At dawn, the bodies of the Werewolf and Wargs strewn atop Amon Dun evaporated like mist in the silver sun. On further inspection, the adventurers discovered a single wolf’s fang hung on a cord of leather among the Werewolf’s pelts and a large wolf’s skull at the center of the fire pit.
Alaglîr searched his mind for lore of such things. He recalled that the fang was a common hunting talisman of the hillmen of Rhudaur. “A sorcerous trinket perhaps,” he mused, “but not inherently evil.” Knowledge of the skull, on the other hand, eluded him.
Bowen and Duinhir were both troubled by the fact that the wolf’s skull seemed unsullied by flame or soot. While the two of the pondered this riddle, the widow clove it in twain. It too evaporated like mist.
“It seems that you always find your quarry,” remarked Alaglîr, “Perhaps, you should have this.” He tossed her the wolf’s fang.
The company helped erect a pyre for the fallen Ranger Belegorn then discusseed their options and decided to try to make for Rivendell before winter took hold of Eriador.
Meanwhile, Halbarad and Ecthelion prepared to travel east across the North Downs then south to Amon Sûl to patrol the borders of the Lone Lands. They requested that the company speak to Elrond on their behalf and request that he send a war party to their aid.
Upon parting, Halbarad said, “Look for me in Bree ere the Beech trees bud with leaf. Should I be waylaid, I will send word to he who the Bree-landers name “Mad” Ostley. He and his forebears have long been allies of the Dúnedain."
At this, Bowen pricked up his ears. “What more can you tell me of this Ostley?” He asked, "We’ve met the man, and the moniker, “Mad”, seems well deserved indeed."
“Ostley is a member of the group called the Shirrifs of Arthedain which is said to be made up of Bree-landers and Hobbits of the Shire whose forebears answered the call of King Arevedui to fight in the battle of Fornost Erain.” Halbarad explained, “One of the charges of the Shirrifs is to ensure that no evil arises in the ruins of the Old Kingdom. This includes the tombs of the Barrow-downs. By this charge, Ostley ventures into the Barrow-downs at least once a year. He finds it easier to let his fellow Bree-landers to think him mad than to explain his true intentions.”