Rangers of the North
Cameth Brin lies about eight miles to the east of the River Mitheithel, roughly at the western border of the Trollshaws. The countryside to the south is marked by two parallel chains of small hills. Between these hills is a pretty vale about a mile and a half across. A little gully wanders down the center of the vale, which carries but a trickle of water (except in the spring or after heavy rains). A large but gloomy village, Talugdaeri, lies at the mouth of this vale, born after Cameth Brin was made a fortress. It is the region’s sole civilian community. The foundations of the only other settlement built in the vale lie directly beneath the Twisted Hill. There Eldacar constructed the barracks-village of Tanoth Brin, which from T.A. 339 through 1217 brimmed with intrigue and tainted Dunedain. To the east, the countryside is fairly flat and lightly wooded. To the nonh, it is mueh the same except that one soon comes to the River as it turns to the northeast in this part of its course. To the west lies the River and beyond, the plains of the Oiolad stretch almost uninterrupted to the border fortress of Barad Calné, seventy miles away. Although very pleasant country by the standards of Rhudaur,
the lands around Cameth Brin were long shunned by the Hillmen, who feared the awesome shadow of the bent outcropping. Even after the Dunedain cleansed it of its ancient evil, few Hillmen would come here unless they really had to. At ils height, the population of this area was made up of Dunedain lords, their servants of lesser blood, and unfortunate Dunnish tribesmen who were little better than slaves. The relatively large proportion of High Men here was the result of Cameth Brin’s political stature and, even after the power of the Dunedain waned and corrupted Hillmen became the masters, the garrison at the Twisted Hill maintained their Dunedain heritage. Elsewhere in Rhudaur it was quickly forgotten or discredited.