Grim Executioner

I’ve actually had this outfit sitting around since last year’s Harvestmath, inspired by the mask that was available. I’ve just been dragging my feet about posting it because it came about at the end of the festival, and there was no way for anyone to get the mask if they didn’t already have it. I’m still really bummed that SSG insists on account-binding all of the new festival cosmetics, since it really hampers the sharing-with-friends aspect of outfitting that I used to enjoy so much.

Grim Executioner 2

On the plus side, it’s pretty cool that my level 9 captain who’s basically a second cosmetic storage alt (named Mannoquin) can look this badass thanks to the work of all my other alts.

Head: Mask of the Autumn Wanderer, Harvestmath Festival Barter
Shoulders: Hyrde-axle (dyed Black), Dunland Quest Reward
Upperbody: Forged-Iron Dunlending Hauberk (dyed Black), Dunland Quest Reward
Hands: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets (dyed Grey), Volume 3 Quest Reward
Feet: Polished Boots of the Dunland Shieldman (dyed Grey), Dunland Quest Reward
Weapon: Thistlewool’s Greataxe, Combe Quest Reward

Sneaky Dwarves

I cannot say enough about how much I love the idea of a dwarf burglar! The backstory for the new dwarf race absolutely justifies the sneakiest of sneaky dwarves, and while a baby burglar is a tiny bit disappointing to play with just one blade (note to SSG: burglars NEED two weapons!), it did not stop me from making my very own new addition to the never-ending list of alts.

It’s always been a little weird to me that the animation for the Knives Out skill doesn’t actually have the character wielding weapons, but it IS a great way to preview those daggers!

I made two versions of the outfit, one with a hooded cloak and one with the hood lowered to show off the hat. My cosmetic slots are keybound for easy costume changes, too, so no flipping open the character panel just to lower the hood indoors.

Super excited to see what happens when we actually get back to Mordor with these dwarves. No spoilers! I did a quick run through my Mordor door, and the sheer amount of shadow on the baby dwarf is daunting. Then again, very fitting for the stout-axes, given everything they’ve been through.

Head: Lesser Voice of the West Hat (dyed Steel Blue), Harndirion barter.
Shoulders: Time-worn Shoulders (medium, dyed Steel Blue), high elf starter gear, medium armour class
Back: Plain Cloak OR Plain Hooded Cloak (dyed Gray), basic outfitter
Chest: Nightshade Jacket (dyed Steel Blue), Dunland quest reward
Gloves: Fine Grey Company Gauntlets (dyed Umber), Epic Story Volume 3 quest reward
Feet: Nightshade Boots (dyed Walnut Brown), Dunland quest reward
Daggers: Anghigil, Epic Story Volume 1 quest reward

What Not to Wear in Middle-earth #dontwearyellow

A while back I jokingly promised @cableknitdragon on twitter that if she kept tweeting at me with ridiculous outfits of characters dressed in yellow, that I would do a blog post about it. This is that post. I’m not going to identify any of the pieces used in the following outfits, because I don’t recommend that anyone dress their characters like this, ever.


Friends don’t let friends run around Middle-earth as fashion disasters. Do better. Don’t wear yellow.

Burgling in Moria

Recently, I rolled a new burglar on the Arkenstone server. After spending the points to Veteran Status him out of the intro and then spending some time playing paper dolls to find just the right outfit, I took him to the Shire, where I decided to filter off a bunch of things in the map and radar as a challenge to see how far he could get without getting into combat.

Burg Challenge Radar

Burg Challenge Map

He wound up making it to level twelve, at which point I spent more LOTRO Points on Gift of the Valar, and promptly took him to Moria… with map and radar things still filtered off. Needless to say, the dwarves have been somewhat less than impressed:

Challenge Burg Quest

Burgling Moria 02

For those interested in watching this madness, I’m also streaming it over on my Twitch channel. So far, I’ve managed to not get into too much trouble, but that’s not likely to last, as I get deeper into Moria.

Burgling Moria 03

Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch (Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner)
Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle, forest green dye (Dunland quest reward)
Back: Treasure Hunter’s Satchel, umber dye (Treasure Hunt event)
Chest: Enduring Waistcoat of Healing, forest green dye (World drop)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, umber dye (Yule festival)
Legs: Dolen-saviad, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Feet: Nightshade Boots, walnut brown dye (Lalia’s market, similar appearance can be found in Dunland)
Daggers: Tarnished Dagger (Intro quest reward)

Champion of the Deeps

This week’s Anniversary Scavenger Hunt has a quest that requires lots of orc-slaying. While I kind of think that’s more appropriate to Boromir, making dead orcs has never been a problem for Teriadwyn, because killing all of the things is pretty much the champion’s job anyway. As we ventured into Moria to track down the Globsnaga orcs (among others), I realized I’d never done a proper Moria outfit for her, so some emergency paper dolls was definitely in order.

Teri in Moria 03

This cloak has been in Teri’s vault since Moria, waiting for its opportunity to be showcased in an outfit. I loved the red and orange hues, but since I’m not really a fan of orange, I opted to stick with red and crimson dyes on pieces with gold accents.

Teri in Moria 02

So then, of course, I needed to head to the Flaming Deeps for screenshots!

Shoulders: Ceremonial Shoulder-guards of the Eastern Wind, red dye (Lalia’s Market)
Back: Cloak of Shadow and Flame, red dye (Volume 2 epic quest instance rare drop)
Chest: Fortified Jacket of the Flowered Vale, crimson dye (Central Gondor quest reward)
Gloves: Westemnet War Gauntlets of Strength, red dye (T9 Crafted heavy armor)
Boots: Westemnet War Boots of Power, red dye (T9 Crafted heavy armor)

Champion of the White City

A while back, I finally got back to playing my main Teriadwyn, and shortly afterward decided that the lifting of the dawnless day merited a new outfit. It’s fairly rare that I do an outfit that’s made entirely of quest reward pieces, but it just sort of came together that way, mostly due to the magnificent cloak that is the reward for finishing Book Four of the Volume Four Epic Story.

Teri Post-Battle 03

I wasn’t quite able to grab a decent full-outfit screenshot, but I’ve included the boots I used for the outfit for the sake of reference, in case anyone’s curious to recreate the look. It’s worth noting that the chest piece is actually light armor, but the white dye gives it a scale-mail sort of look that works for the heavy armor classes, too.

Teri Post-Battle 02

For a champion from Dol Amroth, Teri fits in quite well in Minas Tirith!

Shoulders: Shoulder Guards of the Reclaimed City, white dye (North Ithilien quest reward)
Back: Forceful Cloak of theCitadel Guard Captain (Volume 4 quest reward)
Chest: Ithilien Weave Coat of the Ambusher, white dye (Volume 4 quest reward)
Gloves: Gloves of the White Mountains, white dye (Western Gondor quest reward)
Boots: Rugged Work Boots, walnut brown dye (Beorning starter instance)

Soldier of Gondor

As mentioned in a recent LOTRO Academy episode, I haven’t really connected with the Captain class, but it turns out I really love dressing them up. Cathanriel, my Arkenstone cappy, recently got a makeover, so now she looks properly Gondorian. Since she’s only level 16, I had to spend a mithril coin to get her to the right spot for a photo shoot, as she’s originally from Minas Tirith.


Sometimes spamming emotes and the capture screenshot key can result in some pretty funny captures. For example, in this one it looks as though she’s asking this swan-knight, “Excuse me?” in a highly offended tone.


“You would not believe what that guy said to me!”


“Perhaps you’re right. Punching him in the face may have been going too far.”

Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch, black dye (Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulder Guards, black dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour)
Back: Cloak of the Citadel Guard (LOTRO Store purchase)
Chest: Forged-iron Dunlending Hauberk, black dye (Dunland quest reward)
Hands: Gloves of Dorthonion, black dye (Not sure where these drop, snagged on the AH)
Feet: Heavy Nadhin Boots, black dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour)
Location: The Splintered Shield, Minas Tirith, Soldier’s Tier

Catch of the Day

A while back, I happened to catch a glimpse of an item that was linked in World Chat (something I rarely pay attention to on most days), and did the preview thing to see what it looked like. Said item was Long-bite, a halberd that drops from the Urugarth instance in Angmar, and the trident-like appearance inspired me to not only drag the Grrlz of Middle-earth along for a romp through the instance, but to find some more sea-themed pieces to make my captain his very own Poseidon/Aquaman outfit.


As it turned out, assembling the pieces was the easy part, because most emotes in-game make your weapons vanish during their animation, which made the screenshot process something of a pain. The whole point of getting the outfit together, after all, was to go with the trident weapon, so I really needed some shots that showed the weapon while still having some action. And then there was the issue of location, location, location, another challenge when your showcase character is only level 33.

I think Cuthluin is probably happier being a manly man of Rohan, which is his usual attire on the rare occasion he gets to run around Middle-earth, but he doesn’t do too badly as a Poseidon/Aquaman stand-in.

Head: Dwarf-make Circlet (Anniversary Event Cosmetic Gift Boxes)
Shoulders: Heavy Nadhin Shoulders, Sea Blue dye (Dol Amroth heavy armour barter, also world drop)
Back: Cloak of the Summer Sea, Sea Blue dye (Summer Festival)
Chest: Westernesse Cloth Waistcoat of Determination, Sea Blue dye (World drop, shares appearance with other armour pieces)
Hands: Simple Bracers (OP Furball starter gear)
Legs: Potent Enduring Leggings of Parrying, Sea Blue dye (World drop, shares appearance with other armour pieces)
Feet: Westemnet War Boots of Power, Sea Blue dye (T9 Crafted heavy armour)
Weapon: Long-bite (Urugarth)

Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick

I’ve been wanting to play with this chest piece for a while now, and I’ve finally gotten around to doing it. Part of the reason it’s taken so long is it’s required the creation of a Beorning character, and because the chest piece is one of the starter cosmetics that the furballs get. Once that obstacle was finally overcome, I had to decide which character to use it on… and ended up making a new one. The goal here was to make her look as rustic as possible, and I’m pretty sure I succeeded.

Head: Harvest-brew Circlet, default (Fall Festival)
Chest: Langhar’s Tunic and Waistcoat, Rivendell green dye (Beorning starter equipment)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Learned Stag, grey dye (Dunland quest reward)
Staff: Polished Staff (Intro Area quest reward)

Helsur Gets a Makeover

While choppering around Middle-earth as a shirtless bad-boy on a goat can be fun, there are occasionally times when a dwarf mini needs to cover those chest hairs. Having them get tangled in one’s lute strings is rather less than fun, after all.

Head: Mariner’s Eyepatch (Barter cosmetic or random drop during the Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner event)
Shoulders: Noble’s Woolen Mantle, navy dye (Dunland quest reward)
Chest: Scholar’s Vestments, crimson dye (most outfitters)
Hands: Fingerless Gloves, sienna dye (Yule Festival)
Feet: Clanweave Boots, umber dye (Dunland quest reward)
Instrument: Basic Lute (any bard)