North High Pass

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Areas-icon.png North High Pass
Region: The Misty Mountains
Interior(s): Thorgest's Haven
Landmark(s): Akûltot
The Black Crack
Cirith Daur
The Mountain's Throat
Settlement(s): Hrimbarg
Eastern Bruinen Source
South High Pass
Levels: Mainly 43
Resource tier: Master
North High Pass.jpg

North High Pass is an area within the Misty Mountains in the north-eastern region.

The name implies that this area was nothing more than a travelers route, high up mountain passes once were connecting the western realms with northern-most Rhovanion and the Lonely Mountain beyond. However, this couldn't be further from the truth, as it is the most renowned area of the Misty Mountains. That is because a curious throng traveled through quite some time ago, on the Quest of Erebor and unexpectedly came across, or rather was dragged into, a kingdom of goblins which exists yet today. In fact, travel of any kind through the area will be met with aggression from either the many patrolling goblins or the packs of wargs that inhabit the area.

This is the north-east-most of all areas of the Misty Mountains, connected only to its southern sibling, South High Pass, and Eastern Bruinen Source. Despite this, it is debatable that is the most densely inhabited part of the Misty Mountains, whether by enemies or allies. Many leagues of goblins can be found throughout the area in their camps as expected due to the infamous Goblin-town being located here. Packs of wargs can be found amidst the long abandoned, Giant ruins of Starkhath and Dómstoll.

Though adventurers must watch out for the goblins and wargs in the vale, hunters will find plenty of meat and hide from the reindeer and mammoths grazing about. The area is characterized by narrow rifts and rocks and boulders covered with high-up bodies of snow. Trees and bushes are sparse, not withstanding blistering storms reminiscent of a legendary blizzard which wiped out the inhabitants of Hrimbarg long ago. Travelers may wish to wait on these storms as visibility drops to virtually zero.

Services and travelling means can be found at Vindurhal and Hrimbarg, as well as a small camp set up by Glóin at themain gate of Goblin-town. Reaching this area by foot is easiest via a winding path that runs through Cirith Daur from the eastern slopes of Eastern Bruinen Source. [31.7S, 2.3E]


The following settlements are found within this area:



These landmarks are located within Northern High Pass:


See "list of NPCs" within Northern High Pass

NPC Function Coords
Dwarf.png Tralli Gemfinder Provisioner - Quest [21.4S, 5.9E]
Glóin.png Glóin Quest [21.4S, 5.9E]
Dwarf.png Vighar Roadwalker Quest [21.4S, 5.9E]



See "starting quests" and the landmarks for more quests





The following creatures are found within this area:


"Bilbo knew that something unexpected might happen, and he hardly dared to hope that they would pass without fearful adventure over those great tall mountains with lonely peaks and valleys where no king ruled. They did not. All was well, until one day they met a thunderstorm - more than a thunderstorm, a thunder-battle. You know how terrific a really big thunderstorm can be down in the land and in a river-valley; especially at times when two great thunderstorms meet and clash. More terrible still are thunder and lightning in the mountains at night, when storms come up from East and West and make war. The lightning splinters on the peaks, and rocks shiver, and great crashes split the air and go rolling and tumbling into every cave and hollow; and the darkness is filled with overwhelming noise and sudden light.
"Bilbo had never seen or imagined anything of the kind. (...)"The Hobbit, by Tolkien


Click for larger image Topographic map of the Misty Mountains


The warg infested Giant ruins in southeastern section of the area Goblin camps along a ravine in the northeast A herd of mammoths in Northern High Pass View of the ravine from above Ridge to the Black Crack in the north View in the south with Hrimbarg in the distance The ravine below Akûltot and the other goblin camps