The Bearded Minstrel is a blog dedicated to preserving the storylines present in the Lord of the Rings Online. I have been playing this game for 10 years, and while I am something of an expert in Tolkien lore, I know very little about the stories Turbine and Standing Stone Games have written within this world.
As such, I have begun a new journey to tell these tales. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The following story can be experienced during the Dwarf character new-player tutorial
Music Accompaniment:Lord of the Rings Online - Oakenshield
575 years after the fall of Edhelion, Thorin Oakenshield and his kin, driven from the Lonely Mountain by the dragon Smaug, made a home in the Blue Mountains on the ruins of an ancient dwarf city. Thorin, however, longed for his people to return to Erebor and that day had finally come.
As he was about to begin his long day of work at the Silver Deep, a dwarf miner met Gandalf the Gray, an adviser to his lord Thorin, who bid his company.
Gandalf spoke of Thorin’s quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and of his intention of bringing along a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins as their burglar. As they approached the mine entrance. the unlikely pair happened upon Thorin, Gloin, Gimli, and Gormr Doursmith as they completed their final preparations. Before departing for Frerin’s Court to join the rest of his company, Thorin appointed Gormr steward of Thorin’s Hall in his absence.
The mine shook and crumbled furiously as the miner approached. Fearing danger of collapse, Gimli, who had come to see his father Gloin off, bid the aid of the dwarf to evacuate the miners inside.
Inside the mine, the dwarves convinced the remaining miners to evacuate. However, Tvistur, an older dwarf with poor hearing, did not hear Gimli’s plea in time and opened a tunnel that let loose a cave troll which promptly killed him. Gimli, stout and brave, drew the attention the troll's ire and led him deeper through the mine.
The miner, fearing for Gimli's safety, followed close behind. On his way, he stumbled upon elven ruins and the well-preserved, lifeless body of an evil-looking dwarf, surrounded by odious red flowers...
making note of his discovery, the miner finally reached Gimli, who was fighting the troll head-on. Right when it looked as if Gimli would fall, Gandalf arrived alongside Gormr, who had sought his aid, and exposed the cave to sunlight which turned the troll to stone.
Gormr's eyes caught the attention of a curious trinket on the ground. Gandalf mused that it was likely elven in origin as they stood on the ruins of the library of Edhelion. The miner told Gandalf of the corpse he had found. Gandalf believed it was Skorgrim Dourhand, who fell alongside Talagan Silvertongue five centuries earlier. Gormr, curious of the fate of his ancestor, went to investigate the body while Gandalf departed with Thorin's company on their quest...
Ok, I'm just kidding. Obviously that is way too difficult to really discern and understand. Here is the break down on a deed/quest level:
* Note: If the quest objective is a ring and easily reached, it won't be featured here. Just open the map and run to the ring.
Deed: The Way Into Mordor
* The Durthang tower-top is accessibly only by going through Durthang proper. The guide to Durthang can be found here.
Deed: Forgeworks of Udûn
Deed: Forge-fires of Udûn
Quest: Lost Lore of Gorgoroth: Udûn
Pages 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,14 and 16 are in Udûn proper.
Pages 6 and 15 are in Anglach.
Pages 11 and 12 are in Durthang.
Page 13 is in Durthang Tower-tup and is at the very top of Durthang Tower.
Quests: Signal Flags in Udûn
The quests Whispers and Signs, An Answer Unspoken, and Advanced Signs are detailed below:
Quests: The Things They Left Behind
The rest of these are not 100% complete yet, if you find more information, please share and I will update accordingly.
The following is a visual compendium of all the new features in Update 21, Patch 1 on Bullroarer. For full patch notes, please visit the Official Forums. Level Cap: Increased to 115
New Race: High-Elf
I can't show you more than this. They can be any class besides Beorning and Burglar. They have their own starting zone.
New Character Models
Only Man and Elf/High-Elf are going to be in U20. The rest to come later.
New Barbershop Features
You can modify every setting of your character except for body-type.
New Epic Story: The Black Book of Mordor
The Epic Story, now referred to as The Black Book of Mordor, will take place after the destruction of the One Ring and before the Scouring of the Shire.
New Region: Mordor (North-Western Portion Known As Gorgoroth)
During the War of the Ring, Gorgoroth was the location of mines and forges which supplied Mordor's armies with weapons and armor. Frodo and Sam looked upon Gorgoroth and passed through it on their way to Mount Doom.