Woman of the Woods

The Woodmen of Rhovanion lived in the wilderland east of Greenwood the Great, where they maintained a loose realm, the Kingdom of Rhovanion. Like the other Northmen, they were allies of the Men of Gondor; in fact one Woodwoman, Vidumavi, the daughter of the King of Rhovanion, was wed to Valacar, son of King Rómendacil II of Gondor. Later in the Third Age, the kingdom was overthrown by the Wainriders from the East, and although Gondor came to the aid of the Woodmen and delivered them from the Wainriders, Rhovanion was weakened. The Great Plague of IIIA 1636 further weakened the kingdom and finally, when Greenwood the Great became known as Mirkwood with the rise of a Dark Power, the kingdom failed. From then on, Rhovanion came to refer to all of Wilderland east of the Misty Mountains, and the remaining Woodmen scattered,  dwelling mostly under the western eaves of Mirkwood, probably in small clannish homesteads or villages.

This woman is one of the Woodmen of western Mirkwood, though of not nearly as high birth as Vidumavi. Though not a trained warrior, she is a highly skilled tracker and woodland survivalist, deft with snare and trap. Many in her village depend upon the small animals she catches, for both their meat and their pelts. Her greatest victory of all was over a small brown bear caught in one of her traps; she now wears the skin of its head as a fearsome cap. She also has an affinity for wolves and has embroidered their likeness on her fur-trimmed cloak. Rather than fearing and hating them, as do many men, she reveres them as the most skilled of forest hunters and aspires to their level of mastery — that is, those wolves which have not fallen under the sway of the Necromancer of Dol Guldur.

This is a companion outfit to Woodman of the East. I was trying to come up with something that looks like it could belong to the same culture while still being a distinct outfit. Also, it was a great reason to use these leggings (which I think are fantastic looking!) and to revisit the Woodmen, whom I find especially intriguing.

  • Head: Visage of the Bear (purchased — LOTRO Store), umber
  • Shoulders: Westfold Campaign Shoulder Pads (crafted — tailor T7), washed
  • Back: Cloak of the Mountain Wolves (purchased — LOTRO Store), umber
  • Chest: Sturdy Dwarf-make Leather Armour (crafted — tailor T3; or purchased — Thorin’s Hall medium armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), white
  • Hands: Isengard Prisoner Gloves (quest reward — epic [72] Volume 3, Book 4, Chapter 25: Final Preparations), umber
  • Legs: Threadbare Leggings of the Dunland Healer (quest reward — Dunland [67] Better Late Than Never), white
  • Feet: Brushed Boots (crafted — tailor 7), umber

Tips: The Visage of the Bear is unfortunately only available in the LOTRO Store; if you prefer a non-Store option, you could use Avornhar (quest reward — Hunter [15] The Hunter’s Path) or any of the similar world drops. The leggings I used in the outfit can be obtained from several quests throughout Dunland. Finally, alternative pairs of boots that would look great would be the Boots of the Eorlingas, Boots of the Helmingas, or Boots of the Westfold (all pre-order — Rise of Isengard).

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5 Responses to Woman of the Woods

  1. Fionnuala says:

    This is very creative. I’ve been trying to figure out how to use those leggings for some time. They’re so interesting. But I haven’t figured it out yet. You did it so well!

  2. lotrosavvy says:

    Oh my gosh this outfit is incredible, I love everything about it! :O Fantastic find for the helm! ❤

  3. I think I saw this exact outfit on sale on the Manikins a year ago, I they must have loved it 🙂 Love the fur. Cannot get enough fur!!!

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