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Adds Middle Earth to Skyrim. The Path of the Hobbit includes the journey from The Shire to Smaug's Lonely Mountain.

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It's a dangerous business, going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

Leave Skyrim behind and discover the path of the famous little Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. Journey through a beautifully and meticulously created Middle Earth from the Hobbit Hole Bag End to the Lonely Mountain of Smaug. Play as a dwarf or hobbit, if you choose, with custom clothing and armor to suit. Visit The Shire Bywater and Hobbiton. Stop and rest and have a pint at the Inn of the Prancing Pony in the Village of Bree. Face the 3 Cave Trolls in Trollshaws and loot their Troll Hole. Learn how you can help Lord Elrond in Rivendell. Face an army of goblins and their tyrannical king in Goblin Town. Find Gollum's Cave and take the One Ring. Battle against  the spiders and other creatures of Mirkwood Forest. Discover the Woodland Realm (Halls of Thranduil). Make your way to Rhosgobel, a shack protruding from a growing tree. Barter a boat ride to Lake-Town, with its many diverse people, homes, inns, and shops. Encounter Lonely Mountain to face Smaug the magnificent within. And finally, choose sides and take part in the great Battle of the Five Armies.
Inspired by J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Hobbit", this is created from my own imagination, my own interpretation, not Peter Jackson's. Over 500 custom NPCs added. Quests, rings of power, weapons, armor, spells, and much more included. You will receive a new book, "Guide To Middle Earth" the first time you load this mod. There is also a copy in a chest on the Riverwood bridge. Be sure to read it! Questions asked that are covered in that book or here on this site will be ignored. I built this mod for my own game play, my own taste. At some point, I thought others may enjoy it as well. I'm not looking for "critiques". Never asked for any. You don't like it, move on. The journey continues...

- This mod includes my Middle Earth Mountains HD2K. It is optional in the installer. See my last image for a preview.
- Be sure to "set the table" in Lord Elrond's courtyard before trying to enter his home. It more or less brings Rivendell to life.
- The bards will sing the Stormcloak songs and "Tale of the Tongues" from the beginning with my mod as I have set it up this way purposely.
- The main entrance to Lonely Mountain is blocked with rubble. If you side with Middle Earth against the goblins during the Battle of the Five Armies, the rubble will be removed.
- Regarding The Portable Lantern in Bilbo's Safe; equipping/unequiping your weapon immediately after equipping/unequiping the lantern is the only work-around I have found to keep your character from "freezing up" or walking around with a permanent "handshake". I put a lot of work and testing into that mesh so if ya don't like it, once again, don't use it.
- The secret portal door in House of Esgaroth is for future plug-ins.
- I have kept the scripting to a minimum and tested my mod to great extent and worked out all the bugs. I cleaned it with Tes5Edit and TesVSnip, and also ran every .nif file through NifScan.
- I would recommend equipping the "Ring of Choice" before leaving Lonely Mountain interior. Removing the ring removes you from that army. Good luck on your own.

There is a lot more to this mod than meets the eye, or than I can write on this page. I built this mod for myself and I didn't want a bunch of plug-ins so I have created a ton of things that I would like to see in my game and tastefully added them into this mod. I have included a true, open-world, portable fort that can be placed anywhere in Skyrim or Middle Earth. You can be your own traveling bard with this mod. Want to cut loose and jam on a lute in the Middle of Solitude or near the peaceful river that flows through Riverwood, it's in there. Special rings of power, weapons, armor, not all Tolkien worthy, but things I created for my game and put into this mod. I could go on, but you'll find it all. Or you won't.

Middle Earth Alternate Start
This is a small plug-in I created. You DO NOT have to download it or use it to play my Middle Earth - Path of the Hobbit. This is a brand new alternate start that allows you to choose "New" for a new game. It will place you at Helgen's Keep at the end of the tunnel right before your final escape, bypassing the initial wagon, dragon, and head-slaggin' scenes. You will be shown a ShowRaceMenu immediately and you will be able to choose sides. (Stormcloaks or Imperials.) This can be used for testing, new characters, whatever. It can stay in your data folder or you can remove it after using it. I am guaranteeing nothing with this file. Use it at your own discretion. May conflict with other alternate starts or mods, may not. Don't know, don't care. I use it.

Skyrim & an open mind.
Dawnguard, Dragonborn, and Hearthfire are NOT needed and never will be.

I run with my brightness at 10/20 (halfway) and uGridsToLoad=7 in my Skyrim.ini settings.
IMAGINATOR - ENB??? Who needs ENB. Try this for a brand new Skyrim experience with no or little FPS hit and full, almost endless customization.
ELFX - for lighting. I created my mod without it, then tweaked with it. You don't have to have ELFX, but it improves the entire game IMO.
Although obviously not lore-correct, I have included "House of the Rising Sun" in Lake-Town for my own personal game. It is a "game" after all. The "House" will work as-is and contains no nudity. If you would like to experience the full effect, you can download and install the following mods.
CALIENTE'S BEAUTIFUL BODIES EDITION CBBE - Adds some nice detail to bodies in game in general. Brings the Suite to a "new level".
APACHIISKYHAIR - Sets the proper hair I used in the Suite and for Lady Galadriel.
DIMONIZED UNP CLOTHING RESOURCES - Adds some nice clothing for the Suite.
SUMMER WEAR V2 - Adds some nice clothing for the Suite. Also adds follower Sukque. (She can be found in Honningbrew Meadery and will follow you to the Suite and stay there even after release. She has a bed there but will not interfere with my mod if she is not used. I navmeshed the Suite cell differently so ALL followers will stay there until you have them follow you out again.)

IN REFERENCE TO MY IMAGES: I put a lot of work into my Lighting, ImageSpaces, and Climates as lighting and atmosphere is probably thee most important thing in modding in my opinion. I do not use ENB.

agerweb, VZRedemption, ray2nj, and TheBawb for ALL of your help!
Wood stoves courtesy of Strotis Oven Resource
Treasure textures courtesy of Assorted Resources (Thank you Tamira. Saved me a ton of work.)
Spriggan texture courtesy of Nexus Creature Resource (Still built my own .nif and skeleton. That was fun!)
Hobbit Outfits courtesy of Halfling Clothes (Thank you TheBawb for the link.)
Dwarven Beards courtesy of DwemerBeards 
Cave Trolls are a version of Mihail's "Bolgans" I heavily modified.

"Outstanding mod! I'm also a huge fan of Tolkien's works, ever since seeing "The Hobbit" by Rankin and Bass, as a child. It really did my heart good to play this mod (not to get too mushy on ya). I endorsed it and I can't tell you how awe struck I am with all of the hard work you did to make this possible. I had lots of wonderful nostalgia going on the path of Bilbo! Also, I truly appreciate this mod even more since I have tried my hand at making mods, and know how difficult it is to get things to work right. Thank you so much, and keep being awesome! "

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