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 The Old Forest

“Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow!
Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!”
Tom Bombadil, FotR Ch. 6: "The Old Forest"

The Old Forest was one of the few remnants of the vast forests which covered most of Eriador before the Second Age. What became known as the Old Forest had survived the deforestation by the Númenóreans and the wars against Sauron. It was bordered in the east by the Barrow-downs, and in the west by the Brandywine River.

In later years, Gorhendad Oldbuck colonised the stripe of land between the Brandywine and the Old Forest. The Hobbits of Buckland cut the forest to make room for their new homes, and also cultivated the High Hay, a large hedge separating their country from the Forest.

Bonfire Glade was a reminder of the strange 'war' that took place between the malevolent trees of the Old Forest and the Hobbits of Buckland, sometime between T.A. 2340 and T.A. 3018. As part of the effort to cut back the Forest, the Bucklanders had gathered all the fallen wood and burned it in a clearing. A long time afterwards, when Frodo and company made their way through the Forest, the glade was still there.

The hobbits believed the trees of the Old Forest were in some manner 'awake', and hostile due to the years of tree-felling and destruction that they had witnessed. They swayed when there was no wind, whispered at night, and led unfortunate travellers deeper into the forest.

The Withywindle, which lay roughly in the centre of the Old Forest, was the root of the queerness, malice, and the general animosity that the trees projected. Old Man Willow lived within the valley and seemed to have some measure of control over the forest, inspiring much of the anger that permeated the limbs of the trees.

At the north-eastern edge of the forest, on the edge of the Barrow-downs, stood the house of Tom Bombadil, who rescued Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin when they were trapped by Old Man Willow. Tom is a mystery to even the most dedicated of Tolkien fans - some say he is God himself, some say he is the spirit of Middle-earth manifest, and some even claim he's the Witch-king.

The Old Forest forms part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety. Credit goes to the entire community of builders for helping out!

The Old Forest 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
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10/19/2016 7:28 am
Level 41 : Master Narwhal
morryatay avatar
man you guys finally got it all done? one thing i found a bit difficult about it was the transition from the bonfire area, it's kinda impossible to get in and out of that area
10/30/2016 7:34 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Guan_Yu007 avatar
There are like 7 paths into the area, you just have to find them heh.
10/17/2016 3:31 pm
Level 43 : Master Dragon
Bard Bard
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Very nice indeed! A piece of art! It reminds me of this.
10/17/2016 3:44 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft avatar
Thank you! Tolkien based much of Middle-earth on parts of rural England, so the piece you linked fits perfectly :D
10/17/2016 5:57 pm
Level 43 : Master Dragon
Bard Bard
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The beauty in your build is truly immense!
10/17/2016 6:38 am
Level 1 : New Miner
ArkturusTwo avatar
Awsome job! The atmosphere is so right
10/30/2016 4:44 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft avatar
That's what we try to achieve. :)
10/16/2016 10:23 pm
Level 49 : Master Wolf Whisperer
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very nice and atmospheric, good job!
10/16/2016 9:22 pm
Level 47 : Master uwu
Joseph avatar
I hear the trees like eating up halflings and small children.
10/16/2016 9:33 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Architect
the artistic magican
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this looks VERY good. what texture pack is used? take a diamond
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