Harvestmath Guises: Mad Baggins

posted this on October 22nd, 2013.
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The enduring figure of Mad Baggins

Bilbo Baggins was a very peculiar hobbit. He had been considered quite respectable, in spite of his Tookish ancestry on his mother’s side, until one spring morning he up and wandered off into the Blue in the company of Gandalf the Grey and a band of Dwarvish vagabonds! He was gone for the better part of a year and presumed dead (the inevitable result for folk who indulge in such reckless eccentricities) and his estate was duly passed to his relations and heirs, the Sackville-Bagginses. The unwanted items of the estate were set to be auctioned when Bilbo had the gall to show up quite alive, completely disrupting the whole affair and forcing everyone to give everything back. He also had in his possession chests full of treasure — gold and jewels — and he claimed that he had won this on an “Adventure” (preposterous!). He was even wearing a sword instead of a walking-stick, of all the outlandish things!

He disappeared with a flash and a bang

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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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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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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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Kingsfell Beacon-keeper

posted this on April 17th, 2013.
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Flame of friendship

In the rugged moorland between the Rangers’ hidden fastness of Esteldín and the Dwarves’ mining-outpost of Othrikar is a rocky height upon which is built a beacon. Stone pillars support a roof over carefully stacked kindling, ready to be set alight should any danger threaten either the Rangers or the Dwarves. At need, a signal fire visible from the Kingsfell beacon can be lit in either settlement, alerting the beacon-keeper of impending peril.

Atop Beacon Hill

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posted this on March 27th, 2013.
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The midges were biting that day

Lying between the Chetwood on the west and the Weather Hills on the east were the Midgewater Marshes, a deserted wetland. In early October IIIA 3018, Strider led his hobbit companions into the marshes in order to leave the Great East-West Road behind them and avoid the Black Riders pursuing them. The hobbits found the marshes to be very unpleasant: the paths between the boggy pools shifted dangerously and the whole area was home to viciously biting midges and abominable cricket-like insects that Sam named Neekerbreekers for their incessant, maddening chirping.

Survival in the swamp

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Hill-cateran of Angmar

posted this on March 20th, 2013.
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The Hill-men dwelled under the shadow of the Iron Crown

The Hill-men were the descendants of the indigenous Men who inhabited Middle-earth before the return of the Númenóreans. The Dunlendings were one branch of Hill-men; the ancestors of the Men of Bree, another. In the Third Age, the Hill-men of northern Eriador became subjects of the kingdom of Arnor, but after Arnor fell, the Hill-men of Rhudaur turned to evil and allied with the realm of Angmar. In LOTRO, Turbine has presented some of the descendants of Rhudaurian Hill-men as having remained in the service of Angmar (such as the Corcur and the Trév Duvárdain), while others (such as the Trév Gallorg, and presumably additional clans, though we do not meet them) have returned to an independent, nomadic lifestyle in the very shadow of the land of Angmar. According to the LOTRO Lorebook, these clans established a neutral settlement, ”a great tent city they named Aughaire, the Meeting-place. Here, the clans trade in furs, meats and produce, medicines, and slaves.”


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Piper of the Elendili

posted this on March 15th, 2013.
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Lady of Andúnië

At the noontide of the realm of Númenor in the Second Age, a Shadow fell across the island. Sauron, Enemy of the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, had surrendered to Ar-Pharazôn the king, and was brought thither as a prisoner. But through his subtlety and deceits, Sauron gained the favour and trust of the king, and was made his advisor. He turned the king’s prideful heart toward the Dark, whispering that if Men were to build a fane and give to Melkor their worship, they would be freed from death, the Doom of Men. Ar-Pharazôn was thus turned against the Valar and the Elves of Valinor, but there remained in Númenor some who would not betray the West. These were called the Elendili, the Elf-friends, and they remained faithful that death was not an evil, but rather the Gift of Men. But they were opposed by the King’s Men, who in their folly would seek to wrest deathlessness from the Undying Lands.

She did not fear the fate of Men

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Fellowship of the Ring: Boromir

posted this on February 27th, 2013.
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Fair and noble, proud and stern of glance

The Fellowship of the Ring was the company chosen by Elrond Halfelven to protect and guide the Ring-bearer on his quest to destroy the One Ring in the fire of Mount Doom. The company was composed of nine, and all of the Free Peoples were represented: Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin for the Hobbits; Legolas for the Elves; Gimli for the Dwarves; Aragorn and Boromir for Men; and Gandalf.

The Captain-General of Gondor

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Gilraen, Mother of Hope

posted this on February 6th, 2013.
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The cares of a widow

Ónen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim.

– Gilraen, “The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen”,
The Lord of the Rings Appendix A

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