The Wandering Companies of the Third Age were troops of Elves, probably for the most part Noldor, who travelled throughout Eriador on various pilgrimmages. The company encountered by Frodo, Sam, and Pippin in the Woody End was one of these groups. They had undertaken a journey from Rivendell to Emyn Beraid, the Tower Hills, where they had gazed into the palantír of Elostirion for a glimpse of the True West. Other wandering companies may have journeyed to other sites of significance in the history of Middle-earth, such as ruins, grave-sites, or places of great natural beauty.
This Elf-maid is a member of one of the Wandering Companies. A Noldo, she has dwelled in exile in Middle-earth for untold ages. Now she and the remaining folk of her house have set out on their final journey: a pilgrimmage to the Grey Havens and thence along the Straight Road over the Sea, never to return. She is clad in comfortable and practical travelling attire, yet it is still beautifully ornamented and coloured: a short robe of fine wool, intricately dyed in the hues of the sea, and a supple leather waistcoat dyed to match, are complemented by a hooded cloak featuring a fallen oak-leaf motif, symbolic of the fading of the Eldar. Soft boots protect her feet and will leave no trace of her passage when she is gone. Seeking a high place upon a windy ridge, she sings a bittersweet hymn to Elbereth the Star-kindler. Though she longs to return to Aman, it is still difficult to leave behind the tree-woven lands of Middle-earth.
This is a pretty straightforward (but I think effective) travelling outfit. I decided to forego shoulders so that the swirly details on the sleeves of the robe would be visible. I have a pet theory about this robe, the “Short Ranger’s Robe”. There is another robe called the “Short Elven Robe” that comes (or used to come, I’m not sure if it still does) from anniversary gift-boxes. You can see what it looks like on Darzil’s excellent site (third from the bottom in the left-hand column). Based on the appearance of the two robes, I think the names of the two items were accidentally swapped! Of course I could be completely wrong about that, but to me, the Ranger’s robe looks more Elven, and the Elven robe looks more Ranger-y. Did anyone acquire the Short Elven Robe last anniversary? I really hope it will be available this year — I’ve been scouring the auction house looking for it (must… have… it), but to no avail.
- Back: Hooded Cloak of the Fallen Leaves (purchased — LOTRO Store), sea blue
- Chest: Short Ranger’s Robe (looted — anniversary even or spring festival/Gift Boxes), rust
- Hands: Elven Cotton Gloves (crafted — tailor T3; or looted — world drop/general), sea blue
- Feet: Sturdy Elven Leather Boots (crafted — tailor T3; or looted — world drop/general), rust
Tips: If you wanted to go with the hoodless version of the cloak, a choice of headgear that I think would be really effective with this oufit is the Radiant Hat (crafted — tailor T5) or Glamír’s Feathered Hat (quest reward — Ered Luin  The Standing Stone).