The Lord of the Rings: Shadow of the East
This holly-covered region of Eriador is the site of a former Elvish kingdom. Once the home of the great Jewel-smiths of Ost-in-Edhil (the Gwaith-i-Mírdain), Sauron’s forces sacked the realm in S.A. 1697. Eregion is a lonely place in T.A. 1640, for fear of residual Elvish magic keeps the local Gwathuirin tribes well away.
Eregion was the scene of one of the great dramas of the Second Age and still bears scars after three thousand years. None of this region was ever fertile, save for pockets of land along river valleys. The devastation wrought by the War of the Elves and Sauron left it with few trees and little soil. Most of Eregion today is a maze of rocky ridges and gullies, covered with brown grass and thorny bushes with, here and there, small stands of pines, magnolias, beeches, or holly trees.
The best land is dotted with Elvish ruins, remnants of the Noldorin realm of Eregion, which flourished here from S.A. 750 to S.A. 1697. Some of the structures remain intact, seemingly open to looters and curiosity seekers, but they are protected by traps, ghosts, and a scattered local population that doesn’t like to see either of the first two threats stirred up. Silvan Elves from Lórien hunt and wander through Eregion when the mood strikes them. Three patrolled Dwarvish roads also pass through the region, since Eregion guards the western entrance to Khazad-dûm, the great citadel of Durin’s folk. The edges of the country, along the rivers, are relatively safe and possess a small population of poor Eriadorian, Stoor Hobbit, and Gwathuirin farmers. Men, whether brigands, herdsman, or hunters, pass deeper into Eregion at their peril.