The Northlands straddle the border between Forodwaith and the rest of Middle-earth. It is similar to the ice plains biome in vanilla Minecraft, except Gundabad Orcs, wolves and Wargs spawn at night, along with ruined houses. The grass is brown here, instead of the blue-green of the vanilla variant. The precipitation in this biome is snow instead of rain, but, unlike Forodwaith, the player won't take frost damage in this biome.

Glflegolas did a regional spotlight on the Northlands (although then it was called the Tundra,) which may be found here. If you plan on visiting, make sure to check that out.

Sub-biomes Edit

Northern ForestsEdit

The Northern Forests makes up the less barren south of the Northlands, forming the border between the northern Tundra and the more temperate lands of Middle-earth. The area is densely forested with spruce, fir, and pine trees dominating the untouched Taiga woodland. These Northern coniferous woods are home to much more large animal species than the unhospitable northland plain.

Variants Edit

As the Northlands and Northern Forests contain differing fauna and geography, lists of variants for each is given below.

Northlands Edit

  • Standard - Normal northland biome.
  • 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.
  • Dead forests of oak, spruce and mixed oak and spruce - Lands covered in forests whose glory is passing away. The forests' 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.

Northern Forests Edit

The Northern forests is, unsurprisingly, a forest biome and has the following variants:

  • Standard - Normal Taiga biome, which is relatively densely forested.
  • 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.
  • Hills - A hilly landscape with a higher average elevation.
  • Clearing - Clearings in the surrounding forest without any trees and a typically flat surface.
  • Light Forest - Lightly forested lands.
  • Dead spruce forest - Lands covered in forests whose glory is passing away. The forests' density is comparable to the light forest variant, but there are many stems of dead, leafless trees.
  • Pine forest - A forest dominated with pine trees.


Two structures spawn in this biome:

  • Ruined Houses - Burnt down houses that contain chests, furnaces, and crafting tables.
  • Orc Dungeons - Underground stone brick dungeons, occupied by Orcs.


The only mobs that spawn here are the Orcs and Wargs of Gundabad, and they only show up at night.

  • Gundabad Orcs - Orcs from Mount Gundabad in the Misty Mountains allied only to themselves.
  • Gundabad Orc Archers - Gundabad Orcs who use bows and arrows.
  • Gundabad Wargs (can be ridden) - Wargs (giant wolves) allied with the Gundabad Orcs.

Even though creatures of Gundabad spawn here, there are no Orc camps from which players can hire units.

Conquest Edit

Northlands can be conquered by Gundabad and Dúnedain of the North. The conquest rate is 1.0.

Vegetation Edit

The normal Northlands are rather devoid of vegetation, due to their all enveloping blanket of snow, but the Great Northern Foreset is, in itself, a forest of spruce, fir, and pine trees.


  • Gruk's House can be found here.
  • The weather is rather cold and rough in the Northlands. Therefore perhaps this rune fits here: The anglo-saxon hægl-rune (= letter H) means "hail" (ice pellets). Tolkien used those ᚱᚢᚾᛖᛋ for some texts in the initial drafts of "The Lord of the Rings", later on, he replaced them by cirth runes.
Hail is the whitest of grain;
it is whirled from the vault of heaven
and is tossed about by gusts of wind
and then it melts into water.

Old English rune poem

  • Prior to Public Beta 33, the Northlands and Northern Forests were named Tundra and Taiga, respectively.

Gallery Edit

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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