sight of Mair and the return closer to my home. There is so much I wanted to tell her but I couldn’t bring myself to be so boastful. My boldness has almost cost us dearly. We shall see what happens here at DragonTide. Maybe I can return to being my old self and the person that Mair knows well. I do know that I must lose my standing with Mair and her father. I can only hope that her father sees that I am truly worthy and that he will give me an opportunity to show my value.

My secret also now burns in my heart as I must now tell my friends. I can only hope that they understand and I vow not to let this new secret bring harm to our fellowship. Knowing that Gandalf is not found of such rings, I must be cautious of his wrath. I am certain that I can trust Aegir and this may be a test for between us.

For now, we must remain on guard and prevent any evil to bring down the bonds that we have built between our peoples.

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Taunting of Sarquin eldest daughter of Shelob
Sang by Elabrimborn in the Western Reach of Mirkwood near the Easterly Inn

Elabrimborn taunts “the mother of all” away from her web, brood, and captured prey to afford the company time to release their friends.

Big spiders, in a dark wood beware
For an elven slayer, is in her lair
He who lobs a critical arrow
That drives into Sarquin’s “marrow”
With elven sword will cleave
Til the bitch will finally leave

The mother of scary hairy spawn
Will do best by fleeing and be gone
For her and her ilk won’t bode well
If they allow themselves to be consumed in a fiery hell

If the mother wouldn’t eat so much
The elf she’d have a chance to touch
Once the queen, the woman of the hour
Is now the servant, the vassal who serves a higher power

Little dainty feet
Will never taste sweet meat
If she moves no faster
The elf may withdraw his offer to be her new master

I will provide you with one final pun
To take your children and run
For I taste as poorly as my songs made
But worse is the taste of an elven blade

Should not a “mother” be concerned for her brood
Rather than be running in an awful mood
For her children may go astray
Or become a man’s and dwarven prey

Mother has found the pest
Hiding in his nest
But the bug will flee
Since she has destroyed his tree

Old fat spider, running after me
Old fat spider, “ruiner of trees”
Here am I, the naughty little fly
You can not trap me, although you try

Still you can not find me
Maybe I’m in another tree
Ungoliant’s favorite daughter should rest
Stop here and make a new nest
For what I previously have said
Your brood is surely dead

Lazy spider, I see you clearly
You can not find me, though you search dearly
I’ve met Tylquin and almost kissed her
But now I know who is the ugly sister

Sarquin, it’s been a long day
And we’ve had a lot of fun
I’ve led you a stray
To exercise you, on a long needed run

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Aegir Dreamwalker VII

Everything revolves around understanding the Shadow so that one knows how to fight it. This seems to have a very sad price though. Learning about the machinations of the Shadow plays tricks with ones mind. Things seems to have become more gloomy and dark. I hope the decision to learn more about the Shadow will not make me or my friends operatives of the Shadow, that is my greatest fear. Hopefully what we learnt from Saruman the wise will be of great aid to us in our struggles in the future.

It all boils down to one simple thing though. Something will happen when Dagontide begins. I’m convinced it will. Every piece of the puzzle leads to that conclusion. We will have to take measure and warn the leaders of the free peoples of this when we get back. To look out for agents of the Shadow, and any danger involving risking the peace and alliance the free peoples have built up in the recent years in Wilderland.

The Noldor maid of the garden, with eyes like the stars, meeting her was like meeting a timeless being, beautiful beyond measure. I never thought another being could have such a strong impact on me. This is the soul of what i am fighting for. She should always exist, and always illuminate the world. This is what the Shadow most desires, the destruction of that which is beautiful and pure. Worth sacrificing my life for. If only we could meet again.

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Elabrimborn consumed by the Shadow
After receiving four points of Shadow in one session

Finculin, of house Finfarin, nephew of Celebrimbor is blessed with wisdom.

Everyone that crosses my path is tainted by the Shadow.

The light of the lidless eye in the sky shines down upon me and casts its Shadow behind me.

A Shadow that trails behind me to ruin the lives of those I care for and love.

My Prince Legolas in a coma, Legelaven shackled to an ancient evil, now the Brandybucks and Gelvira are captured by agents of the Shadow.

Was it I that brought the corruption to the Ford, the Greenwood, Erebor, Esgaroth, and now Lothlorien.

Finculin is wise beyond his years calling out my blight upon the land.
It is as if the very land I tread upon becomes corrupted as well as the lives of those I attempt to aid.

I now contemplate returning to Valinor.

Ah,to return to my roots, feel the spray of the sea upon my face, return to the place of my origin.

A life that was simple, not complicated by the Shadow, a future where I do not ruin the lives of the good peoples of Middle Earth.

In my time of study with Masters Saruman and Gandalf, I now have the knowledge of the dark secrets of Shadow.

This knowledge has awakened my longing for the sea and the Undying Lands, and rebirth from this despair and sadness.

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