Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three,
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.
— The Lord of the Rings 3:XI
In Gondor at the end of the Third Age, much of the old lore lore brought from across the sea by the Númenóreans of old was preserved only in the tales of old wives and in rhymes of lore. Yet there remained learned Men, lore-masters wise in the deep and secret knowledge of the past.
This man is one such sage. As a scribe and archivist in the service of the Steward Denethor II, he is granted unrivalled access to the deep vaults of lore kept at Minas Tirith. His clothing is fine, as befits a learned man of the City: a long tunic of black satin worn beneath a robe of fine quilted black wool. A silver belt girdles his waist, and upon his shoulders is a mantle of fine grey fox-fur, for it can be chill in deep vaults. He also wears a black rationale striped with gold and embelleshed with an elaborate collar of the finest, lightest steel. A circlet of silver wire set with polished jet and a beautifully embroidered cloak complete his array.
This outfit is a retroactive “His and Hers” paired with Grammarian of Gondor. The outfit came together because I wanted to find a really good use for the shoulder piece, which is one of my absolute favourite designs in the game but which I find a bit tricky to fit into outfits. I think I love the piece so much because there’s so much going on with it, and it shows the level of research the LOTRO designers have done. Like many of the light armour pieces from the Moria instance cluster, it seems to take some cues from the vestments of Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Judaism. In this case, under the metal collar and the fur, there is a rationale, with two frontal belts or strips and two side strips, one over each arm. It just shows the designers’ great attention to detail and dedication to finding new shapes for cosmetics that still manage to look fantastic but are based on real, believeable garments.
- Head: Turquoise Summer Circlet (purchased — LOTRO Store), black
- Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulders of the Stone-student (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Moria cosmetic clothing – light), black
- Back: Veteran Guardsman’s Cape (bartered — skirmish camp jewellery and cloaks quartermaster/level 53), black
- Chest: Robe of Viisaus (quest reward — epic  Volume 1, Book 13, Chapter 4: The Hand of Angmar), black
- Hands: Westfold Campaign Gloves (crafted — tailor T7), grey
- Feet: Treated Elven Shoes (looted — world drop/general), black
Tips: I used the Store version of the Turquoise Summer Circlet, but it is also available for barter reward during the Lithedays festival. The bartered version, however, is not dyeable. The shoulders used in this outfit have the same appearance as the ones from the other level 58 Mines of Moria instance cluster light armour sets. The cloak in this outfit has the same appearance as the Warden’s Wrap (purchased — Tinnudir Wardens of Annúminas reputation vendor) and Tarchol (looted — Dark Delvings/Void-eater). The Robe of Viisaus (which means “wisdom” in Finnish) can be earned as a quest reward or can be purchased in the Store as a cosmetic item. It changed appearance last year, as reported on Cosmetic LOTRO, and while many expressed disappointment about the change, the robe has not been restored to its old appearance. Personally, I for the most part prefer the “new” look of the robe, but I also like the old look with its unusual dye channels and I hope that one day both versions will be available for people to enjoy.