The Black Crack

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The Black Crack
Region: The Misty Mountains
Area: Northern High Pass
Location: [20.4S, 5.4E]
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Location

The Black Crack is a point of interest within the Northern High Pass in The Misty Mountains. [20.4S, 5.4E]

High high up the northern-most mountains of the High Pass lies the once secret passage into Goblin-town. A narrow path begins just north-east of the Camp Site Fire with its Mustering Horn down at the "main gate" and winds itself up the mountain sides, over bodies of snow, past boulders, until it eventually turns north into a dead-end where the crack is found. Explorers should not let the serene outside (snowy blizzards or thunder-storms disregarded) fool themselves as inside the crack, several goblins are patrolling. Some are patrolling just inside the entrance, giving no time to first scout the surroundings.

Travel Information

From Vindurhal, which has a Milestone, there is a winding path that quite safely leads straight to this location, high above the goblin camps. It begins just west of the dwarf-camp and continues on and on, but eventually reaches the crack.

From Hrimbarg, which has a Stable-master, ride northwards (with just a notch westwards) towards the Camp Site Fire outside The Mountain's Throat; from there, see above for the final route.

Deeds

The following deeds can be advanced by visiting this location:

Quests

Involving:

Lore

This small cave in the rocks of the High Pass offers apparent shelter for travellers in times of storm, but it was long ago discovered to be a concealed entrance into the burrows of Goblin-town below, from which goblins would emerge in the dark of night to kidnap those foolish enough to make a camp here.
These days the crack sees little use as few even attempt the crossing any more, and the goblins more frequently emerge through the larger gate down below as they make ominous preparations for war. — Deed text


"Soon Fili and Kili came crawling back, holding on to the rocks in the wind. 'We have found a dry cave,' they said, 'not far round the next corner; and ponies and all could get inside.'
"'Have you thoroughly explored it?' said the wizard, who knew that caves up in the mountains were seldom unoccupied.
"'Yes, yes!' they said, though everybody knew they could not have been long about it; they had come back too quick. 'It isn't all that big, and it does not go far back.'" — The Hobbit, by Tolkien




Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of The Misty Mountains
Settlements: Glóin's CampHrimbargVindurhal
Areas: Bruinen Source EastBruinen Source NorthBruinen Source WestGiant HallsGoblin-townHigh CragNorthern High PassSouthern High Pass
Landmarks: AkûltotBergel's NotchThe Bitter StairThe Black CrackCaldwell PoolCeber LosCirith DaurCirith ImladrisThe Deep-firesDen of the Northern ArmyDómstollEglanúrEikhall DaleErforgh CleftFrosthyle PondGabilazanGhâshruThe Giant's NeedleGoblin-town Throne RoomGollum's CaveGreybough EndHríthur's HavenImlad NornIorbarIskeld's LookoutThe LornstoneMen HelchThe Mountain's ThroatNan GongaragNorthtarnOrod LadenPinnath FenuiRakhâs-bizarSlave PensSnárskrith DellStarkhathStonecaller's CircleThorgest's HavenThundergrotWar SteadingsWhitcleftWrithenbores