Advent 21- Thorin Oakenshield

Thorin II (Third Age 2746 – 2941), also known as Thorin Oakenshield, was the King of Durin’s Folk from T.A. 2850 until his death in T.A. 2941, being the son of Thráin II, grandson of Thrór and older brother to Frerin and Dís. Thorin led Durin’s Folk of the Blue Mountains during their time in exile. In T.A. 2941 he led the quest for Erebor accompanied by twelve Dwarves, Bilbo Baggins, and Gandalf the Grey; he briefly became King under the Mountain until he perished following the Battle of Five Armies

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Advent 20- Tasslehoff Burrfoot

Tasslehoh is the best most annoying character of all time. I can’t stand it when I had to run D&D with a kender in the group, but could not imagine a Dragonlance campaign without one.

I choose to use the classic Ral Partha figure for two reasons. 1.The details are bang on. 2.The figure size is perfect when compared to the Dark Sword figures.

Advent 19- Balin

A Dwarf Lord, Balin was old and wise, he was one of Thorin’s closest friends and advisors, and was always willing to listen and offer wise counsel. Balin is distantly related to Thorin, and is a descendant of the noble house of Durin.

He later went to re-establish the kingdom of Dwarves, Moria, but in five years it was overcome by Orcs, and he was killed there.

So many interesting plot lines could happen in the up-coming Lord of the Rings TV series. I think Balin re-taking Mori will be one of the main plot threads!

Advent 18- Goldmoon

Goldmoon became the first true cleric of Krynn since the Cataclysm upon finding the Disks of Mishakal at Xak Tsaroth and returning them to Mishakal’s altar. She played a valuable role during the War of the Lance in bringing the true gods back to Krynn and with them, clerics. After the War of the Lance, she and Riverwind married and went back to Que-Shu to rebuild their tribe (which was destroyed by Verminaard at the start of the war).

Riverwind is another model I could not find a satisfactory match for. His art is even a bit suspect, sometimes he is portrayed as a typical barbarian and other times he has a very Native American look.

Any suggestions?

Advent 17- Kili

I like the movie back-story given to Kili.

Kíli was the Prince of Erebor. He was the younger brother of Fili, the son of Dis, Thorin’s sister, nephew of Thorin Oakenshield, the grandson of Thrain, and great-grandson of Thror. Being one of the younger members, Kíli wishes to prove himself to his uncle and his elders.

Eventually, he became one of Bilbo Baggins’ closest friends. He is partner-in-crime with his brother Fili, and these brothers are best friends. Kili also was romantically attached with the Silvan elf, Tauriel. He never got to have a relationship with her as he was killed before his time.

I think Tauriel is better suited as a drinking buddy…

Advent 16- Tanis

Tanis Half-Elven is first introduced in the book Dragons of Autumn Twilight. He is described as a half-elf, armed with a longbow and a sword wearing leather.

As with the other protagonists of the trilogy, Tanis’s first appearance was during a role-playing game session in which Tracy and Laura Hickman, Margaret Weis and Terry Phillips between others, set up the basic storyline of Dragonlance. In the beginning, Margaret Weis had problems picturing the correct representation of Tanis. Tracy Hickman finally told her He’s James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. After that explanation, Margaret had no more troubles while writing about Tanis.

Tanis also marries Laurana. I wanted to include Laurana as one of my twelve advent posts but could not find the perfect figure. I do have the original Ral Partha figure, but it sucks! Any model suggestions for Laurana?

Advent 15- Fili

Fíli and Kíli were nephews of Thorin, who was the elder brother of their mother Dís. They were also nephews of Frerin, grandsons of Thráin II, and great-grandsons of Thror. Fíli’s most distinguishing feature was his long nose, the longest of any of the Dwarves on the Quest of Erebor.

On the feet of the Lonely Mountain, Fíli and Kíli scouted Ravenhill and found the Front Gate with Balin and Bilbo. Also, with Bilbo, they found the side-door leading inside the mountain.

Both brothers were killed while defending the mortally wounded Thorin Oakenshield in the Battle of the Five Armies, and all three were buried with honor.