Ales and Tales in the Greenhouse

Thorin’s Gate is a land of perpetual snow and cold. (As evidenced by this post of Linett enjoying the summer festival…with snowflakes on her sunhat.) So it’s a good thing those Dwarves have finally installed a spacious greenhouse, in which you can find a handful of trees, a whole lot of dirt, and some rather muddy looking floors. We tried not to get our feet too muddy dancing in there at Ales and Tales last night!


Brenyn played a song suitable for the gardening theme of our location, “Gethsemane”.

Coenferth brought a harpsong tale of far off lands.

Sialdriel and Sunoliel of Tirn en Taur played a beautiful minuet composed by Sialdriel’s father.


Kinnickinick’s riddles count as a tale, don’t they?


Mirheril correctly answered the first riddle and so became the contestant for two more:



Correctly answering all three riddles, Mirheril received a cash prize for her wit! And if you’re wondering what her answers were, you should be able to tell by mousing over each riddle-picture.

Kaleigh Starshine shared a tale called “The Woolly Mask,” a lament for a dwarven friend who has gone into retirement…and who will be sorely missed.

Lastly, Surilas presented the Song of Gil-Galad.

And more

Before Ales and Tales began, Keptwise of the Eriador Music Society had an announcement that saddened quite a few of the audience members, Lennidhren included:

The EMS is stepping down as the house band of Ales and Tales. They have done a wonderful job of providing a substantial amount of the music every week, especially for the group dances, so they will be missed! EMS is not going away, however, but will begin doing concerts on Thursdays in Michel Delving. I’m sure we’ll still have plenty of performers every week, but I do hope that will include music for dances. It takes a good bit of coordination for a bandleader to work with the Ales & Tales host while dancers are arranged in formations and a dance step is chosen to fit the music; with EMS such things generally went smoothly from long practice.

Though the EMS did not perform during this week’s Ales and Tales, at the end of the pre-party they played a brief farewell set, including a song that I was very happy to get to hear, after having read about it on Astleigh’s blog long ago before I started attending Ales and Tales: The Javelarry Jig!

And speaking of Javelarry, I know he’s always trying to woo the foxy big ladies, but I don’t think this is what he had in mind…

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