“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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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)