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.
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