Saturday, December 23, 2017

His & Hers - An Ornate Yuletide

It's hard to believe another year has come and gone in LOTRO. And it's even more difficult to believe that I actually have a chance to upload some Yule outfits, let alone have a PC to upload them with (last year, I didn't have a working one)! I'll be keeping this post rather brief. As I'm finalizing this entry, and scheduling to auto-post while I'm working Saturday morning, I have a batch of mini oreo cheesecakes chilling in the fridge. Soon they'll be done, and then it's back to the kitchen for more baking! This will be my only chance to squeeze in some LOTRO time until after Christmas.

I also had the opportunity this to run through the Yule Festival for the first time this year. I've missed it dearly. It's my favorite festival! I had enough tokens saved from two years ago to barter for all the rewards from this year and the previous one. The Winter's Light robe and cloaks looked beautiful, but I'm not sure what to do with them. However, the new Ornate Winter sets are drop dead gorgeous! It didn't take long to create some simple and lovely outfits for them. From what I've seen, they dye lovely shades using blues, purples, black, and, of course, their default white.

I couldn't decide which outfit to post (I was originally intending to have only one), so I decided I should post both in a "His & Hers" style. I may have to use this theme more often!

Back to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I go! Before I go, I have a message for you...

Happy Holidays from Material Middle-earth!
~May you be blessed with the love of family and friends this season~

...and in case I'm not back yet, a Very Happy New Year too!

"His" Outfit
Head: Turquoise Summer Circlet (Belegaer blue, LOTRO Store)**
Shoulders: Light Nadhin Shoulders (White, Dol Amroth Light Armor Quartermaster or post-50 world drop)
Chest: Ornate Winter Jacket and Trousers (Belegaer blue, Yule Festival)
Feet: Westemnet Campaign Shoes of Fate (Steel blue, T9 Tailor recipe)

"Hers" Outfit
Head: Turquoise Summer Circlet (Belegaer blue, LOTRO Store)**
Shoulders: Mathom-hunter's Mantle (White, Hobbit Present's reward from Mathom-hunter's Armor Box)
Chest: Ornate Winter Dress (Belegaer blue, Yule Festival)
Back: Ornate Winter Cloak (White, Yule Festival)

**Even though this can be bartered for during the Summer Fesitval or won from a Cosmetic Gift Box from the Anniversary Festival, only the LOTRO Store version is dyeable. However, the default turquoise color comes very close to belegaer blue.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Traveling in Luxury

Now here's an old outfit. This was the very first for my Beorning, Vanydis. Just like the last post featuring this character, I wasn't quite sure at the time what her clothing style would be. I just wanted to get her out of her intro clothing as soon as possible. It's been some time since taking these pictures and I believe that I've already cycled out this outfit. I think it looked lovely...but it just wasn't her style. However, almost any character could wear this somewhat decorative, yet casual traveler's attire.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Idh Ryss en Belegaer

Seldom do I attempt to name anything in Sindarin. Why? Depending on what you're trying to say, the rules are quite complicated. You have to account for word origins, how each vowel changes when going from singular to plural, and special grammatical mutations. Of course, the name I had my heart set on involved quite a few special rules. "Idh Ryss en Belegaer" means "The Whispers of the Belegaer" (Idh Ryss (pl. the whispers--singular form being I Rhoss) + en (conj. of the) + Belegaer). Just in case you're wondering, Belegaer means great/mighty (beleg) sea (aear) and refers to the expansive sea west of Arda. Of course, I may have gotten my translation into Sindarin wrong. By no means do I declare myself an expert. My only guide, currently, is a small notebook that contains the Sindarin crash course my college Tolkien professor attempted to give ten years ago. If anyone can confirm or correct my attempt, please let me know!

Grammar lesson over! *wipes sweat from brow*

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dauntless Champion

If you've been following my Twitter account in recent weeks, you may have seen the first image entered in one of the many screenshot contests held by LOTRO Family. For those on Twitter, it was a sneak peek of this combat-oriented outfit. Now I've been able to publish it here for everybody to see. I actually had this outfit tucked away for a while. Until Vol. 4, Book 8 and The Wastes had been released, I couldn't find a location that felt appropriate. By appropriate, I mean perfect. Any of the Pelennor instances could have done, but the Battle of the Morannon space was exactly what I needed.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sentinel of the Tomb Hills

My Beorning has certainly come to wear the most atypical of outfits since I made her. At first, I wasn't sure what her particular style would be. Whatever new combination of clothing I liked I had her wear. Long before I stuck to leathery wildnerness-themed gear, I tried hauberks, robes, heavy armor, and dresses. This particular ensemble was one of the earliest she'd worn...and one I hadn't replaced yet. Considering this used a combination of pieces scattered across Eriador, I wasn't exactly sure what image this would portray.

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