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The Whitfurrows

Posted by Keith Cross on Sep 25, 2007  | Comments

The Whitfurrows -

The Lord of the Rings Online official site has been updated with another edition of their Exploring Middle Earth article series.  The week they take a look at the Whitfurrows.

As the Great East Road makes its way into the Eastfarthing of the Shire and joins with the road from Scary coming down from the north, travelers will pass through the rather quiet and charming village of Whitfurrows. This small farming town is a pleasant place to meet and share tales of comings and goings to and from the Shire, for few pass into the grassy hills and pleasant lands of the Hobbits without being seen by the watchful eyes of the Shire-folk who call Whitfurrows their home.

The village of Whitfurrows is only mentioned briefly in the text of The Lord of the Rings, and actually only figures prominently in the tale near the end of the final book, when the village is overtaken by evil and unsavory folk as a hub for information gathering and message delivery. As such, there were few clues to go by when creating the village for LOTRO, which makes for an interesting challenge. Drawing first from the word origins, presuming that ‘Whitfurrows’ refers to bright farmland (“whit” meaning “white” and ‘furrows’ meaning plowed ground), the designers began by envisioning the Whitfurrows region of the Shire as a pleasant farming village, perhaps more level and suitable for farming than the hilly terrain that makes up more familiar areas of the Shire. The village was also known for its post service, which stands to reason because of its proximity on the major road to most other regions of the Shire. In these days before the coming of the evil agents of shadow, it is only fitting that Whitfurrows be a place where players can meet and take advantage of the keen eyes and ears of the citizens, as well as learn a thing or two about the strange happenings and even more strange creatures that have recently been seen in this region.

Read about the Whitfurrows here.

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