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Leveling Guide to Nud-Melek

Leveling Guide to Nud-Melek

Zone levels 56-58
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Aside from a handful of quests from The Twenty-first Hall, Nud-melek isn't much of a leveling zone. That said, Nud-melek is featured prominently in Volume II, Books 3 and 4 of the epic story. Try to group your Nud-melek quests with the epic quests, especially the journey to Balin's Camp, which also counts toward the Nud-melek exploration deed for a rank of Loyalty.

Instances in Nud-melek

LOTRO Second Hall in Nud-melek
Nud-melek is home to The Sixteenth Hall, a challenging level 60+ group instance. Quests for The Sixteenth Hall come from The Shadowed Refuge in Foundations of Stone. Like other Moria instances, loot includes Medallions of Moria and rare jewelry drops. Burglars and Rune-keepers will want to visit here to complete their level 58 class quests.

Quest Hubs and Points of Interest

LOTRO Nud-melek map
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This map shows some points of interest (1 to 9) for Nud-melek. Quests for Nud-melek come from The Twenty-first Hall in Zelem-melek.

Quest Hubs for Nud-melek

 LocLevelsQuest HubVendorStableMailboxMilestoneNotes
A 5.8S, 105.1W 56-58 The Twenty-first Hall
AH, bard, class trainers, crafting facilities, Iron Garrison faction reps, item-masters, Medallion of Moria barter vendors, vault-keeper

Points of Interest in Nud-melek

1 Khadar-zaram 8.0S, 103.6W For the Nud-melek exploration deed
2 Khurjezer 7.3S, 100.9W For the Nud-melek exploration deed
3 The Deep Crossroad 6.3S, 101W For the Nud-melek exploration deed
4 Balin's Camp 5.8S, 103.9W For the Nud-melek exploration deed
5 Sudulthurkh 5.6S, 99.2W For the Nud-melek exploration deed
6 The Bridge of Khazad-dum (west arch) 8.0S, 99.2W For the Nud-melek exploration deed
7 The Bridge of Khazad-dum (east arch) 8.0S, 98.5W For the Nud-melek exploration deed
8 The First Hall 8.0S, 95.3W For the Nud-melek exploration deed. Stable-master.
8 Moria exit to Dimril Dale 8.0S, 95.3W Exit from Moria to Dimril Dale, Lothlorien
9 The Sixteenth Hall 11.0S, 101.1W Camp site and mustering horn

Virtue Deeds in Nud-melek

Deeds for Nud-melek sort to Moria Central Halls in your deed log. The Nud-melek exploration deed rewards a rank of Loyalty.

Quest Stalwart of the Central Levels Innocence 1 Complete 40 Quests The Great Delving
The Silvertine Lodes
Swift Travel[1]
Quest Exemplar of the Central Levels Empathy 1 Complete 40 Quests The Great Delving
The Silvertine Lodes
Swift Travel[2]
Loyalty 1 Explore 7 Places Nud-Melek Everyone
Slayer Goblin Slayer (Advanced) Justice 1 Kill 360 Goblins Non-instance Moria zones Everyone
Slayer Orc Slayer (Advanced) Determination 1 Kill 360 Orcs Non-instance Moria zones Hunters
Slayer Deep-Claw Slayer (Advanced) Tolerance 1 Kill 360 Deep-Claws Non-instance Moria zones Would-be raiders

[1] Unlocks Swift Travel from Twenty-first Hall to Dolven-view
[2] Unlocks Swift Travel between Dolven-view and First Hall

Keep in mind that these are only a few of the virtues you can work on in this zone - specifically the ones you'll find useful for surviving Moria and are relatively easy to get. You may want to return later to earn more. See Choosing Your Virtues for more information.

The Epic Story and Nud-melek

Volume II, Book 3: The Lord of Moria (54-56) of the epic story sends you to Balin's Camp in Nud-melek. Grab a friend or two - it's a long slog through Nud-melek to Balin's Camp, and you'll need help to complete the other quest from Zelem-melek that sends you here. First Hall and the Bridge of Khazad-dum are the setting for a session-play chapter later in Book 3. You'll return to Nud-melek once more to collect items for a chapter of Volume II, Book 4: Fire and Water (56-57).

Crafting and Nud-melek

Nud-melek offers Tier "6b" gathering, meaning Khazad-iron and Khazad-gold ore, Extraordinary hides, Mallorn wood and Sage caskets. Filled with level 57-58 mobs, Second Hall offers good gathering with the exception of ore, which is fairly rare in this zone. The nearest crafting facilities are in Twenty-first Hall.

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