Quest:Foreword: Sons and Fathers

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Foreword: Sons and Fathers
Level 50
Type Solo
Starts with Gimli
Starts at The Guest Rooms
Start Region Rivendell
Map Ref [30.7S, 6.2W]
Quest Group Vol. II. Prologue
Race(s) Dwarf, Elf
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'Greetings to you, <name>. Rivendell must seem like home to you, but for a dwarf it's not quite so hospitable; I am ready to put an end to all this waiting. Give me goblin-skulls to cleave!

'If you're of a mind to, why not bring this message to my father at his camp in the mountains? Ask him what he thinks of the likelihood that Gandalf might let us come to the halls of Balin, in Khazad-dûm. It could be that Balin found Thrór's ring somewhere in Moria! Now would that not be something? One of the dwarf-rings could be a real boon to our cause against the Enemy, wouldn't you say?

'My father Glóin's camp is north of Rivendell, in the Misty Mountains.'

Background

Gimli is anticipating the journey of the Company, but is anxious for it to begin. He has mused on what lies ahead for long enough already.

Objective 1

Glóin is at his camp in the Misty Mountains, north of Rivendell.

Gimli has asked you to speak with his father about the possibility that Gandalf might bring the company through Moria, to the halls of Balin.

Gimli: 'My father is at his camp in the Misty Mountains, north of Rivendell. Ask him if he thinks Gandalf might let us visit Balin in Khazad-dûm. Imagine what a boon it would be if he found Thrór's ring there!'
Glóin: 'My son is not as attentive as he believes himself to be, <name>, if the thinks Balin may have found the ring of Thrór within Khazad-dûm. Gandalf told us the fate of Thrór's ring while at the Council.
'My son and I are dwarves, <name>, and we understand the call of stone and gems. In all of my people there lies a slumbering desire to see the halls of Khazad-dûm alive and shining once again. It could be that Balin son of Fundin works there now, restoring the splendour of its ancient cities, but I do not know if that is a vain hope. There has been no word from Moria in many long years.
'I cannot tell my son the mind of Gandalf; you should speak with the Wizard yourself if you wish to know his plans. I believe he is in Bilbo's room on the ground floor of the House of Elrond. Speak with him to hear of Moria, for I will not speak of it more.'

Objective 2

Gandalf is in Bilbo's room on the ground floor of the House of Elrond, in Rivendell.

Glóin has sent you to Gandalf to inquire about Moria and the ring of Thrór on behalf of Gimli.

Glóin: 'I do not pretend to know the minds of Wizards, <name>. Speak with Gandalf if you wish to know more about his plans for the company. You will find him in Bilbo's room at the ground floor of the House of Elrond, I expect.'
Gandalf: 'Many troubles could be avoided and much time saved if certain parties paid more attention to the things that were said to them: if Gimli son of Glóin was not interested in listening to the tales told at the council, he should have given his seat to someone else!
'His father is correct: Balin could not have found in Moria the ring of Thrór, last of the dwarf-rings forged of old, for though it was given from Thrór to his son Thráin, it was taken from Thráin in captivity.
'As for Balin himself, the lack of news from Moria is troubling, but I will not muse needlessly on his fate. Return to Gimli and tell him that the errand of the Company must be first in his thoughts. There is no room for other concern.'

Objective 3

  • Talk to Gimli in Rivendell

Gimli is in one of the guest rooms along the road that winds up the southern slope of the Vale of Imladris.

Gandalf has reprimanded Gimli for inattentiveness and urged him to think only of the company's errand.

Gandalf: 'Gimli is in one of the guest rooms along the road that winds up the southern slope of the Vale of Imladris, with the other members of the Company.'
For elves
Gimli: 'Gandalf has that to say, <name>? I am not to be blamed if the mind wanders during such a long discussion -- you are an Elf, and not like me. I am a dwarf of action, given to fighting and carousing, not idle chatter!
Or for dwarves
Gimli: 'Gandalf has that to say, <name>? I am not to be blamed if the mind wanders during such a long discussion -- you and I are dwarves of action, given to fighting and carousing, not idle chatter.
for both
'Thank you for your aid. It is to be hoped that Balin's work in Moria prospers, and that Khazad-dûm will shine again! Perhaps if the errand of the company succeeds, I will go there someday and lend my strong arm to the effort! I am sure Balin will appreciate my help!
'And I appreciate your help today. You seem like a good sort, for an <race>.'