Yule Outfit Contest 2018

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Hear Hear fashionistas of Middle Earth! Three Lotro Outfit Blogs (Cosmetic Lotro, Material Middle-Earth and my own Wandering Around Arda) have joined forces to host a Yule Outfit Contest this year! Outfit enthusiasts, rally your inspiration and activate your creativity to design a wonderful Yule or Winter themed outfit. And what is a contest without a prize? Here is what you might win with your glamorous entries:

  • First prize: 1550 Lotro Points
  • Second prize: Perlino steed (account wide code)
  • Third prize: Hauberk of the Mithril Guard (account wide code)

How to enter the contest:

– The contest begins on Wednesday December 19th, 2018. Entries may be submitted until 12.00AM EST on Sunday January 6th, 2019.
– To enter the Yule Outfit Contest, send your entry to outfitblogs@gmail.com with the subject line “Yule Outfit Contest”.
– An entry consists of ONE screenshot. The image may be cropped but should be at least 800px wide.
– You may enter a maximum of three screenshots, but each entry must be sent in a separate email.
– Your entry must include the following information: the name, class and level of the character in the screenshots, the server the character resides on, all armour and outfit pieces used in the screenshots and their respective dye colours.

The Outfit Blogs will select the winning entries based on the following criteria:

– Representative of the Yule spirit or Wintry ambiance.
– Originality of the overall design.
– Integration of the various pieces used.
– Blending of dye colours.
– Overall impression and quality of the screenshot.

Winning entries may be featured on all three Outfit Blogs. Three prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place. Prizes are sponsored by The Outfit Blogs. All decisions will be made by The Outfit Blogs at their sole discretion and are final.

Have fun and good luck everyone!

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Yule festival 2018 rewards preview

another year another Yule. Like Summerfest, the devs added a couple festival instances to gather more coins and Exchange them for more rewards. This year is rich in clothing, and general novelties, horse, clothes, emotes and pets

The top item at the barter npc is the new bassoon

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one new emote and one pet

the yule trees

and the dyes

as of this year, we have seasonal instances, “Yule at the Frostbluff” and “Boss from the Vault: Storvagun” that award more cosmetics, so I listed them separately (the chestpiece is not included, that’s from the new raid as I took this screen on Bullroarer beta)yule
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Champion of the Scuttledells

40-17The terrain of the Scuttledells of Mirkwood sports sparser forest among rocky hills, boxing exploration into twisting paths that criss-cross at different elevations. It is easy to become lost and never get out… on top of that, it is home to many giant spiders that year by year weaved their webs from tree to tree. Being trapped in them is certain doom, even for the most seasoned of Thranduil’s scouts. This champion among spider slayers however, welcomes a challenge. Armed with a pair of elven swords so sharp to cut the sticky webs in one single slash, keen eyes and sturdy, flexible armour to jump from treetop to treetop she scouts the Scuttledells in search of prey, camouflaged and with the cover of the night. The Great Spiders of Mirkwood have begun to stir again, and the Elves of Thranduil seek to learn the cause. What dire darkness has arisen within the wood to summon forth such evil? That is what she is hoping to find out.
20-62 10-36 58-40I have not used Mordor armour much, because most of it has some kind of glitch that warps the body structure of the avatars, plus as the recipes are bind on acquire and tied to reputation, a chore to collect. In this case, the boots make the legs bulky, but for the purpose of this outfit I used them anyway. The rope like details and swirly pattern served the look I was going for, sturdy armour yet still with a touch of fanciness. While the color scheme is dark, the quiver can’t be dyed but the swirls tie it with the rest. At least in my opinion XD54-6433-52

head: Reinforced Nimble Coif of the Doomfold, twilight purple dye, barter for allegiance tokens in any allegiance hall

shoulders: Fine Camail of the Doomfold, twilight purple dye, crafted medium piece tier 11

chest: Heavy Hauberk of the Pathfinder’s Artifice, crafted medium piece tier 11

hands: Dexterous gages of the Doomfold, crafted medium piece tier 11

feet: Lithe Boots of the Doomfold, twilight purple dye, crafted medium piece tier 11

quiver: Silvan Quiver, lotro store

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

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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