Friday, January 11, 2019

2018 Yule Outfit Contest Winners

After seventy two submissions, nearly three weeks, a fair voting process, and some discussion, the outfit blogs of Material Middle-earth, Cosmetic LOTRO, and Wandering Around Arda are proud to finally present the winners of the 2018 Yule Outfit Contest!

As a reminder, each entry was carefully examined against the following criteria:

  • Representative of the Yule spirit or Wintry ambiance.
  • Originality of the overall design.
  • Integration of the various pieces used.
  • Blending of dye colors.
  • Overall impression and quality of the screenshot.

Although it wasn't easy, judging these submissions was truly an honor. All of the outfits we received were beautiful. Lots of care, passion, and enthusiasm went into each and every one. Just from effort alone, I wish it were possible to award everybody a prize. Unfortunately, we could only pick three winners. Before I make the official announcement, I invite everyone to view all of our entries via this Flickr album. Player names are attached to each image.

Without further ado, congratulations to our three fashionistas below!


First Place: 1550 LOTRO Points

Holfi of Laurelin

Head: Wintry Yule Cap (Crimson, random reward from the Sack of Presents during the Yule Festival)
Shoulders: Fur Mantle (Default, Yule Festival barter reward)
Back: Sage's Pack (White, LOTRO Store)
Chest: Ale Association Robe (Crimson, Ale Association reputation barter reward)
Hands: Extravagant Festival Gloves (Red, reward from Gain and Glory: Assist the Rich)
Feet: Ceremonial Ajokoira Shoes (Red, Lossoth Tailor reputation recipe)


Second Place: Perlino Steed (account-wide code)

Lisi of Arkenstone

Head: Trapper’s Bandana (Walnut brown, Skirmish Camp Cosmetics vendor)
Shoulders: Yule Scarf (White, Yule Festival barter reward)
Back: Elven Prospector’s Pack (White, T3 Tailor recipe)
Chest: From-bréost (Umber, reward from the Champions of the Falcon quest)
Hands: Storvâgûn’s Spare Gloves (Default, Yule Festival Festivity Tokens barter reward)
Feet: Storvâgûn’s Spare Boots (Default, Yule Festival Festivity Tokens barter reward)


Third Place: Hauberk of the Mithril Guard (account-wide code)

Mellime of Arkenstone

Shoulders: Grimbeorn's Shoulders (White, reward from the Beorning intro)
Back: Feathered-cloak of the North-men (Sea blue, Skirmish Camp Cosmetics vendor)
Chest: Ceremonial Hoary Aurochs Robe (Sea blue, Lossoth T5 Tailor reputation recipe)
Hands: Wildermore Survivor's Light Gloves (White, People of the Wildermore reputation vendor)
Feet: Silver-thread Slippers (Sea blue, Skirmish Camp Cosmetics vendor)


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Tempered and Sagacious

Material Middle-earth returns this week with another PvMP-centric appearance. Unlike December's Garrison Commander outfit, this one can be acquired, in full, without entering the Moors, but requires mithril coins to purchase. Normally, I don't post outfits that rely so heavily on real money (or ungodly luck from Hobbit Presents), but this something I love sporting on my Lore-master. And it feeds my shameless and often unsatiated love for the color purple.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

On Winter's Wings

This year's Yule Festival has been eagerly anticipated and welcomed with equal joy. Of all LOTRO's festivals, this is my absolute favorite. There's a large variety in the cosmetics offered (robes, cloaks, tunics, and dresses) through quests and vendors, as well as a multitude of titles, steeds, and a beautifully designed Yule portrait frame. Of course, I can't neglect mentioning the gorgeous belegaer blue dye! If you haven't seen the latest rewards, other than the robe pictured in this blog entry, I'd suggest checking out Wandering Around Arda's preview. If you're like me and have had little time to spare for LOTRO this holiday season, this link may help you make some time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Yule Outfit Contest 2018

Hymne from Cosmetic Lotro, Nathrien from Material Middle-earth, and Gloredh from Wandering Around Arda are honored and excited to announce aYule Outfit Contest! We humbly ask all of our enthusiastic outfitters to embrace their creativity this season and design fantastic Yule or Winter themed outfits for wonderful prizes!


First prize: 1550 LOTRO Points
Second prize: Perlino steed (account wide code)
Third prize: Hauberk of the Mithril Guard (account wide code)


We'll select the winning entries based on the following criteria:
  • Representative of the Yule spirit or Wintry ambiance.
  • Originality of the overall design.
  • Integration of the various pieces used.
  • Blending of dye colors.
  • Overall impression and quality of the screenshot.

How to enter the contest:
  • The contest begins on Wednesday December 19th, 2018. Entries may be submitted until midnight Eastern Standard Time on Sunday January 6th, 2019.
  • To enter the Yule Outfit Contest, send your entry to with the subject line “Yule Outfit Contest”.
  • An entry consists of ONE screenshot. The image may be cropped but should be at least 800px wide.
  • You may enter a maximum of three screenshots, but each entry must be sent in a separate email.
  • Your entry must include the following information: the name, class and level of the character in the screenshots, the server the character resides on, all armor and outfit pieces used in the screenshots and their respective dye colors.

Winning entries may be featured on all three Outfit Blogs.

Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place and are sponsored by Cosmetic Lotro, Material Middle-earth, and Wandering Around Arda. All decisions will be made by these blogs at their sole discretion and are final.

Have fun and good luck everyone!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Garrison Commander

Can I say how much I've loved having Bullroarer? Whenever I've finished testing what I wanted to test, and after giving appropriate feedback of course, I like to indulge my outfitting urges. Thanks to the Eyes and Guard Tavern located in Archet and Thorin's Hall, many of LOTRO's currencies are infinite. I've created or transferred multiple characters and completed the dailies found in the Tavern to cap my commendations, stockpile mithril coins, or collect whatever else I've desired. I'd been waiting for an opportunity to create this outfit, one that complimented the Great Axe of the Khazad-dûm Vaults, a weapons periodically available in the LOTRO Store.

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