Quest:Preparing for the Dark

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Preparing for the Dark
Level 45
Type Small Fellowship
Starts with Bilbo Baggins
Starts at The Hall of Fire
Start Region Rivendell
Map Ref [29.6S, 3.3W]
Quest Group Misty Mountains
Quest Chain Dim Memories of the Dark
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

I would hate to ask this of you, <name>, but there is another place I would like you to go. The way is quite dangerous, and I simply am not sure whether I should indeed ask it of you, but it is a very important place...it is really where this whole mess began.

'Deep within Goblin-town, there is a cave. I've mentioned it before, I'm sure. A wretched creature called Gollum once lived there. Gandalf says he is related to hobbits, but I just cannot imagine it.

'At any rate, I would like you to find that cave and get me proper directions, as I stumbled into it quite by accident during my adventure with Thorin and Company. But perhaps you should speak with Gandalf the Grey and my nephew Frodo...they might have some reservations about anyone going there.'

Background

Bilbo Baggins has completed his book and would like to make certain that his memory of the important locations and events is correct.

Objective 1

Gandalf and Frodo are in Bilbo's room on the first floor of the Last Homely House, in Rivendell.

Uncertain of the task he has set before you, Bilbo Baggins wants you to speak with his nephew, Frodo Baggins, and the Wizard Gandalf the Grey before setting forth on your journey.

Bilbo Baggins: 'You really should speak with Frodo and Gandalf before you leave. Let me know what they think of this adventure I have tasked you with. You'll find them in my room on the first floor.'
Gandalf: 'Bilbo wants you to go where? While Gollum no longer dwells within that cavern, it is by no means safe. You will have to pass through the ranks of goblins in Goblin-town.
'What did he tell you of his encounter with Gollum? Nothing? That is good, for it entails knowledge which you need not be made aware of.
'I cannot hinder you, if you believe yourself up to the task, but I warn against it.'
Frodo Baggins: 'Uncle Bilbo is a dear old hobbit, and he remembers his adventures fondly, but I do not think he even now understands exactly how terrible this whole thing is.
'Gollum is loose, and he is searching for...well, he is searching for something he once possessed. If you go to that place, hope he has not returned there himself.'
Gandalf: 'Be cautious should you seek Gollum's cave, for the journey is long and perilous. The Goblins will not likely let you pass unharmed.'
Frodo Baggins: 'I dread the place you speak of, though I have never been there myself. Bilbo's encounter there has laid on me a terrible burden and has brought me great woe.'

Objective 2

Bilbo Baggins is in the Hall of Fire in the Last Homely House at Rivendell.

Gandalf and Frodo warned you of the dangers found in the cavern in the dark. You should return to Bilbo Baggins with their opinions.

Bilbo Baggins: 'Well then, you have returned, and that means you have spoken to my nephew and my friend Gandalf. They aren't keen on your going to Gollum's cave? Well, I suppose I can't blame them, but I simply must know what has become of that place and how to find it again.'