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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 4, 2020, 5:25 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!

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!

News report from Hobbiton-Bywater: Potty’s Tab Gone Missing

posted May 10, 2020, 7:57 AM by Tibba Stoutfoot

Something mysterious has happened at the Green Dragon inn on Friday, April 24th. Yes, someone did have the guts to sit in Matzo’s chair, but something else happened too: Potty’s precious tab got lost! The innkeeper, Barmy Rootknot, is furious. He suspects Miss Pycella, who was waitressing and watering the rug with ale during that very night. Now she should pay a hefty sum for the missing tab notes. Or do waitressing at the Dragon for evermore… However, Miss Pycella has come up with a plan.


Most of us have heard the rumours about Miss Pycella holding her belly in the garden. Be it a pie-eaters belly or not, the rumours have also reached the ears of Pycella’s uncle Toggo who lives in Southfarthing. Master Toggo is very happy about the baby news and wants to send a prized family heirloom to Pycella as a gift for the next generation of Woodberries. And that heirloom is… a rug. Yes, miss Pycella saw her way to escape the endless waitressing: she could trade the precious rug for the missing tab. Barmy is happy with the solution already, so it’s settled then. Miss Pycella asked Toggo to send the rug over to Bywater. Now, she puts her faith in the local Quickpost services and hopes for the best. We can always rely on the Quickpost, right? Right?


Let’s see how things evolve!

((These happenings might lead to a mysterious roleplaying adventure later, probably in June. There is a possibility that some characters under level 20 might not get the full experience of the adventure, so now is a good time to grow your bellies a bit to enjoy things fully! Stay tuned for more information.))

Invitation to Davlo Diggle's Burrow Warming

posted May 10, 2020, 7:42 AM by Tibba Stoutfoot

By Davlo Diggle

Hullo everyone!

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I wandered into the Green Dragon on a Friday evening and was met by such a bunch of friendly hobbits. Of course Miss Lina had me introduce myself to you all and tell the story of how I recently moved here and purchased a nice hobbit hole. Well, over the past few weeks, I’ve been working extra hard and cleaning and getting things sorted out, that I’m finally ready to start having guests. Of course guests were always welcome, and I did see some footprints, so maybe I’ve just been missing you if you’ve stopped by in your travels.  So as to not miss you the next time, I have an announcement!


You are all hereby invited to a housewarming gathering at 4 Wending Way, Maltmead, in the Shire Homesteads, at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 16th. Beer, ale, pipeweed, pies, cakes, muffins and mushrooms will all be provided as my cupboards will be open for everyone! We will have a tour of the place, my cousins will be down and we’ll play some music for everyone, and we’ll even partake in a game at some point. If you want you can even bring your fishing pole and try to catch that big fish that keeps taking my bait! And to show everyone we’re having a party, feel free to shoot of some fireworks anytime (there will be some of those provided too!)


So tell all your friends, and come join me on the 16th! Hope to see you there!

Marvelous Music Blooms in the May OAKS

posted May 2, 2020, 1:50 PM by Tibba Stoutfoot   [ updated May 2, 2020, 1:54 PM ]

By Acorne Oakley

We be havin a lovely Spring in the Shire!

them March winds blew in a bunch of seeds …then the April rains caused them ta germinate & grow ….the rains of April brought all of us lucky enuf ta be there a beautiful rainbow of a truly awesum collection of music beautifully played by the Lil Wanderers ..  what a fun evenin wit the band that truly knows how ta party!
We smoked, drank, nibbled a bit, danced, and most of all …. laughed agin wit the Lil Wanderers!
Four kind and carin folks …them Lil Wanderers …that had us all fergettin any troubles we mite have …like them pesky spiders that keep poppin up all over Middle Earth
…why the nite was fun even fer the band cause they gots ta take a break in the midst of their concert when Master Whye convinced them ta let him & Master Hooh entertain us fer a few
( I’m sure Master Whye will return our “stage” as soon as he gits it polished )
If ya wants ta enjoy that fun evenin agin …just look at these drawings by our favorite artist ….
thanks bunches Miss Leddy

Now   …. the month of May has rolled around and here be the BLOOMS! wondrous… many kinds ….enuf ta make  us all want ta get out and run barefoot thru the grass
Run where ya ask?? where else??
Run back ta Oldfurlong down in the Shire homesteads of Laurelin!
Run back ta enjoy all the blooms ….oh no not just simple flowers ..nah
y’all no what is bloomin in Oldfurlong   ….do ya? Of course!       MUSIC!!!!!!     It be the May OAKS!

well I said a bunch of blooms …music ..and this music will be played by a HUGE band…TWENTY-FOUR folks in all!
that’s rite ….ya herd me rite ~giggles~
24 folks be playin loud enuf ta make all of Oldfurlong & a bunch of other homesteads start dancin!
well…smokin …drinkin …maybee have a nibble or two …and dancin
    ( most definitely dancin! )
Usually this be where I show you a drawing of the band what be comin ta the OAKS,,,
but this time ya gotta come & see fer yerselves …cause this be two many folks fer me ta get inta just one drawing
we gots folks t’gether not just from their burrows at the base of the Laurelin tree but also the music be comin from far-off Belly-Gear, from folks that have climbed down off them great eagles Gwaihir & Landroval, from folks up from the river Sirannon …and many many more
I told ya it was ta be twenty-four in all!

Come join us fer what mite be the most exceptional evenin ya ever had….well except fer that evenin when ya went walkin wit that lad down by the Brandywine River bridge.
OOPS!  I wasnt sup’osed ta tell that!
sorry but no worries (no one herd that part)

Come on over on Saturday May 9th fer the marvelous music of ..

                      The Cathedral of Musical Friendship

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

When :  Saturday May 9th at eight bells in the evenin
              (( 20:00 UK time / 21:00 CET / 15:00 server time ))

warm, gentle hugs ta all of ya,

All Hail Our New Queen and King!

posted May 2, 2020, 12:44 PM by Tibba Stoutfoot   [ updated May 2, 2020, 12:54 PM ]

Dear readers,

 your votes have spoken, and the Shire has its new Queen and King: Queen Pennyroyal and King Matzo!

 Our newly-crowned royalty is happy and eager to take up their duties:

We wish them all the best for the year!

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