The Dead Marshes

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The Dead Marshes
Region: Western Gondor
Landmark(s): Artamir's Camp
Haudh Aîr
Marshland Outpost
The Lake of Dead Faces
The Nerbyg Nests
Havens of Belfalas
The Noman-lands
Levels: Mainly 100


The Dead Marshes is an area located west of the Wastes but attached to the Western Gondor region.

The Marshes are a desolate swampland located between the Emyn Muil and the Wastes, enclosed and made maze-like by giant impassable reeds. They are haunted by Fell Spirits, and recently Orcs have come here as well. For gameplay purposes, the Marshes are considered part of Western Gondor because they are first accessed by taking a swift horse from the Cave of the Avorrim in the Havens of Belfalas. [74.3S, 68.0W]

To use the swift horse, one must speak to the Master of Horses. The horse goes to Artamir's Camp.[30.3S, 11.5W] Near Artamir's Camp, the Dead Marshes are also connected to the western border of the Noman-lands through a gap in the reeds.[30.2S, 11.3W][36.9S, 15.7W]



These landmarks are located within the Dead Marshes:


See "list of NPCs" within The Dead Marshes


  1. [100] Far From Home
  2. [100] The Orcs Have Orders
  3. [100] Danger in the Marshes
  4. [100] Fruits of Their Labour
  5. [100] Missing in the Marshes
  6. [100] Interlude: Passage of the Marshes

The following quests can be completed independently from the above quest chain:

Warband Quests:


The following creatures are found within this area:

Connected Locations


Map of the Dead Marshes Anduin map Bodies of Water


Denethor, Steward]] of Gondor has sent Artamir, son of Ilcamir, to the Dead Marshes on a mysterious errand. Unfriendly eyes have tracked him to that vile swamp, and Lady Galadriel has sent messages to the Avorrim indicating this Man of Gondor must not draw the attention of the Orcs to that place. Someone must hurry him on before his presence causes great mischief to another important mission.[1][2]
Fumes rise above Mordor to the south-east, and will soon spread over Gondor and Rohan, obscuring the sun in what will be known as the Dawnless Day.[3][4][5]
Frodo and Sam did in fact travel through the marshes about a week before, guided by Gollum. However, it is impossible to find any certain proof of their passage.[6][7][5]


  1. Far From Home
  2. The Orcs Have Orders
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Siege of Gondor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  5. a b J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Passage of the Marshes"
  7. Interlude: Passage of the Marshes