Quest:Chapter 6: The Cage

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Chapter 6: The Cage
Level 86
Type Solo
Starts with Théoden
Starts at Meduseld
Start Region Edoras
Map Ref [62.3S, 72.8W]
Ends with Gandalf
Ends at Meduseld
End Region Edoras
Map Ref [62.3S, 72.8W]
Quest Group Vol. III. Book 11
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'Wait, there is one item you should return yourself, as its owner is here in the hall.'

Théoden scowls and hands you a delicate cloth. On a corner of the cloth is embroidered the name Éowyn.

'I am not so poor a judge as to think my sister-daughter Éowyn intended Gríma to have this token of her favour. Return it to her and she will tell you for whom it was intended.'

Collected Éowyn's Favour

Background

Théoden has been restored and now it is time to repair some of the other wrongs worked by Gríma Wormtongue in Edoras.

Objective 1

Éowyn is within the Golden Hall of Meduseld.

Théoden has removed an embroidered handkerchief from the collection of stolen goods you recovered from Wormtongue's chambers, and wants you to return it to its original owner: his niece Éowyn.

Éowyn: Éowyn accepts the embroidered cloth from you with surprise.
'I remember this token! I gave it to my brother Éomer to bring him good fortune in battle, and he wore it on his rangings throughout the Mark! It must have been taken from him when he was confined to his chambers by my uncle's command! No. The command was my lord Théoden's, but the words were Gríma's, and my brother's confinement was carried out by those men Gríma selected. One of them must have taken this token from Éomer and given it to Gríma. Had I known this, I would not have allowed it!
'Bring this token of mine to my brother, and tell him our uncle is restored! He is being confined to his chambers in Edoras, north of Meduseld.'

Objective 2

  • Find the entrance to Éomer's chambers

Éowyn has asked you to return her favour to her brother Éomer, currently imprisoned at his chambers, north of Meduseld, in Edoras.

You have found the entrance to Éomer's chambers, where until today he has been imprisoned by command of the King

Objective 3

Éowyn has asked you to return her favour to her brother Éomer, currently imprisoned at his chambers, north of Meduseld, in Edoras.

Éomer: ' <name>! I am glad to see you are well. Háma has brought me the news that I am free to leave, but that is not what lightens my heart. The most joyous tidings are that my uncle Thêoden has awakened to the fact of his peril, and his treacherous counsellor has been dragged to light!'
Éomer accepts the embroidered cloth from you, and crushes it in one fist. 'This was taken from me by Forthere, one of Gríma's men. I am pleased to have it back, but I would sooner teach Forthere a lesson about respecting the belongings of others.
'I was treated well enough by the guards outside my chambers, but my inability to do anything for my family or for Rohan was the cruelest fact of my imprisonment. I spent many hours studying the map of Rohan in the room upstairs, trying to develop a strategy for the defence of the Kingdom that could not be undone by Saruman. Go! Study the map yourself and see if there is such a strategy I might have missed, for I came up with little of use.'

Objective 4

  • Study the map in Éomer's chambers

Even imprisoned, Éomer has continued to plan for the defence of Rohan. He has asked you to study the map in his chambers so you may better understand the geography of the Kingdom.

See "Walkthrough and Notes" above for further information about the maps.
Maps of Rohan: You study the map of Rohan for a time, but few strategies present themselves to you that could stand against the armies of Saruman.

Objective 5

  • Talk to Éomer in his chambers

When you have fully studied the map in Éomer's chambers, you should return to him to learn what he thinks of the strategic situation in Rohan.

Éomer: 'Did you find some strategy that could serve us against the armies of Saruman? Sadly, I did not, and I had more time to think on the problem than you had. There is no shame in it! Our strength lies on the open fields, but against such numbers as you say Saruman has assembled, I do not think our strength will suffice. The Mark is not as defensible as we need it to be!
'Return to my sister and give her my thanks and my love. I will see her when I return to the hall with Háma. Perhaps we will look at the map once more, and see if there is something we have missed...'

Objective 6

Éowyn is in the Golden Hall of Meduseld.

Éomer has asked you to return to his sister, and to thank her for her sympathy and her worry.

Éowyn: 'My brother is free of his cage? I delight to hear it, for soon I too will be free of the cage that binds me!'
Éowyn's smile brightens her face in the same way as does the sun breaking through a gap in the clouds.
'My cage is not made of metal or of wood, <name>, but it is a cage all the same. In time of peace, it confines me to the Golden Hall and its out-buildings, but when war threatens, it cannot hope to withstand the force of our great need. I am a shield-maiden of Rohan, and I shall take up sword and spear to defend this land and its people! My uncle must surely ride now to Isengard to challenge Saruman, and I will not hesitate to take up arms and ride with him!'

Objectice 7

Gandalf is in the Golden Hall of Meduseld, and he will likely have some advice for you.

Gandalf: 'All the people of Rohan will need to stand if the Kingdom is to survive, but their King must do so first.'