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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 or anyone else's. This is "The Hobbit", not "Lord of the Rings". Tolkien called the creatures goblins then, not orcs, and his take on them was quite different. Aragorn was not in this story (he was only 27 years old then), nor was Azog the defiler other than the brief reference that he died in the Battle of Azanulbizar. If you're looking for them, you don't know your "Tolkien". I dropped Samwise in as a bard only because ya gotta love Samwise. Galadriel was also not in Rivendell but I have placed her there for now.
Over 500 custom NPCs added. Quests, rings of power, weapons, armor, spells, and much more included.
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 recommend installing with Nexus Mod Manager. Make sure you have the latest edition. You can install manually if you know what you're doing.
AFTER INSTALL... You will receive a new book, "Middle Earth Player's Handbook" the first time you load this mod. There is also a copy in a chest on the Riverwood bridge. Be sure to read it! It starts the main quest and explains much. Questions asked that are covered in that book or here on this site will be ignored. The door to Middle Earth will already be there but reading the book updates your map and you can fast travel there. The door is along the river's edge heading northeast from Riverwood to 


- This mod includes my Middle Earth Mountains HD2K & HD4K Parallax. It's optional in the installer. See my last 2 images for preview. Your Skyrim mountains WILL use the Middle Earth Mountains HD2K or HD4K textures if you choose so during install, but will not have the green moss on them like Middle Earth.

- The bards will sing the Stormcloak songs and "Tale of the Tongues" from the beginning as I have set it up this way purposely.
- 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.
- AFTER you kill the Goblin King, backtrack into the tunnel in Goblin Town and the entrance to Gollum's Cave will now be accessible to you. I set it up this way to try and keep the "path" and timeline as close to Tolkien's as possible.
- You HAVE TO equip the "Ring of Choice" BEFORE exiting Lonely Mountain interior. Removing the ring removes you from that army. Good luck on your own. (:

- 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 "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.
- 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.

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.

Rudy ENB - Lovin' it!

Skyrim 2017 Terrain Parallax Textures

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.
DIMONIZED UNP or CALIENTE'S BEAUTIFUL BODIES EDITION CBBE - Adds some nice detail to female bodies in game. Brings the Suite to a "new level". (:
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. The screenshots I took with Rudy ENB are labeled as such.

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 Portis
Junk's Bot
Junk's Portable Portal
Junk's Death Squad
Castle Drache in Deadwood Forest
Junk's Tower Moss Patch

I realize everyone's PC and taste is different, but these are the MODs I run and the order in which I install them.
(For those who care to know...)


(Seems this IS needed despite what the author of OPTIMIZED VANILLA TEXTURES says. Some textures were missing.)




(This is a file I painstakingly constructed using the best meshes & textures with ENB & parallax in mind. I used files from.......
Skyrim HD 2K, Serious HD Retexture, Skyrim 2017 Terrain Parallax Texture, SFO (Summer Edition) & Hi-Res Pines, 4K Parallax Trees, Real Roads, Detailed Rugs, HD Baskets, HD Gold Coin, HD Rustic Strongbox (I improved texture), Enhanced Distant Terrain (1024 Grass), HD Farmhouse & HD Woven Fences, HD Noble Furniture - Ultra)
I may be uploading "HD Mine" to the Nexus in the future but I need to look into permission rights first. Also, the file is 3.36 Gb.)

(I haven't uploaded this yet.)

(Splash, *NO WET ROCKS*, Row Boats, High Resolution Calm, Blue Hue)

(Checkmark ELFX Enhancer and Exteriors, and no candle smoke)


(Go into Enblocal.ini after and make sure under [FIX] FixParallaxBugs=true FixParallaxTerrain=true.)

(Install Particle Patch after Rudy ENB and make sure it overrides every mod in this list.)





(This HAS to be last in load order.)