The North Downs in LOTRO is an expansive region home to a variety of races. Men and women are found in various places, but especially in and near Trestlebridge. Dwarves have their own fort in the North. Jorthkin (Earthkin) inhabit much of the eastern edge, while Meluinen is home to a small group of Elves. The Dùnedain Rangers protect their mostly-hidden stronghold of Esteldin, with some of their number being out in the wilds, as you would expect. So it’s no surprise that the different people groups have their own troubles and concerns. From the shades of Oathbreakers roaming the Fields of Fornost, to Wargs roaming freely in formerly-free lands, to Orcs and Goblins invading Nan Wathren and Dol Dinen. Finally, just to the North the Enemy stronghold of Angmar rises once more. All these enemies need battling against and this LOTRO North Downs Slayer Deeds and Map is here to help you do just that!
As a quick note, especially if you’re a new player or newly arrived to the North Downs, you do not need to do any of the Fornost instances to complete the North Downs Slayer Deed. Everything can be done in the landscape.
The Goblin Slayer Deed in the North Downs is probably the most tricky to do efficiently. While Goblins can be found in a number of places, the areas where they’re most prevalent tend to be targeted by deeders. And that’s the same thing you’ll be doing! So be patient, group up with others if you can – and gradually work on this deed as you quest throughout the North Downs.
Annundir (11.9S, 49.9W)
This mini goblin stronghold is just South of Nathan Hodge’s Farm (11.0S, 50.3W) and Minas Vrun. The nearest stable master is Amon Raith. Bear in mind there are two levels to this Goblin-hold. The entrance is at (11.9S, 49.9W):
If you enter Dol Dinen from Taur Gonwaith you can find a few Goblins before you enter Dol Dinen proper. You may encounter a few Wargs too. There’s a small Goblin camp (15.7S, 39.9W), for example, but see the Map for other locations.
As with various regions in Middle-Earth, Orc invaders have been sent en masse to the North Downs. If you do most or all of the quests in this area you will complete the Orc Slayer Deed without thinking about it. That said here are the main areas you can find them Orcses.
Norbury Gates – Fornost (18.8S, 55.2W)
Merenost, Meluinen (15.2W, 43.2S)
There are Orcs in Dol Dinen in the very South East of the North Downs. However, if you’re trying to make completing this deed as painless as possible, don’t go here until you have to. There are plenty of Orcs pretty much anywhere else!
After battling Wights in both Bree-land and the Lone-Lands, you can be forgiven for having had enough of the Dead! Thankfully, for the most part, you’re just dealing with the Shades of Oathbreakers in the Fields of Fornost. There are wights in the far West of the North Downs, but these are few in number.
Redeeming the Shades of Fornost
To complete the Shade Slayer Deed – actually called “Redeemer” in your Deed Log – is not difficult. North of Trestlebridge lie the Fields of Fornost, the location of an ancient battle. Its Oathbreakers roam freely and you can find a fair few quests to help with the Rangers of Esteldin reputation. Some of those are repeatable (e.g. Blood-Eye’s Pack).
Night or Daytime?
As with other Dead/Wight areas in LOTRO, I believe you can find more Shades during the nighttime, rather than the day time.
While there are plenty of Shades throughout the Fields of Fornost, there are two locations where you’ll find a larger number together.
Amon Amrûn (10.5S, 52.7W)
Tham Lorn (11.2S, 59.2W)
As with Orc Slayer, there are Trolls in Dol Dinen. However, the best place to complete Troll Slayer is in Taur Gonwaith, east of Meluinen. You should also be aware that you will almost certainly find other deeding players in this area, because out of Dol Dinen, Taur Gonwaith is the only place to find them. I strongly suggest grouping up if you find others there – or come back another time if you’d rather complete the Troll Slayer Deed on your own.
Realistically, Warg Slayer should be completed gradually as you quest through the North Downs. If you’re just focussing on Wargs on their own, you could travel between these suggested areas. You’ll see a collection of Wargs in Nan Wathren on the Map. There are five or six at Higropor, but these are Elite-strength, so avoid it on-level unless you’re grouped up!
Haudh Eglan, Annundir (7.6S, 49.5W)
Nan Amlug East
Rhunenlad (13.1S, 37.1)
Worm Slayer is a strange one! Unless you pick up quests at the Treasure-Hunter’s Camp in Fornost, you do not actually face Worms until much later in the region. And depending on which quest chains you do, you may not encounter them at all! That said, here are the two main locations:
Fornost (around 5.5S, 56.1W)
Angmar, but not Angmar
Take the western pass heading to Angmar (5.9S, 40.8W) and not the eastern. Your path takes you above the start of Angmar, but sort of not into it. This is Ram Duath and is brimming with (non-Signature) Worms – and drakes. If you’re an Elf, you can progress the Enmity of the Drakes racial deed here too.
North Downs Slayer Deeds – Rewards
I’ve listed the rewards for completing the North Downs Slayer Deeds. For simplicity I’ve added the reputation and LOTRO Points for ticking off both stages of the slayer deeds.
- Slayer Deed (Rewards added together):
- Slayer of the North Downs
- Rangers of Esteldin Reputation: 900
- Marks: 100
- Virtue XP: 2,000
And here is that Slayer Deed Map! I’ve marked any areas worth investigating, but it’s worth being aware of your surroundings. Wargs especially, roam Kingsfell and Nan Amlug East (usually) on their own.