By Brian Campbell, Jackie Cassada, Richard Dansky, Ian Lemke

Simply past the grey hills of the mundane,
buried on your private heart,
lies the main to the Dreaming.
Unlock the chains
and throw off the shackles.

Come hither, changelings,
and sign up for the dream-dance,
lest the wintry weather come
and the Dreaming pass
into memory.

Reclaim your heritage!
Let the video games start!

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"It is ever so with the issues that males commence: there's a frost in Spring or a blight in summer time, and so they fail in their promise" (LotR III, p. 182).

Elendil and his heirs prepared kingdoms once they got here to Middle-earth from Numenor; Gondor within the South, and Arnor within the North. either have been reasonable and wealthy kingdoms firstly of the 3rd Age. at the moment the heritage of the 2 kingdoms parted; the big name of Gondor rose, yet that of Arnor fell into darkness. forces introduced the destruction of the North state. the 1st used to be the waning of the Dunedain who dwelt in Arnor. the second one, and much larger was once the shadow that got here from the land of Angmar. the lads of Arnor withstood the evil strength of the Witch King for 6 lengthy centuries, a tribute to the power and tool of the Dunedain of the North.

Arnor had suffered relatively little within the warfare opposed to Sauron on the end of the second one Age, and the dominion must have prospered. even if the numbers of the Dunedain have been decreased, they have been nonetheless nice. The weather of Arnor was once gentle and the land used to be fertile and freed from enemies. For a couple of hundred years concerns went good, however the air of Eriador appeared unwholesome for the descendants of Numenor. Arnor fell into decline lengthy earlier than the land held any whisper of the shadow of Angmar. For purposes unknown the Dunedain deserted their capital of Annuminas upon the seashores of Lake Nennuial, and withdrew to the lesser fort urban of Fornost.

The nation of Arnor was once doomed to "a frost in Spring, and a blight in summer time. " The heirs of the dominion may possibly now not agree at the succession to the throne of Arnor within the 9th century of the 3rd Age. In T. A. 861 the power of the northern realm used to be divided into 3 kingdoms: Cardolan, Rhudaur, and Arthedain. The quarreling persevered; Rhudaur and Cardolan contested the ownership of the tower of Amon Sul and its Palantir. The watch on evil slept within the north; males became inwards and anxious themselves with their very own affairs. The rumours of evil multiplying within the mountains didn't curiosity them; for Arthedain and Cardolan at the very least, the mountains have been far off. None gave their consciousness to the unpromising valley in a northern fork of the Misty Mountains.

The Witch King arose in Angmar throughout the realm of Malvegil of Arthedain, your time among T. A. 1272-1349. males turned conscious of the transforming into evil within the mountains, yet Angmar used to be nonetheless getting ready its energy. No attacks at the Dunedain got here until eventually Argeleb, the son of Malvegil, assumed the throne.

The subsequent sixty years have been darkish ones for the Dunedain of the North. The Dunedain of Rhudaur have been pushed out by way of evil hillmen in league with Angmar and Argeleb was once slain in conflict. jointly Arthedain and Cardolan held the elements Hills opposed to Angmar. In 1409 T. A. the Witch King of Angmar published his deadliest attack. Amon Sul was once raised and burned and the Dunedain have been compelled to escape westward. Cardolan was once laid to waste. support got here to the Dunedain from the Elves of the gray Havens, Rivendell, and Lorien. The armies of Angmar have been repelled from Fornost and the North Downs, and compelled to withdraw to Angmar. The shadow of the North used to be contained for a time.

ANGMAR

The land of Angmar is likely one of the grimmest locations in all of Middle-earth. it's not black and twisted like Mordor, yet heartbreakingly chilly and barren. It lies in a northern fork within the Western Misty Mountains, and within the jap Misty Mountains. Little job is established upon the barren undeniable among the fork within the mountains; the border defend of fellows is determined within the rolling hills upon the sting of the low plateau. those males watch the lengthy border highway that runs from Carn Dûm to the southern tip of Angmar. The orcs want the protection of the tunnels within the mountains. within the East the Witch King has no border defend; the mountains bar access into Angmar from that path, other than to people who understand the orcish tunnels.

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Such locations may hold grave dangers for changelings unused to traveling the Dreaming after do not interact with it. They have entered the realm of the Dreaming, and are now subject to its peculiarities. Each trod has a different feel to it. This may be something as tangible as a sense of great coldness and a wintry aspect, or as nebulous as an almost-inaudible tune that hangs in the air. Trods often (but not always) reflect facets of those things or people who can be found along their length or at the end.

Many open only upon the utterance of a mystical phrase; others only allow entry solve riddles, piece together puzzles or overcome guardians if they during certain seasons or times of day. Some require some sort of sacrifice or a riddle to be answered before allowing themselves to be used. Whatever the conditions are that must be met before the trod can be traversed, there will usually be more riddles, puzzles or distractions along the trod itself. When the sidhe returned upon the Resurgence, they moved to take over the trods that had blown open in response to the influx of Glamour that had allowed them to leave Arcadia.

They saw smooth turf, smoother and brighter than Jill had ever seen before, andbluesky,and, darting to and fro, things so bright that they might have been jewels or huge butterflies. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair ; 01 ChapreR One: The DReaming 31 TheUJoRldof DoRHness Fast food debris and crumpled newspapers skitter along the street, pushed along by the gray day s chill wind. Sales clerks and secretaries, released by the late hour from their cubicles, scurry out into the streets, navy and slate coats pulled tightly around them as they make their way to their high-rise boxes.

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