Autumn’s Breath

O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,

Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red,
Pestilence-stricken multitudes: O thou,
Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed

Ode to the West Wind, Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Far From Home

The Lossoth (“snow-horde” loss – snow, hoth – horde, crowd)  were a remnant of the Forodwaith (“north-men,” forod – north, gwaith – men, people). Their name implies to me that they were a faded civilization compared to their predecessors, which is in keeping with the retrogression of other peoples–the fading of the elves, the diminished lifespans of men. Their territory once stretched across the Northern Waste, but is now much smaller. The details on them are very scarce; they gave aid to King Arvedui, the last king of Arnor, whose ghost we visit in the Volume I epic, and.. that’s about it.

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Come Back to Me

When Spring unfolds the beechen leaf, and sap is in the bough;
When light is on the wild-wood stream, and wind is on the brow;
When stride is long, and breath is deep, and keen the mountain-air,
Come back to me! Come back to me, and say my land is fair!

“The Ent and the Ent-wife,” J.R.R. Tolkien

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My Favorite Things

“My Favorite (Hobbity) Things,” adapted from “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.

Tassels on dresses and letters of loves,
Sparkly rubies and gardening gloves,
Sleek brown ponies with tiny bells that rings!
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Summer Days

Hoorah, the summer festival is here! I noticed during the Farmer’s Faire that some came to this blog looking for ideas to match the Farmer’s Faire steed. The Farmer’s steed did not particularly inspire me.. but the Summerdays horse certainly does! I am always a festival lover. Although.. well, the Summer/Lithe fest could use a facelift, in my opinion, especially coming on the heels of the Farmer’s Faire, which had quite a bit to do. But I have no complaints about the mount or cosmetics this year; they are beautiful! Very elvish! So I thought it appropriate to put an elf in Lothlorien clothing in the saddle. The tunic here is available from a barterer in Cerin Amroth in Lothlorien. If you have not made it that far, but have made it to Rivendell, there’s another suitable tunic available from a reputation vendor. Must have Rivendell friend standing. That tunic has some burgundy accents, which is why I went with the Lothlorien tunic. Tunics unfortunately block the use of custom shoes or gloves, but in this case I felt a tunic well worth it.

 

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Hope Unlooked For

Do you ever find yourself relying again and again on certain cosmetic pieces? I certainly do. I struggled with this outfit because I was trying to make it unique.. and not use the Cloak of the Mallorn when I had just featured it in crimson last week. I tried many cloaks–the Golden Tree Summer Cloak seemed like an option–but nothing felt right! I was very dissatisfied with this outfit until I finally gave in and put on the beautiful Cloak of the Mallorn. It fit so well with the heavy chest piece and the Ceremonial Town-Saver’s Helm.

 

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Red Dawn

Well, I have put myself in a bit of a pickle. Half of my “main” characters (I have four) are transferred to my new server, and half are still on the old server. What this means for me cosmetically is that roughly 2/3s of my clothes are on one server, and 1/3 left on the old. I intended to make another Rohan outfit this week to match the Esteldin mount, but it can be frustrating to try to make something new when the ideas involve some costly item a server away, so I will leave that for when my main four are reunited within a couple of weeks.

This outfit is one of my oldest surviving outfits, made just after Isengard was released. It was part of my “RAINBOW OF ELYS” project. Every character wore a different color of the rainbow, and I kept them like that for months. This was Red Ely, obviously, though she originally looked like this. Some of my characters I still dress predominately in their designated color; my captain is still usually in red, my minstrel still usually in sky blue. The hunter drew the short straw and got orange, and boy was it ugly. And I cheated on yellow and used gold instead for my champion.

The mount Red Ely is riding is the Eriador horse, earned by attaining kindred with just about every faction in Eriador. That means you need to cozy up to these people:

Council of the North (Angmar)
Men of Bree
The Grey Company (Enedwaith & beyond)
Thorin’s Hall
The Wardens of Annuminas (Evendim)
The Lossoth of Forochel
The Eglain (Lonelands)
Rangers of Esteldin (North Downs)
The Mathom Society (Shire)
Elves of Rivendell
Algraig, Men of Enedwaith

Once you’re the most popular hero in all the land, you get this handsome, 168% speed horse. The most tedious faction to earn was the Algraig and Grey Company, in my opinion. There are no rep items, so you can’t buy the rep on the auction house (my favorite option) or massacre enemies for it. No, you’re stuck with daily quests. Yuck.

The headpiece (which I otherwise love) clips horribly, especially when she moves. I love its soft gold parts, and I love the soft gold in the cloak; I wish the hauberk shared that soft gold. Looking back on this outfit, there’s a bit I’d do differently today. I used those gloves and boots whenever I couldn’t think of anything else. I didn’t use any shoulders and it probably could use some. I might have gone back to the original hauberk for its soft gold.

Next week, if my server situation is still wonky, I might share my oldest surviving outfit of all! Oh boy oh boy!!

Head: Song-Caller’s hat, crimson (Moria, barter)
Cloak: Cloak of the Mallorn, crimson (LOTRO Store)
Chest:  Hauberk of the Mirrormere, crimson (LOTRO Store)
Gloves: Scorched Ox-Hide Gauntlets, crimson (Dunland, quest)
Boots: Nightshade Boots, crimson (Dunland, quest)
Mount: Eriador Horse