Jul 24 2014, 2:47pm
Details of the LOTRO Encounter
In which you see the first meeting of Aragorn and Gandalf in 2956. Of course the details are heavily embellished, but it is rather well portrayed. Aragorn is on a journey to Lothlorien when he meets a strange traveller on the road, whom he initially dismisses as a foolish and nosy old man, slowly coming to the realisation that it is none other than the pilgrim Elrond told him so much about. It's rather reminiscent of the infamous meeting between Luke Skywalker and Yoda in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.
Although as I said most of the details are made up, it's still a fairly accurate representation given that the game designers aim is to be as true to the novels as possible. Unfortunately I can't say I remember the name of the quest or any of the dialogue within it.
The quest is titled The House of Isildur, and follows some of the history of the Dunedain from the drowning of Arvedui to Aragorn's encounter with Gandalf. As you say, it is basically pure fan-fic, but probably as good as any. The quest goes like this:
Aragorn and Túgonn have encountered an old man on the road through the Dimrill Dale.
Aragorn says, "You are a long way from home, old man. What brings you to this road?"
The old man smiled with amusement.
Old Man says, "What you say is true. It might also be said of you, Aragorn son of Arathorn."
Aragorn says, "How do you know my name? No, hold, Túgonn. I do not believe this man is our enemy."
Old Man says, "I know a great deal about you."
Old Man says, "I know that you were fostered by Elrond of Rivendell after the death of your father."
Old Man says, "I know that he has told you something of your noble lineage."
Old Man says, "I know too that he has given you heirlooms of your house: the shards of Narsil and the Ring of Barahir."
Aragorn says, "But how do you know these things, old man?"
Old Man says, "I know because it is my business to know. I am Gandalf."
[Narrator] Yes, it was Gandalf, and if Aragorn in his youth spoke roughly, the Wizard surely forgave him.
Old Man: 'There are great things in store for Aragorn your chieftain, Túgonn, but he must arrive at them in his own time. It is the solemn duty of all the Dúnedain to protect him, for he is descended from Isildur in line unbroken, and one day he must rule in Gondor.
Gandalf smiles with amusement, peering at you from underneath his eyebrows.
'But these are mighty words, and the time is still far off. We all have work to do before that day comes, not just Aragorn, and not just -- in our small way -- the Wizards, but you as well, Túgonn. You will not travel with Aragorn on his journey into the kingdoms of the south, for he has made up his mind, but you still have your role to play. In friendship, you will carry it out and have victory, I am certain, for that is a weapon no servant of the Enemy fully understands.'
Aragorn: 'Elrond has spoken to me of Gandalf the Grey, and I am ashamed I did not recognize him at the first, Túgonn!
'Still, he has warmth, though perhaps he tries to hide it. There were many things I wanted to ask him, should we ever meet, but now I cannot think of any!
'What a chance meeting! Let us continue on to Lothlórien, and perhaps then I will remember the questions I wished to ask.'