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Adds Middle Earth to Skyrim. The Path of the Hobbit includes the entire 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...

I uploaded a file, "Middle Earth Hobbit Skin Patch".This patch is a temporary test to try and fix the Hobbit skin textures for those having problems. If this patch works, I will incorporate it into the master file.PLEASE, if you were experiencing skin texture problems with my Hobbits , let me know if this fixes your problem. Thank you.

- 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.
- The Cave Trolls "T"-pose due to the fact I didn't feel like messin' around with behavior files at this point.
- 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.
- 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.
- The "Weapons", "Armor", "Quest Objects", "Misc", and "Rings of Power" chests in Bag End, House of Esgaroth, Hermit Hole, and the rental room at the Inn of the Prancing Pony are all linked; meaning whatever you store in one area, will be there in the other areas as well.

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, Portable Lantern, Bag of Holding, Palantir of Teleport, custom spellbooks, 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.

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.

Scuttlebutt21 (My Broheim) for being the rock hound and friend that you are man.
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.
Bethesda for the great game and Creation Kit.
Wave Editor
My wife. Not only for putting up with me, but for actually giving me some good ideas for this mod.
A sincere thank you to those who took a moment to come back and endorse.
And of course, Nexus for making a place where we can share our creations.

"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! "

"Just stumbled on your great journeys...AT LAST..a Skyrhymer with imagination, a great sense of humour and the much-needed rip-the-envelope attitude -- as evidenced by Western, gunz-in-the-Rim and LOTR mods! Your Middle-Earther is similar in tone to the WB LOTR on-line multiplayer, but even richer. It'll be a sad day when you decide to hang it up, Junk."

"...this one runs as smooth as a Bethesda DLC. Well, probably even better....... This one stays in my load order at all time..."

"Really love this mod, thanks for sharing it!"

"Hello Junk, this mod is a very nice honor for Mr. Tolkiens work."

"I can only appreciate the huge amount of time you spent on this project as a lone modder."

"I freakin' love this mod. It makes my inner Tolkien nerd so damn happy. Thanks for all the effort and time put into this!"

"Being a modder I appreciate the time and effort it takes to create such a detailed mod.
Being a LOTR fan I appreciate the fact the quest can take me back down the path Bilbo once took.I just wanted to stop by and thank you for sharing your mod with us.Endorsed, and Enjoyed :) Far too often a modder releases something, and never hears from those who use, and enjoy it.It is my pleasure to be on the 'user' side of a mod, and let you know how much your work means to those that play the game.Good job."

"This mod is very, very good. I love the detail and how much there actually is. I haven't quite completed it yet, but it's been amazing so far. Thank you for creating a great experience and recreation of middle earth/the hobbit."

"Thank you for sharing this. I read about how you discovered Tolkien and about your grandparents and while I'm so sorry it was so long before you got to see them again i'm grateful you created and shared this. I've loved Tolkien since I first discovered him in fifth grade so many decades ago. This mod warms my heart."

"Thank you for this mod God bless your modder hands."

Junk's Guns

Junk's Simple Bag Of Holding
Junk's Portable Lantern
Junk's Glaive
Junk's Chicken Launcher

Junk's Cow Catapult

Junk's Novem PortisJunk's BotJunk's Portable Portal
Junk's Death Squad
Castle Drache in Deadwood Forest