On a time they took a boat and went down to the Gladden Fields, where there were great beds of iris and flowering reeds.

–Gandalf in The Fellowship of The Ring, The Shadow of The Past

The Gladden Fields were a marshland in the vale of the Gladden River, and on the banks of the river Anduin. It was there that the One Ring was lost by Isildur, and later found by Déagol, from whom it was stolen by Sméagol, who became Gollum.

Gundabad Orcs and Wargs spawn in this biome.

The Yellow Iris flower, from which is derived the Gladden Fields' name, in both English and Sindarin, grows here exclusively. Hobbits lived here hundreds of years ago.

Ruined houses can be found in this biome. Most of those are remnants of habitation by the Hobbits who once dwelled in these lands.

Upon entering this biome, the player earns the achievement "Watery Grave". This name might also be derived from the fact that quagmire spawns in this biome, which is a type of quicksand that will suck mobs (including the player) down and suffocate them.

Variants Edit

  • Swamp Upland - A version of the the biome with fewer pools, higher land generation, and many more trees.
  • Swamp Lowland - A variant of the the biome that is more or less flat, and is more like a vast pool choked with bits of land and quagmire.

Structures Edit

Alongside the weeds, scattered brick piles, and rotted houses, two structures generate here.

Mobs Edit

The only mobs that spawn here are the Orcs and Wargs of Gundabad, albeit only at night unless in an invasion force or as members of a camp.

Vegetation Edit

The Gladden Fields are a lush swampland and host a great variety of trees and small plants among the boggy pools. The trees of this forsaken swamp are mostly deciduous broadleaf trees including oak, birch, willow and the dominant swamp oaks (oaks with vines hanging from them usually found in swamps). Conifers like spruce, pine, and fir grow here as well though. The yellow iris flower is a plant species exclusive to this biome.

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The Gladden Fields

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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