2. When Hope Fails
There have been reports of outbreaks in the South.
The Haradrim have allegedly allied themselves with Sauron’s forces.
Strangers cross the borders of these lands every day.
We are not informed for fear of causing panic, but the men know. Yet we only get accused of spreading rumours, whatever we say.
The Steward’s madness seems to be increasing every day. They say he spends most of his time locked up in the tower. He has given up hope. He leaves his people in despair…
The man who is supposedly our leader has failed us. Who will lead the people now?
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