Paths of the Dead

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The main chamber under the Haunted Mountain is very dark.
Area.png Paths of the Dead
Region: Western Gondor
Landmark(s): Kêr Izel
Kêr Bras
The Shadow-watch
Lenn Dûskud
Connecting
Area(s):
Kingstead
Blackroot Vale
Levels: Mainly 95-100
Resource tier: Westemnet

Description

The Paths of the Dead is a haunted passage under Dwimoberg, the Haunted Mountain, in the White Mountains connecting West Rohan to Western Gondor.

Northern entrance to the Paths of the Dead

The northern entrance, the Dark Door, is located near Dunharrow and the Dimholt in Kingstead [73.4S, 69.5W].


The southern entrance is located near Morlad in the Blackroot Vale near the Stone of Erech [52.9S, 66.6W].

Southern entrance to the Paths of the Dead
Once Book 1: Chapter 2: The Ruthless Dead has been completed, the passage can be navigated in either direction.

Lore

Men under the Mountain

In the second age, Wild men inhabited the valleys of the mountains. They had been servants of Sauron but swore allegiance to Isildur. With the fall of Garth Lotheg, IIsildur summoned the Men of the Mountain to Erech to fulfil their oath.
But the Men of the Mountains refused to fulfil their oath. They had worshiped Sauron in the Dark Years and thought they would be rewarded.
Then Isildur cursed them:
Isildur says, "Death is too good for you, Rioc."
Isildur says, "You will be the last king of your people."
Isildur says, This curse I lay upon you and all your folk: never to rest until your oath be fulfilled."
Isildur says, "You will not know the restful sleep of death."
Isildur says, "You will not know a day without the regret of your broken oath!"
Isildur says, "This war will last for uncounted years, and you will be summoned again before its end."
Isildur says, "Now GO! Leave this place! My words will follow you for your restless eternity!"
They fled before him, his curse echoing in their ears.
They fled to their homes in the mountains, but they could never escape Isildur's curse.
They haunt the Paths of the Dead ever since, and are now known as the Men under the Mountain.
Candaith: 'The Men of the Mountain sought to escape their curse, but no word of man relates what became of them in the years since. It is said a shadow lies now in Erech, where they broke their oath, and none now take the Dimholt Road that ran through their gates and into their mountain home.
'The Rohirrim name that peak Dwimorberg, Haunted Mountain, and the passages beneath are known now as the Paths of the Dead. None would take that road, but Elrond bid his sons remember it, and that leads me to worry. I know it lies heavily upon Halbarad's mind.
Volume III: Book 3: Echoes of the Dead: Chapter 2: At the Stone of Erech

Translations

Kêr Izel is Breton for 'low city/fort'.
Kêr Bras is Breton for 'large city/fort'.
Lenn is Breton for 'lake/pool'.
By Ceredig

Locations

Deeds

Quests

Quest giver - Court of the Fount - Golusel [75.2S, 71.5W]
Quest giver - Court of the Fount - Avordur [75.2S, 71.5W]

Map

Paths of the Dead map.jpg
Paths of the Dead Artifacts map.jpg


Settlements and Landmarks of Paths of the Dead
Settlements: n/a
Landmarks: Kêr IzelKêr BrasThe Shadow-watchLenn Dûskud
Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of Western Gondor
Settlements: Dol AmrothCalembelLothgobelMorladOst LontirTadrentDínadabAlagrantSardolLancrath
Areas: Blackroot ValeCape of BelfalasHavens of BelfalasLamedonPaths of the Dead
Landmarks: Blackroot Vale: TingobelThe Stone of ErechThe Hill of ErechLhingrothTarlang's NeckTarlang's Crown

Cape of Belfalas: CathlondNarvindon
Havens of Belfalas: Abedec's WatchAmon LontirCaves of the AvorrimEdhellondEmyn ErnilHashadîrMakham MijannNendathTol AduialTol Fennas
The Court of the PrinceThe Swan Knight's KeepDocks of Dol AmrothThe Court of the FountInzibel's WalkLibrary of SaphadzîrThe Harper's Court
Lamedon: TathrendalfThe Fallen BeaconMaegondBar ElirBandit Encampment
Paths of the Dead: Kêr IzelKêr BrasThe Shadow-watchLenn Dûskud