The Fellowship of the Ring was the company chosen by Elrond Halfelven to protect and guide the Ring-bearer on his quest to destroy the One Ring in the fire of Mount Doom. The company was composed of nine, and all of the Free Peoples were represented: Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin for the Hobbits; Legolas for the Elves; Gimli for the Dwarves; Aragorn and Boromir for Men; and Gandalf.
Legolas, son of the Elvenking of the Woodland Realm, came to Rivendell bearing tidings that Gollum, the prisoner guarded by his people, had escaped. Legolas therefore sat in on the Council of Elrond to present this information, and later was appointed to the fellowship of the Nine Walkers. Legolas and his family were of Sindarin origin but they had taken on the customs and lifestyle of their Silvan subjects and were therefore more rustic than, say, Elrond’s people. Legolas was initially described as a “strange elf clad in green and brown”. Frodo noted that he “had no boots, but wore only light shoes”. At the company’s departure from Rivendell, he was armed with his small bow and “at his belt a long white knife”. He was “fair of face beyond the measure of Men” and “tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong … endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, … hardy and resistant to hurt … the most tireless of all the fellowship”. Seen here, Legolas is strolling beneath the stars in Rivendell, enjoying the crisp late autumn air and contemplating the journey soon to come.
Today’s outfit is the fifth in a collection based on the Fellowship of the Ring. I have to point out how much I love the passage in one of Tolkien’s letters, quoted above, where Tolkien was reacting (wrathfully) to a “delicate” portrayal of Legolas, as opposed to the physically powerful Elves of his own imagination. One thing Tolkien did leave to the reader’s imagination is Legolas’s hair colour (his father is described as having golden hair, but this is unusual for the normally dark-haired Sindar), but I have dodged that thorny question by giving him a hood! Another thing this outfit has made me reflect on is how difficult I find it to take good outfit screenshots in Rivendell. For one thing, it is very hard to find a spot where the horizon is visible, and the background is inevitably very busy, as there is a lot of detail in Rivendell. Plus, at most times of day, there is a slight environmental haze, and all these things together tend to make outfit screenshots look a little indistinct. I actually captured and edited two sets of screenshots for this outfit. The first was during the daytime but I wasn’t happy with them because of the reasons I’ve just mentioned, so I decided to make a second attempt with some night shots in one of the few places in Rivendell where a horizon is possible.
- Head: Golden Host Helmet (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), gold
- Shoulders: Golden Host Shoulder Pads (crafted — tailor T6/Malledhrim reputation), gold
- Back: Sturdy Elven Quiver (crafted — tailor T2/spring festival Red Gift Box), Ranger green
- Chest: Jacket of the Shade-finder (quest reward — Great River  A Matter of Honour), gold
- Hands: Gloves of Forbidden Love (quest reward — Great River  A Reasonable Request), Ranger green
- Legs: Leggings of the Golden Wood (crafted — tailor T6/Galadhrim reputation), Ranger green
- Feet: Treasure-hunter’s Shoes (crafted — tailor T6), Ranger green
Tips: The Golden Host pieces used in this outfit are crafted using recipes available from the Malledhrim reputation barter NPC in Ost Galadh once you have reached Friend standing with that faction. The recipe for the quiver used to drop from Red Flower Gift Boxes rewarded from the spring festival flower-picking quest, but it’s now available as the Quiver of Caras Galadhon (bartered –Talan Fanuidhol barterer; or purchased — LOTRO Store). The chest piece and gloves are quest rewards from the Great River region; items with the same appearance were formerly available as part of the level 65 medium armour PvMP sets available in the Ettenmoors. The leggings used in this outfit are from the Golden Wood set, the recipe for which is available from the Galadhrim reputation barter NPC in Caras Galadhon, also at Friend standing. The leggings from the level 60 medium armour sets from the Moria instance cluster share the same appearance and are available from Burglar, Hunter, and Warden class trainers in the Twenty-first Hall and medium-armour traders in the Foundations of Stone.
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!