Quest:Chapter 5: What is Needed

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Chapter 5: What Is Needed
Level 48
Type Solo
Starts with Dwalin
Starts at Hall of Kings
Start Region Thorin's Gate
Map Ref [13.8S, 103.2W]
Quest Group Vol. I. Book 7
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'That we can forge this key, I have no doubt, but there are some items we will need before we can begin. Master Elrond's instructions say that we need mithril, but there is none to be had in the Blue Mountains. Also, we will need something to cast a mould from.

'Now, one of the gifts Bilbo took back from the Lonely Mountain was a nugget of mithril. I doubt he understood its value, so he probably left it behind when he returned to Rivendell. However, he may have given it to the Mathom-house in Michel Delving. Perhaps the Keeper of the Mathom-house can help you with that.

'As for the casting, Atli Spiderbane sent word that the Archet guards found a ruined key among the bodies of the Blackwolds. Jon Brackenbrook may still have it. If their leader was from Angmar, as I have heard, it may be that key is just what we need to cast the mould.'


Dwalin, Master of Thorin's Hall, has agreed to help you forge the key, but there are some vital components missing.

Objective 1

Keeper Brombard Foxtail is at the Mathom House in Michel Delving in the western part of the Shire. Jon Brackenbrook is in the town of Archet, north-east of Bree-town.

Dwalin informed you that he need a mithril nugget, which might be in the keeping of the Mathom-house in the Shire, and a key to cast a mould from, which might be obtained from Jon Brackenbrook, the new Captain of Archet.

Dwalin: 'A will gladly help you with that key, but first you must obtain the mithril nugget and the ruined key we need.'
Keeper Brombard Foxtail: 'Hello there! What can I do for you? A mithril nugget? Never heard of it.
'Oh! You mean that chunk of silver old Bilbo brought back from his adventures! It thought it was too light for real silver.
'Well, it must have little value then, and I don't see why we should keep it. You're quite welcome to take'
Jon Brackenbrook: 'Greetings, friend! What may I help you with? You say you have come all the way from the Blue Mountains to retrieve that old ruined key we found among the Blackwolds' belongings?
'It is true that it was found among things we believe were Éogan's, which is the only reason I kept it. It's quite useless.
'Here...may it assist you in your endeavours.'

Objective 2

  • Bring the collected materials to Dwalin

Dwalin can be found in Thorin's Hall in Ered Luin.

Dwalin sent you to get a mithril nugget from the Mathom-house in the Shire and a key to help in casting a mould from Jon Brackenbrook in Archet.

Jon Brackenbrook: 'I'm surprised you travelled so far for that key! May it server you well.'
Keeper Brombard Foxtail: 'I do hope that silvery metal is useful to you. It really wasn't that interesting...I didn't even have it out on display.'
Dwalin: 'Ah! I was right! The hobbits did indeed have Bilbo's nugget. I hope you didn't have to hurt anyone to get it....
'Foxtail didn't even know what it was? Well, it should be no surprise to me...a hobbit would not know truly precious metals if you gave them a hoard.
'And I see you retrieved the key from Jon Brackenbrook. We have all we need. Go now and take these items to Litli by the forge there. He will get started on the key.'

Objective 3

  • Bring the collected materials to Litli

Litli can be found by the forge near the throne of Thorin's Hall.

Now that you have recovered the mithril and Éogan's key, Litli, one of Dwalin's smiths, can begin work on the key.

Dwalin: 'Go on now, don't just stand about here. Take the mithril and that key you gathered to Litli. He's over by the forge near the throne.'
Litli: 'So you are the one Dwalin was talking about. You have the mithril, I see, and that foul key from the Angmarim. All right then, give them here. I'll get started on smelting down that mithril!
'The problem is that there will be a problem shaping this metal. Perhaps you should speak with Dwalin.'

Objective 4

  • Wait for Litli to complete his task

Litli can be found by the forge near the throne of Thorin's Hall.

Now that you have recovered the mithril and Éogan's key, Litli, one of Dwalin's smiths, can begin work on the key.

Litli says: "I'll set the mithril in the bed of coals here."
Litli says: "There that won't take long."
Litli says: "Now, there's still a problem. Shaping mithril isn't an easy task."
Litli says: "Tales tell that a special shaping hammer is needed for such fine work as a key."
Litli says: "I've no such hammer though, nor have I ever seen one."
Litli says: "Best tell Dwalin that if I'm to complete this work for you, I'll need such a hammer."
Litli says: "Go on now, let him know."

Objective 5

  • Talk to Dwalin

Dwalin can be found in Thorin's Hall in Ered Luin.

Litli took the mithril from you and began heating it. However, he mentioned that shaping the mithril will be a problem, one that perhaps Dwalin can solve.

Litli: 'Smelting that mithril will take a bit of time yet. Of course, if I don't have a shaping hammer to work it, it doesn't matter how long it takes to smelt it down.
'If getting this key is important to you, let Dwalin know that I'm going to need a mithril shaping hammer.'
Dwalin: 'A mithril shaping hammer? Bah! I've seen but one of those in my entire life. And I've not seen one since...oh dear....'