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We have now come to the River Hoarwell, that the Elves call Mitheithel. It flows down out of the Ettenmoors, the troll-fells north of Rivendell, and joins the Loudwater in the South.

–Aragorn in Flight to the Ford, The Fellowship of the Ring

The Ettenmoors is a biome in Middle-earth far to the north. It is bordered to the north by a stretch of the Misty Mountains as well as Angmar, to the west by the Lone-lands, to the east by the Misty Mountains, and to the south by the Coldfells. It has a climate and flora much like that of the Northern Forests. The landscape is dominated by rolling hills, scattered boulders and evergreen trees.

This rugged area has two faces, both saddening to any adventurous Hobbit or Elf. The day is ruled by the savage hillmen of the Rhudaur, who seem to be capable of not only surviving in this harsh realm, but also to coexist with the rulers of the night. Animals are less abundant and anything fluffy or cuddly seems to have left the area. The remaining elk and wolves benefit from lack of competition. At night, more sinister creatures rule. As soon as the thin sun sets, orcs, wargs, trolls, and hill-trolls take over.

Troll hoards and ruined towers hold treasure for the adventurous. But beware, as the Ettenmoors is frequently invaded by forces of Angmar, Gundabad and the Dúnedain of the North.

Upon entering this biome, the player earns the achievement "The Troll-fells".

  • A panorama of the Ettenmoors.

VariantsEdit

The Ettenmoors is defined as a 'mountains' biome variant which includes the following biome variants:

  • Standard - Normal mountainous Ettenmoors biome. This has high elevation differences and results in a 'rolling hill' landscape. As the climate is cold, snow can be found covering hills and treetops at relatively low altitude.
  • Forest - Forest covered mountainous rolling hills.
  • Light forest - Lightly forested mountainous rolling hills.
  • Pine forest - A forest dominated by pine trees.

StructuresEdit

The Ettenmoors are a barren land, yet the occurrence of non-natural structures is striking. Among many towering remnants of old ruined structures of Arnorian, Angmarian and undefined origin, the following structures can be found:

MobsEdit

Not very many mobs spawn during the day, but the following spawn during the night:

ConquestEdit

Ettenmoors can be conquered by Dúnedain of the North, High Elves, Gundabad and Angmar. The conquest rate is 0.75.

MiningEdit

Like with many mountain foothill biomes, gemstones are 1.5 times as common underground in the Ettenmoors as compared to most biomes, making mining here quite profitable.

VegetationEdit

Wolf Trio

A lone trio of Wolves wanders among a field of boulders.

The Ettenmoors have a taiga-like, boreal, coniferous vegetation, which is covered with snow at higher altitudes. Because of the cold climate, vegetation, like in most frigid areas, is fairly limited to a select few, hardy species, including spruce, fir and pine trees dominate the landscape, regardless of elevation. Very rarely, the player may be able to find athelas, a hint at the occupation of Rhudaur. Flowers are more rare in this harsh climate than in most, but grass growth is generally average.

TriviaEdit

As of Public Beta 28 the terrain generation of this biome creates a more rugged terrain. This biome is generated using the same routine as the Emyn Winion, but in a slightly less extreme manner.

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Angmar Shield  The Raiders of Angmar  Angmar Banner

NPCs: Orc (Archer, Banner Bearer, Bombardier) • Troll (Chieftain, Hill) • Warg (Bombardier)
Traders: ChieftainTrader
Items: Armour (Morgul, Morgul Horse, Warg) • ChainEquipment (Morgul) • Skull Staff
Blocks: BedBrickCrafting TableForgeTorch (Morgul)
Structures: CampDungeonHoardShrineTowerWarg Pit

Angmar Shield  The Hillmen of Rhudaur  Rhudaur Banner

NPCs: Rhudaur Hillman (Axe-thrower, Banner Bearer, Warrior)
Traders: Chieftain
Structures: CastleVillage

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

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