Southern Ranger

posted this on February 7th, 2014.
Categorized as Armour of the Shadow-walker, backpack, Beast-master Armour, Burglar, cloth, Green, hood, Lore-Master, Man, mask, metalsmith T8, outfits, ranger, scout, tunic, Woodland Ranger's Clothing.

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Full link: https://starrymantle.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/southern-ranger/

Masked Ranger

While the Rangers of the North were the remnants of the Dúnedain of Arnor as a people, the southern Rangers, the Rangers of Ithilien, were a force of warriors and scouts of Gondor tasked to harry the servants of the Enemy on the eastern shores of the Anduin, lands lost to Gondor as Sauron’s strength began to grow apace in the Third Age.

Sudden defense

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Cold

posted this on January 16th, 2014.
Categorized as - Lore & Robe, Cloak of the Cold Well, Dwarf Steel Shoes, Jacket of Lies, Lesser Arrow of the West Shoulder Guards, Lore-Master, Outfit, Race of Man male, Snow-dusted Travelling Gloves, White and Grey.

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Full link: https://cosmeticlotro.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/cold/

2014-002a

2014-002b

Continuing my fetish for long robes on male characters, I have dressed my male lore-master in the same robe that appears in my Yule Cheer post. Just like the crafted Westemnet robe from my previous post, this robe too has a different appearance for male and female characters and dyes well in solid colours, including white. Solid white dye channels used to be a rare feature in the earlier days of Lotro armour, but has become more common the last few years.

2014-002c

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Cold

posted this on January 16th, 2014.
Categorized as - Lore & Robe, Cloak of the Cold Well, Dwarf Steel Shoes, Jacket of Lies, Lesser Arrow of the West Shoulder Guards, Lore-Master, Outfit, Race of Man male, Snow-dusted Travelling Gloves, White and Grey.

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Full link: https://cosmeticlotro.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/cold/

2014-002a

2014-002b

Continuing my fetish for long robes on male characters, I have dressed my male lore-master in the same robe that appears in my Yule Cheer post. Just like the crafted Westemnet robe from my previous post, this robe too has a different appearance for male and female characters and dyes well in solid colours, including white. Solid white dye channels used to be a rare feature in the earlier days of Lotro armour, but has become more common the last few years.

2014-002c

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The Holly King

posted this on December 25th, 2013.
Categorized as backpack, cloth, cold weather, fur, Green, guise, hat, Hobbit-lad, Lore-Master, Memory of the West, Messages, outfits, Raiment of the Seven Stars, red, Robe, Spirit of Ajokoira, tailor-T5, traveller, Yule Festival.

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Full link: https://starrymantle.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/the-holly-king/

Festive fun

The Holly King is a Primary World mythological figure whose existence as an archetype has been argued by authors such as poet Robert Graves in The White Goddess and anthropologist Sir James George Frazer in The Golden Bough. Both writers thought that there is evidence in the Celtic, Scandinavian, and other bodies of folklore to suggest a mythical eternal struggle between two figures, each representing one half of the year: the Holly King and the Oak King. The Oak King represented summer, while the Holly King, dressed in red and with sprigs of holly twisted into his long white beard, represented winter. Though probably primarily a Celtic figure, because the Holly King was at the height of his power during the Germanic Yule festival he became strongly associated with that festive season in places where Celtic and Germanic peoples came into contact (such as the British Isles). The Holly King may even have been a pagan precursor to Father Christmas (a figure which was later blended with wonderworker and gift-giver St Nicholas of Myra to become Sinterklaas). Graves identified a number of paired mythological figures that he felt represented the Oak King and the Holly King, including, respectively, the Arthurian figures Sir Gawain and the Green Knight — whose story Tolkien translated from Middle English to Modern English. The Holly King isn’t referenced anywhere in Tolkien’s works, and there is no evidence that the Hobbits of the Shire had a folkloric figure like the Holly King, but it’s something that wouldn’t feel out of place, especially for Hobbits with Stoor ancestry, given their historical closeness with the Men of Dunland and the Celtic translations Tolkien gave their names. Most of all, the idea makes for a fun Yuletide outfit!

Here he comes a-wassailing

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Harvestmath Guises: Playdwarf Bunny

posted this on October 29th, 2013.
Categorized as Armour of Restoration, Armour of the Charge, Armour of the Deadly Storm, Armour of the Healing Hands, Armour of the Keen Blade, Armour of the Martial Champion, Armour of the Shadow-fighter, Berserker's Armour (level 75), blue, captain, champion, cloth, Collections, Dunland Lore-master's Armour, dwarf, Free-defender's Armour, guardian, guise, Harvestmath festival, Harvestmath Guises, Leader's Armour, Lore-Master, mask, outfits, Rune-keeper.

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PDB1

It was said by Gimli that there are few dwarf-women, probably no more than a third of the whole people. They seldom walk abroad except at great need. They are in voice and appearance, and in garb if they must go on a journey, so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart.

– “Durin’s Folk”, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A

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Grammarian of Gondor

posted this on August 7th, 2013.
Categorized as Black, cloak, cosmetic, culture, event, His and Hers, instance drop, light armour, Lore-Master, medallion, Minstrel, monochrome, onesie, outfits, quest, sage, store, Woman.

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As a grammarian she could doubtless see further into the future than others

My mother was a westerne woman, And learned in gramarye.

– “King Estmere”, English and Scottish Popular Ballads,
compiled by Francis James Child

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Adventurous Took-lad

posted this on July 24th, 2013.
Categorized as backpack, Black, Burglar, cosmetic, event, Hobbit-lad, light armour, Lore-Master, medallion, medium armour, Minstrel, outfits, rascal, token, traveler.

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Full link: https://starrymantle.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/adventurous-took-lad/

Daring and dashing

The Took clan was one of the oldest and richest hobbit-families in the Shire. Gentleman farmers, their ancestral hall was the Great Smials of Tuckborough, and the countryside around it was known as the Tookland. They also held the Shire’s only inherited office, that of the Thain, which the Oldbuck family had handed to Isumbras the First some six centuries before the end of the Third Age. The Tooks, while very well-to-do, were considered less respectable than other Hobbit families. This was because they had a reputation for eccentric behaviour, including going off on scandalous adventures. Folktales had it that their adventurous streak was due to one of the Tookish ancestors having taken a fairy bride, but the reality was that Tookish boldness probably stemmed from their significant Fallohide ancestry. In any event, the Tooks were known to be friendly with the wandering conjurer Gandalf the Grey — a most disreputable vagabond.

Gone a-rambling

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Prince Imrahil

posted this on July 17th, 2013.
Categorized as citizen, cloak, cosmetic, crafted, festival, hobbit presents, light armour, Lore-Master, Man, medallion, Minstrel, multicoloured, onesie, outfits, Portraits, sage, token.

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Fair and noble prince

[With Gandalf] went the Prince of Dol Amroth in his shining mail. For he and his knights still held themselves like lords in whom the race of Númenor ran true. Men that saw them whispered saying: ‘Belike the old tales speak well; there is Elvish blood in the veins of that folk, for the people of Nimrodel dwelt in that land once long ago.’

The Lord of the Rings 5:IV

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Druidess

posted this on June 26th, 2013.
Categorized as brown, cloak, cosmetic, crafted, culture, festival, light armour, Lore-Master, medallion, Minstrel, onesie, outfits, quest, sage, store, token, Woman.

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Walker of the Otherworld

During the Watchful Peace of the early Third Age, the forefathers of the Men of Dunland dwelt in the wide green land of Calenardhon, the northernmost fief of the realm of Gondor. In those days, Gondor was overseen by the Ruling Stewards, who recalled the hosts of Gondor from the fortresses of Calenardhon, abandoning the land to the Dunlendings’ ancestors in all but name. This was the situation until IIIA 1944, when Easterlings crossed the Anduin on the western marches of Calenardhon and Gondor repelled the invaders only by calling upon the aid of the Éothéod, the Horse-folk of the North. Then, in friendship, the Steward of Gondor granted the land of Calenardhon to the Éothéod; but to the men who dwelt there already, the Horse-folk were usurpers who drove them out of their own lands. They withdrew to the hinterlands of Calenardhon and over the River Isen into the hill-lands beyond. By the end of the Third Age, their descendants dwelt there still, known as the Dunlendings, Hill-men, and they remained hostile to the Forgoil, the Strawheads, who had displaced them.

She brandished an oaken stave

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Spirited

posted this on February 22nd, 2013.
Categorized as - Dress & Robe, Combined outfits, Fingerless Gloves, Gold and Yellow, Lore-Master, mounts, Outfit, Potent Skirmish Boots of the Mark, Quilted Hat, Race of Man female, Spirited Assault Robe of Eomer, war steeds, War-steed Appearance.

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Full link: https://cosmeticlotro.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/spirited/

2013-005a

2013-005b

I was actually going to do a low-level outfit for my hobbit warden, until I saw this week’s sale being announced and noticed that the War-steed colour and equipment dyes are on sale! As you may know I find the base price of the war-steed cosmetic features way too high (especially since these prices are per character) and refuse to buy them at full price, so whenever they are on sale, I am interested. My lore-master’s steed got a colour make-over and a new combined outfit. For the outfit itself I used yellow dye which is one of the few free colours, but more important than equipment colours are the hide colours, as the dull default grey of the skin is just unbearable. Being able to change hide and mane colour of your steed makes a lot of difference to the visual enjoyment of the game.
I may purchase some accessories too later this week, if my TP funds allow me to.

2013-005c

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