Quest:A Cloud of Despair

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A Cloud of Despair
Level 105
Type Solo
Starts with Echil
Starts at Haeorndir
Start Region The Wastes
Map Ref [36.5S, 8.9W]
Ends with Elladan
Ends at Haerondir
End Region The Wastes
Map Ref [35.8S, 7.8W]
Quest Chain The Wastes: Dagorlad
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

It has been a long march, <name>...

'I can speak only for myself, but I am prepared for what may come when we reach the Black Gate. If my death awaits, I shall welcome it in the service of Gondor and of King Elessar. Even still, it is a weight to bear... and each man here bears it.

'I have seen much in these last days that I never imagined, and I am sure more still awaits beyond my sight. For all of these unknown joys or ills, I have not seen the Elves in this company falter even once. Whether they fear or not as Men do, they seem charmed.

'I wonder what eases them so in such times, and I wonder if it might offer some comfort to our company. Would you speak to them, my friend?'


As the Host of the West approaches the Black Gate, a sense of despair has taken root in even the hardiest warriors.

Objective 1

  • Talk to Legolas at Haerondir

Legolas can be found on the north-western ramparts of Haerondir.

Echil has asked you to speak to the Elves at Haerondir as their resolve has not visibly faltered. You should speak to Legolas first.

'What is it my friend?'
You tell Legolas of Echil's sense of wonder about the Elves at Haerondir, and how he wishes that he and the other Men might be so at eas as well. Legolas chuckles to himself, and Gimli scoffs quitely beside him.
'Your Ranger friend isperhaps too eager to think such tings of the Elves. Isn't he, Gimli?
'It is not a lack of fear that drives me forth, but a sense of duty to Aragorn and to our kin the Host. You and I have shared this long journey together and fear has not yet broken us even if it has lingered at every step of our adventures.
'These Men are the bravest of this Age, and I would not see them falter now. Vicotry can be won over the Enemy, and none would know that better than the sons of Elrond.
'Why don't you speak to then, <name>? I wonder what they would make of Echil's talk of fearless Elves!'

Objective 2

  • Talk to Elladan and Elrohir at Haerondir

Elladan and Elrohir can be found on the eastern ramparts at Haerondir.

You have spoken to Legolas, but he has not experienced what Echil described. You should now speak to Elladan and Elrohir instead.

'What troubles you, <name>?"
You tell Elladan and Elrohir of Echil's hope that the Elves in the Host of the West are without fear. Elladan stifles a laugh, but Elrohir is unable to hold back. Before Elladan is able to speak, Elrohir quickly interjects.
'I am sorry, my friend. Were that the truth, he would be the first to know! These Men should not think so little of themselves!'
Elladan gestures to Elrohir to be silent and begins to speak.
'No, there is no hidden bravery within us my friend. Perhaps we benefit from knowledge of the past, but in matters of the Enemy, fear is ever present. The Ringbearer's quest is unlike any errand in the time of our father and the allince of Men and Elves.
'You say thse men are fearful, but they still march forth knowning their doom. That is the truest bravery, and they must be made to see it.'