The Family Line Part 127 – The Cold Winds Blow

The Family Line Part 127 – The Cold Winds Blow

Mar 23, 2017

Part 127 – The Cold Winds Blow The morning was bright and busy were the workers all about. Waving goodbye to the travelers heading out was Herion. The travelers were the Warriors of Eriador and it was the day they departed from Annuminas. As they departed, Herion waved goodbye as he had a sudden feeling of the weight of the entire city of Annuminas on his...

The Family Line Part 126 – The Elves of Lin Giliath

The Family Line Part 126 – The Elves of Lin Giliath

Mar 16, 2017

Part 126 – The Elves of Lin Giliath Morning had come to the lands of the North Downs. The grassy fields in the Kingsfell were bright green as birds chirped their songs all morning long. The vibrant sparkling of the morning dew on the leaves of the trees, tall and proud, sparkled as the branches held flocks of birds that took flight together up into the sky as...

Embers of Hope Chapter 3: Days of Plenty

Embers of Hope Chapter 3: Days of Plenty

Mar 10, 2017

A week later Zaradanoric felt able to travel again. He had spent much time while he was waiting with Katherine Oaklane, the intriguing lore-master. Partially, this was due to the manner of his wounds, which required expert skill that she had the knowledge of. After that night on the cliff fighting the possessor spirit, the two had grown closer as friends and...

The Family Line Part 125 – The Blood Path

The Family Line Part 125 – The Blood Path

Mar 9, 2017

Part 125 – The Blood Path The air was thick and sinister. A feeling of dread hung heavy in the atmosphere at the threshold of the path toward the Bonevales. No bird chirps could be heard for quite a while before coming to the edge. Only wind blew through narrow pass before the steps into the stone laden valley that connected the southern part of Enedwaith to...

The Family Line Part 124 – Failure Too Far Afield

The Family Line Part 124 – Failure Too Far Afield

Mar 2, 2017

Part 124 – Failure Too Far Afield Early it was in the ruins of Ost Guruth. Not a soul was awake save one farmer in the western part of the ruins who was tending his farm before the light of day came. The stars were still shining down on Lone Lands, full and beautiful they were as was the moon as it began to sink down toward the horizon. The rays of the sun had...

The Family Line Part 123 – Eastward Bound

The Family Line Part 123 – Eastward Bound

Feb 23, 2017

Part 123 – Eastward Bound The rising sun in the village of Bree was bright and warm. All around, the patrons of the village bustled about on their work going this way and that as others sat and watched, chatting about the day and days gone by. The scholar’s way was no exception. Through the entirety of the way, men were selling meats to hungry patrons near the...

The Family Line Part 122 – The Cruelty of Fornost

The Family Line Part 122 – The Cruelty of Fornost

Feb 16, 2017

Part 122 – The Cruelty of Fornost “What is that?” Eleswith asked. She was staring at the nearby woods just outside the village of Dale. The sound was that of a child crying far off in the distance. “Is that a child?” “Please, Eleswith,” Helesdir said. He grabbed her hand and held it tight to his chest. “Please, do not push me away. I have traveled so far to see...

The Family Line Part 121 – Midnight Incursion

The Family Line Part 121 – Midnight Incursion

Feb 9, 2017

Part 121 – Midnight Incursion “When is the next group arriving, Pentsgel?” a man in a crimson halbark and fur cap asked another who was at the entrance of the tall rift of the Ram Duath. He sported a long beard that stretched down to the mid of his chest and held in his hand a pike which looked to be more than six feet in length. Above the two men stood the two...

The Family Line Part 120 – The Threat from the North

The Family Line Part 120 – The Threat from the North

Feb 2, 2017

Part 120 – The Threat from the North Darkness filled the lands of the Kingsfell. The hour drew late but the moon had already risen in the mid sky. The stars in the sky gazed down on the lands, brilliantly beside the light of the moon as they slowly passed over the stars and along the black background of the dark night sky. The breeze was cool and rustled the...

A Tour of Lore – Part 1.1 – Bree-land | Archet Dale

A Tour of Lore – Part 1.1 – Bree-land | Archet Dale

Feb 1, 2017

One question we might ask ourselves when embarking on a critical study of Tolkien’s work and the LOTRO world is “are we just reading too much into a story & graphics of a game? ” Christopher Tolkien argued for the authenticity of such analysis: “Such inquiries are in no way illegitimate in principle; they arise from an acceptance of the...

The Family Line Part 119 – Trials of Eleswith

The Family Line Part 119 – Trials of Eleswith

Jan 26, 2017

Part 119 – Trials of Eleswith The hours of the day waned as the sun had already set over the western horizon. Only the moon illuminated the fields that laid out before the gates of the ancient fortress of Fornost. A light mist hung in the hills of the ancient land, slightly obscuring the light of the moon, giving the land a sickly strange ethereal glow. The...

The Family Line Part 118 – Northern Allies

The Family Line Part 118 – Northern Allies

Jan 19, 2017

Part 118 – Northern Allies Eleswith looked upon the hat of Helesdir. The brown, brim and base of the band were stained in dry sweat from the brow of Helesdir. The hat signified much more than just the clothing of Helesidr. It was the only material thing left over from him and Eleswith cherished it as an art collector would cherish a priceless piece of art. She...

The House of Beorn – Chapter 16 To Dol Guldur

The House of Beorn – Chapter 16 To Dol Guldur

Jan 17, 2017

Yes, after many months of self-imposed absence, we have returned. Life will not wait for anyone and as things have settled down now, it’s time to return to Rathbairn’s tales. I hope you enjoy the further adventures of our Beorning friend.   “Grandmother, wake up”. Sleep began to fade as the voice returned. “Wake up Grandmother.” Eyes opened and...

The Family Line Part 117 – Hope Goes Forth

The Family Line Part 117 – Hope Goes Forth

Jan 12, 2017

Part 117 – Hope Goes Forth The sky, which was clear, blue, and beautiful, began to cloud in the north while Theomin watched. Around him thatched rooftops covered large stone walls of huts that were placed in a gaggle along thin dirt roads that stretched this way and that from hut to hut up the and down the hills which were laden with green grasses. Everywhere,...

The Family Line Part 116 – To Stem the Black Tide

The Family Line Part 116 – To Stem the Black Tide

Jan 5, 2017

Part 116 – To Stem the Black Tide “I know I have asked much of you as of late, but I must ask you one more time, ‘Who is with me?” Theomin said as he stood and looked out from his fellow Warriors of Eriador for a rise to arms. “Please,” he pleaded, “we must stem the tide of black that will be flooding over our lands.” They sat, each...

The Family Line Part 114 – The Father of Evil

The Family Line Part 114 – The Father of Evil

Dec 22, 2016

Part 114 – The Father of Evil Smoke filled the room of the Inn of the Prancing Pony. Many patrons of the inn smoked their pipes as they loudly laughed and ate to their heart’s desires. They drank too. Many mugs of ale flowed into the room as the lady server brought mugs and mugs of them their drinks. Barlamin too brought many mugs of ale to the patrons as there...

The Family Line Part 113 – The Girl in Red

The Family Line Part 113 – The Girl in Red

Dec 15, 2016

Part 113 – The Girl in Red The morning in Bree was a misty gray one. Heavy fog fell upon the village and not could be seen further than only a few a few yards. They wet air hung heavy on all in the village as it felt as if a great sinister cloud fell upon the whole land of Bree as even the farmers in the lands surrounding Bree, Combe, Staddle, Archet, and...

The Family Line Part 112 – Cleansing the Village

The Family Line Part 112 – Cleansing the Village

Dec 8, 2016

Part 112 – Cleansing the Village The day was bright and the clouds were drifting along the sky. The sun had risen like it had many times before, bright and beautiful, clear and warm. The morning was a crisp cool morning in Bree-land. The green grasses and trees were just as bright as ever and the flowers bloomed with radiant colors. Yellows, greens, blues and...

The Family Line Part 111 – A Daring Plan

The Family Line Part 111 – A Daring Plan

Dec 1, 2016

Part 111 – A Daring Plan The hour was late, past midnight it was. The streets of the village of Bree were empty, save a few watchmen who roamed the cobblestone streets. They carried with them torches and brought with them their dogs. They bore red shirts over silver mail that stretched midway down their arms. The symbols on the front of which was a shield with...

The Family Line Part 110 – Tidings of Bree

The Family Line Part 110 – Tidings of Bree

Nov 24, 2016

Part 110 – Tidings of Bree The atmosphere in the dining hall was noisy; thick with smoke of the patron’s pipes. The smoke lingered at the ceiling of the dining hall as it wafted up from their pipes while the patrons gingerly talked and laughed through the evening. The server, a woman who carried four or five of mugs of beer in each hand, hurried through the...