“I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew: Of wind I sang, a wind there came and in the branches blew…” Galadriel’s song of Eldamar, Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring
New year, new outfit! A 2 x 1 at that, all in Lorien Gold. These past 2 years have been difficult all around the world “thanks” to the pandemic, so let’s hope 2022 is a much better year, and that light comes to chase away darkness. For this, I decided to theme these outfits in beautiful Lothlorien, where the golden glow during day time is breathtakingly dreamy. Happy new year to you all!
shoulders: Embroidered Mantle of the Towers dye, lorien gold, barter from any Mordor Allegiance quartermaster or motes
chest: Padded Waistcoat of the Towers, lorien gold dye, barter from any Mordor Allegiance quartermaster or motes
feet: Shoes of the Hopeful Melody, lorien gold dye, barter from classic vendor at the skirmish camp
back: Cloak of the Ibis, lorien gold dye, lotro store
shoulders: Supple Wildermore Shoulderpads, lorien gold dye, T8 tailor recipe
chest: Galadriel’s dress, lorien gold, midsummer festival reward
feet: Sturdy elven leather boots, white dye, crafted tailor recipe
“‘We have reached the borders of the country that Men call Hollin; many Elves lived here in happier days, when Eregion was its name. […]“― Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring, “The Ring Goes South”
Eregion or Hollin was a realm of the Noldor in Eriador during the Second Age, located near the Walls of Moria, under the shadow of the Misty Mountains. It was the only lasting Noldorin realm outside Lindon, before its fall sometimes during the Second Age. The name Eregion is Sindarin for “Land of Holly” (ereg means “holly”). Hollin (from hollin-land) is an old form for “holly”; the region abounded in holly-trees, hence its name.
This elven maid used to call Eregion home, and still remembers the splendor of Ost-in-Edhil and the crafts of the Mirdain of Celebrimbor. Nowadays, none of that remains save ruins and the holly trees, who withstood the passage of time ever green and majestic as always. She dressed in a fashion that resembles them, to feel perhaps at home once more in an otherwise grey and cloudy morning, clinging to her memories of what once was. She dances through the trees, lost in her own thoughts…
I like the new Shire Holly clothes we got this festival, though of course I had to find another meaning for them that wasn’t Shie related XD the holly pattern and color are subdued and discreet enough that these items can be used at any time, not specifically Yule, and that’s what I like most about them
head: Shire Holly crown, Yule festival reward
shoulders: Lore-keeper’s Shoulders, red dye, classic skirmish camp barter
chest: Shire Holly dress, olive dye, Yule festival reward
back: Shire Holly cloak, Yule festival reward
Thankfully, unlike the past harvestmath with no new things, we DO have new things for Yule so here we go! Clothes and handheld first, Shire Holly is the theme
The Steed of the Shire Holly
One cosmetic pet for instance tokens
And house decos for regular and instance tokens
“ ‘They come from Mordor,’ said Strider in a low voice. ‘From Mordor, Barliman, if that means anything to you.’ ” ― The Fellowship of the Ring, “Strider”
The Nazgûl, the Ringwraiths, the Nine, the Black Riders were Sauron’s most terrible servants in Middle-earth. Spirits of ancient Kings of Men seduced by the corrupted powers of the Nine Rings forged by Sauron for their race, unable to die a natural death and serving their master as puppets in spirit, hearing their screech makes one’s blood freeze and loose all hope. They had visible form only if wearing black cloaks and hauberks of silver mail, the only visible trait of their “body” being hypnotic eyes that could be plainly distinguished from their dark clothing, and in a rage they appeared in a hellish fire.
What better idea than to impersonate one of these terrible beings for Harvestmath right? At least that’s what this fellow thought, covering himself in tattered black rags and running around screeching at night, scaring fellow gentlemen and poor hobbits alike. The “hypnotic” eyes look a tad too blue to be scary though… and the sword pus morgul blade are definitely made of rubber XD
This outfit doesn’t come entirely from my imagination, but takes inspiration from one that The Starry Mantle posted in far 2012 and that I always loved. I decided to modernize it a bit with cosmetics that have been available to us since Mordor, home of the Ringwraiths. It doesn’t show in the pics, but the cloak has actual moving shadows at the seams, very cool! Happy Halloween!
Head: Helm of the Investigator, black dye, Great River quest reward
Shoulders: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Guards, barter at the Ox Clan camp in Isengard, hunter armour
Chest: Traveling robes of the Autumn Wandered, black dye, harvestmath festival reward
Hands: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Gloves, barter at the Ox Clan camp in Isengard, hunter armour
Feet: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Boots, barter at the Ox Clan camp in Isengard, hunter armour
Back: Cloak of the Nine, reward for completing the deed The Nine
Vána of the Valier (Valar queens), is the younger sister of Yavanna Kementari and the spouse of Oromë. Among the seven Valier, Vána was the sixth named by Tolkien
Like her sister, Vána had influenced the bloom of flora and certain creatures in Middle-earth, “all flowers spring as she passes and open if she glances upon them; and all birds sing at her coming.” She had “the beauty of both heaven and earth upon her face and in all her works” (cit. The Silmarillion, “Valaquenta“: Of the Valar).
Vána dwelt in gardens filled with golden flowers and could often be found wandering in the forests of Oromë. During the Years of the Trees before becoming the Sun maiden, the Maia Arien, “tended to the golden flowers of the gardens of Vána by watering them with the bright dews from Laurelin” (cit. Quenta Silmarillion: “Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor”). Vána is Quenya for “beautiful”, specifically unmarred beauty. She was also called the Everyoung
A year ago I made an outfit for Yavanna Kementari, using the brand new dress model from the brand new Midsummer festival, in the tones of green and dark purple. I think it is fitting that to depict her younger sister I use the cosmetics from the second edition of Midsummer festival, in lighter tone this time, Lorien gold and violet. Same thing for the background, instead of the bright green of Eryn Lasgalen I took my pictures in Fangorn, specifically inside a quest instance in the Eaves of Fangorn where the lighting makes for a dreamy atmosphere
head: Circlet of fresh flowers, violet dye, Farmer’s faire festival reward
shoulders: Light Nadhin shoulders, lorien gold dye, barter in Dol Amroth
chest: Dress of Entwining blossoms, lorien gold dye, midsummer festival reward
back: Cloak of Entwining bossoms, lorien gold dye, midsummer festival reward