The kinfolk and followers of Beorn were implacable foes of evil creatures, having an especial hatred for the Goblins and wild Wargs of the Misty Mountains. In the years of gathering darkness leading up to the War of the Ring the Beornings, led by their chieftain Grimbeorn the Old, kept a vigil on the mountain passes connecting Eriador to Rhovanion, ensuring that they remained open and that no foe came down into the Vales of Anduin, whether on two feet or four.
Word has come to the hall of Grimbeorn that Wargs have been stirring and assailing travellers in the high passes, and he will not suffer their mischief to continue. At Grimbeorn’s behest, one of his trusted thains has ventured high into the snowy passes of the mountains in the failing days of the year. Braving the winter storms to stalk his prey, our Beorning is armed with a great club and clad in warm, fur-lined garb complete with a close-fitting hood and thick gloves. His horn-braced pack contains all that he needs to make his way in the wild, including a supply of the honey-cakes favoured by his people. His bear-hide mantle and boots are trimmed with fearsome claws collected from a great bear that died of natural causes — for bears are revered among the Beornings and they will not harm them. And just like a bear defending its den from scavenging wolves, our Beorning will not rest until the threat of the Wargs is ended. The hunters have become the hunted.
This is the first outfit I’ve shared in a long time (too long!). To anyone who’s been patiently awaiting something new on the blog, my apologies. I haven’t been feeling very inspired to outfit this year but naturally I had to try out something for my new Beorning. Since winter is in full swing, at least where I live, a cold-weather outfit seemed the thing to do. It’s always nice to have new warm clothing added to the game, and some of the pieces from the two unique Beorning equipment sets fit the bill nicely. This outfit was also the perfect chance to use these silly bear-foot boots from the Yule festival, which until now I had never put to any good use.
- Head: Worn Hood (auto-granted — Beorning male), umber
- Shoulders: Lesser Memory of the West Shoulder Guards (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Lore-master armour), black
- Back: Elk-hunter’s Pack (purchased — LOTRO Store ), white
- Chest: Wildermore Survivor’s Robe (bartered — Forlaw People of Wildermore quartermaster/People of Wildermore reputation), walnut brown
- Hands: Oven Mitts (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/cosmetic items), sienna
- Feet: Snow-beast Boots (bartered — Winterhome Yule Festival barter vendor/The More the Merrier — tier 3), white
Tips: Each Beorning character starts with a unique set of gear, different for male and female characters. You are rewarded the second set of equipment from the quest “Preparations for Travel” at the conclusion of the starter instance, so if you have a female Beorning, you can get this hood with this appearance then (it is called Radagast’s Hood). The 2014 Yule festival is tentatively scheduled to open on the live servers on 16 December and to run through 15 January.
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