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Thorin's Halls

"... when Thráin was lost [​Thorin] was ninety-five, a great Dwarf of proud bearing. He had no Ring, and he seemed content to remain in Eriador. There he laboured long, and gained such wealth as he could; and his people were increased by many of the wandering Folk of Durin that heard of his dwelling and came to him. Now they had fair halls in the mountains, and store of goods, and their days did not seem so hard, though in their songs they spoke ever of the Lonely Mountain far away, and the treasure and the bliss of the Great Hall in the light of the Arkenstone. "

- Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 3, The Quest of Erebor: Appendix


Lore

Several years after the Sack of Erebor by the dragon Smaug, the exiled King of Durin's Folk, Thrór, was murdered by Orcs. His son Thráin II led a host of Dwarves from his and other houses in a great war against the Orcs of the Misty Mountains. After that, Thráin's people moved to the hills of Dunland and stayed for some time before moving to the Blue Mountains and establishing their Halls in T.A. 2802.

For nearly forty years, Thráin ruled his people in the Ered Luin, but was driven to obsession by his ring of power. In 2841 he left with a small group of followers to return to Erebor. But in 2845, while encamped on the eves of Mirkwood, Thráin was captured by the servants of the Necromancer and taken to Dol Guldur; where he was tortured till his death many years later. His followers (including Balin and Dwalin) did not know his fate, and after searching for days they returned to the Ered Luin.

Thorin was made the ruler of Durin's Folk, and under his leadership, his people prospered, their trade increased as well as their numbers - not only from birth, but also from wandering Longbeards who had come to join Thorin's realm.

Thorin ruled in the Ered Luin for nearly one hundred years, until he met Gandalf the Wizard who helped him concoct a plan to take back Erebor from Smaug. In 2941, he left his halls for the last time on a quest to take back his former home. After many months Thorin and Company took the mountain as theirs and Thorin declared himself King under the Mountain after Smaug was killed; but after a great battle with Orcs and Wargs Thorin was mortally wounded and died.

After Thorin's death, his cousin Dáin II Ironfoot of the Iron Hills became king of Durin's Folk; and when news reached the Ered Luin that Erebor was retaken, it is believed that many of its inhabitants moved to the Lonely Mountain. Thereafter, Thorin's Halls became a sub-realm of Durin's Folk.

In the time our map is set, some dwarves were moving back to the Blue Mountains to escape the growing shadow of Sauron, and the halls were being slowly repopulated.


Construction

Thorin's Halls is the largest dwarven project on our map so far, and one of our largest projects overall. It has taken more than two years to complete, and is incredibly detailed. An indication of the professions and guilds represented can be seen in this document. There are over one thousand beds in the halls. The sheer scale of the mines alone can be seen here.

The only way to understand the true scale of this project is to join our server and warp to it!

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



Thorin's Halls forms part of a larger project which seeks to recreate Middle-earth in its entirety. Credit goes to Guan, Poppleman, Soap, Ytsen, Aptipild and creepyboy666 for leading this project, and to the entire community of builders for helping to construct it.

Thorin's Halls 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.
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11/03/2019 1:01 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Artist
Evoken
Epic
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11/01/2019 2:12 pm
Level 46 : Master Waffle
Dwarfsosi
I love the way you tell stories in your images
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11/03/2019 1:02 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Artist
Evoken
the images are amazing
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10/28/2019 1:30 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Gh0stAssassin777
I remember seeing this project first start on the server! Congratulations on completing it, and it looks great!
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10/26/2019 6:35 am
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Pig
Aequotis
I nut bust
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10/26/2019 4:43 am
Level 25 : Expert Architect
TheLimeHit
Impressive work! Even though I'm a fan of modern city projects and all that kind of stuff, I think Your project is one of the best projects that I have ever seen!
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10/25/2019 8:00 pm
Level 43 : Master Archer
LemilasTheElf
Great work as always! Very impressive!
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10/25/2019 5:57 pm
Level 26 : Expert Architect
Lord_Azaghal
Love the more realistic approach.

This is probably close to what tolkien envisioned.
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10/25/2019 6:07 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you - we very much hope so.
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10/25/2019 5:16 pm
Level 27 : Expert Dragonborn
MythicalJay_24
Once again, your work is amazing!
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10/25/2019 3:08 pm
Level 47 : Master Fox
-Fox McCloud-
Incredible work! great job
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10/25/2019 3:29 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you, it's much appreciated.
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10/25/2019 2:50 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Miner
_Triliton_
Its just....just.....WOW !!
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10/25/2019 3:29 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Isn't it just!
3
10/25/2019 2:38 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
Guan_Yu007
Finally, it is done!
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10/25/2019 2:35 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Loremaster
Makaneek
This is stunning! Excellent work!
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10/25/2019 2:37 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Network
ArdaCraft
Thank you! We've worked super hard on it so it's great to see the final results :D

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