Bullroarer

Bandobras “the Bullroarer” Took was the second son of the twenty-third Thain of the Shire, Isumbras III. Bandobras must have been quite a personality to have earned the epithet “the Bullroarer” — or perhaps have had a very loud voice, for a bullroarer is a type of ancient musical instrument consisting of a slat of wood tied to a long rope; when twirled overhead it produces a droning noise that can be heard over great distances. Bandobras the Bullroarer was, famously, tall enough to ride a horse, but his greatest feat was certainly his defeat of Golfimbul, the goblin-king of Mount Gram, in the Battle of Greenfields in IIIA 2747. The story goes that, with his club, the Bullroarer struck off Golfimbul’s head, which then rolled down a rabbit hole thus inventing the game of golf. Bandobras never became the Thain, in spite of his military success; he was the Thain’s second son and the Thainship went to his elder brother.

Here we see the Bullroarer preparing for the defense of the Greenfields from the invading goblin-host from Mount Gram. This was the first battle ever to be fought within the Shire (and the last, until the Battle of Bywater in IIIA 3019). The Bullroarer is armoured in mail reinforced with leather plates in the Hobbits’ favoured colours of green and gold. A smooth steel helm and pauldrons further protect him from the wicked weapons of the goblins. He wields a stout wooden shield and club, both reinforced with metal bands, and both deadly in the hands of this bold hobbit.

When looking for possible inspiration for a warrior-hobbit’s outfit, I naturally thought of Bandobras the Bullroarer. I imagined that perhaps when the office of Thain of the Shire had been established after the fall of Arnor, centuries before the Bullroarer’s time, the newly organized Rangers may have provided the new Thain with armour for himself and his retainers — armour that no doubt was stored in the Mathom House for many years until needed. Thus, this outfit is a companion piece to Thain of the Shire, which I envisioned as the Thain’s ceremonial armour; this more utilitarian suit, worn by his son in real battle, is perhaps less ornate but more protective. I have tried to make them look as though they are part of a related set.

  • Head: Steel Helm (crafted — metalsmith T3; or looted — world drop/general), forest green
  • Shoulders: Ornate Pauldrons of the Dunland Swordsman (quest reward — Dunland [71] The Avanc), rust
  • Back: Rough Cloth Cloak (crafted — tailor T1; or purchased — Bree-land light armour vendor; or looted — world drop), forest green
  • Chest: Ceremonial Breastplate of the West-tower (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Annúminas cosmetic clothing), default
  • Hands: Steel Gloves (crafted — metalsmith T3; or purchased — Ost Forod heavy armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), sienna
  • Legs: Warrior’s Leggings (looted — world drop/general), forest green

Tips: The shoulders in this outfit have the same appearance as several other Dunland quest rewards. The leggings that I used are similar to the Steel Leggings (crafted — metalsmith T3) with the important difference that the ones used in the outfit retain the brownish trim areas even when dyed different colours. I feel this is important to the balance of the outfit, but you can find these leggings as a world drop under various names.

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6 Responses to Bullroarer

  1. I think you did a great job on this combination, it suits him quite well! I’m not sure that Bullroarer would have used such an elaborate design on his cuirass, but since I’m not into lore appropriate outfits, I think this is awesome!

    • Thanks Hymne. 🙂 You’re probably right about the elaborateness of the design. My mental justification was that the Men of Arnor made the armour and presented it to the Thain… but really I just thought it looked good!

      Actually, the design reminds me of an artichoke, so it kind of makes me laugh! 😛

  2. Fredin Twofoot of Laurelin says:

    Love the outfit!

    As a nice little side notes, the Gauntlets of the Bullroar have exactly the same model as the Steel Gloves which I think is great! So within the context of the game, you did get a bit of the lore right too! Haha!

    • Hi Fredin, welcome to the blog and thanks for your kind comment. That’s a most excellent coincidence with the name of gauntlets! 😀 Thanks so much for letting me know, I love stuff like that.

      • Fredin Twofoot of Laurelin says:

        Glad to have been of service however I must apologise, it’s not exactly the same, the Bullroar’s Gauntlets are more of a bronze metal coloured chain than a steel however I think dyeing the head rust to match the shoulder and the bronze metal of the gauntlets works well, making the outer armour look a bit more worn and rugged!

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