Chapter 10: Into the Barrow Downs  

Prerequisite: Chapter 9: Lilies for the River-daughter
Series Name: Vol 1, Book 1: Stirrings in the Darkness
Leads To: Chapter 11: Othrongroth
Start Zone: The Old Forest
Start Area: Old Forest
Start Location: Tom Bombadil's House
Start Mob: Tom Bombadil
Flags: Epic, Fellowship
Items Rewarded:Reputation Increased: 700 Men of Bree
Cash Granted: 3s 75c
Exp Granted: 1066
Quest Level: 19
Min Level: 15
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    Craban Scout
    Northern Barrow-downs


'Black birds flittered and fluttered, skipping among the branches. They came to rest where the restless walk. Beware the old barrows, they stir when they should be a-sleeping!

'Go north up the path and follow the Old Barrows Road, then south within the barrows wall along the forest eaves. Hey dol! Merry dol! And there you'll find them! Watch for the lady dreary.

'Now hop along, my hearty! Tom's a-going leaping!'


Tom Bombadil was pleased with the lilies you found for Goldberry and has told you where the crebain you were searching for can be found. He also told you that a woman was there waiting.


Objective 1

  • Find the Crebain
  • The Barrow-downs are reached by going north and east along the Old Barrows Road. The crebain stopped to roost in the trees within the Barrow-downs, south along the ridge, above the eaves of the forest.

    Tom Bombadil found the crebain within the Barrow-downs, but also mentioned the presence of a woman. You should stay on your guard.


    'Fool! Did you really think you could keep my pets from seeing all? Did you think that my pets would not learn that the Ring is no longer amongst those little buffoons and travels east in the hands of a hobbit named Frodo Baggins?

    'you have failed utterly! When my master, my great King and Lord of the Nine, returns from Othrongroth, I shall tell him all that my pets have seen. And I shall tell him of how I brought about your death!'

    Objective 2

  • Defeat Andraste
  • The Old Barrows Road is north of Andraste's grove. The house of Tom Bombadil is west and south along the Old Barrows Road.

    Andraste revealed that the Lord of the Nazgûl had gone to someplace called Othrongroth, but you could learn nothing more before her death. Tom Bombadil is the Master of the Wood and of the Barrow-downs. He might know where Othrongroth lies.


    'Ho there! Stay awhile! Or are you still a-hurried?

    'Othrongroth, you say? That's a dark place, full of dark wights, and you've no need of going.

    'If you must, you must, and I'll not be staying you. Very well, come closer, and I'll be telling you.'

    Objective 3

  • Talk to Tom Bombadil


    You will have to fight Andraste and the surrounding creban, which are near ;loc: 32.7s, 55.8w.