Pictures I Forgot About, Part 1:

1. Sunset over Bywater, The Shire
2. Chilling in Wildermore, Rohan
3. Misty Mountains Hunting Trip
4. Awe-inspiring Second Hall of Old Moria
5. The Garden of the Entwives, Great River


Go forth and kill everything, friends!  

Go forth and kill everything, friends!  

LOTRO soundtrack - 11 Lament for Oakenshield

One of my favorite tracks from before Rohan, right up there with the Evendim ambient music, the Brandywine Bridge tune, and the Tom Bombadil theme. This isn’t the one I’m looking for, though. There’s an even more epic version that plays when you’re doing Volume 1, Book 5, Chapter 8 in the Misty Mountains, hunting Skorgrim and the Nazgul with Gimli.

(Source: youtube.com)

About the level 50 class quests -

If you don’t have a character at level 45 or higher, you are not aware of this, but in order to get three class traits, you will have to buy three books from your class trainer at level 45. All three books are missing 8 pages, which you will need to hunt down from humanoid mobs level 45 and higher.

So, where do you find those?

For one of my toons, I found 12 pages just by doing the Volume I epic in the Misty Mountains, where you go with Gimli and kill lots of Dourhand dwarves. It’s not common, but it does happen.

With my Gilrain warden, who is a brand new 45, I’ve been keeping track of where these pop up, for the benefit of anyone curious about it.

I started with Angmar. In one day, I found 8 pages out of the 24 I need. 

Bullroarer’s Boy:
-1 page from a Skathmur orc (Angmar)
-1 page from an Angmarim in Bail Rova (Angmar)
-1 page from a spear-throwing goblin in Bail Rova (Angmar)
-1 page from a Duvardain Berserker in Tor Gailvin (Angmar)

The Watch Against the Night:
-1 page from a Duvardain Sentry in Tor Gailvin (Angmar)
-1 page from a Duvardain Berserker in Tor Gailvin (Angmar)

Chieftains of the Dunedain:
-1 page from a Tarkrip Warrior in Burzum Pushdug (Angmar)
-1 page from a Duvardain Raider at the Cairn of Honour (Angmar)

That’s it for now! These are the places where you could find them officially, but as you might expect, the drops are more common in some places than others:

Pages from all three of the Legendary Books for each class are found on creatures in either Angmar, Eregion, Forochel and the Misty Mountains from Evil Men, Evil Dwarves, Ancient Evil creatures, Giant-kind, Orc-kind, Troll-kind, or Wights. 
The first four needed pages are available as loot drops when killing humanoids in Angmar, Eregion & Moria.

The last four needed pages are available as loot drops when killing humanoids in the Misty Mountains, Forochel & Moria.

I’ll add to the list as Lin Beifong finds more of them and heads off to Moria (!!!!)

Just like your morning commute, but with more horse poop.

Just like your morning commute, but with more horse poop.

I have lots of bones to pick with the Two Towers film, mostly in its treatment of Faramir and the madness that was Lothlorien elves going to fight at HD and Háma getting eaten by a warg (noooo!)

The game, however, is (or should be) 100% Tolkien purist approved. Just look at this scene, which we see through an Éomer flashback. It quotes the book verbatim, although I had to cut some screencaps thanks to the 10-pic limit.

I’m still geeking out about it, to quote Syndrome. =)

He came, a weary man with dinted helm and cloven shield. Slowly he climbed from his horse and stood there a while gasping. At length he spoke. ‘Is Éomer here?’ he asked. ‘You come at last, but too late, and with too little strength. Things have gone evilly since Theodred fell. We were driven back yesterday over the Isen with great loss; many perished at the crossing. Then at night fresh forces came over the river against our camp. All Isengard must be emptied; and Saruman has armed the wild hillmen and herdfolk of Dunland beyond the rivers, and these also he loosed upon us. We were overmastered. The shield-wall was broken. Erkenbrand of Westfold has drawn off those men he could gather towards his fastness in Helm’s Deep. The rest are scattered.

'Where is Éomer?' Tell him there is no hope ahead. He should return to Edoras before the wolves of Isengard come there.'

Théoden had sat silent, hidden from the man’s sight behind his guards. Now he urged his horse forward. ‘Come, stand before me, Ceorl!’ he said. ‘I am here. The last host of the Eorlingas has ridden forth. It will not return without battle.’

The man’s face lightened with joy and wonder. He drew himself up. Then he knelt, offering his notched sword to the king. ‘Command me, lord!’ he cried. ‘And pardon me! I thought—’

'You thought I remained in Meduseld bent like an old tree under winter snow. So it was when you rode to war. But a west wind has shaken the boughs,' said Théoden. 'Give this man a fresh horse! Let us ride to the help of Erkenbrand!'

While Théoden was speaking, Gandalf rode a short way ahead, and he sat there alone, gazing north to Isengard and west to the setting sun. Now he came back.

'Ride, Théoden!' he said. 'Ride to Helm's Deep! Go not to the Fords of Isen, and do not tarry in the plain! I must leave you for a while. Shadowfax must bear me now on a swift errand.' Turning to Aragorn and Éomer and the men of the king's household, he cried: 'Keep well the Lord of the Mark, till I return. Await me at Helm's Gate! Farewell!'

He spoke a word to Shadowfax, and like an arrow from the bow the great horse sprang away.

(cut for description of Shadowfax running off)

'What does that mean?' said one of the guard to Háma.

'That Gandalf Greyhame has need of haste,' answered Háma. 'Ever he goes and comes unlooked-for.'

'Wormtongue, were he here, would not find it hard to explain,' said the other.

'True enough,' said Háma; 'but for myself, I will wait until I see Gandalf again.'

'Maybe you will wait long,' said the other.


———J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

The revamped Trollshaws map is AMAZEBALLS you guys! It’s been a long time since I went through TS, since I have 3 toons levels 79 and up, and the rest are young bucks in their 20s and 30s. Now that Lin is 45, I went back for the epic and discovered some amazing stuff.

-There are two new stablemasters, making navigation around this place SO MUCH EASIER!

-There are scattered vendor/stablemaster/quest giver elves that have repeatable quests for Rivendell rep! If you never got kindred with Elrond, now is your chance to do it quickly, and get lots of pristine hides out of the bargain.

-You can also pick up quests by killing a mob with a ring icon above their head, like what we first saw in the Rohan areas.

Happy hunting! Go get your rep Turbine points!

I’m digging the look of Helm’s Deep in LOTRO. You have the Gondorian stonework we’ve seen in other places back in Eriador, covered with the gorgeous Rohirric horse tapestries and things. 

Turbine explains why Peter Jackson’s version of Helm’s Deep is utter BS via Legolas, standing on the wall of the Hornburg.I love it when they follow the canon the films ignore. XD (Okay, so Corudan and myself being at HD isn’t canon…but it’s more canon than Haldir dying there!)

Turbine explains why Peter Jackson’s version of Helm’s Deep is utter BS via Legolas, standing on the wall of the Hornburg.

I love it when they follow the canon the films ignore. XD (Okay, so Corudan and myself being at HD isn’t canon…but it’s more canon than Haldir dying there!)

Sunset over the Norcrofts. #nofilter

Sunset over the Norcrofts. #nofilter

theamaniana:

ANGMAR IS TERRIFYING

PROTIP: Stay away from the statues until the epic quests take you to Angmar. Once you pass a certain chapter, you’ll be able to go by those without dying.

Nothing like a kinship deed day to get the blood pumping, especially since it started at 6 AM my time, haha. Worm-slayer deed = DONE.

Pictured: Massive Dynamics members Rosettie, Sarhorka, Benmar, our fearless leader Wauk, and my minstrel Lindareth, all dressed up in her Easterling outfit.

It’s good to be back on Dwarrowdelf! =D

After not playing LOTRO for ages (work has been *killing* me lately), I finally made it back onto Dwarrowdelf last night, and got Tasarien up two levels. Killed some orcs with Eowyn, collected acorns for an Ent, same old. *sigh* It’s good to be back in Rohan!

After not playing LOTRO for ages (work has been *killing* me lately), I finally made it back onto Dwarrowdelf last night, and got Tasarien up two levels. Killed some orcs with Eowyn, collected acorns for an Ent, same old. 

*sigh* It’s good to be back in Rohan!

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LOTRO Screenshots from Last Night

In which I session play a famous shirtless Rohir named Folca (who killed a giant boar and SPOILERS), level up to 90, watch the children of Edoras learn a valuable lesson about racism, and meet up with some familiar faces.

thebirdanddragon:

LotRO » Landroval » East Rohan » Eaves of Fangorn » Treebeard’s Hill

Damn Treebeard, you are so much sassier than I could have imagined.

Haha, this is Treebeard and the hobbits quoting the book word for word.  Everyone is sassier in the novels, especially Aragorn and Gandalf.

(via lotrogeek)