Brandywine server, UC channel: Shire

If you never gave much thought to how chat in LOTRO functions, then you are stuck with very inconvenient default settings, from size of the fault to what tabs you have and what gets into these tabs.

Here is a link to the page on how to join the channel (its: /joinchannel shire ), how to work on all of your chat and in a few short moments to have a much better working interface:

Journey to rumored last original and still surviving Harfoot village

Guided by the eagles one can reach last original village of Harfoot Hobbits, locally still referred as “Holbytlan” in the northern mountainous valley of Anduin.

When first arriving village would appear empty, it is due to cautious nature of the inhabitants. Later on when made one self known in a positive light it becomes possible to observe all of the Village’s life.

There are actual guard posts on the outskirts
And more then one at that

After traveling in it opens up as a village of mossy holes that remind you in a way of the Frogmorton’s! With abundant fields of every kind everywhere as well as livestock and chicken pretty much free ranging throughout.

After a while it becomes possible to meet up with the leader of Lyndelby, her name is Madelgard Tucca.
Getting one’s reputation established and
nicely rounded off one has to check in with
the Grandmother Tucca several times.

Leader of Lyndelby lives in a very large house which has a lot of area devoted to a meeting space with others. Although the place seems to be loves, it is not cleaned all that often and rabbits make nests, while shrouded by dusty cobwebs.

After a while everyone becomes comfortable with you and you go out on picnics and they even confine in you that they do like the idea of going out there and seeing the world. Especially if there is more mountains to see.
Scenes of everyday life seems full of contentment and relaxation.
There are still legends alive of the whole group of the Fallohides going through the Misty Mountains and onto the Ereador!
All in all a tremendously pleasing experience of visiting northern ancestral lands of the Hobbits in our pre-Shire times and finding some still living there!
Not a place to forget and a place to visit again, stay around have some nice organic meals, drinks and something that apparently has spread to the Hobbits outside the Shire: Unique local types of pipe-weed.

Fake News. Mathom Bread does not exist.

And so on my journeys sometimes I see what is going on and even in so called “World Chat”.

This here made me spit my drink (it became a choking hazard!) of a delish Cup of the  Superb Second Breakfast Coffee.

This Sir here, fake_news made following message available to us all:

[World] Sannio: ‘Hear yee — Hear yee – Hobbits short and Hobbits small! ‘Make The Shire Great Again’ is now recruiting; Hobbits only. We are a Lore-RP based kinship of Halfling folk. So butter that Mathom Bread and send me a message of request! Cheers my fellow Hobbits.

I have quickly challenged him to produce any of the Mathom Bread. He was at a loss.

He is clearly not from the Shire at all, for he does not know or understand what a “Mathom” is. Here is a link to some facts about Mathoms:

Mathom was the hobbit term for anything which they had no use for but were unwilling to throw away. Their holes and houses usually were quite crowded with mathoms. Hobbits were very fond of giving mathoms to one another; on birthdays, it was tradition that the hobbit who had the birthday would give a gift to anyone who attended his party. This way mathoms travelled from hand to hand often around the whole Shire and sometimes finding their way back to the original owner. Weapons and other gear of war was usually looked upon as mathoms in the Shire and usually they became trophies hanging over fireplaces or on walls.

Museums in the Shire were called Mathom-Houses. The most significant one was at Michel Delving. Bilbo Baggins loaned his Mithril mail to be displayed there, which shows the extraordinary character of hobbits. Even if a suit of armour was made of the most precious metal in all of Middle-earth and set with white gems, it still did not have any practical use and was thus regarded as a mere mathom.  From:

So, Mathoms have these qualities, of uselessness, (Hobbit’s world view is different, what is useful to some, is useless in the Shire) indestructibility, (fact of life, they abound all over, can not be avoided, if found) and collectable (but really only in the Shire).

Bread and butter, can NOT be a Mathom.

Fundamentally all Shire based kinships are to the inclusion of Hobbits, for us to band together and support one another. Not to the exclusion of others.

Shire is pretty great as it is. No need to invent things to see any need to make it great again.

The 12 Lovely Years

I personally have not logged in onto LOTRO for anywhere near 12 years, much fewer for me and I have never pulled any long time continuously. But this game has very good feel to it and I always plan on coming in, again and again.sharp_tail01

Here is a picture of Anniversary invitations (it’s an event of the Anniversary Festival). Some of the envelopes would get stuck on the tail of the Boar fountain decoration or by the South Bree Town’s gate. somewhat funny 🙂

Here is LOTRO WIKI on the “process” here:


Imbue process for Legendary Class Item / Weapon

Lets make an outline of the steps in the process. I am going to go on a lot of information that others provided and I have not had patience to test, so in both instances my own ideas and others information it can be wrong. But in general Imbue process seems very good and sends your Legendaries in good direction. At the time of writing I have got one of my 2 items imbued and it is in 40ties, -I am happy with the the progress so far.

What does one need?

Weapon and class item of min level 100 of First Age, Second Age or Third Age. -It is said that in the end they arrive at very similar result but First Age Class Item and Weapon are easier to bring to the end, the other two (later age) items will require more work.

You want to Imbue your Item after certain modifications are done to the max because it will assist you with a higher starting point. They are:

  1. Star-lit crystal (Anfalas level 100+) upgrades done – legendary items before they are imbued allow for 3 upgrades. This is the 3 stars that light up in the area of the panel near DPS rating. After they are imbued they will allow this rating to go to level 69, each level after reaching last unlocked level will require another crystal or an in panel Mithrill coin purchase of the next level.
  2. An extra level of experience unlocked and your item or weapon now can achieve level 70 experience instead of regular default level of 60. It is obtained through use of appropriate level (Anfalas 100+) Scroll of Delving. It is good to raise DPS at level 70 to the max 1st. then raise the legacy you like the most next. -It will result in the highest unlocked level at the start. For non DPS, the legacies themselves you will need to apply Scroll of Empowerment (Anfalas level 100+) As we are working with 7 legacies that will require about 30 to 40 scrolls each raising starting unlocked min level by adding exp level 70 to un-imbued Legendary will save you some time and energy.
  3. An extra legacy slot revealed and your item or weapon now has 7 legacies instead of usual 6. -This is achieved through application of Anfalas level Crystal of Remembrance.
  4. All the 7 legacies that are installed in the item or weapon are the ones that you want to have there for the life of your new Best friend, the legendary weapon or the item. This is achieved by often deconstructing level 100 legendary items that you level in your legendary panel to level 30 in order to take the legacy you like out. Level 30 is the first level with allows you to take one of the legacies out at the time of deconstruct. As it is not a good idea to imbue item or weapon of lesser level then 100, regardless of it’s age. These earlier level Legendaries if slotted should be experienced to the end (level 60) to provide you with higher value relics and IXP (item experience) ruin to reapply to your final (level 100) legendary.
  5. If after application of Star-lit Crystals, Scroll of Delving and Crystal of Remembrance you do not want to take time to gain experience through adventuring, then you will need to apply some ruins of item experience that you were saving for this day in your Vault hopefully. And having done all this, making sure that all the legacies that you want are in place, all the crystals applied and your Legendary is at level 70 with all the points distributed. Now you are ready to go see the forge master to click “Imbue” button in his interface. That simple, new chapter in the life of your Legendary begins, finally!


A very thorough article on the process, with pictures. At Lotro Forums:

DADI’s Guides to everything are just excellent drop in there to quickly check this one:

Here is a Video on top of everything else that at this point is unnecessary to watch, but who would not watch a video for the fun of it? Besides Thomas Huayra made many videos for all of us and if you have not seen one, maybe it’s time to get introduced.

My personal feel is that it would not be a good idea to mix trait tree line abilities in the list of the legacies that one lines up with the 7 available in weapon and 7 that are available in the class item. Usually stacking more of the same always produces positive result.

Here is the list of all legacies with information on how they will change after the imbue process. It is a good idea to get to know this list a bit before you are ready to imbue so that you would take the legacies you like from slotted Legendaries used for the purpose of farming legacies. In other words, make up your mind about what you want and go for the pile of scrolls that you think you need to get ready for the imbue time.

The wiki page:

And a bi-lingual English – Russian page:


  • Get weapon / Class Item you like to stick with for a while.
  • Experience to your Legendary to level 40, then add / change legacies to the same level  (age does not matter, but level does, lover level legacies will not work in higher level item) as your legendary that you saved from deconstructs, making all legacies the ones you like.
  • Unlock 7th legacy and add it in.
  • Unlock extra 10 levels of experience overall with total available at 70 and experience your item to that level.
  • Add 3 Star-lit crystals at some point before the imbue.
  • When all is done go to Forge master and in their panel click “imbue”.
  • All done, now keep getting scrolls of empowerment and star-lit crystals to unlock more levels till all of them make it to 69, Mithrill coins provide an alternative to leveling your DPS and legacies as well.

Enjoy and thank you for reading.

A word of THE farming

If it was up to me I would want forester, prospector and farmer as  a general vacation. And as of now I see it as the only setback to completely perfect way the Yeoman is set up is that you miss out on the mining of the ore nodes and the chopping of the branches in the landscape as you run through it. So by default you in a way end up missing on these opportunities…

Here is the list of combinations one can have in a given path…

However what you get in return is a lot. Up to level 30 farming and getting to master level on all of the tiers is in fact a very good source of experience levels for your character. After level 30 it continues to still give you exp but it does not feel (or is) as much. On the top tier of doomfold one earns 75 exp points without boosts per planting.

-It is also possible to harvest (more exp) and then process your crops into useful ingredients (more exp).

This video without words (just the farming 101)ending u with a SMOKE is shot in Michael Delving on the farms of the South Fields.

Then this video explores in slight more detail how small invested capital and good amount of hard time together with investment of time (not a lot, just may seem monotonous). All that yields good results.

Let’s embed one of them to illustrate our perfect, slow and steady course of leveling towards the next big thing.

Happy farming for exp, ingredients, boredom, whatever you get from it, enjoy 🙂