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The Trollshaws

"...this new country seemed threatening and unfriendly. As they
went forward the hills about them steadily rose. Here and there upon heights and
ridges they caught glimpses of ancient walls of stone, and the ruins of towers:
they had an ominous look. Frodo, who was not walking, had time to gaze ahead and
to think...

'Who lives in this land?' he asked. 'And who built these towers? Is this

'No!' said Strider. 'Trolls do not build. No one lives in this land. Men once
dwelt here, ages ago; but none remain now. They became an evil people, as
legends tell, for they fell under the shadow of Angmar. But all were destroyed
in the war that brought the North Kingdom to its end. But that is now so long
ago that the hills have forgotten them, though a shadow still lies on the land.'"

- The Lord of the Rings, Book I, Chapter 12, 'Flight to the Ford'


This is ArdaCraft's recreation of the Trollshaws, an area of wooded hills to the west of Rivendell between the rivers Hoarwell and Loudwater. By the time of The Lord of the Rings, they had been abandoned for hundreds of years, though the Dúnedain still dwelt to the south of them, in the region known as the Angle.

The Trollshaws were within the borders of Arnor and later of the smaller realm of Rhudaur. The Men of Rhudaur built castles and towers on the top of some of its hills. Even after the fall of Rhudaur, Men still lived in small villages amongst the hills for centuries.

They are most famous as the location where Thorin and Company ran into three trolls during the Quest of Erebor. The dwarves were saved by Bilbo Baggins's guile and Gandalf's intervention, when the rising sun turned the trolls to stone. Sixty years later, Strider, Frodo and the other hobbits passed through them on their way to Rivendell, and happened upon the trolls' cave and the stony remains of the beasts themselves.

Shaws is an archaic word meaning "thicket, wood".


The hills were first created in WorldPainter, where most of their vegetation was added. Once they were exported and on the server, ruins were built, hills and cliffs were edited to add extra detail, and streams were dug.

For anyone who is interested in seeing a detailed timeline of the project's construction, the Trollshaws project thread on our forums provides a good overview.

The Trollshaws form part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety. Credit goes to creepyboy666 for leading this project, and to the entire community of builders for helping out.

The Trollshaws can be viewed from above on ArdaCraft's dynmap. There is no download avaliable, 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.
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I wish you could setup the download thing too!

  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 49
  • Master Network
  • July 4, 2018, 12:30 pm
It's very easy to get our launcher and come online!
what do you mean?
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 49
  • Master Network
  • July 6, 2018, 10:37 am
Looks very beautifl!
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 49
  • Master Network
  • July 1, 2018, 4:40 am
Thank you!
  • Desdruktiva
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Explorer
  • June 29, 2018, 5:06 pm
Best natureworks in mc. (arda in general). Stuffs great.
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 49
  • Master Network
  • June 30, 2018, 2:19 am
Thank you! Appreciated as always
  • Evoken
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • June 29, 2018, 10:29 am
As i said before - great location ;) The first screen is epic
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 49
  • Master Network
  • June 29, 2018, 12:13 pm
Thank you!

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