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An Alternate Take on Bard (Timeline of 'The One Ring')

Otaku-sempai
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Jul 13, 3:12pm


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Peter Jackson inspired much discussion with his interpretation of Bard the Bowman (as portrayed by Luke Evans). The character definately needed some fleshing out and an earlier introduction; however, there was significant disagreement regarding Jackson's backstory for the character and the changes in his circumstances from the book. I think that it might be interesting to look at how Bard is portrayed in The One Ring Roleplaying Game from U.K. game company Cubicle 7, especially now that the campaign book The Darkening of Mirkwood brings his story to its conclusion.

BARD THE BOWMAN -- THE TALE OF YEARS

Year 2911
Bard, a direct descendant of King Girion of Dale, is born in Lake-town.

Year 2941
Bard the Bowman slays the dragon Smaug; with Thranduil of the Woodland Realm he leads a combined army of Men and Elves to Erebor where the Free Peoples unite for the Battle of Five Armies.

Years 2944-2945
Bard completes the reconstruction of Dale and is crowned king.

Year 2946
The Council of the North. Envoys from Lake-town, the Woodland Realm and the Kingdom under the Mountain meet in the presence of King Bard to debate matters concerning Wilderland.

Year 2948
Una, a young merchant princess from Dorwinion, leaves her court in early summer to visit Dale for diplomatic reasons. A detachment of Barding warriors...is sent by King Bard to meet her caravan along the Running River; they reach the merchant convoy just in time to discourage a band of raiders from the East that was following them. When the princess finally arrives in Dale, everyone witnesses how King Bard is captivated by the sight of Una's dancing during the feast held in her honour.

Year 2949
Early this year, King Bard marries Una of Dorwinion. The bond reinforces the status of the kingdom of Dale as a rising power in the North, as Una comes with a rich dowry of gold and diplomatic relations. In December, Una gives birth to a male son, Prince Bain, making Bard a father at the age of 38.

Year 2956
At the age of 45, Bard is considered a wise ruler, loyal to allies and generous to friends. He is very ambitious, as he sees the refounding of a wider kingdom of the North as Dale's manifest destiny. Fifteen years after the death of Smaug, the king still holds excellent relations with the Kingdom under the Mountain, as the economies of Erebor and Dale are deeply interconnected - and last but not least, Bard considers Dáin Ironfoot as a personal friend. There is friendship also between King Bard and King Thranduil, but this sentiment is weakening on Bard's part, as the memory of the Battle of Five Armies grows dim (even if the Elvenking shows less and less interest in the dealings of Men and Dwarves). Bard's rule is recognised in some measure in nearby Esgaroth, especially since Bard's marriage with Una of Dorwinion.

Year 2968
Word comes from the north of trouble at King Bard's court. Some of the nobles of Dale have grown greedy and proud. As wealth and prosperity continues to make the kingdom stronger, some nobles agitate for Bard to exert his power more. They want Dale to seize the eastern woodlands from the Elves, so there will be firewood for the winter and timber for building, and to reclaim Lake-town and its rich trade for the kingdom.

Year 2969
A rival for the rulership of Dale surfaces. Seventeen year-old Girion, son of Valdis the outaw, is another direct descendant of Girion, Lord of Dale, and a possible contender for the throne currently occupied by King Bard, and destined for his son Bain. Bain leads a group of chosen men to investigate the origins of Girion in the Western Eaves of Mirkwood.

Year 2970
Prince Bain of Dale has not returned from his journey into Mirkwood and the realm is ruled by a council of regents, as King Bard is sick. Rumours say that Bain was slain by outlaws in Mirkwood, while others claim that the prince escaped and is now living in the woods.

Year 2971
Prince Bain sends messengers to Dale from his exile to reveal that he is alive and well, and meaning to return soon. Some time later he takes the road, but must abandon his plans when assassins try to kill him. He is saved by faithful Ottarr, who is grieviously wounded but survives. In the meantime in Dale, young Girion accuses Prince Bain of having betrayed and deserted his own folk. More and more nobles flock to support his cause. King Bard remains bedridden and afllicted with the plague.

Year 2972
King Bard continues to grow weaker, and many in Dale openly discuss teh succession of Girion to the throne.

Year 2973
The quarrels between Prince Bain and young Girion continue. While it has not yet come to open war, teh two continue to gather allies. Bain is made a prisoner of Girion in the castle of Orlmond. Prince Bain is rescued and Bard is healed after the discovery that his affliction was caused by Valdis.

Year 2977
In this year, King Bard the Dragonslayer dies in bed, and the crown of Dale passes to his son, Prince Bain.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Jul 13, 3:16pm)

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An Alternate Take on Bard (Timeline of 'The One Ring') Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 13, 3:12pm
    Well, it's interesting and a nice enough story... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 13, 6:10pm
        I find this far closer to Tolkien, myself. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 13, 8:14pm
            Sorry, I must be missing something here... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 13, 10:44pm
                Occam's Razor Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 14, 11:46am
                    And a man of 30 can't have fathered children? dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 14, 1:34pm
                        You are being deliberately obtuse, dormouse. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 14, 7:40pm
                            No, sorry, I wasn't.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jul 14, 8:01pm
                                All right. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 14, 8:18pm
                        Well Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jul 14, 8:07pm
                            Book-verse, not movie-verse. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 14, 8:26pm
                                Yes, that's what I meant, book-verse versus movie-verse Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jul 14, 8:48pm
                                    Bard's single status is implied, not stated outright. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 14, 8:56pm
                                        A worthy and courageous duck. Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jul 14, 9:18pm
                                            Point noted. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Jul 14, 9:24pm
                                                Thank you... Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Jul 14, 9:30pm
                                        Another way to look at it squire Send a private message to squire Jul 15, 5:12am

 
 
 

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