I have been too long underground. Today I ventured into the Second Hall of Moria, where the dwarves of old carved pillars to look like trees holding up a cavern roof that seems no nearer than the sky outside. I am no elf, and spend more of my time inside with old books than out under the trees, yet the sight of those pillars made me long to be out under trees and sun again.
I have many things yet to do in Moria, many more wondrous places to explore; but I believe I am not far now from the eastern exit of this underground realm. Perhaps I shall make a detour into the Dimrill Dale and fill my eyes with real trees before I wander again under trees of stone…
Linett, that intrepid explorer, is up to level 55 now! Woohoo, time to visit a vault and buy another storage chest! Her new level seems to be making her reckless. She spent a while this morning scouting a path to the Orc-watch…not through the sensible Zelem-Melek route, but through Nud-Melek and the Redhorn Lodes. Thus the above photo postcard…lots of orange and yellow mobs fell to her mighty staff along the way, and she made it to the new stable-master without being defeated once. I call that a good day’s work!