Book/Source: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Summary: Óin has a first (non-lethal) encounter with the Watcher in the Water. Answering the prompt “Sign.”
Do not open this the Hollin Gate.
By some presumed device of Orc mischief, a deep pool has been caused outside this gate and therein dwell beast(s) of dread and might. Exploratory party was pursued by many great pale tentacles, long enough to reach the gate, and barely escaped.
Cause of pool must be damming of Sirannon, nature of creature unknown, and this cannot now be investigated unless by journey over Redhorn Gate.
Do not seek to pass nor even to open this gate until further notice.
posted february 2990 by Óin Gróinul lieutenant of Balin Fundinul