As terrifying, haunting and sometimes downright disgusting the Barrow-Downs are, they play a huge role in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. If not for this area, Tom Bombadil would not have rescued the Hobbits from Wights, for example. So, with this in mind, the LOTRO Barrow-Downs Deed sees you going where brave (and not-so-brave) LOTR characters have already been.
It’s an Explorer Deed in a Non-Explorer Deed’s Clothing
Where a lot of similar deeds in LOTRO are called “Explorer” this one does not have that label. However it does fit into the “parent” deed.
Which Places Do I Need To Find?
There are a few places you need to visit – some of which are in the Northern barrows and some in the Southern ones. So I’d advise you being at least Level 20 before starting the Barrow-Downs Deed in LOTRO.
Coordinates: 30.3S, 56.0W In the North-Western corner of the Northern Barrow Downs.
Shockingly, I know, but the Northern Barrows are in the North of the Downs (not the North Downs, so don’t get confused)! Who would have thought, eh? If you enter the Barrow Downs from the North (not through The Old Forest) then turn right and head West. If you are coming from the Old Forest (maybe after looking for the flowers), then turn left and head North. Here are the Northern Barrows:
Coordinates: 33.8S, 55.8W Further South, approaching the paths to the Southern Barrow Downs.
The Dead Spire is a really obvious landmark within the Northern Barrow-Downs. Arguably the most obvious. The enormous standing-stone type rock sits atop a small hill and is surrounded by a circle of smaller stones.
Various quests bring you here, including those granting by the Wandering Shade.
While you only have two places to find here, one is at one end and the other nearly at the furthest point away!
The Great Barrow
Coordinates: 32.1S, 56.0W At the Northern edge of the Southern Barrow Downs.
While you can go to the Great Barrow on landscape as normal, you actually tick this off sooner when you are doing the Epic in the Old Forest. This is Volume I, Book 1: Othrongoth. It’s where you meet the lovely chappy in the video on the right (or below on smaller screens).
Of course, if your character is a throw-away deeder then ignore what I just said and run into the Barrow-Downs like a crazy. You can’t miss it, it’s so “great” it even says so on the in-game map!
Coordinates: 35.5S, 53.9W The humungous ruin in the South-Eastern corner of the Southern Barrow-Downs
If you thought The Dead Spire was hard to miss, then Ost Gorthad makes the spire seem puny. This enormous ruin (which is not part of the Ruins of Bree-land Deed) ticks off the deed well before the map marker – and I’m fairly sure that it’s even before you set food inside it. As with other locations in this guide, various quests bring you here, including gathering Remembrances during the Anniversary Eriador Scavenger Hunt.
The life of an adventurer isn’t entirely thankless. The Valar, thankfully, will bestow rewards on you as deeds don’t have quest-givers. So for randomly running around to discover places you should rightfully be running away from, you’ll get:
TL;DR Explore the Barrow Downs (Deed) – Fun For All the Family?
Well, perhaps not. But at least you only have to visit five locations before you get the heck out of there! While you’re clearing The Barrow-Downs Deed, remember to tick off Wights and Barghests from the Slayer of Bree-land Deed. This place is hardly a tourist hotspot, so who wants to return to it more than is necessary anyway? Happy Deeding!
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