In the Second Age of Middle-earth, Sauron devised a terrible plan to enslave his most hated foes, the Elves. In a fair guise, he came to the elven realm of Eregion, home to the finest craftsmen and artificers of the Elves, and taught them the deep lore necessary to craft Great Rings. He aided them in crafting two sets of rings: the Seven and the Nine, but in secret, Sauron forged his own Great Ring, One that would control the wearers of all the others. But Sauron’s deception was revealed to the Elves and his plan was foiled. The Elves’ own Three Rings, made without Sauron’s assistance, remained untouched by evil. In terrible wrath, Sauron’s forces attacked Eregion, thus beginning the great War of the Elves and Sauron that lasted for nearly eight years.
This elf-maid is a warrior fighting in the defense of Eregion and of its most respected citizens, the Jewel-smiths. Her armour is nigh impenetrable, crafted by the artificers of Ost-in-Edhil with the friendship and tutelage of the Dwarves of Moria. Burnished mail of both scales and linked chains protects her from the slashing swords of the Orcs, while steel plates turn their arrows and maces. A mighty crested helm protects her face and head. The hood of her cloak is cast back, its long liripipe decorated with a golden mallorn-leaf tassel — a token of friendship of the Elves of Lórinand on the other side of Moria.
I’ve been continuing to play around with the Rift cosmetics that have recently become available, and I was inspired by the epic style of the Guardian-set helm to make a warrior’s outfit from the Second Age. I thought that the Elves of Eregion, with their incredible skills of craftsmanship would surely have devised some truly impressive armour — armour which would no doubt have been sorely tested in their terrible war against Sauron.
- Head: Ceremonial Rift Defender’s Helm (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – heavy), default
- Shoulders: Elven Leather Shoulder Guards of Might (looted –world drop/general), Ered Luin blue
- Back: Cloak of the Mallorn (purchased — LOTRO Store), indigo
- Chest: Crafted Armour (crafted — metalsmith T2; or purchased — Bree-town heavy armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), default
- Hands: Ceremonial Dragon-scale Gloves (bartered — skirmish camps cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – heavy), indigo
- Legs: Leggings of the Galadhrim (crafted — metalsmith T6/Galadhrim reputation), indigo
- Feet: Boots of the Galadhrim (crafted — metalsmith T6/Galadhrim reputation), indigo
Tips: Some other cloaks that I noticed that look great with this outfit are the Festive Azure Cloak (looted — anniversary event/4-year Gift Box) or the similar Reveller’s Gilded Cloak (purchased — LOTRO Store) as well as Nerth-clog (looted — Rise of Isengard instances). All three of these cloaks, dyed indigo, make excellent alternatives to the Cloak of the Mallorn. If you are looking for the medium armour shoulders I used, which are a common world drop, make sure to avoid the (also common) nearly identical pair that have silver trim instead of gold — the gold helps tie the upper part of the outfit in with the lower. The recipes for the leggings and boots used in this outfit are available from the Galadhrim reputation vendor at the docks in Lothlórien. The level 60 Moria heavy armour sets have the same appearance and can be obtained from the Heavy Armour vendor in the Foundations of Stone for a small amount of Medallions of Moria.
TP Giveaway: Don’t forget to comment on one of the outfits posted this week so that your name can be entered in a draw to win a code for 1,550 Turbine Points. I’m making the draw on Monday, 4th June, so make sure to comment before then!