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Eriador was of old the name of all the lands between the Misty Mountains and the Blue; in the South it was bounded by the Greyflood and the Glanduin that flows into it above Tharbad.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A

Eriador (Sindarin for Lonely Land/Wilderness) is a huge land of rolling grass plains. It is similar to the vanilla plains biome, other than the fact that it is even flatter and has the occasional oak, birch, spruce, or beech tree. Tall grass and flowers are widespread here, and Dúnedain of the North protect it against Gundabad Orcs. Eriador used to be mostly part of the North Kingdom of Arnor before this realm was destroyed by Angmar.

Upon entering the region of Eriador, you will get the achievement "The Kindly West".

  • A panorama of Eriador.
  • A panorama of the Eriador Downs.
  • A panorama of Minhiriath.
  • A panorama of Eryn Vorn.
  • A panorama of Swanfleet.

Sub-biomesEdit

Eriador DownsEdit

The Eriador Downs are similar to the Eriador Biome, except they contain rock boulders and are hillier than the normal Eriador biome. The biome variants found here are only Forest and Light Forest.

The Eriador Downs bear resemblance to the Lone-lands. Eriador Downs spawn in four areas and most bear witness to the fallen Arnorian kingdom of Arthedain:

  • In the west, west of the Shire, the Far Downs connected Arnor with the elven lands. The most western downs, also know as the Tower Hills, or 'Emyn Beraid', support Elostirion and the other white towers and are in fact part of Lindon.
  • In the centre north along Lake Evendim, the Hills of Evendim or 'Emyn Uial' are located. This is where both Arnor, and later Arthedain, had its royal seat, in the now ruined city of Annúminas.
  • In the northeast, the North Downs were once dominated by the now ruined stronghold city of Fornost.
  • In the south-east, bordering the Lone-Lands south of the Midgewater Marshes, the South Downs are located.

MinhiriathEdit

The south of Eriador between the rivers Baranduin (Brandywine) to the north and Gwathlo'(Greyflood) to the south, is a vast, heavily deforested and nearly uninhabited region called Minhiriath.

Eryn VornEdit

The Eryn Vorn is a remnant of the ancient woods that covered most of Beleriand and Middle-Earth. The name is used for a peninsula south of the mouth of the river Baranduin (or 'Brandywine') in the south-west of Minhiriath.

The area consist of forests with occasional clearings and flowery and hilly variants. In the common speech it is also known as the Blackwood. This region was part of the fallen Arnorian kingdom of Cardolan, like the rest of Minhiriath. Few clans of men still live here, hunting and fishing for their living. Note that these woods are home to relatively large predators like bears and wolves.

SwanfleetEdit

This small swamp is more marshy than the rest of Eriador, and is one of the few places that swans can be found. Only oak, birch and willow trees can be found here, and rotten houses are more common.

VariantsEdit

Eriador is defined as a 'normal oak' biome with additional 'mountainous' variants. This implies the following variants can be found there:

  • Standard - Normal Eriador biome.
  • Flowers - The fields and the undergrowth of tree clusters teem with flowers in this biome. Flowery vegetation from both vanilla Minecraft (poppies, dandelions) and the LOTR mod (thistles and wheat grass) is abundantly present here.
  • Forest - Forest covered lands.
  • Light Forest - Lightly forested lands.
  • Steppe - A flat landscape of grassy plains.
  • Barren Steppe - These barren plains stretch over vast area's and have even less vegetation.
  • Hills - A hilly landscape with a higher average elevation.
  • Forested Hills - A landscape with forest covered hills.
  • Dense Oak Forest - Dense forests with many large oak trees. Also huge oaks, measuring 3 m in diameter and reaching up to 30 m, are common here. Patches of podzol cover the forest floor.
  • Dead Oak Forest - Lands covered in forests whose glory is passing away. The forest density is comparable to the light forest variant, but there are many stems of dead, leafless trees. This variant is very helpful for acquiring large quantities of wood, as the dead trees provide a lot of easy accessible lumber.
  • Oak Shrublands - Forest covered lands with a lower tree density than regular forests, but with a very thick undergrowth of shrubs.
  • Mountain - Mountainous rolling hills.
  • Scrubland - Scrublands are typically areas with very poor, sandy and/or rocky soil. This results in very little tree growth and the vegetation is dominated by low growing scrubs (stunted trees/shrubs) and bushes.
  • Scrubland Hills - The scrubland hills are a hilly type of scrubland.
  • Wasteland - Wasteland is a very barren biome and can vast stretches of the terrain consist of barren rock. The soil is generally very poor and vegetation is sparse. The landscape can both consist of flat plains and rolling hills.
  • Aspen Forest - A forest dominated with Aspen trees.
  • Birch Forest - A forest dominated with Birch trees.
  • Beech Forest - A forest dominated with Beech trees.
  • Maple Forest - A forest dominated with Maple trees.

StructuresEdit

The Eriador Biome contains five structures total, among the piles of Arnor and Stone Bricks.

MobsEdit

Eriador is a barren land, but farm animals, boars, and a few other mobs spawn.

ConquestEdit

Eriador can be conquered by Dúnedain of the North, High Elves, Gundabad and Angmar. The conquest rate is 1.0.

MiningEdit

Eriador features the standard ore distribution.

VegetationEdit

The vast plains of Eriador were once covered in great forests, but the lumber-hungry Númenóreans cut most of them down. This explains the vast stretches of steppe that characterize Eriador for the weary traveller. However, Eriador is in fact a very varied biome, with a rich temperate vegetation. Occasionally, one can find patches of athelas, another sign of former Númenórean occupation. Though most forests are felled, some remain. They generally consist of oak trees, but others grow quite commonly as well. The only conifer to take root in Eriador is the spruce tree, and the other broadleaf trees consist of birch, beech, apple, pear, and willow. There is average flower and grass growth here.

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Swanfleet

Biomes of the Lord of the Rings Mod (Sub-biomes in brackets)
List by Alphabet
A-C:

AdornlandAnduin Hills (Gladden Fields, Vales of Anduin) • Angmar (Mountains) • Barrow-downs
Blue Mountains (Foothills) • Bree-land (Chetwood) • Brown LandsColdfells

D-E:

DagorladDaleDead MarshesDor-en-Ernil (Hills) • Dorwinion (Emyn Winion)
Drúwaith IaurDunlandEast BightEmyn MuilEnedwaithEreborEregion
Eriador (Downs, Eryn Vorn, Minhiriath, Swanfleet) • Ettenmoors

F:

Fangorn (Clearing) • Fangorn WastelandFar Harad Bushland (Hills) • Far Harad Cloud Forest
Far Harad Grasslands (Arid, Arid Hills, Corsair Coasts, Forest) • Far Harad Jungle (Edge, Lake, Mountains, Taurethrim Clearing) • Far Harad MangroveFar Harad Swampland
Far Harad VolcanoField of CelebrantForodwaith (Coastline, Mountains, Glacier)

G-K:

Gondor (Andrast, Blackroot Vale, Lamedon (Hills), Lebennin (Mouths of Anduin), Lossarnach (Imloth Melui), Mouths of Entwash, Pelargir, Pelennor Fields, Pinnath Gelin, White Mountains (Foothills))
Grey Mountains (Foothills) • Gulf of Harad (Gulf Forest) • Harad MountainsHarnennor
HarondorIron HillsIthilien (Hills, Wasteland) • Kanuka Forest

L-M:

LakeLast DesertLindon (Coastline, Woodlands, Tower Hills) • Lone-lands (Angle, Weather Hills)
LostladenLothlórien (Eaves) • MidgewaterMirkwood (Dol Guldur, Mountains)
Misty Mountains (Foothills) • Mordor (Eastern Desolation, Gorgoroth, Mordor Mountains, Morgulduin, Morgul Vale, Nan Ungol, Nurn (Marshes, Sea of Nurnen), Udûn) • Mountains of the Wind (Foothills)

N-S:

Nan CurunírNindalfNorthern MirkwoodNorthlands (Northern Forests) • Old Forest
PerdorogwaithRed Mountains (Foothills) • Rhúdel (Eryn Garan, Eryn Rhúnaer, Hills, Steppe
Tol Rhúnaer) • Rhûn (Forest) • Rivendell (Hills) • RiverRohan (Woodlands, The Wold, Uruk Highlands)
Southron Coasts (Harad Desert Riverbank, Near Harad Oasis, Southron Forests)

T-W:

Taur-i-ThorogrimThe Great Desert (Hills, Half-deserts, Red Desert) • The Sea (Beach, Island, Meneltarma) • The Shire (Marshes, Moors, Woodlands, White Downs) • TolfalasTrollshaws
Umbar (Forest, Hills) • UtumnoWilderland (Northern, Long Marshes) Woodland Realm (Hills)

List by Region
Eriador:

Angmar (Mountains) • Barrow-downsBlue Mountains (Foothills) • Bree-land (Chetwood)
ColdfellsDunlandEnedwaithEregionEriador (Downs, Eryn Vorn, Minhiriath, Swanfleet)
EttenmoorsLindon (Coastline, Woodlands, Tower Hills) • Lone-lands (Angle, Weather Hills)
MidgewaterNan CurunírOld ForestRivendell (Hills)
The Shire (Marshes, Moors, Woodlands, White Downs) • Trollshaws


Rhovanion:

Anduin Hills (Gladden Fields, Vales of Anduin) • Brown LandsDagorladDale
Dead MarshesEast BightEmyn MuilEreborField of CelebrantFangorn (Clearing)
Fangorn WastelandGrey Mountains (Foothills) • Iron HillsLothlórien (Eaves)
Mirkwood (Dol Guldur, Mountains) • Misty Mountains (Foothills) • NindalfNorthern Mirkwood
Wilderland (Northern, Long Marshes) • Woodland Realm (Hills)


The South:

AdornlandDor-en-Ernil (Hills) • Drúwaith IaurGondor (Andrast, Blackroot Vale, Lamedon (Hills), Lebennin (Mouths of Anduin), Lossarnach (Imloth Melui), Mouths of Entwash, Pelargir, Pelennor Fields, Pinnath Gelin, White Mountains (Foothills)) • HarondorIthilien (Hills, Wasteland)
Mordor (Eastern Desolation, Gorgoroth, Mordor Mountains, Morgulduin, Morgul Vale, Nan Ungol, Nurn (Marshes, Sea of Nurnen), Udûn) • Rohan (Woodlands, The Wold, Uruk Highlands) • Tolfalas


Harad:

Far Harad Bushland (Hills) • Far Harad Cloud ForestFar Harad Grasslands (Arid, Arid Hills, Corsair Coasts, Forest) • Far Harad Jungle (Edge, Lake, Mountains, Taurethrim Clearing)
Far Harad MangroveFar Harad SwamplandFar Harad VolcanoGulf of Harad (Gulf Forest)
Harad MountainsHarnennorKanuka ForestLostladenPerdorogwaith
Southron Coasts (Harad Desert Riverbank, Near Harad Oasis, Southron Forests)
Taur-i-ThorogrimThe Great Desert (Hills, Half-deserts, Red Desert) • Umbar (Forest, Hills)


Rhûn:

Dorwinion (Emyn Winion) • Last DesertMountains of the Wind (Foothills) • Red Mountains (Foothills) • Rhúdel (Eryn Garan, Eryn Rhúnaer, Hills, Steppe, Tol Rhúnaer) • Rhûn (Forest)


Forod:

Forodwaith (Coastline, Mountains, Glacier) • Northlands (Northern Forests) • Utumno


Belegaer:

The Sea (Beach, Island, Meneltarma)

Types

DesertsForestsIslandsMountainsSwampsVariants

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