Captain of Gondor

Gondor was a proud nation, home of the exiled Faithful of Númenor, and greatest of the realms of Men in the Third Age. White and sable were often used in the livery of Gondor because the royal standard of the realm was a white tree crowned with seven white stars, all on a field of sable. The tree reperesented the White Tree brought  to Middle-earth by Isildur from Númenor, and the stars represented the seven palantíri given to the Númenóreans by the Elves of Valinor. Another motif frequently used in Gondor’s heraldry was the wings of sea-birds; these were emblematic of the the Elendili (“Elf-friends”) who escaped the destruction of Númenor.

This captain of Gondor is girt for battle in the livery and colours of the realm, perhaps ready to defend the crossing of Anduin at Osgiliath or at Cair Andros. He wears shining mail reinforced with an embossed steel breastplate and imposing pauldrons. His vambraces show the sea-bird wing motif of Gondor’s heraldry, as do his finely-embroidered cloak and gold-trimmed helm. He must be of high rank or noble lineage, for the style of his helm is reminiscent of a war-crown.

I think everyone who has got their hands on this helm (once very rare but lately much more common) has done some variation of this outfit, so this is hardly something groundbreaking — just my take on a popular theme! I wanted to put this together after finding these interesting and bulky shoulders. When seeing the versions of this look done by other people, I often think that finding something appropriate for the legs is one of the toughest aspects of this outfit, probably because the Westernesse-style crafted heavy leggings simply don’t dye very solidly. Ultimately, I think the simplest solution is the most satisfying here — plain old crafted mail leggings and boots.

  • Head: Tarchar (bartered — Ost Galadh acquaintance reward vendor/Malledhrim reputation), black
  • Shoulders: Tough Shoulder Guards (looted — world drop/level 51), black
  • Back: Swan-cloak (purchased — LOTRO Store), black
  • Chest: Smith-klath (looted — Urugarth/Skorkrank), black
  • Hands: Bear-claws (looted — Carn Dûm/Mordirith), black
  • Legs: Steel Leggings (crafted — metalsmith T3; or purchased — Ost Forod heavy armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), black
  • Feet: Steel Boots (crafted — metalsmith T3; or purchased — Ost Forod heavy armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), black

Tips: The shoulders in this outfit proved to have been a rare find on my part! Please see the comments section for other places to look for the shoulders and gloves used in this outfit.

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15 Responses to Captain of Gondor

  1. Iaksones says:

    Revisiting this page since the new post linked me here. Very nice! You are right, picking leggings is often the hardest part about outfitting.

    This outfit fills me with nostalgia of an old version of Shining Steel that I had long long ago. Called it Golden Horn back then (might reuse that name later in a month or so). Then I changed to the horned helm to what you’ve got here and the breastplate to the Hall-General’s breastplate. Funny how different people come up with similar things independently. For instance, I had taken screenshots of a cool green outfit for Argendauss and was about to send them to Frey when she revealed the Courageous and Noble Warrior. The two were sooo similar that I just showed her the outfit but asked her to not feature it.

  2. Dave says:

    Can you tell us where you got those shoulder guards, precious? I’ve been searching for them for a bloody week via drop guides and to no avail.

    • Hi Dave, as far as I know they’re a fairly rare drop. I definitely remember that I picked mine up from the auction house. They’re equip level 51; you can check areas where they drop here. My gut feeling tells me that open world Carn Dûm and Carn Dûm instances might be the best place to look for them.

      I hope you’re able to track them down, good luck!

      • Dave says:

        I’ve gotten the item to drop but sad to say the appearance has been changed, the item displayed in the screenshot no longer exists in-game.

        Which really sucks because its been a LONG time since I’ve started the grind to get it.

  3. Phillip von Brandywine the Second says:

    Hey, I was wandering if those shoulder guards have a titled variant of some description. If there is, please tell me! KK thanks 🙂

    • Hi Phillip, I’ve never seen these shoulders under another name, but there very well may be another named version. If you’re looking for them, I think your best bet is to keep an eye on the auction house, and also try killing a lot of humanoid monsters in level 50 – 55 areas. Good luck!

  4. Jorge says:

    Can you give me the names of the Leggings and Boots?

  5. Jorge says:

    Another Question, Where will those Gloves drop? And is there an Alternative using crafting?

    • There are a few different versions of those gloves that are around equip level 48-50, so good places to hunt for them would be Angmar, Goblin-town, Forochel, Eregion, etc. There is also a version that looks exactly the same called Bear-claws and they drop from Mordirith in Carn Dûm.

      There unfortunately isn’t really anything comparable you can get from crafting, but you could try the various heavy Dunland quest reward gloves and see how they look.

      Good luck!

  6. Jorge says:

    I havn’t been able to get those Shoulders even though I have been trying for months, could you perhaps find some other shoulders that go good with the outfit?

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