Avarin Scout

The Avari, sometimes called the East-elves, were those who, after the awakening of the Quendi, were unwilling to answer the summons of the Valar to travel West to Aman. They were drawn mostly from the third clan of Elves (the Nelyar), but there were also a number drawn from the second clan (the Tatyar). The other elves gave them the name Avari, meaning ‘the Refusers’. The Avari remained in the East and over time splintered into separate tribes with their own distinct tongues. They were a rustic, wild folk, and they were the first people encountered by the fledgling race of Men, to whom they taught the rudiments of civilization. The names of six Avarin tribes are known, as well as the fact that there were three disctinct groups of Avarin languages (West-, North-, and East-Avarin), but beyond this the Avari did not come into the tales of Middle-earth, though some of the westernmost of them merged with the Nandor of the Anduin vales to become the Silvan Elves.

This Elf belongs to one of the westernmost Avarin tribes, whose languages were closest to the Eldarin tongues — possibly the Penni tribe, since the word penni was also found in the tongue of the Silvan Elves. It has been speculated that the most western-dwelling of the Avari lived in the land of Dorwinion, so perhaps that is whence hails this elf. Being one of the western Avari, his garb is not entirely dissimilar to that of the Eldar, the West-elves, and recalls, perhaps, the rustic clothing of the Silvan Elves. He wears serviceable but coarsely-stitched linens and leathers in dark grey and black hues, allowing him to move unseen through the dark eastern forests of his homeland. Thus concealed, he is able to descry the movements of his people’s foes — and, if circumstances allow, to eliminate them with a piercing shot from his bow. A simple hood covers his head, and the whole array is decorated with a leaf motif. Like the Avari as a people, he is a fleeting, shadowy image, hard to pin down, and mysterious.

It was time for an outfit fit for an elven scout, and the dark colours in this one made me think of the mysterious Avari — one of the various groups of elves who never saw the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor, thus were numbered among the Moriquendi, the Dark-elves.  Little is known about the Avari beyond the names of the six tribes, which are all cognates of the Quenya word Quendi (Kindi, Cuind, Hwenti, Windan, Kinn-lai, and Penni). Nevertheless, the Avari inspire a certain fascination for many people, it seems. I think it’s a testament to the subcreative success of Tolkien’s Secondary World that concepts with only a few snippets written about them can inspire so much curiosity in the reader.

  • Head: Ceremonial Shadow-stalker Helm (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – medium), grey
  • Shoulders: Footman’s Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T6), rust
  • Back: Sturdy Elven Quiver (crafted — tailor T2/spring festival Red Gift Box), grey
  • Chest: Cloth Vest (looted — world drop/general), black
  • Hands: Scout’s Gloves (crafted — tailor T6), grey
  • Legs: Beast-master Leggings (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – light), black
  • Feet: Footman’s Boots (crafted — tailor T6), grey

Tips: As an alternative to the Shadow-stalker Helm, you could use the Cap of Harmony (quest reward — epic [60] Volume 2, Book 8, Chapter 3: A Relic in Lumul-nar), which has the same appearance, or you could use the vendor-purchased or world drop cowl that has the same skin but lacks the gold trim. The recipe for the quiver used to drop from Red Flower Gift Boxes rewarded from the spring festival flower-picking quest, but it’s now available as the Quiver of Caras Galadhon (bartered –Talan Fanuidhol barterer; or purchased — LOTRO Store).

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9 Responses to Avarin Scout

  1. I love those leggings! They don’t see the light of day very often and they’re very nice and Elvish. You made a great dark scout with them. The helmet is also available as Cap of Harmony, reward from the Epic Volume II Book 8 in Moria.

    • Excellent, it’s always great to know other places to pick up these appearances that are a bit more on the rare side! I’ll add that in to the post in case anyone else is looking for an alternative way to pick up the hood. Thanks for the tip Hymne!

  2. Fionnuala says:

    I confess to being one of those with a fascination for the Avari. One of my characters I play as an Avari, though it has been a long time now that she finally did come over the mountains into the west of Middle-earth. (Her story is complicated.)

    Great job with another great lore inspired outfit.

    • Thanks Fionnuala! 🙂

      It’s so much fun to do these little thought exercises where you can take a concept that’s little explored in the books and then logically extrapolate how it might work for a character. I bet you have had a great time crafting your Avar’s story. 🙂

  3. Baranwen says:

    Great outfit. Im a crazy for that type of hat. I didn’t know that it was an improved model on higher level.

    I have a sort of request to ask you. I love your style, and I like that you try to use pieces of lower levels. I wonder, what outfit would you set up to accompany the Eglain Rep Horse? For a man or woman, of course. I like that horse because is rustic and different, with all those freckles.

    • Thanks so much Baranwen, I really appreciate your kind words. 🙂

      I love the Eglain horse too, it’s so pretty. I’d be thrilled to put together an outfit to go with it. I’ll start thinking about it and I’ll post the outfit when I’ve figured something out! 🙂

  4. DarkJackal says:

    Perfect matching of all the stitching details and the gold accents!

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