Battle of the Five Armies: Bow-master of Thranduil

In late November, IIIA 2941, the dragon Smaug the Golden was slain by Bard the Bowman of Esgaroth. Smaug had been occupying the dwarf-halls of the Lonely Mountain for nearly two hundred years, and with his death his vast hoard of treasure was left unguarded. Thorin, the rightful heir to the throne of Erebor, claimed the treasure, but the Men of Esgaroth, with Bard conducting negotiations for the Master of Lake-town, also claimed a portion of the treasure as reparations for the destruction of their town and stocks and as were-gild for the townsfolk who were killed by the dragon. The Elvenking of the Woodland Realm, Thranduil, also set out to seize the treasure, believing there was no one left alive with a claim to it; but when he heard of the plight of the Lake-men, his army turned aside to aid them. When negotiations failed and an army of dwarves from the Iron Hills under the command of Dáin Ironfoot arrived to reinforce Thorin, it appeared that battle would erupt with the dwarves on one side and the men and elves on the other. Yet these three Free Peoples remembered their friendship and united once again when two further armies arrived to seize the treasure: the goblins and wargs of the Misty Mountains.

The elf is one the bow-masters in the army of Thranduil. He wears leather armour sturdy enough to protect him from enemy weapons, yet light enough to allow him to employ his natural speed and grace. His plumed helm of tooled leather is equipped with hinged cheek-guards and matches the design of his leather jack. His colours are the hues of autumn, rusts and browns with touches of reds and greens; and his cloak decorated with the falling leaves of his forest home. He wields a recurved bow of simple make but great strength, and in his skilled hands, it is a deadly weapon indeed.

Today’s outfit is the first in a three-part collection based on the Battle of the Five Armies. Inspiration for this outfit came when I noticed that the patterned leather portion of the helm from the Hunter’s Rift set reminded me of the patterns on one of the chest pieces found as a quest reward in Dunland.

  • Head: Ceremonial Doom-hunter’s Helm (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – medium), dark green
  • Shoulders: Elven Outrider’s Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T3; or looted — world drop/general), umber
  • Back: Cloak of the Falling Leaves (bartered — Harvestmath fall festival trader/cosmetic clothing), sienna
  • Chest: Disused Robe of the Dunland Soothsayer (quest reward — Dunland [67] The Slovenly Work of Mange-rider), rust
  • Hands: Gauntlets of the Golden Wood (crafted — tailor T7/Galadhrim reputation), olive
  • Legs: Elven Outrider’s Leggings (crafted — tailor T3; or looted — world drop/general), orange
  • Feet: Elven Campaigner’s Boots (crafted — tailor T5; or looted — world drop/general), sienna

Tips: The Disused Robe of the Dunland Soothsayer is available (by a number of different names) from several quests throughout Dunland. It is also available as the Rider’s Silken Shirt (bartered — Galtrev, Forthbrond or Grimbold’s Camp Rohirrim quartermaster). The gloves used in this outfit have the same appearance as the ones from the level 60 Mines of Moria instance cluster medium armour sets.

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10 Responses to Battle of the Five Armies: Bow-master of Thranduil

  1. I like this ensemble! You brough the green accents from the cloak into the rest of the outfit and it coordinates really well. The colours are soft and natural. Very nice!

  2. Fionnuala says:

    Great use of that cloak! And I really like those gloves. I haven’t seen them before. Are they the medium armor?

    • Thank you Fionnuala! Yes, the gloves are medium armour, and you can get the recipe for them from the “crafting guild emissary” at the vinyards in Lothlorien. I believe you need to be Friend standing with the Galadhrim and also have high standing with the Tailor’s Guild, but I can’t remember which rep level exactly.

  3. epicgwyn says:

    I love the helm, and the way it gives the whole outfit a distinctly woodsy, Sindarin look — and at the same time, very organized-military rather than just “wandering hunter.”

    Was your model already wearing a short hairstyle, or is that an effect of the helm? Also, do you think the look would still work with olive dye on the cloak?

    • Thanks Moraiwë!

      This elf has long hair under there. This is one of those helms that pretty much completely hides the hair. The cloak looks really nice in olive too, and I do think the whole look would work with olive on the cloak. Maybe thematically it would take it to an “early autumn” look instead of a “mid-to-late-autumn” look. 😉

  4. Freyjuska says:

    the chest and helm seem like they were made for each other! I’m not sure about the cloak and the leggings though :/ I’ve always loved the falling leaves cloak texture, but somehow it always seems to me like it was cut off a paper and put ingame. however, I don’t think I could make better composition using it, I was always scared of it ;D

    • Haha, I know what you mean about the cloak, I’ve always been a bit baffled by it! This was my (maybe not entirely successful) attempt to use it. On the other hand, I was really happy about the helm/chest combo, and glad you liked it too! 🙂

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