Poems of the Pine: The Ring of Power

Poems of the Pine: The Ring of Power

Sep 28, 2017

Can we possibility survive this encounter? Book 9 – The Ring of Power At the point of despair The pressure was eased As the eagles arrived To reverse the tide. The Nazgûl fled south To Sauron’s aid, Till the gate groaned With a ghastly crash.   Then Landroval carried us To the ledge of Doom To find our friends Frodo and Sam. They were tired, hungry,...

Poems of the Pine: Interlude in the Old Forest

Poems of the Pine: Interlude in the Old Forest

Jul 19, 2017

As we wait for Mordor, let’s take a walk in the Old Forest. Interlude – The Old Forest Deep in the dark And dangerous wood A hatred hampered Four hobbits on a quest Their path did twist To push them south To the Withywindle Where willows slept   By the foulest tree Frodo was snared As his friends were trapped In a frightful grip. As Frodo’s...

Poems of the Pine: The Black Gate

Poems of the Pine: The Black Gate

Jun 27, 2017

What will we find at the Black Gate? Book 8 – The Black Gate At the edge of the Waste Our wandering mind Drifted to Frodo And the fateful ring. Our march was small Next to Mordor’s horde But perhaps the hobbits Would be helped by our show.   We marched to the gate And gathered our strength Then demanded that Sauron Surrender at once. In response, the...

Poems of the Pine: March of the King

Poems of the Pine: March of the King

Jun 22, 2017

It is time to March towards Mordor. Book 7 – March of the King Our rest was brief When the battle was done As the hale must heal The hurts of the wounded. The captains took council On the course to take And chose to march And challenge our foe.   We sounded the trumpets As our troops set forth Into Gondor’s glorious Garden – Ithilien. There we...

Poems of the Pine: Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Poems of the Pine: Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Jun 17, 2017

We have arrived but there is still a long battle ahead. Book 6 – The Battle of the Pelennor Fields Theoden’s riders Thundered on the field Till the King of Rohan Met the King of Shadow. All fled the menace That no man could kill Till the Nazgûl was slain By the niece of the king.   Then Éomer charged Into the enemy lines So the battle raged At a...

Poems of the Pine: Ride of the Rohirrim

Poems of the Pine: Ride of the Rohirrim

May 23, 2017

We search for the Riders of Rohan. Book 5 – The Ride of the Rohirrim Hirgon the herald Lay hacked on the ground For orcs held the road The riders would take. We must warn Rohan That the route was blocked So we plunged into the wood Where the Woses beat their drums.   The Woses were wild But willing to help As the orcs were foes Of the foulest kind....

Poems of the Pine: Minas Tirith

Poems of the Pine: Minas Tirith

May 17, 2017

We arrive in the White City to find that danger is creeping closer. Book 4 – Minas Tirith It was time to ride To the Tower of Guard: The massive city Of Minas Tirith. We found Faramir On the field as we rode But he was downed by a dart Of a deadly Nazgûl.   As the soldiers in the city For a siege prepared The steward studied A stone for news. He saw...

Poems of the Pine: Voices of the Past

Poems of the Pine: Voices of the Past

May 2, 2017

We search for Faramir to deliver some good news. Book 3 – Voices of the Past The rangers readied The raiders’ ships To sail the river As a secret force. While the fleet set sail To the City of White We threaded our way Through Ithilien fair.   We searched for Faramir In the forested land To bring word of our win Against the wicked corsairs. Yet the...

Poems of the Pine: The Dawnless Day

Poems of the Pine: The Dawnless Day

Mar 4, 2017

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

Poems of the Pine: The Road to Gondor

Jan 17, 2017

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

Poems of the Pine: The Waters of Isengard

Dec 28, 2016

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

Poems of the Pine: Helm’s Deep

Dec 22, 2016

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...