In the waning days of the Third Age of Middle-earth, the scattered communities of the Free Peoples were becoming more and more isolated, especially in Eriador, which was only sparsely populated. As the rumours of war in the East grew, few travelled abroad, especially the Hobbits of the Shire and the Men of Bree, who were content within the perceived safety of their own borders. Nevertheless, some news of the wide world did come to the Shire and the Bree-land, and this was often brought by Dwarves, who still made use of the great East Road running from the Blue Mountains in the west to the Misty Mountains in the east.
This Dwarf is a veteran traveller of the great road across Eriador and has made several journeys from the halls of his kin in the east to the Lonely Mountain in the west. Sometimes he rides astride a pony, other times he drives a mule train or a waggon, and still others he makes the journey on foot with a handcart or only the pack on his back. He typically brings along small items to trade along the way: simple tools and ironmongery, unworked tin and copper, or carved wooden items. He also offers his services as a tinker and pot-mender, and has even assisted the Hobbits with minor repairs to the masonry of the old Brandywine Bridge. Although like most Dwarves he prefers to keep to himself, he is always ready to pass on word of happenings in the wide world and to take on an odd job for a comfortable night in a proper inn with a warm fire and a dry bed.
Continuing with last week’s travelling theme, this is a quick and simple outfit that I enjoy wearing as a journeying-look on one of my Dwarf-alts. I used to use the light Dunland quest reward shoulders with this outfit, but with the release of Wildermore, I found that I preferred the look of the Ranger shoulder cosmetic from the epic quest line. The pack with its hatchet tucked under the flap seems like a nice Dwarvish touch to me, and of course this outfit is hooded. It may not be one of the fine “detachable party hoods” worn by Thorin & Co., but it certainly is a passable detachable traveller’s hood!
- Head: Traveller’s Hood (purchased — LOTRO Store), gold
- Shoulders: Woodland Ranger’s Shoulderwrap (deed reward — Volume III Interludes, Part 2), sienna
- Back: Sturdy Woodcutter’s Pack (purchased — Stock outfit vendor), Ranger green
- Chest: Dwarf-robe (purchased — Thorin’s Hall light armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), Ranger green
- Hands: Leather Gloves (purchased — Esteldín medium armour vendor; or looted — world drop/general), rust
- Feet: Ceremonial Town-saver’s Boots (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Rift cosmetic clothing – medium), gold
Tips: The Worn Ranger’s Wrap (quest reward — epic  Volume 3, Book 5, Chapter 1: Separate Ways – Golodir) has a similar appearance to the shoulders I used in this outfit and may be a good alternative. The Hood of Night (bartered — skirmish camp classic quartermaster/Halls of Night – rare) has a similar appearance to the hood I used and may be a good alternative, but you may need to experiment with dye choice a little because the Hood of Night has a different base colour.
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