Dressing up for Harvestmath: The Faux-wraith

‘They come from Mordor,’ said Strider in a low voice. ‘From Mordor, Barliman, if that means anything to you.’ ” ― The Fellowship of the Ring, “Strider”

The Nazgûl, the Ringwraiths, the Nine, the Black Riders were Sauron’s most terrible servants in Middle-earth. Spirits of ancient Kings of Men seduced by the corrupted powers of the Nine Rings forged by Sauron for their race, unable to die a natural death and serving their master as puppets in spirit, hearing their screech makes one’s blood freeze and loose all hope. They had visible form only if wearing black cloaks and hauberks of silver mail, the only visible trait of their “body” being hypnotic eyes that could be plainly distinguished from their dark clothing, and in a rage they appeared in a hellish fire.

What better idea than to impersonate one of these terrible beings for Harvestmath right? At least that’s what this fellow thought, covering himself in tattered black rags and running around screeching at night, scaring fellow gentlemen and poor hobbits alike. The “hypnotic” eyes look a tad too blue to be scary though… and the sword pus morgul blade are definitely made of rubber XD

This outfit doesn’t come entirely from my imagination, but takes inspiration from one that The Starry Mantle posted in far 2012 and that I always loved. I decided to modernize it a bit with cosmetics that have been available to us since Mordor, home of the Ringwraiths. It doesn’t show in the pics, but the cloak has actual moving shadows at the seams, very cool! Happy Halloween!

Head: Helm of the Investigator, black dye, Great River quest reward

Shoulders: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Guards, barter at the Ox Clan camp in Isengard, hunter armour

Chest: Traveling robes of the Autumn Wandered, black dye, harvestmath festival reward

Hands: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Gloves, barter at the Ox Clan camp in Isengard, hunter armour

Feet: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Boots, barter at the Ox Clan camp in Isengard, hunter armour

Back: Cloak of the Nine, reward for completing the deed The Nine

Vána the Everyoung

Vána of the Valier (Valar queens), is the younger sister of Yavanna Kementari and the spouse of Oromë. Among the seven Valier, Vána was the sixth named by Tolkien

Like her sister, Vána had influenced the bloom of flora and certain creatures in Middle-earth, “all flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming.” She had “the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works” (cit. The Silmarillion, “Valaquenta“: Of the Valar).

Vána dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and could often be found wandering in the forests of Oromë. During the Years of the Trees before becoming the Sun maiden, the Maia Arien, “tended to the golden flowers of the gardens of Vána by watering them with the bright dews from Laurelin” (cit. Quenta Silmarillion: “Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor”). Vána is Quenya for “beautiful”, specifically unmarred beauty. She was also called the Everyoung

A year ago I made an outfit for Yavanna Kementari, using the brand new dress model from the brand new Midsummer festival, in the tones of green and dark purple. I think it is fitting that to depict her younger sister I use the cosmetics from the second edition of Midsummer festival, in lighter tone this time, Lorien gold and violet. Same thing for the background, instead of the bright green of Eryn Lasgalen I took my pictures in Fangorn, specifically inside a quest instance in the Eaves of Fangorn where the lighting makes for a dreamy atmosphere

head: Circlet of fresh flowers, violet dye, Farmer’s faire festival reward

shoulders: Light Nadhin shoulders, lorien gold dye, barter in Dol Amroth

chest: Dress of Entwining blossoms, lorien gold dye, midsummer festival reward

back: Cloak of Entwining bossoms, lorien gold dye, midsummer festival reward

Farmer’s Faire 2021 rewards preview

It’s the season of the carrots!

steed

cosmetic pets

housing decorations

Bright Feathers

I don’t have much to say about this outfit, I simply wanted a good match for the new Gwindeth-like dress available from Rowan. It has a very odd way of taking dye, the base blue hue is still very apparent with most colors which give this dress a unique result most of the time. I preferred something more subdued though, and something that wouldn’t clash with the undyeable brown shoes of the dress. Rust gave me the exact shade I wanted to match both shoes, hat and cloak, it kinda makes the pattern of the dress look like peacock’s feathers (and in the absence of a peacock’s cloak the dragonfly one will have to do)

head: Theodore Gorse’s Hat, unber dye, reward from Bingo’s barter, Bert Bertleby in Andrath

shoulders: Mantle of the Spring Woods, spring festival reward

chest: Dress of the Twilight Caretaker, rust dye, barter for figments of splendour from Rowan Raspberry

back: Dragonfly cloak, ranger green dye, lotro store

Midsummer festival 2021 rewards preview

Last year, we had the first iteration of the Midsummer festival to accompany the wedding of Arwen and Aragorn, and wow, what a novelty it was! Plenty of quests, a ton of new cosmetics and decorations and 4 mounts to boot. This year, for the second round we get yet another novelty: new skins for instruments. But let’s start with order, and see how he clothes look

steed

new music instruments

housing decorations

fireworks

and pets

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