'Your people wouldn't understand the difference between Durin's Folk and the Dourhands. If my dwarves attempt to rescue the Elf-prince and fail, you Elves might assume that we and the Dourhands are in league. Then what? War between the dwarves and the Elves? No, that cannot be allowed to happen.
'What we need is someone trusted by Elves and dwarves alike to this attempt. There is a Man, a Ranger out of the Wilds in the east, who has assisted both of our kindreds at sundry times. He is masterful in the art of hunting and stealth.
'Seek the Ranger Langlas at the hunter's lodge to the east of here. I only hope he will accept this responsibility.'
Tensions between the Elves of Duillond and the Dwarves of Gondamon are escalating because of Avorthal's abduction. Mathi Stouthand is afraid that there will be war if his people try to rescue the Elf-prince and fail.
The Ranger Langlas is at the hunter's lodge, east of Gondamon.
To avoid the appearance of allegiance between the Longbeards and the Dourhands, Mathi Stouthand has suggested recruiting a neutral party to conduct the rescue of Avorthal. He has asked you to seek out a Ranger by the name of Langlas and enlist his aid.
Elf - Epic - Prologue