Bree-land Dandy

In The Lord of the Rings we’re introduced to a number of groups of Men (in addition to Hobbits), and progressing through the book is a bit like starting out in pre-industrial rural England (the Shire) and then going back through time until a mythological, pre-historic, heroic era is reached (in Gondor). The intermediate steps are of course Rohan (Migration Period) and Bree. Bree’s culture is quite similar to that of the Shire (indeed it was at Bree, and only Bree, that the Big Folk and the Little Folk lived together), though possibly just slightly more archaic.

This young man is a dandy of Bree-town known at least as far away as Combe and Archet. He always has a smile and a wink for the lasses and even the goodwives blush when he passes them on market days. He wears soft leather trousers tucked into heavy cloth boots (reinforced with leather at toe and sole), a light jacket laced up over an embroidered chemise of good linen, and soft felt hat adorned with a feather — simple and rustic attire, but considered smart by the good folk of Bree. On days of inclement weather, he adds clean white leather gloves and an earth-hued cloak embroidered with a swirling design.

I was trying to come up with a roguish look for a Man, having been inspired by the way the old shoulders and new boots go so nicely together — and this was the result. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, the relative modernity of Bree-land makes me feel a bit freer to experiment with looks that I wouldn’t use for other Man and Woman characters from cultures deeper back in Middle-earth’s mythological foundations. I have to admit while taking the flirty screenshots, this character really grew on me and took on a life of his own. I think I developed a bit of a crush, but don’t tell my husband! I also learned that busy Bree-town is not a great place to take screenshots, as it tends to attract some attention. People must have wondered what kind of nutjob was posing and prancing up on the Scholar’s Walk!

  • Head: Shabby Cap (quest reward — Yule festival [10] Self-sacrifice: Support the Poor), umber
  • Shoulders: Dwarf-make Cotton Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T3; or looted — world drop/general), white
  • Back: Veteran Guardsman’s Cape (bartred — skirmish camp jewellery and cloaks quartermaster/level 53), umber
  • Chest: Padded Jacket of Vigour (looted — world drop/general), white
  • Hands: Padded Gloves of Courage (looted — world drop/general), white
  • Legs: Redur-socas (looted — Rise of Isengard instance cluster), umber
  • Feet: Rhydhid-lhopan (looted — Pits of Isengard/tier 1 Fúshbraf), default

Tips: The cloak used in this outfit shares its skin with several other cloaks; including the Warden’s Wrap (purchased — Tinnudir Wardens of Annúminas reputation vendor) and Tarchol (looted — Dark Delvings/Void-eater). If you don’t have access to the Shabby Cap from the Yule festival, the basic wide-brimmed feathered hat, sometimes labelled Plumed Hat or Brimmed Hat (looted — world drop/general), is an excellent and readily available alternative. Finally, Radiant Armour (crafted — tailor T5) is a perfect alternative to the chest used in this outfit, if the latter is not available.

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4 Responses to Bree-land Dandy

  1. Freyjuska says:

    love this! 😀 i had a good chuckle when i saw the first screenshot. you managed to make him pose like a real dandy 🙂

  2. DarkJackal says:

    Your dandy is certainly making me smile in return! I had a laugh at the thought of posing in the middle of Bree and emoting like mad. I’ve hardly done much posing myself, but you definitely get a little self-conscious. Someone was trying to invite me to their kinship, and of course I had my UI off. I wonder why anyone would want my raving lunatic of a character in their kin.

    I really enjoyed this post’s discussion of the varied time periods that are present in Middle Earth at the same moment. To the average reader of this century, the hobbits appear rustic enough to pass for medieval if you don’t scrutinize closely, but the Shire is really very civilized compared to everywhere else in the books. It’s baffling from a costuming standpoint to be mixing centuries like they do. But it is a large part of what makes the hobbits so charming. They are not blatant time travelers, but in many ways, that’s what it would be like to be Bilbo or Frodo leaving the sense and stability of the Shire, and going into what must appear to them to be barbaric cultures.

    • Haha, I know what you mean. I didn’t have a handy Man character so I had to create one for this outfit, so the toon was level 5 when I was taking the screenshots. While I was prancing around like a weirdo someone actually came up to me and asked if was a noob! 😀 I was way too mortified to say I was taking screenshots for a blog, so I just said this toon was a bank mule and then pranced away. 😛

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