Beating the Bounds

The War of the Ring went, for the most part, unmarked in the Shire except for an incursion of ruffians. In late October of 1419 S.R., four Hobbits returned from abroad and helped put down the ruffians and their chiefs. These four had been away on some queer Journey, rather strange and not respectable behaviour at all. Indeed they seemed changed by their experiences, grander as it were, more confident, and rather bold for Hobbits. The whole thing was very odd, but all’s well as ends better, as they say in the Shire.

This lass too has been on Adventures. She has travelled to far-off lands and seen many strange sights and walked with unfamiliar folk. She still wears the outlandish garb she acquired in her wanderings: leather armour of unfamiliar make, fur-trimmed pauldrons, and a sturdy cap of hard-boiled leather. She even wears a pack of slender but deadly darts, perfectly weighted for hurling; for on her journey she honed the already impressive accuracy with thrown weapons possessed by all Shire-folk. But now her journey is behind her and she returns at last to the Shire to think back on the strange roads she has walked. Though she is older, wiser, and perhaps just a little bit tougher than she was when she first set out, the best part of being away is coming home again, and returning to her comfortable old routines. Everything old and familiar seems renewed and recovered to her eyes, all the more precious in comparison to the wonders she has seen. Still, it couldn’t hurt to beat the Bounds of the Shire one last time, just to make sure no evils are lurking there.

Roads go ever on and on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.

The Hobbit, “The Last Stage”

Recently I featured an outfit for a travelling Hobbit-lass who had wandered too far away from home into unknown lands and was terrified. But what about those Hobbits who take to such a life? I envisioned this as an outfit for just such a lass. I was really inspired by the helmet, and built the whole outfit around it. There’s something sort of goofy/cute about it I think, but it looks like something a Hobbit might wear as a “serious helm for serious business”.

  • Head: Campaign Hat of the Rider (crafted — tailor T7/Théodred’s Riders reputation), violet
  • Shoulders: Leather Shoulder Guards (looted — world drop/level 49), violet
  • Back: Warden’s Pack (purchased — any outfit vendor), Rivendell green
  • Chest: Radiant Westernesse Armour (crafted — tailor T5; or looted — world drop/general), sienna
  • Hands: Tough Leather Gloves (crafted — tailor T2; or purchased — Bree-town medium armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), violet
  • Legs: Dwarf-make Traveller’s Leggings (crafted — tailor T3; or looted — world drop/general), rust

Tips: The shoulders I used in this outfit can also be found under the name Shoulders of the Sun-lands (world drop). There is a matching pair of gauntlets, but unfortunately the fur trim on these is black rather than orange as it is on the shoulders.

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2 Responses to Beating the Bounds

  1. Elenluin says:

    It’s great that you built it around the helm, it gives her face a real unique look. I’m a bit worried about where her hair disappeared to though :).

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