LOTRO Players News Episode 194: Nazgul Repellant Spray

LOTRO Players News Episode 194: Nazgul Repellant Spray

Mar 20, 2017

This week we discuss mitigations and LOTRO news. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN194.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (16.4MB) Game News LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week March 17th – 23rd Regeneration Food x1 Use Coupon Code NOMNOM 1/Account 20 % OFF Expansions & Expansion Quests Skirmishes & Instances...

Antipodean Writer: The Paths of the Dead

Antipodean Writer: The Paths of the Dead

Mar 15, 2017

They come! They come! The Dead they come! With flickering banners, muted drum Armoured in fear, The Dead draw near! By Erech’s Stone, here they atone Remembered oath, eld days when loath Isildur’s summons they refuse Today by Erech they must choose To obey summons. Rest in peace! At last Isildur’s curse will cease. They come! They come! The Dead are come! With...

LOTRO Players News Episode 192: Rivendell Bridges

LOTRO Players News Episode 192: Rivendell Bridges

Mar 6, 2017

This week we discuss the preview of update 20 and have a guest. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN192.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.9MB) Game News Bullroarer Update 20 Patch Notes Dagorlad, Noman-lands & The Slag-hills – Update 20 Beta Videos LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week 3/3/17 – 3/9/17 +100% Mark...

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...

Antipodean Writer: Lost stanzas to: West of the Moon, East of the Sun

Antipodean Writer: Lost stanzas to: West of the Moon, East of the Sun

Feb 15, 2017

The following are additional verses to the traveling song sung by Frodo shortly before his departure to the West: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR. Still round the corner there may wait A new road or a secret gate. And though I oft have passed them by A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that run West of the Moon, East...

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...

Antipodean Writer: The One Ring

Antipodean Writer: The One Ring

Jan 15, 2017

  Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die One for the Dark Lord on his throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows...

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...

Antipodean Writer: Lost stanzas to: The Song of Thorin

Antipodean Writer: Lost stanzas to: The Song of Thorin

Dec 15, 2016

The following are additional verses to the song sung by the Thorin and the dwarves in Bag End: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR. Far over the misty mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day To seek those things our fathers hold. Our fathers lived in halls and caverns erst Devoured by flame, of fates the...

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...

Antipodean Writer: Gandalf’s Fall

Antipodean Writer: Gandalf’s Fall

Nov 15, 2016

Gandalf – why speak not when you fell Into the deepest pits of hell Down countless fathoms, miles deep Among dark beasts that never sleep? Where waters quench all fires hot And nameless monsters lurk – long forgot – Reside there since the world was made Alone in sunless, airless shade. Where, under earth, you grappled death Hewing the balrog every breath...

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...

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas to: Bilbo’s Song of Farewell

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas to: Bilbo’s Song of Farewell

Oct 15, 2016

The following are additional verses to the ‘Song of Farewell’ sung by the Bilbo Bagins in Rivendell: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR. I sit beside the fire and think: Of dragons, dwarves and elves Of kingdoms of the days of yore How they governed themselves. How courage waxed in those born weak How others that were strong Failed...

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...

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas from The March of the Ents

Tolkien Tribute: Lost Stanzas from The March of the Ents

Sep 15, 2016

The following are additional verses to the ‘March of the Ents’ sung by the Tree Shepherds proceeding to the sack of Isengard: using the same rhyme and metre recorded in the LOTR. To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone. Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone. We go, we go, we go to war! To...