Warden of the Exiles

Ages ago, ere the Moon and Sun had yet risen, there was unrest among the Elves of Aman when the Two Trees of Valinor, golden Laurelin and silver Telperion, were destroyed by Melkor the Morgoth. The Noldo Fëanor, greatest of his kind, then rebelled against the Valar and swore a terrible oath to pursue Morgoth to Middle-earth and make war on him. He set forth from the city of Tirion upon Túna with most of the Noldor following him and they seized the white ships of the Teleri in the terrible Kinslaying. After that dreadful slaughter, the Valar allowed the Noldor to leave Aman, but the Doom of Mandos was pronounced upon them, and they would be unable to return without the pardon of the Powers of Arda. Fëanor and his closest followers set sail in the white ships, betraying and leaving behind the people of Fingolfin, Fëanor’s half-brother, to make their way on foot across the Grinding Ice of Helcaraxë. This was a frozen land of “vast fogs and mists of deathly cold, [where] the sea-streams were filled with clashing hills of ice and the grinding of ice deep-sunken”, perilous and deadly even to creatures as hardy as the mighty Noldor.

This elf-maid is one of Fingolfin’s folk. Caught up along with her kin in dreams of living in the wide lands of Middle-earth under the dominion of the Princes of Noldor and away from the authority of the Valar, she has now become an exile from the bliss of Aman. The path ahead of the Exiles is deadly and lit only by the light of the stars, for the Sun and the Moon have not yet been made. A courageous spirit and a body of great strength and vitality make her an ideal warrior to help protect her fellow Exiles as they make their way across the shifting pack-ice. She is clad in garments crafted with Elven-skill so as to confer warmth without bulkiness: fur-lined trousers and a jacket with a crossover closure secured by golden toggles. Her hooded cloak, woven by the maidens of her people especially for the crossing of the ice, features an embroidered depiction the landscape through which they will travel. It is trimmed with the softest, warmest red foxfur, as are her gauntlets. She bears a mighty shield and a long spear to defend against any dangerous predators that might be encountered upon the ice. Morgoth after all passed this way too, and it is possible that his passage awoke evil spirits of ice and darkness. Thanks to the betrayal of her people by the Fëanorians, the trek of the Exiles will be deadly, but she is determined to see them alive to the lands of Middle-earth.

This is a cold-weather outfit that I’ve been using for some time on my warden. I took a set of screenshots for this post and then had to go back and take a second set when I realized that the Moon was visible in the shots — and of course the Moon had not yet risen during the Exiles’ crossing of Helcaraxë! The cloak used in the outfit has a crescent moon in the sky of the scene depicted on its back; I’ve edited that out for continuity’s sake as well.

  • Shoulders: Elven Steel Shoulder Guards (crafted — metalsmith T3; or purchased — Rivendell heavy armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), sea blue
  • Back: Cloak of Winter Nights (purchased — LOTRO Store), sea blue
  • Chest: Rock-climber’s Armour (crafted — tailor T6), red
  • Hands: Snow-dusted Travelling Gloves (bartered — Yule festival barter vendor/cosmetic clothing), yellow
  • Legs: Ceremonial Ajokoira Leggings (crafted — tailor T5/Lossoth reputation), white
  • Feet: Rochwen’s Boots (quest reward — Trollshaws [34] Some Disease Affects Them), grey

Tips: If you don’t have access to the Snow-dusted Travelling Gloves, which I have chosen because their fur trim matches that of the cloak, a good alternative are the Ceremonial Ajokoira Gloves (crafted — tailor T5/Lossoth reputation), dyed white.

Wardrobe Update! This outfit has been updated.

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4 Responses to Warden of the Exiles

  1. Omg the screenshots make this cloak really stand out as the horizon matches the pattern. Very beautiful! I’m not so fond of the sudden red in her chest and leggings as it seems to clash a bit with the soft and diffused tones of the rest of the outfit. Maybe it’s the lighting in Forochel but I was expecting something more pastel perhaps. The screenshots are really awesome.

    • Thanks Hymne! Yes, it’s possible using the medium or heavy Lossoth leggings and then changing the dye colour of the chest piece might make this a more successful outfit. The whole thing came together when I noticed that the chest goes very nicely with the legs (red, white and gold), but of course the undyeable portion of the legs is red, so I went with red up top as well to try to make it seem like one piece. I like the effect but I agree with you that it does not exactly blend with the environment!

  2. Baranwen says:

    Great idea for an outfit!
    Although, I must say I think in red as a “fëanorian” colour. I use to see the “fingolfians” (is that even a word? lol) wearing blue. I don’t remember now if there’s a passage about it.
    But anyway, nice work.

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