Eglan-provider

The Eglain are an invention of Turbine to provide a source of quests in the Lonelands. According to the LOTRO Lorebook entry on Ost Guruth, the Eglain are “descendants of an ancient people who have forsaken the towns and cities of ‘civilized’ folk and choose to live as free men in the wild. They scavenge trinkets and relics from the remnants of Arnor to trade for the necessities of life.” Meaning “forsaken ones”, Eglain (singular Eglan) is a Sindarin word and therefore may be the term used by either the Rangers or the Elves of Rivendell (or both). Despite the Sindarin name, the Eglain are Men, and their own names (for example Frideric, Léoflac, Waltmaer, Swetstan) are Germanic in character, suggesting that they are descended from the Northmen of old. Perhaps they were a group left behind and thus “forsaken” when the rest of the Éothéod migrated south into the plains of Calenardhon in IIIA 2510. Some of these “forsaken ones” might then have crossed the Misty Mountains and come into the Lonelands where they now ply their scavenging trade.

This woman is one of the Eglain’s most pre-eminent relic-hunters. Based in the Eglain’s current ruin-hold, the Rhudaurian fortress of Ost Guruth, she often saddles her prized freckled steed and rides out by herself into the Lonelands in search of likely sites to excavate. Arnorian ruins dot the landscape, as well as ruins of two of Arnor’s successor-realms, Rhudaur and Cardolan. She knows that these are the best places to dig up potsherds, old coins, jewellery, weapons, and other artefacts. She has a good eye for these items, knowing which have the most value when traded to collectors and scholars in the Bree-land. Her many trades have provided well for her people — food, blankets, clothing, weapons, and even livestock.

Today, she has taken a longer ride than usual to come to the hill of Weathertop, site of an ancient ruined watchtower of Arnor. She is sensibly attired for her dig in tall, supple boots and leather breeches with a quilted seat and knees — these provide both durability and comfort while sifting through her excavation sites. Over her soft linen shirt she wears a boiled leather cuirass for protection. At her side is a small satchel in which to keep her uncovered treasures, but most of her gear is usually packed on her faithful steed. Should she encounter any goblins or vile half-orcs, she can dispatch them swiftly at need with a heavy blow from her iron shovel.

Last week Baranwen, who’s been one of my wonderful readers since the early days of The Starry Mantle, mentioned how much she liked the Prized Eglan-steed and wondered what kind of outfit would I suggest to match it. I love this steed too, so I was thrilled to challenge myself to come up with something suitable. This was one of those outfits that are such a pleasure to put together and I must admit I’m extremely happy with the results! The only hard part was trying to decide which screenshots to show you all. I usually select four shots for each outfit, but this time I squeezed in one more, so you get an extra paragraph of my rambling with today’s outfit!

  • Head: Cowl (purchased — Thorin’s Hall light armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), rust
  • Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle (quest reward — Dunland [72] Silent Riders), sienna
  • Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel (bartered — treasure hunt base camp reward vendor), default
  • Chest: Westernesse Leather Shirt of Vigour (looted — world drop/general), washed
  • Hands: Barrow-scout’s Gauntlets (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Great Barrow – armour set), sienna
  • Legs: Guardsman’s Light Leggings of Adlan (bartered — skirmish camp light armour quartermaster/level 53), sienna
  • Feet: Glossy Leather Boots (purchased — Bree-town outfit vendor), washed
  • Implement: Long-handled Shovel (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/cosmetic items)
  • Steed: Prized Eglan-horse (purchased — Ost Guruth rewards vendor/Eglain reputation)

Tips: The Noble’s Woolen Mantle has the same appearance as several other Dunland quest rewards. If you don’t have access to it, any of the light armour wrap-style shoulders (crafted, world drop, or vendor) would make a great alternative. If you don’t have access to the Treasure Hunter’s Satchel (which is a back-slot item), any of the various backpacks or prospector’s packs (outfit vendor, crafted, or Store) would look great with this outfit as well — I might recommend the Elven Prospector’s Pack (crafted — tailor T3). I used the chest piece shown in the outfit because I liked the short-sleeved look, but it could easily be replaced with the Westernesse Protector’s Armour (crafted — tailor T5), which is exactly the same except that it has long sleeves. The gloves have the same appearance as the ones from the Arthdúr Armour (bartered — Gath Forthnír medium armour vendor). The leggings in this outfit have the same appearance as Elladan’s Leggings Elladan’s Leggings (quest reward — epic [38] Volume 1, Book 4, Chapter 2: The Missing Rider). The boots have the same appearance as Limdail (quest reward — Angmar [44] Bloodwing) and the Elegant Leather Boots (purchased — LOTRO Store).

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26 Responses to Eglan-provider

  1. Oh wow, those are awesome screenshots. And I had no idea you can ride a horse with a shovel in your hand. I’m still in love with those leggings, they are so unique! You made a great outfit for them. The only thing I don’t like is the cap. It fits the outfit but I don’t care for the design with the pony tail.

  2. Devonna says:

    These screenshots are amazing and you have matched the Eglain steed so well with this outfit. I loved the background info you provided about the Eglain. 5 stars, I love it! 🙂

  3. Elenluin says:

    The eglain steed is my favourite too, you matched it very well with your outfit. Weathertop provides a nice background.

  4. mephet says:

    Simply amazing! 🙂 I’ve always liked that chest piece for its colours and texture, and I love how it fits this outfit and how everything is perfectly matched. I don’t have this mount yet, but this post definitely makes me want to get it. Is completing quests/tasks the only way to get Eglain rep?

    • Thanks Mephet!

      In addition to quests and tasks, you can also re-run the three Garth Agarwen instances as well as do the Stand at Amon Sûl skirmish, but the quickest way is to craft your way to kindred. You can purchase a repeatable quest from the rep reward vendor in Ost Guruth depending on your crafting profession. Each profession needs to craft a small number of T3 items and turn them in to the rep vendor, and each turn-in gives you 700 faction rep. Purchasing the quest costs 20 silver plus the cost of the materials you will use up.

      I was about halfway through Ally when I wanted to pick up the horse, so I needed I think about 20,000 reputation to get to Kindred. I had to craft something like 180 T3 leather braces, which took about 20 minutes, half an hour. Nice and easy! 😀

    • DarkJackal says:

      Here is a good reference from The Khazadguard about how to craft your way to Kindred.
      thekhazadguard.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/the-eglain-rep-grind/
      My level 70 minstrel is currently slaughtering all the Aurochs in the North Downs to get Sturdy Hides so that my 35 hunter can turn them into Sturdy leather, and then she passes them onto my 26 dwarf to make into bindings for the turn in. Very time consuming. Hope you are a cook!

    • mephet says:

      Thank you both for your answers! I had no idea that all crafting professions can make rep items for the Eglain. Guess I’ll have to level up my main’s tailoring sometime soon (she’s an explorer). 🙂

  5. Baranwen says:

    Oh, oh, its already posted! How cool! Thanks so much to take the idea into consideration. I must confess I had a dear toon waiting for this, and now I can try to get the pieces and pull together this lovely outfit. And you’ve used the cowl! And luckily this toon likes to collect prospector’s packs, so I will consider your suggestions.
    I did not know the eglain were not part of the lore, although I found difficult to understand why their names had different roots from the Breelanders of the Dunedain. Its like a culture that can use of more development maybe.
    Thank you again, and I will bother you again in the future! 🙂

    • You’re most welcome Baranwen! I remembered that you said you like the cowl (as do I!) so of course I just had to incorporate that, plus the trim around the neck of the cowl is one of the few other items in-game that perfectly matches the shirt on the unwashed chest piece.

      I had a great time putting this outfit together. I hope you like it and can get most of the pieces or alternatives without too much trouble! 😀

  6. DarkJackal says:

    This outfit (and story) speak to me more than I would expect, since the Eglain are only creations of Turbine. But the former archaeology student in me really wants to live the life of a treasure hunter, just once. One of my favorite things about the game is the sense of history they have worked into it.
    Outfit-wise I love all the warm browns, and the shovel!! *dies*

    And that blasted steed! I wish I didn’t like it so much, but ever since Turbine offered a one day preview of those mounts, I decided my dwarf can’t live without it. I’ve already spent days working on building reputation with the Eglain to get it. Such a pain!

    But with your interesting back-story in mind, working through the normally dull as dirt Lonelands may not be as terrible.

    • Thanks DarkJackal! I completely agree with you about the sense of history in LOTRO, and it’s fitting they were able to evoke that since that is one of the huge draws of Tolkien’s stories for me, and I think a lot of people.

      But anyway, take heart! — Once you do all the Lonelands quests you won’t be too far off from your new horse — just a half hour of crafting or so! It’s quite doable! 😀

  7. Lindael says:

    Wow! Beautiful outfit! All the pieces match so well with each other!

  8. Tinu says:

    Very nicely matched 🙂 And I like how it correspondents with the horse.

  9. amarithia says:

    Probably a dumb question, but I’m a new player so I’m allowed 😛

    Can you dismount your horse and interact with it? Or is that just a cleverly taken screenshot?

    • Hi Amarithia, that’s not a dumb question at all. 🙂

      Unfortunately it’s just a cleverly taken screenshot (if I may say so about my own screenshot) during the mounting/dismounting animation. There’s no way to interact with your mount other than by riding it as of yet. But who knows, maybe this will change when Riders of Rohan launches this fall! Fingers crossed.

      Welcome to the blog! 😀

  10. kyokou says:

    I have always wondered what kind of an outfit would look good with that horse. I have it on my main toon, my mini, but now I want it for my lore master as well! Good job! 😀

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