The Lonesome Morning Sun

“…beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.”

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The elf-ruins in Ered Luin make for some seriously beautiful scenery. The ruined buildings overrun by nature never fails to make me wonder how and when they fell into decay, and the history behind it all.

I’ve only ever used gold dyes sparingly in my outfits, and thought this might be the occasion to break them out…and I was wrong. Gold didn’t have the subtlety I was looking for, and Lórien gold looked more of a pale yellow than gold.

After deciding that gold was out of the question, I spent some time combing through my designated dye-storage character (pictured in this post!) for a more suitable alternative while redesigning his outfits. As luck would have it, I found a stack of Shire peach dyes in his vault which I used a very long time ago for his ‘gold’ outfit, finally!

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In his new look, I traded his medium armour in favour for some heavier, plated stuff to match the helm dug up from the depths of my vaults, which I’ve been planning to use sooner or later. I also took inspiration from Cosmetic Lotro’s ‘Valiant‘ as I remember seeing the same helm used when I was scrolling through their blog some years ago.

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I wanted to capture the former glory the ruins once possessed in this outfit with slightly duller tones, while still maintaining a regal and imposing air. The gold-tinted plate was ideal for this, and I tried to bring back some ‘elvishness’ with the gauntlets, pauldrons, and boots to contrast the grim, mannish pieces used. 

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I made sure to stay true to the gold and white colour scheme from head to toe, right down to the weapons and shield. The spear and javelin I used can be crafted by a woodworker at Tier 3 (Expert). However, I’m not sure whether the shield could be crafted as well as I couldn’t find anything with the same appearance after going through my metalsmith recipes.

Shire peach worked wonders on this outfit, and it’ll definitely be my go-to gold alternative from now on!

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Head: Rodongarab OR Tarchar, default dye (World drop OR Ost Galadh barter)

Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Whirlwind, Shire peach dye (Skirmish Cosmetics barter)

Chest: Buttressed Chestplate of the Towers, Shire peach dye (Mordor drop OR High-enchanter barter)

Hands: Ceremonial Gauntlets of the Quiet Step, white dye (Skirmish Cosmetics barter)

Legs: N/A

Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Iron Arm, Shire peach dye (Skirmish Cosmetics barter)

Back: Nimble Cloak of the Hope of Men, white dye (Allegiance: The Kingdom of Gondor quest reward)

Spear: Ronecthel OR Carved Yew Spear of Combat (The Water Wheels: Nalâ-dûm drop OR Woodworker T3 crafted)

Javelin: Carved Yew Javelin of Precision (Woodworker T3 crafted)

Shield: Maethram (Halls of Crafting drop)

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