LotRO Exploring Middle-earth: The Silver Deep
The Lord of the Rings Online Exploring Middle-earth feature highlights the Silver Deep this week.
In the days after Thráin II left his home in the Blue Mountains for the Wilderlands, his son, the great Thorin Oakenshield, began to improve upon the halls he had built. As Thorin continued to expand his halls, perhaps in an effort to recreate one of the great dwarf-kingdoms once found beneath Ered Luin, he ordered a new hall to be delved beneath the place where the Elf-refuge of Edhelion had once stood.
The Silver Deep was never completed, however, for the dangers of the ancient relics of Edhelion were brought to Thorin’s attention by Gandalf the Grey as they prepared to begin their journey to the Shire, and thence to the Lonely Mountain. Thorin ordered the Silver Deep closed and sealed forever. A guard was set upon the mine, and they remained shut even after Thorin was slain in the Battle of Five Armies, and Durin’s Folk returned to their home in the Lonely Mountain far to the east.
The Silver Deep is one of the first settings Dwarves experience in the Lord of the Rings Online game. Elves and Dwarves also revisit these haunting halls in the tutorial area. The designers of The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar took particular care in creating this dwarf-hold of Thorin’s Hall in Ered Luin. It’s said that the Silver Deep holds a secret that could spell ruin for all of Eriador. It may yet have another part to play in future books of The Lord of the Rings.