The Misty Mountains
The Misty Mountains are a great mountain ridge that constitutes a border between Eriador in the west and Rhovanion in the east. This ridge runs from near Isengard in the south to the north-western Carn Dûm in Angmar and beyond, a distance of about 1,300 km. This natural border had very few passes through, the High Pass and the Redhorn Pass are a couple well known examples. One of the most renowned locations of the Misty Mountains is the infamous goblin kingdom of Goblin-town, near which Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and Thorin and Company spent a stormy night in a small cave, during their Quest of Erebor. The Misty Mountains is the main source to many large rivers, Bruinen and Mitheithel being two of the rivers flowing westwards, and Nimrodel, one of many rivers flowing eastwards.
In game, a very small section of the greater ridge proper is featured, particularly the section centered around Goblin-town. It is overrun by Gauredain, giants, goblins, wargs, and worms, as well as bears, snow-beasts and wolves, Hill-men and Dourhand dwarves can be found confined to their own respective dwellings. Additionally, herds of lumbering mammoths can be found throughout the mountains. The region largely consists of towering mountain ridges, snowy vales, rocky crags and hills, as well as spruce and fir forests pocketed throughout. Warmer sections like Bruinen Source West and Southern High Pass, while still snow-covered, have sections of flowing water breaking through the icy cracks around them.
The Misty Mountains has but a few frost-bitten dwarf outposts. Glóin's Camp, being the largest, provides some basic services and is located just at the one and only entrance to this region, connecting to Rivendell Valley in the Trollshaws. The smaller camps of Hrimbarg and Vindurhal have even less of services but provide traveling means.
- Levels: 40-45
- Camp: Glóin's Camp — Basic services
- Factions: Thorin's Hall
- Introduced: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, April 2007
- Quest Pack: Quest Pack:Misty Mountains or Quest Pack:Eriador Bundle
Once Melkor created the Misty Mountains to hinder the Valar from riding about freely into the north and east, and the hunter Oromë in particular. Thus Oromë created the High Pass even before the dawn of dwarves. Later, Mount Gundabad is said to be the legendary birthplace of Durin the Deathless, the First Father of the Dwarves. He founded Khazad-dûm at the centre of the Misty Mountains, known as Moria in Sindarin, and begun mining within. The most precious ore found was Mithril, sought for far and wide by Elves, by dwarves from other realms, and by the very few Men who had been taught the arts of smithing this wondrous metal. The wealth of the dwarves of Khazad-dûm grew tremendously. Thus, inside the mountains the dwarves built magnificent halls, stairs, and of course passages from west to east. They also built roads to connect the High Pass with the Great East Road and with Mirkwood. All of this happened already in the First Age.
While mining for Mithril in III 1980 the dwarves happened to wake a Balrog, or perhaps to open its dwelling, the one which became known as "Durin's Bane"; if this was by accident or by greed nobody knows. The Balrog forced the dwarves to escape and desert their glorious kingdom.
Over time also orcs and goblins had established themselves where they found safe chasms or where they could excavate their settlements. From the time the dwarves deserted Moria and until today, the dark caverns and high passes of the Misty Mountains are given over almost entirely to the creatures of the Dark Lord Sauron. Yet in the current era of Lotro, relics and corpses of strange creatures from older times linger in ice and snow. Fell spirits are rumoured to travel to the Misty Mountains in a wish to make un-dead what could potentially become most dangerous threats to the Free Peoples.
- Gloin's Camp, the major camp within the mountains with basic services
- Hrimbarg, stable-master and provisioner
- Vindurhal, mile-stone and vendors
Points of Interest
- Settlement: Glóin's Camp - minor services
- Quests: mainly 40
- Travelling: Camp Site Fire
- Quests: mainly 41
Quests: mainly 45
Quests: mainly 42
- POIs: Goblin-town and The Black Crack - Camp Site Fire is nearby
- Quests: mainly 43
- Camp Site Fire
- Quests: mainly 44
No crafting facilities are found within the Misty Mountains.
- Artisan: Bruinen Source West, Bruinen Source North, Bruinen Source East, High Crag
- Master: Giant Halls, Northern High Pass, Southern High Pass
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.
|The Misty Mountains :|
List of everything in region:
|Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of The Misty Mountains|
|Settlements:||Glóin's Camp • Hrimbarg • Vindurhal|
|Areas:||Bruinen Source East • Bruinen Source North • Bruinen Source West • Giant Halls • Goblin-town • High Crag • Northern High Pass • Southern High Pass|
|Landmarks:||Akûltot • Bergel's Notch • The Bitter Stair • The Black Crack • Caldwell Pool • Ceber Los • Cirith Daur • Cirith Imladris • The Deep-fires • Den of the Northern Army • Dómstoll • Eglanúr • Eikhall Dale • Erforgh Cleft • Frosthyle Pond • Gabilazan • Ghâshru • The Giant's Needle • Goblin-town Throne Room • Gollum's Cave • Greybough End • Hríthur's Haven • Imlad Norn • Iorbar • Iskeld's Lookout • The Lornstone • Men Helch • The Mountain's Throat • Nan Gongarag • Northtarn • Orod Laden • Pinnath Fenui • Rakhâs-bizar • Slave Pens • Snárskrith Dell • Starkhath • Stonecaller's Circle • Thorgest's Haven • Thundergrot • War Steadings • Whitcleft • Writhenbores|
|Regions of Eriador|
|Angmar • Bree-land • Dunland (Gap of Rohan • Nan Curunír) • Enedwaith • Ered Luin • Eregion • Ettenmoors • Evendim • Forochel • The Lone-lands • The Misty Mountains • The North Downs • The Shire • The Trollshaws|