Welcome to The Starry Mantle, a blog where I share my LOTRO outfit creations.
I’m a long-time LOTRO player who’s always enjoyed LOTRO’s cosmetic outfit system, especially as a tool to create a visual context that really makes a character feel at home in Turbine’s interpretation of Middle-earth. Beyond creating lore-appropriate or -inspired looks, LOTRO’s large amount of cosmetic skins range from beautiful to quirky to weird to funny to epic-looking and everything in between, and sometimes I dabble in these kinds of looks as well.
I’ve been hugely inspired in this pastime by the exceptionally talented LOTRO outfitters listed in the blogroll to the right: Cosmetic LOTRO, the LOTRO Stylist, and LOTRO Fashion are the original outfit bloggers that started it all and really got me interested in using the wardrobe system to its fullest potential. I am always astonished by the creative and fascinating combinations featured on all of these blogs and in the popular “Show us your favourite cosmetic outfit” thread on the official LOTRO forums. It is clear that a great many LOTRO players, including those who do not keep blogs, have a passion and a talent for outfitting. The possibilities of great combinations for LOTRO outfits are endless. I think it is really interesting how each of the esteemed outfitters on my blogroll has their own unique voice and creative vision, bringing their own unique perspective to their creations. I hope that I too will be able to lend a little inspiration to anyone who stops by. I love seeing recreations of the outfits posted here on the blog, so feel free to email them to me or even better tweet them @TheStarryMantle on Twitter.
I always have stories in mind for my characters, and I like to do the same for the outfits I create, trying to find ways to fit the outfit to the lore or vice-versa, so lore and Tolkien’s writings are a big part of the outfits here at The Starry Mantle. Speaking of Tolkien’s writings, I should explain the title of the blog, though the reference is no doubt very familiar to all Tolkien fashion-devotees. It comes from a passage in The Return of the King in which Éowyn and Faramir stand upon the walls of Minas Tirith, looking to the East, hoping for a sign. Faramir has sent for a mantle that had been made for his mother, Finduilas of Amroth, and gives it to Éowyn:
…[T]he lady Éowyn wore a great blue mantle of the colour of deep summer night, and it was set with silver stars about hem and throat. Faramir had sent for this robe and had wrapped it about her; and he thought she looked fair and queenly indeed as she stood there at his side.
– The Lord of the Rings 6:V
Thank you for visiting The Starry Mantle! I look forward to sharing many more outfits before the Ring goes into the Fire.