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Green Dragon Friday 14th Anniversary Party

posted May 9, 2022, 11:16 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 9, 2022, 11:17 AM ]

By Lina Willowwood 

Roll on fifteen! 

Green Dragon Friday is 14 years old, and we shall, must and will celebrate! Welcome hobbits! Bring all yer hobbit friends!

Date: Friday May 20
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire.

Plans for the main party are always changing, but here are some things to look forward to:

  • The Grand GDF Pie Baking Competition – sign up with yer best (or worst?) pie! See details below!
  • The Grand GDF Wear Green Competition – wear a fine green outfit, you might win a prize!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Meal – food and drink aplenty!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Speech yer not getting away from it…
  • The Grand GDF Raffle – win fun prizes!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Song – turn it up to eleven!
  • The Grand GDF Fireworks Display – we’ll boom even closer to the Cotton farm this time!
  • GDF-related entertainment sign up in advance if yer have some!


Please note that Green Dragon Friday is an in-character roleplaying event for hobbits. Travelling dwarves are welcome as always.

Also note that the anniversary parties are usually quite busy. If you’d like to entertain on the night, please sign up in advance!

The pie-baking competition!

The aim of the competition is to find out who bakes the best pie (or worst?), as well as have some fun on the way.

Obviously, there is no way to have a jury eat your pie and and check its quality in-game. That’s why we will ask the participants to describe their baked goods, according to the instructions below. The jury will then choose which pie they think sound the best. It will be subjective, but then again, most matters of taste are.

How to enter

There will be a limited number of entrants in the pie-baking competition. To enter the pie-baking competition, please do the following:

  1. Be (or create) a hobbit on the Laurelin server
  2. Contact me and say that you’d like to enter the competition. Provide the name of the character you’ll enter with. You must sign up in advance to participate.
  3. Check the rules below.
  4. Come to the Green Dragon for the anniversary party on Friday May 20 and be prepared to present yer pie.
  5. You’ll also have to roleplay that you have brought three extra pies in addition to the one being presented to the jury, since the audience is likely hungry for a taste as well


During the party, be prepared to do the following when called up by the jury:

  1. Present the name of your pie. The name should indicate what kind of pie this is. For instance, “This is Ma Willowwood’s herby mutton pie”
  2. When prompted by the jury, describe what your pie looks like, by a single emote text. This could be the shape, colour, appearance or any other interesting information about the visuals of your pie. For instance, “/e holds up a soggy-looking pie, slightly pale on top”. Short and sweet does it.
  3. Answer two questions in /say when prompted by the jury (once again, keep it short and simple)
    • What are the main ingredients in your pie?
      Give a short response in /say, for instance “Well, I used those moldy strawberries I found lyin’ near them dogs in me Gaffer’s backyard”.
    • Why did you bake this pie for the GDF anniversary?
      Of all the pies in the Shire, why this one? Why is it a great one for the GDF anniversary? Once again, give a short response in /say.

Keep in mind:

  • I cannot stress this enough: keep your answers short and simple! Neither question should lead to a wall of text or a long lecture.
  • Keep your answers fitting to your character and the LOTRO universe.
  • Avoid power-emoting (for instance, variations of “this is clearly the best and most fabulous pie you have ever laid your eyes on” won’t do at all, since there’s no wriggle room for the judges).
  • Try to tempt the judges and be creative, but don’t go overboard either!
  • Finally, remember that the pies should be edible and not poisonous, but they don’t necessarily have to taste good…  ))


After all pies are presented, the jury will deliberate a bit and vote on the winner. The audience is free to sample the extra pies brought in the meantime.

All participants will get a reward. The top baker will win a special prize, and  likely also get honourable mentions in the Bramblebury Gazette. There may also be special prizes given for particularly fun or clever entries.

The judges are currently kept as a secret, to avoid the danger of bribes!

the F8rest of 8AKS

posted May 4, 2022, 9:01 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Acorne Oakley 

Hiya Everyone!

Hope ya folks were there at the April OAKS party ....what a PARTY it was!   SO much fun!
NAM had explosions, dancin elufs, wondrous music that made us all happy enuff to want ta dance,     ...and  ...
in the audience sum folks that I had sorely missed came back fer a few hours which absolutely thrilled me & many, many others.
I want each of ya ...every dwarfie, eluf, human, and hobbit ta know that I was sincerely happy ta see ya there cause ya ALL matter ta me ...but I must admit ...
  I felt my heart leap in my chest when I saw Lady F and dear Grombine  ..
and I couldnt stop smilin the whole concert    WOOHOO!!
Of course, all of ya kind folks that came mean so much ta me ...
a most sincere thanks ta all of ya.
And thanks ta all of NAM  ....who play Deliteful, Invigoratin, Sizzlin, Cheerful, Outstandin music that leaves their audience happy & ultimately after hours of dancin ....         
     ~hehe~    exhausted.
If ya be rested and ready ta dance again....give this a listen ....
thanks ta dear Miss Leddy once again fer this wonderful memory.
   ~smiles & hugs Miss Leddy~

What's that?  ya want ta hear more of NAM live? 
then ya be in luck cause  they'll be back on saturday May 14 as part of The Forest of OAKS!
I certainly am eager & ebullient in expectation of the extravagant, excitin, effervescent, eclectic ....EIGHTH Forest of OAKS.

Join us on saturday May 14 at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET/ 1pm servertime when the party will begin in the Forest of OAKS in the Shire neighborhood of Oldfurlong down among the trees of Laurelin.

Bring yer gammer along cause ya know she bakes ya all them pies and dont get out enuff ....
                                  ta the

 Come on back ta the rockin neighborhood of Oldfurlong fer a day like no other!
when ya can dance again wit yer flair ta the fun music of NAM! 
Feel the marvelous music of Midnight!
Enjoy the always awesum Andune!
Thrill ta the excitin episodes of Telimektar!
         A real rainbow of talent
and I am both elated & euphoric ta announce that the phenomenal Polnolunie will be here!!!

I even got a  ~surprise~ fer ya folks.  What's that ya say??
I just told ya it was ta be a surprise ya have ta come see fer yerself ~winks~

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

when:    Saturday May 14th at six bells in the evenin
              (( 18:00 UK time / 19:00 CET / 1:00pm server time ))

warm hugs ta all,

Our new Shire May Queen and King

posted May 4, 2022, 8:51 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated May 4, 2022, 1:18 PM ]

By Peppy Bristlebrush 

Under great interest of many Hobbits, on May 1st Nannie announced the winners of the election of Shire May Queen and King.

After a quick meal we were lead outside where a mysterious bug.. errr..burglar had just brought back all the possessions of our host, the People of the Shire kinship.

Nannie kept us in suspension a bit longer and there was a nice Maypole to dance around which many of us did. And then the moment we had all been waiting for had finally arrived.

Without further ado, I will now give you the names of the winners:

Queen Demelsa
King Xobin
will rule the Shire for the upcoming year.

As usual and well deserved, the previous Queen, now Princess, Diaspore and her king Aodhfin received the thanks of their former subjects. They will not be forgotten.

King Xobin was more or less (mostly less) subtly reminded of his election promise: a pie for all who voted for him if he got elected. You will receive your pie, he promised, if you send him an ((in game)) mail message.

Then the newly crowned Queen and King danced together and soon all joined in. The Maypole was used again and soon some Hobbits felt the need for a nap. Everyone thanked Nannie for her efforts to make the election possible.

King and Queen can be seen here dancing for the first time together, to music provided by yours truly

The Great Shire Cluck Off: Lone-lands!

posted Apr 30, 2022, 7:15 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Aodhfin & Lina

Have you ever dreamt of being a chicken? Roaming around with your feet in the dirt, eating worms, living your best life? This could become a reality! It’s time to fly the coop and plant our feet into the wide world to solve a cluckish problem and meet some like-minded animals on the way.

Join us at Sandson’s farm, where a very charming rooster called George has some dashing chores for us.

This time, we will do the Lone-lands run!

Date:        May 11th

Time:        7.30 PM ((UK time/2:30 PM server time))

Location:    Sandson's Farm, The Delving Fields, The Shire

((OOC details:

To participate as a chicken you will have to complete the introductory Flying the Coop Quests. To do these, travel to Sandson’s farm in the Shire and talk to a rooster called George. This will bring you to a quest chain called The Sky is Falling. You will need to complete to participate as a chicken:

More information available on the LOTRO Wikipedia:

The Sky Is Falling Quests and Flying The Coop Quests

During this event, there will be a few hobbits to herd (protect) our adventuring chickens from being eaten by the dangers lurking in the wild. It’s up to you whether you want to participate as a chicken or a herder.

We will be using the regional chat (/regional) in our chicken forms to communicate with each other. There will be someone in chicken form communicating with the herding team in order to keep us all connected.

This is a hobbit-preferred event, though we welcome well-behaved members of other races.

Meet at Sandson’s Farm, near George the Rooster. If you’re late, send a tell to an officer who will assist you in finding us! ))

The crowning of the Shire May Queen and King

posted Apr 30, 2022, 6:55 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 30, 2022, 6:55 AM ]

By Nannie 

The voting has now closed and the tally is being made.

On Sunday May 1st or Beltane as sum call it , we will crown our next Shire May Queen an King!

First, ye needs ter know where ter go?

So many places are full o' folk setting off them fizzers, tis hard ter think at times.

We will gather at 4 Myrtle Court in Oakham, 7:30 pm ((BST/2:30pm servertime)) where the doors an grounds of People of the Shire have been opened up ter ye all!

Am hoping ter get the Maypole up in time fer yer ter dance around.

Bring a picnic if ye likes, bring fizzers too if ye've any left!

Let's do our out going Queen an King proud and celebrate the new as well!

An if any musicians feel like strumming a tune or two at the time, do let me know an ah'll give ye a nod when ye can play.

So much ter do, ah plum fergot about tunes!


Lazy GDF Anniversary Preparations

posted Apr 23, 2022, 12:29 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 24, 2022, 1:02 PM ]

By Pycella Woodberry

The Lazy Hobbits Club helps Barmy out with party preparations.

Our first Lazy Hobbits meet-up turned out to be pretty fruitful. A ton of apples were gathered for a huge apple pie that was later served at the Early Pie Day party in Songburrow. All in all, it all turned out to be very successful. Even Lobelia didn't spot us in the Appledores – probably because we moved too slowly for anyone to catch our movements.

News of the helpful lazy hobbits have also reached Barmy Rootknot’s ears. The innkeeper of the Green Dragon in Bywater is pretty busy with preparing the inn for the 14th Green Dragon Anniversary that takes place later in May. He could certainly use some help, be it lazy help or not. He might even offer the helpers something for their trouble. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday 7th May

Time: 6:30PM ((UK, 1:30 server time))

Location: Green Dragon, Bywater, the Shire

We welcome everyone to join us and be lazy together! Please note that we start early so that we can also go napping early after all the hard work. If you have questions, please contact Miss Pycella.

((OOC: This is a new recurring hobbit roleplaying event with a loose theme/plan, e.g. helping NPCs, fishing, searching for lost farm animals and so on, where we leave room for improvisation and surprises. All hobbits are welcome, but also lazy travelling dwarves can join if they wish. Please note that this event starts earlier than usual.))

Shire May Candidates

posted Apr 21, 2022, 1:06 PM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Nannie 

Right me dears!
The names are all in and tis time fer ye ter cast ye votes fer our next Shire Queen O' the May and her king.

As always, ye all gets one vote fer the lass of yer choice and one fer the lad. When ye've made yer choice, send it ter me either via the Quickpost - them lads an lasses hate this time of year! Or whisper it ter me even ye see's me next

All voting is secret, with the winners revealed at the Grand event on May Day itself!

Yer candidates fer May Queen are:

Miss Dandedill
Miss Demelsa
Miss Filomina
Miss Louisalotta
Miss Myrtellia
Miss Oleander-Rose
Miss Pernella

Fer May KIng:

Master Clumbo
Master Dobb
Master Oates
Master Tubblo
Master Wiberic
Master Xobin

So there ye go! One hobbit one vote per Queen an King. Ye has till the end of Green Dragon on April 29th ter get ye votes in!

The Hobbitry Presents The Yondershire Inn Crawl!

posted Apr 21, 2022, 9:57 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Demelsa

Date: 27th April, 2022
Time: 7.00 PM ((UK time/2:00 PM server time))
Location: Needlehole, The Shire

We’re off on a fun-filled wander to inns Yonder! We will mark the opening of newly built roads into Yondershire with games and activities (with prizes!) before closing the night at The Roaring Bull inn–the local of Bandobras “Bullroarer” Took himself–with some lively tunes!

Join us on our kegsploration and inn-spections as we hop between Yondershire’s four drinking establishments, with merriment, games and activities, and ale a-plenty along the way.

Games and Activities:


((OOC details:

Update 33 adds a new region of the Shire, called Yondershire. This is the sparsely populated north-western region of the Shire, full of thicket and fen-lands, home to recluses and rascals amongst the Shire-folk, and the decedents of The Bullroarer himself! We will celebrate the expansion of the Shire by inn-hopping through Yondershire. 

This is a Hobbit and dwarf-preferred event, though other lankier sorts may attend.

Yondershire is a level 20-23 area, but we’ll strive to keep lower levels safe.

Gather at the Needlehole stable master. Send a /tell to an officer if you arrive late.))

Hobbit Historical Field Trip – The Yondershire

posted Apr 21, 2022, 9:17 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood

Hither and yon again!

What is the history of the Yondershire villages? Who lives there, and are there any famous inhabitants? Is there a Hithershire too?

Answers to these questions, and possibly more, may be given during the hobbit historical field trip. There are no guarantees, though!

Meet up in Little Delving. After a quick welcome, we’ll walk through parts of The Yondershire and see some of the sights, with stops where our historians present stories, tales, poetry and/or songs related to the history of the area. Food WILL be served, but of course, any hobbit knows that the safest bet is to bring some of yer own.

Date: Saturday April 30
Time: 7PM ((UK time / 2PM servertime))
Location: Meet in Little Delving

Want to know more about hobbit history? Bring a sturdy walking stick and be welcome along!


The historical field trips have been running irregularly since 2009. They combine a few lectures/stories of hobbit lore with a trip to locations of hobbit interest. If yer want to know more about hobbit and Shire history, this is yer chance. Remember that our historians often go for a tall, exciting tale more than strict lore accuracy, though!

Given the subject matter, this is certainly a hobbit-preferred event. The odd lore-seeking dwarf, man or elf interested in hobbit lore is of course welcome along, but wouldn’t you rather just roll a hobbit alt for the evening? ))

Xobin For May King!!

posted Apr 19, 2022, 8:05 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Apr 20, 2022, 10:13 AM ]

By Xobin Harfoot 

Dear people of the Shire,

I, Xobin, wish for you to vote for me as your May King.
If I win I promise all who voted for me to have a free pie or tart. 
Voting ends next week.

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