Far Away from Home

“Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.”

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In light of the on-going pandemic, SSG was kind enough to make all LOTRO content accessible until the end of April. With plenty of time on my hands, I took the opportunity to quest around the Dwarf-holds and Vales of Anduin and continue the Black Book of Mordor questline, and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

With so many quests to complete, I naturally started collecting the rewards, and with the Spring Festival underway (and the Anniversary coming up!), there’s plenty of cosmetics to choose from to add to my ever-growing collection.

When Update 22 (Legacy of the Necromancer) was released back in 2018, I wasted no time exploring Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands, and immediately fell in love with the Strongholds of the North. The city of Dale in particular is a hub for Dwarves, Elves, and Men alike.

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I pieced together this outfit to incorporate elements from all three cultures: an Elven-themed tunic, a Dwarvish cloak and gloves, Mannish shoes, shoulderpads and a hat.

The criss-crossing details on the gloves matches the sleeves, while the shoes and shoulderpads gives the outfit an overall weathered look, topped with a hat from the oh-so-versatile Dunland sets.

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I used steel blue dye on the tunic as it appears to be quite a popular colour among the Men of Dale. The brown tones hearken to Dwarvish fashion, and the green and gold to the Elves.

I also like to think that the scaled detail on the tunic, while Elvish, nods towards the dragons associated with the history of Dale and Erebor!

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This outfit feels slightly more personal than the others I’ve made. This was made specifically for my Hunter, one of my first in-game characters and also one of my favourites. Right now, I am far away from home with no plans to return anytime soon, and I think that played a huge part in creating this look: cobbling together pieces from different corners of Middle-earth that in theory, would not go together, but did anyway and came together in one harmonious result.

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Head: Scout’s Weathered Leather Helmet, walnut brown dye (Dunland quest reward)

Shoulders: Shoulderpads from the Old Ford, default dye (Black Book of Mordor, Chapter 10 reward)

Chest: Braided Tunic and Trousers of the Spring Woods, steel blue dye (Spring Festival barter)

Hands: Gloves of the Dwarf-holds, default dye (Ered Mithrin quest reward)

Legs: N/A

Feet: Shoes of the Apparition, default dye (Black Book or Mordor, Interlude reward)

Back: Reinforced Swift Wool Cloak of Stonehelm, default dye (Black Book of Mordor, Chapter 8 reward)

Bow: (not pictured) Bow of the Eglan-provider (Eglain Token barter)

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