A tea-pot from a great aunt. A set of spoons as a wedding gift from cousins. Mum’s good bonnet. Gaffer’s second-favourite pipe. These are all examples of mathoms (a modernisation of Old English maðm, “precious thing, treasure, valuable gift” — a translation of the Hobbitish Westron word kast), trinkets or gewgaws kept by hobbits for sentimental reasons. They usually had no real practical value and were often distributed and redistributed as birthday presents (Hobbits gave presents to their friends and kin rather than receiving presents on their birthdays; since there was a birthday just about every day in most villages in the Shire one could expect to receive presents quite frequently). There was even a museum of sorts for these objects, the Mathom-house in Michel Delving, which for a time held one of the most costly mathoms in the shire — a mithril shirt on loan from Mr Bilbo Baggins.

This lass is engaged by the Mathom-house to collect mathoms that are no longer wanted, or for which there is no more room — but which the owners cannot bear to throw away. Having received a letter in the post announcing the donation of a small lot of mathoms, she rides out to collect the items, her special Mathom-house livery in green, black and white matching that of her steed. A smart courier’s cap and a cloak with sewn-on button details keep her warm on a brisk morning in early autumn. Her soft leather gloves are each decorated with an embroidered daisy; she wears them so as not to damage or smudge any cherished mathoms.

What treasures will she have the honour of cataloguing and displaying today? It’s a good thing the Mathom-house is there to receive these old mathoms, since it seems such a shame to throw them away. They do tend to become, well, dear to one after a time. Precious, one might say.

Today’s outfit features a hat that has been showing up in a great deal of excellent outfits lately, and rightly so — it’s a really great, unique cosmetic. Despite the high amount of use this hat’s been seeing in the outfits of my amazing fellow cosmetics bloggers, and by the talented folks on the forums, I was excited to build an outfit around it. The green trim on the hat brought to mind the Mathom Society steed. I think everyone who’s reached Kindred standing with the Mathom Society has made an outfit to match their new Holstein-like horse or pony, and there have been a number of lovely examples shared on the blogs and on the forums. So between the hat and the pony-matching look, if this outfit seems a little familiar, that’s probably why! Nevertheless, I hope I’ve brought my own perspective to the theme, and that this outfit pleases. I really enjoy trotting around on my Mathom pony in this matching get-up.

  • Head: Summerdays Hat (bartered — Lithe festival summer rewards vendor/cosmetics), black
  • Shoulders: Dwarf-make Traveller’s Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T3; or looted — world drop/general), washed
  • Back: Summerdays Cloak (bartered — Lithe festival summer rewards vendor/cosmetics), black
  • Chest: Elven Scholar’s Armour (crafted — tailor T4; or looted — world drop/general), black
  • Hands: Gardening Gloves (bartered — Farmer’s Faire festival announcer/cosmetics), black
  • Legs: Ceremonial Leggings of the Seven Stars (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Annúminas cosmetic clothing), black
  • Steed: Prized Mathom Society Pony (purchased — Mathom-house reputation vendor/Mathom Society reputation)

Tips: The Prized Mathom Society Steed is available for purchase from the Mathom Society reputation vendor once you have reached Kindred status. If you don’t have access to the Summerdays Hat, a nice alternative might be the Threadbare Hat of the Dunland Healer (quest reward — Dunland [67] A Brazen Chieftain) or similar hats, dyed black or even yellow (yellow dye causes it to take on a chartreuse colour similar to some of the shades seen in this outfit). Any plain black gloves, for example Elven Leather Gloves (purchased — Rivendell light armour vendor), make a great alternative to the Gardening Gloves.

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12 Responses to Mathom-seeker

  1. Chocoholic says:

    Wow, this is a wonderful outfit! I like the black-green-white color combination. I never knew it could work out so perfect! This gives inspiration again 🙂 Glad I finally decided to buy some wardrobe space 🙂

  2. Tomrica says:

    Great, great outfit! Well done…

  3. katharineann01 says:

    This outfit looks amazing!! I love it so much! Makes me wish I had played more of the festivals, haha.

  4. Fionnuala says:

    This is adorable! I have to admit, I have a hard time dressing my Hobbit lass. You always come up with outfits for Hobbits from the most unlikely pieces that somehow match perfectly and look great on their somewhat awkward bodies. I don’t know how you do it.

    • Thanks so much Fionnuala! 🙂 I actually struggle quite a bit with my hobbits too. It’s hard sometimes to find outfits that don’t look awkward as you said while still being in keeping with that Hobbit-y feel. Anyway, glad you like it and thanks for the kind words. 🙂

  5. I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to steal your hobbit. She’s too adorable for your own good. 😉

  6. cennwyn says:

    This outfit also looks really good with all-white dye in place of the black dyed pieces! It’s one of my minstrel’s spring outfits right now.

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