The Lone-lands are located between Bree-land and the Trollshaws, along the Great East Road. In ancient times, this was part of the Kingdom of Rhudaur, but today the Lone-lands are little more than a savage wilderness. Recently, hordes of goblins, half-orcs, orcs, crebain and wargs have overrun the land, in service to the White Hand and Angmar.
The most regal and prominent feature of the Lone-lands rises above the road like a symbol of the land’s sad legacy: Weathertop. Once known as Amon Sûl, it was a proud tower of vision and vigilance and the home of the strongest palantír of the north. However, it fell in battle to the Witch-king of Angmar, and has sat derelict in the wild since then. Today, countless orcs prowl through the place’s rubble, and the few Rangers who defend it cannot often deter them.
While the Lone-lands has no capital town, a strong remnant of the Eglain have made the ruined fortress of Ost Guruth a settlement with many excellent services. Bordering Bree-land, the Forsaken Inn provides visitors with some services ... and its notorious, inedible food. Furthest to the east, the Last Bridge still spans the river Mitheithel.
First of all it should be noted that the extent of the Lone-lands is debated. Probably the name once was synonymous with Eriador. However, today we know the Lone-lands as Hobbits and Bree-men knew it: the wilderness east of Bree, something inconvenient that lines the Great East Road. This section discusses the more narrow scope.
While the Lone-lands as such is little told of in Tolkien's works (it was not mentioned at all until later editions of The Hobbit and not at all in The Lord of the Rings) three of its locations are mentioned: the Forsaken Inn, Weathertop, and the Last Bridge. The history of Weathertop reveals much about the history of the Lone-lands: Elendil built the "Tower of Amon Sûl" in II 3320, when the North-kingdom of Arnor was young. It housed the chief palantír that was used to communicate across the vast kingdom. In III 861, when Arnor broke apart, Arthedain claimed possession of the Tower and the palantír, but from then on the three Arnorian parts disagreed on its future. Facing many threats, Weathertop was overthrown by Angmar in III 1409 and was destroyed and burnt to ashes; however, the witch-king failed to lay hands on the palantír (though it was later lost at sea).
The Great East Road runs through the Lone-lands like an artery, and it has served more than one ancient kingdom as highway and borderline. Thousands of years ago, it connected the Dúnedain kingdom of Arnor –sister kingdom of Gondor– to Rivendell, the Misty Mountains, and lands east. Throughout its lifetime, its travellers have added wealth to residents along the Road who provided services of all sorts.
- Ost Guruth, the assumed capital of the Lone-lands, houses Radagast the Brown and the Eglain
- The Forsaken Inn, vendors and provisions
Quest-givers but limited or no services
Points of Interest
Locations mentioned in Tolkien's works (from west to east):
- Garth Agarwen - From level 32, small/normal Fellowship (instanced)
- Inn of the Forsaken - From level 20, 3-person, multi-tiered (instanced)
- Iorvinas - Level 25 - 26
- Barad Dhorn: Tasks Bulletin Board
- The Outer Gates: Camp Site Fire, Travelling Vendor
- Quests: mainly 30 - 35 - Fellowship
- Tavern: The Forsaken Inn
- Dungeons: Inn of the Forsaken
- Quests: mainly 22 - 27
- Quests: mainly 27 - 30
- Camp Site Fire
- Quests: mainly 23 - 24
- Town: Ost Guruth
- Iorvinas: Heavy Armoursmith, public dungeon
- Quests: mainly 25 - 30
- Candaith's Encampment: Stable-master, Camp Site Fire
- POI: Weathertop (Amon Sûl)
- Quests: mainly 22 - 23, various
Craft-fairs: Ost Guruth
- Journeyman: Annunlos, Minas Eriol, The Weather Hills
- Expert: Agamaur, Haragmar, Nain Enidh, Talath Gaun
- Artisan: Harloeg
Named Creatures Shard Collectors List
Each of these creatures is the rare, signature, tougher, named version and all have a high change to drop a shard.
|Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of the Lone-lands|
|Settlements:||The Forsaken Inn • Ost Guruth|
|Areas:||Agamaur • Annunlos • Garth Agarwen • Haragmar • Harloeg • Minas Eriol • Nain Enidh • Talath Gaun • The Weather Hills|
|Landmarks:||Amon Ros • Barad Dhorn • Barad Iachiant • Bleakrift • Candaith's Encampment • The Circle of Blood • Dol Vaeg • Echad Sûl • Eglain Camp • Garth Agarwen Gate • Glumhallow • Gondrinn • Iorvinas • Ivar's Crypt • The Last Bridge • The Lornspan • Mithrenost • Naerost • Nan Dhelu • Nindor • Ost Cyrn • Ost Haer • Ost Laden • The Outer Gates • Skirmish Camp • Spring of the Red Maid • Thandobel • Tornstones • Weatherfoot • Weathertop|
|Regions of Eriador|
|Angmar • Bree-land • Dunland • Enedwaith • Ered Luin • Eregion • Ettenmoors • Evendim • Forochel • Gap of Rohan • The Lone-lands • The Misty Mountains • Nan Curunír • The North Downs • The Shire • The Trollshaws|