Swans are a recurrent theme in Tolkien’s world. The Elven city of Alqualonde in Valinor was called after them (Alqualonde being the Quenya for “Swan Haven”), the Teleri built their prized Swanships in the shape of these birds, and among Men, the princedom of Dol Amroth adopted the Silver Swan on its banner, along with the White Tree of Gondor throughout the Third Age, and the knights of Dol Amroth were called the Swan Knights.
The Teleri were the last of the three clans to reach Valinor, carried by Ulmo upon the isle of Tol Eressea. They grew fond of the Sea, and Ossë begged Ulmo to set Tol Eressëa in the Bay of Eldamar so the Teleri could always be sourrounded by water. The other Elves however wanted to see their kin again, and Manwë commanded Osse to teach the Teleri the art of ship-making, so that they could freely set sail for the shores of Eldamar. They built ships with the help of Manwe’s swans, and landed on Valinor. Later, on the bay of Eldamar they built their new home Alqualondë, the Swan Haven, dedicated to this magnificent specimen of birds. The swans in Tolkien’s world were presumably all of the white species, but what about black swans? In the Lord of The Rings Online, the only place where black swans can be seen is the Rushgore, in the Great River region. It is a foggy swamp covered with tall reeds, during the night the fog, white reeds and the black of sky and water make a beautiful contrast that I tried to reproduce in the outfit, and off course the swan theme. Morialque means Black Swan 😉 Inspiration for this outfit came from this beautiful ensemble by Cosmetic Lotro
On a note totally unrelated to swans, this will be my last outfit made in the Riders of Rohan era! Monday the new expansion, Helm’s Deep will be launched, With a lot of new cosmetics and a new dye color, walnut brown! (I do plan to overuse this new dye haha). See you all on West Rohan!
head: Far Arrow’s Helm, black dye, skirmish classic barter
chest: Robe of the Hopeful Melody, black dye, skirmish classic barter
hands: Gloves of the Hopeful Melody, black dye, skirmish classic barter
legs: Trousers of the Hopeful Melody, black dye, skirmish classic barter
feet: Boots of the Hopeful Melody, black dye, skirmish classic barter
back: Swan’s cloak, black dye, lotro store