LotRO Exploring Middle-earth: The Greenway
This week The Lord of the Rings Online feature Exploring Middle-earth spotlights the Greenway. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, this track is well known as the road Tom Bombadil set the hobbits upon after their narrow escape from their encounter with wights at the barrow of the Last Prince of Cardolan. In The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, the Greenway is still a dangerous road to travel, although it’s quite the place to find adventure.
In the days of Elendil and his descendents, the North Road ran from Fornost down through Andrath until it became the South Road at Tharbad. From there it continued all the way to Minas Tirith in Gondor as the primary trade-route between the North and South Kingdoms. The wars with Angmar and Rhudaur that brought the North-kingdom to an end also caused trade between north and south to fail.
Disused for a thousand years, particularly north of Bree, the Greenway is overgrown with grass and is little travelled except by refugees from the war-torn south. Brigands and ruffians lie in wait alongside the ancient highway waiting to prey on the weak and unguarded. Few now dare the treacherous wilds through which the Road runs.