Bladebearer of Eregion

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.

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52 Responses to Bladebearer of Eregion

  1. I like the way you were able to blend pieces from several sets and world drops into an outfit that looks like it was meant to be together. Of course, now I feel like I *need* that store cloak… 😀

  2. Tinu says:

    Very nice 🙂 I like how the bronce, gold and blue go together

  3. I love this outfit! The blue is beautiful, and it really makes it all gel together. Nicely done 🙂

  4. C.T. says:

    Might I suggest listing the weapons/shields displayed in your shots as well? The absence of a proper cosmetic weapon system notwithstanding, I pay just as much attention to what I’m wielding as to what I’m wearing!

    • Absolutely and good suggestion! I do list the names of shields if I use them, but I’ve only given the names of the weapons where the weapon has been calculated as part of the outfit itself — for example the Gandalf outfit, where his staff is key.

      I will definitely start listing the weapons I’m using in all posts where a weapon is shown — I comlpetely agree that it makes a difference to the overall look. I’m still holding out hope for cosmetic weapons and shields. Maybe someday! 🙂

      I’ll get back this evening with the name of this particular sword.

    • Sorry for the delay C, was just able to check on the sword. It’s a Claymore of Arda, a level 20-something world drop. 🙂

      • C.T. says:

        Ah, a world drop? I dread to hear those words due to the random nature of the items’ appearances.

        Nonetheless, thanks for following up, and good work! I have never in my 19 months on LoTRO found a use for indigo dye, so this getup was very refreshing to my eyes.

  5. Freyjuska says:

    very nice, epic and dangerously looking outfit! I also love the choice of indigo, it’s refreshing to see other shade of blue besides the “new blues” such as Ered Luin blue, Evendim blue etc. 🙂

  6. Baranwen says:

    So powerful outfit! It really seems like a whole pre-made set of armour. Well done!

  7. Nice-looking outfit:)

  8. Sade Lyrate says:

    Have to agree with Ketani: you’ve succeeded well in fitting the bits and pieces together. 🙂

    This is the moment I lament the fact jewelry isn’t visible…. it would be awesome if, instead of just the plain scale armour, she’d have a pendant or (tiny) chestplate. Something to really tie the chest piece into the rest of it. Hmmm…

    Also wondering when LotRO’s going to offer either the possibility of hiding weapons when out of combat/in a safe zone or cosmetic weapons. :p

    • Hi Sade, thank you and welcome! 🙂

      I’d love to be able to hide weapons/shields out of combat, too. I envision it could be done on each outfit tab as part of a hypothetical improvement to the cosmetic system. I have crafting and “regular citizen” outfits for each of my characters and would love to have weapons automatically hidden on those outfit tabs.

  9. Kenny Yeager says:

    Wow. That’s really cool. I stumbled across your website yesterday, and I’m so glad I did. The amount of work you put into these outfits (and writing the lore behind them) is awesome. Love this getup a lot. Really does look like it was supposed to be a set. Great work! 😀

  10. Rakuno says:

    Usually, I don’t associate elves much with warriors. With archers and mages, yes. But warriors? Eh, not so much.

    Part of it I guess is because I usually don’t see them as much in media. Or if I do it is usually with an armor set that could be worn by pretty much any other race and it would still be the same thing. This outfit however has a more elven touch to it. So I don’t see a dwarf or a hobbit wearing it. Maybe a human without so many morals who wouldn’t mind “borrowing” it…

    In any case, this looks like a pretty cool outfit. 🙂

  11. Zearrail says:

    The Armour really goes well with the cloak. I bet it looks cool in black too. 🙂

  12. Laenlis says:

    I absolutely love this. The sleek, metallic look, the colors, the majesty of it. And you’ve hit upon one of the most chilling periods in Arda history (IMHO). Every time I go through the book quests and chance upon either the mural or the shade of Annatar the Gift-giver, I shiver. Beautifully done.

  13. booklover777 says:

    The outfit is beautiful, very elven looking!

  14. Very beautiful and balanced outfit. Love the blue and the cloak really brings it together. Just wanted to say this, but I don’t want to enter the draw for TP! 😀

  15. Olav says:

    Another great outfit! I love the Rift-cosmetics =)

  16. Ellohir says:

    Nice outfit! I like how the cloack is hooded but at the same times let’s you show the helmet 😀

  17. I’ve never been a big fan of the plain chain-mail chest pieces, but this one works really nicely with the leggings. I love the cloak, as well.

  18. Moraiwë says:

    Don’t kill me, but you have an itty bitty little typo. You meant that her armour is “nigh impenetrable,” but your spellchecker, bless its idiot little sense of duty, changed that to “night impenetrable” as if it only works at night!

    If it’s any comfort, the absolute worst typo I have ever seen was in a paper submitted to me by a student who wrote that Christianity’s Seventh Commandment said, “Thou shalt NOW commit adultery.” Eep.

    • Whoops, thanks for catching that Moraiwë! All fixed. Lol-ing at the adultery commandment. 😛

      • Moraiwë says:

        I love teaching. I love it. But it boggles my mind when an otherwise bright first-year college student hands me a paper that contains three references to “Dr. Martian Luther King.”

        I’m also meant to tell you that my boyfriend, Angamarth of Arkenstone, really likes this outfit. We’re always looking for suitably heroic heavy armour for his Elf Champion, and I think this design may be a winner because the blue on the legs visually counterbalances the top-heavy look of Elf boys.

  19. Yulan says:

    This helm is awesome!

  20. Felanduil says:

    very nice! I made a very nice looking outfit myself using several of those pieces….would you consider posting it if i sent you some screens and you approved of it’s awesomeness?

    • Hi Felanduil, thank you for your comment and welcome! 😀

      I would love to see your outfit, but I wonder if I could refer you to Freyjuska’s or Devonna’s blogs. They both have guest submissions as a core part of their “blog identities”, Frey with guest contributors and Dev with the “Friends of the LOTRO Stylist” blog. I would hate to step on their toes!

  21. Thiago says:

    really nice one. just not really sure about the shoulder armor…

  22. Fionnuala says:

    Wow, you really managed to make that awful dingy piece of scale armor look good by pairing it with more ostentatious pieces. good job!

  23. mephet says:

    I love how *everything* matches, it makes this outfit really stand out of the crowd. 🙂 The paragraphs on the lore are great too and fit this outfit well – the style and colours are perfect for Eregion, I think.

  24. Wernwulf says:

    Lovely outfit … great color work, well-chosen items. *thumbs up*

  25. A beautiful outfit that is certainly evocative of the story you are telling.

  26. It’s so awesome to hear from each of you! Thank you all for your lovely comments, and my apologies for not being able to respond individually to each one. 🙂

    If you haven’t commented yet for a chance at the TP, feel free to drop a line here, or you can wait until tomorrow’s outfit or Friday’s.

    Cheers everyone! 🙂

  27. csebold says:

    Love this blog, has made it easier for fashion duffers like myself to look presentable and find something decent to wear (even for heavily armed hobbits). Practically everything I see on this site gives me ideas, and happy that so many things you feature don’t absolutely require Turbine Points. Thanks for everything you do.

  28. Hallrandthir says:

    Most impressive

  29. Lethareth says:

    I’m not a big fan of indigo, but this is a nice outfit. I think my favorite color is forest green.

  30. Lasswen says:

    I think you have done a great job here of bring the different mail together. I always enjoy reading your posts as much as looking at the pics and outfits too.

  31. lotrosavvy says:

    Beautiful outfit ❤ I love that such a low level item is used for the chest piece as i find outfitting with those difficult due to the colour, but you've matched everything perfectly 😀

  32. Any thoughts on a non-store cloak for this outfit?

  33. Leandir of Gladden says:

    Too bad my Hunter can’t pull this off. I do like the Helm though!

  34. Eldarion says:

    I have not followed your blog as closely as some of the other LOTRO cosmetic blogs, but it has attracted my attention more and more lately with its emphasis on lore-based outfits. As a lore geek and one who always tries to ensure my own characters’ outfits are lore-appropriate, that emphasis is much appreciated. Lovely combination of armor here. Keep up the good work!

  35. Elinnea says:

    Lovely, I like how the head, chest and legs go so well together. I had to look closely and check the list of pieces to be sure they weren’t made as a set. It’s nice to see an outfit that combines a deep colour with a neutral base without looking wacky. 🙂

  36. preludeinz says:

    I love that style of chestpiece, and I love to see it work without the awful leggings it’s meant to match!

  37. iardi says:

    very nice

  38. Iaksones says:

    I like how you were able to make all the pieces match the color scheme of the helmet so well!

  39. gildric says:

    very nicely done. i wonder how long it took to create te total armour set because none except for the shoulderpads are easily found or obtained just great

    • Thank you very much Gildric and welcome to the blog! 😀

      This one’s not too bad to put together. As you mentioned, the shoulders are pretty easy to find as a world drop or by crafting them (same with the chest piece). The legs and boots can be crafted but you need to have reputation with the Galadhrim to buy the recipes. If you don’t, you can sometimes find these pieces at the auction house. The cloak is from the Store, and then the helm and gloves can be purchased with medallions from the cosmetics vendors at the skirmish camps. Hope that helps a bit!

  40. Frindir says:

    Here is my attempt (I couldn’t find some things, so compensated for it):

    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=110758685

    • Looks great! 😀 Welcome to the blog Frindir, and thank you so much for sending in your screenshot! It’s always wonderful to know that someone’s enjoyed an outfit enough to wear in-game. Cheers! 🙂

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