Ruins of the Misty Mountains

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There are not many ruins to be found in the Misty Mountains, for few indeed are those willing to build anything of note in such an inhospitable environment. Those that are to be found here were built long ago by the dwarves.

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Only here can the Longbeards still be found in the Misty Mountains, and only in this small lonely camp built amongst the crumbled ruins of older, far grander dwarf-holdings. The few brave dwarves who have come here face insurmountable odds in taming of these wild peaks, however, and the task seems impossible so long as the power of Angmar continues to grow in the far north.
Once this ruin led into a haven used by dwarf-hunters and scouts who roamed the Misty Mountains in their incessant battles against the goblins. Now it lies sealed and abandoned, the sturdy warriors who once manned it long ago driven from the Mountains.
Iskeld's Lookout is one of the oldest dwarf-outposts in the northern Misty Mountains. It was built to stand guard over the source of the river Bruinen and ensure that no enemy would be able to interfere with the life-giving flow of waters down into lands below. After the fall of the Longbeard's fortress to the south, Iskeld’s Lookout was abandoned, and only wild and terrible beasts roam here now.
The Bitter Stair is a treacherous switchback that leads to the gate of the dwarf-fortress of Helegrod – once the largest of the holdings of Durin's Folk in this region of Middle-earth, until in the Second Age it was sacked by the dragon Thorog and his brood, who claimed Helegrod as his lair. Some years later, a force of dwarves led by a great hero fought their way up these stairs to the fortress. Many of their number were flung to their deaths below by the drakes which defended the approach, but in the end the hero fought his way into the fortress and did indeed slay Thorog. Alas, so many Dwarves were lost in the battle that they were forced to abandon it to the dragon’s brood, and they have never returned thence.

Rewards

  Turbine Point-icon.png 5 Turbine Points
  Mark-icon.png 30 Marks
  Tolerance-icon.png Tolerance: +1
  Reputation-icon.png Increased Reputation with Elves of Rivendell ( 500 )


Additional Information

This deed contributes to the Explorer of the Misty Mountains meta-deed.