Quest:Prologue: The Wisdom of the Thrushes

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Prologue: The Wisdom of the Thrushes
Level 8
Type Solo
Starts with Dwalin
Starts at Hall of Kings
Start Region Thorin's Gate
Map Ref [13.8S, 103.2W]
Ends with Rothgar
Ends at Noglond
End Region Ered Luin
Map Ref [19.3S, 100.5W]
Quest Group Epic - Vol. 1, Prologue
Race(s) Dwarf
Quest Chain Ered Luin Epic Prologue (Dwarf Path)
Quest Text

Bestowal dialogue

'We need to find out where the Dourhand burglars took the gold they stole from our treasury, <name>, and I believe I know just how to do it.

'The thrushes of the Vale of Thráin have long served as the eyes of Durin's Folk in the air. If the Dourhands tried moving the stolen gold from Thorin's Hall, as they must have, one of the thrushes would surely have seen them.

'Nos Grimsong is a friend of the thrushes who has long been loyal to the Lonely Mountain, and he understands their language. Nos was last appointed to duty at the outpost of Noglond to the south.

'To get to Noglond, speak with the stable master, Wíli, to the west of Frerin's Court. Tell him you want a steed to take you to Noglond and he'll take care of the rest.

'When you get to Noglond, look for Rothgar. He'll be your point of contact for the time being.'

Background

Dwalin wants to know where the Dourhands went with the stolen gold and wonders if the thrushes of the Vale of Thráin might have seen something.

Objective 1

Noglond can be found far to the south of Thorin's Hall. As such Dwalin suggested you speak with Wíli the stable master in Frerin's Court.

Dwalin wants you to seek out Nos Grimsong, one of his loyal retainers and a friend to the thrushes of the Vale of Thráin. If the thrushes saw the Dourhand burglars, Nos will have heard about it. Dwalin instructed you to take a horse from Frerin's court to the outpost of Noglond. Once there you are to speak to Rothgar.

Dwalin: 'Head south to Frerin's Court and speak with Wíli about getting a horse to Noglond. When you get there speak with Rothgar, he should know hwere Nos is.'
Wíli: 'Well met, <name>. If ever you need to travel at speed you should come to visit me or whomever the closest stable master happens to be.
'So Dwalin sent you to me to purchase passage to Noglond did he? Well it's a good thing he did considering how far away Noglond is.
'Simply speak with me about renting a horse and you'll be able to purchase safe passage at speed on one of my finest mounts.
'When you get there be sure to look for Rothgar, I expect he'll have some taks for you.'

Objective 2

Wíli is in the west end of Frerin's Court.

Wíli told you to travel to Noglond by way of one of his horses and to speak with Rothgar when you arrive there.

Wíli: 'So Dwalin sent you to me to purchase passage to Noglond did he? Well it's a good thing he did considering how far away Noglond is. Simply speak with me about renting a horse, and you'll be abl to purchase safe passage at speed on one of my fine mounts.
'When you get there be sure to look for Rothgar, I expect he'll have some tasks for you.'
Rothgar: 'Welcome to Noglond, friend <class>! You might not know it, but this way-station has a storied history nearly as rich as Thorin's Halls itself! I would be honoured to tell you of....
'Oh, I see. You are here on business from Dwalin? You will never find a truer Longbeard than our Steward, and Thorin's Halls are maintained with the dignity that befits our glorious....
'Ah, yes, your pardon. What was it you were wanting, friend?'
Rothgar listens as you relay Dwalin's instructions and nods knowingly.
'Nos came through here just hours ago. When he left he mentioned heading to the Thrushstones.
'Follow the road north back to Thorin's Hall and it will turn sharply to the west. Continue to follow the road until it bends to the north again. Continue west from there and you will find the Thrushstones.'

Objective 3

Nos Grimsong is at the Thrushstones, north-west of Noglond.

Rothgar told you that Nos can be found to the north-west of Noglond. Head that way and look for Nos Grimsong to see if he's heard anything from the thrushes about the Dourhands robbing the dwarf treasury.

Rothgar: 'Nos came through here just hours ago. When he left he mentioned heading to the Thrushstones.
'Follow the road north back to Thorin's Hall and it will turn sharply to the west. Continue to follow the road until it bends to the north again. Continue west from there and you will find the Thrushstones.'
Nos Grimsong: 'You're here about the Dourhands sneaking out of Thorin's Halls, aren't you? The thrushes told me all about it, and I wrote it down to show Dwalin. Here, I'll give you my....
'Oh no! Lynx! Quick, help me fight them off! They're always hungry for thrushes!'

Objective 4

  • Defend Nos Grimsong

Nos Grimsong is at the Thrushstones, north-west of Noglond.

Rothgar told you that Nos can be found to the north-west of Noglond. Head that way and look for Nos Grimsong to see if he's heard anything from the thrushes about the Dourhands robbing the dwarf treasury.

Nos Grimsong says, "The lynx are back! You must help me defend against them!"
Nos Grimsong says, "Stay alert! We're not safe yet!"
Nos Grimsong says, "Look! Up on the hill! More of them!"
Nos Grimsong says, "Don't let your guard down yet!"
You successfully defended Nos Grimsong
Nos Grimsong says, "That showed them!"
Nos Grimsong says, "You have my thanks! Now take these notes, and show them to Rothgar!"

Objective 5

Rothgar is in Noglond to the south-east.

Nos Grimsong wrote down what he learned from the thrushes about the movements of the Dourhands in recent days and gave you his notes to take to Rothgar.

Nos Grimsong: 'Head back to Rothgar in Nogland and give him my note. He'll know what to do next.'
Rothgar: 'Dwalin was right to count on Nos Grimsong and his friends among the thrushes! These notes confirm that the Dourhands brought their stolen gold in secret down into the Vale of Thráin, but the thrushes insist that they then returned to their old stronghold in the mountains that border the Vale. I thought that old city was infested with goblins now.
'There were goblins in the Silver Deep, as well, and the Dourhands seem to have passed untroubled. There is something strange going on here, <name>, though you probably don't need me to tell you that.'