III. Trials of the Valar Episode 144: The “Dwarfish” Riddle

Episode 144: The “Dwarfish” Riddle

Well, the group certainly isn’t as quick as Bilbo at solving riddles, but join them in Gundabad as they try to solve an age old Dwarvish riddle… Or in this case, a “Dwarfish” riddle, in order to get the chain, Angainor.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 142: Leveling to 20 in the House of Manwë

Episode 142: Leveling to 20 in the House of Manwë

Back in Ilmarin, Celebrimbor and Fëanor present Feredir with the black, sister swords reforged into Angwedel, or “Iron of the Bound Star.” Mor-lomin experiences the true power of the Flame of Arnor using his staff. Ezellendur is donning all three silmarils in the crown, Angrî. Okrin learns that the Mallet of Tombo, that they rescued …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 139: Escaping Thangorodrim

Episode 139: Escaping Thangorodrim

As the group destroys the balrog looking creature in the altar room, they attempt to fight off the Virtues of Morgoth, and rescue Alatar, Ilfrin, and Imin. They discover the Mallet of Tombo and Angrî and Morgoth’s Crown of Iron before coming face to face with Gothmog, the Lord of the Balrogs.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 138: Strengths Become Your Weaknesses

Episode 138: Strengths Become Your Weaknesses

The party discovers that Thangorodrim brings out the worst in a hero. They encounter some long lasting sentries in the once ruined fortress of Melkor. Burin proceeds through the “Anger” threshold and Feredir goes through the “Obedience” threshold. At the end of this episode, the group sees an altar and something that looks like a …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 137: The Virtues of the Dark Lord

Episode 137: The Virtues of the Dark Lord

The group enters Thangorodrim and immediately feels “miserable.” Exploring the passageways of this accused ancient stronghold, they find remnants of evil and must choose who will enter the thresholds labeled for each virtue of Morgoth.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 136: The Great Gates of Angband

Episode 136: The Great Gates of Angband

The heroes learn that Littleheart, Imin, and Alatar the Blue have been kidnapped and taken to Thangorodrim. Varda informs the group that Angband, the home of Thangorodrim, is the most evil part of Arda, and that traveling there will likely change each character permanently. Once at the Great Gate, they are told by the sentry …

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III. Trials of the Valar Episode 134: Thus Spake Mandos

Episode 134: Thus Spake Mandos

The group licks their wounds after the fight against Ungoliant. They decide to head back to Ilmarin and take council. Ingwë has gone to Tirion and collected the Silmarils and used them to set Telperion ablaze. While there, the group rests. Varda and Yavanna make the Miruvórë. Then, a brave Tesoro removes the magical cloak …

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II. Rise of the Mormegil Episode 132: Ungoliant in Ezellohar, Part 1

Episode 132: Ungoliant in Ezellohar, Part 1

The heroes make their way to Ezellohar, knowing that Ungoliant is enroute. The battle begins in the darkest part of the night, and it grows ever darker when the ancient Avathari and her minions show up. Quickly the group becomes poisoned and paralyzed from the sting of arguably the most frightening creature in the legendarium.

III. Trials of the Valar Episode 130: The Turn of the Tide

Episode 130: The Turn of the Tide

A nice break to the combat… The group gets back to Ilmarin and finds an old friend. Okrin is back to help them in the final trials! The group discusses how to get the cloak off of Tesoro without killing him. They discuss the vision Mor-lomín had of the coming of Ungoliant. And they discuss …

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