An Echo of Days Past
"While Frithgeir prepares the brew that will restore the sense of our host, an ancient dwarf who has lived long and seen much, our company decides what should next be done...."
Nona has asked you to get to the bottom of the mystery concerning his brother Wadu and the dwarves of Zudrugund.
Frithgeir is working to prepare the brew for Nár so you may speak with him without difficulty.
- Frithgeir: 'The water is boiling already, and now I will add the ingredients you collected. The odour will be quite pungent, so perhaps you should speak with the rest of your friends that have come to Zudrugund while it steeps.
- 'The odour is rather unpleasant, though I find that it does clear the cobwebs away when I am feeling under the weather.'
- Frithgeir says, "It will be some time before the brew is ready."
Frithgeir is preparing the brew for Nár and has recommended that while you wait you speak with the members of the Grey Company who have come to Zudrugund.
- Frithgeir: 'Please, I need to concentrate. Speak with your friends here while I prepare the brew.'
- Corunir: 'I do not know what to make of this dwarf, <name>. Where did all of his people go? Why would they leave him behind? And what could he have seen that might leave him so...addled?
- 'Frithgeir seems to be kind-hearted, and it seems to me that Nár would be hard-pressed to survive here for any period of time without him, but there is something not quite right about these two.'
- Elladan: 'So many books, <name>, and none of them taken when Nár's people left him. It puzzles me. It is clear that many dwarves once lived here, but where they have gone and why is a mystery. I suspect that even Frithgeir's brew will not clear Nár's mind sufficiently for him to provide us the answers we seek.'
- Calenglad: 'We are a long way from Evendim, <name>. I wonder how our friends are managing in our absence?'
- Calenglad sighs and looks suspiciously at Nár.
- 'I understand why we have taken this brief excursion into the hills, for if Nona is satisfied by what we learn here, our dealings with the Uch-lûth should be made easier. But what can we really learn from this dwarf? He does not seem even to notice us!'
- Nár says, "Cave-claws? Here? Are you sure?"
- Nár says, "O, what shame! I have misplaced my axe."
- Nár says, "That was a good one! Aye, you always have the best stories, Hervin."
- Nár says, "No, you go ahead."
- Nár says, "O, I cannot go in there! What must I do?"
- Nár says, "My lord, why did you go in? Why did you not listen to your faithful servant?"
Halbarad wishes to speak with you while Frithgeir prepares the brew for Nár.
- Halbarad: 'I have been listening to Nár's ramblings, <name>, and I have managed to piece together some of his history. I believe he was once the servant or friend of Thrór, grandfather of Thorin Oakenshield, and that this was one of their homes in exile.
- 'Thrór did not return to Erebor, but it seems to me he made another journey, and Nár accompanied him. From his words, I believe they came into danger, and....'
- Learn what Nona wants from the dwarves
Nona has just burst into the dwarf-hall, intending to confront the dwarves about the fate of her brother Wadu.
- Halbarad says, "Someone approaches!"
- Nona says, "You! Dwarf!"
- Nona says, "Where is the leader of this place? I demand to speak to your chief!"
- Nár says, "Bring a spare mug, Hervin!"
- Nona says, "Do you mock me? <name>, what is going on here?"
Nona has demanded an explanation from you.
- Nona: Nona listens impatiently as you explain what the situation in Zudrugund seems to be.
- 'I want answers for myself. My brother was changed after he came here, and this Nár knows why. He will tell me why, or it will go badly for him!'
- Listen to the exchange between Nona and Nár
Frithgeir has prepared the brew for Nár, and you should now see if it has the promised effect.
- Nona says, "What did you say to my brother Wadu when he came here?"
- Nár says, "Wadu?"
- Nár says, "Aye, he was a brave dwarf."
- Nona says, "My brother was not a dwarf!"
- Frithgeir says, "Nár, it is ready. I have this for you!"
- Nár says, "This is strong-smelling stuff, is it not? To your health!"
- Nár says, "Ooooh...who are you? When did you arrive at my hall?'
- Nona says, "Tell me what you said to my brother! Tell me what you said to Wadu!"
Nár seems to be more aware of his surroundings, thanks to the brew supplied by Frithgeir, and may now tell you what he said to Wadu.
- Nár: Nár shakes his head, breathing deeply of the steam billowing out of the mug.
- 'Wadu...I know that name. We went to the father-lode, where rang the sound of hundreds of dwarf-hammers, far below Zudrugund.
- 'It is curious. I remember walking with Wadu among the great turning water-wheels of the Old Father, but I have not seen him since. He is not still down there, is he?'
- You tell Nár that Wadu has been slain, and his beard creases into a frown.
- 'Ah, that is a shame. He was most brave. Wasn't he? I can take you to the mine, if you'd like.'
- Elladan says, "I will go with you, <name>."
- Nona says, "I am going too, dwarf."
Nár has offered to take you to the mines below Zudrugund, where he last remembers seeing Wadu. Perhaps the mystery of what happened to Nona's brother here remains below.
- Nár: 'Are you ready to go to the mines below this hall? Very good. I am ready to show you the way.'
You have travelled deep into the mine beneath Zudrugund with Nár, Elladan, and Nona. Elladan has had a curious feeling that you have been watched for some time now.
- Elladan: 'We are far beneath the earth now, <name>, and a feeling has been growing on my mind for some time now. I think someone, or something, has watched as we descended. I cannot pinpoint it, but I believe some intelligence has observed our passage from Zudrugund.
- 'Something else has made me uneasy. How much of Frithgeir's brew has Nár already consumed? And how much remains? The dwarf has been alert for our descent, but what happens when the steaming brew has been exhausted?'
- Follow Elladan, Nona, and Nár deeper into the mine
- Nár says, "Ah, just the stuff! Now stop dallying and follow me! We are almost there."
- Nona says, "How far beneath the earth is this dwarf taking us?"
- Nár says, "Behold! The great wheel of the Old Father!"
- Elladan says, "Bats!"
- Nona says, "I am ready for battle!"
- Nár says, "Listen to the sound of those hammers! Keep up the great work, my people!"
- Elladan says, "Why are none of the bats attacking Nár?"
Nona wears a puzzled expression. She seems dissatisfied with the journey and wishes to speak with you.
- Nona: 'I do not like this. Why do the bats of this cavern not attack the dwarf? Why does he walk among them without danger?
- 'Wadu came into this mine full of fear and uncertainty. What happened here that he emerged from it with courage, courage that would lead him to his death?
- 'The longer this journey takes, the more questions it poses, <name>! I want to be above-ground again, in the sunlight!'
- Nár says, "Why, yes! The braids of your beard are particularly well-done this day."
- Nár says, "This will shine it up nicely."
Elladan is thinking, pondering what to do next, now that you are deep beneath Zudrugund and Nár is passing out of awareness again.
- Elladan: 'Is it the smell of the brew that has kept the bats from attacking Nár? We should hope that it was not, for he seems to have exhausted it. A few drops may remain, but the odour is much less than it was, and he seems to be falling once more out of awareness.'
- Elladan shakes his head.
- 'There is a gate ahead, and if I have learned anything of dwarves, it is that such a gate certainly has a lever somewhere to open it. Find the lever and return to us, <name>, and we will proceed. I fear that this journey will soon end in failure, for without a guide that can speak to us in ways we understand, what can we hope to learn here?'
- Find and use the lever than unlocks the gate
A locked gate blocks further progress into the mine, and Elladan has asked you to find the lever that should open it.
- Elladan: 'There must be a lever somewhere around here that will open the locked gate. You must find it, <name>.'
If your race is a dwarf:
- Nona: 'There must be a lever somewhere that opens the gate. Perhaps high above us? The ways of your people are strange at times.'
If your race is not a dwarf:
- Nona: 'There must be a lever somewhere that opens the gate. Perhaps high above us? Are not the ways of dwarves strange?'
- Nár: Nár looks around in an interested fashion, but you cannot tell if he even sees you at the moment.
- The lever squeals with disuse, then slides into place
- Rejoin Elladan, Nona, and Nár below
You have pulled the lever to open the gate and should now rejoin your friends below.
- The gate stands open, but your friends are gone. Are they below?
Your friends are missing. Have they already gone on past the gate that blocked passage deeper into the mine?
- Elladan: 'I am sorry we did not wait, <name>, but Nár gave a shout and ran forward when the gate opened, and we did not want to lose him.
- 'He is just ahead, with Nona.'
- Follow Elladan to Nár and listen to the dwarf's tale
Your friends are deep within the mine, seeking the truth of what befell Wadu in the depths when he came here with Nár.
- Nona says, "Why have you brought us here, dwarf? Do you even remember?"
- Nár says, "Roast mutton!"
- Elladan says, "I am sorry, Nona. He is no longer aware of us. He sees now only distant memories."
- Elladan says, "The journey into the depths simply took too much time."
- Nona says, "But why? What was the body of this gwiber supposed to tell me?"
- Nár says, "Aye, he was a burned dwarf."
- Nár says, "I saw him face many a fearsome beast, but none so deadly as that which lived beneath the earth."
- Nár says, "Did his heart quail in his chest? No, it did not."
- Nona says, "I care not for the exploits of some ancient dwarf!"
- Nár says, "Did his axe-hand tremble? It did not!"
- Elladan says, "Nona."
- Elladan says, "The wounds of this gwiber are still fresh. It has been dead for no longer than a week."
- Nár says, "Courage rose unbidden in his veins, and he struck the beast once, twice, three times!"
- Elladan says, "These are sword-wounds, not axe-wounds."
- Elladan says, "In his own way, I think Nár is telling us two stories, not one."
- Elladan says, "I believe that a dwarf named Hervin slew a great beast beneath the mountains."
- Elladan says, "But I believe too that your brother Wadu found his courage here in the depths and slew this great gwiber."
- Nona says, "Wadu...can this be true...?"
Nona has learned the truth: that her brother Wadu found his courage far below Zudrugund and defeated a mighty gwiber in the depths.
- Nona: 'My brother...even after the terrible things my father said to him, and even after what I said to him, in my frustration....'
- Nona trails off, staring at the body of the enormous gwiber.
- 'He mastered his fear, <name>, and achieved a victory that even the bravest and strongest warriors of the Uch-lûth could not hope to match.
- 'And now he is gone, slain by enemies who waited in hiding for him to pass. The cowards! They were nothing compared to this great beast, but they laid him low where even it could not! My Wadu....'
- Nár says, "I know your road, son of Elrond. That way lies death.'
- Elladan says, "What did you say?"
- Nár says, "Treachery! Treachery and deceit!"
- Nár says, "You who walk the Paths of the Dead, beware!"
- Elladan says, "How can you know of these things? Answer me, Nár! Answer me!"
- Nár says, "Second from the left? That is what I heard."
- Nár says, "Aye, slightly underdone."
- Elladan says, "Ah, it is hopeless. <name>, can you tell me what just happened?"
Elladan is waiting to speak with you about Nár's mysterious and sudden change.
- Elladan: 'How can Nár know of the errand of the Grey Company, <name>? And more than that: how can he know of my father's words to my brother and me? How can he know we were considering taking the Paths of the Dead once we meet with Aragorn?
- 'I must tell Halbarad and the other Rangers of this. I think things may have just become more complicated.'
- Elladan: 'We must all return to Zudrugund. I do not know what this means, but I fear for every answer we obtained in this place we have received twice as many questions.'