Fornost

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Area.png Fornost
Region: The North Downs
Dungeon(s): Wraith of Water
Wraith of Earth
Wraith of Fire
Wraith of Shadow
Landmark(s): Barad Eithel
Barad Harn
Barad Narthan
Minas Erain
Connecting
Area(s):
Fields of Fornost
Levels: Mainly 25 - 26
Fornost.jpg


Fornost is an area within The North Downs in the north-western region.

This area is found north of the Fields of Fornost. It contains four World Instances. The name is Sindarin for "Northern Fortress" and it is known as "Deadmen's Dike" among Men. Once this was a major Númenórean city. It was the last city of the Northern Kingdom to fall to the Witch-king of Angmar more than thousand years before the current era of Lotro. (See "Lore" below for further historical details.) For centuries these ruins were peaceful and covered with grass, but recently Fornost was overrun by evil creatures from Angmar. Who knows what are they seeking and what fuels their hatred?

The section outside of the instances, north of the Fields, is unofficially called Fornost City and several quests take place there. Other quests require access into the different instances. Just outside the entrance to the instances is a Camp Site Fire. The nearest stable-masters are in Amon Raith and Trestlebridge, and the nearest services are found at Treasure Hunters' Camp.

Notice that the four instances must be done in order and within each a certain deed must be completed which unlocks the next instance. They are, in order: Water, Earth, Fire, and Shadow. Non-VIP accounts must purchase the Quest Pack:North Downs to access the instances.


Services

Instances

These instances must be done in order, can be accessed thru Fornost's main gate or the Instance Finder Panel:

  1. Fornost: Wraith of Water
  2. Fornost: Wraith of Earth
  3. Fornost: Wraith of Fire
  4. Fornost: Wraith of Shadow

Landmarks

Within the instances these landmarks are located respectively:

Quests

Involving

Most quests are given at the Treasure Hunters' Camp

Within the Instances

see each instance Fornost: Wraith of Water, Fornost: Wraith of Earth, Fornost: Wraith of Fire, Fornost: Wraith of Shadow

Deeds

Click [-] to contract a list of deeds found within the instance.

NPCs

Closest group of NPCs that interact with Fornost are from the adjacent Treasure Hunters' Camp:

Supplies

NPC Function Coords
HumanF.png Elsie Whitman Healer & Provisioner [7.9S, 55.9W]
HumanM.png Unnamed Supplier [8.1S, 56.0W]

Others

NPC Function Coords
HumanM.png Arch Widdup Quest [8.1S, 56.0W]
HumanM.png Will Widdup Quest [8.0S, 56.0W]
HumanM.png Bart Rosethorn Quest [8.0S, 56.0W]
HumanM.png Colbert the Mad Quest [7.9S, 56.0W]
HumanF.png Daisy Harbrook Quest [7.9S, 56.0W]
HumanF.png Emma Slee Quest [7.9S, 56.0W]
HumanM.png Gareth Copp Quest [8.0S, 56.0W]
HumanM.png Erl Fisher Quest [7.9S, 56.1W]
HumanM.png Maedhrusc Quest [8.0S, 56.0W]
HumanM.png Reynold Potts Quest [7.9S, 56.1W]
HobbitF.png Penny Took [8.0S, 56.0W]
HumanM.png Guardsman

NPCs within the Instances

Sara.png Sara Oakheart

Creatures

Outside the Instances

Mobs within the Instances

see Fornost Mobs or each instance Fornost: Wraith of Water, Fornost: Wraith of Earth, Fornost: Wraith of Fire, Fornost: Wraith of Shadow

Rewards within the Instance

see each instance Fornost: Wraith of Water, Fornost: Wraith of Earth, Fornost: Wraith of Fire, Fornost: Wraith of Shadow

Lore

Shorter version
Fornost flourished as the last capital of the fallen North Kingdom until it was destroyed by the Witch-king of Angmar. A year later Eärnur, last king of Gondor, along with Glorfindel and forces from Rivendell, defeated the Witch-king and drove his forces off. However, the city soon fell into decay and ruin. For roughly a thousand years now, it has become the haunt of orcs and fell things, and men call it "Deadman's Dike".
Longer version
Located in the north-west of the North Downs, where the Greenway leads, stands the city of Fornost, broken long ago by the armies of Angmar. It once served as the seat of kings. When it fell, so did the North Kingdom of the Dúnedain - Arnor.
Arnor was the northern kingdom of the noble-blooded Dúnedain, founded late in the Second Age by Elendil, who later died at the hands of Sauron. In those days, the capital of Arnor sat in the city of Annúminas, on Lake Evendim, west of the North Downs.
Generations later, in a dispute over succession, Arnor was broken into three realms, and the North Downs became the dominion of a new kingdom called Arthedain. Here Amlaith — the first king of Arthedain, and a direct descendant of Isildur and Elendil — made Fornost his capital.
For more than eleven hundred years, the Dúnedain kings of Arthedain ruled from Fornost. It was a king of Arthedain that bestowed the lands of the Shire to Hobbits from Bree. The Hobbits called Fornost the “King’s Norbury,” a translation of the city’s formal Elvish title of Fornost Erain (literally, “northern fortress of kings”). The folk of the North Downs use all these names today. Some Men also call the lands of Fornost “the Deadman’s Dike,” for today the city and its fields are a bleak ruin.
Almost a thousand years ago, the hordes of Angmar swept across Nan Amlug and overran Fornost as part of the Witch-king’s stratagem to conquer the North Kingdom. The city fell. (Some say that traitors bewitched by Amarthiel — a champion of Angmar — betrayed the proud city from within.) Routed Dúnedain lords fled the land and king Arvedui, escaped to the frozen north but was lost at sea. So ended the kingdom of Arthedain.
The Witch-king held the city of Fornost for a year, until an army made of Men from Gondor under Eärnur, the last king of Gondor, along with Elves from Lindon and Rivendell, and rallied remnants of the northern Dúnedain, arrived on the Fields of Fornost. The battle that followed ravaged the land and destroyed the army of Angmar. The Witch-king fled east to Carn Dûm, but his mark forever stained Fornost and its fields.
The ruined city of Fornost seems forever blighted by the treachery and brutality of its defeat. Once a place of kings, it is now befouled by Orcs and haunted by Oathbreakers and fell spirits. Do not venture here alone. — Hero's Guide

Maps

Terrain Map of Fornost (before Fornost was split in 4 instances)

North Downs maps

Map of The North Downs Topographic map of The North Downs

Gallery

Clouds over Fornost The ramp leading up to the city of Fornost The siege equipment in the orc camp in outer Fornost A makeshift entrance to the Fornost orc camp Large, diseased wildlife occupies the outskirts of Fornost Worms occupy some flood ruins in northwestern Fornost


Bosses of Fornost
ZhurmatShiruk & KamordîMegoriathWarchief BúrzghâshGurkâmâbRhavameldirRiamulZanthrugBrogadanKrithmogEinioraRemmenaeg
Shadows of Angmar Fellowship Instances
Great Barrow:  The Maze •  Thadúr •  Sambrog
Fornost: Wraith of WaterWraith of EarthWraith of FireWraith of Shadow
Garth Agarwen: ArboretumBarrowsFortress
Annúminas: GlinghantHaudh Valandil‎Ost Elendil‎
Angmar: Barad GúlaranCarn DûmUrugarth
Tham Mírdain: The Library at Tham MírdainThe School at Tham Mírdain
Other: The Halls of NightInn of the ForsakenGoblin-town Throne Room
Shadows of Angmar Raid Instances
Raids: The Rift of Nûrz GhâshuBogberethFerndúr the VirulentHelegrod: Dragon Wing (24) • Helegrod: Drake WingHelegrod: Giant WingHelegrod: Spider Wing
Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of The North Downs
Settlements: Amon RaithEsteldínTreasure Hunters' CampLin GiliathOthrikarTrestlebridge
Areas: AnnúndirDol DínenFields of FornostFornostGreenwayKingsfellMeluinenNan Amlug EastNan Amlug WestNan WathrenRhunenladTaur Gonwaith
Landmarks: Amlaith's ScarAmon AmrûnBarad EithelBarad HarnBarad NarthanDol NendírEtten CavesThe Evendim GateFalconer's TowerFashat LaugGatson's FarmGatson's South FieldsGlírostGurzlumHaudh EglanHîgroporHîsukHrizgurKamskutKar LakMerenostMinas VrûnMincham's CampNan Wathren Eastern PassNan Wathren Western PassNathan Hodge's FarmNorbury GatesOst CrithlancOst GalumarOst LagorosOst NuaranRusfoldSkirmish CampThe SnaresStoneheightTarkrîp Assault CampTham LornThurûmTrestlebridge GateThe TrestlespanTûmatWilliam Peake's Farm