Shieldmaiden of the Riddermark

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Rider

Shoulders: Enduring Great River Pauldrons of Deflection, dyed Grey – Tailor T7 Crafted. Same cosmetic appearance as Potent Combat Pauldrons of Théodred, and the non-guild medium pauldrons recipe for this tier Resilient Westfold Skirmish Pauldrons

Hands: Gloves of the Hammerhanddefault color  –  Helm’s Deep premium edition reward

Chest: Boar Clansman Sentry’s Jacket, dyed Rivendell Green  – quest reward, other lookalikes here

Feet: Enduring Wildermore Boots of Combat dyed Grey – T8 guild crafted

Back: Embroidered Norcrofts Cloak, dyed Rivendell Green – barter with Silver Tokens of the Eastemnetwith Eastemnet Miscellany Barterer

Shield: Ides’ Sturdy Buckler- Norcrofts Quest Reward (Note: the quest “Desire Above Strength” offers Ides’ Sturdy Buckler and Ides’ Honed Sword as rewards, so it is not possible to choose both rewards on the same character)

Sword: Ides’ Honed Sword – Norcrofts quest reward from “Desire Above Strength”

War-steed 

Head: Light Halter of the Norcrofts, dyed Green – Norcrofts quest reward from The Corrupted Matrons”

Body: Light caparison of the Norcrofts, dyed Green – Norcrofts quest reward from “The Enduring Menace”

Saddle: Light Saddle of the Norcrofts – Norcrofts quest reward from “The Elfward”

Legs: Light Leggings of the Norcrofts, dyed Green – Norcrofts quest reward from “All That Remains

Hide: Dun dye

Mane/Tail: Blonde Dye

The Bard’s Song

“Now you all know the bards and their songs
When hours have gone by, I’ll close my eyes
In a world far away we may meet again
But now hear my song about the dawn of the night
Let’s sing the bards’ song

Tomorrow will take us away far from home
No one will ever know our names

But the bards’ songs will remain.”


– Blind Guardian – The Bard’s Song (in The Forest)

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A roaming musician, teller of tales, and sometime adventurer, this bard finds his living on the road and at the wayside in the inns and towns which dot the landscape of Eriador. Though the life of a bard is not an easy one, he finds what respite he can in spinning tales and music to enchant the minds of his audience. Tales of old or newly-spun tunes, dirges or merry jigs, he has a repertoire that encompasses all that he seen in life, and the experience of many years on the road.


 

The Tower of Orthanc raid set has many unique cosmetics, and from the moment I saw the Shoulders of Thelin I loved them! However, the other parts of the set I always felt were more suited to a human minstrel, rather than elves. This outfit takes the understated classy look of the Isengard head and shoulder pieces and pairs it with a black tunic and cloak with gold and bronze accents. The bard lives to serve his music and his audiences, and with that in mind I have put together a more subtle but elegant outfit, one which stands out but does not draw undue attention away from the performer’s music – perfect for that of a wandering minstrel and tale-teller.

Head:  Hat of Thelin  – Isengard Minstrel Raid Set, barter from Minstrel trainer in Ox-clan Camp

Shoulders: Shoulders of Thelin – Minstrel trainer, Ox-clan camp

Hands: Fingerless gloves, dyed Black – Yule Festival Reward

 Chest: Jacket of the Shadow-Walker, dyed Black – Barter from Burglar Trader in Ettenmoors with Commendations, or ceremonial version available in Laila’s Market

Feet: Lesser Arrow of the West Boots, dyed Black – Harndirion Novices’ quartermaster (Hunter set), or ceremonial version available in Laila’s Market

Back: Torahammas’ Cloak, dyed Black – T5 crafted from world drop recipe/components,  or ceremonial version available in Laila’s Market

Instrument: Misty Mountains Harp – Available from any Bard NPC

The Merry Flowers of June

“Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June…” 

– Bilbo’s Walking-Song, The Hobbit


One thing I love about LOTRO is the feeling of discovery and the many beautiful places in Middle-Earth one finds along the road, a feeling Frodo and Bilbo both must have had in mind while singing their well-known walking-song. The beautiful open world that exists in-game is there for the exploration and discovery of so many, and I am glad such lovely landscapes exist around every bend in the road ahead.

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I remember the first time I came across the beautiful hill of Dol Baran in the Gap of Rohan, when questing in Dunland. I was simply blown away by the fields of purple flowers stretching as far as the eye can see! The geography of Dol Baran only makes the view all the more gorgeous, with the blue sky arching overhead, surrounded by the distant grey shadows of mountains.

I have always wanted to make an outfit inspired by this beautiful corner of Middle-Earth, and finally put together one for my Captain. I dyed the shoulders Rose to echo the dusky color of the flowers and the swirls on the dress, and the dyeable bit of the headdress is Violet, which curiously matches the bodice of the dress better than Indigo.The dress was tricky to dye, as the body of the dress has an  underlying greyish color that changes any shade applied to it, but I think this Indigo color manages quite nicely. The purple swirls on the dress already match the flowers, so I wanted a background that was a bit darker and more muted, allowing the purple swirls to really shine – similar how the deep blue of the sky overhead provides a welcome contrast to the seemingly never-ending fields of flowers!

Head: Simbelmynë Circlet, dyed Violet – Spring Festival reward

Chest: Simbelmynë Dress, dyed Indigo – Spring Festival reward

Shoulders: Noriel’s Folly, dyed Rose – Great River quest reward, or available for Mithril Coins at Laila’s Market

Held: Iris – Wildermore Epic reward

Eriador in Bloom!

I’m back, after a few months’ hiatus, and quite enjoying the lovely spring (practically summer) weather in my corner of the world. And in Middle-earth, flowers seem to be springing up left and right as well! The Spring Festival is in full swing, running until the 21st of June, and sports a bright new steed, FOUR new cosmetic dyes, and some other cosmetics. There are lovely previews of those rewards available on Gloredh’s blog, Wandering Around Arda!

And, with the advent of Update 18.2 preview up on Bullroarer, I was particularly excited about this bit in the official forum post:

  • Eriador has newly added frills. You can turn frills on and off in your advanced graphics options panel. This includes all kinds of ground-cover (grasses, reeds, wildflowers, etc).

Logging in to Bullroarer, after I had updated the client, I was not disappointed. The elven lands around Celondim are particularly stunning, and many-colored flowers bloom all over the previously sparse fields. I specially loved the inclusion of the tall lupine-like wildflowers from Rohan in shades of purple and teal, and the reed-like grasses by the water. The Falathlorn homesteads are likewise newly covered in flowers and blooming beautifully!

Here are some screenshot previews of what the next update will bring to the landscape of Eriador. In celebration of this season of flowers, I am planning a few floral and summer themed outfits, which I hope you will enjoy!

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Treasure-Seeker

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An explorer, smith, and prospector, this elf-smith travels far and wide in search of unique ores and gems. Her wanderings have led her to the lands of the Dwarves near the Blue Mountains, where treasure awaits, hidden beneath boulders and in the cracks of rock faces. Garbed in a simple green tunic, sturdy leather boots, and fingerless gauntlets, she is ready for adventuring and days of travel on the road. Her pack contains all the essential tools of her trade – A mining pick, a lens for examining mineral samples more closely, a pan, and some green gems strung on chains.


There are some unique cosmetics and emotes available during the Buried Treasure event. This outfit was a fun way for me to showcase the Treasure Hunter’s Pack and some of the emotes earned from the event. It also happens to be my metalsmith’s go-to outfit for adventuring and ore-gathering. The chest, gloves and boots are quest rewards from Dunland, and there are many items from that region with the same cosmetic appearance. Devonna of The Lotro Stylist has made a lovely post with links to all the Dunland quest rewards sharing the same cosmetic skin, and I always have this post open for reference when making outfits using the Dunland cosmetics. All the emotes shown here are barterable with Hidden Treasure Tokens. /geminspect produces a delightful animation with gems of various colors. /dowse causes your character to pull out a green gem on a chain, which hangs downward from one hand. /pan emotes the action of panning for gold. All the emotes available from the Buried Treasure event, as well as /rich and /coinflip, may be viewed on the new Emote Panel section of the Collections Panel, added with Update 17.2. Press Shift + C to access this panel, which gives information on each emote, animations of the emotes, and tells you where they can be obtained.

Shoulders: Enduring Great River Pauldrons of Deflection, dyed Umber – Tailor T7 Crafted. Same cosmetic appearance as Potent Combat Pauldrons of Théodred, and the non-guild medium pauldrons recipe for this tier Resilient Westfold Skirmish Pauldrons

Hands: Dunland Marcher’s Leather Gauntlets, dyed Black – Dunland quest reward

Chest: Forged-Iron Dunlending Hauberk, dyed Rivendell Green – Dunland quest reward, several other chest-pieces with same cosmetic appearance can be found here

Feet: Weathered Leather Scout’s Boots,  dyed Walnut Brown – Dunland quest reward

Back: Treasure Hunter’s Pack,  dyed Walnut Brown – Treasure Hunt reward

Taking Flight

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A gentle breath of spring upon the wind,

The sway of silk upon the breeze,

The flutter of snow-white wings in the air,

All these are to the  Eldar tokens of the Wind-Lord,

Manwë Súlimo, who watches from Taniquetil

Over lands broken by Ages of tumult.


“Of the airs and winds Manwë most had pondered, who is the noblest of the Ainur.”

– Quenta Silmarillion, Ainulindalë: The Music of the Ainur

“For Manwë to whom all birds are dear, and to whom they bring news upon Taniquetil from Middle-earth, had sent forth the race of Eagles, commanding them to dwell in the crags of the North, and to keep watch upon Morgoth; for Manwë still had pity for the exiled Elves. And the Eagles brought news of much that passed in those days to the sad ears of Manwë.”

– Quenta Silmarillion, Of the Return of the Noldor

“But dost thou not now remember, Kementári, that thy thought sang not always alone? Did not thy thought and mine meet also, so that we took wing together like great birds that soar above the clouds? That also shall come to be by the heed of Iluvatar, and before the Children awake there shall go forth with wings like the wind the Eagles of the Lords of the West.”

– Quenta Silmarillion, Of Aulë and Yavanna


This outfit all began from a staff I acquired while doing the Volume I epic quest in Forochel. The wing design, adorned with a blue gem, inspired me to match it with an outfit. The staff is not unique, as I could have sworn I saw the same cosmetic skin on a staff of level 45-50 which might have been a quest reward in Angmar, but I do not have any further information unfortunately. As of Update 16.2, weapons can be equipped cosmetically, making it more fun to mix and match outfits and staves on my Lore-Master. The Elf-Queen’s dress dyes in a unique shade, always significantly lighter than the base dye, and has a beautiful sheen to it. The wing motif on the staff is echoed in the Swan-Cloak, and more subtly in the white and silver detailing of the shoulders. The shoulders I used in this outfit are from the level 75  minstrel set, barterable (class-restricted) in the Ox-Clan Camp, but the appearance of the shoulders is the same for the Lore-master and Rune-keeper sets.

Head: Circlet of Fresh-picked Flowers, dyed Turquoise – Farmer’s Faire reward

Shoulders: Shoulder Pads of Resolve, dyed White – Minstrel trainer in Ox-Clan Camp, Dunland

Chest: Elf-Queen’s Dress, dyed Dark Green – Chance to drop from Spring Festival boxes, or LOTRO store

Back: Swan-Cloak, dyed Turquoise – Chance to drop from Lootboxes, AH, or LOTRO store

Staff: Staff of Keriä – Epic Volume I, Book 13, Chapter 1 quest reward

Scout of Imladris

 

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On the Lookout

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Alert and Ready

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Overlooking the Wilds

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Finding the Path

Dressed in shades of brown and umber, this archer blends in with the autumnal landscape of the wooded lands surrounding Imladris. His garments are crafted of intricately tooled leather, though dyed in an unassuming color. At either side of his belt, a dagger hangs at the ready, and another is tucked into his gauntlet. Swift, silent, and watchful, he is the the eyes and ears of Imladris, keeping watch over the hidden valley, the home of those he loves.


I have always loved the understated but elegant tooled-leather look of the Lothlorien guild crafted armor, and knew that I had to make an outfit with them for my hunter. The chest, legs, and boots in this outfit are lookalikes from some of the Moria medium armor class sets, and there is also a barterable cosmetic version available at the skirmish camp vendor. When the Summer Festival of 2015 rolled along, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely Cloak of Nárië which was among the new rewards. The pattern and unique shape of the cloak suggested something which might fit with this outfit, and I am quite happy with the result. The center dyeable part of the cloak has a rather strange tint to it, and so I tried to match the rest of the outfit as best as I could. I first saw these shoulders in the lovely Elven Flowers outfit from the cosmeticlotro blog, but the link was to an outdated item which was obsolete after the level cap was raised to 85. Luckily, I was able to find a lookalike, which is either the hunter shoulders from the Dar Narbugund raid set, or the hunter shoulders bartered from the class trainer in Ost Galadh.

Chest: August Coat of the Golden Wood, dyed Walnut Brown – T6 Tailor Crafted Lothlorien Guild Recipe, OR Ceremonial Jacket of the Shield-Wall – Skirmish Camp Cosmetic Vendor (Moria Medium Armor), OR Trapsetter’s Jacket – Moria hunter trainer.

Note: The Moria class sets for other medium-armor classes should have similar looking pieces to the chest/legs/shoulders in this outfit.

Legs: August Leggings of the Golden Wood , dyed Walnut Brown- T6 Crafted, OR Ceremonial Leggings of the Quiet-step – Skirmish Cosmetic Vendor, OR Leggings of the Swift Arrow – Moria hunter trainer

Shoulders: Shoulders of the Lady’s Discernment,  dyed Walnut Brown – Dar Narbugund Raid set from hunter trainer in Caras Galadhon, OR Shoulders of the Swift Arrow – Ost Galadh hunter trainer

Head: Tactical Eastemnet Assault Circlet, dyed Black- T8 Tailor crafted

Hands: Lesser Secret of the West Gauntlets, dyed Walnut Brown – barter at Novices’ Quartermaster in Harndirion (not class restricted)

Feet: August Boots of the Golden Wood, dyed Walnut Brown – T6 Tailor Crafted Lothlorien Guild Recipe, OR Ceremonial Boots of the Quiet Step– Skirmish Camp Cosmetic Vendor (Moria Medium Armor), OR Boots of the Swift Arrow – Moria hunter trainer

Back: Cloak of Nárië,  dyed Walnut Brown – 2015 Summer Festival Reward

Scholar of the Twilight Wood

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An elf walks below the golden boughs in the half-light of Lothlórien, with a quiet and thoughtful expression on her brow. She stops to meditate by one of the many crystal lamps which light the deepening twilight, and begins to write. Her robe is short, and suited for wandering outside among the grasses and flowers of the Golden Wood. With parchment and pen ready at her side, she is ready to capture any thoughts which may occur to her in a moment of inspiration, beneath the star-crowned branches of the Mallorn trees.


This outfit was inspired by the gorgeous Robe of Faramir’s Faithful which became available with Update 16. It is unfortunately not easily acquired, as it must be bartered with Morgul Crests, which drop from T2 instances in the East Gondor Osgiliath cluster. As of Update 17, Roving Threats in all areas of Eriador and Gondor also have a chance (albeit a small one) of dropping Morgul Crests. I built the rest of the outfit around this robe, which has a unique texture and very elven-looking embroidery which reminds me of stars in the twilight sky. Undyed, all the Faramir’s Faithful items have a unique color which is slightly darker than the Steel Blue dye color available ingame, and complements the star motifs and white areas of the robe perfectly. The feather-like motifs on the Shoulders of Faramir’s Faithful are echoed in the Cloak of the Ibis, one of my favorite store-exclusive cloaks ingame. Steel blue dye works perfectly with the twilight hues of Lothlórien, after the sun has set and the stars are beginning to appear in the sky.

Head: Circlet of Faramir’s Faithful, default color

Shoulders: Shoulders of Faramir’s Faithful, default color

Chest: Robe of Faramir’s Faithful, default color – Quartermaster (Osgiliath Reward Vendor)

Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, dyed Black – Dunland quest reward, with several look-alikes available in that region

Feet: Runemaker’s Shoes, dyed Black – lv 65 Barad Guldur armor, Skirmish Camp Classic Vendor

Back: Cloak of the Ibis, dyed Steel Blue – LOTRO store