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The Blue Mountains

There were, however, dwarves on the road in unusual numbers. The ancient East-West Road ran through the Shire to its end at the Grey Havens, and dwarves had always used it on their way to their mines in the Blue Mountains. They were the hobbits’ chief source of news from distant parts - if they wanted any: as a rule dwarves said little and hobbits asked no more. But now Frodo often met strange dwarves of far countries, seeking refuge in the West. They were troubled, and some spoke in whispers of the Enemy and of the Land of Mordor.”

FotR Ch. 2: “The Shadow of the Past”

This is ArdaCraft’s recreation of the Blue Mountains, also known as the Ered Luin, from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.


In the early days of Arda after the fall of the Two Lamps, the Blue Mountains were formed as the Valar widened the Great Sea and thrust Middle-earth eastward to protect Valinor. The Blue Mountains lined up with the Grey Mountains of the northlands, forming the western wall of Arda.

Sometime during the Years of the Trees two Dwarven Fathers awoke under Mount Dolmed and founded the two westernmost houses of the Dwarves (the Firebeards and Broadbeams). They subsequently built two great city-states, Nogrod and Belegost.

In the First Age, the Blue Mountains were an unbroken line separating Eriador from Beleriand. Seven rivers flowed from its western side, and the land these rivers flowed through was known as Ossiriand. Later, when the Green-elves settled there, the land was called Lindon, and the mountains sometimes referred to as the Ered Lindon.

The Blue Mountains were ruined during the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age, and in the south central end of the range the sea broke through (as can be seen on the map above). The River Lhûn now flowed through the mountains to the Gulf of Lune. On the western side a part of Lindon remained, and here the retreating Elves built the kingdom of Lindon, ruled by Ereinion Gil-galad, last High King of the Noldor.

The Dwarven cities of Nogrod and Belegost were also ruined when the mountains were broken, and the survivors migrated east to Khazad-dûm (Moria), joining Durin’s Folk there.

In the Third Age the Blue Mountains saw the return of Dwarves due to the isolation/stagnation of Khazad-dûm, and the later awakening of Durin's Bane (the Balrog). It later became the new home for many of Durin's Folk who were exiled from their halls in Erebor by Smaug the Dragon who had driven them out. After the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, King Thráin II established his throne in the Northern range beyond the River Lhûn, and later his son Thorin ruled after he went missing. This outpost became known as Thorin’s Halls.


The Blue Mountains are an on-going, complex project which involve several stages of construction. Firstly, the terrain is created in WorldPainter (though later improved in-game with VoxelSniper) with attention paid to geologic and botanical accuracy, and then added to the map. Secondly, the construction of the various locations within the mountains begins.

When completed, there will be roughly twelve dwarven mines in the Blue Mountains - some abaondoned and ruined, and some still in use. Every effort has been made to make these mines as functional and realistic as possible, with underground streets, workshops for professions ranging from carpenter to goldsmith, record rooms, bathouses, kitchens, forges, waterworks and even cesspits all built.

The Blue Mountains form part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety. Credit goes to Fornad and wheellee for WorldPainting these mountains, Guan and Soap887 for leading the dwarven mines, and to the entire community of builders for helping out.

The Blue Mountains can be viewed from above on ArdaCraft's dynmap. There is no download available, but ArdaCraft is a non whitelisted server which anyone is welcome to come and explore, provided they have installed our modpack first.

All information can be found on our website at http://ardacraft.me/
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  • Xeont
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • December 6, 2017, 6:04 pm
i'm speechless
Beautiful :-)
  • mick_5
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Crafter
  • August 30, 2017, 7:17 am
Very nice
  • Drayman
  • Level 44
  • Master Wolf Whisperer
  • January 16, 2017, 9:31 am
I love the hills in the forest, looks so nice!
  • Buglis
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Artist
  • January 15, 2017, 11:33 am
Such a good map! Good Job!
  • lmN8
  • Level 27
  • Expert Artist
  • January 15, 2017, 4:28 am
Brilliant and beautiful
  • Saruman_nl
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Prince
  • January 15, 2017, 3:59 am
Splendidly done! I have very high hopes for this project: ArdaCraft. The detail and dedication you put into your work is magnificent!
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 16, 2017, 11:36 am
Je kunt altijd meedoen om het nog beter te maken :P
  • Saruman_nl
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Prince
  • January 18, 2017, 8:35 am
Mijn vaardigheden zijn niet geschikt voor een project zo groot als deze... :/
Ik kan bouwen als ik goed mijn best doe, maar zo goed als dit kan ik dan ook weer niet bouwen.
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 23, 2017, 2:53 pm
Je bent niet de eerste die dat zegt haha, anderen die dat hebben gezegt helpen nu. ^^
  • Saruman_nl
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Prince
  • January 24, 2017, 9:39 pm
Hmm... Het valt te proberen, denk ik.
Ik zou zo'n groot project als dit niet willen zien vallen omdat er te weinig mensen zijn die eraan werken.
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 27, 2017, 11:38 am
Gewoon doen man,we hebben plots waar iedereen je kan helpen enzo dus moet goed komen. ;)
helemaal waar, makker ;)
  • _Triliton_
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • January 14, 2017, 1:49 pm
Fantastic job! :)
  • Slick Nic
  • Level 49
  • Master Answer
  • January 14, 2017, 12:55 pm
There is an actual mountain range in Australia called the Blue Mountains!
  • Fudds
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Blob
  • January 14, 2017, 8:01 am
Lovely work!
congrats! you deserved your place in my collection
  • rupert
  • Contest Judge
  • Level 40
  • Master Wizard
  • January 14, 2017, 5:13 am
It's always good to see one of your builds. This is a wondrous build you have made. As always, keep it up!
  • bowbuilder
  • Level 41
  • Master Blacksmith
  • January 14, 2017, 3:27 am
looking good lads
  • slamslasch
  • Level 46
  • Master Engineer
  • January 14, 2017, 1:14 am
Pure beauty!
  • fov360
  • Level 43
  • Master Pixel Puncher
  • January 13, 2017, 11:59 pm
From amazing terraforming to stunning details in the mines - it's a pleasure to see this outstanding project.
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 16, 2017, 11:36 am
Thanks for the compliment on the mines. :)
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Network
  • January 14, 2017, 12:28 am
Thank you! If you come on the server, you can explore them for yourself :)
  • Tyrelis
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • January 13, 2017, 9:14 pm
Amazing Work!
  • wunder_bread
  • Level 21
  • Expert Modder
  • January 13, 2017, 12:54 pm
Very nice.
  • Pouulpe
  • Level 21
  • Expert Princess
  • January 13, 2017, 12:16 pm
That's an amazing work here !
  • RageMusic
  • Level 22
  • Expert Architect
  • January 13, 2017, 11:56 am
ArdaCraft is still the best serverproject alive :)
  • Mech265
  • Level 47
  • Master Architect
  • January 13, 2017, 10:25 am
You did a tremendous job, I love landscaping & environment maps like these
  • Ryer
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 13, 2017, 10:13 am
I always forget you guys are doing this. Great job with the persistence, it's looking fantastic.
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Network
  • January 14, 2017, 12:30 am
Thank you! Takes a lot of persistence to get a project of this size complete.
  • ytsen13
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Architect
  • January 13, 2017, 9:30 am
Looking absolutely stunning, nice work
  • Origines
  • Level 71
  • Legendary Architect
  • January 13, 2017, 8:49 am
Fantastic terraforming you've done here!
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Network
  • January 13, 2017, 8:53 am
Thank you!

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