In the First Age, the Edain counted some of their number among the Wise. Of the Wise, some were wise-women, who often remained unwed, but during their lives they chose successors to whom they would pass their wisdom. The Wise, both men and women, learned the history, legends, and lore of the Edain according to the various traditions to which they belonged. One such tradition, that of the House of Marech, was the only one to preserve the legend of the original Fall of Man. Though it seems the legacy of the Wise came to be largely forgotten in Gondor by the end of the Third Age (except by old wives such as Ioreth of the Houses of Healing), perhaps it was kept alive or revived by the Dúnedain of the North, particularly after the fall of Arnor, when oral transmission of the old tales would have been of extreme importance to the Rangers in preserving their way of life.

This wise-woman of the northern Dúnedain carries on the tradition of old. Ensconced in the crumbling library of Esteldín, where such few Arnorian texts as could be collected are kept, she teaches the lore of Westernesse and of the Fathers of Men to young Rangers. She wears a long black and white gown of heavy embroidered cloth, cinched at the waist with a well-worn belt of the softest leather. A mantle and wimple provide warmth in the drafty ruined library, and a splendidly woven cloak denotes her respected status as a wise-woman. Though she remains unwed, she has been guiding her sister-daughter in learning the old lore, just as her own mother’s sister taught her and so on, all the way back to the time of Aranarth, first Chieftain of the Dúnedain.

I recently read Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth, “the Debate of Finrod and Andreth”, an excellent and very moving eschatological piece which can be found in Morgoth’s Ring (volume 10 of The History of Middle-earth). I love this piece, which describes among other things Andreth and Adanel, two wise-women of the Edain, and it inspired me to put together a suitable outfit for lady counted among the Wise.

  • Head: Ceremonial Hat of the Stone-student (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Moria cosmetic clothing – light), grey
  • Shoulders: Noriel’s Folly (quest reward — Great River [7o] The Orcs Attack), grey
  • Back: Torahammas’ Cloak (crafted — tailor T5), white
  • Chest: Robe of the Learned Stag (quest reward — Dunland [66] A Widow’s Last Hope), white
  • Hands: Leather Bracers of the Gentle Stag (quest reward — Dunland [66] The Village Burns), grey
  • Feet: Treated Elven Leather Shoes (looted — world drop/general), black

Tips: The hat used in this outfit has the same appearance as the ones from the other level 58 Mines of Moria instance cluster light armour sets. The shoulders were formerly available as part of the level 65 Ettenmoors light armour sets. The robe and bracers used in this outfit have the same appearances as several other Dunland quest rewards. In addition, the robe can also be obtained as the Robe of Countless Stars (bartered — Galtrev Dunlending quartermaster/Men of Dunland reputation). If you prefer a more feminine look than the robe used in this outfit, I noticed that the Elegant Formal Dress (purchased — LOTRO Store) makes a very nice alternative if you play around with the dye colours a little bit.

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6 Responses to Wise-woman

  1. Very lovely! Been standing near those book shelves quite often with my scholar. She looks very regal and wise and the Torahamma’s cloak fits well with the theme. I still think it looks odd though, dyed white, as if she washed it on the wrong laundry cycle. I do like how the shoulders cover up the print on the lapel as it makes the robe look a tiny bit different from its familiar appearance, even though I like this robe as is very much too. When Devonna made her first RoI outfit she chose the same items, only with furry shoulders which are a very nice match as well. Well done!

    • D’oh! Man, I gotta take a tour of everyone’s blogs to remind myself what outfits have been posted. I’m not surprised though, I imagine a lot of people thought of that particular hat when the robe became available with RoI, it’s a nice combination. 🙂

      • I considered it myself and even wore it in game! It’s a lovely combination indeed, and repeating certain items and combinations is unavoidable. Actually it only stands to prove that the combination works!

  2. Fionnuala says:

    I’m glad you liked the Athrabeth! It’s one of my absolutely favorite pieces of Tolkien’s writing. And your wise woman is lovely. That robe is a favorite of mine.

  3. Lasswen says:

    A much loved robe I’m yet to get, and I hadn’t seen that head piece yet. Great combination and story again. I really need to have a go at the instances!

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