In the Second Age of Middle-earth, the island-realm of Númenor rose to become a mighty seagoing power. The forests of the island could not supply enough wood to build and maintain the huge Númenórean fleet, so when their mariners began to explore the western coasts of Middle-earth, they were drawn to the vast forests of the land that came to be known as Enedwaith. The crown prince of Númenor, Aldarion, was a great mariner and undertook many voyages back and forth across the Great Sea. In the late eighth century IIA he founded the first Númenórean settlement upon the shores of Middle-earth: Vinyalondë the New Haven at the mouth of the Gwathló. His men began to harvest the rich forests of Enedwaith, and so doing they encountered the indiginous folk of the region for the first time. Though indeed they were very distantly related, the Númenóreans recognised no kinship with the Enedwaith, and deemed them Men of Darkness, and sought to push them out of the land. Over time, as the pace of deforestation in Enedwaith increased to destructive levels, the Men of Númenor earned the enmity of the Enedwaith and open skirmishing began.
These two have sailed far from their homes in Númenor aboard one of the great white-winged ships of their people. Setting foot on the soil of Middle-earth for the first time, they have been appointed timber-wards and stationed at a small stone fort in the wilds of Enedwaith during the days of high tension between the Númenórean foresters and the native folk. Their garrison guards the operations of the foresters in the surrounding country and therefore is an attractive target to the Enedwaith, who often strike in night raids, sowing fire and confusion. It is the duty of the timber-wards to defend against these raids, and thus they are well armed and armoured. Both wear mail of polished iron and bronze with a peculiar golden-greenish hue, the cunning work of the the smiths of Númenor. The man’s full-helm protects his face from the sling-stones and firebrands of the Enedwaith, while the woman’s is decorated with backswept seabird-wings and an array of stars, proud emblems of Númenor. They both carry sturdy leather packs equipped with keen-bladed hatchets, for in addition to their duties as defenders, they also assist with the preparation of the felled timber. Yet the forests here, no matter how vast, cannot forever withstand the greed of Númenor, nor can the folk of Enedwaith. Ere the end of the Second Age, both will become just a memory in this land.
I’m trying a little something different and hopefully fun with today’s outfits. Outfits, plural! Usually I feature one outfit in each post, but while I was working on this week’s I couldn’t decide which of these two combinations of Blade of the West armour and crafted Dwarf-make Bronze Armour I liked better. In the end, I thought both outfits were worth sharing on the blog, so I’m beginning new category of posts, called “His and Hers”, where I’ll present two variants on a cosmetic combination, one modelled by a male character, and the other by a female character. I’m not sure how often I’ll run “His and Hers” posts, but I do have a few ideas for the future. Is this something you would like to see more of? Do you like being able to compare the “his” and “hers” outfits in one post, or would you rather see the outfits in separate posts? I’d love to know your thoughts, dear readers!
- Head: Helm of Remmirath (looted — world drop/level 41), Ranger green
- Shoulders: Elven Soldier’s Shoulder Guards (crafted — metalsmith T5; or looted — world drop/general), Rivendell green
- Back: Fancy Woodcutter’s Pack (looted — Yule festival/Hobbit Gift Box), Ranger green
- Chest: Lesser Blade of the West Breastplate (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Champion armour), gold
- Hands: Lesser Ward of the West Gauntlets (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Guardian armour), yellow
- Legs: Dwarf-make Bronze Leggings (crafted — metalsmith T1; or looted — world drop/general; or purchased — Thorin’s Hall heavy armour vendor), olive
- Feet: Leaded Iron Boots (looted — Dungeons of Dol Guldur), Ranger green
- Head: Westfold War Helmet (crafted — metalsmith T7), olive
- Shoulders: Lesser Ward of the West Shoulder Guards (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Guardian armour), olive
- Back: Fine Woodcutter’s Pack (crafted — tailor T3/spring festival Red Gift Box), olive
- Chest: Dwarf-make Bronze Armour (crafted — metalsmith T1; or looted — world drop), Rivendell green
- Hands: Dwarf Leather Gauntlets (looted — world drop/general; or purchased — Thorin’s Hall medium armour vendor), Rivendell green
- Legs: Lesser Blade of the West Leggings (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Champion armour), olive
- Feet: Boots of the Eastemnet (pre-order — Riders of Rohan), default
Tips: The Helm of Remmirath is a world drop that can be found under several different names. If you don’t have access to this helm, a possible alternative might be the Westfold Campaign Hat (crafted — tailor T7) — if dyed gold or Ranger green it should create a similar look. The boots I used in her outfit drop from scaling instances of the Dungeons of Dol Guldur and at the moment are very frequently seen at the auction house, so they should be easily obtainable for a reasonable price. If you don’t have access to these, there are also a number of Dunland quest rewards that have the same appearance. The recipe for his backpack can be found in red gift-boxes at the spring festival. If you prefer a cloaked look to the forester’s packs used in these outfits, the Rockclimber’s Cloak (crafted — tailor T6), dyed Ranger green, is a nice choice. Alternatively, the Summer Travelling Cloak (bartered — Lithe festival summer rewards vendor/cosmetics), with its tree-motif, is a nice, thematic option.
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HIS AND HERS!!!
I would love to see this more often, because sometimes, I’ll find an outfit concept I love, then log in and realize it…doesn’t translate well between genders, is the kindest way to put it. Being able to see two different takes on a similar theme would be a wonderful treat!
Also, a thought / question. Enedwaith, in the game at any rate, appears to be landlocked–yet this seems to imply that it once had a direct line to the ocean via river?
Hahaha, glad you like the “his and hers” idea, thanks Cennwyn! 😀 You’re definitely right about a particular outfit not always looking quite right when worn by the other gender. Hopefully these will give some fun ideas for mixing and matching the various pieces around to find something that looks great!
About Enedwaith: as you mentioned, the Enedwaith region in-game is definitely landlocked. However, our in-game Enedwaith is just a small section of the large region of Middle-earth called Enedwaith. Enedwaith was the area bounded by the river Gwathló/Greyflood on the north, the River Isen on the south, the Misty Mountains on the east, and the sea on the west — so it was quite large! Dunland would actually be considered to be inside of Enedwaith on the maps of Middle-earth. There’s a good clear map here: http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Enedwaith
I have two separate boot comments:
1. I love hers and will start combing the AH for those. Also, I would commit an entire slayer deed for her helm (and the 10 TP and point of virtue… you know).
2. I can’t bring myself to love his. The white horse on a green field is so associated in my mind with the Riddermark as a separate, specific culture, and you’ve set this outfit way before the then-Steward of Gondor (Cirion?) gave those lands to Eorl… If there were a similar boot with different ornamentation, I’d be all for it. But enough people bought the expansion, and are now running around in the Armour of the Eastemnet on every other race but Man, that I want to rename my captain’s herald “Wut” so I would have an excuse to scream “Wut? I don’t get it!” every time we run by an Eastemnet-clad Hobbit in, say, Bree.
Hi Moraiwë, it’s great to hear from you! 😀
Haha, I did have some misgivings about his boots. I ultimately used them for the colour combination but the horse motif bothered me a little too. I’m sort of squinting/turning a blind eye to the horse! But I totally know what you mean!
I feel as though I always gush over your posts, but this is special for a few reasons:
1) You’ve created a great bit of history for the Gondorian architecture in Enedwaith.
2) Your outfits utilize the armour of that area to provide it with some history of its own
All gushing gratefully accepted here! 😉
I thought the OD armour sets were really cool when they came out because they definitely have a Númenórean or a Gondorian feel with all the wing and feather motifs. Yet they also feel a little unrefined so I thought perfect for Númenóreans way out on the “frontier” so to speak. Anyway, really glad you liked this one, thank you Shipwreck!
I’d definitely like to see more ‘His and Hers’ outfits like this one and the ones for the faerie king and queen.
Both of these outfits look great, Numenoreans seem to love their gold :). Maybe you could do Aldarion and Erendis as well, those two would make a rather contrary pair.
Thank you for the kind comment Elenluin :D, and thank you for reminding me to go categorize the faerie king and queen as “His and Hers”!
I would love to do Aldarion and Erendis together or separately! I’ve been thinking about them for some time and I don’t feel I have the perfect idea yet… maybe some new piece or a rediscovered old one will someday jog my mind and inspire something!
I’m going to add my voice to the chorus of support for his and hers. I don’t have any female toons, but I’ve seen outfits that work on male characters that don’t turn out… quite so well for female friends, and vice versa.
Again, great work, and keep it up!
Thanks for chiming in Rurir! I’m happy this idea has been so well received. 😀