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.
- Level: 1 - 13
- Factions: The Mathom Society and The Inn League
- Crafting: Apprentice (T1}, Journeyman (T2)
- Introduced: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, April 2007
- Quest Pack:
The Shire Locations
Locations found within the region of The Shire are listed below.
Player housing in The Shire is located in the area of The Delving Fields, southern Shire. .
The Shire Quests
- For more detail, see The Shire Quests
The Shire Deeds
|Deeds of the Shire||Meta||+2000||1,200||The Mathom Society||Complete 2 meta deeds and 4 quest deeds|
|Explorer of the Shire||Meta||+2000||900||The Mathom Society||Complete 2 explorer deeds|
|Slayer of the Shire||Meta||+2000||900||The Mathom Society||Complete 6 slayer deeds in the Shire|
|The Farms of the Shire||Explorer||+2000||5||500||The Mathom Society||Find the 6 farms across the Shire|
|The Sights of the Shire||Explorer||+2000||5||500||The Mathom Society||Find 6 points of interest in the Shire|
|The Life of a Bounder||Quest||+2000||10||300||The Mathom Society||Complete 15 quests in the Shire|
|The Life of a Bounder (Advanced)||Quest||+2000||10||500||The Mathom Society||Complete 40 quests in the Shire|
|The Life of a Bounder (Final)||Quest||+4000||15||700||The Mathom Society||Complete 75 quests in the Shire|
|No Place for Spoiled Pies||Quest||+2000||Pie-runner||5||700||The Mathom Society||Complete spoiled pies questline|
|Restoring the Quick Post||Quest||+2000||of the Quick Post||5||700||The Mathom Society||Complete postmaster questline|
|Shire Brew-master||Quest||+2000||Shire Brewmaster||5||700||The Mathom Society||Assist the 5 Innkeepers|
|Brigand-slayer||Slayer||Bounders-friend||5||500||The Mathom Society||Defeat 30 brigands in the Shire|
|Brigand-slayer (Advanced)||Slayer||+2000||10||700||The Mathom Society||Defeat 60 brigands in The Shire|
|Goblin-slayer||Slayer||Protector of the Shire||5||500||The Mathom Society||Defeat 30 goblins in The Shire|
|Goblin-slayer (Advanced)||Slayer||+2000||10||700||The Mathom Society||Defeat 60 goblins in The Shire|
|Harvest-fly Slayer||Slayer||Crop-saviour||5||500||The Mathom Society||Defeat 20 harvest-flies in The Shire|
|Harvest-fly Slayer (Advanced)||Slayer||+2000||10||700||The Mathom Society||Defeat 40 harvest-flies in The Shire|
|Slug-slayer||Slayer||Slug-squasher||5||500||The Mathom Society||Defeat 20 slugs in The Shire|
|Slug-slayer (Advanced)||Slayer||+2000||10||700||The Mathom Society||Defeat 40 slugs in The Shire|
|Spider-slayer||Slayer||Spider-sting||5||500||The Mathom Society||Defeat 20 spiders in The Shire|
|Spider-slayer (Advanced)||Slayer||+2000||10||700||The Mathom Society||Defeat 40 spiders in The Shire|
|Wolf-slayer||Slayer||Fur-cutter||5||500||The Mathom Society||Defeat 30 wolves in The Shire|
|Wolf-slayer (Advanced)||Slayer||+2000||10||700||The Mathom Society||Defeat 60 wolves in The Shire|
|Totals:||+36000||150||14,800||The Mathom Society|
- For more detail, see The Shire Deeds
The Shire Titles
- For all titles obtainable for this region, see The Shire Titles
The Shire Reputations
The Shire Creatures
Named Creatures List
Each of these named creatures is the rare, signature, unique or named version for quests.
|Lobelia the Toad||Toad|
|Murúk (The Shire)||Orc|
- Apprentice (T1): Copper Deposit, Rowan Branches, Light Hide, Shattered Pitcher
- Journeyman (T2): Barrow-iron Deposit, Silver Deposit, Ash Branches, Medium Hide, Broken Urn
- All crafting areas contain facilities for all Professions except Farming.
- All facilities qualify as both "standard" and "superior".
In the year 1601 of the Third Age, the Fallohide brothers Marcho and Blanco lead a group of Hobbits west from Bree and crossed the Bridge of Stonebows (later known as the Brandywine Bridge) and settled in the empty land they found. This became year 1 of the Shire-reckoning. King Argeleb II, the tenth King of Arthedain and a direct ancestor of Aragorn, granted the Hobbits this unused land and thus it became The Shire.
In III 2340 Hobbits expanded the Shire to include also Buckland and Brandy Hall was founded, though Buckland was never considered part of "the four farthings of the Shire". Little is told about the history of the Shire, except for genealogical details about families, such as the Baggins, Brandybucks, Tooks, and many more. However...
On 22 September TA2890 Bilbo Baggins was born, and a few decades later his adventures would bring focus on the Shire. A fateful morning TA2941 an old bearded man with a blue pointed hat approached Bilbo and soon the Quest of Erebor begun, chiefly taking place in the far East. Eventually Bilbo brought back to Bag End treasures that greatly enriched hobbits all around the Shire, but one of the smaller items, a modest ring would also prove extremely hazardous, though not at once. In TA3001 Bilbo leaves the Shire and settles down in Rivendell, after giving the One Ring to Frodo.
In TA3017 Gollum (the former bearer of the One Ring) was released from Mordor, probably shortly after he had revealed "Baggins" and "Shire" to Sauron. The Shire was still innocently unaware that the Dark Lord soon would begin the War of the Ring and their farthings were at stake. In middle April TA3018 Gandalf tells Frodo about the One Ring and its powers and hazards, urging him to leave the Shire promptly, though Frodo hesitated, he was slow and it took him more than five months to set out. On September 23, the day after his fiftieth birthday, Frodo set out from Bag End with Sam and Pippin towards Crickhollow in Buckland (where Merry would join them on the quest). Already that night they found themselves pursued by the Black Riders, and in LOTRO that is the night a new hobbit character set foot upon the Shire.
The Shire detailed maps
|Regions within the Land of Eriador
|Angmar • Bree-land • Dunland • Enedwaith • Ered Luin • Eregion • Ettenmoors • Evendim • Forochel • The Lone-lands • The Misty Mountains • The North Downs • The Shire • The Trollshaws|