Updated Wed, Jun 29, 2011 by gunky
A land frozen by the ancient, lingering evils of Morgoth, and the region where Arvedui, the last king of Arnor, met his end while fleeing from the Witch-King of Angmar, the Ice Bay of Forochel is known for its inhospitability. The people are as strange, unforgiving and cold as the landscape, the elk are just as dangerous as the sabre-toothed cats, and even the water can kill the unwary adventurer. This frigid, hostile envionment lies just north of Evendim, separated by a ridge of forbidding alpine crags. The few settlements here (aside from the old, frozen fortifications built by outsiders) are constructed of snow, ice, uncut timbers from the south, mammoth hides and giant tusks rather than stone, lining the southern rim of the glacial bay. The Lossoth people who dwell in these settlements glide around on the ice with skates made of bone, push sleighs and sledges rather than wheeled carts, and use mammoths as their preferred beasts of burden.
Introduced to the Lord of the Rings Online with Volume 1, Book 13, Forochel is one of the "newer" areas of Eriador. It lies well off the beaten path, largely unconnected to the path of the Fellowship of the Ring except for its ties to Volume 1 Book 13. Much of the content here is solo-oriented, with only a few chain-end quests requiring a group to complete, and is geared for the 44 - 50 level range, covering the same level range as Eregion. While the remote location and overlapping level range may make the area seem extraneous or redundant, the quests here are rather more densely-packed than in Misty Mountains and require significantly less empty travel time, and heading here in the the low-40s range speeds you over the low-40s "hump."
AREAS: A detailed look at the different regions within Forochel, including points of interest, mob types and crafting resources available there.
QUEST HUBS: A breakdown of the towns and camps where quests are initiated, including town services and important NPCs at each spot.
INSTANCES: A guide to the dungeons, caves and instanced areas of Forochel, including the Sari-Surma, with tips and tricks on running this content smoothly.
DEEDS: A chart of the deeds available in Forochel, including the best places to go to complete them.
REPUTATION: A look at gaining standing with the Lossoth of Forochel - how to earn reputation and where to use it.