Quest:Chapter 3: Opening the Way

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Chapter 3: Opening the Way
Level 47
Type Solo
Starts with Lorniel
Starts at Gath Forthnír
Start Region Angmar
Map Ref [10.8N, 24.0W]
Ends with Elrond
Ends at Elrond's Library
End Region Rivendell
Map Ref [29.6S, 3.3W]
Quest Group Book 7
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'I fear we may have been deceived, <name>, for this scroll is written in Black Speech and may say nothing of value. I cannot say, for Black Speech is not a tongue with which I am familiar. Even so, I would know what this says.

'Perhaps the Elf Laerdan may have some proficiency in this writing. He is an old friend of my father's and is here in Gath Forthnír.

'Take the scroll to him and ask him his opinion. If it may help us free my father, then we must learn its secrets at once!'

Background

You retrieved the scroll from Raghnall, but it was written in Black Speech, which Lorniel is unable to translate.

Objective 1

Laerdan is in Gath Forthnír.

Lorniel suggested you seek out an Elf named Laerdan in hopes of learning what Raghnall's scroll would reveal.

Lorniel: 'Take the scroll to Laerdan, <name>. Perhaps he has some knowledge of the Black Speech.'
Laerdan: 'Alas, but I have never taken the time to learn the cruel mutterings of the Orcs. I have no desire to speak with them by any means save my sword.
'If this scroll did indeed come from Carn Dûm, Elrond Halfelven may have an interest in it, and he asuredly knows the Black Speech. Go to Rivendell and seek out the Master of the Last Homely House, if you would know the answer to your riddle.'
Collected the Tattered Scroll

Objective 2

Elrond Halfelven is at Rivendell in the Trollshaws.

Laerdan, also unable to translate the scroll, sent you to Rivendell to speak with Elrond Halfelven.

Laerdan: 'I can be of no aid to you with this scroll, for the Black Speech is not my study. Take it to Elrond of Rivendell.'
Elrond: 'What is this? You were sent by the daughter of Golodir and the Elf Laerdan? What a strange fate brought you hither. The Shadow of Angmar has grown with the Shadow in the East.
'Give me the scroll...I will unravel this mystery for you.'