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It is time to make this year's hobbit yule video!

posted Nov 19, 2020, 5:02 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

Yule love it!

Yule is getting nearer, and what better thing to do than to make a large drawing to greet yer friends a very merry yuletide? Not much! So here we go!

Date: Sunday November 29
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime)), PLEASE BE ON TIME
Location: Kauppa-kohta, the village at the south end of Forochel. Meet up by the milestone.

We will have two meetups again this year to help make the drawing. The first will be Sunday November 29 in Forochel, while the second is on Tuesday December 8. See below for details!

What will happen this year? Will there be ballets with purple snow beasts or surprise parties for old lonely hobbits? Shall we visit the dwarves or sigh over a lack of snow in the Shire? Take part to find out!


Once again, I’d like to make a yule video with as many hobbit players on Laurelin as possible. The video will be released December 24th, in the Hobbity Yule Calendar.

There will be two video shoots this year too:

  • The first video shoot will be Sunday November 29, in Kauppa-Kohta, Forochel. This is a level 40+ area, but as long as you make it to the village, even players at lower levels can take part.
  • The second is shoot is Tuesday December 8, location still TBC.

I’d also love it if all hobbits sent me a screenshot of themselves in-game, in a festive/merry/yule motive. I can use those in the end credits of the video. Please use high-quality screenshots (1024×768 pixels is really the minimum, but much larger is better). Widescreen format is great! Don’t add any effects or text to the images, and make sure they aren’t too dark. Send the screenshots to me before end of December 21st, at the very latest! Use this email:

For this video, please remember:

  • Be a hobbit. It is a hobbit yule video after all!
  • DISABLE ALL SPEED BUFFS (hunters, I am especially looking at you and the Find the path skill, please disable it)
  • Be prepared to follow orders!
  • Dress up warm! Wear warm, festive-looking clothes (red, green and yellow are very grand)
  • Bring lanterns or sparklers if you have them, also fireworks
  • Try to avoid speaking in /say, use the raid (/ra) instead
  • Have fun!

For inspiration, here is the yule video from last year.  ))

Brandy Hall welcomes lore-seeking hobbits!

posted Nov 9, 2020, 10:39 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

Buckland. Home ter somewhat strange hobbits, many of whom like wearing boots. Swimming. Mucking around in boats on the Brandywine. I bet living next door ter that old scary forest makes fer odd habits. Would yer like to learn more about them?

Date: Sunday November 22
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time / 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Outside Brandy Hall in Buckland

How did hobbits settle in Buckland, and who are in charge over there? What are the local habits, and why is there a tall hedge bordering the eastern part of the land? Just what is the Horn of Buckland anyway, and why do them locals blow in it from time to time? Answers to these questions, and possibly more, may be given during our fifth historical field trip in hobbit lands. There are no guarantees, though!

We will meet just outside Brandy Hall, the building on the tall hill in the south of Buckland. Our historians will present stories, tales, poetry and/or songs related to hobbit lore. Food WILL be served (Budgeford sausages), and there may be a game or two as well! Oh, and fer the brave ones, there is that scary forest next door…

Want to know more about hobbit history? Then come along!

(( OOC

This is yet another outing in our long-running series of hobbit field trips. As usual, the event aims to combine a few lectures/stories of hobbit lore with songs and entertainment. People are encouraged to listen raptly to the given lectures and save most of the questions to the breaks. It goes without saying that this is an in-character event, but remember that our historians have sometimes been known to go for a tall, exciting tale more than strict lore accuracy.

Given the subject matter, this is very much a hobbit-preferred event. Should the odd lore-seeking dwarf or lankyshank interested in hobbit lore choose to show up, they won’t be chased away, but wouldn’t you rather just roll a hobbit alt for the evening? If not, be prepared for puzzled looks and the odd comment about your beard and/or height during the night. Well met! ))

The Hobbity Yule Calendar 2020 will soon be here!

posted Nov 8, 2020, 5:48 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry 

It's time to share the hobbity yule cheer again! 

The hobbity yule calendar will soon be here! In the past three years, we have put together a yule calendar, sharing yule-themed pictures, recipes, songs, poems and videos to others each day from 1st to 24th December. All who feel like hobbits at heart can send entries and help everyone build a merry mood during these challenging times.

Here are some examples of entries:
  •  A yule-themed picture, LOTRO screenshot, slideshow, drawing, or a video made by you
  •  A yule poem, story, or a song
  •  An introduction to a local yule tradition you’d like to share to other hobbits
  •  Your favourite yule recipe
  •  Yule decoration ideas, riddles, games…

Feel free to get creative as well! Each entry is valuable, so don’t be shy to share your stuff. For inspiration, you can take a look at the previous Yule calendars which are stored here.

Let the Quickpost deliver your entries to pycellawoodberry(a) Please send your entries as early as you can, so that the calendar preparations can be made in time.

Please help us make the hobbity Yule calendar and spread cheer among hobbits and other folks!

The collective entry for 2020: show us your yule cards!

In addition to the normal entries, we also publish a special collective entry: a yule-themed slideshow with pictures sent by the LOTRO community members. Earlier, folks have sent pictures of yule trees and yule food. This year, we would like to see yule cards! Show us in pictures the yule cards you have received or sent yourself. Maybe you even have crafted some by yourself? Now is the perfect time to cheer someone up with a merry yule card.

Before you send the picture, please make sure that the picture is taken/owned by you, and/or you have permission to use it. If you wish, you can tell where you live (state/country) – we might add the information to the slideshow. It is always nice to see how widely spread the community is!

Please send your yule card pictures to Pycella (see address above) on 15th December at the latest.

Have the OAKS your way in November

posted Nov 5, 2020, 8:36 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Nov 5, 2020, 8:37 AM ]

By Acorne Oakley


Thanks bunches fer all ya folks that came ta the October OAKS and helped rescue Oldfurlong from that shady Sara lady   *shivers*
Now it be safe ta come back ta walk around the neighborhood again!!!!!
I am so relieved  ....and so grateful that ....
we neighbours of Oldfurlong have put out candy at the front doors of our burrows ....
every type of candy ya could possibly want yerself ta them apple goblins I put out
or the mint turtles (well they looked like turtles ta me ) in front of the OAKS house at #5 Myrtle Court.

A special thanks ta my dear friends in Mondbarden  ,,,absolutely wonderful folks who have honoured me by allowin me a glimpse inta the sweetness of their souls ...
Thanks bunches fer all the kindness and generosity that ya have shown ta me.
I walked around sharin treats wit the folks in the audience ...but the bestest treat of all was the music thanks ta all of Mondbarden  :D
and a most sincere thanks ta the tireless sweet Miss Leddy fer all these drawings  :D

Now time ta start plannin fer yer trip back ta Oldfurlong  ...fer the November OAKS  ..
but this time  ya gotta start gettin ready fer the OAKS a bit earlier cause this time ya folks gotta plan what the band will be playin ;)
ya understand!
this be a concert completely of what ya wants ta hear !!!!
an ALL REQUEST concert by the marvelous ...the  magnificent ...the magical

the Mardi Gras Party band

just let me or the mischievous Popski ( he'll be here wit the rest of the Mardi Gras Party band )
or sweet Kenghis know what ya wants ta hear ...
best not give that request ta Littledrummergirl unless it comes wit a couple of pies.

then come back ta Oldfurlong on saturday November 14 and ya'll hear it
when the brave MGP band takes on the challenge of an ALL REQUEST concert!
(( sumone told me Ken mite take requests on his outfit two ))

where:   the town square of the Oldfurlong neighborhood in the Shire homesteads
                 ((Altfurch auf Deutsch / Longuevieille en français))

when:    Saturday November 14th at eight bells in the evenin
              (( 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 15:00 server time ))

Remember ta get yer request in soon later than Sunday November 8
so dear Kenghis will have time ta find it among all his sheet music :)

warm happy hobbity hugs,


Black Moors Badgers

posted Nov 4, 2020, 10:57 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

Up on the roof!

The Brandy Badgers are going to rehearse again, and them invite all music-minded sorts to come listen in! And this time, them will play their favourite tunes by master Richo from the Black Moors!

Date: Monday November 9
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: The Golden Perch Inn, The Stock (up on the roof)

The Brandy Badgers is the music collective of the Grand Order, where members can meet and learn music and play together as a group. The Badgers have long been fans of the songs by master Richo, who often went into the Black Moors during the night. During the rehearsal, The Badgers will play some of their favourite Richo tunes. Yer are all invited to Stock to come listen and dance!

Remember, this is a rehearsal, so a somewhat relaxed mood with the possibility of instrument fumbling is just natural! Badgers work best without the added pressure of making things all formally concert-like…


This will be a rehearsal where we play lots and lots of songs by Blackmore’s Night. While we love seeing hobbits during our events, visitors of a longer persuasion are welcome too. If yer got longer legs than the average hobbit, please remember to not block the view of the locals! ))

Scream Dragon Friday

posted Oct 22, 2020, 8:22 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry 

The days are getting darker and scarier. Every creak in your burrow makes you spill your tea, the wind howls like Maggot’s dogs, and the freshly-baked pie on your windowsill vanished mysteriously… There’s only one way to shake off the shivers. Be scary yourself in good company!

Date: Friday October 30
Time: 7:30PM UK / 3:30PM server time
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater

On 30th October, we will have a special spooky Green Dragon Night. Dress up in your scariest outfit and make the others shiver! Scary tales, poems, songs, and other entertainment is also most welcome on this night. We might even serve a scary menu at the inn. If you have entertainment to offer, please whisper to Miss Pycella during the night.

Come and scare off the scary spirits at the Dragon on the last Friday of Spooktober!

((OOC: Usual Green Dragon Friday guidelines apply, so this is a roleplaying event for hobbits, with travelling dwarves welcome.))

Help us ta scare her off!!

posted Oct 19, 2020, 9:22 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Oct 20, 2020, 6:21 AM ]

By Acorne Oakley 


What a magnificent beginnin "the Story of Gondolin" was fer this season of the OAKS!!
 ...and just in case ya wants ta re-live it ya can look at Miss Leddy's drawings

This was a fulfillment of a dream that Pipes (as he was known on Laurelin aka Geoffroi) had & shared wit Holly his last few months in Middle Earth ....
and I hope all of you can appreciate the months dear Holly spent creatin these lyrics and feel the love Pipes left behind fer all of us in his music. 

There be many fabulously talented folks in Middle Earth  ...and many sweet & kind folks playin t'gether.
But wit the Andune Ensemble ya gits BOTH!  a wonderfully kind group ...and an awesumly talented band of folks!
I am truly blessed ta be friends wit these good folks   ....
and ta all of the Anduners thanks  bunches fer an awesum September OAKS! ~cheers~

Another group that fits this description is a mighty fine bunch of multi-talented folks who will be comin in October ta the OAKS all the way from far-off Belly Gear .....when I welcome ...

the Monsters of Mondbarden!

Yeah ...yeah ...yeah  I no everyone agrees that these folks are kind and helpful ta so many of us ....but this be October

           and their OAKS be on Saturday October 31!

A day when ......even dear friends turn .....a wee bit scary
But let me tell y'all why these kind folks be comin as monsters all started one evenin in Oldfurlong when  ...
"dearie ...dearie can you help me?"
I turned ta find a feeble ol' lady behind me.
I asked her what was she doin here in Oldfurlong  ..ta which she replied ...
" this neighborhood must be a safe place to walk"
I looked at her seemingly innocent face but didnt completely trust her
so I asked her what did she mean by safe.
" well dearie I heard a lot of minstrels come to Oldfurlong and they can protect me while I look around for my lost walking stick"
oh noooo she wants ta recruit the folks that come here ta relax and have fun ta find some kind of stick she lost.
then I says  ta her that I'd help her find this stick so we left the stable-master, crossed the bridge, wandered around Brookbank Street and turned inta Chalk Road ...
            ( took quite a while cause this lady surely luvs ta take it sloooow )
and finally found it at Toffeetoes's burrow leanin against a tree that looked like that ol' tree near Tom Bombadil.
ya know the one looks like a willow what seen sum hard times.
and what do ya think happened next ...??
that sumwhat shady lady decided she's gonna stay in Oldfurlong!
she said, "my name is Sara and I think I'll stay here cause there is nothing scary around anywhere"
She had a wicked look in her eye that made the hair on my toes curl in a frightenin way
and I'm nervous wit her hangin around permanently so can ya folks help me out?
My dear friends of Mondbarden will do their part since they agreed ta all come as monsters but I need all of ya ta help cause I'm thinkin this Sara will be difficult ta get ta leave this neighborhood        ~shivers~
can y'all come ta Oldfurlong fer the next OAKS in disguise like goblins, wights, brigands, orcs, or anythin else ya can think of ta scare off this Sara lady   ....please

Where:  the town square of the Oldfurlong neighborhood in the Shire homesteads
                 ((Altfurch auf Deutsch / Longuevieille en français))

When :  Saturday October 31 at seven bells in the evenin
              (( 19:00 UK time / 20:00 CET / 15:00 server time ))

I'd be most happy ta help anyone who needs a bit of help findin a disguise ....just please ...please
...please help me discourage her from stayin in Oldfurlong
This Sara lady is really scarey   *cowers*

Nervous shakin hugs,

The Haunted Burrow Walk

posted Oct 10, 2020, 12:38 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Oct 10, 2020, 12:42 PM ]

By Nannie  

All but one harvest is left ter bring in, and the nights are growing long, which means...
Soon the barred door under the Hill will open letting out all them spooks and creatures...

There are many tales about what goes on in those rooms..
Of doors that lead back on themselves...
Folks that are stuck ferever in the Dark...
Or become a meal fer giant spiders...

Sum do say only a fool would go inside...
But with a guide, there is nothing ter fear!

So Ah am inviting those brave or maybe foolish folks, ter join wit me as once more on a walk in those halls.

We'll meet at the Ivy Bush at 7:30pm ((GMT/ 2:30 servertime)) on the 7th of November.
Come in costume so yon beasties willna recognise ye.

After a glass or two of courage we'll head ter the Under Burrow and brave it's rooms. Till we arrive once more in the comforting light of Master Bilbo's home Bag End

As always we'll have sum tales ter chill yer bones, an who know's? maybe a poem or two

Till then...

The Night before All Hallow's Eve, a concert.

posted Oct 9, 2020, 9:25 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Oct 9, 2020, 9:40 AM ]

By  Peppy Bristlebrush 

We've recieved a message from Master Aifel of the band "the White Flames" announcing their spooky concert on Friday October 30th.  Now, we did warn the Flames that on Fridays most of our readers assemble at the Green Dragon for their weekly gathering: Green Dragon Friday. But, as editors of the Gazette, we cannot determine how you, our readers, spend your time, we can only point to interesting events.
And this seems interesting: a spooky concert to get you in the mood for All Hallow's Eve, or "Halloween" as some say.

 The White Flames will be unrecognisably disguised in scary outfits as they play for you music that will send shivers down your spine and put goosebumps on your skin! Not for the faint of heart. It may help if you'd come in a scary outfit too!
The location they have picked is at the Shire's Party Tree, which is close to that haunted burrow that WILL be open that night. Not something that will steady your nerves! But that is the gist of the concert: to get you in the mood for All Hallow's Eve!

So here are the details:
What: The Night before All Hallow's Eve, a spooky concert by the White Flames.
Where: At the Party Tree, right here in the Shire.
When: Friday October 30, seven Bells ((19:00 UK time, 3pm servertime)) Be aware of the clock fiddling!

Thirteen years and counting!

posted Oct 4, 2020, 9:01 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

The hobbits of The Grand Order of the Lost Mathom have great delight in inviting our friends and acquaintances to a party of special magnificence on occasion of our 13th anniversary!

Date: Saturday October 17
Time: 7:30PM ((UK time! 2:30PM servertime! ))
Location: 4 Brookbank Street, Songburrow, Shire Homesteads

A decade and then some

The Grand Order of the Lost Mathom was founded on October 9th thirteen years ago. This means it is time to celebrate!

So, there will be a grand party including speeches, drinks, food, fireworks and entertainment. The kitchens in Songburrow are gearing up already, and there is sure to be a few unexpected surprises as well. Will Strollers or Badgers show up? Will there be brandy? Dancing bears? Grumpy gaffers? Games and competitions? Gifts for the guests? Perhaps! Just don’t be surprised should you find some free-roaming oinkers in the village.

Welcome to good friends, neighbours and acquaintances! We hope to see you in Songburrow!


We are delighted to extend this invitation to the hobbits of the Shire, as well as to good friends among the dwarves and the big folk.

Party guidelines:

  • The party will be held in-character ((so no OOC talk, even in brackets)).
  • Weapons and armour should not be worn within the bounds of Songburrow, please dress for a social gathering.
  • Please leave your pets at home.))

Welcome friends!

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