Lost trails of LoTRO: Vol VI

The lonely ride of Redwine Eardwrecca, exiled Rider of Rohan, continues. Retrace his hoofbeats from Vol I through II, III, IV, and V!

Inspired by a recent return to LoTRO RP, in the humble persona of a Bree-lander, this fortnight is a Brandy Hills edition. I’ll put the western swath of the Bree-land forward as one of the most idyllic settings in Turbine’s Middle-earth, easily rivaling the beauty of Evendim and Enedwaith – with an added, picnicky air those far-off places lack.

Which makes me wonder anew: with such places near at hand, why don’t more folks get out of the damned Pony?

Brandy Hills from Ost Barandor (59.2W, 26.4S)

View from Ost Barandor

Bree-land (59.2W, 26.4S)

Ost Barandor, in the Brandywood (not to be confused with Ost Baranor in the Chetwood), is arguably one of the most striking of the Arnorian ruins in the Bree-land.

Its very location and environs call to mind legends of the Dúnedain of the North and their wars with Angmar; as you climb the steep track to the precipice on which the fortress stands, you can almost picture arrows and flaming logs raining down from above.

The view from the fortress itself is quite stunning. Without panoramic trickery, it’s quite impossible for me to capture the Brandy Hills in all its glory from that dizzying height. But this shot should serve. It’s lovely roaming these rolling green hills under the sun, with small stubs of ruins almost everywhere for rest or shelter.

Starmere Lake (58.1W, 24.6S)

Starmere Lake

Bree-land (58.1W, 24.6S)

A tad too fanciful a name for a Bree-land locale, I think, but I like it nonetheless. It only occurred to me after I left that I should have stayed until nightfall to take this shot, and see if the stars really do shine in the water. There’s a thought: what if a Bree-lander traveled as far as the Dimrill Dale, and saw the Mirrormere? Budget version right here!

There’s actually a small ruin on the far bank, but some draw distance bug prevented it from showing up in my shots. Fine place to make camp if you’re coming here for a swim or some fishing.

Girdley Island (63.5W, 27.9S)

Girdley Island

Bree-land (63.5W, 27.9S)

Those boardwalks clear any doubt. Right smack in the middle of the Brandywine, this pretty little rock exists for one reason only: fishing. And with fishing still LoTRO’s only Hobby after 8 years, I’m surprised it doesn’t see more traffic from folks who like to mix RP and leveling.

There’s nothing else here but trees and a fauna or two. Given its proximity to the Shire, this could work as a hangout for (slightly more) adventurous hobbits who get a kick out of glimpsing the country of the Big Folk.

It’s safe, right? After all, the Bounders at the Brandywine Bridge are just a short hop south… wait, do you feel the ground shaking…?

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7 Responses to “Lost trails of LoTRO: Vol VI”

  1. Great pictures, as always. Love the view from Ost Barandor in particular. :)

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