What is the Wildwood of Bree-land?
Where is the Wildwood?
The Wildwood of Bree-land is a region nestled between the North Downs and Evendim, and is situated North of Bree-land. It is an area with no connection to the Epic questline but with its own stories (there are two primary ones). It was the first of the new lower-level regions developed by LOTRO to give characters an alternative leveling experience. SSG also showed they were up for developing new content for players lower down the levels – not just end game.
Aimed at Lower Levels
You can begin the Wildwood region from Level 45 and, now that I’ve nearly completed all the deeds, you can level up to L52-53 quite comfortably. By that I mean without boosts or XP events and so on.
As a player who’s never been (and will never be) at the latest “end game”, I was really excited by this and I’ve really enjoyed this.
More Lower-Level Regions?
In the last Producer’s Letter of 2021, LOTRO announced that another such region was in the works for launch in the first quarter of 2022! I’m much looking forward to that.
Screenshots of the Wildwoods
Before I launch into the details about this region in LOTRO, I want to show you some shots of it first. Because gaming should be more than just leveling and making numbers bigger.
How to Buy the Questpack Region
According to the Wiki, you can acquire it either:
- LOTRO Points: 1195
- For free while you have VIP Status
Where Do I Start the Wildwoods?
As you enter Trestlebridge from the South (from Bree-land) turn West and head through the archway. Speak with Aran Greenwith to get started with the Woodcutters Brotherhood questline.
Trader’s Wharf was one of those geographical areas that looked like something should happen there, or some quests started there. Yet you usually had no reason to go. Now you do! Once you arrive, speak to Enid Nettlesting to begin the League of the Axe questline.
How To Reach the Start of the Wildwood Quests
Before you have earned the return to, muster or guide skills for Trestlebridge and Trader’s Wharf, you’ll need to navigate there yourself. Here’s how:
From Bree, take the West Gate and head North. Stick on that path and you’ll eventually reach the Trestlebridge Gate. It is a really lovely ride or walk and will only take a couple of minutes on horseback.
You can take the Stablemaster (aka “Horse Taxi”, as I call it) from Bree West Gate to Trestlebridge, assuming you’ve already unlocked your destination stables.
From the North Downs, take the Stablemaster from Esteldin to Trestlebridge. Again, I’ve assumed a prior visit here. If you haven’t unlocked the Trestlebridge Stablemaster for some reason you could ride or walk all the way from Esteldin to Trestlebridge. But the Bree run feels quicker.
Okay, this one’s a bit trickier – at least for the first time. Apart from actually traversing the whole of the Wildwood from Trestlebridge (not a bad idea, actually), the other ways involve water.
Swim the Brandywine
From the point Bree-land becomes the Shire, swim North up the Brandywine River (as you do during Tale of a Shipwrecked Mariner). The Wharf is on your right (East).
Trek & Swim
The nearest Stablemaster is Dwaling (Evendim, 20.8S, 64.7S). Head there, then go East to the shore of the Brandywine and swim across. You’re still in Everswim, remember?
Unlocking Return To, Musters and Guides
Unlike many reputation factions in Middle-Earth, you only need to acquire Acquaintance standing with the respective factions.
Return to Trestlebridge
Acquaintance standing with the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood
Cost: 25 × Token of the Wild
NPC: Trestlebridge, Quartermaster (17.7S, 54.4W)
Return to Trader’s Wharf
Acquaintance standing with the League of the Axe
Cost: 25 × Token of the Wild
NPC: Trader’s Wharf, Quartermaster (21.4S, 61.4W)
The Two Wildwood Factions
The reason there are two bases of operations in the Wildwood of Bree-land is because there are two groups interested in it – for two different reasons. They are not at war with each other (as such), they just have different goals – and you can achieve Kindred standing with both sides relatively easily.
The Woodcutter’s Brotherhood
The Woodcutter’s Brotherhood (and sisterhood…) have set up their base at Trestlebridge. This is because their aim is the rebuilding and recovery of the town. And, as the story progresses, you will see small improvements they make too.
From Trestlebridge you can also undertake Missions – but note these are not for Woodcutter’s Brotherhood Tokens or League of the Axe Tokens as they are factionless. Intead, you earn Bree-land Wood-marks .
The League of the Axe
Enid Nettlesting tells you in your first quest that her people have had to endure a lot of hardship. So they are making a new home for themselves at Trader’s Wharf, and to make a name for themselves. (I’m not going to tell you any more about them as you’ll discover this as you progress the League of the Axe questline!).
Another priority for the League is to be careful how to use the resources of the Wildwood.
Extracting resources from these lands in a way that does not hurt the Wildwood.
You’ll have to scout the woods and check out some of the natural resources there to gain admittance to the League.
You can improve your standings with the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood and the League of the Axe in various ways:
Both the main story for each faction and the daily repeatable quests from NPCs grant reputation for their faction.
League of the Axe Only
Minda, who is starts off at Trader’s Wharf, has a non-repeatable questline. Her quests give both reputation with the League of the Axe and League of the Axe Tokens .
Daily (10 Quest) Repeatable
Complete factionless quests, to get some faction-specific reputation. Which faction you are supporting that day depends where you picked up the daily. For the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood, speak to Aran Greenwith and for the League of the Axe, speak with Enid Nettlesting.
Missions count towards this daily, as they are factionless. Bounty Postings also count, for the same reason, regardless of which base you pick them up from.
- League of the Axe Tokens
- Woodcutter’s Brotherhood Tokens
These reputation items can be consumed to increase reputation or used to barter for rewards with the related faction.
Completion of Deeds
As with all reputation vendors in LOTRO, you unlock the ability to barter for items as your standing increases. To be fair, it may take you until Kindred to amass enough Marks of the Wild anyway! Also note some items are for Marks of the Wild, while others are for or .
Available from Both Factions
- Housing: “Wildwood” Themes (Housing Music): 25 ×
- 10 × Wildwood Cram: 75 ×
The Woodcutter’s Brotherhood
- Marks of the Wild × 5: 1 × Woodcutter’s Brotherhood Token
- Return to Trestlebridge: 25 ×
- Guide to Trestlebridge: 25 ×
- Muster in Trestlebridge: 25 ×
- Gear: Elegant Bracelet of the Wildwood: 100 ×
- Gear: Polished Bracelet of the Wildwood: 100 ×
- Gear: Peerless Bracelet of the Wildwood: 100 ×
- Gear: Elegant Earring of the Wildwood: 100 ×
- Gear: Polished Earring of the Wildwood: 100 ×
- Gear: Peerless Earring of the Wildwood: 100 ×
- Cosmetic Pet: Tome of the Wildwood Tusker: 30 ×
- Decoration: Wildwood Banner: 25 ×
- Wild Root Whistle: 100 ×
- Decoration: Woodcutter’s Stone Outbuilding: 150 ×
- Decoration: Workman’s Shed: 125 ×
- Decoration: Workman’s Wheelbarrow: 50 ×
- 10 × Logs of Black Ash Wood: 25 ×
The League of the Axe
- Marks of the Wild × 5: 1 × League of the Axe Token
- League of the Axe Token : 20 × Marks of the Wild
- Return to Trader’s Wharf: 25 ×
- Guide to Trader’s Wharf: 25 ×
- Muster in Trader’s Wharf: 25 ×
- Gear: Wildwood Greaves: 150 ×
- Gear: Wildwood Leggings: 150 ×
- Gear: Wildwood Trousers: 150 ×
- Gear: Wildwood Sabatons: 150 ×
- Gear: Wildwood Boots: 150 ×
- Gear: Wildwood Shoes: 150 ×
- Cosmetic Pet: Tome of the Young Wild Moose: 30 ×
- Decoration: Model Trader’s Wharf Ship: 25 ×
- Decoration: Simple Replica Arnorian Tomb: 100 ×
- Decoration: Tall Replica Arnorian Tomb: 100 ×
- Decoration: Elaborate Replica Arnorian Tomb: 100 ×
- Outfit Cosmetic: Ceremonial Hooded Cloak of the Wildwood: 150 ×
- 10 × Chunks of Ancient Iron Ore: 25 ×
- 10 × Chunks of Ancient Silver Ore: 25 ×
Bree-land Wood-marks (Missions Currency)
You can trade these with Radhril at Trestlebridge.
There are a lot of rewards available, including gear relevant to your level. So instead of listing them all here, I’m just going to say visit the Wiki for the full list.
Wildwood of Bree-land Deeds
- Explorer of the Wildwood
- Quests of the Wildwood
(which includes a separate Missions portion)
- Slayer of the Wildwood
(which includes a Mission-slayer deed)
- The League of the Wildwood
Once you have cleared all four of the main categories, you receive the Wild Trestlebridge Steed as a prize! Unlike the other LOTRO Reputation Mounts, you don’t have to pay with any coin or token for it!
TL;DR – Jump into the Wildwood of Bree-land Today
I can highly recommend this region. The Wildwood of Bree-land has two fab stories, relaxing scenery and music, and attainable reputation tracks. It’s also a great way to level from L45-50+ as an alternative to running Eriador regions. Now I’ve completed one run fully…I’m starting another one! Go on, jump into the Wildwoods. But mind the wildlife, tomb-robbers, orcs and the usual nasties, alright?