Master Locksmith

The race of Dwarves was first made by the Vala Aulë in his overeagerness for incarnate children to teach and to love. When Ilúvatar rebuked Aulë for his act, Aulë repented and sorrowfully prepared to destroy the creatures he had made, but Ilúvatar mercifully spared them. He took the Dwarves as his adopted children and granted them the Secret Fire, allowing them to have life and being of their own separate from Aulë’s. But because they were made by Aulë, himself a maker, the Dwarves have always been drawn to smithcraft and artifice, to “things made by hands and by cunning and by magic”. Perhaps, then, there were some Dwarves who were masters of locks and clever devices meant to protect the legendary hoards of their race. At the same time, though they did not excel at burglary, perhaps some of these Dwarvish craftsmen could put their skill to use in obtaining lost riches rather than defending them.

This Dwarf is a master locksmith and has ventured into the ruined dwarf-mansion of Khazad-Dûm, the ancient halls now lost to his people. He seeks to brave the Deeps and reclaim riches long left abandoned, the gold and silver lying dull and unglinting in the eternal darkness. Several expeditions have been mounted over the years to reclaim the halls, but so far none have succeeded. Perhaps a single adventurous Dwarf may succeed in recovering some of the lost hoards where larger companies, such as Balin’s, failed. He is clad in light linen clothing to give him ease of movement and comfort during his explorations. A bandolier pinned to his shirt holds his fine locksmith’s tools should he require them to disarm any locks or other protective devices. A hood and enamelled steel mask protect his identity, for not all would approve of his endeavour. He bears a large rucksack slung over his back to carry any treasure he recovers; it is marked “GOLD” in the runes of the Angerthas Moria. He is prepared. He will bring the lost gold and jewels of Khazad-Dûm out of the dark, so they may gleam and sparkle once more under light of sun and star and moon!

I wanted to do an outfit that plays on the avarice and covetousness of the Dwarves, and to do something a little more roguish than your typical warrior-dwarf. I’m really happy with the way this turned out, and I love the treasure rucksack. It has some really  nice details if you zoom in and take a good look when you’re wearing it. In addition to the runes spelling out gold (I guess Dwarves are pretty literal), there is a small tear in one side of the rucksack, exposing the coins within; and the top of the sack has a drawstring and a leather lip sewn on with strong stitching. I think it’s a really nice cosmetic.

  • Head: Leather Helm of the Leaping Stag (quest reward — Dunland [66] Passage Into Dunland), red
  • Shoulders: Dwarf-make Linen Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T2; or looted — world drop/general), crimson
  • Back: Treasure Hunter’s Rucksack (bartered — treasure hunt base camp rewards vendor), indigo
  • Chest: Shirt of the Mighty Verse (bartered — Twenty-first Hall Minstrel trainer), grey
  • Hands: Rhymer’s Gloves (bartered — Echad Andestel Minstrel trader or Caras Galadhon Minstrel trainer or Ost Galadh Minstrel trainer), gold
  • Legs: Dwarf-make Linen Leggings (crafted — tailor T2; or purchased — Thorin’s Hall light armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), black
  • Feet: Boots of Determination (looted — world drop/general), indigo

Tips: The hooded mask used in this outfit shares its appearance with several other Dunland quest rewards. You may also be able to find at auction a purple version which drops from the Rise of Isengard instance cluster, named Dolen-helm. It seems quite rare, and I’ve only seen it on the auction house once. The Treasure Hunter’s Rucksack is a cosmetic item from the new treasure hunt event, which should be running several times throughout the year. So far, the events have been pretty short in duration, and we don’t get a lot of notice, so keep an eye on the official forums or on Twitter @lotro for the announcements. If you’ve attended the treasure hunt, you could also replace the rucksack with the Treasure Hunter’s Satchel, which is also a back item, but appears as a gold-filled satchel on your character’s left hip. The gloves in this outfit have the same appearance as the Gloves of the Mighty Verse (bartered — Twenty-first Hall Minstrel trainer). The boots I used in this outfit seem to match the Dwarf-make Linen Armour set, but are not craftable or, as far as I can tell, obtainable in any way other than as a fairly rare world drop. It’s too bad, because I think they’re really nice-looking Dwarf-boots.

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10 Responses to Master Locksmith

  1. Tinu says:

    Nice 🙂 I never thought of dying the ministrel moria set but it looks very good *makes mental note*

  2. Elenluin says:

    I’ll need to be more careful in Moria, Warning : Rogue Dwarves. That said he’s smartly dressed, even though going into the black pit :).

  3. Danica says:

    How perfect! I’m in the process of unraveling the riddles and locks left by Falgeirr Twisttongue and his friend, Melkólf Stonecarver. This dwarf could be one of their long-lost descendants.

  4. DarkJackal says:

    That creation story really makes it plain what underdogs the dwarves were in Middle-earth. So nice to know they were going to be destroyed by their own creator, but were spared by the whim of the big cheese. *Sigh* And folk wonder why they have such a chip on their shoulders.

    Anyway, this is such a startlingly awesome outfit. I’m too much a coward to use colors so boldly, but I’m glad you have no fear. 🙂 The mask is just too cool on a dwarf!

    I laugh every time I ride my treasure-laden beasts with all of their sacks of gold with tears in the sides. If I’m so rich now, why can’t I afford a needle and thread to patch them??

    • Yeah, it’s a great story. 🙂 My favourite things about it are 1) that it recalls some elements of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac; and 2) when Aulë tells Ilúvatar (paraphrased) that it is not mockery when a child plays at doing his father’s work, but the natural way of things, because he is made in the image of a maker; and 3) how it underlines the difference between creating — which only Ilúvatar can do — and mere making.

      Anyway, thanks for the kind words DarkJackal. 🙂 Don’t be afraid of colour, embrace the gaudiness!

      • DarkJackal says:

        I was thinking the same thing about Isaac and Abraham (which I also had a moral problem with!) It’s not a perfect parallel, but certainly some elements.

        My characters are all Goths! I will try to throw some color in (once in a while).

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