Theorized to have been frequent byways for the ancient elthedar, the Old Ways are magical backroads where time runs akimbo to the natural world. At points on these unseen roads are dolmens or standing stones inscribed with runes: fey crossroads. These crossroads are the only ways to enter or exit the Old Ways and are not always open. Rituals known to elven druids open some. Others allow passage only at certain times. Most of the crossroads are well-documented in elven lore, but use is sparing in the Last Age.
Perhaps due to the Shadow’s corruption, travel on the Old Ways became dangerous. The “place between” has strange toll collectors and malevolent entities that waylay travelers. In these desperate times, however, the potential dangers of the Old Ways are sometimes seen as a lesser threat than the definite danger of an imminent orc patrol or sniffing astirax, in great part because the twisting of time in the dark mirror of Erethor that exists between crossroads means that travel time from one point to another is greatly reduced.