weekly screenshot: herne?

This screenshot was taken in the Court of the Wild Huntsman in Enedwaith.  After speaking to a very stroppy Derudh and carrying out some tasks, I was summoned to meet the Huntsman.  I was sent on a personal quest to prove that the peoples of Middle Earth still have some mettle in them and if I proved it to be so, the Huntsman will allow the Dúnedain to travel through their lands.  I loved this questline and all the mythology it hints at. Continue reading

Menelmacar and Remmirath

weekly screenshot: constellations

The Seven Stars

Menelmacar and Remmirath

I live in a city where the sky is often orange when cloudy and when it isn’t cloudy, we can generally only see the very brightest stars.  It does make me cross that light pollution spoils the night skies for so many of us, so I was strangely pleased to see the Northern Hemisphere constellations reflected in lotro’s night skies.

The lotro lorebook entries explain that our constellations are the same as the constellations in middle-earth but that we now know them by different names:

(current name ~ middle earth name)
Orion ~ Menelmacar, the Swordsman of the Sky
the Pleiades ~ Remmirath, the Netted Stars
Big Dipper ~ the Seven Stars, the Sickle of the Valar

The sun was known as Anor and the moon as Ithil.  Have you spotted any other constellations?

The Shipwreck

Forochel

Dimzad and I are currently questing in both Forochel and Angmar.  Both areas are bleak landscapes, one an icy tundra situated on a frozen bay, the other charred and volcanic. Both areas have interesting and relevant history, so I thought I’d do a little researching and post some information about each zone.

Forochel, although only one hundred leagues north of The Shire, is still gripped by the icy cold of the realm of Morgoth.  It is inhabited by the Lossoth, who have devised ways of travelling swiftly over the ice either by attaching bones to their shoes or by using carts without wheels.  Ice-skates and sleds immediately spring to mind and these can be found in the online zone.  (I will admit to being quite disappointed when delivering one of these carts as part of a quest, I wasn’t able to ride it back!) Continue reading

(c) Ted Nasmith

Dragon-kind

I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but if I play a rpg (either single player or MMO) I am always slightly disappointed if there are no dragons to slay.  A previous post showed a massive lack of knowledge regarding Middle Earth’s dragons, I had heard of Glaurung but know little about him and of course I do remember Smaug, the dragon in The Hobbit.  So I thought I’d do a little investigating and perhaps, find out along the way the difference between drakes and dragons (I’ve always wondered but never bothered to find out :P) Continue reading

Weathertop

 

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Known as Weathertop by Men and Amon Sûl by the Elves, it is the southernmost hill of the Weather Hills in the Lone Lands.

The ruins on top and around the hill are ancient.  The Tower of Amon Sûl was built during the founding days of Arnor (last years of the Second Age) by Elendil (father of Isildur) to house his chief palantiri.  The kingdom of Arnor later broke into 3 lesser realms and the Tower marked the point at which the three met.

The rest of the fortifications were built during the Third Age but only stood whole for a few decades before they were destroyed by the invading forces of Angmar.  The palantir was rescued and carried to Fornost.

Gandalf fought with the Black Riders here and a little later, Frodo was injured by them in a hollow below the summit.

*Arnor was founded in II 3320 (second age), it broke into the 3 realms of Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur after Eärendur’s death in III 861 (third age).  The events at Weathertop concerning Gandalf and Frodo took place in III 3018 to give this some perspective.

Information obtained from The Encyclopedia of Arda.

(With the change in game and playstyle, I don’t have the same things to write about, so I am expecting the bulk of my posts to relate to my progress through the epic quests.  To vary things a little though, I am intending to write a few posts with more information about places or people that I come across and that I find interesting.  Whether you will find it interesting is an entirely different matter ;)).