The House of the King

“Mighty was the array of the house of the king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, The Fall of Gondolin0344The House of the King was one of 12 noble houses of Gondolin, serving under the personal command of King Turgon. They wore white, gold and red, and their emblems were the moon, sun and the Scarlet Heart of Finwe Noleme. During the Fall of Gondolin, the King’s House stayed untouched until all the other houses were gathered at the Square of the Palace, for they had remained there during the fighting at the North Gate, their first order to safeguard the king. But after Gothmog the Lord of Balrogs was slain by Ecthelion of the Fountain, they hurled themselves upon the Orcs, and even slew two other Balrogs.19172344They forced one of the terrible Uruloki (fire-drakes) into the Fountain of the King, and it perished, though the water became suddenly malsane. Many of the king’s house were killed by the heat, the serpents, the enemy, and accidentally one another, for the steam that rose from the fountain obscured their view and they hit friend and foe alike. No more is said of this house, but they probably all perished with Turgon.3526I was a bit at a loss as I didn’t know how to represent the symbols of the house of the king. In lotro there are two cloaks, with a sun and a moon, but nothing heart shaped. And I really wanted to put the three symbols together, so I had to interpret the book’s description in a bit of abstract way :p The pvmp chest and leggings used here have a little sun ornament in the front, and the cloak I used with much imagination can resemble a scarlet heart. The moon in the background completed the scenes… I think I like this outfit, even if is far from what I really wanted to portray, but Lotro outfit system does have its limits5663shoulders: Lesser cry of the West shoulderguards, even dim blue dye, barter in Harndirion (Enedwaith)

chest: Ceremonial breastplate of the Resilient Warrior, Lalia market

hands: Lesser Secret of the West gauntlets, evendim blue dye, barter in Harndirion (Enedwaith)

legs: Ceremonial leggings of command, evendim blue dye, Lalia market

feet: Lesser Defender of the West boots, barter in Harndirion (Enedwaith)

back: Ceremonial Cloak of the West-Tower, crimson dye, cosmetic skirmish barter or Annuminas barter for the actual statted cloak

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Harvest festival 2018 rewards preview

Well well well, happy Harvestmath everyone! And full of novelties it is. Whe surprisingly got a whole new area with dedicated quests and quite the lot of new rewards to booth. Only thing is that I couldn’t find the new horse at Hengstacer, so I had to grind token to barter for it, and I don’t like how the pic is not like other horses…. sigh

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next horse

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new housing decorations

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a new pet

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a new instrument

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and lastly the dyes

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The Bassoonist of Erebor – Beta outfit

185915232886 Among the Dwarves, several types of instruments are known to be used in their culture and traditional songs in Middle-earth. Thorin and Company most notably played a few at the unexpected party at Bag End:fiddle, flute, clarinet, drum, viol and Thorin himself had a unique golden harp. In The Hobbit is is said that instruments (harps particularly) were magical, crafted by themselves and always staying in tune. Bilbo himself was transported by the music Thorin’s Company produced during the unexpected meeting, reinforcing the belief some on these instrument might have some magic in them indeed. Being the great innovators as they are, I can imagine them not limiting themselves to the crafting and playing of the same regular instruments. Why this one dwarf here has in fact crafted his own version of the horn. “Bassoon” he called it, made of white birch wood and enameled with gold. So proud he is of his creation that he even wore matching white clothes for his first performance. Quite different in sound too, this bassoon has nothing of the long drawn notes a horn would make, its tone is actually quite brusque. A successful first performance, but the bard indulged in too much ale to celebrate, and ended up dancing on the table…
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As the title says, this is an outfit I made on the beta server Bullroarer. As this round of beta is the last, we won’t have to wait long to be able to make outfits with these new cosmetics. One big gripe I have is that the cloak are almost all hooded… I rarely wear hooded cloaks, preferring to mix and match different headgear with hoodless cloaks. The new gear and cosmetics we’ll get all have a definite dwarven style to them, as U23 is all about dwarves and their culture.0285

shoulders: Gentle Mantle of the Strongholds, white dye, U23 quest reward

chest: Gentle Waistcoat of the Strongholds, white dye, U23 quest reward

hands: Gloves of the Erebor Knife, white dye, medium armour skirmish barter (You have to complete In Defence of Erebor – Tier 1)

feet: Boots of the Erebor Knife, white dye, medium armour skirmish barter (You have to complete In Defence of Erebor – Tier 1)

back: Light cloak of Heroism, U23 quest reward

instrument: brusque bassoon

Dwarf-holds Quartermaster cosmetic rewards preview

as this post will be very long, I shall make it brief. Here are listed all the cosmetic rewards from the new faction, the Dwarf Holds.
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Some of the clothes have the same pattern and only vary in name and how they take the dye, so I just listed the various patterns. There are also new house decorations, including a new wall and floors, mounts and whatnot

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Scholar of the House of Lore

263341262937The lore-masters of Minas Tirith, led by Idhrenil, gather the ancient knowledge of ages past and lore as well as trophies from all over Middle-earth are displayed here in a museum-like fashion. (from lotro wiki)
4307This scholarly lady sure takes her work seriously, ready to give a /lecture to anyone asking about the many things displayed in the house. I love the lecture emote, it is probably one of the most articulated and long in the game with the elevenses one. I had the concept for this outfit in my head for a while, but never felt it was really complete. I had imagined it all black to better fit the gondorian aesthetic, but the cloak I used dyed black gave me a brownish hue that matched only with walnut brown. Dark enough I guess XD The effige on the cloak is the royal crown of Gondor, while the sun on the tunic represents Anorien, its brother Kingdom. There are 3 types of the tunic, one per light class but the sun design is only on the Beast-Keeper (loremaster)
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shoulders: Shoulders of the Lady’s Grace, black dye, minstrel armour barter in Caras Galadhon or same look from the minstrel barter in Ost Galadh

chest: Beast-Keeper’s robe, walnut brown, barter from loremaster trainer at the Ox Clan Camp (Orthanc)

hands: Gloves of the Tireless Sentinel, walnut brown, barter in Galtrev

feet: Shoes of Solitary Thunder, walnut brown, barter from runekeeper trainer at the Ox Clan Camp (Orthanc)

back: Nimble Cloak of the Hope of Men, black dye, reward from the men of Gondor Allegiance chain

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