Keepers of Moria: Peak-steward

Khazad-dûm, the Dwarrowdelf, was truly a wonder in its day. Mine, workplace, and residence of the Longbeards, it was vast and intricate beyond the imagining of outsiders. While passing through Moria on their dark journey, surrounded by impenetrable darkness and the fathomless weight of the stone and earth of the mountains, Gandalf told the company that there were many wells and streams within Moria, and indeed they could hear water churning down a deep pit, “as if some great mill-wheel were turning in the depths” — the Water-works. In the upper levels, there were “great windows on the mountain-side, and shafts leading out to the light”, where the three peaks of Moria were enveloped in clouds and swirling winds. The lower levels were hot with flames and smoke, perhaps home to the forges of Khazad-dûm, and below them, at unimaginable depths, the Foundations of Stone. Dwarrowdelf, wondrous mansion of the dwarves, was alive with the elements of Arda.

Durin’s Tower, carved from the living rock of the peak of Zirakzigil the Silvertine, loomed high above steep mountain slopes, into which windows and shafts brought natural sunlight to the upper levels of Dwarves’ delvings. Turbine has extrapolated Khazad-dûm’s lighting system to include a network of cleverly angled serial mirrors that reflect light into the deeper reaches of the Dwarrowdelf; the main workings of the network are found in the Mirror-halls of Lumul-nar. In the days before the fall of Khazad-dûm, the workings of these halls would have required careful tending. This dwarf is a peak-steward, responsible for braving the snowy, wind-blasted, cloud-shrouded heights to ensure that the windows and shafts remain intact and unobstructed so that the Dwarrowdelf may be filled with light. He also checks the mechanisms of Lumul-nar for any damage and carries out preventive maintenance. A sure-footed mountaineer, he has a practiced eye for detecting tell-tale signs of potential avalanches so that necessary protective measures can be taken if possible. He wears warm, fur-trimmed garments in colours of icy blue and snowy white, reinforced with some armour plating, for at times dangerous creatures stalk the slopes. His cloak shows a glittering pattern reminiscent of the swirling winds and snows of the peaks, and his head is warmed by a padded and pom-pommed cap that also shields his ears and neck.

This outfit is the second in a four-part series called the Keepers of Moria, based on special positions I imagine could have existed among the dwarves responsible for the maintenance of Khazad-dûm. Each outfit also refers to one of the four classic elements; this one represents the element of air. It turned out that the peak of Zirakzigil is a difficult place to get a good screenshot! The weather was not cooperating while I was there and the beasts were hostile to my still-leveling dwarf model. I had to carefully position him beside cliffs or chunks of debris to reduce the blizzard conditions, but fortunately, it seemed like his warm clothes were just the thing to wear when venturing out onto the mountain top! Sadly, due to the particulars of Zirakzigil’s topography, it wasn’t as interesting a setting for screenshots as I’d imagined. Still, I hope the outfit itself pleases!

  • Head: Radiant Hat (crafted — tailor T5; or looted — world drop), default
  • Shoulders: Leather Shoulder-guards of the Leaping Stag (quest reward — Dunland [66] Plunderer’s Plunder), sea blue
  • Back: Yule Hoodless Cloak (bartered — Yule festival barter vendor/cosmetic cloaks), sea blue
  • Chest: Ceremonial Leijona Armour (crafted — tailor T5/Lossoth reputation), orange
  • Hands: Ceremonial Gloves of the Aurochs (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – medium), sea blue
  • Legs: Ceremonial Leggings of the Aurochs (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – medium), sea blue
  • Feet: Ceremonial Ajokoira Shoes (crafted — tailor T5/Lossoth reputation), orange

Tips: The shoulders used in this outfit can be obtained, by various names, from several quests in Dunland. They can also be obtained as Lynx-hide Shoulder Pads (bartered — Galtrev, Forthbrond or Grimbold’s Camp Rohirrim quartermaster/Théodred’s Riders reputation). The pieces from the Armour of the Aurochs (the Helegrod Hunter set) are available in both statted armour and cosmetic versions at skirmish camps. Recipes for the Lossoth reputation items (Ajokoira and Leijona sets) can be obtained from the Lossoth light and medium armour vendors, respectively, in the Great Lodge in Sûri-kylä. The ceremonial version of the Ajokoira armour is also available for purchase in the LOTRO Store.

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22 Responses to Keepers of Moria: Peak-steward

  1. Great colours and his beard looks like icicles! The hat always reminds me of a harlequin which makes him a bit of a funny character. He’s certainly not a fighter but more of an oddball doing his work out in the cold. I also love to seek out difficult and dangerous places to take my screenshots. My elf hunter lost his Undying title to a sickle-fly that way, ha ha!

    • Thanks Hymne! I love that you saw what I was trying to do with the beard. 😀

      I seem to remember my minstrel lost Undying to a bat of all things between Scary and Budgeford. I thought it would be safe to park on the road while I got a cup of tea. Nope! Damn those low-level critters, /shakefist! 😛

  2. Laenlis says:

    Poor spokesDwarf! That said, he sacrificed for a hoot of an outfit. I really like it, especially with the hat and the icicle-looking beard. Great stuff! I am enjoying this series immensely.

  3. You can never have enough Dwarf!
    Great to see a collection of outfits for Dwarves as they are difficult to dress up, they can be far too broad and bow legged for alot of outfits. Love the back story of these outfits, can’t wait to see the rest of the series.

  4. Ivy says:

    I love this one! He looks very happy and proud of his post, and his clothes look both functional and stylish. It’s so well put together it could almost a uniform. Your creations show an intelligent sense of style, I love them. 🙂

  5. Baranwen says:

    Great use for the sea blue dye (it slowly has became one of my fav colours). And again, a sweet approach to dwarf style. They can’t always be as metal-hard as they seem to be.

    • You’re right, I think this guy looks like he’s probably very jolly and cuddly when he comes in from the cold to a roaring fire. He’s probably the type of Dwarf to have dimples and rosy cheeks! 🙂

  6. Theofried says:

    Dwarfs are a challenge but you are up to it 🙂
    And to me he doesn´t look jolly. More of a no nonsense type of gu ywho would coldly ask any other dwarf mocking him for wearing furs and leather instead of mail: Ever tried to work a whole day out there in a blizzard with the mailshirt touching your skin?
    Can´t wait to see the rest of the series 🙂

  7. I just love the blue! Maybe he’s actually a lady dwarf though 😉

  8. Freyjuska says:

    that’s probably the cutest dwarf I’ve ever seen 🙂 the colors fit perfectly and I won’t add more comments on the icicle beard, because he might start to blush 🙂

  9. nimesis says:

    This is fab, really makes me want to roll a Dwarf, as it were ;))

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