First Steps into Eregion

With Gaff blazing the trail to Moria ahead of me, I was able to trade on some of his experience.

One of the things you get in the Moria expansion is an epic weapon that gains experience and grows in power over time.  That seemed like something to get started on sooner rather than later.

Which, in turn, meant getting started on Volume II of the epic quest line that follows the story of the books.

This meant running around and helping the fellowship get ready to go and then seeing them off.

The Fellowship Departs

The whole thing plays out just as in the books… or in the movie I suppose.  There are farewells.  Boromir sounds his horn.  Everybody heads off.

The usual Hobbit punchline

Then it was my own turn to depart.

At the border of Imladris

One of the things that the game does make you think about is everything else that was going on while the fellowship was making its way through Middle-earth.

That is, after all, your role in the game.

Sometimes you get to help the fellowship directly, and might rise to be renown as the “third elf on the left.”

But most of the time you are working behind the scenes, or just tending to the everyday business of the world.

But to get on with my own business, I had to find Eregion.

Fortunately, it was on the map, and the path seemed obvious.

Rivendell to Eregion

Of course, like a lot of maps of this scale, there is some missing detail.

I managed to get myself into a dead end loop just to the left of where I wanted to go and spent a good 10 minutes in constant flight from elite level giants and rock worms.  Eventually though, I found my way out of that pocket, still alive (barely), and hit the right path.

Eregion at last!

And, true to form, the game threw out its usual representative for the first mob I encountered: The boar.

Ah, my old nemesis!

I suppose by this point it would be just weird if I ran into anything besides a boar, a bear, or a wolf .

But at least I am now into the the Mines of Moria expansion.

The Mines of Moria

I can now wear my Moria Expeditionary title with pride.  I should dig out the cloak as well.  I’ve only had it sitting around for nearly 3 years now.

7 thoughts on “First Steps into Eregion

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    I understand from Gaff now that you can follow the Bruinen into Eregion as well, through the Trollshaws. That is supposed to be less hazardous.

    Finding Evendim was a bit of a challenge for me as well.

    Like the ability to get lost, is that a problem or a feature?

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  2. Aufero

    The Bruinen path is less dangerous by far, but it’s just as confusing to find from the Trollshaws. (It’s also not marked on the map, if I remember correctly.)

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  3. Gina Cirelli

    Oh, I so know the feeling. I’ve been playing on and off since beta, and my highest level character is soon to be level 37. I can say that LotRO is the only game where I purchased a lifetime sub right after they announced it, and have never regretted it even once.

    But that’s what I love about this game. It’s not about rushing around to get fat l00t or mad skillz, it’s about being immersed. And what a gorgeous world to be immersed in it is.

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  4. 1111

    I have always used the path from the Bruinen gorge, also because you can auto-travel to the town nearby the boader as well. From there is a bit confusing at first, but actually you just need to follow the road and turn right at the right time.

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  5. Telwyn

    I did this journey for the first time solo earlier in the year. It was actually pretty scary trying to avoid all those elite giants!

    I too got lost / stuck on a hill I couldn’t climb and had to backtrack a few times. It took ages on my poor Champion trying to ‘stealth’ past the giants.

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