Today marks an important date in my life as a Hobbit of Middle-earth, because I finally completed Volume I of the Epic Quest storyline!
I used to skip all the Epic Quests, because I was incredibly lazy and, being able to play only few hours a week in small chuncks of time, I wanted to explore new places without putting much effort to complete instances. After finishing Moria and getting tired of the Lothlorien repeatable quests, I found myself a little burned out with the game, I didn’t want to risk my life in Mirkwood yet and I didn’t want to purchase other regions. Thankfully my friends convinced me that the Epic Quest line wasn’t that bad, so I decided to give it a second chance and I picked it up from where I had left, like Book IV. I had 11 books of quests to complete and it looked like an impossible thing to do for me. But here I am with my new beautiful pony celebrating the victory!
I really enjoyed the story and I think LOTRO did a great job with these new characters that weren’t part of Tolkien’s original work. Here are some screenshots of the last part of the journey.
My plans are now to become Kindred with the Galadhrim and finish Volume II of the Epic Quest line, because I (obviously) neglected it when I was playing in Moria last year. Then, I’ll allow myself to continue helping Bingo Boffin and finally explore Mirkwood.
My goal for the future is to do the Epic Quests along with the regional ones, this way I’ll have a mix of easy and difficult things to do, I’ll keep up with the story and I won’t find myself again doing an instance after another. Lesson learned.
Yesterday, I ventured myself to Fornost during one of the historical field trips that the Grand Order organised. Despite the desolate place full of danger things and creatures, we had a great time!
The purpose of the trip was to reach Fornost, the northern city where the free people stood against an ancient evil a thousand years ago. If you want to know more about this place and the role played by the Hobbits in this story, Lina published a very interesting lecture on her blog.
Here some pictures from last night.
It’s always nice having guests in my little burrow.
From the latest Songburrow Burrow Crawl event.
What a journey! It took us so much time and effort, but there actually were hobbits to find at the end of the path. They speak a strange dialect and have beards, like the Dwarves, can you believe that?
They look hospitable and we’re going to spend one last night with them at Maur Tulhau between music and food, of course.
Echad Dunann to Maur Tulhau -Saturday, October 10th
Quite an adventure! This is something that should be written in our diaries.
I didn’t want to go to Forochel, my last experience there left me with only bad memories of that place and I didn’t want to repeate the quest-die flow again. Fortunately updated gears and my warden skills helped a lot (beware hunters, this region seems not being a good fit if you’re a hobbit) and I actually helped the Lossoth people.
I started my quests in Kauppa-kohta and I managed to not die a single time, a miracle indeed. Then I moved to Pynti-peldot, not my favourite place, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Finally, I reached Zigilgund and I enjoyed my time helping the Dwarves.
I liked so much this place that I was almost sad when I’ve been sent to Sûri-kylä.
Fortunately the travel was safe and smooth and I arrived to the city in the ice, as they call it, safe and sound. The Lossoth are so different from the other Men, they live in strange houses built with ice and fabric and leather, somehow they look like big hobbit holes made up with different materials.
Well, I still have so much to do there that I don’t know when I’ll be able to leave. In the meantime I’ll admire the beautiful landscapes around me. The best part, in my opinion, is the sky.
This is what happened when a bunch of hobbits decide to visit their cousins in Gloomglens, Enedwaith. More info about the Grand Journey Home can be found at Lina’s burrow.
Unfortunately I missed the first leg of the journey, but I reached my friends in time for the other ones.
Bree to Ost Guruth – Sunday, September 13th
Ost Guruth to Rivendell – Saturday, September 19th
Rivendell to Echad Dunann – Sunday, September 27th
Yuletide is my favourite moment of the year, I always look forward for all the parties and the annual trips to Frostbluff. The last festival was a very good one and I’d like to share some happy memories.