Golden Mallorn-sentry

I sang of leaves, of leaves of gold, and leaves of gold there grew:
Of wind I sang, a wind there came and in the branches blew

— “Galadriel’s Song of Eldamar”, The Lord of the Rings 2:VIII

Mallorn-trees, large and beautiful, originally had grown only on Tol Eressëa and in Valinor (and were later brought to the west coast of Númenor). They had smooth, silver bark and many strong limbs growing horizontally from the single trunk before curving slightly upward. Their leaves were like those of beeches but greater, and in spring and summer were pale green on top with silver undersides. In autumn, the leaves turned golden but did not fall, remaining on the tree throughout the winter before falling in the spring when the new green and silver leaves budded along with clusters of golden blossoms, which remained through the summer. The Lady Galadriel brought mallorn-nuts to the Silvan realm of Lórinand and she encouraged their growth with her will and her song. Galadriel’s mellyrn grew to great hights, becoming central to the way of life of the Galadhrim, who built their dwellings on flets cradled in the mighty branches. Lórinand then became known as Lothlórien, for it was the flowering of the dreams of Galadriel. With the gold-and-silver mellyrn flourishing here and nowhere else in Middle-earth, Lothlórien recalled Valinor in the West and the memory of its Two Trees of Silver and Gold, long out of reach, but never forgotten.

This elf-maid is a sentry of the mellyrn. Now that orcs out of Dol Guldur harry the edges of the Golden Wood, she is sworn to protect and defend both the borders of Lórien and its majestic trees. Her panoply of gold and silver-grey is so coloured to recall the trees in her care; her helm is crowned with a spray of golden leaves, and she wears a golden leaf-pin at her throat. While she patrols the edges of the wood, no orc shall sully the beauty of the trees of Lórien!

I was experimenting with signature looks for my champion and I wanted to go all-out gold to show her Lothlórien origin. Tolkien described mallorn-leaves as being like great beech-leaves (which are obtuse to ovate in shape), but Turbine has unfortunately followed the New Line films’ depiction instead which portrayed mallorn-leaves as having a hastate shape. Nevertheless, this led to a cool realisation for me. I always thought of the helm I used in this outfit as representing a sunburst, but looking closely the decorative tines are shaped very much like hastate-shaped leaves! Although not true to Tolkien’s description, I will still excited by the observation and realised I was onto a good theme. The Festive Azure Cloak doesn’t really have a lot to do thematically with the outfit, but it dyes such a brilliant gold colour that I had to use it.

  • Head: Helm of Vigour (looted — world drop/general), gold
  • Shoulders: Songmaster’s Shoulders (bartered — Ost Galadh Minstrel trainer), white
  • Back: Festive Azure Cloak (looted — anniversary event/4-year Gift Box), gold
  • Chest: Hauberk of the Rugged Clansman (bartered — skirmish camp heavy armour quartermaster/Odothuilan campaign armour), white
  • Hands: Gauntlets of the Galadhrim (crafted — metalsmith T6/Galadhrim reputation), gold
  • Legs: Elven Steel Leggings (crafted — metalsmith T3; or looted — world drop; or purchased — Rivendell heavy armour vendor), gold
  • Feet: Boots of the Galadhrim (crafted — metalsmith T6/Galadhrim reputation), gold

Tips: The Songmaster’s Shoulders share their appearance with Shoulders of the Lady’s Grace (bartered — Caras Galadhon Minstrel trainer). If you don’t have the Festive Azure Cloak (or the similar Reveller’s Gilded Cloak, which was available for a time from the LOTRO Store), or if you would prefer something that ties in a little better with the leaf-theme of this outfit, you could use the hoodless version of the Cloak of the Mallorn (purchased — LOTRO Store). It would look nice in gold, but I also really like it in white or grey with this outfit. If you don’t mind hiding the helm, another option might be the Lothlórien Hooded Cloak of the Preserver or the Lothlórien Hooded Cloak of the Sentinel (both crafted — tailor T6/Galadhrim reputation). The Galadhrim gloves and boots used in this outfit have the same appearance as the ones from the level 60 Mines of Moria instance cluster heavy armour sets.

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21 Responses to Golden Mallorn-sentry

  1. Kenny Yeager says:

    Oooh. I like this one a lot! 🙂

  2. Leeann says:

    I love this one, very elegant and I think it’s perfect for Lorien-based charachter.

  3. Oooh this is beautiful! The details with the leaves are so special and fitting. How did you happen upon that helmet? I’ve seen it maybe twice in all the time I play Lotro. Wonderful outfit, very Lothlorien. Love it!

    • Thanks so much Hymne! 🙂 I came across the helm at the auction house quite a long time ago. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it “in the wild”. It’s too bad it’s so rare, it’s a really cool helm.

  4. Elenluin says:

    It’s very Lorienish! I love that song too. The version from Tolkien Ensemble is nice and there’s even a really short version that was made by Chance Thomas for ‘Middle-earth Online’ but wasn’t used in LOTRO.

    • Oooh, I love the Tolkien Ensemble. 😀 I haven’t heard Chance Thomas’s take on it, but I’ll have to check it out. There is a piece in the (awesome) Lord of the Rings stage musical that incorporates lines from Galadriel’s song too, it’s excellent!

  5. Iaksones says:

    A classic Turbine helmet there!

    Nice use of the chestpiece too. Every time I sit down and try to work that into an outfit, I throw my hands up in exasperation.

  6. firestorm953 says:

    Wow, the helmet is my favorite part about this one. It sort of looks like a golden indian chief’s hat lol 🙂

  7. fbclotro says:

    The helmet! Haha! I mentioned in a recent post on my blog I saw a Dwarf with this amazing sunburst helmet that I’ve never seen before. I’m so glad other people know it exists too.

  8. Laenlis says:

    OMG, this is Elf to the extreeeeeme. I love the HAT. With you I always have to put HAT in capital letters. I really like the way everything works together, both in color and shape. Well done!

  9. Sade says:

    This one works very, very well. You’ve been able to combine items of vastly different origins and create a whole that just…works. Here’s an elven tank, no question about it, at home in her surroundings, without losing one bit of her elvishness.
    Especially the second picture does the get-up and the character justice, imo. Gotta love those dance-emotes. 🙂

    • Thank you Sade! I posted that second shot in the “show us your outfit” thread on the LOTRO forums this morning and someone commented that she looks like she’s wearing a Statue of Liberty hat while doing a pee-pee dance. Lol! Now that I’ve seen it, I can’t un-see it! 😛

      • Sade says:

        Forums are how I found out you’ve made another outfit. 😉

        To me, that looks like she’s been on her way through the woods, and has heard in the middle of her stride a sound that’s out of place. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? :p

  10. Moraiwë says:

    Look at you, going all Pre-Raphaelite! 😉

  11. Freyjuska says:

    love this so much! you found a perfect and even lore-fitting use for that helmet. i myself tried to use it a long time ago (, but your usage gave the helmet the second needed thought. great job!

  12. Sade says:

    I had to come back to this outfit, because of something you said, and something I’ve observed…

    “Tolkien described mallorn-leaves as being like great beech-leaves (which are obtuse to ovate in shape), but Turbine has unfortunately followed the New Line films’ depiction instead which portrayed mallorn-leaves as having a hastate shape. ”

    Now, I happened to be in Lórien, and admired Celeborn and Galadriel, took a closer look at their attires, wondering how they might be made real. Having the graphics turned as far as they can granted me an insight: the design we’ve observed to be a single, three-pointed leaf is actually a shape made out of three single, ovate/acuminate leaves.
    Go take a look at Celeborn’s sleeve, or the circlet he wears: it’s not hastate, like in PJ’s movies. It’s just a hastate shape formed from three singular leaves.

    Turbine’s been sneaky with that; knowing at least part of their audience comes via the movies, not the books, they’ve managed to come up with a way to offer them something ‘familiar’ while still pleasing those of us whose firstlove were the books. 🙂

    • Taking a closer look at even the leaf(ves) on the shoulder piece I used in this outfit, I see you are completely right! Very clever of Turbine to appeal to both book and movie audiences. Good eye Sade, thanks for investigating and commenting! 🙂

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