This role play was originally started by Raven (who is no longer here) and me and to her this story is dedicated. I have copied over her intro originally posted Jun 20, 2007, making a few changes where necessary.
The Mists of Eriador role play is basically a sequel to an earlier one that was written in the Prancing Pony years ago by some fantastic writers called Shadow Over Arnor. This current tale of The Mists of Eriador began At The Forsaken Inn five years after the events accounted in Shadow Over Arnor. Some of the characters mentioned in The Mists of Eriador are active characters that participated in Shadow Over Arnor, and no part of their history will be written or altered without the express written consent of the original character writers. Building characters in relation to any of the original characters is permitted. Profiles of these characters can be found in the Shadow Over Arnor – Characters thread. All of the role plays may be found easily, the links are all found in The Old Grey Mares’ Reading Room on the old board in the Prancing Pony.
For any of the original Shadow Over Arnor or Mists of Eriador writers who return and feel an urge to join, that would be great. Just post your intention to do so here first, as it would be greatly appreciated.
For anyone else; Mists of Eriador is essentially a sequel to Shadow Over Arnor, so many of the characters and the events accounted in Shadow Over Arnor are entwined into Mists of Eriador. New characters are welcome, but a good working knowledge of the characters and events in Shadow Over Arnor is a prerequisite to be able to participate in Mists of Eriador. I myself and Raven only entered into this after several thorough readings of Shadow Over Arnor and half the time we both felt over our head. But I have to say it is as fun as it is challenging to stay within the parameters of a previous RP story as well as keeping it ‘Tolkien’. ‘Keeping it Tolkien’ means to me that no event written here would in any way affect the story as told by Tolkien. It all kind of fits in the empty spaces.
If you wish to join this RP please post your intentions here. I did try to write a summary but it began to get terribly long and so decided to leave it out. For this I apologize.
Mists of Eriador will recount events that happen as the shadow that has been creeping over Arnor and the rest of Middle Earth in the years before the War of the Ring grows darker and deepens evermore.
This story may move slowly at times as writing takes time, which is way I have waited and hesitated to start this again on the new board. Please keep this in mind if you are thinking of joining.
We welcome and invite any questions and comments. Please post them here or feel free to contact me by email.
Thank you and I hope that those of you that just stop by to read will enjoy this.Apr 6, 2021 at 6:06 pm
This timeline can be a useful guideline in referring to events that have happened in the past. I’ve copied it from Appendix B as a reference and included details (bold) that pertain to the story at hand. This may be updated.
2890: Bilbo Baggins born on September 22nd.
2941: Thorin Oakenshield and Gandalf visit Bilbo in the Shire.
Bilbo meets Sméagol- Gollum and finds the ring.
The White Council meets; Saruman agrees to an attack on Dol Guldur, since he now wishes to prevent Sauron from searching the river.
The Battle of the Five Armies in Dale.
Death of Thorin II.
Bard of Esgaroth slays Smaug.
Dain of the Iron Hill
becomes King under the Mountain (Dain II)
Ewen Thane is born.
2942: Bilbo returns to the Shire.
Sauron returns in secret to Mordor.
2944: Bard rebuilds Dale and becomes King.
Gollum leaves the Mountains and begins his search for the ‘thief’ of
2948: Théoden son of Thengel, King of Rohan, born.
2949: Gandalf and Balin visit Bilbo in the Shire.
2950: Finduilas, daughter of Adrahil of Dol Amroth born.
2951: Sauron declares himself openly and gathers power in Mordor. He
begins the rebuilding of Barad-dûr.
Gollum turns toward Mordor. Sauron sends three of the Nazgul to reoccupy Dol
Elrond reveals to ‘Estel’ his true name and ancestry, and delivers to him the
shards of Narsil.
Arwen, newly returned from Lórien, meets Aragorn in the woods of Imladris.
Aragorn goes out into the Wild.
Morghan Lachlan is born.
2953: Last meeting of the White Council. They debate the Rings. Saruman
feigns that he has discovered that the One Ring has passed down the Anduin to
Saruman withdraws to Isengard, which he takes as his own, and fortifies it.
Being jealous and afraid of Gandalf he sets spies to watch all his movements;
and notes his interest in the Shire. He soon begins to keep agents in Bree and
the Southfarthing. <div>
2954: Mount Doom burst into flames again.
The last inhabitants of Ithilien flee over Anduin.
2956: Aragorn meets Gandalf and their friendship begins.
2957-80: Aragorn undertakes
his great journeys and errantries. As Thorongil he serves in disguise both
Thengel of Rohan and Ecthelion II of Gondor.
2961: Michrel Lachlan is born.
2968: Birth of Frodo.
2973: Eradan Goffan is born
2976: Denethor weds Finduilas of Dol Amroth.
2977: Bain son of Bard becomes King of Dale.
2978: Birth of Boromir son of Denethor.
2980: Aragorn in Lórien, meets Arwen, they plight their troth. Gollum
reaches Mordor and meets Shelob.
Théoden becomes King of Rohan.
2981: Ruark Lachlan, father of Morghan and Michrel and a Dúnedain Ranger, while on a patrol is slain during an ambush by orcs near the Edge of the Wild in Rhudaur.
2983: Faramir son of Denethor born. Birth of Samwise.
2984: Death of Ecthelion II. Denethor II becomes Steward of Gondor.
2988: Finduilas dies young.
2989: The events in Shadow over Arnor take place.
Balin leaves Erebor and enters Moria.
Theodwyn marries Eomund of Eastfold, the chief Marshall of the
Bilbo (99 yrs. old) adopts Frodo.
2991: Eomer born.
Thrimidge -Morghan leaves the Chetwood with Mrs. Pritchard, traveling to her son’s farm near the Angle. The farm is raided by orcs and the Pritchard family and Morghan are taken captive.
2995: The events in Mists of Eriador take place. At the start of this revival it is early winter.
3000: The shadow of Mordor lengthens. Saruman dares to use the palantír of Orthanc, but becomes ensnared by Sauron, who has the Ithil Stone. He becomes a traitor to the council. His spies report that the
Shire is being closely guarded by the Rangers.
3001: Bilbo turns 111 yrs. old; Frodo reaches the age of 33. Here starts the story of the Fellowship of the Ring. Bilbo’s farewell feast. Gandalf suspects his ring to be the One Ring. The guard on the Shire is doubled.
Gandalf seeks for news of Gollum and calls on the help of Aragorn.
I will be adding character profiles later.
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Citizen of Imladris : 28 posts
Age: 99 (in the year 2995 of the Third Age)
Heritage: Northern Dunedain
Appearance: Long thick hair that is heavily peppered with silver-grey androughly hewn about the shoulders. Short grey beard blending in with the grey temples. A few small scars could be seen on his bare arms. A large, very prominent scar cut down across the left cheekbone. He is considered tall even by the standards of the northern Dunedain, and quite muscular. His usual attire was his sturdy, yet supple and well-worn dark rust-brown leathers consisting of boots, breeches, and a thick leather sleeveless vest. Over it all he would wear a well-worn dark grey-green hooded cloak that had some few small tatters, unadorned except with a silver rayed brooch on the left shoulder. He was a Dunedain Ranger of the North, shadowy with his movements and deeds and keeping watch in the northlands of Eriador.
Bio: Born and raised in a remote homestead in the rugged North Downs, he didn’t remember his mother for she died giving birth to him. His father was away much of the time for he was often riding far and wide with his company of the Dunedain Rangers. As a boy, he came to live in Coombe north of Bree with a distant relative. There, Malassuil was always keen to learn, and he would watch and learn from the town blacksmith and tanner and other tradesmen that would come to town. He would listen to stories and was keen to learn from others all he could, especially from his father and the other rangers who would come to town and stop the house at times. As he grewn he became skilled with knife and bow, and even more so with a sword. He tended to his training and would become in time, as most young men of the Dunedain did, a Ranger. Through the decades he had befriended some of the other rangers, but to others, he seemed distant. But he was keen to teach the younger rangers assigned to his company what he could, just as he was taught by those before him.
When riding near the highlands of Rhuadur, Malassuil heard rumor of a darkness that had fallen on the lands, a shadow, and now some years later, he was visiting a young ranger named Arkaeth at his home by the Lake Evendim. He was coming home with a shadow over him, of which he talked about much with Malassuil who had come to the lake. He learned that Elendur was slain, Halasian had gone mad, and evil was on the rise in the east. But after this one talk, Arkaeth seemed to brighten as he neared his home. He was to be married, and Malassuil would stay for it. It was a joyous event and for a time the darkness was forgotten. But after lingering long there, tending the house while the young ranger enjoyed his bride, he left again for the north. But the words of Arkaeth weighed on him, and in time, Malassuil decided he would have to go and find other companies of Rangers and learn what they knew. He passed command of the north watch on to a hearty ranger, and set out for the town of Bree…Apr 6, 2021 at 7:54 pm
NAME: Morghan Lachlan
AGE: 44 yrs. in 2995 of the Third Age
RACE: Her mother, Brieta, had claimed to have Noldorian blood and came from the Ered Luin region. Ruark Lachlan was her father, a Dúnedain Ranger from the northern reaches of Eriador. Both have passed away.
LOCATION: Morghna once lived in the Chetwood Forest near the Midgewater. There she lived alone for many years, seeing a few local people who would seek her out her her knowledge of herbs and healing or those who were foolish enough to come seeking charms to cure their woes. Many whispered words had been spoke by those of Bree Hill and surrounding region; some claimed her potions worked while others spoke harshly of a woan living alone. Visitors from distant lands sometimes stopped to see her. When this story began she was at The Forsaken Inn, now she has returned to her hut in the Chetwood.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Fair skinned, but tanned, tall, with a slender muscular build. Her eyes are gray-green and her hair deep reddish brown. Morghan’s coloring is the same as her fathers.
PAST/BACKGROUND: After her parents death (her father in an ambush by orcs, her mother, bitter and lonely on hearing of his death, died from a wasting illness that Morghan could find no cure for), she traveled alone before settling in Chetwood. Friends of her father and mother have been known to visit her small cabin in the forest, bringing news of the outside world and herbs they have picked up on their travels for her to study. She has heard rumors of the darkness spreading across the countryside, but thus far it has not concerned her. Before the story of Mist of Eriador starts, she was found in Ost-in-Edhil by Ewen Thane.
SKILLS: Healing, skilled with a knife, knows how to use a sword and a bow. Has some of the in-born senses of the elfish races, but they are not sharply defined. Her father attempted to train her in the ways of the Rangers, but she showed little interest.
Age: 77yrs. in 2995 of the Third Age
Race: Man – Dúnedain/Lossoth/Gondorian/Rohanian
Bio: Learned swordsmanship at an early age from his father Halàrvis, a Dúnedain Ranger of the North who was slain at the same time as Chieftain Arathorn II of the Dúnedain. He rode with and learned all the ways of the Rangers and would visit Rivendell on occasion and studied herb lore there. He sought knowledge from Radagast the Brown and Gandalf the Grey and has travelled far and wide in Middle Earth. He is a veteran of many battles and rode with many armies.
He married Forwycn of Rohan, and she bore one son, Hayna. She was with child the last time seen in Shadow Over Arnor.
Physical description: Shoulder length greyed hair, worn weathered face.
Halasian is a character from Shadow Over Arnor who is a shared character written by myself and Raven (and I think Arrasuil might have written about him in a few posts also). He may be used in writing if kept true to the original character.
Welcome Arrasuil, happy to see you are still interested. I will add more character bios as they are brought forth from the previous story in the old forum.Apr 7, 2021 at 6:06 pm
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id be interested in joining! I had a bit of a personal question, but I’m definitely interested – I was thinking of playing a Man of Gondor if possible?Sep 11, 2021 at 5:05 am
Hello waitingcynicism, nice to meet you, welcome to the boards and thank you for showing interest in this roleplay. Good grief, it’s been so long since I started this that to be honest I had given up on continuing this story when there was no further interest show by the other poster who had expressed interest.
If you are truly interested in writing, here is a link to the old board where this was originally started. ( It should work since I just checked to make sure it was still there. 🙂)
Let me know after you have read it if you are still interested. A man from Gondor would fit.Sep 17, 2021 at 7:01 pm
Alright! I’ll finish reading it tomorrow, but I’m definitely still interested. Was there a way I could contact you? I had a few questions I’d prefer to keep private if that’s alright.Sep 18, 2021 at 6:26 pm
There is no way through the messageboard for you to contact me. Let me think about this, no offense, but this is our first contact and I’m not crazy about handing out my email. Hope you understand.Sep 19, 2021 at 5:36 pm
I completely understand, no worries there. I just didn’t want to bring up a personal question I had publicly is all.Sep 19, 2021 at 5:47 pm
Glad there is no offense. Wondering why there is need for a personal question though.Sep 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Yep, no offense at all – it’s just a question I had about your version of middle earth generally that I’d prefer to keep private if possible – I don’t mind asking here if you’d prefer though.Sep 19, 2021 at 6:12 pm