Quest:Instance: Freed of the Burden

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Instance: Freed of the Burden
Level 128
Type Solo
Starts with Gandalf
Starts at Entrance to Rivendell
Start Region Rivendell
Map Ref [31.9S, 6.2W]
Ends with Bozhéna
End Region Ered Mithrin
Map Ref [34.5N, 38.5W]
Quest Chain The Black Book of Mordor: Epilogue
Quest Text

"What secrets did she add to the Halls of Memory? I wonder…"

Background

Objective 1

  • Listen to the words of Bozhéna in the Halls of Memory
Bozhena: 'I am named Bozhéna, and I am of the Zhelruka. I met Voin who would be my husband when I was young and my beard was but a shadow of what it is today, and I did not count him much of a dwarf. It was only with the passage of years that he earned my love, and now we have a son. Tazko is his name, and already I have filled his ears with the stores of his father's adventures. But he is young, and to him tales are just tales; ask an old dwarf the tales of her youth, and she may not remember them.'
'So I do not entrust this story to Tazko, though he is dearest to me in all this world and I raise him to be all a Zhelruka should be. It was Voin's wish that I record the end of his tale in the tome he brought out of Mordor, and this I now do.'

Objective 2

  • Listen to the words of Bozhéna on the slopes of Mordor, as depicted by the Halls of Memory

Bozhéna says, "It was in the year 2051 that Vóin went south in search of his vanished friend, the lost king of Gondor."
Bozhéna says, "He fell in with such wicked dwarves as he could find."
Bozhéna says, "In their company he made his way past the bounds of Mordor."

Bozhéna: For twelve years he remained in Mordor, and when he finally returned he was not the same. The time he spent among such wickedness in the Black Land and the citadel of Minas Morgul took its toll upon him.'
'No one could have survived such an experience unchanged, but by my beard I say none could have done better than my Vóin.'

Objective 3

  • Delve deeper into the Halls of Memory

Bozhéna says, "I miss him every day."

He spent years in Minas Morgul, trying to free his friend from a cruel fate.

Bozhéna: 'But it was not to be. The torments of the Witch-king proved too severe, and in time Earmur's resistance fell, as he knew they would. He had told Voin this day would come, but my husband refused to believe it.'
'Alas, the depth of the evil in that place overmastered Vóin's hopeful heart, and the words of his friend proved true.'

Objective 4

  • Listen to the words of Vóin as remembered by Bozhéna

Bozhéna says, "The day Vóin feared came at last."
Bozhéna says, "The Witch-king's domination was complete."
Bozhéna says, "Eärnur was given new raiment, and a new name."
Bozhéna says, "After years of torment, he remembered neither his friends nor their adventures."
Bozhéna says, "Vóin was but one wicked dwarf among many who served in Minas Morgul."
Bozhéna says, "He tried to remind Eärnur of his old life, but it was to no avail."
Mordirith says, "Use that name in my presence and I will have you slain!"
Vóin says, "I meant no offence! It will not happen again!"
Mordirith says, "See that it does not."
Mordirith says, "Tell my master I will join him presently at Bâr Nírnaeth."
Mordirith says, "The Mistress of Lamentation has a task for me."
Vóin says, "Yes, of course."
Vóin says, "Thank you for your mercy... Mordirith."
Bozhéna says, "I know it was painful for him."

Note: There a Hidden Easter egg inside the instance.

Objective 5

  • Listen to the words of Bozhéna
Bozhéna: 'Voin knew the time had come. He ascended the stairs in the tower and came to the very highest chamber, where resided the great beacon. He broke a shard from the reflective surface, and using the secret arts of our kind he trapped a ray of the moon's light in that glass.'
'Sitting in that high place, my husband took from his satchel an empty tome he had token from an archive in the city; the accursed sage that governed it never knew the book to be missing. In the lgiht of the moon, Voin wrote the tale of his years, and he left nothing out. He wrote of Magoldir the Elf, into whose life my husband came only near the end, and wept to not have known him longer. He wrote of the knights of Gondor with whom he adventured in Gundabad and elsewhere: hopeful Silmahtar, courageous Calatur, swift Macilnis and loyal Orolang, whose death grieved him for all the rest of his days.'
'But most of all, he wrote of Eärnur, the lost king of Gondor and his dearest friend. It would be the only record of the man Eärnur had been before he fell into the net of the Witch-king. When voin could find no more words to write, he found a plain coffer in the city and fashioned two keys to open it. One of the keys he kept, the other he set beneath hammer, and broke the end.'

Objective 6

  • Listen to the words of Vóin as remembered by Bozhéna

Bozhéna says, "He presented that broken key to the wraith who had once been his friend."
Mordirith says, "What is this? I need no gifts from Morgul-slaves."
Vóin says, "This gift is not from me. It is from your master."
Vóin says, "The Lord of the Nazgûl wants you to keep this key on your person."
Vóin says, "It will unlock a mighty weapon, a weapon that cannot be overcome."
Mordirith says, "The key is broken. There is naught it can unlock."
Vóin says, "The tests of your Nazgûl master are no concern of mine."
Vóin says, "I have done my duty, Mordirith."
Vóin says, "Farewell, I say. Farewell."

Vóin left Minas Morgul then, walking as if he were its master and could not be harmed.

Objective 7

  • Listen to the words of Bozhéna on the slopes of Mordor, as depicted by the Halls of Memory
Bozhéna: 'He did not stay in Mordor. After twelve years, my husband returned to me.'

Even hidden among the margin illustrations in the Black Book, the tone of Bozhena's writing is as clear as the crystal surface of a mountain lake.

'I had some questions,' she writes.

Objective 8

  • Delve deeper into the Halls of Memory

Bozhéna says, Our home in Járnfast needed some repair, and Vóin wished to construct something else.

Vóin wanted to build a secret chamber in which to hide the book he had written.

Bozhéna: 'The chamber took many years to finish. It was his life's work, and into its construction he poured every part of himself. On the walls he carved the song of Thafar-gathol, for that was the dream he set aside for the love of his friends and the memory of their struggles, but it still captured his imagination. Often I would enter the hidden chamber unnoticed and find him staring at the song, humming to himself. More than once I would interrupt his musings and hear him speaking softly in the dim light. "One day," he would say from time to time. "One day."'
'Our son Tazko was born in the years following his father's return from Mordor, and he delighted to play in the hidden room, but eventually Voin grew cross and forbade his son from entering. "It is disrespectful, Tazko!" he chided the boy. "This room is a crypt. It is a tomb for the dwarf I was, and for my friends who have died, and worse than died."'
'"What could be worse than death?" Tazko asked him once, but that was the end of the discussion. Voin would no longer speak openly of the hidden chamber or the tome within.'
'In time, my husband felt the onset of his years, and knew his end approached. There was one last journey for us to make, and then he would e satisfied with the life he had lived.'

Objective 9

  • Listen to the words of Bozhéna

'The three of us journeyed westward, to the Grey Mountains.'

Objective 10

  • Hear the words of Vóin as recorded by Bozhéna
Vóin: 'It has been a long journey, but I have a few steps more to take. I trust you both know you have all my love? Good, good!'
'Keep the deeds of the Zhelruka close to your heart, Tazko, and live by their example! You will be a strong dwarf and brave, stronger and braver than I have been, I expect! I am proud of you, my son. Take care of your mother, and see that she wants for nothing.'
'Bozhéna, you are more dear to me than you know, and these years have been better than I deserve. Take care of Tazko, and know that I will bear the memories of our time together whereever these steps take me.'

Tázko says, :Is he really going to find Thafar-gathol?"
Bozhéna says, "What do you believe, Tázko?"
Tázko says, "I hope so. I think so."

And then he was gone.

Objective 11

  • Hear the conclusion of Bozhéna's account, secretly recorded in the Black Book
Bozhéna: 'We returned to Jarnfast. My husband was right: Tazko grew to be a fine, strong dwarf, and as the years passed he proved an able help to this mother and to the rulers of the Iron Hills. He spoke often of the great deeds of Zhelruka past and present; Voin would have been very proud of his son.'
'I placed the tome my husband had writtein in the hidden chamber, and sealed the door. I entered the secret room less and less often as the years went on, and in time I stopped going inside at all. Tazko does not remember the journey we took to the Grey Mountains with his father, but every now and then he asks what I think happened to him. "He found the loot city of Thafar-gathol," I tell him, and he smiles. And why should he not Voin survived Mordor, and Minas Morgul, and defied the edicts of the Witch-king himself. I think if anyone could find that lost city, it would be my husband.'
'Now I feel the passing of the years, as Voin did, and I know my time is nearly ended. I have come into the hidden chamber one last time, and I will write the conclusion of my husband's story in the manner he wanted. "My friends defied evil," he said to me, "and I do not want them forgotten." I promised to conclude the tale, and now that I have done so I will set this book down upon its table, and sing the song my husband carved upon the walls. I will leave the hidden chamber and seal the door, and then I think I will set for a time and think of Voin.'
'If any should find this book after a year, or two, or ten, know that Voin and Bozhéna and their son Tazko were happy with their lot, and despite the difficulties of their time they knew that even a hopeless night must come to an end, and there would always be good-hearted folk ready and eager to greet the dawn.'

'Farewell, unknown friend, farewell!'

Completed: Instance: Freed of the Burden