It is said that the mounds of Tyrn Gorthad, as the Barrow-downs were called of old, are very ancient, and that many were built in the days of the old world of the First Age by the forefathers of the Edain, before they crossed the Blue Mountains into Beleriand, of which Lindon is all that now remains.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A

The Barrow-downs or Tyrn Gorthad are a set of downs south-east of the Old Forest. The location of ancient burial ground from the Elder Days, these hills were part of the Kingdom of Arnor and later a stronghold and burial site of the Kingdom of Cardolan. But after that realm's destruction by plague and war, the Witch-king of Angmar sent terrible spirits to haunt the barrows, and there they still dwell. This is gloomy place, prone to sudden fogs when its inhabitants approach the player, but a brave treasure-seeker can find many riches in the old ruins and barrows--if they have the courage to face the peril within. The Barrow-downs are bordered by the Old Forest to the West and by Eriador on all other sides.

Upon entering the Barrow-downs, you will get the achievement "The Hills of the Dead".

Variants Edit

Standard: Normal Barrow-downs biome.

Hills: Larger hills.

Forest Hills: Larger hills with many trees.

Forest: Barrow-downs with many more trees.

Dead Oak Forest: Forest with many leafless oak trees.

Structures Edit

The Barrow-Downs biome contains two structures among the broken piles of ruined bricks:

Mobs and NPCs Edit

For some reason, the Barrow-downs contain all the normal animals, including wild boars instead of pigs, even though the animals were said to have been driven out by the Barrow-wights. Even birds and butterflies do spawn.

  • Barrow-Wight - Deadly and mysterious spirits that wander the hills at night (and some even linger during the day). Because of fear of these wights, few enter these hills, and fewer still return alive. When the wights spawn near the player, they cause a dense fog to envelop the landscape...


The Barrow-downs contain a few sparse trees that can be oak, spruce, birch or, most commonly, dead variants. There is an increased amount of double tall grass here, which once could also grow inside the barrows. Flowers grow little in these desolate hills.

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Biomes of the Lord of the Rings Mod
List by Alphabet

AndrastAngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlackroot ValeBlue MountainsBree-landBrown Lands


ChetwoodColdfellsCorsair CoastsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurDor-en-ErnilDorwinionDrúwaith IaurDunland


East BightEastern DesolationEmyn MuilEnedwaithEreborEregionEriadorEryn CaranEryn VornEttenmoorsFangornFar Harad (Bushland, Grasslands, Jungle, Mangrove, Swampland, Volcano) • Field of CelebrantForodwaithGladden FieldsGondorGreat DesertGulf of HaradGorgorothGrey MountainsHarad MountainsHarnedorHarondor


Iron HillsIslandIthilienKanuka ForestLamedonLebenninLindonLone-landsLong MarshesLossarnachLostladenLothlórien


MeneltarmaMidgewaterMinhiriathMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsMordorMordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNan UngolNear HaradNindalfNorthern ForestNorthlandsNúrnOld ForestOrocarniPelargirPelennor FieldsPertorogwaithPinnath Gelin


RhúdelRhûnRivendellRohanSea of NúrnenSouthron CoastsSwanfleetTaur-na-TorogrimThe SeaThe ShireTolfalasTrollshaws


UdûnUruk HighlandsUmbarUtumnoVales of AnduinWeather HillsWhite DownsWhite MountainsWilderlandWoodland Realm

List by Region

AngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlue MountainsBree-landChetwoodColdfellsDunlandEnedwaithEregionEriadorEryn VornEttenmoorsLindonLone-landsMidgewaterMinhiriathOld ForestRivendellSwanfleetThe ShireTrollshawsWeather HillsWhite Downs


Brown LandsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurEast BightEmyn MuilEreborField of CelebrantGladden FieldsGrey MountainsIron HillsLong MarshesLothlórienMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsVales of AnduinWilderlandWoodland Realm


AndrastBlackroot ValeDor-en-ErnilDrúwaith IaurFangornGondorHarondorIthilienLamedonLebenninLossarnachMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNindalfPelargirPelennor FieldsPinnath GelinRohanTolfalasWhite Mountains


Eastern DesolationGorgorothMordor (Biome)Mordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeNan UngolNúrnSea of NúrnenUdûn


Corsair CoastsFar Harad (Bushland, Grasslands, Jungle, Kanuka Forest, Mangrove, Swampland, Volcano) • Great DesertGulf of HaradHarad MountainsHarnedorLostladenNear HaradPertorogwaithSouthron CoastsTaur-na-TorogrimUmbar


DorwinionEryn CaranOrocarniRhúdelRhûn


ForodwaithNorthlandsNorthern ForestUtumno


IslandMeneltarmaThe Sea



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