A Lore-keeper of Dwarf-kind

So…when you’re done reading this, go read thisThe Starry Mantle‘s series on ancient Dwarven professions in Moria wrapped up today, and the whole thing is just fantastic.

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And as an homage to such a nifty bunch of Dwarves, have a Dwarven-scholar who has spent all his days researching his forebears, including of course their long and storied years in Khazad-dûm.  Much knowledge has been lost in the intervening centuries.  The Dwarves of the late Third Age are far removed, both in time and in lore, from those who dug too deeply in the end:

“Gimli aided Gandalf very little, except by his stout courage.  At least he was not, as were most of the others, troubled by the mere darkness in itself.  Often the wizard consulted him at points where the choice of way was doubtful; but it was always Gandalf who had the final word.  The Mines of Moria were vast and intricate beyond the  imagination of Gimli, Glóin’s son, dwarf of the mountain-race though he was.”

A discovery!

In the dim and the quiet, a Dwarf’s thoughts turn to glories long lost, and halls long buried.

A king he was on carven throne
In many-pillared halls of stone
With golden roof and silver floor,
And runes of power upon the door.
The light of sun and star and moon
In shining lamps of crystal hewn
Undimmed by cloud or shade of night
There shone for ever fair and bright.

The Fellowship of the Ring

And to the next archive he travels, perhaps someday to the fabled libraries of Khazad-dûm itself.

  • Head:  Searcher’s Hat (Craftable tailoring recipe, dyed violet)
  • Shoulders:  Nestadbellas (Vol. III quest reward, dyed rust)
  • Back:  Map-maker’s Travel Pack (Skirmish cosmetic and LOTRO Store, dyed violet)
  • Craftsman’s Robe (Available at outfitters throughout the world, dyed olive)
  • Hands:  Fingerless Gloves (Yule festival quest/deed reward, dyed umber)
  • Legs:  None (saucy!)
  • Feet:  Embroidered Shoes of the Dunland Healer (Dunland quest drop, dyed violet)
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