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the Curse of the Honeythumbs

posted Jul 30, 2020, 8:24 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated ]

By Saelo Honeythumb 

It has been twenty five years that Honeythumbs lost their family heirloom and since that day a curse lies upon the family. Many perished because of the curse and only three of Honeythumbs remain. But tides change in time and seems like same happened with Honeythumbs too: I found a track of their heirloom and will try to find it, also break the curse if I can. 

Could this be it??
But I can't do it alone. I need every hand ready to help, therefore I call hobbits to join me on the search of the heirloom. Hunt begins on August 29th and will last for two days. We'll meet at seven and half bells at  Tuckborough . ((7:30 PM UK time)) Be prepared if ye're willin' to join. Bring some woods, food and drinks and else what ye think ye'll need. Note that minimum belly size of twenty is suggested, cause the journey will probably take us through dangerous places, yet, it ain't mandatory.
If ye're willin' to know more about the curse, read the attached note!

- The event will be slightly different from others, with its dramatic story, yet meant to be fun like others. The event will last an hour or thereabouts each day, around 2-3 hours in total;
- Note that we all will use mounts with 62% speed at the best. If you have traveler skills, remember to use Smell of Rose skill;
- If you miss the first day, feel free to come to Elven campsite by Woodhall;
- The event is only meant for Hobbits. ))

A Story Night in Michel Delving

posted Jul 15, 2020, 7:33 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jul 16, 2020, 4:22 PM ]

By Nannie  

The long summer nights are almost here at last, the harvests are starting to be gathered and good folks are looking fer a chance ter get tergether.

So, how's about a night of stories, poems and the like?

Ye are all invited ter join me - Nannie. on Saturday the 25th of July at around 7:30pm((BST/2:30pm server time)) on the hill overlooking the town hall in Michel Delving!

Bring a tale or two ter share, be them old or new we'd love ter hear them! Bring ale an a snack! But most of all bring yerself!

Date: 25th July
Time: 7:30pm (BST/2:30pm Servertime)
Location: The green hill above the Town Hall in Michel Delving

Ed.: This story night takes place at what some call a "Secret Picnic Spot". Secret, because it is not immediately obvious how to get there. First travel to Bingo Boffin's burrow. Walk over to his neighbour Merrimac Fairbairn and then follow the route indicated in red. Quite a climb! ((You can click on the picture to enlarge it)).  The view is magnificent and well worth the trouble alone. But you'll get stories and poems too!

Addendum: Well, the above describes how it used to be *sighs*. Nowadays the spot is more easily approachable from the East.
Take the road to Sandson's farm and after a short distance look West to where the rock face is nice and green and not as steep. Start climbing there.

Climb at the arrow

A burrow warming in Songburrow!

posted Jun 19, 2020, 7:56 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Saelo Honeythumb

Hullo there, Bramblebury Gazette Readers!
I am Saelo, Saelo Honeythumb, and I assume ye mostly know me! I am writing to ye to inform ye that  I will have a party on 24th of June, at 7:30 ((PM, UK Time)), to celebrate me burrow-warmin'! There will be:
- pies and more pies, also drinks for many bellies;
- (small) gifts for everyone;
- music, dance and gossip;
- annoyin' annoyin' neighbors;
- and much more!
Party will last for 90 minutes or thereabouts!
Address: Chalk Road 1, Songburrow Neighborhood, Shire Homesteads.
Special note: bring a firework or two with yerself! Don't ask why, it is the surprise!
Saelo Honeythumb!

Grand Summer Picnic!

posted Jun 10, 2020, 4:35 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Lina Willowwood 

Joy of joys, the summer is near! And summer means time for food and drink! Well, so does the rest of the year too, but there's one thing summer surely brings. Picnics! Get ready for this year's Grand Summer Picnic! 

Date: Sunday June 21st
Time: 7:30PM ((UK/BST, 2:30PM servertime))
Location: On top of The Hill overlooking the party tree in Hobbiton, where the summer pie races used to be held.

We are pleased to invite all hobbits and good friends to this year's summer party and picnic. Activities to look forward to include music, dancing, games, food and drinks, fireworks and competitions! And who knows, maybe them lazy Songburrow Strollers can be lured out to play a bit too?

The pies roll further

Lobelia's Hill Pie Rolling Run returns! After earlier successes, we just had to arrange a follow-up! Wear fancy costumes and throw yerself into the chase of the pie, but remember - it is not always a question of finishing the race first ter win!

Why this run, though? Local legend has it that Bilbo Baggins once had a picnic with invited guests on top of The Hill. The times were good and the hobbits were jolly, until someone noticed Lobelia Sackville-Baggins walking determinedly towards the crowd. The ensuing escape was spectacular, with hobbits streaming down The Hill, making use of all possible and some impossible shortcuts.

They even say that one of the picnic pies started rolling down The Hill, not stopping until it hit The Party Tree. It was eaten soon after by the escaping hobbits, which improved their moods no end.

The legend may not be 100% correct, but it is to celebrate this occasion that we arrange Lobelia's Hill Pie Rolling Run during the Grand Summer Picnic!

For rules, see below!


This is certainly a hobbit-preferred event, but well-mannered dwarves and good friends from taller persuasions may surely pop around too. Just don't block the view of the locals once the concert starts!

Pie run rules

This video shows the general route of the race:

Lobelia's Hill Pie Rolling Run

First of all, this is not a competition to be taken very seriously. It is loosely inspired by the Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake. While we will endeavour to find out who crosses the finish line first, visual confirmation of this is generally hard in LOTRO, given the latency differences between players.

Winning the race is not really the purpose, though. Basically, this is a short, adrenaline-filled event so the guests can remember local lore and build an appetite before the picnic starts in earnest. There may be some prizes involved, but most of all we want folks to have fun!

The route starts at the top of the Hill, heads down around the Party Tree below Bag End, and back to the start. All runners will likely start at once, and a fast run through the route will take approx. one minute.

We ask that the participants don't use mounts, speed buffs/skills/items or safe fall skills (burglars). Apart from this, the route to the party tree and back to the picnic spot is your own choice. Go fast or slow based on your preferences. Set off fireworks, dress like Lobelia, stop for a drink - your choice. If you want to brave Lobelia's garden and the steep cliffs below, be our guests! Good luck and have fun!


Summer Poetry competition

posted Jun 5, 2020, 4:47 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Jadite Bumblefoot

O the summer time has come
and the trees are sweetly blooming
and the wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather.

Will ye go lassie, go? 

The sun is almost at it's highest in the sky and ye all know what that means!

Tis the time once more ter see who will become this years Summer-time Bard

Barring no other gatherings booked there, we'll meet at the Grand stage near Bywater fer a grand night.

Tis traditional fer a some topics be given, fer those taking part ter base their poems on. This year is no different, ye'll have ter choose from the following:

Fishing, an adventure or a resident of the Shire (Either NPC or player)

Location: Methril Stage, Bywater.

When: Saturday 27th June

Time: 7:30 pm ((BST / 2:30 servertime))

Topics: fishing, an adventure or Shire resident

Prizes: Summer-Time bard title, plus anything else I can find down the sofa!

All races are welcome ter sign up fer this most grand event, and I'll look ferward ter seeing ye all on the night. Bring a picnic ter enjoy and music will be on hand fer yer dancing pleasure.

If yer interested in taking part then drop a message  via the fast post ter meself - Jadite or me Nannie.


Mystery of the Missing Rug

posted Jun 5, 2020, 4:19 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush

By Pycella Woodberry

Remember the news about Potty’s missing tab, and how Pycella wanted to trade the missing tab for a new rug, so that she wouldn’t have to serve as waitress at the Dragon forever more? Well, the plan didn’t work as well as planned. It seems that the Quickpost managed to the deliver the new rug to Michel Delving, but then, it disappeared from the local post office. The Quickpost hobbits suspect that someone stole it. According to some initial investigations the local bounders managed to do before heading over towards the Bird and Baby, the culprit should be somewhere in Michel Delving.


Now, Miss Pycella doesn’t want to give up like this. That’s why she invites everyone to help her out and solve the Mystery of the Missing Rug. Here are the details:


Date: Sunday 28th June

Time: 7:30PM ((UK time))

Location: In front of the Post Office, Michel Delving, the Shire


Welcome all to help a lass out of trouble!


PS. Although this hunt should be rather safe for all, the minimum belly size of 20 is recommended to enjoy it fully! Miss Pycella is bringing some very large pies to consume.


((OOC: This is a roleplaying event mainly for hobbits and travelling dwarves. We will stay inside Michel Delving for the whole event and solve some riddles. However, the minimum level of 20 is recommended for this event. If you have questions, please turn to Pycella, the organizer.


There have been some similar “treasure hunts” in the past. Here’s a summary of the pierate treasure hunt, if you are interested.))

The Rootmorton Hog-Roast and Pipe-Weed Party

posted Jun 1, 2020, 7:37 AM by Peppy Bristlebrush   [ updated Jun 8, 2020, 3:42 AM ]

By Cellirica Goldworthy

The Concerning Pipeweed Kinship is planning an Evening Feast to celebrate their founding in Afterlithe 1417 S.R.

The Afterlithe party is open to all the hobbits of The Shire.  Just bring yourself and a bottle of wine and join in the fun

The party will be held at 4 Myrtle Court, Rootmorton (Shire Homesteads)  Arrive at  19.30 on 25 June and feast until 21.00.  There will be a succulent hog-roast for all you pork aficionados!

Also for your Entertainment The Evendim Hillbillies will be taking the stage to sing their popular Oatbarton songs and tunes.

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.
I hope that you will have time to call and join in with our party

Thanking you,

Miss Cellirica  Goldworthy

Preparations are being made for the Overlith Party in Rootmorton.

The Forest Comes Alive wit the Sound of Music

posted May 26, 2020, 7:57 AM by Tibba Stoutfoot


What a truly awesum May OAKS!

Usually the OAKS concerts showcase the talent within just one band .....
but this time ...
twenty-four mighty talented folks from many of the outstandin bands that play all over Middle Earth came t'gether fer an incredible concert!
featurin the music of ....
Bruzo of A Rock & a Hard Place,
Irenella of the the Great Willow Blues Band,
Kenghis of the Mardi Gras Party band, 
Peppy of the Green Brambles,
Reganilda of Ohrwurm,
Strovar of ARDA,
and Vercingetorik of the Gallic Frogs.

the wonderful singin of Hollybery and Strovar ...

and displayin the wondrous musical talent of ....
Agago, Ajjano, Belaya, Berwenn, Blula, Bragomur, Bruzo,  Fiyalka, Frie, Gerhalt, Halgoreth, Hollybery, Irenella, Kenghis, Kirgon, Peppy, Radvat, Reganilda, Strovar, Szorcha, Tomlyn, Vercingetorik, Vethlo, and ...Acorne (I had the great honor ta play as well).

Thanks also to a fabulous audience who came to share this time wit us in the Oldfurlong neighborhood of the Shire and hear the spectacular music of these accomplished musicians.

A special thanks ta dear Miss Leddy ....  and Master Palarandir.... fer preservin this luvly memory fer all of us.

Fer those who mite have missed the May OAKS or want ta see the Cathedral play agin ...ya'll get a chance in June!
Cause they ...along wit all the bands that have played in the OAKS over the past season ...
will be back ta each play agin fer 30 minutes in the Forest of OAKS.

Come on back on Saturday June 6th and ya can enjoy all of them agin!!!!

We'll smoke, drink, maybee have a nibble or three, all them elufs can kick off their shoes
  ( Ya no they want ta )
while we dance the day away listenin ta ....
 well just look at the poster ..~giggles~

Bring all the gaffers & gammers out fer a luvly day in the Forest of OAKS ....
in fact ...bring the whole family  ..everyone be welcome in the Forest!

This is gonna be truly AMAZIN!!!
I think maybee ya'll see sum of them oak trees dancin along ...maybee ~grins~

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

when:    Saturday June 6th at six bells in the evenin
              (( 18:00 UK time / 19:00 CET / 13:00 server time ))

warm hugs ta everyone,

The Badgers “By the Pool” rehearsal

posted May 18, 2020, 1:09 PM by Tibba Stoutfoot   [ updated May 18, 2020, 1:10 PM ]

by Lina Willowwood

Fine for fishing. Even more so for music! The Brandy Badgers are Bywater bound!

Date: Monday May 25
Time: 7:30PM UK time / 2:30 PM servertime
Location: Bywater pool, The Shire

The Brandy Badgers never really play concerts, but them’s pretty well good at having public rehearsals. And they’re just burning in with songs they didn’t manage to put into the Captain Fantastic project earlier this spring. So expect a lot of songs yer didn’t hear the Badgers play before. And the odd surprise! And certainly a few old Badgers favourites!

Come to dance, have fun and let’s twist it by the Pool!


This will be a public rehearsal with all the Elton John songs we didn’t find room for in the Captain Fantastic musical earlier this month. We’ll likely play a few other songs as well.

As usual, we love it if lots of hobbits come to listen and chat with us. Taller folks are very welcome too, but make sure yer don’t block the view of the hobbits!

Green Dragon Friday 12th Anniversary Party

posted May 10, 2020, 8:04 AM by Tibba Stoutfoot   [ updated May 10, 2020, 8:09 AM ]

by Lina Willowwood

Green Dragon Friday is 12 years old, and we shall, must and will celebrate! Welcome to the party on Friday May 22, hobbits!

Date: Friday May 22
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire, Laurelin server

Plans for the main party are still being sorted out, but here are some things to look forward to:

  • The Grand GDF Brew Biscuit Bake-off – win prizes by baking biscuits! The recipe must include one of the drinks sold by Barmy, the Green Dragon innkeeper! See rules below and sign up in advance!
  • The Grand GDF Mini-play – we’ll have a short play performance!
  • 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 Three-Farthing Stone 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.

The biscuit Bake-off

We’ll have a biscuit baking competition this year. The aim of the competition is to find out who bakes the best biscuits which includes one of the drinks sold by Barmy at the Green Dragon, as well as have some fun on the way!

Obviously, there is no way to have a jury eat your biscuits and judge the quality of it in-game. That’s why we will ask the participants to describe the basics of their baked biscuits. The jury will then choose the biscuit they think sound the best. It will be subjective, but then again, most matters of taste are.

How to enter

To enter the biscuit bake-off, please do the following:

  1. Be (or create) a hobbit on the Laurelin server
  2. Send a letter 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. By signing up, we’ll act as if you have also sent a sample of 20 biscuits in advance to the jury.
  3. Check the rules below.
  4. Come to the Green Dragon for the anniversary party on Friday May 22 and be prepared to join the bake-off.


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

  1. Present the name of your biscuit. The name should indicate what kind of biscuit this is. For instance, “This is Ma Willowwood’s sticky honey oat biscuits”.
  2. Describe what your biscuits look like, by a single emote text. This could be the shape, colour, appearance or any other interesting information about the visuals of your biscuit. For instance, “/e holds up a pale round sticky-looking biscuit, slightly burned on top”. Short and sweet does it.
  3. Answer two questions in /say when prompted by the jury.
    • What are the main ingredients in your biscuit recipe?
      Remember, you must include at least one Barmy-bought drink in the biscuit batter, see list below.
    • What is your best serving suggestion for this biscuit?
      Give us an example of the best way to enjoy your biscuit. Does it work well with other food and drink, on special occasions, for special meals, etc.?

Include one of the following drinks in the batter:

  • 1404 Vintage Reserve. Red Wine (flagon). White Wine (flagon). Ale (frothy pint). Green Dragon’s Breath Ale. Hard cider. Mead. Beer (small).

Keep your answers fitting to your character and the LOTRO universe, yet most of all short and simple in case there are many participants! Avoid power-emoting (for instance, variations of “this is clearly the best and most fabulous biscuit 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! Short and simple is sweet! Finally, remember that all biscuits should be edible and not poisonous, but they don’t necessarily have to taste good…

After all biscuits have been presented, the jury will deliberate a bit and vote on the winner.

All participants will get a reward. The top baker will also win fine prizes, as well as be awarded a title and likely 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!

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