Where do I start the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood?
The starting quest is available from Aran Greenwith in Trestlebridge in the North Downs. If you walk or ride in from the South (from Bree, for example), enter the town and take the first left. There you’ll find the questgivers and vendors.
As with all the other quests in the Wildwood, the quests are Level 45.
Woodcutter’s Brotherhood NPCs
I thought it would be helpful to just give you a quick overview of the NPCs you’ll be interacting regularly with as you play the Wildwood of Bree-land questpack.
Aran is your primary contact for the Woodcutter’s questline. While I won’t be going into that story, if you’re not yet Kindred, those quests also give more repuation.
As the League of the Axe has a standalone second mini-story (Minda Heathertoes), so too does the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood. Theirs starts with Into the Wildwood with Cad Buckhorn. He is also a Questgiver for the following daily repeatable quests:
The only Elf NPC in the Trestlebridge base is Radhril. She oversees the Wildwood Missions, which can be repeated daily. Moreover, she accompanies you on those Missions. As these are factionless quests, they count towards the 10-quest daily.
Earning Woodcutter’s Brotherhood Reputation
- That faction’s questline,
- Daily 10-Quest Wrapper (presuming you picked up the Brotherhood’s wrapper, not the League’s!)
- Repeatable daily quests, and
- Consuming reputation items (please do remember to consume them! Default: Right Click). These give you 1000 Reputation each, before any acceleration tomes.
Woodcutter’s Brotherhood Tokens
Consumable Woodcutter’s Brotherhood Tokens . These are worth 1,000 Reputation each when consumed. This is before any bonuses through reputation acceleration tomes, for example. These tokens are awarded for completing faction-specific quests as well as actual reputation for completing them.
Daily 10-Quest Wrapper
Requires: Surveying the Wild Lands.
These can be
- Bounty Postings
- Wildwood Missions
- Items from the Wildwood Bulletin
- Auto-bestowed quests, which can include enemy strongholds, or named monsters/foes.
Woodcutter’s Brotherhood Quests
As I said, I’m not going to go into the storylines of the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood. This is a spoiler-free zone! So these are the repeatable quests you can complete for repuation with the Brotherhood. The only exception to this rule is the first quest:
Surveying the Wild Lands
I’m including this quest because it grants reputation but writing up the guide does not give any story spoilers away. Completing it also unlocks the daily repeatable quests. The first step is to understand the support the Brotherhood has from key leaders in Trestlebridge.
Learn of the Brotherhood
Nellie Boskins is the leader of the people of Trestlebridge. You can find her in her home. Nelly Boskins’ House
Coordinates: 17.7S, 53.9W
He is really obvious and not at all difficult to find. Kind of a necessity, what with being a guard and all that.
Coordinates: 17.4S, 53.9W
Aggy Digweed guards Trestlebridge at the town-end of the Trestlespan.
Coordinates: 17.2S, 53.8W
You can find Giles Chawich just outside Trestlebridge Gate (North) on the road between Bree-land and the North Downs.
As your first task in joining the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood, Aran wants you to get to know the wood by going to scout key locations. He also points out that Orcs and Brigands could use fewer hands for their cause, so can you take out 10 Orcs and/or Brigands. This is so the wood is safe(r) for gathering reconstruction materials.
Okay, just so you know, you don’t need to go looking for brigands and orcs for this quest. Once you have surveyed all five locations below you can clear this requirement. Assuming you do more than get close enough to map it, and then run off, anyway! You may as well start earning the Tokens of the Wild and do the auto-bestowed quests at each location.
Click/tap on the thumbnail to open up the map showing all five locations.
Not far from Trestlebridge, after you’ve run the gauntlet of all those roots, you come across Norwarden. This is the first enemy camp you’ll see after starting jobs for the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood.
When I visited, this was overrun with Half-Orcs. Also, especially when doing Destroying the Barricades, please be aware that Sutwarden has two “levels” and two ground-level sets of steps. Though you can run in a “U” shape – i.e. up one set of steps, around to the other side, and down the second set of steps.
Overwine Hall looks huge from the outside, but the “active area” inside is actually pretty small. This means firstly that clearing the barricades and enemies is quicker. And secondly, that more enemies will pounce you as they’re closer together!
The Old Bluff-house is a beautiful little ruin, though compared to the others must be an underwhelming stronghold for the Brigands or Orcs! Relieve them of their disappointment by defeating them to progress the slayer deed.
There are no dailies here because, well, you can see why!
Marl’s Crossing is a long hike to the North-North-West of the Wildwood of Bree-land. Beautiful, but long. You’ll likely spot the top of this tower before you see the reason for the name – an enormous bridge.
Expect enemies to be here. The questline for the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood will bring you back here also, but I won’t say why! There are no dailies here, though.
Brigands and/or Orcs
I won’t be going into the content of that story.
Assisting the Reconstruction
Quest-giver: Nessa Larch
Repairing and rebuilding Trestlebridge is messy work! As someone who is learning woodwork (in the non-gaming world, I mean), it’s so easy to leave wood scraps and planks everywhere. And that’s what Nessa is concerned about. Your job then is to collect Wood Scraps and return them to the lumber pile in the HQ area.
Collect 12 × Wood Scraps from in/around Trestlebridge
Having said they are “scraps”, they’re not really, they’re just perfectly functional piles of planks. And they’re not difficult to spot. Anyway I’ve given you some locations here.
- 18.1S, 53.8W
- 17.9S, 53.9W (3 × Wood Scraps)
- 17.8S, 53.9W (behind a cart being mended by a Dallin Endholder)
- 17.6S, 54.0W
- 17.2S, 53.8W (near the Trestlebridge end of the Trestlespan)
- 17.5S, 54.2W (2 × Wood Scraps) near the coffin-maker (Severin Wheeler)
- 17.8S, 54.2W (2 × Wood Scraps) near the Reflecting Pool
- 17.7S, 54.2W (2 × Wood Scraps) at the gate between the Brotherhood’s base and Trestlebridge
Yes, there are more than 12 you can find.
Deliver to the Lumber Pile
Good Will Towards Trestlebridge
Quest-giver: Nessa Larch
War affects every people-group involved, but the ones that can understand it least are often children. Nessa wants to give a gift of meat to the children of Trestlebridge and spread some joy – as well as food.
Collect the Cured Meat
Give Meat to Children × 8
Here are some example coordinates of children. Aside from one or two that are hiding a little, they’re not difficult to spot. They can give different reactions, from the very serious to the disbelief that meat could be for them.
- 18.1S, 53.7W
- 18.1S, 53.6W
- 18.0S, 53.6W
- 18.0S, 53.7W
- 17.9S, 53.7W
- 17.8S, 53.8W
- 17.9S, 53.8W
Some of the Children to Help You
What is it with adventurers always being asked to tidy up other people’s messes? Bad planning on the staffing side if you ask me! But as with Good Will Towards Trestlebridge you’re being asked to clean up crates littering the town.
1. Collect Empty Crates × 12
Now, you got away lightly with the Wood Scraps. Crates, on the other hand have some tricksy hiding places. Make sure to check behind buildings, as well as in front.
- 17.7S, 54.5W
- 17.6S, 54.3W
- 17.8S, 54.2W (near the Reflecting Pool)
- 17.5S, 53.9W (two crates)
- 17.9S, 53.9W
- 17.9S, 53.8W (next to the oven in Trestlebridge)
- 17.9S, 53.7W (in crafting area)
- 18.0S, 53.6W (in a trailer)
Then they get inventive, so you have to explore:
- 17.5,53.8 (outside the door round the back)
- 17.5,54.2 (near the coffin-maker, easy to run past this one.)
- 17.9,53.6 (Near the Stablemaster, partially hidden by a horse and the pillars)
Just a Few Shots
I find putting floaty names on (default ‘N’ key) really helpful, especially during daytime where the glowy effect is less obvious.
Deliver Empty Crates to the Storehouse
Collect Sap from 10 × Tree Tappers
Now, I suspect there are more than 10 to find as with other Wildwood quests. Below are the coordinates of 10 I found today. I have also given a map – but be warned that it is approximate as LOTRO’s map cannot be zoomed in, in-game. Also, Orcs roam the area, so go ahead and whack a few for fun. Whack-an-Orc.
- 19.3S, 57.0W
- 19.4S, 56.9W
- 19.4S, 57.3W
- 19.7S, 56.6W
- 20.3S, 57.5W
- 20.6S, 57.1W
- 20.6S, 56.4W
- 20.2S, 56.1W
- 20.1S, 56.2W
- 19.8S, 56.0W
What Tree Tappers Look Like
I don’t want to duplicate what I have on another post, so you can see the list of Brotherhood rewards on my Wildwood Guide.
TL;DR Start Rebuilding Trestlebridge with the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood!
Well, I hope this gave you a good introduction to the Woodcutter’s Brotherhood faction in the LOTRO Wildwood region. There is really no shortage of content in here – and achieving Kindred with them is not a grind. I know this because I hate grinding and it’s never felt like that. As a bonus, as you progress through the Brotherhood’s storyline, parts of Trestlebridge do get repaired! Thanks for being here and have fun in LOTRO!