Shirefest

Well, my own little band performed at Shirefest yesterday, and we had so much fun 馃檪

Otherwise, I’ve been busy in real life lately and not had the time to publish the last outfits I made. I’ll be busy all summer, getting married and moving and stuff, but hopefully I’ll be back here again in the autumn. Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!

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Anniversary thoughts

Lotro is celebrating its 10 year anniversary, and that inspired me to write a different post, a little walk down memory lane, as they say. I have not been here from start, I’ve “only” played this game for 6,5 years 馃檪 It all started, sort of,聽 back in the spring of 2007 though, but at that time I didn’t know about Lotro. I was sharing a house with some other people back then, and two of them played another MMO, and somehow got me into it too. I stayed with that game until the fall of 2010, when I began to tire of it. One of those roommates had found out that Lotro would go free-to-play on the US servers, and he started playing on Firefoot. A couple of weeks after, I joined him there, being quite done with the old game. It was unpractical, living in EU and playing on US server, but it soon became home, and even after my friend quit I remained. Then came the server merges, and I moved with the kin I was in to Crickhollow, and discovered the ingame music community. I was hooked, being able to spend time in a virtual Middle-Earth was loads of fun, and still is 馃檪

It feels like ages ago now…doing the intro quests in Archet for the first time, on my main toon, the champion. Exploring Bree for the first time, visiting Bag End, and then the adventure continued. Questing in Evendim before the revamp, when it was called Everswim, for a reason…(no boat routes back then). Being able to do most of the quests in pre-Moria areas without outleveling them. (I think they changed that too, quests started to give more xp and you leveled faster, none of my other toons have been able to do it). Gloomy Angmar, snowy Misties, remote Forochel, that felt like home because of the Finnish-sounding names…Entering Moria for the first time, that was awesome. Questing there, also before the revamp that made traveling and questing much easier, was a pain. Emerging on the other side, and seeing Lorien (and getting one-shotted for coming too close to the border, without enough rep…) for the first time…I was impressed with the beauty, the music, Caras Galadhon, everything.

After Lorien I think I spent some time leveling other toons, but when Isengard launched, it was time for my Eve to continue her adventures. One of the first things she did, if I remember right, was to explore, and go look at Orthanc, which looked very impressive indeed. She was always the first one to explore new content. As soon as Rohan launched, I took her down the river to look at the Argonath 馃檪 Seeing Helm’s deep for the first time…and then passing through the Paths of the Dead, and into Gondor…she was home! Following the little river down to the valley, and the very cute little town of Morlad, which is still one of my favorite places in the game. Beautful Dol Amroth…the seagulls flying everywhere, singing about the ocean…And then Minas Tirith, I loved exploring it, despite the annoying lagg. And now we have gotten to the Black Gates, soon the story we know from the book trilogy will end, and I really wonder what will happen after that? I’m looking forward to it, no matter what 馃檪

What an adventure it has been!

If you are reading this blog, feel free to share in the comments some of your most memorable moments from Lotro. Happy Anniversary!

 

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Spearman of the marsh

A little hobbit warden is patrolling the Midgewater marshes. She tries to blend in with her pumpkin-colored armor, so she can sneak up on the goblins.

This isn’t stricly a masquerade outfit, but I ran out of ideas so this one ended up in that category anyway. Here I’m using another of the quest reward armor pieces from Gondor, along with this nice cloak I’ve coveted for a long time, and I finally got it 馃檪 Also using the new (well, not so new anymore, maybe) Imladris fallen leaf dye, which looked surprisingly good with the undyeable steel blue parts.

Head: Helm of the Charging Stag, quest reward (66) Let Us Follow Them, Dunland

Shoulders: Scout’s Shoulder Guards, T6 crafted medium armour

Back: Ceremonial Wig-feld, Lalia’s Market, or Eorlingas lootbox

Chest: Robe of An贸rien Mercy, quest reward (100) A Long Siege – Forgive him, Minas Tirith

Hands: Reworked Gloves, from the lvl 65 armour boxes meant for Beornings (quest rewards)

Feet: Dirtied Work Boots, Beorning starter armour

All six pieces are dyed Imladris Fallen Leaf

Shield: Threkhlief, dropped by Doomspeaker in Dark Delvings (Moria instance)

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Anduin wanderer

The road goes ever on and on…

This elf is a messenger between Mirkwood and Lothlorien, travelling along the shore of the Anduin. She wears a long robe and a hood, and rides a horse with ceremonial gear.

It’s been a while since my hunter got anything new, but here she is, dressed up as a sort of messenger. I’ve had the robe for a long time and finally found a use for it. It is quite elaborate so I felt it didn’t need a cloak. The horse doesn’t match the outfit that much, the warsteed caparison dyed burgundy might have worked but I don’t have that dye so I used the ordinary steed.

Hello deer

Head: Lore-Keeper’s Hat, burgundy, skirmish camp classic barter(loremaster lvl 85 teal set)

Shoulders: Lore-Keeper’s Shoulders, burgundy, same as the hat

Chest: Ancient Inlaid Breastplate, burgundy, quest reward (74) Banishing the Dishonoured, Great River

Hands: Gloves of the An贸rien Sun, burgundy, quest reward Vol IV, book 4, chapter 1: The Broken Causeway

Feet: Shoes of the An贸rien Sun, burgundy, Vol IV, book 4, chapter 3: The Seven Gates

Horse: Steed of the Eldar, VIP gift

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Elegant elf

Zarond is visiting Frostbluff to celebrate winter, and has dressed up in elegant red.

This outfit gets published a few months later than I had intended, I made it for Yule-fest but never got around to making the blog entry 馃檪 But better late than never, so here it is, just a simple party outfit for my elf. I use that cloak a lot because it’s so pretty, and it dyes nicely in all shades too.

Head: Fine Elven Circlet, Lotro Anniversary gift boxes

Back: Cloak of the Unwelcome Guest, red, quest reward (75) Neighbours Meet, Great River

Chest: Extravagant Festival Robe, red, quest reward (10) Gain and Glory: Assist the Rich, Yule Festival

Feet: Light Nadhin Shoes, black, Dol Amroth light armor set, or quest reward

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Fighting crebain

Ranfrith has been tasked with getting rid of some spying crebain in Bree-land. She likes to use her daggers, and also shoots the birds with her bow.

Here is my Beorning girl again, this time in some kind of Beorning outfit. I made something plain and practical that I think works well. The chestpiece looks like it’s made of shabby leather, and the shoulders add a touch of fur without looking too hot and unpractical for battle. And by the way, a craban looks very ugly when seen up close 馃槢

Head: Hood of the An贸rien Sun, rust, quest reward Vol IV, Book 4, chapter 4: Tower of Guard

Shoulders: Grimbeorn’s Shoulders, black, Beorning starter armor set

Chest: Dwarf Leather Shirt, black, world drop

Hands: Battered Dunlending Gauntlets, rust, quest reward (66) Scattered Companions, Dunland

Legs: Supple Fangorn Trousers of Insight, black, T9 crafted (tailor)

Feet: Boots of the An贸rien Tree, rust, quest reward Vol IV, Book 4, chapter 3: The Seven Gates

Daggers: Boar-Tooth Dagger x2, quest reward (35) Boar-Tooth Dagger, starts from a tusk randomly dropped by boars in Trollshaws

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Spring party

Spring is here, and Waldgrim is going to celebrate with the hobbits at the party tree. He has dressed up in elegant clothes. Let the dancing begin!

Time for a nice party outfit, now that Spring Festival is in full action. I’ve long wanted to use this cloak, but it was hard to match it with anything. Then I made this simple outfit and found that an elaborate cloak worked well with it.

Back: Elf-Lord’s Cloak, white, Lotro store

Chest: Padded Waistcoat, white, world drop

Hands: Simple Bracers, default, beorning starter gear

Legs: Sightseer’s Trousers, grey, spring rewards vendor

Feet: Light Nadhin Shoes, black, Dol Amroth armor set (light)

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