|Background||'Thou wishest to hear more of Tann Morgul, friend ____? I thought thou wouldst. It is a relic of ancient Númenor, corrupted through the dark arts of my brethren and gifted to Guldurchir for safe-keeping. Thou wonderest why he has not brought it to bear upon the city? The reason is simple: Amarthiel forbade him from using it until she had derived as much amusement as she could from the pathetic struggles of the Dúnedain.
'That time draws near. If thou wishest to postpone thine utter defeat, thou wouldst do well to relieve Guldurchir of Tann Morgul, and soon. His restraint will not last forever.
'My jailor has something to say? What could that be?'
'Laerdan came to speak with me while you were away; he wished to know if any progress had been made in recovering the palantír. I told him of our military victories, but he did not seem encouraged by the news. We do not see eye to eye on this matter, he and I, but surely you must see that our successes in Annúminas are crucial for taking the seeing-stone from Amarthiel?
'I could not ease his mind, and Laerdan asked that you see him in his room in the keep when you return. Perhaps you can make him see the rightness of our course? Annúminas must be reclaimed before we can hope to wrest the palantír from Amarthiel's clutches. We have time, ____. Tell him this.'|