Quest:Words of the Enemy

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Words of the Enemy
Level 100
Type Solo
Starts with Mithrandir
Starts at Court of the Fountain
Start Region Minas Tirith
Map Ref [65.7S, 19.0W]
Ends with Gúldil
Ends at The Old Archives
End Region Minas Tirith
Map Ref [65.6S, 18.4W]
Quest Group Old Anórien: Minas Tirith
Quest Text

Bestowal Dialogue

'I have translated the words on this scroll, but I will not speak them!

'The language is old... older than most, and it tells of nameless things torn from their depths and bound to Sauron's will. I shall say no more of it... this is a tool of the Enemy and no good can come of speaking these words. If ever you have doubted my words or judgement, trust them now. I advise you to burn this at once before any ill fate can befall you or this Maenir you spoke of.

'You may tell him that it contains something of fell design, but do not speak more on it - even if pressed. I do not wish him to worry his fellows on the eve of war for such things can turn the tide of battle before it even begins.'


Alarmed by the text of the transcript from the Houses of Lore, Mithrandir advises you to seek out the thief at once before it can be used against the Men of Gondor.

Objective 1

Maenir can be found on the first floor of the Houses of Lore in the Sixth Circle.

Mithrandir has expressed great concern about the lost scroll and urges you to speak to Maenir and destroy his transcript before it too falls into the wrong hands.

Maenir: 'Did you speak to Mithrandir? I am most curious what he had to say about the text!'
You inform Maenir that Mithrandir urges the transcript destroyed and that the words themselves restrain great powers of the Enemy.
'Can such things be? Some foul sorcery bestowed upon a mere scroll... I am relieved that I did not attempt to speak it!
'I urge you to do as Mithrandir asked, my friend. Here, burn it in the fireplace beside me.'

Objective 2

The fireplace can be found near Maenir in the Houses of Lore.

Maenir has urged you to heed Mithrandir's advice and burn the transcript of the scroll.

The transcript folds and burns in the flames...

Objective 3

  • Talk to Maenir

Maenir can be found on the first floor of the Houses of Lore in the Sixth Circle.

You have burned the transcript at Maenir's urging and should speak to him again.

Maenir: 'Although part of me still yearns for the knowledge we may have lost, I am glad to see the Enemy's words turned to ashes.
'If our thief seeks to speak it, there is only one place he might learn of or study such a language - in the Old Archives! I know of an archivist, Gúldil, who is unfailing in his vigilance and dedication to maintaining our old texts. If you were to speak to him, he might be able to tell you of unfamiliar faces that have come to the Archives this day. It is the best chance we have to track down the scroll before the hour is too late!
'Go to the Archives with haste, <name>... I fear what power the scroll might restrain if even Mithrandir would not speak of it.'

Objective 4

Gúldil can be found just inside the Old Archives in the tunnels of the Sixth Circle.

Maenir has asked you to seek out Gúldil in the Old Archives as he fears the thief will soon find need of the ancient texts within.

Gúldil: 'Can you not see that I am busy? Ah, I am sorry, <class>. There have been many folk about the Archives today, and it is a great challenge to maintain order with so many things out of place.'
You tell the archivist of Maenir's concern.
'Ah, Maenir... he is a good fellow, if a bit overbearing. As I said, several people have passed through the Archives today. Some studying the line of Kings, and others the Great Plague...
'Allow me to think a moment...'