A great rock - 'almost a hill of stone, like a last outpost of the distant mountains' - set in the Great River fifty miles north of the Old Ford. It was nammed by Beorn who called it 'the carrock' because it was the only such rock near his home ; indeed, he had cut steps into it's side.
Between Carrock and Mirkwood, surrounded by a high thorn-hedge and approached through a broad wooden gate, was a cluster of low wooden, thatched buildings - a house, barns, stables, sheds and row upon row of straw bee-hives. This is the home of Beorn, a giant of a man who would change his shape into that of a bear.
The safest way through Mirkwood. The path was narrow and wound in and out among the tree trunks and was crossed by the enchanted river. 'Don't stray off the track ! If you do, it is a thousand to one you will never find it again and never get out of Mirkwood.
The halls were secured by huge doors of stone and comprised a great cave; within the edge of Mirkwood; from which countless smaller one opened out on every side leading, far underground, to winding passages and wide halls.
Lake-Town, a village of many buildings, with wooden quays from which many steps and ladders went down to the surface of the lake, built upon tall piles driven into the bed of the long lake. A town of fishermen, ruled by the master of lake-town.
Desolation of Smaug
The land around Erebor, the lonely mountain, and home of Dale. Laid waste by the dragon Smaug, it had little grass and no bushes nor trees other than broken and blackened stumps sticking out of the land like hundreds of teeth.
The Lonely mountain
Also called Erebor was discovered by Thrain the old. It became the home of Thror after he was driven out of the north. Here he became king under the mountain and lived with the men who dwelt along the river running.
The Iron Hills
Settled by the dwarves of Durin's folk after their lands to the west had been laid to waste by dragons. It was from here that Dáin led an army of five hundred dwarves to the lonely mountain.
- The Mad Hobbit
- The Mad Hobbit