The Company of the Whiskey Drinking Bear

A Battle on the Horizon
Thorr's Journal Entry 31

What evil has come before us? My Mair was almost taken from me. Fortunately, my healing knowledge acquired from the elves has helped save my love. She has now been whisked away by her father’s guard and taken back to Erebor.

Many of our party were poisoned by the foul beer and wine that was served as the party. We sipped from the cordial that the elves had given to us and we recovered more quickly from the poison. We were summoned to meet with King Bard. Before we departed, we sang and praised our fallen friends. We took a small moment and paid tribute to Gerald, who was kin to Beorn and someone who we fought in the games.

We gathered the people and inspired them to prepare for battle and to look to our alliances for a great evil cometh this way. We must pull together and defeat our foes. We ask the people to not forget of the bravery of the dwarves, elves, men of Dale and Laketown. We hearken to the old days of the Battle of the Five Armies and why we celebrate at this time.

We approached the halls of King Bard. As we approached, we could see the weight of this situation on the shoulders of the King. He was grim faced and only a few were attending him with council. Sigurd introduced our party and he appeared gladdened by our presence as those that attended cheered our greeting.

We were given two options to consider from the King. The first was to stop the enemy and the second was to prepare Dale to defend itself. We chose to go out and meet the enemy and delay their advance. This should give time for the warriors of the town to recover from the poison. We located a tiny tower near the old kingdom of Dale that we could use to delay the advancing enemy as they come from the South. The enemy must come through Mirkwood, the marshes or through Seldguin 100 miles east of the marshes.

The enemy would not choose to enter through Mirkwood or the Marshes and so we agreed that they would likely hastened towards the tiny tower. Princess Una, the Dorwinion, told us of a bridge that could be used to delay the enemy and may be defensible. We also sent messages to Mirkwood and to the Eagles. King Dain should be sending aide as well and he should be bringing more of the healing herbs that can cure those with the poison.

In private, I spoke with King Dain and asked that he take his people to Erebor if we fail. The King stated to me that if we are successful that we would always be a part of his permanent council. My hope is that we are successful as I would not want this battle to be waged at my home.

As we took to depart, Elabrimborn attempted to rally the crowd once again but instead I was startled by his words and I fell from the horse that I had mounted. We rode out with my holding on with all my might to not fall again. We picked up some tools to help bring down the bridge.

We learned that people from the village and the areas rule their own towns and are less likely to support the Kingdom of Dale. We heard that their are murder holes in the gate to help strike down the enemy and that the river is quite strong. We borrowed tools from the local masonry to help destroy the bridge. We also found some fire crackers that we hope will scare the wolves and we planned to search for pine cones.

Our journey proceeded over land and we moved at a fast pace. We ran across some farmers (Telvin and Tynock) and we were able to enlist them to our aid. We will need men to assist us. We also ran across some old ruins and almost stumbled into rusted nails and metal strewn about the area. We took a wide berth from this area.

We heard a great thundering sound as herds of long horn cattle travelled across the land. As we turned to look, we were startled by a hunter. A middle aged man with dark hair and green eyes who stands looking with us. He has grey hawks with him and he introduced himself as Hunter Loore.

Hunter Loore introduced himself and I was not comfortable with his arrival. He seemed out of place and likely a servant of the shadow. He shoots his bow and hits a rabbit per Elabrimborn’s making. Elabrimborn also didn’t take to this man and he shot his bow to hit the rabbit. Before we leave we learn that Hunter Lore is killing the orcs that come this way. Loreth asked him to help spread the news

As we were departing, Hunter Loore states that King of the Gibbets is on his way. Elabrimborn and Loreth recall that while Gandalf was recovering, he felt a presence watching him. They recall that the jailer of Dol Goldur was the Gibbet King. I asked him about the traitor Lockmand. Hunter Loore knows of the evil merchant. He stated that he encountered him about 6 hours ago while trying to get his pony out of the mud and it was weighed down by large metal chest.

He looked like he was headed toward a rendezvous with the King of Gibbets. Elabrimborn could see that he was telling the truth and yet I still did not trust him. We departed with haste.

We arrived at the small village and introduced ourselves to the elder councilman of the town. He did not want to leave the town with his people and we had to convince him to leave for a week so that we can defend it against the orcs. Elabrimborn tried to eloquently deliver a message of courage to the councilman to stay and fight with us. Twelve more joined our party.

We made plans to defend the village. I prepared the bridge to bring it down if things turn badly for us. We built several pyres on the bridge to delay their approach. We gathered the remaining boats to our side of the bridge. A Dorwinian woman came to the town via boat. She was selling wine and Elabrimborn offered the “weed” in exchange for it. Heavy set woman with dark eyes and master of the sea vessel Folk Dancer. Thranduil seeks out her wine. She will stay in town and likes what she hears from Elabrimborn.

Elabrimborn tries to re-enforce the portcullis. Arrow slits in the room to raise and lower the portcullis has the best vantage point. The portcullis is well maintained but the iron gates are rusted open.

Throrr prepares the bridge at the weakest column to set it to come down. Firecrackers are placed into several holes along the bridge and portcullis. Throrr repairs the iron gate so that it can close. He also prepared the bridge to be brought down. The deck of the bridge is greased by Sigmund after he finds out where the hunted animals are skinned. Sigmund also trained the new recruits.

Elabrimborn and Loreth scout out the area looking for signs of the encroaching army. Loreth encounters a scout party of orcs. Hunter Lore and his hawks attack the orcs with Loreth and they both barely escape with their lives back to the portcullis.

The orcs and wargs arrive to do battle. My pyres of firewood causes many of the orcs to die and our arrows fly home to kill many more. The invasion has begun and the battle will continue next time.

Poisoned at Dragontide
Thorr's Journal Entry 30

The festivities of Dragontide were joyous. The fireworks at the great fountain and the words of King Dain will always remain with me. It was another amazing moment for our fellowship to again be a part of this wonderful and great festival. We found more fun as a local peddler held a rat race. Elabrimborn found himself embroiled in the rat race. Loreth was not too pleased with him. Elabrimborn can’t seem to get out of his own way with the ladies. He is such a great friend but the ladies are his greatest challenge. One day he will reach the mountain top and proclaim victory.

I was hoping that his meeting Galia would be such a fortuitous moment. She seemed to be playing the bird and Elabrimborn was in the chase. They dazzled on the dance floor once she offered to dance with him. I hadn’t noticed them as I was so enchanted by my Mair and I was so light on my feet. My Mair brings me so much joy and happiness. After hearing the speech of King Bard, I am more determined than ever to have Mair for my bride. The king called forth all those to take hold of what they desire most and make it their own. Just as he has with his beautiful Una.

Meeting Lochman at the banquet was unexpected. I had not heard of this man before this time. My Mair stated that he had returned the great dwarven shield of our King Thrain to Erebor. Looking back, you would have thought that this would have landed him in the good graces of the King and yet our King Dain was not taken with him. This reveals much about this scoundrel and even Loreth had been wary of this man. Her instincts do our fellowship well.

On the morning of the first day of the great events, we gathered at the archery contest. Elabrimborn, Loreth and Sigurd were all matched in the event against the greatest bowman in the lands. To see Galia with her bow was a sight to behold. Her beauty stole the heart of our Elabrimborn. Our Elabrimborn was so enamored with her that his first shot went wild and struck his own foot. I felt bad for Elabrimborn and yet this moment will live with me for a long time as couldn’t help but laugh at such a sight.

Our Sigurd, son of Sigmund, won the archery event after a long drawn out competition. His bow was mighty on this day. He battled past a great challenge from Loreth and he matched Galia arrow for arrow. He showed humbleness by raising her hand with Gallia’s to show how they both had been winners on this day.

Before moving on to the horsemanship contest, we noted Lochman was placing wagers on the events. As Loreth and Sigurd took to the saddle, they now faced the commander of the guard of Laketown. Sigurd made a valiant effort but fell short in his first round of horsemanship. Loreth exceeded all expectations of the crowd and her final run was met with an unusual happenstance. Her horse was taken down and she failed to complete the final round. Once again, Lochman appeared at an odd moment in time. It was as though he had someone interfered in the competition. We again noted that he appeared to be making bets and our suspicions grew.

The next event was the battle of strength. Again, I passed many a foe to finally face Gerald once again. He was again favored against me. I met his strength head on and we fought to a standstill. In the final round, I made a play to bring him down at the knees but missed and he was able to pick me up and carry me out of the ring. He has been my greatest test of strength and he won this day. I congratulated him and he committed to craft a beer stein as I had made for him. He truly bested me this day and I will always remember this moment.

Our final event brought forth the dwarves of Erebor, the men of Laketown and the Beornings into the greatest test of melee. Our fellowship was placed into doubt as Loreth considered joining the band of dwarves. I recalled Gerald’s words from the evening last and I could not believe that she would leave our side. She changed her mind and this helped to put my mind to ease.

We battled together through the rest of the day and through the glory of our god, we bested all and entered the final rounds. We banded together and took down Elston and the men of Laketown as well as Gerald. My great strike setup Elabrimborn to bring down the giant of a man. We won the day and our renown grew across the land. Once again, our fellowship was shown to be the strongest in Middle Earth.

We rested and then we all gathered at the great feast. We were honored by many and I was taken with Mair throughout the evening. The words of King Bard held close to my heart and I pursued Mair with great vigor. She seemed willing to take me in her arms this night. The beer and wine flowed through the halls. Yet, I was not taken with the beer as the taste of it was not right. Just as the festivities were warming up, Lochman arrived and started showering the champions with gold. At that moment, many were taken with illness and Lothman was stricken with fear as he reached into his treasure chest. Serpents of death arose from his grasp and many were struck with the venom of their fangs.

Gerald was struck in the throat and fell to the ground. In the panic, many fell to the ground as the poison in the beer and wine took hold. My Mair also was taken by the poison. We raced to the aid of many. I helped save Lochman and Mair. As it turned out, Lochman was merely the Jester who was made up to look like him. We were able to save a few as the herbs were identified that could save the fallen.

Unfortunately, there was not enough of the medicine to to save everyone. King Dain was summoned and he sent word too Erebor to bring more of the leaves of the mountain passes. Mair was doing better and I am certain that this appeased some of his concerns. As we waited for the medicine to arrive, word had come that we were being attacked. We must now gather our strength and I must leave my love’s side and prepare for battle.

Return to Dragontide
Thorr's Journal Entry 29

Our party arrived at Dragontide. I had hoped that I would have time to travel to Erebor before the events but alas, we dallied too long in our journey to Dale. Seeking out Bombur, I sent word to Mair that I hoped that we would see each other soon. That Bombur, is a little too crass and I must keep my distance from him when Mair arrives.

As we walked through the festivities, we were met by our old friends and made new friends by giving away some toys. The many merchants were out to sell their wares. It was as though we were in a foreign country where people’s lips move but nothing comes out. Our song was met with mixed reaction as we sung it through the town.

We met Petra and she was again entering the archery competition. We had the typical bar room encounter as Elabrimborn continues to have issues with the women. He keeps removing his shirt for some reason. Maybe he will have better luck in the archery contest.

We also tried to visit King Bard at the Palace and were fortunate to be accepted into the banquet as our renown as the Company of the Whiskey Drinking Bear. Our hearts were lifted as we were reunited with Gandalf. We were overjoyed to see him in good health and enjoy a beer and old Toby. We spoke of our adventures and the finding of the dagger. Gandalf spoke of the wights in Sunstead and the home of Ceowyn. Our concerns grow greater. Gandalf spoke of the helm of the wights and we must learn more about it. We must seek out the wood men and learn more. We should consult King Dain as well.

We were not able to gain access to King Bard and Una. Our hopes of having our dolls signed were smashed. We continued enjoying the festivities and trinkets and arrows. We sang more songs and heard the song of the counting squirrel. I also sang the coloring squirrel song.

A note was then delivered to me to meet with my Mair near a book merchant. Before Mair arrived, i was able to tell our tales from Angmar and sell most of the dolls except for two books of lore. The Expedition to Angmar in the 2nd Age by Vidmar Helmsmith and Curse of the Wights by Berthoc Cindergrove.

Afterwards, Mair arrived and I was again overjoyed. She is so lovely and only she has my heart. We ventured back to the Drunken Tavern and enjoyed games of riddle for the evening.

To Catch a Traitor
Thorr's Journal Entry 28

As we continued our journey to Thranduil’s Halls, we stopped at the Easterly Inn and were greeted by our hobbit friends. Our first successful trade produced many smiles from our fellowship. Getting 10 TP for the goods from Rhosgobel was nice. Getting 100 TP worth of Old Toby, was priceless. We’ll make some good profit at Erebor.

We also met some dwarves and again we heard stories of goblins. My concern for Mair grows with each passing day. It was good to see my fellow dwarves and they brought joy with my comrades as their riddles were entertaining. Elabrimborn’s Love Bird Chicken recipe was a stroke of genius with the hobbits. The hobbits will put this to good use to remind people of King Bard and his new bride.

We started off the next day towards the elven trail with our new dwarf friends as they have wagons to take towards home. Again, we encountered bandits as we entered the Forest of Mirkwood. They sent hounds upon us. Again, we dispatched these hoodlums. The remainder of our journey to the Halls of Thranduil were uneventful.

As we entered Thranduil’s kingdom, we were met by the King and Legolas. Elabrimborn was summoned before them and they discussed what we had found in Dol Guldur and the knowledge of the traitor. They believe the traitor is an elf-friend and will work on a list of names for us to pursue. They don’t believe the traitor is within the kingdom. They may even believe that one of our party could be the traitor. It is sad but understandable. At least they gave me an elf-friend dagger as I had not been gifted with one during my previous visits.

We were no closer in our mission to find the traitor. Thranduil is again fearful of the Lakemen and Woodmen. We must not let the shadow grow greater. We must find this traitor and bring his foul plot to an end. Fortunately, they listened enough to us to change their defenses in case someone within had compromised their security.

We didn’t stay long as we wanted to head to my home in Erebor and to Dragon Tide. Before we left, we did get one name, Fridwald the Runner. We asked around about him and he may have a relationship with the Wayward Elves. He also was friend to a Bard who was a warrior of the first age and who is feeling the call to the seas. He may have given information unwittingly.

We decided to stop first at Laketown and meet with Bombur. We also wanted to speak with King Bard and if he has his elf-friend dagger and to keep it safe. We made it to Laketown without issues. Bombur met us and showed us his dagger. He didn’t think there would be any elf-friend dwarves that would be of note. We asked him to look for locals that may be of interest. In exchange, we gave him some good food and some of our Old Toby. Bombur also told us of Una and his distrust for her. She smiles too much and doesn’t eat enough.

We did decide to pursue develop prototype Una dolls and action figures and hope to sell them to the children and collectors of such items in Laketown. I’m working diligently to create a few before we meet.

We will need to investigate the King’s bride to be. She has Darwinian blood. We will stay for the night and then meet with King Bard. Bombur will obtain an appointment for us. We also must think of some wedding gifts. My heart now yearns for Mair. I must not dally here too long…

Riddle of Betrayal
Elabrimborn discusses the traitor with Thranduil & Legolas

Grim was the world with traitors in our midst
The darkness and light of the sun and moon eclipse
Like a Brandybuck, we must remove the offensive weed
And sing of the free peoples’ victories and deeds

In the warmth and shelter of the Greenwood we are safe
From storms of winter or the touch of a wraith
But those who betray our people instead
Shall be discovered and join the fallen dead.

The Taunting of Dol Guldur & Fenbridge Spiders
Elabrimborn taunts attacking spiders en route to Dol Guldur

Little dainty feet
Will never taste sweet meat
If you wouldn’t leap so much
Elf you’d have a chance to munch

Lazy spider, It’s been a long day
Your sisters we have slay
Why don’t you run away
Live to fight another day

Big spiders in a dark tower beware
For an ungol slayer is in your lair
who swings and makes a critical hit
That drives out Tom Knobby’s shit
With Sindarian blade the spiders will cry
Till all you bitches finally die

The Threat of Dol Guldur
Thorr's Journal Entry 27

As we entered Dol Guldur, the shadow darkened our hearts. The stone of that place rising higher and higher before us. I felt myself sink further and further as we climbed the stairs into that foul place. Radagast set us in motion to explore this miserable place. We hastened through to find what was amiss in the land. It did not take long for us to find clues. An orc, a dead man, parchment and elven dagger were found.

With these clues we new something was amiss in the Halls of Thranduil. A traitor could be in the midst of the elven kingdom. We must take this news to King Thranduil. The Lake Town man and orc appear to have killed each other. Or, the owner of the elven dagger must be at the root of this treachery.

Having learned all that we could, we traveled back through Castle Fenbridge. My curiosity got the better of me and I searched for treasure. At first we only found spiders and then we found a tomb of the nine. This was the Ghost of the Forest, the one who led Sauron’s troops such as orcs, vampires and werewolves.

We hastened out of that unholy place and as we departed we heard footsteps. Fortunately, the steps were those of Loreth’s kinsman, Rogan. He told of us sad tidings in Bree. A hobbit family was near losing one of their kin as they traveled through the marshes. Once again we left another dark place.

As we traveled, I spoke with Radagast about the toe ring. He spoke of a ruby that was once a part of the ring. The two combined would create a truly powerful item. The owner of the ruby would be searching for the ring. I realized that I now put my Mair in danger. I must make my way back to her as soon as I can. No one knows of the ring but she may reveal its existence to others.

Radagast mentioned three previous owners of the ruby. It was crafted by Dwarves. Faerun the IV, Lofar the II and Borin the VII were all past owners of the ruby from the Iron Hills. The fate of the ruby was lost during the time of the Nazgul. It may be in a crypt or claimed by another family member. I am worried for Mair. The ring can be unmade and Master Eldrond’s smiths should be able to destroy the ring. The ring is tainted with power, not necessarily evil or good.

I must go to Isengard or Minas Tirith to research it more. Master Elrond may know more as well about the ring and its power. Having found the toe ring in Isengard, the story is becoming clearer. The Goblin King may have had the ruby at some point.

We made our way back to Rhosgobel and with the aid of Radagast, he was able to lift the Shadow from our hearts. My determination ever greater, I practiced with my mallet and learned from the woodsman on ways to improve my swing. I now have greater mastery with my mattock.

Once we were restored, we set off for the Halls of King Thranduil. We had sent a message on to him and hopefully he will take caution as a traitor may be lurking. As we made our way back across the Old Forest Road, we saw great eagles circling in the air. We thought we could sense orcs in the area. As we approached, we heard the singing of one goat, two goat, three goat, silly goat. It reminded me of Elabrimborn at the pub. We came upon a goat herder talking to the trees. His name was Ilmud.

We learned that he was being protected by the eagles per the instruction of Gandalf. It was good to hear that Gandalf was about again. Ilmud had seen goblins coming down from the mountains towards the Beornings. We pondered what this man was about for quite some time. In the end, we moved on towards Elabrimborn’s home.

Dol Guldur Beckons
Thorr's Journal Entry 26

Our latest journey began in Woodmen Town as we traveled towards Rhosgobel. While at the docks, an intriguing vessel arrived and of course I was taken aback and fell into the water. I recovered but it foretold of the strange omens that must be afoot. Sure enough, this marked the arrival of Radagast and he brings grave news of happenings in forests south towards Dol Guldur.

My heart sank for a moment as I heard that we were to travel again towards that dark place. Our fellowship still holds strong and so we united to carry on and investigate. I hearken to smite the evil that returns to the forest. We traveled south to confront what we thought were a return of the wights or possibly some new evil tied to those from Tyrants Hill.

Our first encounter heading down the river on Radagast’s ship was that of a river maiden named Dusk Meadow. She appeared as a silvery trout and then transformed into a woman. She asked about our adventures and worthiness. We recited our recent efforts in fighting the great worm of the sea. She spoke of corpses that have been floating down the river. They have been deformed or mutated or cut into pieces and then reformed. She spoke of a vampire in Mirkwood as a possible cause.

We sailed to the Black Tarn and came to the village along the lake. Radagast met with another river maiden as we left Radagast’s boat. She tells Radagast that there is something stirring in southern Mirkwood. We traveled on foot for days and then came upon travelers heading north from Sunstead, including Ilgar. He told us of wights that had risen again. The travelers were looking for Radagast and were happy to have crossed our path. Radagast recommended that they should make an offering appease them. Ilgar accepted this and they headed back to their home.

We continued south and came upon the dark tower of Tyrant’s Hill. We tried sneaking past but came upon their troops returning with more poor souls taken from their homes. We laid a trap for them and took down the loathsome men. We saved the children and gave them horses to make their way home. We captured their leader and he confirmed that Mogred was still in command. We hastened away farther south as more men from Tyrant’s Hill started to arrive. Elabrimborn led them away with his elven magic.

We came to the border of Tyrant’s Hill and found heads posted on the fence. One day, the shame of their deeds will be extracted from their hides. We defeated some guards and dogs that were posted along the fence. We left a false trail and then went further south toward Castle Fenbridge rather than taking a direct route to Dol Guldur or track through the dank marshes.

We ran into an Orc ambush as we traveled through the castle looking for the long bridge. My hatred for those foul creatures continues to this day. My mallet welcomed the chance to crush their hideous skulls. They were quite clever this time as they hid in pits and rooms and then attacked us on all sides. We held our ground and made them pay for their deviousness.

We made our way across the bridge with its traps and the hands of undead grasping at our feet as we walked. Our journey has led us to the inner courtyard of Dol Guldur. We are surrounded by ghoulish statues whose eyes tried to burn fear into our hearts. Our next steps will lead us into the bowls of this hell hole.

Fly like an eagle
Thorr's Journal Entry 25

Our journey to Isengard was swift, amazing and beautiful. The great eagles took us over the mountains and across the great forests with such speed. My life has been truly blessed. I can’t wait to return to my fair Mair and tell her of this journey.

We landed within Isengard and were met by Saruman. He reminded me of my neighbor growing up. He never did like the children hanging around his home and would yell at us for disturbing him. Here we were bringing the light of the Silmaril to aide Gandalf and being chastised for letting the eagles take a dump on his lawn. I guess our great deed was not as great as we had thought. At least Saruman was able to bring Gandalf back from his deep slumber.

We were quickly hastened away by Saruman as soon as Gandalf awoke from his slumber. Strange for him to act this way. It was as though he were jealous of our bringing such aid to awaken Gandalf. Maybe he was just upset with his own failure in bringing him back with his own magic.

With this part of our journey at an end, we were able to return home. My heart ached to see my Mair. On our way back, we traveled through Mirkwood and again came upon King Thanduil. It is now my duty as ambassador to pay my respects and seek ways to continue making good relations with the elven kingdom. As it would happen, the men of the Dale are making incursions into the forests of Mirkwood. This is most unsettling for King Thranduil as he is being perceived as being weak by his people for not driving out the men of the Dale.

I took this as an opportunity to help the King and to help the relations of all the people of middle earth. This seems like a small task and yet I know these things can become much larger unless they are addressed. I will do my best to promote farming as a trade option for the men of Dale.

We finally returned to my Erebor and I was happy that Elabrimborn journeyed with me. His heart still yearns to find true love. I know he seeks the wisdom of my Mair to help him with his troubles. Having an elf accompany at court helped to raise my standing at court. Seeing my Mair brings me such joy. I can now formerly look to court Mair as King Dain has allowed me to become a member of the court.

The rest of my time in Erebor was well spent with Mair and she loved my charm bracelet with a dolphin, whale and a sea lion for her. My sculpture for the king of a great Sea Worm now sits in a prominent location at court. We partied and sang songs with Elabrimborn and his wonderful new harp. I also took a bold step and confided in my love about my family toe ring. She may find out more about the ring.

My time ended as my King allowed me to carry forward on my quest to help King Thranduil. He gave me papers of introduction with Bombur who is the ambassador to the men of the Dale. We traveled to Dale and met with Bombur. He enjoyed the wine that I brought from the elven kingdom and gave me the name of Vermunds as someone that I could speak with about the incursions into Mirkwood.

I was able to meet with Vermunds after the longest of waits and discuss the situation. He was stubborn to my suggestions but the wine that I brought was well received. He listened to my offer to have the elves teach his kin to farm but this was not of interest. As an alternative, teaching his people to grow new trees so that they could be harvested by future generations was of interest. He was also interested in the stone trade with Erebor.

Eventually I was able to get a letter of introduction to one of his son’s. As we traveled, we came across another talking squirrel named Chestnut. He had a message from Radagast to meet at Rhosgobel.

After speaking again with Bombur and informing him of my encounter with Vermunds, Bombur would take the information back to Erebor and secure trade with Vermunds. This news allowed me to return to Vermunds and secure a meeting with his brother Edmunds.

While Sigurd and the others toured the town of Dale, I met with Edmunds and introduced the ideas of farming and harvesting. I learned that Edmunds is ok in living farther away from Dale. He may be open to seeking out new forests. He was open to meeting and learning this new trade opportunity. After returning to Bombur, I apprise him again and look to open new roads going South and hope to introduce having Edmunds move farther South and settle away from Mirkwood.

We are now off to Rhosgobel after we stop again to update King Thanduil. As we traveled, a new venture popped into my mind. We can work a deal with the eagles to carry goods and messages across the land. They could fly each night and deliver goods to neighboring lands by next day air.

Kissed by a Whale
Thorr's Journal Entry 24

Elrond has now called us to action and we travel towards the Western Sea. We pray that we will find great magic and knowledge to aid our patron, Mithrandir. Along our journey to the sea, we passed through the Shire and came upon a festival in Bree. It was good to relax for the evening and enjoy singing songs and smoking the Old Toby. Unfortunately, a crime was committed and we were once again called to help those in need.

We surmised the lowly Cormac and his comrade had stolen the money collected from the festival. We chased them down to the barrow downs and found that they had been possessed by a barrow wight. In my haste to attack the wight, I fell into her evil trap. Fortunately, my friends were able to face her evil so that I could climb out of the trap. We were able to bring her down and retrieve the treasure from this place.

The beauty of mithral chain mail is site to behold and the treasure of Valenduir will be used for good and to fight the shadow that continues to grow. Giving the hobbits more than they lost would bring good cheer and help our cause. After these events, our journey to the sea was unhindered.

Our adventure then turned us out onto the great sea and our journey West was long and arduous. Dwarves in trees are bad enough, let alone traveling on ship out into the great sea. I could tell that Captain Saeros wasn’t too certain that I could make this journey. He doesn’t know this dwarf and I even surprised myself. The elves that traveled with us began to despair after a time and I worried that they would be lost to us. Searching for Sedna was truly challenging.

Our fate lay before us as we came across the great Worm, Scatha. As many a tale would tell, this Worm was over confident and I still can’t believe that she poked his nose down at me. Sigurd’s tale of my having worms and the fact that I am a dwarf worked to our advantage. It was her undoing as I struck her first across the snout with my trusty mattock and wounded her eye. I guess my boldness has not been lost to me. We were very lucky this day and the gods must have been looking over us as my dwarven Helm of Awe helped cow the beast and expose her weak spot.

Loreth’s action to distract Scatha was just what we needed and I was able to strike the beast and bring her down. I was glad to be tied to the ship else I would have fallen into the sea. I still see myself launching myself into the air and striking the beast in the eye as I fell overboard.

It was then that the great whale appeared to us. Without our friend Elabrimborn, we may not have understood what to do. I am still in disbelief as we climbed out onto its tongue. We truly have been kissed by a whale. No one would believe this tale and yet the elves and my fellowship know the truth of it. It was strange to ride inside of a whale. It was a short way to the underwater kingdom of Sedna.

The home of Sedna seemed bleak and yet she was at peace and her beauty shone as bright as her elven magic. Elabrimborn cheered her soul with his good song and tales of our heroics. Our fellowship is strong and we swayed her to help our cause. The stories of Sedna are true and her fingers were missing. The magic of the Silmaril that we bring back will surely help Gandalf. The tales of this journey will be told to many.

Our journey back to Isengard was full of good spirit. Our call to the Great Eagles was heard when we landed and they carried us swiftly to Isengard. We only hope that we are not too late to save Gandalf.


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