The North Downs
The 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.
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.
- Levels: 24 - 32
- Faction: Rangers of Esteldín
- Crafting: Journeyman (T2), Expert (T3)
- Introduced: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, April 2007
- Quest Pack: Quest Pack:North Downs or Quest Pack:Eriador Bundle
The North Downs Locations
Locations found within the region of The North Downs are listed below.
The North Downs Quests
For details, see The North Downs Quests
The North Downs Deeds
For details, see The North Downs Deeds
The North Downs Titles
For all titles obtainable for this region, see The North Downs Titles
The North Downs Reputations
The North Downs Creatures
Creature Shard Drops
Each of these creatures is the rare, signature, tougher, named version and all have a high chance to drop a rare shard used in crafting.
The following Roving Threat Creatures are found roaming this region:
- Journeyman (T2): Barrow-iron Deposit, Silver Deposit, Ash Branches, Medium Hide, Broken Urn
- Expert (T3): Rich Iron Deposit, Gold Deposit, Yew Branches, Sturdy Hide, Antique Vase
- Journeyman (T2): Annúndir, Greenway, Nan Wathren
- Expert (T3): Dol Dínen, Fields of Fornost, Kingsfell, Meluinen, Nan Amlug East,
- Inside city of Esteldín: Craft-hall of Esteldín
- Other areas/locations in the North Downs: Trestlebridge
Of the earliest history little is known but that in the first millennium of the Second Age many Númenóreans lived there; how many and how widespread is unknown. Arnor was founded by Elendil in II 3320 but the North Downs remained less important during this period. After many unfortunate centuries the 10th High King, Eärendur, died in III 861 and Arnor was torn in three by his sons.
Out of Arnor Arthedain was founded by Amlaith, the eldest son, and he moved from Annúminas in Evendim and made Fornost the capital city; eventually the North Downs saw some glory. Six hundred years later the Witch-king attacked Fornost, after his victory in the Lone-lands, but failed. Yet again, five hundred years later (III 1974), his forces out of Angmar managed to capture Fornost, but only for a year until an army of Gondor defeated his numbers, but the Witch-king escaped.
At the capture of Fornost, King Arvedui fled to Forochel but died in the ice masses. The North-kingdom ended and the North Downs was destitute and spent. However, out of the ruins the Rangers of the North was founded by Arvedui's eldest son, Aranarth, who became Chieftain of the Dúnedain. Today the North Downs hosts these Rangers at Esteldín, while Aragorn, their 16th Chieftain, follows a well known hobbit at a very secret quest in the east.
|Regions within the Land of Eriador
|Angmar • Bree-land • Dunland • Enedwaith • Ered Luin • Eregion • Ettenmoors • Evendim • Forochel • Gap of Rohan • Lone-lands • The Misty Mountains • Nan Curunír • North Downs • The Shire • Trollshaws|