Eriador

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Eriador (Sindarin for Lonely-land) is a land in the far northwest of Middle-earth. This land is composed of many Regions, which are described below. Eriador spans from the Blue Mountains in the west (Ered Luin in Sindarin), to the Misty Mountains in the east, from Forochel in the north to Dunland in the south.

A new character begins the adventure in one of the Starter Areas within Eriador. Dwarves and Elves begin within Thorin's Gate in Ered Luin, Hobbits and Men begin in Archet Dale, but Hobbits continue in the Shire while Men continue south of Archet Dale in Bree-land. Eventually all races merge and continue in Bree.

For a summary of levels, see Regional Quests, a page which also indicates the main level of creatures and mobs.


Angmar

Angmar

Angmar is a region found within the land of Eriador.

(Sindarin for Iron-home) is a sickly, inhospitable region accessible only by one of three passage north of the North Downs. A large region made up of varying areas that all manage to still be different shades of barren. In western Angmar two factions of hill-men dominate the region, the friendly Trév Gállorg and the traitorous Trév Duvárdain who have sworn their allegiance to the Iron Crown. Both tribes have several outposts and fortresses, though the Trév Duvárdain are more numerous and powerful, likely in due part to their Angmarim allies. These western areas, while still barren, are considerably more inhabitable than the ones in the east or north. In fact, Ram Dúath bares a very similar resemblance to the North Downs which it borders.

Western and eastern Angmar are connected by way of a yellow, sulfuric swamp divided in two by Rammas Deluon, a wall of Watching-stones which bear a tremendous sense of dread on any not strong-willed enough to pass them. This swampland, while not accompanied by the blood red sky as the rest of Angmar, is still dangerous. Fire-worms, dread turtles, as well as overgrown leeches and flies provide ample challenge for the hill men who hunt out of Tyrn Lhuig.

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Bree-land

Bree-land

Bree-land is a region found within the land of Eriador.

This region has withstood the test of time; managed to remain a thriving outpost of civilization, and is for the most part unaware of the turmoil and war going on around it thanks to the protection of the Rangers of the North.

Bree-land's main settlements of Bree, Staddle, Combe, and Archet are home to both Men and Hobbit, the only land in Middle-earth where Men and Hobbits dwell together in harmony. This region is also a central location for Dwarves and Elves to come for trade and commerce and move through to the other regions of Eriador.

"During the War of the Ring, Bree-land was threatened by both Isengard and Angmar. Saruman's thugs and half-orcs came up from the south and barricaded the Greenway at Andrath. Angmar temporarily secured the allegiance of the Blackwold bandit gang and invaded the northernmost reaches of the region with orcs." [1]
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Dunland

Dunland

Dunland is a region found within the land of Eriador.

(Rohirric for Hill Land) is a hilly, brown land with Enedwaith to the North, the Old North-South Road (also known as the Greenway in Bree-land) to the West and Misty Mountains to the east. Far from the centers of population of Arnor and Gondor, its inhabitants at times included the Men known as Dunlendings as well as wandering Hobbits and Dwarves. Dunland was a fair, fertile land. By the end of the Third Age being neither prosperous or civilised, it was sparsely inhabited by unorganized herdsmen and hillmen.

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Enedwaith

Enedwaith

Enedwaith is a region found within the land of Eriador.

(Sindarin for Middle-region) is the wide lands that lay between Arnor in the north and Gondor in the south. Originally deeply forested, the great forests of this region were cut down by the Númenóreans during the Second Age.

In the years after their founding, Enedwaith lay between Arnor to the north and Gondor to the south, and so the people who lived here were known as the 'middle-folk'. Though Enedwaith did not belong to either Kingdom, it was jointly administered by the Dúnedain, and the Wild Men who lived here ultimately did so under their control. Tolkien goes so far as to hint that, in the earliest days of the Two Kingdoms, Enedwaith was considered to fall within the boundaries of Gondor.

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Ered Luin

Ered Luin

Ered Luin is a region found within the land of Eriador.

(Sindarin for Blue Mountains) is located in the far west of Eriador, north-west of and connected to the Shire. The Blue Mountains, as they are known in Westron, are dominated by dwarves descending from the exile king Thráin II and by elves who used to live in Edhelion but now are established in the south along river Lhûn.

Ered Luin has a long history, though not prominent nor prosperous in any way, being just a remote mountain ridge it did not attract much interest. This did not change when Thráin and his son Thorin Oakenshield arrived, only iron could be mined there. However the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains remained in the region, side by side with elves gathering wood used for their white ships and running famous vineyards long since.

However, Thorin left Ered Luin and together with a throng of dwarves, Gandalf and a famous burglar he tried to reclaim his father's lost treasures; Thorin completed his quest but died. However, in our story he had made a Dourhand the Master of Thorin's Hall and with that background a new dwarf or elf character enters the starter area in Ered Luin.

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Eregion

Eregion

Eregion is a region found within the land of Eriador.

(Sindarin for Holly-land, Hollin in Westron) is located near the West Gate of Khazad-dûm under the shadow of The Misty Mountains.

In the Third Age, Eregion now is a pleasant but unpopulated land, and contains many of the ruins of the Elven civilization that once thrived there. It is famous for its holly trees, whence the name in both Westron and Sindarin came from. Cooks will also find a bounty of abundant produce growing wild in the region.

One however, must also be wary, as even Angmar has reached this low and deserted lands. Ranging from fierce Worms, to prowling and thieving Dunlendings, and finally the evil and corrupted Huorns and Wood Trolls who are under the influence of Angmar's Shadow, Eregion, without a doubt, is a dangerous place.

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Ettenmoors

Ettenmoors

Ettenmoors is a region found within the land of Eriador.

Ettenmoors are a mountainous, wild, and untamed land that lay north of Rivendell. Also called the troll-fells, the region was likely infested with Trolls. The Ettenmoors included the land of the Ettendales, which consisted of valleys reaching into the foothills of the Misty Mountains. It is speculated that Mount Gram, from where a host of Orcs attacked The Shire, was located in the Ettenmoors. [2]

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Evendim

Evendim

Evendim is a region found within the land of Eriador.

A vast region dominated by the majestic lake from which it gets its name, Lake Evendim, also known as Nenuial (Sindarin for Lake of Twilight). Here the dwindling numbers of Dúnedain have struggled for long to honour their heritage.

Little is said about Evendim but Elendil came here no earlier than Second Age 3320 and founded the northern Kingdom of Arnor, while his two sons founded Gondor in the south. Ten High Kings ruled out of Annúminas, the shining jewel on the southern shore of Nenuial. However, Amlaith never became the eleventh King but left to Fornost and Arnor was split in three.

The ancient abandoned city of Annúminas, the former capital of the Kingdom of Arnor, is well known amongst the Free Peoples. For according to the legends, amidst its ruins lay great wealth and powerful artifacts now threatened by evil creatures and the nefarious forces of Angmar. The Wardens of Annúminas have set up a smaller camp within the ruins and a large camp at Tinnudir, trying to press back the Enemy and secure the tombs of old.

Forochel

Forochel

Forochel is a region found within the land of Eriador.

(Sindarin for Northern Ice) is a frozen tundra found in the northern-most region of Eriador, where the Blue Mountains form a massive barrier on the western border. These frost-bitten expanses surrounding the infamous Ice Bay lie encased by steep mountain sides but connects to the Great Sea to the north and beyond into the even more inhospitable Forodwaith.

Forochel will always be remembered for when King Arvedui escaped Fornost in III 1974, hid in dwarf-mines at the slopes of the Blue Mountains with his men, and eventually gained help from the Lossoth who right-fully feared Angmar's wrath. Círdan the Shipwright sent a ship west of the mountains for the King and it arrived in March III 1975. However, a great storm trapped the ship in the ice masses until it was broken, whether that was an act of the Witch-king of Angmar or not is unknown. The last King of Arnor and his men were lost, and so also the palantíri of Amon Sûl and of Annúminas. Today adventurers supporting the Free Peoples, as well as foes out of Angmar, are seeking other heirlooms that were lost but maybe lie waiting a finder under the snow.

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Gap of Rohan

Gap of Rohan

Gap of Rohan is a region found within the land of Eriador.

The Gap of Rohan is the great gap on the west of Rohan between the southern end of the Misty Mountains and the northernmost peaks of the White Mountains, once known as Gap of Calenardhon.

Through the Gap flow the rivers Isen and Adorn, which formed the effective western boundary of the region Calenardhon, later the Kingdom of Rohan.

This is not Rohan proper, but rather the Gap of Rohan, which covers the strip of territory between the Misty Mountains (to the north), the Kingdom of Rohan (to the east), and the White Mountains to the southeast. Mountains make rivers, and the lush valley farmland in the triangle formed by the Isen (flowing from the Misty Mountains) and the Adorn (originating in the White Mountains) is a historical point of contention between the Dunlendings and the Kingdom of Rohan. The Rohirrim fought a number of battles against the Dunlendings and the Orcs of Saruman in the gap, during one of which Théodred, son of Théoden King, was mortally wounded.

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The Lone-lands

The Lone-lands

The Lone-lands is a region found within the land of Eriador.

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.

The Misty Mountains

Misty Mountains is a region found within the land of Eriador.

Misty Mountains, also named the Hithaeglir (Sindarin for Range of Mist Mountains), was a mountain range that ran 1280 kilometres (795.35 miles) from Mount Gundabad in the far north to Methedras in the south between Eriador and the valley of the Anduin and Rhovanion. An early version of this range's name was Ered Hithui (Sindarin for Misty 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 Western Bruinen Source and South High Pass, while still snow-covered, have sections of flowing water breaking through the icy cracks around them. 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.

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Nan Curunír

Nan Curunír

Nan Curunír is a Sub-region found within the region of Dunland.

(Sindarin for Saruman's Vale) is also known as Isengard (The Wizard's Vale); before the Battle of the Hornburg. It lies between the southern arms of the Misty Mountains, around Isengard.

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The North Downs

North Downs

North Downs is a region found within the land of Eriador.

Little is said about the North Downs but it has always been the realm of noble Men of Arnor. It is always mentioned as lesser than Evendim and as the darker contrast to Gondor, connected to the struggles with the nearby Angmar and its Witch-king.

The hidden fortress of Esteldín serves as the capital of the North Downs, being the headquarters of the Rangers under Halbarad's command, kinsman of Aragorn. Recently the town of Trestlebridge was under a fierce attack by grim orcs, but this turned out to be only a spur while the Enemy overran Fornost, Dol Dínen, and other long since unused ruins. Elves have always upheld a refuge in Lin Giliath and dwarves have mined silver in Othrikar, where we meet the legendary Gildor Inglorion and Dori respectively.

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The Shire

The Shire

The Shire is a region found within the land of Eriador.

The country of the Shire is a land of peace and pastoral beauty, where hobbits dwell in seclusion from the world at large.

In former times, Men were seldom seen there, though Dwarves often passed through the Shire as they travelled to the Blue Mountains from their lands in the East. More rarely still, Elves could sometimes be seen in the woods as they journeyed to Mithlond, the Grey Havens beyond the borders of the Shire, where they cross the Sea into the West.

Dark things seldom threatened the hills and meadows of the Shire. Largely this has been because hobbits are very good at keeping to their own business and not being noticed by others. But Little Folk would be aghast and unbelieving if they only knew the lengths to which Gandalf the Grey and the Rangers of the North have gone to ensure the country's peace. Now, though, even the Shire cannot escape the notice of the Shadow in the East.


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The Trollshaws

The Trollshaws

The Trollshaws is a region found within the land of Eriador.

This region became known as The Trollshaws after the lands of Rhudaur were cast into ruin and became inhabited by evil trolls. The region is filled with towering pine and beech trees, as well autumnal forests and roaring rivers. The horizons are often blocked by high hills and steep, impassable cliffs that shadow deep gorges and dead-end ravines. The woods are dotted with ruins, remnants of lost civilization that now serve as lairs for some of Middle-earth's most savage beasts and servants of the dark lords such as trolls, hill-men, and wights.

Rivendell Valley is an area that is nestled in the deep valleys below the Misty Mountains, richly watered by streams flowing down the cliff faces and springs bubbling up from the ground. The valley is itself a settlement, the capital of the Trollshaws, in which the natural centre of activities is the Last Homely House, Elrond's magnificent residence. However, major services and legendary characters are found all over the beautiful valley.

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