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The Lonely Mountain
- The mountain that stood alone in the east of Middle-earth - East of Mirkwood and North of Rohan, where the Dwarves founded the kingdom of Erebor.
- In the LOTRO game universe, The Lonely Mountain, the Hall Under the Mountain as well as the The Road to Erebor instances are not part of the contiguous maps of Middle-earth, meaning you cannot walk or ride there from other Middle-earth locations. They are only accessible via "instance travel" -- for those who have pledged Allegiance to Durin's Folk; or via the Instance Finder panel for the The Road to Erebor instance cluster.
The Dwarf-kingdom of Erebor
The Longbeards of Erebor
- The original home of the Longbeards, the Dwarves of Durin's Folk, had been the majestic mountain-city of Khazad-dûm. After dwelling there for many millennia, they were driven out by a Balrog, Durin's Bane, and scattered into the Wild as their ancient mansions fell into darkness. Their King, Náin I, had been slain by the Balrog, but his son Thráin I led many of the Longbeards away to the northeast. There he founded a new Dwarf-kingdom beneath the Lonely Mountain, Erebor above the Long Lake.
- The followers of Thráin I were the founding Dwarves of Erebor, but that first kingdom did not last long. Thráin's son Thorin I saw that most of his people were settling in the Grey Mountains, to the north and west of Erebor, and he moved the King's seat to be with his people there. It is unclear whether Erebor was completely abandoned at this time - it seems likely that at least some Dwarves remained - but the royal house was resettled in the far north, and remained there for five generations.
- After King Dáin I was slain by a Dragon, his heir Thrór determined to lead the Longbeards back to Erebor, and refound the Kingdom under the Mountain. In his time the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain reached the height of their wealth and fame. News of that wealth reached ears of the Dragon Smaug, who descended on the Lonely Mountain and claimed it for himself: yet again the Longbeards were driven out of their home into the wilderness.
- Eventually the wandering Dwarves settled far to the west, in the Ered Luin, where they plotted vengeance on the Dragon Smaug. It was Thrór's grandson Thorin Oakenshield who finally achieved this, with the help of the Wizard Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins. Thorin himself did not survive long enough to rebuild his grandfather's kingdom: he was slain in the Battle of Five Armies. His cousin Dáin Ironfoot, who had led the Dwarves of the Iron Hills, became the new lord of the Lonely Mountain, and ruled there as King Dáin II until the time of the War of the Ring. Dáin was slain in that war, but the Kingdom under the Mountain survived, and the Dwarves still dwelt there as the Fourth Age dawned.
The Battle of Five Armies and the Dwarves of Erebor: Tremors Under the Mountain
- The history of Middle-earth has shifted in many places, few so important as the Lonely Mountain. Though the Battle of Five Armies happened long before the War of the Ring, its impact on Sauron’s forces was tremendous. Even with Smaug – who surely would have been an ally in the wars to come – slain, the Dark Lord lost a great deal of time and power with the defeat the goblins of Gundabad. Even a partial defeat would have left him with strength in the north of Rhovanion, enough that he might have later overpowered the defenders of Dale and Erebor in the battles there. The utter destruction of his forces, however, spurred by Bolg’s rash hunger to avenge the Great Goblin, meant he had to commit the Orcs of Dol Guldur and a goodly portion of the Easterlings in his service to the northern front. This would have ramifications in his war, for his strength the assaults on Lórien and Gondor was thus reduced. His forces were not spread thin, but those Orcs and Easterlings may well have been able to turn the tide in his favor, and even press on into Rohan and Isengard.
- A goblin victory, of course, would have been even worse. Had Erebor fallen – a strong possibility if the enmities of Man, Elf, and Dwarf not been set aside that day, or if the Eagles and Beorn had not arrived when they did – there would have been no northern front, and Rhovanion would have become a stronghold from which he could launch assaults on the lands to the south and west. In addition to Lórien, he might have been able to take Rivendell, and with the aid of Angmar, the lands of the Dúnedain and the Shire. The war may well have begun much earlier, and Sauron’s agents may have claimed the Ring from Bilbo Baggins long before Gandalf learned the truth about it. Middle-earth would have been crushed beneath his heel.
- Luckily (or by the grace of the Valar) this did not come to pass. This was in no small part because of the valor of the Dwarves, especially Thorin Oakenshield, who fell in the battle, and his cousin Dáin, who survived to be crowned King Under the Mountain. Others, too, became heroes in the course of the battle, and went on to great deeds, for both good and ill. Balin went on to reclaim the halls of Moria, to a disastrous end that helped to stir up Orcs and darker things there (but which led, in the end, to the death of Gandalf the Grey and his rebirth with even greater power as the White, which surely helped turn the tide of the war). Dwalin became lord of Ered Luin, and helped oppose Skorgrím Dourhand in a struggle which ultimately broke the power of Angmar and finished crippling the Enemy in the North. And Glóin became Dáin’s emissary, an Elf-friend whose son Gimli aided the Ringbearer and helped bring about needed victories in Rohan and Gondor. The sons of Bifur and Bofur formed the Iron Garrison, which established a new colony in Khazad-dûm. Even Bombur, though no longer able to walk because of his ever-spreading girth, became an incredibly rich and respected benefactor beneath the Mountain.
- Dáin’s last victory came in the War of the Ring itself, when he fell in battle against the Orcs and Easterlings Sauron sent to destroy Erebor and Dale. His sacrifice helped carry the day, but it also left a void that would prove nigh-impossible to fill. Though his son, Thorin III, was a mighty warrior in his own right, many Dwarves immediately considered him a lesser King than his forebears. His is a hard lot, for how could he hope to aspire to match his own father’s glory, or that of Thorin Oakenshield? Even his epithet, Stonehelm, became a curse because some feel he used the Mountain for protection rather than storming out from its gates as his namesake did in days of old. Thus, while the Battle of Five Armies helped save Middle-earth from Sauron, its legacy has made the crown heavy indeed upon the brow of its current King. Those who remain faithful to him now face a difficult struggle to keep the whispers of the unfaithful from flaring into sedition and revolt, and to securing his repute and his place on the throne.
- Dwarves: Durin's Folk - Erebor
- As the War of the Ring drew to a close, the dwarves of the Lonely Mountain defied the armies of Sauron. Dáín Ironfoot, the King under the Mountain, fell before the gates of Erebor and his son Thorin III succeeded to the throne. Swear your allegiance to Durin’s Folk, and you will aid the new King under the Mountain as he seeks to ensure their place in Middle-earth.
Hall Under the Mountain
- Quartermaster (Durin's Folk)
- Tavern Keep
- Expert Cook
- Expert Jeweller
- Expert Metalsmith
- Expert Scholar
- Expert Tailor
- Expert Weaponcrafter
- Expert Woodworker
- Note: while there are expert crafters present, there are no crafting facilities available.