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  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  Volume 1, Book 4, Chapter 2: The Missing Rider). The boots have the same appearance as Limdail (quest reward — Angmar  Bloodwing) and the Elegant Leather Boots (purchased — LOTRO Store).