Quest:Instance: The Picture Painted

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Instance: The Picture Painted
Level 124
Type Solo
Starts with Gandalf
Starts at Grimbeorn's Lodge
Start Region Vales of Anduin
Ends with Gandalf
Ends at The Halls of Memory
Quest Group The Black Book of Mordor: Chapter 13
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

The Picture Painted
"Listen now to my words, and the words of Vóin."

Background

Gandalf has made a worrisome discovery while continuing his study of the Black Book of Mordor.

Objective 1

Gandalf speaks to you of the discoveries he made while studying the Black Book.

Gandalf: 'From my earlier study of the Black Book, we learned of Vóin's encounter with Magoldir the Elf in the Grey Mountains and their subsequent friendship. Unremarkable, perhaps, and yet we marked it, for an air of mystery surrounds this tome; both the circumstances in which it was found and the writing between its black covers fill me with intrigue and unease in equal measures.
'From the shade of Isildur we learned somewhat of Magoldir the Elf, and few of his deeds seemed notable. It is no slight to him, merely the truth that his most significant achievement appears to be his survival; nearly two thousand years passed before his name surfaces anywhere, and that is in the Black Book.
'What, then, of Magoldir's inclusion? Why did Vóin see fit to write of this Elf?'
Gandalf says, "We must return in these Halls of Memory to Vóin's account of the Grey Mountains."

Objective 2

  • Move through the twisting passage until you reach the Grey Mountains, as depicted in the Halls of Memory

Vóin writes of his adventures in the Grey Mountains, where he encountered Magoldir the Elf and the two became fast friends.

Gandalf flips through the pages of the Black Book

Objective 3

  • Talk to Gandalf in the Grey Mountains, as depicted in the Hall of Memory

Gandalf is in the Grey Mountains as they are depicted by the Halls of Memory.

Gandalf: 'What has Vóin to say about this meeting? Listen well, <name>.'

Objective 4

  • Listen to the words of Gandalf concerning his discoveries

Gandalf is in the Grey Mountains as they are depicted by the Halls of Memory.

Vóin says, "Hold, strangers! Who goes there, and for what purpose?"
Magoldir says, "It is a dwarf."
Magoldir says, "I am called Magoldir. My boon companions and I mean you no harm."
Vóin says, "You are an Elf."
Magoldir says, "That is true."
Vóin says, "The mountains are no place for an Elf."
Magoldir says, "I think that is less true, Master Dwarf. We go where evil lurks, and oppose it."
Gandalf says, "Magoldir did not adventure alone."
Gandalf says, "I have learned the identities of the others in his band."
Gandalf says, "Consider them now, and I will share with you what I have learned."

Objective 5

  • Examine the indistinct figures

Two thousand years following his survival of the Siege of Barad-dûr, Magoldir adventured in the Grey Mountains... but he did not travel alone.

Gandalf says, "They were knights of Gondor, adventuring far from home in the years after the Battle of Fornost."
Gandalf says, "They sought out pockets of Angmarim resistance in the mountains, and ended their threat."
Gandalf says, "These were their names."
Gandalf says, "Orolang."
Gandalf says, "Macilnis."
Gandalf says, "Calatúr."
Gandalf says, "And Silmahtar."
Gandalf says, "You know these names, <name>, as do I."
Gandalf says, "And you know the name of he to whom they pledged their loyalty."

Objective 5

  • Examine the indistinct figure that remains

Two thousand years following his survival of the Siege of Barad-dûr, Magoldir adventured in the Grey Mountains... but he did not travel alone.


Objective 6

  • Listen to the words of Gandalf concerning his discoveries

Gandalf is in the Grey Mountains as they are depicted by the Halls of Memory.

Gandalf says, "Eärnur."
Gandalf says, "Before he became the king of Gondor, he was its prince."
Gandalf says, "While his father Eärnil ruled from Minas Anor, he did the bidding of Gondor in the north."
Gandalf says, "Eärnur fought at Fornost with his knights, and it was there they met Magoldir."
Gandalf says, "For twenty years after the Battle of Fornost, they sought to end the threat of Angmar forever."
Gandalf says, "This brought them to the Grey Mountains, where they met Vóin of the Zhélruka."
Gandalf says, "Yes, <name>."
Gandalf says, "With deception Vóin masks the name, but it is of Eärnur he writes."
Gandalf says, "The very same Eärnur who would become Mordirith, the False King of Angmar."
Gandalf says, "The same Eärnur who commanded the armies of Mordor in the guise of Gothmog."
Gandalf says, "He troubles us still, and makes his presence felt even in this tome from a thousand years ago."
Gandalf: 'I should have known, <name>. I should have read the signs.'