Hill-kern of Angmar

The Hill-men were the descendants of the indigenous Men who inhabited Middle-earth before the return of the Númenóreans. The Dunlendings were one branch of Hill-men; the ancestors of the Men of Bree, another. In the Third Age, the Hill-men of northern Eriador became subjects of the kingdom of Arnor, but after Arnor fell, the Hill-men of Rhudaur turned to evil and allied with the realm of Angmar. In LOTRO, Turbine has presented some of the descendants of Rhudaurian Hill-men as having remained in the service of Angmar (such as the Corcur and the Trév Duvárdain), while others (such as the Trév Gallorg, and presumably additional clans, though we do not meet them) have returned to an independent, nomadic lifestyle in the very shadow of the land of Angmar. According to the LOTRO Lorebook, these clans established a neutral settlement, “a great tent city they named Aughaire, the Meeting-place. Here, the clans trade in furs, meats and produce, medicines, and slaves.”

This man is a kern, a warrior not yet come into his inheritance who leads a semi-independent warband known as a fian. During summers, his fian hunts wild aurochs in the hills of Angmar and makes ritual war on enemy clans and fianna, but now, in the winter, they are guests of the Trév Gallorg and fed and quartered in Aughaire in exchange for their military services as needed. To guard against the cold winter of Angmar, he wears a warm, fur-lined long kilt, and a fur-trimmed cloak, boots, and pauldrons. An intricately inlaid breastplate protects him in battle, along with boiled leather vambraces and an iron helm topped with a white horsehair crest. Winding his mighty aurochs-horn, he cuts an imposing figure, both to rival warbands and to folk from lands further south.

Whereas Wednesday’s outfit was meant to be a more humble, “back-to-basics” look, this one is an attempt at a more dramatic, epic-looking ensemble. I’ve been really interested in making a Hill-man outfit, and the specifics of this one are inspired by the clothing worn by the Hill-man chieftains in Angmar, like Crannog and the evil Domongart. Also, I like the ways that Turbine has built upon the existing lore of the Hill-men by incorporating Gaelic cultural elements into their story, and, true to Tolkien’s scheme of linguistic analogues, using Gaelic names and words (seemingly both Irish and Scottish, from what I can tell) to represent their language. For this outfit, I’ve extended Turbine’s extrapolation into my context story by referencing traditional Gaelic warriors, the kerns (Middle Irish ceithern), and warbands, the fianna.

  • Head: Gleaming Westernesse Helm (looted — world drop/level 46), orange
  • Shoulders: Ceremonial Leijona Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T5/Lossoth reputation), black
  • Back: Warm Winter Cloak (bartered — Yule festival barter vendor/cosmetic cloaks), sienna
  • Chest: Dragon-scale Breastplate (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – heavy), black
  • Hands: Pever-durnvol (looted — Rise of Isengard instance cluster), rust
  • Legs: Rhymer’s Trousers (Echad Andestel Minstrel trader or Caras Galadhon Minstrel trainer or Ost Galadh Minstrel trainer), black
  • Feet: Ceremonial Ajokoira Shoes (crafted — tailor T5/Lossoth reputation), orange
  • Device: Horn of the Dwarrowdelf (pre-order — Mines of Moria)

Tips: The gloves used in this outfit have the same appearance as several Dunland quest rewards. I was surprised to find that with Update 7, released this past Monday, the Horn of the Dwarrowdelf received an update to its animation. I think it looks pretty cool now! I haven’t checked yet to see if the animations for champion and captain horns was similarly updated. If anyone happens to know, please do share!

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18 Responses to Hill-kern of Angmar

  1. Moraiwë says:

    Oh yeah, make this RIGHT after I start purging winter items out of my wardrobe to make room for any new spring cosmetics! 😀

    Seriously, do you know if any outfitter or crafted helms share the appearance of this very striking one, or is it just a matter of luck to find one?

    • Wardrobe space is a cruel mistress! 😛 (Turbine, if you are reading, we must… have… more!!)

      Unfortunately I have only ever seen this helm as a world drop. It’s level 46, so that may be a good guideline of areas to look for it. I see it crop up on the auction house from time to time, and that’s where I got mine. I’m not sure if it’s available as a quest reward or anything, maybe if anyone else knows they will chime in!

      After work this evening I’ll have a look at the skirmish camp as well to see if it might be available from the heavy armour vendor.

  2. Another truly awesome outfit! I really really like this! Very unique and I’m impressed by the strange mixture of colours and textures that work so well together. Very well done!
    @Moraiwe: the helmet appears as a reward in Volume 1 somewhere, but I forgot exactly where or what it was called, only remember it was during one of the quest lines that play in Angmar.
    I’ll have to log my champ to see about the horns and let you know the results.

    • Just tested: the Champion’s Horn has the same old animation. He has the Dwarrowdelf Horn too and that looks like your picture. Great discovery of a very nice cosmetic change!

    • Thanks so much Hymne for the praise, and thank you for confirming about the horns. Great tip with the helm too — it’s such a nice cosmetic, so always great to know a less random way to pick it up than praying for a lucky drop! 🙂

    • Fionnuala says:

      I don’t think it’s the same design. It’s similar, but not the same. I have that Volume 1 helm on my Warden. It’s called Faerchar.

  3. Iaksones says:

    <– Mind Blown

    Great outfit

  4. DarkJackal says:

    That is seriously striking and entirely original!! This absolutely looks like a character you would meet in-game!

  5. Tullamore says:

    Wow, this is amazing! Well done! I’m really loving the leggings, but don’t have them 😦 do you know of any similar to these?

    • Thanks so much Tullamore, and welcome! 😀

      I used the Minstrel leggings from the three-piece Dol Guldur set, which look the same as the Vile Maw Minstrel set. Beyond that, just about all of the Moria instance cluster sets have the same basic shape, just different patterns and colours. You might have to play around with dye colours, but the lower level Moria pices are pretty easy to get, needing only three Medallions of Moria each. Check out each class’s sets on Darzil’s site to see what they all look like.

      Beyond those, you could also try the Clanweave Leggings, which are a reward from Dunland questing and are also a long skirt-like piece, though they don’t give quite the same effect. You can pick those up under several different names from several different quests. Devonna wrote a great guide about which quests reward the various pieces here.

      I hope you’re able to find something that works for you Tullamore, good luck! 🙂

      • Tullamore says:

        Thank you for being so helpful and replying so quickly! 🙂 and ive got the clanweave but its so true, just not quite the same effect. 🙂 i will take all your splendid advice into account, keep up your brilliant work, i’m terrible at creating outfits and your are my saving grace!

  6. Lasswen says:

    Awesome helm, shall have to make sure I keep an eye out when playing alts through Book I. Really like the Gaelic inclusions in your story too.

  7. fbclotro says:

    Wow! What an incredible combination of pieces. Who would have known the Rhymer’s Trousers went so well with that chest piece? Exceptional…

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