Elfhelm, Marshal of the Mark

Marshall of the Mark 1

In the realm of Rohan the highest military rank was Marshal of the Riddermark, of which there were three. Each marshal was responsible for leading the muster of a particular region. The First Marshal, the highest, was responsible for the muster of Edoras and the King’s Lands; the Second, for the muster of Helm’s Deep; and the Third, for the muster of Aldburg the old capital. The three Marshals were key to the defense of the Mark and therefore the men holding these positions were the chief obstacles to the plans of Saruman the White. In the days of his youth, Théoden King himself had led the muster of Edoras so that there was no need for a First Marshal, and when the king fell under the influence of Saruman, his wicked counselor Gríma ensured that the position remained vacant. The king’s son, Théodred, was the Second Marshal, but he was slain by Saruman’s orcs at the Fords of Isen. The Third Marshal was Éomer, the king’s sister-son, who was arrested and imprisoned by Gríma for disobeying the king’s laws.

Marshall of the Mark 2

When the Fords of Isen came under attack by Saruman’s orcs, the situation there was dire. Holding the fords, Théodred and his men were in sore need of reinforcement, but there was no Marshal in Edoras to call upon. Yet help was still to be found. Although officially there was no First Marshal of the Riddermark, the duties of the position were overseen by Elfhelm of the Muster of Edoras. At the urgent summons of Théodred, Elfhelm rode forth in haste from Edoras with four éoreds, or companies of riders, coming to the Fords of Isen in time to prevent the defeat of the Rohirrim, but not, alas, in time to prevent the death of the Prince Théodred.

Marshall of the Mark 3

After the Battle of the Hornburg, Elfhelm was given command of the first éored of the Muster of the East-mark. During the Ride of the Rohirrim to the aid of Minas Tirith, Elfhelm turned a blind eye to the presence of Meriadoc Brandybuck, though the king had forbidden the hobbit to accompany the Riders. It was a wise judgement that would have far-reaching and fortuitous consequences. During the charge of the Rohirrim onto the besieged field of Pelennor, Elfhelm was given command of the king’s right flank, and there, under the shadow of the great wall of Minas Tirith, Elfhelm and his riders destroyed the orcs operating the Enemy’s siege engines.

Marshall of the Mark 4

Later, after the Ring went into the fire and the Enemy was cast down for ever, Elfhelm was a witness at the coronation of King Elessar of Gondor. After the Rohirrim returned to the Riddermark, he was assigned to the newly-created position of Marshall of the East-mark and given command of all the forces of eastern Rohan.

Marshall of the Mark 5

The word “marshal” has an interesting etymology. It came into English via Anglo-Norman, Old French, and Latin, but ultimately it’s a Germanic word, from either Frankish marhskalk or Old High German marah-scalc, both meaning “horse-servant, horse-knight”. The Old English form would have been mearh-scealc and if it had remained in usage it would have the form “mareshalk” in modern English. As for the outfit, the seed of this one was the shield. I don’t believe that any other shield in-game has this same skin (but please let me know if you know of one). I always think it looks like someone took down the door from one of the meadhalls of Rohan and strapped it to their arm. The new summer festival cloak didn’t really grab me when I fist saw it, and I had no intention of using it with this outfit, but on a whim I tried it out and I loved it! In fact I was really pleased with this outfit in general (I actually think that unfortunately the screenshots I took don’t do it full justice — mounted combat screenshots are a bit tricky). I hope you enjoy it too.

Marshall of the Mark 6

Elfhelm

  • Head: Burnished Helmet of the Dunland Warlord (quest reward — [71] An Honourable Exchange), umber
  • Shoulders: Pauldrons of the Stoic Stag (quest reward — [66] Stealing and Squealing), turquoise
  • Back: Cloak of Nárië (bartered — Summer Rewards vendor/Cosmetic Rewards Part 1), turquoise
  • Chest: Westemnet Battle Armour (crafted — Metalsmith T9), white
  • Hands: Gloves of the Hammerhand (pre-order — Helm’s Deep), default
  • Feet: Eastemnet Battle Boots (crafted — Metalsmith T8), olive
  • Shield: Laerdan’s Defender (quest reward — [50] Volume 1, Book 12, Chapter 6: Laerdan’s Escape/heavy shield)
  • Weapon: Carved Yew Spear (crafted — Woodworker T3/spear)

Steed

  • Body: Caparison of West Rohan (looted — West Rohan warband lootboxes), turquoise
  • Head: Burglar’s Halter (purchased — LOTRO Store), white
  • Saddle: Burglar’s Saddle (purchased — LOTRO Store)
  • Legs: Leggings of Thorin’s Hall (purchased — LOTRO Store), turquoise
  • Hide: Solid Warsteed (auto-granted), white
  • Tail: Simple Tail (auto-granted), white

Tips: The helm and shoulders in this outfit share their appearance with other Dunland armour rewards. The steed’s caparison drops from warbands in West Rohan; I find the least frustrating way to reliably get this piece (and its matching halter and saddle) is to wait until you are level 91 or higher, and then defeat the warband of Snapfang north of Aldburg. He drops all three cosmetics, and has very few other items on his loot list, so they tend to drop fairly reliably. If you’re not too bothered about adhering to the Rohirin theme of this outfit, or want to repurpose it with an elven theme, adding the the Accessory of Rivendell looks superb!

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Flet-runner

Flet-runner head

The Elves of the Golden Wood kept vigil upon the borders of their forest-realm from wooden flets or platforms built high in the branches of mallorn trees. The flets were built with openings around the great boles of the trees, and were furnished with movable screens that could be positioned to provide shade or shelter from the wind. They were reached by long white ladders of hithlain, the wondrous rope of Lórien, which could be drawn up to the surface of the flet to ensure that trespassers could not climb up.

Flet-runner action1

Flets were also used as residences by the Elves of Lothlórien, but this was not universal. Most flets used as dwellings were found in Caras Galadhon, the fortress-like city of trees which was the heart of the Golden Wood. The idea of living upon flets was introduced by Amroth, once the king of Lórien, who built one high in the mallorn tree crowning the hill that bore his name. He chose to dwell upon a flet because of his love for Nimrodel, who may have been the first to build a home in this style in the branches overhanging her beloved river Silverlode.

Flet-runner action2

This maiden of the Galadhrim is a flet-runner, one of the march-wardens who keep watch from high perches on the borders of Lórien. She knows by heart the location of each flet around the Golden Wood’s perimeter and may spend months at a time stationed at a particular flet before moving to another. She is armed with one of the renowned bows of her people, for the lofty flets offer an excellent position to fire upon intruders. She also wields two curved knives in the event that she must descend to the forest floor in defence of the borders. Her attire is light and loose, a combination of soft, muted greys, greens, and deep blues, perfect camouflage among the silvan shadows, especially at night. Ever vigilant, her keen eyes peer out from under the shadow of her elven hood.

Flet-runner back

Flet is an archaic English word originally meaning, “the floor, the ground”. It later gained the sense of “a dwelling, a habitation”. The flets of Lothlórien embody both senses exactly. In Sindarin, they were called telain (singular talan). I was inspired to make this outfit by the in-game title “Flet-runner”, which can be earned by completing the Flet-funner Challenges deed. The deed begins with the quest “At Home Among the Trees” (level 60) bestowed by Celechest in Caras Galadhon. As many readers are no doubt aware, the long-standing bug which prevents weapons from being displayed when you execute skills outside of combat can make taking outfit screenshots difficult if you want to show off your weapons. It was even harder trying to figure out a way to get them to display on the Lórien flets, since there are no mobs up there to enter combat with. At first I tried to enter combat with an animal on the ground and climb up the ladder into a flet. But this immediately took me out of combat and my weapons were sheathed. Finally I figured out a cunning solution! A few of the flets have sentinel elves patrolling around their bases. I went to Talan Brethil, which has a sentinel, and lured a boar over to the sentinel, who immediately attacked it. I was then able to climb up to the flet, remaining in combat until the sentinel had dispatched the boar.

Flet-runner front

  • Head: Hat of the Hopeful Melody (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Barad Guldur – level 65 light), steel blue
  • Shoulders: Shoulders of the Hopeful Melody (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Barad Guldur – level 65 light), white
  • Back: Elegant Elven Quiver (purchased — LOTRO Store), olive
  • Chest: Long-sleeved Lórien Tunic and Pants (bartered — Cerin Amroth barterer/Galahdrim reputation), grey
  • Main hand: Anghigil (quest reward — [50] Volume 1, Book 8, Chapter 6: A Watchful Eye)
  • Off-hand: Boar-tooth Dagger (quest reward — [35] Boar-tooth Dagger)
  • Bow: Flightsong (looted — Urugarth/Akrûr)

Tips: The hood in this outfit is great to use with cosmetic tunics because it has a piece which covers the throat and upper chest (where tunics leave your character’s skin exposed). The quiver may also be available from the Cosmetic Loot Boxes available during LOTRO’s anniversary event. Another tip for getting weapons to stay in your hands for screenshot purposes is to execute a self-targeted skill just as you are sheathing your weapons after combat. I find that wound-removal skills are especially good for this (I’ve tested successfully on guardians and champions so far). You will find that your weapon(s) remain in your hands and will stay there until you hit a loading screen or until you use an emote or enter stealth.

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Osgiliath-defender

On his helm a host of stars

Osgiliath was of old the chief city of Gondor and the residence of its kings. Athwart the mighty Anduin, the city controlled the river crossing from Ithilien in the east to the town-lands of the Pelennor and Minas Tirith in the west. Because of its strategic location, the city’s history was fraught with strife. The hosts of Mordor took Osgiliath during the Second Age, and the city was only reclaimed when Sauron was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Later, during the Third Age, the forces of Castamir the Usurper laid siege to the city during Gondor’s civil war, the Kin-strife. The Usurper’s forces sacked and burned the city, forcing King Eldacar to flee to his kin in Rhovanion. The city was again reclaimed in the name of the right king when Eldacar returned and the rebellion was put down, but its population was later decimated by the Great Plague of III 1636. The city began to fall into ruin, and the king relocated to Minas Tirith, making it the chief city of Gondor. When Minas Ithil was captured by Mordor in III 2002, Osgiliath became extremely vulnerably to attack, and many of its people fled west to safer parts of the realm. In III 2475, the forces of Mordor took the city again and the city was finally deserted of all its inhabitants. Nevertheless, the Steward of Gondor would not suffer it to be held by the Enemy, and his forces wrested back control from the occupying Uruk-hai. Osgiliath then became a disputed ruin, the western shore defended by Gondor’s forces and the eastern repeatedly attacked by Mordor’s. Finally, in the summer of III 3018, in the opening offensive of the War of the Ring, Sauron’s forces, led by the Ringwraiths, came forth and took the city. The last bridge across Anduin was thrown down. The Rangers of Ithilien continued to defend the city’s western shore from the Causeway Forts, but the eastern shore was now firmly under the control of Sauron’s forces.

Defying the Shadow in the East

This man is a warrior of Gondor under the command of the Lord Faramir, son of the Steward Denethor. He is arrayed in strong mail and proudly bears the winged helm and shield of Gondor. They have served him well already, for the fighting has been fierce, as evidenced by his tattered cloak. He has come here to Osgiliath’s western shore with his company for, as the seige of Gondor draws near, the Steward has commanded his son to take what forces he may and make the Enemy pay dearly when at last he comes to cross the river. When this defense fails, as it must, Faramir’s forces will fall back to Causeway Forts, there to try against all hope to hold out. But the skies are now permanently darkened by the fumes of Mordor and the shrieks of the Ringwraiths can be heard among the crumbling buildings and shattered monuments of the east shore. Have the Men of Gondor any hope against the Shadow that rises in the East?

Torn and tattered gear of war

I always keep an eye out for cosmetics with a wing motif to use in Gondor-themed outfits, so when I came across the shield recently I was excited to put it to use. Even more so because of the upcoming addition of cosmetic weapons and shields to the game. I’m looking forward to setting up my shield-using characters with coordinating pieces. Are there are shields you’re especially looking forward to equipping cosmetically?

Last defense of the causeway

  • Head: Westernesse Winged Helm of Vigour (looted — world drop), black
  • Shoulders: The Huntsman’s Shoulder Guards (bartered — Ox-clan Merchant Camp Hunter Trainer), default
  • Back: Recovered Cloak of the Nobleman (quest reward — [100] Ashes and Stars, Chapter 7), steel blue
  • Chest: Chainmail Chestpiece of Fate (looted — world drop), black
  • Hands: Lesser Secret of the West Gauntlets (bartered — Harndirion Novice’s Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Burglar armour), steel blue
  • Legs: Lesser Ward of the West Leggings (bartered — Harndirion Novice’s Quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Guardian armour), steel blue
  • Feet: Boots of the Hammerhand (pre-order — Helm’s Deep), default
  • Shield: Shield of Endurance (looted — world drop/heavy shield)
  • Weapon: Polished Gondorian Sword (crafted — weaponsmith T3/one-handed sword)

Tips: The shield that I used in this outfit has an equip level of 59 if you trying to find a place to keep an eye out for it to drop. Lothlórien or Mirkwood might be good places to grind mobs looking for it. As mentioned by my fine fellow outfitter Gloredh, below in the comments, there is another shield with the same skin: the Light Shield of the Golden Host (crafted — metalsmith T6/Malledhrim reputation/light shield). You can get the recipe for this shield by bartering 25 Malledrim Bronze Feathers with the Friend of the Malledhrim Crafting Vendor in Ost Galadh, Southern Mirkwood.

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Shielded Selections

Countless stars of heaven's field mirrored on his silver shield

His sword was long, his lance was keen.
His shining helm afar was seen;
the countless stars of heaven’s field
were mirrored in his silver shield.

— “The Fall of Gil-galad”, The Lord of the Rings 1:XI

This Thursday past it was confirmed that cosmetic weapons and shields are finally being implemented in LOTRO! The system is now being previewed with Update 16.2 on the Bullroarer test server. Gloredh of Wandering Around Arda has also done a really nice preview showing how the new cosmetic slots work. This is something that I’m sure many other cosmetics enthusiasts have been hoping for for a very long time now, and I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised to hear about it! In fact, I’d given up hope that it would ever be added. I’m pleased to be proved wrong. I’m sure there will be some kinks and bugs to work out, but hopefully going forward this will be a great addition to LOTRO’s cosmetic system.

In honour of this new addition to the game, here is a selection of outfits featuring coordinating shields to give you some inspiration before Update 16.2 goes live.

Scaled skirmisher       Durin IV       Fram

The littlest shieldmaiden       Stalwart of Sarn Ford       Shield of the Stiffbeards

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Mount-matching: The Fabulous Belladonna Took

The Fabulous Belladonna Took was a brightly-coloured hobbit-outfit inspired by Bilbo’s famous and unusually adventurous mother. When off on her journeys with Gandalf she will need a suitably spirited steed, arrayed in flamboyant tack, if she hopes to keep up with him!

A lovely day for a ride

Simply the best way to see the country

A spirited steed

If her in-laws could just see her now

  • Body: Light Caparison of the Entwash (quest reward — [80] Patching Friendships), purple
  • Head: Light Halter of the Wold (quest reward — [77] Floodwend Besieged), purple
  • Saddle: Champion’s Saddle (purchased — LOTRO Store)
  • Legs: Wintry Yule Leggings (bartered — Yule Festival Horse Trader/The More the Merrier – Tier 3), purple
  • Accessory: Accessory Bins (purchased — LOTRO Store)
  • Hide: Spotted War-steed (purchased — LOTRO Store), bay
  • Tail: Simple Tail (auto-granted), flaxen chestnut
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Tawarwaith Pathfinder

Hers 1

His 1

A reclusive, woodcrafty folk, the Silvan Elves dwelt in the great forests of Mirkwood and Lothlórien. In the Sindarin tongue, they were called Tawarwaith, the Forest-people. The Tawarwaith were descended from a group of Teleri who in the Elder Days had lingered in the Vales of Anduin rather than complete the journey to Aman. They were later joined by some of the westernmost clans of the Avari, the Dark-elves who refused the summons of the Valar, and these became absorbed into the Tawarwaith bringing with them their own culture and customs. The Silvan Elves of both Mirkwood and of Lothlórien had no princes of their own, but came to be ruled in later days by greater Elves fleeing the wreck of Beleriand: Oropher became king of the Mirkwood and Amdír became king of the wood that would later come to be known as Lothlórien. Both were Sindar of Doriath. The ways of their new subjects, the Tawarwaith, were rustic compared to those of the Sindar, and in time, the Grey-elven rulers had adopted many of the Silvan customs, but the Grey-elven tongue became the daily language spoken by the Tawarwaith.

Hers 2

His 2

These two Silvan Elves are pathfinders of Mirkwood. The wood is ever dark and dangerous, and the Elvenking’s scouts toil to keep footpaths clear of overgrowth, fallen trees and branches, and the webs of the great spiders that plague the wood. Though it was once called Greenwood the Great, there is little now that grows green in Mirkwood, and these elves are camouflaged in garb the colour of the leafmould that lies deep on the ground. Their clothing is decorated with a leaf motif inspired by the trees that they love and that they hope against hope one day will be restored to their former beauty and splendour. But until the day the Shadow is lifted from their land, Mirkwood will remain a forest under nightshade.

Hers 3

His 3

This “his and hers” look was inspired by the two hoods used in the outfits. I wanted to combine these interesting pieces with various Golden Host and Malledhrim pieces, with their leaf-motif, and complete the look with shoulders with strong and unique silhouettes. I didn’t include a cloak on her outfit, because most cloaks look pretty strange with the large sail-like shoulder-piece, especially those with cast-back hoods like the the one in his outfit. However, if you wanted to put something else in the back slot for this outfit, some good options are the Elven Prospector’s Pack (crafted — tailor T3; or purchased — LOTRO Store) or the Sage’s Pack (purchased — LOTRO Store). Both options look good dyed Ranger Green.

Hers 4

His 4

Hers

  • Head: Golden Host Helmet (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), gold
  • Shoulders: Lore-keeper’s Shoulders (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Barad Guldur level 65 light), rust
  • Chest: Tawarwaith Robe (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), gold
  • Hands: Golden Host Gauntlets (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), gold
  • Feet: Tawarwaith Shoes (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), gold
  • Satchel: Rune-keeper’s Rune-satchel of the Third Age (quest reward — Volume II Book 1 Chapter 14: Khazad-dûm at Last!), default

Tips: The Lore-keeper’s shoulders can also be obtained from the Lore-master trader in Ost Galadh by bartering a Dark Emblem of Heart looted from the Lieutenant of Barad Guldur. The first legendary Rune-keeper’s rune-satchel awarded via the epic quest line is useful to keep because when equipped cosmetically it is invisible. Thus, if you want your Rune-keeper to be able to have no satchel visible when displaying cosmetic outfits while keeping your regular satchel equipped, make sure to keep the rune-satchel from “Khazad-dûm at Last” (or keep a cosmetic copy in your Wardrobe).

His

  • Head: Noriel’s Leather Helm (quest reward — [75] Disturbances in Thinglad), gold
  • Shoulders: Shoulders of the Deathstorm (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Barad Guldur level 65 heavy), gold
  • Back: Cloak of the Fallen Leaves (purchased — LOTRO Store), Ranger green
  • Chest: Golden Host Coat (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), Ranger green
  • Hands: Gauntlets of the Hidden Paths (quest reward — [70] A Reasonable Request), Ranger green
  • Legs: Tawarwaith Leggings (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), Ranger green
  • Feet: Malledhrim Boots (crafted — metalsmith T6/Malledhrim reputation), Ranger green

Tips: The helm used in this outfit was formerly part of the level 65 medium Ettenmoors armour set. Likewise, the gloves were formerly part of the level 65 heavy Ettenmoors armour set.

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Fellowship of the Ring: Meriadoc, Esquire of Rohan

For love of Théoden King

The Fellowship of the Ring was the company chosen by Elrond Halfelven to protect and guide the Ring-bearer on his quest to destroy the One Ring in the fire of Mount Doom. The company was composed of nine, and all of the Free Peoples were represented: Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin for the Hobbits; Legolas for the Elves; Gimli for the Dwarves; Aragorn and Boromir for Men; and Gandalf.

The tale of  the company was reduced to eight when Gandalf fell in Moria. Then the company’s Fellowship was broken upon the shores of Nen Hithoel when Boromir attempted to take the Ring from Frodo by force. At the same time, the company was attacked by Uruk-hai. Boromir was slain, Merry and Pippin were captured, and Frodo and Sam escaped by boat to the far shore of the lake. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli resolved to let the Ringbearer go and instead to pursue the Uruks. Thus the company was scattered.

The horn of Rohan

Merry wielded his Barrow-blade fiercely against the Uruks before they managed to capture him, and he “cut off several of their arms and hands”. Nevertheless, he and Pippin were captured and borne many miles over the fields of Rohan. They managed to escape when the Uruks were attacked by a troop of Horselords, and to flee into the depths of Fangorn Forest. There they met Treebeard the Ent and were reunited with Gandalf. Later, in Rohan, Merry laid his sword across the lap of Théoden King, pledging his fealty. “You shall be like a father to me,” said Merry, but Théoden replied, “For a while.” Merry was given a shaggy grey pony, Stybba, and at the request of Aragorn was armed for war with a small helm, a jerkin of leather, and a round shield bearing the device of a white horse. Although Merry wished to join the muster of the Rohirrim and ride to the aid of Gondor, he was forbidden by Théoden, who said that great though Merry’s heart may be, he could not ride a horse, and Stybba could not keep up with the great steeds of the Horselords. Nevertheless, Merry was carried to the battle in secret by the warrior Dernhelm, and took part in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields before the gate of Minas Tirith. Here he did his greatest deed of valour when the warrior Dernhelm faced the Captain of the Ringwraiths and was revealed to be the Lady Éowyn in disguise. To aid her, Merry stabbed his Barrow-blade into the wraith’s leg from behind, and the sword, wound with spells by the Men of Westernesse for the bane of Mordor, unraveled the ties binding the wraith’s spirit to Middle-earth. In that hour, Théoden King passed from the circles of the world, and Merry sat with him in his final moments, and he wept, for now never in happier times would they speak together of the herb-lore of the Shire, as they had planned.

Stybba the pony

For his heroism and great service to the kingdom of Rohan, Merry was named Holdwine, “Loyal Friend”, by Éomer King and given a war-horn from the hoard of the dragon Scatha. Upon returning home to the Shire, Merry winded the horn during the Battle of Bywater, rousing the local hobbitry against the ruffians that had occupied the country. That battle, of course, was won, and the Shire was scoured of villainy. Every year thereafter, the Horn of the Mark was blown on the second day of November, on the anniversary of the battle. Merry was called Meriadoc the Magnificent, and he became the Master of Buckland and wed Estella Bolger. He was made a Councillor of the North-kingdom, and wrote books on the herb-lore and nomenclature of the Shire. Many years later, after the death of King Elessar, their old friend Strider, he and Pippin travelled to Gondor and lived there for a time. At last Merry’s time in Middle-earth drew to an end, and his body was laid to rest for ever alongside that of King Elessar.

He too wished to ride to war

Quite some time ago, I completed my collection based on the Fellowship of the Ring with a composite portrait of the entire company and hinted that I had further plans for the collection. The present portrait of Merry in the later stages of the story is the extremely belated beginning of the those plans! Here also is the first portrait of Merry, a look at the character upon leaving the Shire for the first journey to Rivendell. Merry is a great heroic character, the most intelligent and resourceful of Frodo’s three hobbit-companions, and this is underlined by his deeds of valour after the scattering of the Company. Indeed, the description of his defense against the Uruks before being captured by them is very reminiscent of the last stand of Húrin, said to be the greatest warrior of Men in the First Age. Húrin stood alone during the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, surrounded by Morgoth’s trolls, and hewed off their arms with his axe, crying with each stroke, “Aurë entuluva! Day shall come again!”. Seventy times did his cry ring out, but like Merry, he too was captured in the end.

Holdwine

Meriadoc, Esquire of Rohan

  • Head: Plate Helm of Trum Dreng (quest reward — [66] Finding an Old Friend), crimson
  • Shoulders: Dwarf Leather Shoulder Guards of Might (looted — world drop/general), olive
  • Back: Shield of the Hammerhand (pre-order — Helm’s Deep), default
  • Chest: Cuirass of Manipulation (quest reward — epic [86] Volume III, Book 11, Chapter 5: Chamber of the Worm), burgundy
  • Hands: Westernesse Protector’s Gloves (crafted — tailor T5), olive
  • Legs: Ceremonial Town-saver’s Leggings (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – medium), burgundy
  • Feet: Westemnet Campaign Shoes (crafted — tailor T9), olive

Stybba

  • Body: Burglar’s Caparison (purchased — LOTRO Store), olive
  • Saddle: Rune-keeper’s Saddle (purchased — LOTRO Store), default
  • Legs: Minstrel’s Leggings (purchased — LOTRO Store), olive
  • Hide: Shaggy Roan Steed (purchased — LOTRO Store), steel grey
  • Tail: Simple Tail (auto-granted), steel grey

Tips: The helm used in this outfit shares an appearance with several other Dunland quest rewards. If you can’t find the shoulders used, you can craft a similar pair, Dwarf-make Outrider’s Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T3); they dye the same, but have a slightly different shape. The chest piece shares an appearance with other Helm’s Deep light armour quest rewards.

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