Welcome to my first proper Before the Shadow Guide: The Many Folk of the Glanduin Deed. As with my other exploration deeds, I’ve provided information and a map to help you. But because Swanfleet and Cardolan are so new (at the time of writing), I’ve also added in extra screenshots. But there are no quest/story spoilers here, either. That’s because I want you to enjoy your journey through these areas, not simply tick them off your Deed Log. With that said, let’s embark on that journey, shall we?
Explorer of Swanfleet
The other sub-deeds are:
The Many Folk of the Glanduin Locations
As the Deed itself has done I have ordered these locations from West to East.
While the introduction starts in Mossward, deeds do not trigger until you are out of the intro. This is true for all starter regions. That said, you’ll pop right into Mossward after the final instance, so this location should tick off almost straight away!
Getting to Mossward
If your character has not started here, then you can take a direct Stablemaster/Horse-Taxi from Michel Delving.
Mossward is a Bree-land style village (or town, depending on your perspective) that is mostly inhabited by those of the Race of Man. That said, they welcome any non-troublemakers, not that visitors are frequent, according to an early quest.
After the introductory tutorial quest you run through after creating a character in Before the Shadow, the village has a wide range of facilities. These include basic vendors, a milestone and a Stable-Master. Other facilites can be found in Lhan Garan.
Clegur appears to be a combined Shire-Hobbit and Stoor village, though most are Stoors. It’s your first view of how some villages work in Swanfleet.
Whereas in the Shire, holes are built on ground level, here they can be constructed into the cliffside at various heights. Though this is not as extreme as Glyn Helyg, as you’ll see!
About Lhan Garan
Lhan Garan is a new Dunlending village that’s still getting established. As such, expect to be recruited in tasks to aid them in their settlement. Here you’ll find facilities useful for you also:
- LOTRO Fishing Hobby-Master
- Crafting Facilities
- Wenda Cranesbill – the VIP Town-Services NPC.
Just take a few minutes to scope out Lhan Garan. The crafting facilities are not all together and that can be confusing. The Metalsmith trainer is not by the forges, which is one good example.
About Glyn Helyg
The first thing to say is that you may well be able to map Glyn Helyg without entering it properly. At river level there is a water-wheel and, upon reaching it, you’ll see that you’re technically in Glyn Helyg.
The second thing about this place is that getting into the village is purposefully tricky. I’ll do a quick walk-through of this shortly, but there is a quest at the waterwheel that leads you to the entrance.
I’d suggest either waiting for that quest or pay Mithril Coins and make sure you unlock the Stable-Master!
Having completed Enedwaith and Dunland multiple times in LOTRO, I had thought Lintrev would be another Dunlending village. Turns out, it’s just the name that sounds Dunlendish (like Galtrev). This place is definitely a Stoor village! But unlike the Hobbits you’ve met so far, these ones live in houses.
A large farm and a watchtower are the most prominant features here. Without giving spoilers, there’s a fab questline here that should invoke some smiles, if not laughs.
About Echad Terthas
There are not many other screenshots to be taken at Echad Terthas than the one I’ve given you. As its name suggests, it’s a camp.
Now, I also can’t really say much about the people here without giving spoilers. So far we’ve met Women and Men, Stoors and Dunlendings (plus a Dwarf at Mossward!) in The Many Folk of the Glanduin Deed. But you’ll see a Dúnadan and a few Elves here. Take time to enjoy their quests and hear their stories.
I can’t remember why Idhobel is not an “echad” also off-hand. It may be its ancient name. I’ll try and re-dig that up for yous. Despite its meagre size, there are important facilities here:
- Basic Vendor NPC, including Repair Service.
Make sure you unlock the Stable-Master, as this is the furthest East of all of the Many Folk of the Anduin Deed! You don’t want to be running or riding back here just because you left your milestone at Mossward and forgot to unlock the horse-taxi!
TL;DR The Many Folk of the Glanduin Deed Summary
While this deed is not difficult, it is your first introduction to, well, the many folk in Swanfleet! Doing quests in their villages and outposts gives you a real feel for the difficulties they face: ruffian thieves, infringing Uruk-hai, getting sufficient food or supporting them in mourning for what the area once was.
Apart from the quicker slayer ones, the Many Folk of the Glanduin deed will probably be the first one in Swanfleet you complete. Just remember to “Stop and Stare” and enjoy your questing in LOTRO’s Before the Shadow!