On Wednesday 7th of December 2016 the following announcement was made at “Night of the Muses”, on the Laurelin server in LOTRO.
Every Christmas J. R. R. Tolkien wrote a letter from Father Christmas, to his children.
They were posthumously published in a book called “The Father Christmas Letters”.
“The Father Christmas Letters” was edited by Baillie Tolkien, the wife of Christopher Tolkien.
Saturday is Baillie’s 75th Birthday.
To celebrate a group of bands are holding a mini-festival.
On Saturday “Baillie’s Birthday Bash” takes place at the Methel Stage, on Laurelin, starting at 7:30pm GMT, 20:30 CET, 2:30pm Server.
This was all true except the bands were meeting to celebrate “Blula’s Birthday Bash”, for the *mumbles indistinctly* birthday of a very special hobbit lass, Miss Blula (A.K.A. Minimim, Sase and Verity). It was organised and hosted by Miss Belaya of the “Struck by Moonlight” band, to thank Miss Blula for all the help and encouragement she has given and for all she has done for the LOTRO music community.
So on Saturday 10th of December 2016 an expectant audience gathered at the Methel Stage.
On Saturday 19th November 2016 the Rolling Kegs played a concert of “Music From The Mithril Screen” in the Greenhouse at Thorin’s Hall, on the Laurelin sever in LOTRO. As the title suggests, they played songs from the movies and TV. The Greenhouse at Thorin’s Hall is rarely used as a venue and the light there has a unique, atmospheric green colour, so I thought I’d post some screenshots of the event. If you’ve never visited the Greenhouse, the door to it is between the main Thorin’s Hall building and the skirmish camp.
A long shot showing light streaming into the Greenhouse behind the band.
On the first day of Blotmath (Saturday 22nd October 2016), the annual Overhill Fishing Contest was held on the Laurelin server in LOTRO. Sadly the weather was overcast and rainy, but what can you expect in Blotmath. After an introduction by the organiser, Master Ponso Pondhopper, the contestants made their way over to the pond.
On Sunday 2nd October 2016 “The Drunken Horse Race” took place on the Crickhollow server in LOTRO. At Elevenses earlier that day somebody asked “how do you get a horse drunk?”. It was pointed out to them that it was the rider who was drunk, not the horse. So I headed up to the start line the Thorin’s Hall, to take part in the race and also planning to get some screenshots. However the best laid plans of mice and hobbits oft go awry. The flaw in my cunning plan was that while drunk the whole world looks blurry. Never the less I present my efforts below.
The race was eventually won by Nidolhon, with Dorren second and Feroil third. Great fun was had by all and many thanks to the organiser Master Pontin and the judges.
On Saturday 1st October 2016 the second “Music over Arnor” concert took place, at Amon Raith in the North Downs, on the Landroval server in LOTRO. It was to commemorate the 8th Anniversary of the opening of the Russian LOTRO servers; now gone but not forgotten. The concert featured a mixture of Russian and non-Russian bands.
The Bands were:
Under The Sunlit Sky and Friends (from Notenzauber)
The Andune Ensemble
Finally a super-group, consisting of members of the band who played in the concert, played some closing numbers.
Not all is sweetness and light in the LOTRO music world. On Gwaihir the viscious turf war between Instant Play, on one side, and Bert Bartleby and Old Rattlepacks on the other, continues unabated. While Old Rattlepacks looks like he is about to eat Miss Threva’s hat, it is Master Loplyn I am most worried about. He is standing at the dangerous end of Old Rattlepacks.
On Thursday 22nd September 2016 the Brago Brothers, Bragomur and Bragomus, were the guest band at the fortnightly Die Monbarden concert on the Belegaer server in LOTRO. The band are new on the music scene, having only played in front of an audience for the first time at the Night of the Muses on Laurelin the previous night. To mark the occasion I thought I would post some screen shots I took at the concert.
On Friday 9th September 2016, on the Laurelin server in LOTRO, Green Dragon Friday moved, for one week only, to the Floating Log Inn. This was because the Farmer’s Faire in Bywater meant that the Green Dragon Inn would be too crowded. I thought I would record this annual occurrence with some screenshots.