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The Westfold

"Aragorn looked at them, and there was pity in his eyes rather than wrath; for
these were young men from Rohan, from Westfold far away, or husbandmen from
Lossarnach, and to them Mordor had been from childhood a name of evil, and yet
unreal, a legend that had no part in their simple life; and now they walked like
men in a hideous dream made true, and they understood not this war nor why fate
should lead them to such a pass."

- The Lord of the Rings, Book 5, Chapter 10, 'The Black Gate Opens'

Lore

The Westfold was the western part of Rohan, close to the White Mountains and lying between the river Isen and the Folde. The North-South Road ran through the Westfold from the Fords of Isen to Edoras. Its stronghold was Helm's Deep (a build which shall be showcased in another post!).

The Westfold was originally part of the realm of Gondor, until in T.A. 2510 the fief of Calenardhon was granted to Eorl the Young by the Ruling Steward Cirion. Thereafter, the Westfold was part of Rohan.

In 2758 the Dunlendings led by Wulf overran Rohan and King Helm took refuge in Helm's Deep. During the subsequent Long Winter first prince Háma and then Helm made sorties and forays into the Westfold for food and to attack their besiegers. Both men died in the snows.

In the beginning of 3019, due to the threat of invasion by the forces of the wizard Saruman, Théodred, the son of King Théoden, established himself at Helm's Deep to command the military strength of the Westfold. When actual war began Théodred added to the Muster of Westfold by summoning the Muster of Edoras.

On February the 25th, the First Battle of the Fords of Isen was fought. In this fight the sole objective of Saruman was to slay Théodred; had his forces invaded the Westfold immediately after this battle Rohan would have suffered grievously. Instead, Saruman's army withdrew and did not return until March the 2nd to fight the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen.

Following the fall of Théodred, command in the West-mark was assumed by Erkenbrand, who was Lord of Deeping-coomb and the rest of the Westfold. In the Second Battle the forces of Erkenbrand were scattered and Saruman's host marched through the Westfold to attack the Hornburg. However, in the Battle of the Hornburg all of enemy were crushed.


Construction

The intention with this project was to capture the vast, open feel of Rohan, whilst maintaining a sense of historical and agricultural realism - based especially upon Anglo-Saxon buildings and farms. Each village and homestead was led by either a single builder or team of two builders, with contributions from others. The farms were built seperately, using our extensive research on mediaeval farming techniques in the process. Each village was named using Old English - the language Tolkien used to represent Rohirric.

There are six villages, eighteen homesteads, two lumber camps, two quarries, and two forts in the Westfold, and over 1800 beds. It is only a part of the kingdom of Rohan, which is set to be the largest kingdom on ArdaCraft's map so far.

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



The Westfold forms part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety. Credit goes to Benzathoth and iNamelessi for leading this project, and to the entire community of builders for leading all the villages and homesteads therein.

The Westfold 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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  • 1000Babies
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  • New Miner
  • December 26, 2018, 8:51 pm
hey i really like the quality of your work and maybe my request is too boring for you, but i would appreciate if you considered my request
https://www.planetminecraft.com/forums/minecraft/projects/landscape-map-project-request-wi-581201/
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 9, 2019, 12:59 pm
Our entire team is kind of busy enough as is, with Rohan being in full progress aswell as Lothlorien and Thorin's Halls. We also have our worldpainters working on an absolutely massive new section, so i highly doubt anyone can find any time for other projects atm.
  • Ludwig90
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 20, 2018, 11:27 am
Absolutely beautiful and inspirational, I love your project!
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • December 26, 2018, 10:20 am
Thank you!
Another great project :-)
  • GregVdD
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Engineer
  • December 16, 2018, 10:24 pm
Some next level detailing, especially the nature envieonment is really Nice, however Im curious to see it kn default texture. :)
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 20, 2018, 5:23 am
Why do people always want to see it in default? The builds were specifically made with the resource pack/mod in mind. It wouldn't work in vanilla.
  • GregVdD
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Engineer
  • December 20, 2018, 11:42 am
Didn't know it was a mod in first sight lol, and it would be interesting to see the block usage sometimes.
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 23, 2018, 8:30 am
Yeah i guess, but i highly doubt it would look any good that way.
You should give the Conquest Reforged mod a try some time, it's basically Minecraft 2.0 for builders.
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • December 16, 2018, 11:15 pm
It would be impossible to see it in default textures as we've built it using the Conquest Reforged mod.
  • Evoken
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • December 16, 2018, 10:54 am
It looks so awesome. How did you manage guys to make screenshots with such view distance? And if i can ask, i see you are using conquest reforged but some of the blocks/textures i dont recognize, you have your own version with conquest reforged that adds new blocks, models etc?
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • December 16, 2018, 1:50 pm
Thank you! We have some guys with very powerful PCs!

We haven't added any new blocks, but we do have an overlay which adds custom paintings.
  • Evoken
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • December 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
Wow, i suppose its 64 view distance thanks to optifine? I have a powerful PC too so maybe someday i will make a little trailer of ArdaCraft for polish community so more and more people will join and follow your amazing work guys :) Could you explain how that overlay with custom paintings work?
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • December 16, 2018, 11:16 pm
Yes, Optifine allows huge render distances. A trailer would be amazing! We have a Polish builder already - we can put you in contact with him if you'd like.

Here is a document explaining how to use our overlay.
  • Evoken
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • December 17, 2018, 4:41 am
Thanks :) I will contact you and that polish builder if possible when i have time to make a good and polished trailer
Excited to purchase these maps.
  • billoxiiboy
  • Level 44
  • Master Mlem Mlem Bat
  • December 16, 2018, 4:05 am
Ohhhh WoW ...this is Beautiful Work! Your Fields are amazing. I will be studying them very closely....I can't stop looking at them!
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • December 16, 2018, 5:25 am
Thank you! We put a lot of work into our fields.
  • Lirias
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Artist
  • December 16, 2018, 12:28 am
I don't like texture pack buildings, but this is awesome! :)
  • Desdruktiva
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Explorer
  • December 15, 2018, 10:26 pm
You never dissapoint.
  • ArdaCraft
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Network
  • December 15, 2018, 11:11 pm
Thank you! We try our best.
  • Lindalher
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 15, 2018, 9:50 pm
An extremely immersive and atmospheric collection of builds, nice work!
Great job, dude c:
  • _Triliton_
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Miner
  • December 15, 2018, 11:52 am
Amazing work as always :)
  • stormpy
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 15, 2018, 11:41 am
good map
  • Guan_Yu007
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 15, 2018, 9:53 am
Amazing work people! In the movies they never show how the people of Rohan actually live, how they get their food and stuff, i'm glad this map manages to capture all of that!
  • chevythecat
  • Level 24
  • Expert Taco
  • December 15, 2018, 9:52 am
This was a super fun project to work on. Many talented builders contributed.

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