Poems of the Pine: The Dawnless Day

The corsairs threaten the southern lands of Gondor. Book 2 – The Dawnless Day The fleet of Gondor Was frozen in port By Balakhor the Scourge’s Belligerent fleet. With the City of Swans Surrounded by foes We headed for Pelargir, The Port of Gondor.   From the east the clouds Covered the sky To make the night Unnaturally long. The people we met...

Poems of the Pine: The Road to Gondor

With Rohan saved, it is now time to head for Gondor as we start a new volume. Book 1 – The Road to Gondor A lad was lost In the lonely path Where the dead had dwelt Since the dawn of the age. When the boy was safe We braved the depths To reach the realm Where the ruthless went.   We arrived in Gondor, The glorious realm That fought the masses Of...

Poems of the Pine: The Waters of Isengard

What will we find in Isengard now that that Saruman’s army has been defeated? Book 14 – The Waters of Isengard With the battle won We wondered how The traitor Saruman Would take the loss. With the king we headed To the keep of the wizard Where Galdalf would carry The council’s judgement.   Along the road The rangers we met So at last the Grey...

Poems of the Pine: Helm’s Deep

It is now time for war. Book 13 – Helm’s Deep We rushed to the ford But Rohan fell back To the stronghold where Helm Hammerhand prevailed. Isengard’s forces Flowed from the North To prepare an assault To punish the Mark.   The dike was downed By Dunlendings and orcs Then the walls were broken By the unbearable force. We were forced to flee Into...

Poems of the Pine: War in the Westemnet

We roam throughout Rohan helping where we can. Book 12 – War in the Westemnet With the city preparing For the southern road We went ahead To herald the news. There Ellen Fremedon Refused to care Till we killed the wargs That crept nearby.   Then we rode to Aldburg, Rohan’s old seat, Where decay had crept Into the crumbling homes. There we tracked...

Poems of the Pine: The Golden Hall

We decide to cross the river despite the king’s orders. Book 11 – The Golden Hall Despite the ban We braved the ford And galloped to the king At the Golden Hall. There Gandalf healed The Grey-haired king And expelled the worm That poisoned the land.   The king decided To create a force To march to Isengard Where the menace dwelt. And named his...

Poems of the Pine: Snows of Wildermore

Barred from heading west, we head into the mountains instead. Book 10 – Snows of Wildermore Banished from the West And barred from crossing The Silver Waters Of Snowbourn River, We continued our fight Against foes of the Mark Till we found the harp Of Horn’s mentor.   Then word reached us Of Wildermore’s plight Where winter and cold Kept a firm hold....

Poems of the Pine: The Third Marshal

Our chase finally comes to a conclusion. Book 9 – The Third Marshal The Third Marshal Thoroughly slew The orcs who held Our hobbit friends. He saw no sign To salve our fears So we visited the site Where he vanquished the orcs.   Our friends did flee Into Fangorn deep Where the hobbits were housed By huorns and ents. With them out of reach To Éomer we...

Poems of the Pine: Into the Riddermark

We head west to look for the remains of the fellowship. Book 8 – Into the Riddermark Lawless brigands Burnt Langhold down Forcing its citizens To find a new home. For helping the homeless A horse we received So we started our chase On a steed of war.   We went to the west Where wasters roamed And camped outside Of Cliving’s walls. Yet further our...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Rescue at Nûrz Ghâshu

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Rescue at Nûrz Ghâshu

Oct 8, 2016

Pineleaf Needles Welcome to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this final installment, we will conduct a Rescue at Nûrz Ghâshu. This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18.2. You can download the PDF here. Now...

Poems of the Pine: A Fellowship Endangered

We heard that the fellowship is in danger. Can we find them and give them aid? Book 7 – A Fellowship Endangered We peeked into a mirror And peril we found – We must follow the fellowship And their fate discern. On a boat we rode Down the river’s course Into lands where live The Lords of Horses.   I was joined by three On the journey south: Nona the...

Poems of the Pine: The Dragon of Midnight

We take a break from the epic story this week and take a look at a battle against a mighty dragon. The Dragon of Midnight Where the tide tumbles Into towering cliffs A stark and stony Stronghold lies. In its darkest depths A dragon did sleep Till a wanderer woke The worm of night.   The unthinking thief Took three dark gems That mirrored the moonless...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: The Battle in the Tower

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: The Battle in the Tower

Sep 3, 2016

Welcome back to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this installment, we will complete our venture in Dol Guldor, as we fight in The Battle in the Tower This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18.2. You can download...

Poems of the Pine: Mists of Anduin

A dream draws us across the mountains. Book 6 – Mists of Anduin When the battle was done Our dreams were haunted By memories, terrors, And mysterious visions. As we slept a summons Set our next road Across mountains Of misty peaks.   We gathered the Ghost Who gained the sword And crossed the peaks To the pristine woods. They sent us to find The...

Poems of the Pine: The Prince of Rohan

We bid farewell to the Grey Company and follow the Prince of Rohan. Book 5 – The Prince of Rohan We bade farewell To the band in grey To follow the Riders Of Rohan south. Their prince planned A piercing strike At the orcs awaiting In Orthanc’s depths.   But a trap was set To trick the Mark Into striking a keep Too strong to take. An army of orcs From...

Poems of the Pine: Rise of Isengard

Will our journey through Dunland be safer than as our journey through Enedwaith. Book 4 – Rise of Isengard Deep into Dunland We dared not go Till friends we found In the Falcon Clan. We helped them prepare For the perils of war Then learned the lay Of the lands nearby.   The Falcon feigned The friendship it showed And suddenly sold Us to Saruman’s...

Poems of the Pine: Echoes of the Dead

Is it possible to deal with the dead? Book 3 – Echoes of the Dead The distant dwarf That dwelt in the comb Recalled the curse On cowardly men That refused to follow Their fervent vows To aid Gondor Against the dark.   As the rangers recalled The ruinous times We received some letters That led us astray. We followed the leads Which faltered our steps...

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Assault on the Ringwraiths’ Lair

Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing: Assault on the Ringwraiths’ Lair

Jul 30, 2016

Welcome back to the second edition of Pineleaf’s Pictorial Primer to Skirmishing. In this series, we will look at each of the skirmishes in The Lord of the Rings Online. In this installment, we return to Dol Guldor, for we are Assault the Ringwraiths’_Lair This information in this guide is up-to-date as of Update 18.2. You can download the PDF here....

Poems of the Pine: Ride of the Grey Company

It’s time for us to journey south. Will our journey go smoothly? Book 2 – Ride of the Grey Company The Company in Grey Gathered to journey South to the forges Of fallen Hollin. There a dwarf did make Duplicate rings To confuse the foe Of the company’s goal.   The first friend They found in Dunland Was Wadu who wielded A weapon of old. But it...

Poems of the Pine: Oath of the Rangers

We start out Volume 3 with a letter from Elrond. Book 1 – Oath of the Rangers We learned of a letter From Lorien Gold That arrived in the valley Of Rivendell fair. To Rohan the rangers Must reach in time To aid their chief In the challenges ahead.   They sent us to search The several lands Of Eriador to find The friends of the west. We cleared the...