Harvestmath Guises: Iron Crown Cultist

posted this on October 24th, 2013.
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False prophet

In the ancient days of the First Age, when the Sun arose for the first time, the Race of Men awakened and a Voice spoke in their hearts, telling of their making and their purpose in Arda. Men began to explore the world and make words, and they often asked the Voice for help, but the Voice did not answer, so that Men should discover Arda for themselves and become wise. But then a great and beautiful being came among Men and spoke to them of the Darkness, and Men listened to him for he was more forthcoming than the Voice. But they were deceived, for their guest was Morgoth in a fair guise. He filled the dark with fear and caused Men to turn away from the Voice, claiming that it wished to devour them. Morgoth commanded a fane be built in his honour that Men might worship him, and this was done. It is said that all Men then alive bowed at that dark shrine, and though in time most Men came to recognize and reject Morgoth, the Shadow therefore was upon them and all Men who came after them.

Making war on the Enemies of the Eye

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Warrior-hero of Forochel

posted this on August 21st, 2013.
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Enduring the cold of the Enemy

During the Spring of Arda, that unfathomably ancient time before the awakening of the Children of Ilúvatar and before the rising of the Sun and the Moon, the Valar laboured to order the world and they built two great lamps atop towering spires to bring light to the middle regions of the the land. But Melkor strove ever to undo the works of the Valar and built a vast fortress in the far north, where the light from the lamps could scarce be seen, and it was called Utumno. The land about the fortress was defiled and blighted and frozen by a bitter cold and it was from Utumno that Melkor began to spread his influence amongst the newly-awakened Elves. To spare the Elves from Melkor’s evil, the Valar assailed Utumno and Melkor was defeated and chained. The pits of Utumno were laid bare, but the far north remained in the grip of unending winter. These rime-bound lands became known as Dor Daidelos, the region of everlasting cold. Later still, after the final defeat of Melkor and the drowning of Beleriand, the unnatural cold continued to linger in the Northern Waste, which was all that remained of Dor Daidelos and included the lands of Forodwaith and Forochel. Even throughout the Third Age did the cold persist: a lasting testament to Melkor’s evil which permeates the very essence of Arda Marred.

Hero of Northland

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Travelling Tinker

posted this on July 31st, 2013.
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Hawking his wares

In the waning days of the Third Age of Middle-earth, the scattered communities of the Free Peoples were becoming more and more isolated, especially in Eriador, which was only sparsely populated. As the rumours of war in the East grew, few travelled abroad, especially the Hobbits of the Shire and the Men of Bree, who were content within the perceived safety of their own borders. Nevertheless, some news of the wide world did come to the Shire and the Bree-land, and this was often brought by Dwarves, who still made use of the great East Road running from the Blue Mountains in the west to the Misty Mountains in the east.

Trail food

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Adventurous Took-lad

posted this on July 24th, 2013.
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Daring and dashing

The Took clan was one of the oldest and richest hobbit-families in the Shire. Gentleman farmers, their ancestral hall was the Great Smials of Tuckborough, and the countryside around it was known as the Tookland. They also held the Shire’s only inherited office, that of the Thain, which the Oldbuck family had handed to Isumbras the First some six centuries before the end of the Third Age. The Tooks, while very well-to-do, were considered less respectable than other Hobbit families. This was because they had a reputation for eccentric behaviour, including going off on scandalous adventures. Folktales had it that their adventurous streak was due to one of the Tookish ancestors having taken a fairy bride, but the reality was that Tookish boldness probably stemmed from their significant Fallohide ancestry. In any event, the Tooks were known to be friendly with the wandering conjurer Gandalf the Grey — a most disreputable vagabond.

Gone a-rambling

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The Halad

posted this on June 12th, 2013.
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Warrior of the Haladin

In the First Age of Middle-earth, the Men of the House of Haleth came at length to settle within the forest of Brethil on the marches of Doriath. They dwelt there by leave of the Elvenking Thingol on the condition that they defend the ford of the river Teiglin against the Orcs of Morgoth. This they did for many years, until Beleriand was rocked by the battle remembered in the tales as simply Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Unnumbered Tears. The hosts of Morgoth had the mastery then, and much of the resistance by Elves and Men against the Iron Crown was swept away. The Men of Brethil were assailed in their forest by roving bands of Orcs, and their numbers dwindled. They became reclusive, avoiding the raiders and other outsiders but continuing to survive under the command of their chief, whose bore the title Halad, the Warden.

Leading by deeds

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Vassal of the Elf-princes

posted this on June 5th, 2013.
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Defending the highlands

In the First Age of Middle-earth the Edain, the Fathers of Men, came in three tribes over the Blue Mountains and down into Beleriand. The wide lands of Beleriand were held by various princes of the Elves, but in time the Edain found friendship with the Elves and were granted lands to settle in exchange for their allegiance and assistance in combating the servants of Morgoth. Of the three houses of Men, the first kindred to cross the mountains was allied most closely to the Elves. Their chief, Balan, came to Nargothrond and remained there to serve the Elf-lord Finrod. Because of his loyal service, Balan took the name Bëor, meaning “vassal” in his own tongue, and this name came to be shared by his house. The House of Bëor in turn was granted a fief in Ladros, the highlands north of Dorthonion. Three successive Bëorian lords held sway over Ladros until Dagor Bragollach, the Battle of Sudden Flame, in which Morgoth’s forces overwhelmed the north and scattered the Edain.

Warrior of Ladros

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Scaled Skirmisher

posted this on May 29th, 2013.
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Clad in mail, never clinking

While Frodo and the other Hobbits rested at Rivendell after the ordeal at the Ford of Bruinen, Elrond the Halfelven sent forth scouts into the wild to prepare the way for the Ringbearer and his companions. Elrond’s sons, Elladan and Elrohir, rode over the Pass of Caradhras and down the Silverlode to bear news of the quest to Lórien, and they were said to be the last of the scouts to return to Rivendell. Other scouts sent forth by Elrond scoured the lands around Rivendell, some passing north beyond the Hoarwell into the Ettenmoors; others down the Greyflood as far as Tharbad; others east over the Misty Mountains and others still into the south.

A mighty throw

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Fram

posted this on May 15th, 2013.
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A hero from Northern tales

Fram son of Frumgar was the fifth Lord of the Éothéod, a group of Northmen who were the ancestors of the Men of Rohan. The seat of Fram’s chieftainship was the fortified town of Framsburg, set at the northern end of the Vales of Anduin in the shadow of the Grey Mountains. In those days of the mid-Third Age, the Grey Mountains were terrorised by Scatha, a great long-worm. Scatha ravaged both the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains and the Men of the Éothéod alike, and he amassed a mighty hoard. Fram, heroic chieftain of his people, went forth and slew Scatha, but little is known of their battle. Once the long-worm was dead, the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains announced their claim to the dragon’s hoard, but Fram sent them instead Scatha’s teeth, with a message saying: “Jewels such as these you will not match in your treasuries, for they are hard to come by.” This angered the Dwarves and led to a feud between the two peoples. According to some accounts, the Dwarves took their vengeance by slaying Fram for his insult, and there was little love thereafter between the Éothéod and the Dwarves.

Scatha's bane

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Fram

posted this on May 15th, 2013.
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A hero from Northern tales

Fram son of Frumgar was the fifth Lord of the Éothéod, a group of Northmen who were the ancestors of the Men of Rohan. The seat of Fram’s chieftainship was the fortified town of Framsburg, set at the northern end of the Vales of Anduin in the shadow of the Grey Mountains. In those days of the mid-Third Age, the Grey Mountains were terrorised by Scatha, a great long-worm. Scatha ravaged both the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains and the Men of the Éothéod alike, and he amassed a mighty hoard. Fram, heroic chieftain of his people, went forth and slew Scatha, but little is known of their battle. Once the long-worm was dead, the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains announced their claim to the dragon’s hoard, but Fram sent them instead Scatha’s teeth, with a message saying: “Jewels such as these you will not match in your treasuries, for they are hard to come by.” This angered the Dwarves and led to a feud between the two peoples. According to some accounts, the Dwarves took their vengeance by slaying Fram for his insult, and there was little love thereafter between the Éothéod and the Dwarves.

Scatha's bane

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Friend to Man

posted this on May 1st, 2013.
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Friendship and guidance

The races of Elves and Men have long shared friendship in the northwest of Middle-earth. The two kindreds first came into contact long ago, in the First Age of the world, when the Edain, the Fathers of Men, came over the Blue Mountains and down into Beleriand. Finrod, the Elven king of Nargothrond, first of all the Noldor encountered Men. Coming upon a band of them encamped for the night and asleep, he stole among them and, taking up a harp, began to play with elvish skill. The men awoke, and hearing Finrod’s beautiful music, thought they lingered in some fair dream. Finrod remained with the men for some time, befriending them, learning their language and teaching them the tongue of the Grey Elves. In all the long years since, the Elves and the faithful descendants of the Edain have had friendship, and their fates are intertwined.

In defense of the Secondborn

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