“Your efforts against Mirkwood’s spiders have rendered you an invaluable ally to the Elves of Mirkwood and Lórien.” – description for the deed spider slayer (advanced) in Mirkwood. It also gives the title Gwírist which is the theme of this outfit. “Gwir” means weaver/spindle in sindarin and “ist” knowledge, so I assume the meaning of the title is something like knowledgeable about spiders, as weaver in this case is referred to them. I really wanted to use the bridal veil in some other way that with pretty dresses and generally pretty outfits. What about a gossamer cloak? With all the spiderwebs covering the trees in Mirkwood the elves could use some to their benefit. We have a gossamer dress already and gossamer thread is an actual crafting material woven from spider silk. The pattern of the bridal veil lends itself well to the image I had in mind, add a chest plate and a shield to accentuate the arachnid theme and the outfit is done. Do you know that now you can run the Erebor raids set at lvl 20 and still get deed completion, unlocking those very nice gear sets at the skirmish camp? I don’t know if it is due to the legendary servers, if it was an intended change or an overlooked bug, but go solo those raids right now and get that armour!

head: Shield-master’s Helm, white dye, barter at the skirmish camp (classic vendor)

chest: Breastplate of the Deathstorm, white dye, barter at the skirmish camp (classic vendor)

shoulders: Shoulders f the Wall-warden, moria silver dye, barter at the skirmish camp (classic vendor)

hands: Gloves of the Erebor Storm, grey dye, barter at the skirmish camp (heavy armour vendor)

legs: Leggings of the Erebor Storm, grey dye, barter at the skirmish camp (heavy armour vendor)

feet: Boots of the Erebor Storm, grey dye, barter at the skirmish camp (heavy armour vendor)

back: Bridal veil, moria silver dye, midsummer festival reward

shield from the light armour vendor at the skirmish camp

Aurora Borealis

I really love the new yule festival cloak, especially the iridescent effect, but because of this not many other items can be paired and actually match. I didn’t want to make an outfit that would look obnoxious but at the same time that would give the shifting hues effect. Thankfully the Curator (when she was still in game, hopefully she’ll be back soon) offers a selection that is just right for what I wanted. The permanent aurora borealis that can be seen in Forochel’s night sky was the perfect landscape to take pictures
shoulders: Fur Mantle, belegaer blue dye, reward from Yule Festival

chest: Brilliant Forest Defender’s Breastplate, indigo dye, barter from the Curator

hands: Brilliant Forest Defender’s Gloves, indigo dye, barter from the Curator

feet: Brilliant Forest Defender’s Boots, indigo dye, barter from the Curator

back: Hooded cloak of flurries, reward from Yule festival

Yule festival 2020 rewards preview

It seems the festival devs stepped up their game for the whole year, giving us yet another set of cosmetic that look very party (even gala) worthy. I absolutely love the trouser-boot combo and the cloak is iridescent like the ones from Tower of Orthanc


cosmetic pets

and a lot of decorations

The wood-fay sprites

“About them fared a great host who are the sprites of trees and woods, of dale and forest and mountain-side, or those that sing amid the grass at morning and chant among the standing corn at eve.

…their number is very great: yet must they not be confused with the Eldar, for they were born before the world and are older than its oldest, and are not of it, but laugh at it much, for had they not somewhat to do with its making, so that it is for the most part a play for them.” The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, “Once upon a Time and An Evening in Tavrobel”

The sprites and fays were part of what in Tolkien’s earliest tales was a three-fold division of the lesser Ainu: sylphs (spirits of the air), sprites (spirits of the earth), and water spirits. They never made the cut in the final versions of his legendarium, but he did give some important details early on:

Nermir: “fays of the meads” Gnomish (Gnomes being his early name for Noldor so read Noldorin) nermil: “a fay that haunts meadows and riverbanks”
Tavari: “sprites of trees and woods” or “fays of the woods” Gnomish tavor: “a wood fay” (Qenya tavar, tavarni “dale-sprites”, plural tavárin
Nandini: “fays of the valleys” Gnomish nandir: fay of the country (Qenya nandin)
Orossi: “fays of the mountains”

We are given scarce names for these sprites, but three: Sacha the fire fay, Tethil the wood fay and Tinfang Warble the flutist, also known as Timpineng or Gelion. These sprites were replaced later with what we all know as Maiar (see Gandalf, Saruman, Melian etc)

(many thanks to Tolkien Gateway for the info)

Well… I never thought I’d make an entry for my Earliest Tales serie, as the bulk of it I posted 7-6 years ago, but here we are! I read the Book of Lost Tales also years ago and the mention of sprites of any kind was all but forgotten, until now while doing research for anything lore-ish to tie in the outfits here. Sprites are traditionally more mischievous than kind, but also often depicted enjoying music and dance, so here I have a pair of wood-fays making merry in the Trollshaws. When I think of nature spirits I imagine them made of the very element they represent, in the case of woods and forests, with bark-like skin and leaves for hair. Obviously not possible in this game but the cosmetics are intricate enough and heavily patterned that they convey the image I wanted (hopefully). The devs who designed this batch of festival rewards did a great job in bringing us some much needed variety from the cloak made of leaves (not your standard leaf print motif on a piece of cloth) to actual wings. I only wish the wings could be dyed… needless to say, this is not considered canon in Tolkien lore but who knows if we might encounter a sprite or two in game

lord sprite:
head: Brilliant Forest Defender’s helm, barter from the Curator
chest: Tunic of the Leaf-turner, burgundy dye, harvestmath festival reward
hands: Gloves of the Lady’s power, burgundy dye, Dar Narbugud champion set, barter in Caras Galadhon
feet: Berseker’s boots, burgundy blue dye, barter in Ost Galadh
back: Cloak of the Autumn Sage, burgundy dye, harvestmath festival reward

lady sprite:
head: Circlet of Lorien, midsummer festival reward
chest: Vestments of the Autumn Sage, gold dye, harvestmath festival reward
back: Cosmetic bee’s wings, harvestmath festival reward

Harvestmath festival 2020 rewards preview

I gotta say, the rewards from this festival are unexpectedly good. We have a few novelties, I’d have never imagined to one day get actual wings for our characters but… here we are!

cosmetic outfits

cosmetic pets


and a house decoration

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