It seemed actually not that much smaller a crowd than usual, and it certainly wasn’t any smaller a lineup of acts than usual, when Lennidhren filled in for Harperella at Ales and Tales this week in Duillond!
We had originally planned to have Ales and Tales in the grotto near Duillond where the shrew stomping takes place at festival time. But instead we used the gorgeous pavilion where, during festivals, the elven dances are taught. The NPCs who hang out there during the festivals were all on vacation and we had this beautiful stage and dance floor all to ourselves!
All went smoothly and we put on a great show, except for a brief alarm when my display driver fainted as it occasionally does. Fortunately, Old Winyards was on hand to save the day and keep the program going! I logged back in to find the next act proceeding quite nicely!
Arvelwen of Rivendell played and sang a well loved tune – LMB’s Swordsman of the Sky!
Lyonardo sang a ballad of love with lyrics inspired by some from the illustrious Ronald Dwale…
Rayana Rabbitfoot shared a lute solo which covered quite well for Lennidhren’s little fainting spell…
The Book Club band returned with a song from chapter 10 of The Hobbit, celebrating the fabled return of the Dwarf King!
Imrar of Gondor, a newcomer to Ales and Tales, told the tale of one Elbury and an extraordinary silver bow.
Aurath of Gondor gave a stirring speech! Some discussion followed in the crowd as to whether this meant he was running for office, and whether or not guests would vote for him.
Ladoriel told a fable explaining why mosquitoes buzz in your ears…
Mireithel recited a poem of a different sort of love: the love of home.
And we ended the evening with a tale that Lennidhren had told before at an Ales and Tales not far away in Celondim, but Valentine’s Day seemed the right time to tell it again – with Old Winyards accompanying with the Ballad of Beren and Luthien, I told the tale of Silarin and Immeleth.
Gaiagil filled in as Old Winyards leader since I had my hands full as hostess. Four sharp-dressed, super groovy musicians – Daker, Godwineson, Lindorieh, and Gaiagil – teamed up to provide lively dance tunes and some well suited for the day such as “Kiss the Girl” and “The Ballad of Beren and Luthien”.
We had a circle dance to “Kiss the Girl”…
And a hobbity square dance to “Take 5″!
Er, I never did get last week’s post up for Ales and Tales at the Glory of the Longbeards kinhouse. I’m not certain if I will yet get a post done, but in the meantime there are pictures.