Quest:Dire News

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Dire News
Level 25
Type Solo
Starts with Mincham
Starts at Mincham's Camp
Start Region The North Downs
Map Ref [13.1S, 55.3W]
Ends with Halbarad
Ends at Halbarad's Study, Esteldín
End Region The North Downs
Map Ref [9.4S, 41.2W]
Quest Group North Downs
Quest Chain The Oathbreakers
Quest Text


Note, that this quest was removed in Update 13.

Bestowal dialogue

'I must tell you that the tidings you bring could not be worse, unless the Nine themselves had come to Fornost. You must go at once to Esteldín and speak with Halbarad, who commands there in the name of our chieftain, Aragorn.

'Inform Halbarad of what you learned from that shade and say, too, that I believe this is dire news for all the North Downs. Esteldín is a far distance from here. Follow the road which runs east from the Greenway, through Amon Raith, crossing the river at the ruins of Ost Lagoros. The ruins where Esteldín lies hidden are due east of Gatson's farm.

'Esteldín is the hidden refuge of my people. I charge you not to speak of it to any but my kindred.'


Mincham is greatly disturbed by your report of the Oathbreaker's invocation of the name Amarthiel, though he has not confided the reasons for his concern.

Objective 1

Esteldín is reached by travelling along the road east from the Greenway, passing Amon Raith and crossing the river at the ruins of Ost Lagoros. The ruins where Esteldín lies are due east of Gatson's farm.

Mincham has asked you to go to Esteldín to speak to the Ranger Halbarad, the leader of his people in the absence of their chieftain, Aragorn.

Halbarad: 'Mincham would not have sent you here were your tidings not urgent. Let me hear your news....
'Amarthiel is a name out of the past. A name of dread. These are dark days indeed in which her name is spoken once again. I might have dismissed your tidings considering that a shade out of the past might well call on dead names, but Mincham would not be concerned did he not believe that there is more behind this shade's words.
'This is something I must dwell on later. I will not speak of Amarthiel at this time, and we have many other concerns here at present. I must thank you for your aid. I only hope that Mincham is wrong and this news is nothing more than the ranting of an ancient and maddened spirit.'