Gandalf the Grey had quite a reputation among the Hobbits of the Shire. Of course he was known for being a strange, wandering wizard, and famed for his fireworks, but he also had made something of a name for himself as a troublemaker, as Bilbo recalled upon making the wizard’s acquaintance:
Not the Gandalf who was responsible for many quiet young lads and lasses going off into the Blue for mad adventures? Anything from climbing trees to visiting elves – or sailing in ships, sailing to other shores!
–The Hobbit, “An Unexpected Party”
Just why did Gandalf take such interest in these lads and lasses? Perhaps it was to nurture and keep alive in the race of Hobbits that tiny spark of courage that many years later would need to be fanned to flame at last. Whatever the reasons, Hobbits that were led off onto these mad adventures were probably swept along much like Bilbo and later Frodo were: unsure what to expect and equipped only with their usual day-to-day Shire clothing and gear.
This lass is one of those friendly with Gandalf in the days of Bilbo’s youth. She has an adventurous spirit, but is still at heart a Shireling, and thus everything she encounters on her adventure is new and amazing. Being from a well-to-do family, she wears the fine summer dress she put on the morning Gandalf spirited her away — having only had time to grab a cheerful cloak, shawl, and her father’s feathered cap on her way out the door. Her only weapon is a tiny Hobbit-sized knife, but she does have the courage to wield it against whatever dangers she may encounter. Fortunately for her, she has Gandalf to look after her.
This outfit is really a variation of the egg-runner outfit I featured some time ago, but I wanted to put together an outfit that showed a Hobbit adventuring in her usual Shire-clothing, like the well-known Hobbits of the stories always did. Later in their travels they were often clothed in foreign garb by friends made on their journeys, but they always set out in their familiar day-to-day clothing of jackets and waistcoats for men and, presumably, frocks for women.
- Head: Bounder Shirrif’s Cap (Shire quest reward), yellow
- Shoulders: Balladeer’s Shoulders (Moria instance cluster token barter reward — Minstrel), Ranger green
- Back: Cloak of the Summer Sun (summer festival token barter reward), yellow
- Chest: Short-sleeved Summer Dress (summer festival token barter reward), default
- Weapon: Butter Knife (Mathom Society reputation vendor)
Tips: The Butter Knife is a weapon that can be obtained at the Mathom House once you have reached friend standing with the Mathom Society. The double-feathered Bounder’s cap can also be found as various world-drop items and also as the Treasure Hunter’s Hat (crafted). Of course, the one-feathered version would look great as well! While putting this outfit together, I found that the Shabby Cap (Yule festival quest reward) dyed burgundy also looks nice with this outfit. The shoulders can also be obtained by Lore-masters and Rune-keepers from their respective class traders in Moria, or they can be obtained as Shoulder Guards of Lothlórien (crafted). Unfortunately, there is some clipping on the shoulders due to the puffy sleeves of the dress, but if you use the long-sleeved or sleeveless versions of the dress, you would probably avoid this problem. I have crudely attempted to correct the clipping using Photoshop; you can probably tell because of some of the pixels and also from having seen quite a few ’shops in your time!