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  1. #1
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    Song of the Mounds of Mundburg(Potential major LOTRO story spoilers!)

    As we know Turbine has made a thing of taking obscure book names, places and characters and fleshing them out. This has definitely been the case for East Rohan, where a number of the Rohirrim are drawn straight from the books. A fair few come from the 'Song of the Mounds of Mundburg', which is in full below:

    We heard of the horns in the hills ringing,
    the swords shining in the
    South-kingdom,
    Steeds went striding to the Stoningland
    as wind in the morning. War was kindled.
    There
    Théoden fell, Thengling mighty,
    to his
    golden halls and green pastures
    in the
    Northern fields never returning,
    high lord of the host.
    Harding and Guthláf,
    Dúnhere and Déorwine, doughty Grimbold,
    Herefara and Herubrand, Horn and Fastred,
    fought and fell there in a
    far country:
    in the
    Mounds of Mundburg under mould they lie
    with their league-fellows, lords of
    Gondor.
    Neither
    Hirluin the Fair to the hills by the sea,
    nor
    Forlong the old to the flowering vales
    ever, to
    Arnach, to his own country
    returned in triumph; nor the tall bowmen,
    Derufin and Duilin, to their dark waters,
    meres of
    Morthond under mountain-shadows.
    Death in the morning and at day's ending
    lords took and lowly. Long now they sleep
    under grass in Gondor by the
    Great River
    Grey now as tears, gleaming silver,
    red then it rolled, roaring water:
    foam dyed with blood flamed at sunset;
    as beacons mountains burned at evening;
    red fell the dew in
    Rammas Echor.

    Quite a few names here jump out at me, not the least of which is Horn, our recent companion. It's pretty much set in stone here that he will die at some point during the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Some others I noticed are:

    Harding; Aldor of the Wold
    Deorwine; Betrothed to Winsig
    Fastred; Reeve of the Sutcrofts

    All in all, not a very pleasant result for the Rohirrim. I am certainly curious as to how Horn's death will affect Nona, if indeed she makes it to that point.
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    Oh piffle I forgot all about Horn being there... *cries a little*

    Which, in turn, makes me worry about Nona. I can see him being reckless/careless because she's dead already, or her not outliving him by much.
    Not all who wander are lost

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    Also! Just remembered about the Warden's vision from Galadriel:

    A thundering of hooves shakes the earth.
    Black sails fly on a river of dread.
    Your foes are everywhere, but you see them not.
    Your grief blinds you to them, Warden, and you defy death in its name.

    Folks had originally thought it might be Theoden, but what if it's Horn?
    Not all who wander are lost

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldLadyGamer View Post
    Also! Just remembered about the Warden's vision from Galadriel:

    A thundering of hooves shakes the earth.
    Black sails fly on a river of dread.
    Your foes are everywhere, but you see them not.
    Your grief blinds you to them, Warden, and you defy death in its name.

    Folks had originally thought it might be Theoden, but what if it's Horn?
    Then "grief" would imply our Dunlending friend may not meet a happy end.

    That's sad, I've really enjoyed the character development of this latest addition to the Epic Line

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyrion View Post
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    Fastred; Reeve of the Sutcrofts
    ---
    What's more, this particular fellow has a boy by the name of Folcred. I don't think that kid's going to see the end of the war, either.

    The reason for that belief...

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    Read a little further, that's of the brothers Folcred and Fastred from more than a hundred years earlier.

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    As for Nona, I like to imagine she bore Horn a son....In Roman mythology, Nona is a deity of pregnancy...in Latin, grandmother.

 

 

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