The Grey Elves were those who dwelled in Beleriand in the First Age. They were Teleri, elves of the third host of the Eldar, and had first come into Beleriand on their westward journey toward Valinor. Some of them chose to stay in Middle-earth rather than cross the Sea into the West because one of their two kings, Elwë Singollo, became enchanted in the forest of Nan Elmoth and was lost, and they wished to search for him. These elves in time became known as the Grey Elves, for the exiled Noldor, returning to Middle-earth, saw that although they had answered the summons to Valinor, they had failed to complete their journey, having remained in Beleriand after the return of Elwë. Thus, the Teleri of Beleriand never saw the light of the Two Trees, living instead in the perpetual twilight of Middle-earth. Therefore, the Exiles called them Sindar, “the Grey People”, in their own tongue. The Grey Elves had founded several realms in Beleriand, including Doriath, the kingdom of Elwë (now known as Elu Thingol). They were noble in their own fashion, excellent singers, shipbuilders, and woodsmen. After the War of Wrath brought the First Age to an end, many of the Sindar finally crossed the Sea into the West, but some chose to remain yet longer in Middle-earth. Most of these remained in Lindon with their lord Círdan.
This grey elf is a scout along the enchanted marches of Thingol’s realm of Doriath in the First Age. Though it is said that no evil can breach the Girdle of Melian protecting the realm, it remains wise to have hidden eyes and ears at the borders of the land. Woodcrafty and silent, he is clad in the colours of twilight: soft grey, dusky violet, and muted blue. His hooded cloak, embroidered with a floral motif, was woven by the maidens of Melian the Maia, wife to King Thingol, and thus has a virtue of secrecy and concealment. Wearing it, he can appear to be little more than an indistinct blur melting silently into the twilit woods, the sound of his passage just the rustling of fallen leaves or swish of an owl taking wing.
This is a fairly simple outfit combination but, I hope, an effective one. I wanted to create a look suitable for a grey elf that emphasized soft, muted colours without being necessarily all dark grey from head to toe. It was also a great opportunity to use these leggings, which are rarely seen but have a very pretty, undyeable bluish-grey portion.
- Shoulders: Elven Steel Shoulder Guards (crafted — metalsmith T3; looted — world drop/general; or purchased — Rivendell heavy armour vendor), rust
- Back: Harbinger’s Cloak (pre-order — Siege of Mirkwood), violet
- Chest: Rock-climber’s Armour (crafted — tailor T6), white
- Hands: Gloves of Forbidden Love (quest reward — Great River  A Reasonable Request), violet
- Legs: Ceremonial Trousers of the Learned (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – light), grey
- Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Quiet Step (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Moria cosmetic clothing – medium), violet
Tips: I chose the boots used in this outfit because of the small section on their heels which nicely matches the undyeable, greyish-blue portion of the leggings. They have the same appearance as the ones from the other level 60 Mines of Moria instance cluster medium armour sets. There are a number of other elf-style boots that have a similar colour that would make great alternatives, including the Boots of the Swift Arrow (bartered — Ost Galadh Hunter trainer), the Shoes of the Learned Master (bartered — Ost Galadh Lore-master trainer), and the High-warden’s Boots (bartered — Ost Galadh Warden trainer). If you don’t have access to the Cloak of the Harbinger, a great alternative would be the Cloak of the Rescuer (quest reward — Great River  Neighbours Meet), which has the same appearance as the Cloak of the Harbinger except that the hood is thrown back. The gloves in this outfit were formerly available as part of the level 65 Ettenmoors medium armour sets.
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