Quest:Hand-written, Hand-delivered

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Hand-written, Hand-delivered
Level 93
Type Solo
Starts with Bingo Boffin
Starts at Boffin Manor
Start Region The Shire
Map Ref [33.0S, 75.1W]
Ends with Bingo Boffin
Ends at Boffin Manor
End Region The Shire
Map Ref [33.0S, 75.1W]
Quest Chain The Ballad of Bingo Boffin
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'The invitations are all written, my adventuring friend, and now they need to be delivered! Let's see... I want to be certain I have not forgotten anyone.'

Bingo leafs through a stack of envelopes, reading aloud the name on each.

'Myrtle Boggs, Merrimac Fairbairn and Poppy Bracegirdle, my kind and caring neighbours. Cousin Prisca and her family. The talkative and friendly Milo Goodbody, of Bree. Haley and Theodore, of course! The author and literary critic Bilbo Baggins. Spalvi Stout-heart, if he can set aside his duties with the Iron Garrison for a short journey. Langhár the Beorning. Egwylf the tracker, of Rohan. Humfrey Rumming, if he promises to leave his worms and salamanders and other such creatures behind! Iola Isbrun and her family, as they are distant relatives by some reckoning or other, although I cannot figure the relation exactly. And I have an invitation here for Willem Whisker and his family as well... perhaps you could read it to him?

'I do not know exactly where you will be able to find each of my invited guests, <name>. Perhaps you can ask Bert Bartleby? He tends to travel rather a lot, and might have seen some of these folk more recently than we have.

'If you get tired of delivering these invitations, I suppose we could rely on the Quick Post to do it. Leave any you do not deliver on the table near Postmaster Proudfoot, south of here by the Town Hole.'

Background

Bingo has decided to throw a dinner party after all, but his invite list has expanded somewhat since he first had the idea.

Objective 1

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Bingo would like for you to deliver the invitations for his dinner party, if you have the patience to do so. He asked that you leave any invitations you do not deliver on the table near Postmaster Proudfoot by the Town Hole in Michel Delving.

Bert Bartleby should know where you need to bring the invitations.

Bingo Boffin: 'I want to be certain I have not forgotten anyone. Who am I inviting to my party?
'Myrtle Boggs, Merrimac Fairbairn and Poppy Bracegirdle, my kind and caring neighbours. Cousin Prisca and her family. The talkative and friendly Milo Goodbody, of Bree. Haley and Theodore, of course! The author and literary critic Bilbo Baggins. Spalvi Stout-heart, if he can set aside his duties with the Iron Garrison for a short journey. Langhár the Beorning. Egwylf the tracker, of Rohan. Humfrey Rumming, if he promises to leave his worms and salamanders and other such creatures behind! Iola Isbrun and her family, as they are distant relatives by some reckoning or other, although I cannot figure the relation exactly. And I have an invitation here for Willem Whisker and his family as well... perhaps you could read it to him?
'I do not know exactly where you will be able to find each of my invited guests, <name>. Perhaps you can ask Bert Bartleby? He tends to travel rather a lot, and might have seen some of these folk more recently than we have.
'If you get tired of delivering these invitations, I suppose we could rely on the Quick Post to do it. Leave any you do not deliver on the table near Postmaster Proudfoot, south of here by the Town Hole.'
<name>: 'Where can I find Bilbo Baggins?'
Bert Bartleby: 'You will find Bilbo in Rivendell, still working on his poetry within the Hall of Fire, I expect!'
<name>: 'Where can I find Egwylf?'
Bert Bartleby: 'I heard that Egwylf was going to see what she could do to help her people in the town of Grimslade, in West Rohan. Look for her there!'
<name>: 'Where can I find Haley and Theodore?'
Bert Bartleby: 'I have heard that Theodore and Haley are now resting from their long journey at the place where they began it, inside the tavern located a day's journey east of Bree.'
<name>: 'Where can I find Humfrey Rumming?'
Bert Bartleby: 'I heard from one of my brothers that Humfrey Rumming was still in the town of Galtrev, in the centre of Dunland. I understand he was having trouble setting out again.'
<name>: 'Where can I find Iola Isbrun?'
Bert Bartleby: 'Iola lives in the town of Maur Tulhau, the village of the Stoors in the Gloomglens of north-western Enedwaith.'
<name>: 'Where can I find Langhár?'
Bert Bartleby: 'If you are welcome in the Vales of Anduin and the lands of Grimbeorn, you should be able to find Langhár at the homestead of her people. If you are not able to get to those lands, perhaps you can look for her within the outpost of Stangard, along the Great River. One of the guards there seemed to be quite taken with her, and I think she will now be welcomed within those walls.'
<name>: 'Where can I find Milo Goodbody?'
Bert Bartleby: 'I believe that Milo spends most of his time before the fire in the Prancing Pony, atop the hill in the town of Bree!'
<name>: 'Where can I find Myrtle Boggs?'
Bert Bartleby: 'Myrtle Boggs seems to spend most of her days gossiping outside her home across the way from Bingo's hobbit-hole, north of the Town Hole in Michel Delving.'
<name>: 'Where can I find Prisca Boffin?'
Bert Bartleby: 'Prisca Boffin lives with her many children just across the Brandywine Bridge east of the Shire, in the small town of Newbury.'
<name>: 'Where can I findm Spalvi Stout-heart?'
Bert Bartleby: 'The last I heard, Spalvi was working to help the dwarves reclaim Moria. Look for him within the Twenty-first Hall!'
<name>: 'Where can I find Willem Whisker?'
Bert Bartleby: 'Willem and his family seem to be doing quite well at their home north of the road in the north-eastern reaches of the Dunbog, in Dunland.'
Myrtle Boggs: 'What's this?'
You have clearly interrupted some gossip, likely about Bingo's long absence from the Shire, and Myrtle stares at you suspiciously. When you hand the invitations to Myrtle, Merrimac, and Poppy, they stare at the envelopes with surprised expressions. When they read the letters inside, their surprise increases further.
'Is this a trick? Bingo wishes to invite us to a dinner party? We have all been neighbours for some time now, and we have never attended a party at his home before! Now that I think about it, I suppose none of us have ever invited him over for a tea or for dinner either.
'Do we think we will attend? I... I suppose we can try, but we are not promising anything! Good day!'
Prisca Boffin: 'Cousin Bingo is inviting my family to a dinner party? It has been ages since I visited his home, and that was many young hobbits ago! Is his home big enough to accommodate all of my children?
'We will certainly try to attend, <name>. It is just as well, for I think Marigold was planning a secret adventure to the Shire anyway, and perhaps this will satisfy her journeying heart somewhat... for the moment!
'I could do with a fine dinner. Taking care of all these children is hungry work!'
Milo Goodbody: 'Pull up a chair, <name>! There is room for all at the Prancing Pony!'
You hand Milo the invitation and he reads it with interest.
'Delightful! I am not one to turn down a free dinner, and I remember that Bingo was quite an amusing fellow. I hope he shows a little restraint this time, because I remember he spent some time recovering from the entertainment here among the haystacks by the stables!
'I will be happy to attend, even if the folk in the Shire are a little odd... compared to the hobbits of Bree, at last!'
Haley Meadowsweet: 'We are back where we started, <name>, and still trying to decide what we should do next. For now, we have mostly decided that the food here could be better and that Anlaf does not clean the mugs well enough.'
You hand the invitations to Haley and she reads it with a smile.
'A dinner party? We will certainly attend, won't we, Theodore? Yes, we will. It will be nice to see Bingo at his home.'
Theodore nods distantly, already thinking about his next adventure, but you are reasonably certain he will attend Bingo's gathering.
Bilbo Baggins: 'Oh, hello there, <name>! Welcome back to Rivendell!'
You hand Bilbo the invitation, and he reads it carefully.
'Bingo Boffin is having a dinner party? I am sure it will be lovely time, but I am afraid I must decline his gracious invitation. I do not think I have as many journeys in me as once I did, and I am content to stay here in Rivendell for now. I will return to the Shire one day, I am sure of it, but I am not ready to say farewell to the Last Homely House just yet.
'Give Bingo my best wishes, and tell him that I am eagerly awaiting his book... when it is finished!'
Spalvi Stout-heart: 'Welcome back to Khâzad-dûm, <name>! Do not tell me you have lost Bingo again, and need my help to find him?'
Spalvi laughs for a longer time than necessary. When he has finally stopped and apologized, you hand him the invitation. Ketill Map-maker, standing nearby, also takes an interest.
'I would be happy to attend Bingo's party! Ketill and I have been working to improve the Iron Garrison's foothold here in Khâzad-dûm, but it is difficult work. There are many dangers still in the earth, and I am not sure we can master them. But we will try! That is the way of the dwarves!'
Langhár: 'What brings you here, <name>? Is something wrong?'
You hand Langhár the invitation. As she reads it, her caution gives way to amusement.
'Bingo is organizing a dinner party? I hope he has not give up on his adventuring ways! I will do my best to attend, but that will depend upon whether the Easterlings seek to cross the Great River again. If they know what is best for them they will not attempt it, and I will be able to visit Bingo.'
Egwylf: 'It is good to see you again, <name>! How fares our friend Bingo?
You hand Egwylf the invitation and she reads it carefully.
'A dinner party? This is not the time for parties, my friend. Rohan is at war! I will see what I can do, but I am afraid I cannot commit to such a journey. Whether I attend our not will depend upon the state of the war effort in Rohan.
'Even so, I thank Bingo for the invitation.'
Humfrey Rumming: 'Bingo is hosting a dinner party? I receive so many invitations that it is hard to keep track of them all! I will do my best to attend. Perhaps I will give a speech or two before dinner. My speeches are always well-received, and is it not said that the gift of knowledge is a gift well-received? That settles it!
'Bingo will be honoured for me to attend, I am sure. You may count upon it, <name>!'
Iola Isbrun: 'Ye have returned to Maur Tulhau, <name>? Have ye decided to come live here? We can try and find ye a comfortable place to live! Perhaps we would see about opening a new neighbourhood for ye and Bingo!
You shake your head with a smile and hand her the invitation.
'Well, this is exciting news as well! A dinner party? It is a long way from here, but I would like to see Bingo once again. I am also curious about the traditions of this faraway Shire! Tell him Iola will be happy to attend!'
Willem Whisker: You feel a little silly, but Willem has always seemed to understand you and Bingo, so you carefully open the envelope and read the invitation to the lynx.
Willem's eyes seem to sparkle, but you can't tell for sure what it might mean.

Objective 2

Bingo is inside his hobbit-hole in Michel Delving, north of the Town Hole.

Bingo Boffin: 'I am so excited for this party, <name>! I want everything to be perfect!
'I hope everyone I invited is able to attend! You did deliver all the invitations, right?'
Next week: 'The Perfect Recipe' (Recommended Level: 93)