LOTRO 7th Anniversary Festival Guide

posted this on April 17th, 2014.
Categorized as 7-years, Anniversary, Anniversary Festival, clothing, cosmetic, deed, event, festival, Festival Guides, Festival Mount, housing, in-game, lotro, quest, Rewards.

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LOTRO is celebrating seven years! This year’s event is going on from April 15 – 29th

The quests are mostly broken up into four major regions in Middle Earth.

  • Bree Firework Stand by North Gate (29.1S, 52.2W Bree-town)
  • Bree Boar Fountain (63.95N, 132.90W Bree-town)
  • Thorin’s Hall (13.48S, 103.2W Thorin’s Gate) – in the underground Tavern
  • Shire Methel Stage (32.68S, 69.92W)

Not included in this festival:
Most festivals mean certain things are also available by default. The horse races are active for this festival but the other festival extras like the dance quests, Inn League/Ale Association are not active in this festival. Don’t worry, they will return with the spring festival next month.

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LOTRO Fall Festival Guide 2013

posted this on October 24th, 2013.
Categorized as cosmetic, event, Events, Fall Festival, Fall Festival Token, festival, Festival Guides, Festival Mount, housing, in-game, Lotro Guides, quest.

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Fall Festival is running this year from October 22 – November 4, 2013. This guide is here to help you find all the events available. The primary currency of this festival is Fall Festival Tokens. Collecting these can help you buy the goodies listed in the rewards section below.

If you plan to spend any time in the new Haunted Burrow event, you may want to hold off buying a lot of items as there is a chance to earn them from the special chest inside the burrow freeing up your tokens to buy other goodies! The quests are mostly broken up into four major regions in Middle Earth.

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Harvestmath Guises: Iron Crown Cultist

posted this on October 24th, 2013.
Categorized as Burglar, Collections, cosmetic, culture, guise, Harvestmath Guises, light armour, Man, medallion, medium armour, Minstrel, onesie, outfits, quest, red, sage, shield, Warden.

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False prophet

In the ancient days of the First Age, when the Sun arose for the first time, the Race of Men awakened and a Voice spoke in their hearts, telling of their making and their purpose in Arda. Men began to explore the world and make words, and they often asked the Voice for help, but the Voice did not answer, so that Men should discover Arda for themselves and become wise. But then a great and beautiful being came among Men and spoke to them of the Darkness, and Men listened to him for he was more forthcoming than the Voice. But they were deceived, for their guest was Morgoth in a fair guise. He filled the dark with fear and caused Men to turn away from the Voice, claiming that it wished to devour them. Morgoth commanded a fane be built in his honour that Men might worship him, and this was done. It is said that all Men then alive bowed at that dark shrine, and though in time most Men came to recognize and reject Morgoth, the Shadow therefore was upon them and all Men who came after them.

Making war on the Enemies of the Eye

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Harvestmath Guises: Mad Baggins

posted this on October 22nd, 2013.
Categorized as backpack, citizen, Collections, cosmetic, crafted, event, festival, Green, guise, Harvestmath Guises, Hobbit-lad, light armour, onesie, orange, outfits, Portraits, quest, reputation, token.

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The enduring figure of Mad Baggins

Bilbo Baggins was a very peculiar hobbit. He had been considered quite respectable, in spite of his Tookish ancestry on his mother’s side, until one spring morning he up and wandered off into the Blue in the company of Gandalf the Grey and a band of Dwarvish vagabonds! He was gone for the better part of a year and presumed dead (the inevitable result for folk who indulge in such reckless eccentricities) and his estate was duly passed to his relations and heirs, the Sackville-Bagginses. The unwanted items of the estate were set to be auctioned when Bilbo had the gall to show up quite alive, completely disrupting the whole affair and forcing everyone to give everything back. He also had in his possession chests full of treasure — gold and jewels — and he claimed that he had won this on an “Adventure” (preposterous!). He was even wearing a sword instead of a walking-stick, of all the outlandish things!

He disappeared with a flash and a bang

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Coalbiter

posted this on October 9th, 2013.
Categorized as champion, cloak, cosmetic, crafted, dwarf, festival, heavy armour, instance drop, light armour, medallion, Minstrel, onesie, orange, outfits, pre-order, quest, sage, seasonal, world drop.

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Layabout or unexpected hero

When the scent of wood-smoke lingers in the mountain air, the leaves of the trees on the foothills turn to flaming gold, and the days grow crisp and the nights cold, autumn has come once again. It is time for the Dwarves to retreat into the warm, dry sanctuary of their hollow halls beneath the fells, there to enjoy roaring fires and the deep-voiced singing of the minstrels, and to begin the craft-work that will take them through the deeps of winter.

A pipe and a fire on a brisk night

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#LOTRO Store: Bone Set Available Through October

posted this on October 4th, 2013.
Categorized as Bone Set, cosmetic, lotro, LotRO store, store exclusive, war-steed.

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Bone SetIt is October and that means a new store exclusive steed for LOTRO. Except that this month the offering is just for war-steed cosmetics, not a premium mount bundle like in the past.

To be clear: there is no travel mount included with this bundle, it is just war-steed cosmetics!

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Were-worm of the Last Desert

posted this on September 18th, 2013.
Categorized as brown, captain, cloak, commendation, cosmetic, crafted, culture, Gold, guardian, heavy armour, Lalia's Market, Man, medallion, outfits, warrior.

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Cruel light of the east-dawn

“Tell me what you want done, and I will try it, if I have to walk from here to the East of East and fight the wild Were-worms in the Last Desert.”

– Bilbo, “An Unexpected Party”, The Hobbit

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Théodred son of Théoden

posted this on September 11th, 2013.
Categorized as captain, cloak, commendation, cosmetic, culture, Green, heavy armour, Man, medallion, outfits, Portraits, quest, store, warrior.

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Second Marshal of the Mark

Théodred was the son of Théoden King and heir to the throne of the Riddermark, the only child of Théoden and Elfhild, who died bearing him. Théoden never took another wife, and thus Théodred was raised alone until Théoden adopted his sister-son and sister-daughter, Éomer and Éowyn — Théodred’s cousins. Théodred was thirteen years older than Éomer, and the younger boy developed a great respect and respect for him that endured into their adult lives. As a man, Théodred was made Second Marshal of the Mark and thus had command of the various éored of the West-mark. His base of operations was at the Hornburg, and this positioned him well to oppose Isengard, the stronghold of the treasonous Saruman the White. Early in IIIA 3019, a full-scale invasion of Rohan by Saruman seemed inevitable, but Théoden King sat in Meduseld in a fey mood, doing nothing to oppose the treachery of the White Wizard. As winter drew to a close, Théodred therefore took the defense of the Westfold into his own hands, fortifying the Fords of Isen, which Saruman must control to invade Rohan from the west.

High in the affections of the king

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Warrior of Wrath

posted this on August 28th, 2013.
Categorized as captain, cosmetic, crafted, Elf-swain, heavy armour, instance drop, light armour, medallion, Minstrel, outfits, silver, warrior.

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The challenge of the trumpets of Eönwë

Throughout the ages of Middle-earth, the Elves have fought in many terrible battles. Elves possessed great skill of body, being strong and resilient to harm, and thus were adept warriors; yet they did not love battle and joined it mostly out of necessity in defense of their lands against the Enemy. Though it took a grievous wound, the body of an Elf could be slain in war, and the unhoused spirit of the fallen elf must perforce return to the Halls of Waiting in Valinor. After a time in those silent halls, the spirits of some elves might be rehoused in their body of old, yet these for the most part must remain in Valinor. Thus, though the spirits of slain Elves endure so long as does Arda itself, bodily death was still a sorrowful bereavement for the loved ones of the departed left behind in Middle-earth.

From the West they came in wrath

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Warrior of Wrath

posted this on August 28th, 2013.
Categorized as captain, cosmetic, crafted, Elf-swain, heavy armour, instance drop, light armour, medallion, Minstrel, outfits, silver, warrior.

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The challenge of the trumpets of Eönwë

Throughout the ages of Middle-earth, the Elves have fought in many terrible battles. Elves possessed great skill of body, being strong and resilient to harm, and thus were adept warriors; yet they did not love battle and joined it mostly out of necessity in defense of their lands against the Enemy. Though it took a grievous wound, the body of an Elf could be slain in war, and the unhoused spirit of the fallen elf must perforce return to the Halls of Waiting in Valinor. After a time in those silent halls, the spirits of some elves might be rehoused in their body of old, yet these for the most part must remain in Valinor. Thus, death in Middle-earth was still a sorrowful bereavement for loved ones.

From the West they came in wrath

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