Elite guard of Dale

The Kingdom of Dale was a kingdom in northern Rhovanion formed in the late Third Age by King Bard and populated by men of the North. Their Township was formed soon after the year 2590 of the Third Age when Thrór brought his people back to Erebor and prospered with the Kingdom under the Mountain. Thror’s wealth affected positively Dale, and subsequently Esgaroth in the South.
In 2770 during the rule of King Girion the dragon Smaug attacked and occupied the Lonely Mountain,afterwards ravaging everything; soon Dale was deserted and fell into ruin. It was only in the year 2941 of the Third Age that Smaug was killed by Bard the Bowman, a descendant of Girion, during the Battle of the Five Armies. After the war, recovering the riches amassed by the former lord, Bard refounded his Kingdom, which still flourishes todayThis man belongs to the King’s elite guard. While the dragon is a threat long gone and its only reminder are the bones laying in the lake in the ruins of Esgaroth of Old, the stories still are narrated of Bard and his prowess in slaying the dragon with a single shot of his Black Arrow through Smaug’s only weak spot: a patch of soft belly skin not encrusted by the treasure of Thror. And so in honour of this heroic feat, the Guard of the King adopted as rayment the icon of Smaug being shot by the Arrow. Such clothes are called affectionatively Slayer’s Raiments.  It’s been a while since I did a horse and rider outfit. I don’t remember if in the books it was ever specified the King of Dale having personal guards or not but… he’s a king, rules a kingdom so it’s pretty plausible XD I had this outfit idea for a long time, but I needed something to make it complete, and that was the warsteed cosmetics. I haven’t done the Battle for Erebor T2C on live, so had no access to the horse until they opened Bullroarer this week and a kind NPC gave me the deed. Thank you Eyes and Guard Tavern! I would have liked to use the full warsteed set, but the saddle clipped terribly with my character’s torso, and it was just horrible to look at. So saddle had to go

head: Fancy cap of Bard’s Will

shoulders: Greater Shoulders of the Hidden Blade, red dye, Pelennor Scout’s Gear Rewards Vendor in Minas Tirith

chest: Breastplate of the Slayer’s Rayment, navy dye, barter for Ash from the Keeper of Mysteries in any Allegiance Hall

hands: Engraved Iron Gauntlet, crimson dye, Dunland quest reward

feet: Lesser Defender of the West boots, navy dye, barter in Harndirion, warden set

back: Cloak of the Slayer’s Rayment, navy dye, barter for Ash from the Keeper of Mysteries in any Allegiance Hall

sword and shield: Veteran Pelennor’s Guardsman Valorous sword and Veteran’s Recruit Heavy Shield, weapon and heavy armour barter at the skirmish camp

warsteed cosmetics: Set of the Dale Lands, navy and ered luin blue (Equipment dye pack 3, lotro store) reward for beating the Erebor Raids at T2C

warsteed coat, mane and tail: Steed colour pack 4, lotro store

tail: Leather wrapped tail, lotro store

4 thoughts on “Elite guard of Dale

  1. You know, I’ve always wanted to see the Dale Lands war-steed cosmetics. I don’t know anybody that’s obtained them in all my years of playing. Wish I had thought of the Eyes and Guard sooner, that way I’d have seen them earlier. Thanks for those screenies!

    Also, amazing job pairing the Slayer’s Raiments with the war-steed cosmetics in both color and appearance. It’s a great way to tie together two separate eras in LOTRO’s history! Makes an awesome outfit for a king living at the foot of The Lonely Mountain 🙂

  2. I just resumed playing LOTRO after playing originally from launch to early 2011 and I am so glad to have found your blog! It’s great to find resources that are still active for LOTRO. Some of the outfits you showcase here are amazing, and I look forward to what I can eventually get for my warden.

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