the northern Tyrn Gorthad


the southern Tyrn Gorthad

The Barrow-downs (S."Tyrn Gorthad"; originally: "Tyrn Hódhath") were a Cardolani province and principality named after a series of chalk and limestone ridges in northern Cardolan situated between the Taur Iaur and Bree-land.These Royal burial mounds, dating back to the First Age, rested atop many of the hills, and the Kings of Arnor and Cardolan also chose the site as their last resting place. Due to the Dúnadan preoccupation with death, many of the barrows were quite elaborate and filled with traps. Since the Great Plague, rumors about terrifying undead living in the Tyrn Gorthad had begun to circulate. The Bree-landers refused to travel upon the hills alone or at night and claimed several townsfolk had disappeared there through the years.

Spots on the Barrow-Downs

  • The Adan tombs
  • The Ancient Barrow
  • The Barrows of Cardolan
  • Caved-in Grave - contains the skeleton of a tomb robber
  • The Companion Barrows
  • The Eastern Barrow
  • The Eldanar Barrow
  • The Great Barrow
  • Hill of the Elf Prince
  • Hollow Circle
  • large stone pillar covering a hollow - This menhir covers a hollow descending into the darkness of the Underdeeps
  • The marked Tomb - Home of a Ghost from the Times of old Cardolan
  • The Mendacil Barrow
  • The Mound of Princes
  • The Narmenacir Barrow
  • The northern Barrow
  • Old Monastery Ruins - Ruins of the former Settlment and Monastery of Tyrn Hodhad
  • Sealed barrows
  • Standing Stones
  • Stone Circles - one of the Circles contains a Spirit whose Voice will make Prophecies in exchange for Offerings
  • Stone Ring
  • Submerged Chamber
  • Tomb of Arantar
  • Tomb of Baragud
  • Tomb of Baran
  • Tomb of Bern, Beorn and Baran
  • Tomb of Bregor
  • Tomb of Eärendur
  • Tomb of Eldacar
  • Tomb of Elendur
  • Tomb of Hama and Belgor
  • Tomb of Miretar
  • Tomb of Tarandor
  • Tomb of Tarcil
  • Tomb of Valandil
  • Tomb of Valandur
  • The twin barrows

Places of Note


Ainur: Mother Withywindle Tom Bombadil

Dwarves: Borri Falin Nuri

Men: Athelwyn Gardeleg Mad Ostley Oldenad

Orcs: Grimbosh

Undead: Wight-king Lord of the Nazgûl


  • MERP:the Shire
  • MERP:Arnor