Bread-giver of the Yavannildi

The Yavannildi, or Maidens of Yavanna, were the Elf-maids who were responsible for the making of lembas, the waybread of the Elves. Only the Yavannildi knew the recipe for its making, and only they were allowed to touch the white corn from which it was made. The original recipe for lembas was passed to Galadriel by her mentor, Melian the Maia, and it stands to reason that Melian may have learned it from Yavanna herself. From Galadriel the knowledge was passed to others, who became known as the Yavannildi in Quenya, or the Ivonwin in Sindarin. Lembas held a powerful place in the culture of the Elves, feeding both body and spirit. In fact, they even had a word, bassoneth, which meant ‘bread-giver, Lady’, for only a lady of the highest standing, such as a queen, could offer the gift of lembas. Interestingly, in English, the word ‘lady’ comes from Old English hlæfdige, literally ‘the one who makes the loaves’ (a lord, or hlafweard, was ‘the one who guards the loaves).

This maiden is one of those who makes the revered lembas wafers, as well as other, more mundane loaves, biscuits, and cakes. Her hair is demurely covered with a wimple and matching mantle, and she wears an elegant dress and cloak in soft tones similar to the shades of lembas itself: golden brown on the outside, and a creamy colour on the inside.

Recently, the author of the excellent LOTRO cosmetic blog LOTRO Savvy made a post featuring an outfit in appealing tones she described as a biscuit-coloured. I was immediately inspired by the gentle colour she used in her outfit and wanted to see if I could find some pieces that would take similar shades. I initially thought of the base colour of the Cloak of the Shining Star, and from there the rest of the outfit came together. I had recently read Tolkien’s essay entitled “Of Lembas”, which describes the Yavannildi, and it seemed a perfect fit.

  • Head: Ceremonial Hat of the Stone-student (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Moria cosmetic clothing – light), gold
  • Shoulders: Songmaster’s Shoulders (bartered — Ost Galadh Minstrel trainer), umber
  • Back: Cloak of the Shining Star (bartered — anniversary event games-master/cosmetic rewards), default
  • Chest: Elegant Dress (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/cosmetic clothing; or purchased — LOTRO Store), umber

Tips: The hat in this outfit has the same appearance as the ones from the other level 58 Mines of Moria instance cluster light armour sets. The shoulders have the same appearance as the Shoulders of the Lady’s Grace (bartered — Caras Galadhon Minstrel trainer).

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6 Responses to Bread-giver of the Yavannildi

  1. mephet says:

    That’s a really cool and original concept! 🙂 I don’t usually like that dress much (the chest area looks really weird in my opinion :D), but here it seems to work okay. Especially like the head & shoulders look nice in this outfit.

      • Thanks Mephet! 😀

        I actually agree with you about the dress, it’s not my favourite of LOTRO frocks either! But in this case, it was all about achieving that “biscuit” shade that LOTRO Savvy inspired. The overlay area of the dress was a pretty good match for the beige base colour of the cloak. In spite of it not being my favourite dress, I was really happy with the way it all came together. 🙂

  2. P.T. says:

    I have enjoyed your posts immensely, especially the mentioning of the lore of more obscure places and peoples. I look forward to viewing more of your creations!

    • Hi there, and thank you so much for the encouragement! I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the outfits so far. I’ve been having a blast putting them together, so it’s always great to hear that others like them too. 🙂

  3. Danica says:

    I absolutely adore the care and effort you put into your posts, especially in regard to lore or little fact-tidbits. You have a wonderful eye for outfits, but it’s the references to things like the Yavannildi, and mentioning the tie in with the old english word hlæfdige (neither things I knew anything about before) that makes this such a joy to read. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much Danica! I’m really glad to hear you’ve been enjoying the outfits and the little lore-bits. I really do find the lore inspires me so much in my outfitting, so it’s great to know that people appreciate them together as much as I do. 🙂 Thanks again for the kind words. 🙂

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