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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilros View Post
    Yup. Pass back to you.
    his sword was long,his lance was keen
    his shining helm afar was seen
    the countless stars of heavens field
    were mirrored in his silver shield

  2. #152
    Quote Originally Posted by c_the_awesome View Post
    his sword was long,his lance was keen
    his shining helm afar was seen
    the countless stars of heavens field
    were mirrored in his silver shield
    This is part of the Fall of Gil-Galad as sung by Sam near Weathertop?

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    Correct go ahead

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_the_awesome View Post
    Correct go ahead
    This hopelessly a-rhythmic riddle should be easy I hope:

    From far over the sea,
    to warm southern lands,
    thence onto Bree,
    and finally to Shire farms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrideColossus View Post
    This hopelessly a-rhythmic riddle should be easy I hope:

    From far over the sea,
    to warm southern lands,
    thence onto Bree,
    and finally to Shire farms.
    Gandalf probably

  6. #156
    Quote Originally Posted by c_the_awesome View Post
    Gandalf probably
    Plausible I guess but not what I had in mind. The farms bit is important.

  7. #157
    My inclination is to say "mallorn." I have some misgivings about that answer. First, I am not 100% certain that the canon texts made it explicit that the Lothlorien mellyrn derived from Laurelin in Valinor. Secondly, although LOTRO suggests that the great yellow tree east of Bree is a mallorn or mallorn variant, I do not recall anything to that effect in the books. Still, that is my answer for today.

  8. #158
    Quote Originally Posted by Vilnas View Post
    My inclination is to say "mallorn." I have some misgivings about that answer. First, I am not 100% certain that the canon texts made it explicit that the Lothlorien mellyrn derived from Laurelin in Valinor. Secondly, although LOTRO suggests that the great yellow tree east of Bree is a mallorn or mallorn variant, I do not recall anything to that effect in the books. Still, that is my answer for today.
    Interesting thinking there but no it's not a Mallorn, although the answer is something that grows...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrideColossus View Post
    Interesting thinking there but no it's not a Mallorn, although the answer is something that grows...
    Athelas perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_the_awesome View Post
    Athelas perhaps?
    Oooh that is so close but not quite what I had in mind, if I'd worded the riddle slightly differently I'd have handed you the stick.
    I've already mentioned that farms is an important of the riddle which that wouldn't make much sense for Athelas.

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    pipe weed then

  12. #162
    Quote Originally Posted by c_the_awesome View Post
    pipe weed then
    Ta-da!

    Riddle was based on the 'essay' on pipe-weed in 'Concerning Hobbits' foreword - Pipe-weed grew naturally in Gondor, thought to have been brought by the Numenoreans, later cultivated in Bree and finally imported into the Shire.

    You're up

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    Far over the misty mountains cold
    They boldly patrolled
    To guard the week
    and stop the bold

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    Far over the misty mountains cold
    There stood a mighty stronghold
    A place of pure evil red
    even the brave this mansion dread

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    Carn Dum?

    [more letters]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vilnas View Post
    Carn Dum?

    [more letters]
    Correct, go on whack us with a good one.

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    Far over mystic mountains crag,
    Our comrades hither bit the bag.
    Quite a group,
    This travelling troupe.
    Some were cousins,
    Some were brothers.
    Which of us
    Weren’t like the others?

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    Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur?

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    Perhaps. Can you explain your answer?

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    Because they were not of Durin's line, like the rest of Thorin's company.

  21. #171
    Just so. You have the stick.

  22. #172
    Quote Originally Posted by Vilnas View Post
    Our comrades hither bit the bag.
    Just curious, what is this line referring to?

  23. #173
    Thorin, Fili and Kili died on the other side of the Misty Mountains. It riddle was simply directing the reader to Thorin & Co.

    For super bonus points, can anyone identify where I got those first two lines? They were copied directly from another source, although the balance of the riddle was my own creation. [And no, the answer is not the dwarves' song at Bilbo's house.]

  24. #174
    Oh, OK. So 'bit the bag' is similar to 'kicked the bucket' or 'bit the dust' or 'bought the farm'? Learn something new every day!

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    No clue about where you got the first two lines.

    To continue a theme:

    Far over the Misty Mountains tall,
    In a king's subterranean hall,
    I relieved a hobbit of his stress,
    And of the dwarves there I made less.

 

 
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