Second Breakfast’s Hallowe’en Celebration

Second Breakfast, a kinship on Crickhollow server, is hosting The Haunted Hill, a Hallowe’en celebration! Join them at the Party Tree on Sunday, 26 October at 1:00 pm /servertime for lots of fun and spooky festivities, including a costume contest. There are categories for the spookiest, most original, and best duo or group outfits.

I have been kindly invited to help judge the costume contest along with talented fellow outfit bloggers Gloredh of Wandering Around Arda and Nathrien of Material Middle-earth.

Even if you don’t usually play on Crickhollow server, why not roll up an alt and join the fun. I hope to see you there!

The Haunted Hill


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Harvestmath Guise Selections 2014

Haunted burrow

With the end of the harvest season comes the onset of winter, and the dark half of the year — but it is also a time for bonfires, feasting, apple-bobbing, and guising! This year’s in-game Harvestmath festival opens 21 October, and runs through 2 November. If you’re planning to visit the Haunted Burrow or attend a festival event on your server in-costume, here are some selected outfits that might make great guises or spark your imagination to come up with something new.

Crazed Murderer        Fauxhirrim        Goldberry and Tom Bombadil

Iron Crown Cultist        Little Red Riding Hood        Lossoth Shaman

Mad Baggins        Playdwarf Bunny        Gandalf the Grey

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Summer Selections

Summer selections

When summer lies upon the world, and in a noon of gold
Beneath a roof of sleeping leaves, the dreams of trees unfold

– “The Ent and the Entwife”, The Lord of the Rings 3:IV

It’s now high summer in the northern parts of the Primary World, and in-game we have come at last to the warm lands along the Bay of Belfalas. The air is balmy and fragrant and the sun shines from a sky of faded blue, dancing brightly on the leaves and grass.

Here are some outfit suggestions in summery green and golden hues to inspire your own outfit creations.

An Unexpected Heroine         Dawn-lark         Friend to Man

Kingsfell Beacon-keeper         Minstrel Under the Mountain         Westfarthing Shirriff

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Spring Selections

Spring selections main

‘How do I feel?’ [Sam] cried. ‘Well, I don’t know how to say it. I feel, I feel’ — he waved his arms in the air — ‘I feel like spring after winter, and sun on the leaves; and like trumpets and harps and all the songs I have ever heard!’

The Lord of the Rings 6:IV

At long last winter has come to an end in the northern lands of the Primary World and now come once again the days of sunshine and rain, green grass and green leaves, and blue sky and white clouds.

If you’re feeling like wearing an outfit of fresh, bright colours to go along with the season, here are some springtime selections to help provide some inspiration.

Floral archer       Gwend Nestadren       Piper of the Elendili

Merry Wood-elf       Stalwart of Sarn Ford       King and Queen of Faerie

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Outfit Screenshots

Tips portrait

Hi everyone,

Last year I shared the first two installments of a short series of outfitting tips. The first was all about outfit and wardrobe management and the second was about the process of actually making an outfit. After an inexcusable delay (sorry) I’d like to share the third and final part today.

This final part of the outfitting tips series is about a topic originally suggested to me on Twitter by @BERIAHIM. It covers some suggestions for taking great screenshots of your outfits so that you can share them with the rest of the LOTRO community, whether it be on the official forums, on social media, or on your own blog or website.

I hope you enjoy the suggestions and please feel free to add your own tips and tricks in the comments of the guide. Until next time, happy outfitting!

– Starry

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Southern Ruffian

She warned the halflings against crossing her

Coarse and uncouth

Late in the year in IIIA 3018, Men from the South began to appear in the Shire. Apparently they had been hired to assist Lotho Sackville-Baggins, who had become rather too rich for his own good selling pipeweed to Big Folk away south. He had bought up a lot of property in the Shire and become very influential. At first the ruffians seemed content to follow Lotho’s orders, but their regime became more and more oppressive and in the end even Lotho was powerless against them. It was then that the true master of the ruffians, Sharkey, came to the Shire, and things went from bad to worse.

Pillaging the Shire

Menacing the Shire-rats

These two ruffians are enjoying terroising the Shire-folk and living on the fruits of Hobbit-labour. Coarse and uncouth, they are of Dunlending stock, from clans that had long been in the service of Saruman, or Sharkey as they know him. They are clad in dark leathers made in mass quantity by drudges in the workshops of Isengard, and they each carry bags of spoils wrested from Hobbit-families, rich and poor alike. Word has come lately that members of the wretched Took clan have holed themselves up in their filthy tunnels beneath Tuckborough and have been emerging to shoot at the southerners with their little bows. Well, Sharkey won’t have it, and these two intend to teach the Shire-rats a lesson they won’t soon forget!

Ripe for the taking

The Shire belongs to Sharkey now

I felt it was time for another installment of “His and Hers”, this time with a decidedly evil twist. The dark, leathery look of the pieces in these outfits made me think of something perhaps mass-produced in Isengard and thus to think about the ruffians that Saruman employed to help ruin the Shire. While they’re unpleasant folk to be sure, I’m pleased with the way these outfits turned out as a matched pair, and I hope you enjoy them too!

Southern harridan


  • Head: Black Corsair Eyepatch (looted — spring festival/Gift Box), default
  • Shoulders: Westernesse Protector’s Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T5; or looted — world drop/general)
  • Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel (bartered — treasure hunt base camp reward vendor), black
  • Chest: Combat Armour of the Deep (crafted — tailor T9/Tailor’s Guild reputation), black
  • Hands: Fingerless Gloves (quest reward — Yule festival [10] Self-sacrifice: Support the Poor), white
  • Legs: Lesser Arrow of the West Leggings (bartered — Harndirion Novices Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Hunter armour), black
  • Feet: Disused Boots of the Dunland Soothsayer (quest reward — [67] The Blocked Supply-lines), black

Tips: An alternative to the Black Corsair Eyepatch is the Mariner’s Eyepatch (bartered — Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner quatermaster) available once a year during September’s “talk like a pirate” event. The boots in this outfit have the same appearance as several other Dunland quest rewards.

Hired tough


  • Head: Lesser Arrow of the West Helmet (bartered — Harndirion Novices Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Hunter armour), black
  • Shoulders: Taranc (looted — Rift of Nûrz Ghâshu/Shadow-eater and Stone-biter), black
  • Back: Treasure Hunter’s Rucksack (bartered — treasure hunt base camp reward vendor), black
  • Chest: Lesser Arrow of the West Breastplate (bartered — Harndirion Novices Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Hunter armour), black
  • Hands: Fel-durnvol (looted — Rise of Isengard instance cluster), black
  • Legs: Combat Leggings of the Deep (crafted — tailor T9/Tailor’s Guild reputation), black
  • Feet: Lesser Arrow of the West Boots (bartered — Harndirion Novices Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Hunter armour), black

Tips: At the time of this writing, a ceremonial version of Taranc is available for purchase at Lalia’s Market. Fel-durnvol has the same appearance as several other Dunland quest rewards.

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Improvements to Find an Outfit, Part 2


Whew! I recently decided that I wanted to make the blog easier to search, and I knew it was time to give some love to the Find an Outfit page. It was a big project (bigger than expected!), but I’ve updated all the tags on the blog and the lists of outfit pieces given in each post.

The tags are now organised in way that I think is more conducive to searching for outfit inspiration. Perhaps you’ve got a specific piece from an armour set in mind that you want to incorporate into an outfit, or maybe you have a certain “look” in mind — a warrior’s outfit, or something with a hood, or an outfit with a quiver for your hunter. Do you insist on only the warmest fur or looks from the realm of Rohan? Maybe you really like red, or chartreuse. No wait, the last one is just me! The new selection of tags should make this type of searching much easier.

Once you’ve found an outfit you like, the next step is finding the pieces. Hopefully that’s become easier, too. Since the beginning of the blog, I’ve always given a list of the components of the outfit, but I felt it was time to standardise them and bring them up to date (a lot of items have changed names since November 2011!). I’ve changed the lists so that, in general, the easiest method of obtaining a piece is given. Since not everybody crafts, has guild access, or runs instances, often the easiest way to get any particular piece is by bartering marks and medallions, doing quests, or bartering reputation tokens. Fortunately the majority of pieces are available in several different ways, so chances are you’ll be able to get a piece one way or another.

I hope you all enjoy the improved Find an Outfit page. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or comments (or spot any glaring errors). In the meantime, happy outfitting!

– Starry

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