Blue Caste Sorcerer

“I really do not know anything clearly about the other two [wizards] – since they do not concern the history of the N[orth].W[est]. I think they went as emissaries to distant regions, East and South, far out of Númenórean range: missionaries to ‘enemy-occupied’ lands, as it were. What success they had I do not know; but I fear that they failed, as Saruman did, though doubtless in different ways; and I suspect they were founders or beginners of secret cults and ‘magic’ traditions that outlasted the fall of Sauron.” (Letter 221, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien)

In the east of middle Earth, some tribes of Rhunendin and Easterlings count among their ranks men devoted to fell sorcery, who wear peculiar clothes in blue. Some light, some in darker shades, but they both call themselves sorcerers of the Blue Caste. Nobody outside of their tribes know where they got thir powers, if they truly learned from the Wizards that came from overseas many years ago and the secret is jealously kept among themselves. What is known though is that they can call spirits of the dead to serve them, manipulate the elements and daze the minds of their enemies, making them dangerous foes

Another outfit featuring the new Delving gear! I’ve been lucky to get some drops, so here I am with this exotic ensemble. I love wrap around mantles so I couldn’t pass the opportunity to showcase it. The hat, for its shape reminded me of the hoods angmarim and easterlings wear in game, but as I already made angmarim outfits, have this instead. I’m also happy to finally be able to use this robe from the Erebor raid set. It always looked very exotic to me, but I didn’t have anything I liked fr mcreating an ensemble around it. until now! The Blue Caste Sorcerers are a lotrO invention, but i’ve always liked how they are subtly relatd to the blue wizards without explicitly saying so (thank you copyright)

head: Pristine Keen Delver’s Hood, navy dye, drop from Delvings tier 7+ or quartermaster

shoulders: Keen Delver’s Mantle, sienna dye, drop from Delvings tier 5

chest: Jacket of Erebor’s Fury, navy dye, barter at the skirmish camp, light armour vendor

gloves: Gloves of the Isengard Dispeller, VIP promotion, September 2019

feet: Keen Delver’Shoes,black dye, drop from Delvings tier 5

cloak: Cloak of the Great Alliance, Minas Morgul collector edition

staff: Far Wanderer, random world drop

Elf of the Gwaith-i-Mírdain

The Gwaith-i-Mírdain, or People of the Jewel-smiths, were a group of Elven smiths of the Second Age who created the Rings of Power, with Celebrimbor grandson of Feanor as their leader. They dwelled in Eregion and their capital was Ost-in-Edhil, Much of the ancient, wondrous elven craft was lost in the First Age, but this group of Noldorin and Sindarin craftsmen laboured to keep traditions and wonder alive, especially in the matter of stalling the decay of all things, eventually reaching their goal through the craft of the Rings of Power…. and too late realize that their ambition made them blind and vulnerable to Annatar-Sauron’s deception. The elf we see here is one such apprentices of Feanor’s grandson, his attire simple, practical and functional yet with the touch of elegance that always is signature of the Noldor. the padded hauberk dyed with the colors of the forge, he contemplates the flames, perhaps wondering what new marvel could take form from the swings of his hammer. He doesn’t have worries about his future, not when the fires are still roaring and the flames burning high and mighty

Well, what can I say. The new Delving gear plus the new skirmish and the lore of Caras Gelebren sparked some inspiration and this outfit came together effortlessly. I can see this hauberk being perfect for a day in the forge, the padding and the belts surely make it look the part. It dyes in pastel colors, here it looks pale orange, but I actually used umber. And the shoulder mantle… oh how i love it! I was waiting for a simple wrap around mantle like that for a long time. I’d like to make more outfits with the delving gear as at high tiers the dyeable parts switch, so effectively the same hauberk looks different that it is teal, or purple-green, rng plus the exorbitant cost of the barter pieces mean it will be a long term goal…… bah

shoulders: Mantle of hidden Peaks, umber dye, barter from Rowan Raspberry for figments of splendour

chest: Benevolent Delver’s hauberk, umber dye, random reward from delving chest, heavy class

hands: Defender’s gauntlets of the Rising Moon, crafted heavy gear tier 13

feet: Defender’s greaves of the Rising Moon, crafted heavy gear tier 13

Dressing up for Harvestmath: the Evil Bear of Bindbole Wood

It is said, in scary tales for hobbit children that in the peaceful woods of Bindbole near Hobbiton, when the cold Fall season starts and leaves turn brown, creatures and trees go to sleep, the bees too take their rest, beehives running dry of honey to great shame of not only hobbits but the bears that live secluded in the woods

One particularly vicious bear, quick to anger and ever hungry for honey no matter the season, elderly hobbits call the Evil Bear of Bindbole Wood. It is said that his roar can be heard from Overhill to Long Cleeve up north and Sackville down south. Day and night he prowls for beehives and if he doesn’t find any, he will even try to get inside hobbit holes and steal all the honey jars around, and sweets and biscuits and cakes! Little hobbits should stay in their rooms and hide all their sweets if they do not want the Evil Bear to find them!

Obviously there is no Evil Bear in the books, but I thought to make up this silly little tale to go with this year’s “Halloween” costume. In game, Halloween is mixed up with Harvestmath festival. We do not know yet if there will be new rewards or rehashed as it’s been the case lately, but the Harvestmath festival is a fun thing to do regardless of rewards. I’ve been looking for a way to use this silly helm and lo, what better time than the spooky season? Also I’ve fallen in love with hobbit loremasters

head: Helm of the Vale, quest reward or barter reputation gear from vales of Anduin

shoulders: Fur Mantle, sienna dye, reward from yule festival

body: Scout’s weathered leather jacket, sienna dye, Dunland quest reward

hands: Strong gauntlets of Thorin’s memory, quest reward or reputation barter gear with Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands

feet: Thick sabatons of Thorin’s strenght, quest reward or reputation barter gear with Eryn Lasgalen and the Dale-lands

Nightwood

Passage through the Shire by companies of elves travelling West was a tried and true route, unseen, quiet and swift, these companies sought the cover of the woods and the night to mask their presence from the eyes f unsuspecting small folk, not wanting to disturb the peace of the Shire. One such elf traverses the Bindebole Wood just north of Overhill, clad in colors that help her blend with the night, just as her steed and with only a small lantern as her source of light.

We entered August, and that usually means two things: the waning of summer and the Farmer’s Faire festival in game (formerly Summerfest). So here I am with a themed outfit which is actually a rehashing of an old one, not on this blog anymore with the addition of a couple modern items. I purchased the steed of Nightwood a long time ago yet I never tried to match it, the one attempt from years ago was never any good either. But I’m happy with how this turned out, sometimes a simple thing like changing a cloak or using a prop can tie together an outfit that wouldn’t work otherwise

head: Hood of the White Mountains, indigo dye, West Gondor quest reward

shoulders: Light Nadhin shoulders, umber dye, barter in Dol Amroth

chest: Tattered Robe of the Dunland Sage, indigo dye, Dunland quest reward

hands: Leather bracers of the Learned Stag, sienna dye, Dunland quest reward

feet: Boots of the Great Alliance, Minas Morgul collector pack

back: Morgul Explorer’s light cloak, indigo dye, Reclamation of Minas Ithil barter

prop: Lantern, Farmer’s Faire reward

horse: Steed of the Nightwood, lotro store, indigo dye

The Kinn lai tribe

Ages ago, when the world was Young and the light of the Stars was all that lit its Surface, the Quendi awoke. The Elves, or Quendi as they called themselves, lived together until the Vala Orome came to bring them to Valinor. Yet not all of them answered the summons. Some, not trusting the Valar decided to remain in Middle Earth. Avari they became, the Unwilling. As the ages passed, it is unknown what happened to most of them. Some say their tribes are extinct, some secluded, but what we know for certain is that one of these tribes called themselves the Kinn-lai

Kinn-lai is an Avarin word meaning “the People”. It derives from Primitive Quendian kwendī. This tribe is mentioned just in passing in History of Middle Earth, but the fan lore from Middle Earth RolePlay (MERP) expanded significantly on them, and this is where I got inspiration from this outfit. In MERP this tribe of Avari Elves comes from the jungles of the Mûmakan in the Utter South of Middle-earth. They lived in stone buildings and metalwork was largely unknown to them until they met the Blacklocks clan of dwarves from which they learned metallurgy. Living in the jungle, stone buildings, little to no metal… well the brawler Dar Narbugud set is perfect for this! I gotta say the DN set alone is worth levelling a brawler, because it is truly unique and it looks of another era. The leaf motif and leather bands very much speak silvan elf to me, but with a twist so I thought, let’s give this outfit a real twist and make it represent something that is at the border of Tolkien lore (and imo so is the brawler, yes it is a fun class to play and I have fun with mine, but don’t come tell me it fits the canon XD) A pair of leaf gloves, a very simple cloak and two swords that this elf probably crafted learning in a dwarven smithy complete the look. And the location? None other than the Lost Temple in the Trollshaws! Perfect alternative to a true jungle with ziqqurats.

chest: Breastplate of the Lady’s Decisiveness, barter in Caras Galadhon, brawler trainer

shoulders: Fur-Lined Storyteller’s Mantle, olive dye, dunland quest reward

hands: Gauntlets of the Hidden Paths, olive dye, Great River quest reward

feet: Boots of the Lady’s Decisiveness, barter in Caras Galadhon, brawler trainer

back: Cloak of the Dreamflower, olive dye, Moria epic quest reward

swords: Sword of Harad, drop from the Osgiliath instances

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