The Laurelin hobbit calendar

This is a calendar of hobbit events on the LOTRO Laurelin server, typically events in the Shire and hosted by hobbits. If you have events you want added to the calendar, send me a letter!

Finding the correct time for your location

All times in the calendar are given in current London/UK time.  The LOTRO servertime (Boston/US East Coast time) is usually 5 hours behind London time. To see the servertime while in-game, just type /servertime.

Current times are:

  • Servertime
  • London Time

If you are unsure what London time is in your current time zone, you can use this time zone converter.

Colour categories:

  • Blue: General announcements of special interest dates (hobbit months, festival periods etc.)
  • Green: Public events, open for all hobbits
  • Red: Kin events for hobbits in the Grand Order of the Lost Mathom
Apr
16
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Apr 16 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Rehearsal for The Brandy Badgers! New song notes are available in the usual place!

The Badgers rehearsals are public, so stop by if yer want to listen and dance a bit.

Date: Every other Monday
Time: 7:30PM UK time onwards
Location: Michel Delving, town square

Apr
19
Thu
LOTRO 11th anniversary
Apr 19 – May 13 all-day

LOTRO is 11 years old, and the anniversary festival is on!

Anniversary dates! Start: 4/19/18@10am. End: 5/14/18@3am. All times servertime.

General information about the anniversaries on LOTRO Wiki

More about the 11th anniversary on the official LOTRO pages.

Yard Party: Black Salad Day @ Michel Delving
Apr 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Black Salad Day returns to the B&B Yard Party. More information in the Gazette.

Apr
20
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Apr 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Green Dragon

Date: Every Friday
Time: 7:30PM UK time (usually 2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, Laurelin server

Weekly hobbit gathering at the Green Dragon inn in Bywater, running ever since May 18 2008. This is an event for and by hobbits, although a few visiting traveling dwarves are always welcome. It is also a 100% in-character event, so don’t go talking about things not belonging in Middle Earth!

Come along for songs, dances, poetry, tales, riddles, news and much grand roleplaying! And do offer yer own entertainment, if yer like!

At other times over the year, GDF will move to other inns in the Shire. The new years party is usually held at the Plough and Stars in Brockenborings, while we always escape Bywater when the mayor hosts the Farmer’s faire in the late summer.

Event guidelines:

Green Dragon Friday is an in-character roleplaying event aiming to replicate a lively hobbit night at the inn. We try to enable a healthy lively hobbit roleplayer community here on Laurelin. To help us do this, please follow these guidelines:

Short version:

  • Be a hobbit!
  • Be in-character, talk about things belonging in Middle-Earth. That also goes for entertainment!
  • Avoid forced emotes, unnatural pets inside, spamming with emotes, etc.!
  • Take part, be active!
  • Try avoid multi-boxing!
  • Keep news and events relevant for Shire hobbits!
  • Acknowledge what others are doing, spread out if things are too busy!

Longer version:

  • While travelling dwarves are welcome to stop at the inn for a refreshing ale during their travels, we ask that elves and menfolk do not attend the event. Men and elves were rarely (if ever) seen in the Shire villages, and especially not the inns. However, if yer have quests to do at the inn, by all means come inside to finish them
  • Be in-character – be a hobbit! Keep player interactions (chats, emotes) and entertainment in-character, basically by talking about the things that hobbits in Middle-Earth would. Don’t discuss real-life modern-day things, game mechanics, etc.
  • Avoid using forced emotes, setting off fireworks inside, bringing pets that wouldn’t belong in an inn, throwing 3000 snowballs, emote spamming, etc.
  • Be active and engage with the others. It is better to participate than to just stand around waiting for others to entertain you (however, feel free to come observe things the first few times).
  • Avoid multi-boxing with lots of alts. Yes, we know that you love to pull off that fat sound of a many-musician band. However, when the room is full of similarly-clad robots marching in line (if they move at all), who don’t respond when you talk to them, things get rather creepy and the immersion we look for is often ruined.
  • Entertainers are very welcome! Just sign up with the hobbit hosting the event, preferably by a /tell. Note that we absolutely love solo bards/performers – a lone lute-player is often better suited for the inn setting than a huge band. Also note that we absolutely love other kinds of entertainment than music: Poems, stories, riddles, the latest news from the Shire… lovely! If you want to play music, it is grand if yer aim for a folksy hobbity vibe, with reels, jigs, waltzes, hornpipes and the likes.
  • Gossip and news is very welcome! This helps bring life to the event and the roleplaying in the Shire. Just remember to keep things in-character. Related to events: We generally don’t advertise events held on other servers, events not of hobbit interest, events not held in the Shire or events not of a roleplaying character.
  • The inn can sometimes be busy, especially near the entertainment fireplace. It is good if you keep this in mind when interacting with others, go into crowds to talk to someone, etc. Some examples: If someone is reciting a stirring poem from the battle of Greenfields, it is probably good to wait a bit to run up and say hello to them. If someone is regaling the crowd with an exciting tale, it can undermine the mood if you move two feet away from them and talk about things not related to the tale at all. If you’re doing a deep discussion with just one other person there, it could make sense to move away from the busiest part of the inn, for instance to the bar or another corner. This is mostly a matter of acknowledging what is going on at the inn and making an attempt of not undermining the roleplaying efforts of others.

Additionally, we ask that participants follow the roleplaying rules and policy for Laurelin, with regard to player names, chat behaviour and harassment.

Lastly, while the above may sound like a long list of rules, don’t worry too much! Them hobbits are a friendly and tolerant lot, eager to welcome new visitors to the inn. See yer there!

Questions about the event?

Contact: Lina, Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

Apr
21
Sat
The Return of the Flute (A Brandy Badgers Spring Musical) @ Overhill
Apr 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Them say that Shire badgers greet the spring with song, after having run into mad ol’ Jethro back in the day. Total nonsense of course… but wouldn’t it be fun if it were so?

Date: Saturday April 21st, 2018
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Overhill, The Shire

As usual, we’ll just have to go try find those singing spring badgers in the Shire forests. As usual, we’ll probably be disappointed. So, the Brandy Badgers have a backup musical for the night, telling the tale of … mad ol’ Jethro, the one who first ran into the mystical musical badgers back in the day. 50 years after he started making music in the Shire, he has lost is flute! He needs a new one! The toolsmith won’t give him one! Things are bad! Things have to get better!

Welcome to a tale of high drama, low comedy, hard tests and soft berries! And lots of standing on one leg while playing the flute. Come join us!

The play will be held just outside of Overhill, by the river northeast of the village. If you’re in the center of Overhill, just follow the road north toward Brockenborings, the musical is performed just outside of the village fence. See details/pictures here.

OOC details:
The event will be a musical, based around the real-life music of Jethro Tull. After all, they celebrate their 50th anniversary these days. However, the story and song lyrics are performed in the /say channel and will all be somewhat LOTRO lore relevant.

The musical will be performed by The Brandy Badgers, an in-house music collective of the Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

This is a hobbit-themed tale, although if there are travellers from out of bounds who have good reason to be into hobbit music and badger mythology, then by all means come! Just remember to behave well and stay at the back, so you don’t block the view of the locals! This is also a roleplaying event, so please keep chat in-character and don’t discuss things not belonging in Middle Earth.

Apr
22
Sun
Thrimidge
Apr 22 all-day

Fifth month in the hobbit calendar.

22 April to the 21st of May.

Hobbit calendar

Apr
23
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Apr 23 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

market standardBiweekly hobbit market in Michel Delving, held at the ovens and crafting area!

Time: 7:30PM UK time
Location: Michel Delving ovens and crafting area

Especially good for young hobbits setting out on their journeys in Middle Earth, since they can get quality goods fer reasonable prices. More information here!

Contact: Tibba and Nimelia, Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

Apr
24
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Apr 24 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

market standardBiweekly hobbit market in Michel Delving, held at the ovens and crafting area!

Time: 7:30PM UK time
Location: Michel Delving ovens and crafting area

Especially good for young hobbits setting out on their journeys in Middle Earth, since they can get quality goods fer reasonable prices. More information here!

Contact: Tibba and Nimelia, Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

Apr
26
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
Apr 26 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

bird and baby

The Bird and Baby staff hosts a weekly yard party at the inn, ending “when the last guest leaves”. All good people are welcome. Sometimes there are visiting bands or other planned events, at other times, entertainment is provided by you, the patrons!

When there is a scheduled event, feel free to play music, tell stories or whatever during breaks, but we ask that you yield the stage to the evening’s main act at their discretion.

Free Beer and Mystery Food (self-service at the tables in the Yard). Please note that eating of the Mystery Food is at your own risk.

Location: Bird and Baby inn, Michel Delving
Time: 7:30PM UK time

Contact: Bilbeto, Bird and Baby Staff

Apr
27
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Apr 27 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Green Dragon

Date: Every Friday
Time: 7:30PM UK time (usually 2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, Laurelin server

Weekly hobbit gathering at the Green Dragon inn in Bywater, running ever since May 18 2008. This is an event for and by hobbits, although a few visiting traveling dwarves are always welcome. It is also a 100% in-character event, so don’t go talking about things not belonging in Middle Earth!

Come along for songs, dances, poetry, tales, riddles, news and much grand roleplaying! And do offer yer own entertainment, if yer like!

At other times over the year, GDF will move to other inns in the Shire. The new years party is usually held at the Plough and Stars in Brockenborings, while we always escape Bywater when the mayor hosts the Farmer’s faire in the late summer.

Event guidelines:

Green Dragon Friday is an in-character roleplaying event aiming to replicate a lively hobbit night at the inn. We try to enable a healthy lively hobbit roleplayer community here on Laurelin. To help us do this, please follow these guidelines:

Short version:

  • Be a hobbit!
  • Be in-character, talk about things belonging in Middle-Earth. That also goes for entertainment!
  • Avoid forced emotes, unnatural pets inside, spamming with emotes, etc.!
  • Take part, be active!
  • Try avoid multi-boxing!
  • Keep news and events relevant for Shire hobbits!
  • Acknowledge what others are doing, spread out if things are too busy!

Longer version:

  • While travelling dwarves are welcome to stop at the inn for a refreshing ale during their travels, we ask that elves and menfolk do not attend the event. Men and elves were rarely (if ever) seen in the Shire villages, and especially not the inns. However, if yer have quests to do at the inn, by all means come inside to finish them
  • Be in-character – be a hobbit! Keep player interactions (chats, emotes) and entertainment in-character, basically by talking about the things that hobbits in Middle-Earth would. Don’t discuss real-life modern-day things, game mechanics, etc.
  • Avoid using forced emotes, setting off fireworks inside, bringing pets that wouldn’t belong in an inn, throwing 3000 snowballs, emote spamming, etc.
  • Be active and engage with the others. It is better to participate than to just stand around waiting for others to entertain you (however, feel free to come observe things the first few times).
  • Avoid multi-boxing with lots of alts. Yes, we know that you love to pull off that fat sound of a many-musician band. However, when the room is full of similarly-clad robots marching in line (if they move at all), who don’t respond when you talk to them, things get rather creepy and the immersion we look for is often ruined.
  • Entertainers are very welcome! Just sign up with the hobbit hosting the event, preferably by a /tell. Note that we absolutely love solo bards/performers – a lone lute-player is often better suited for the inn setting than a huge band. Also note that we absolutely love other kinds of entertainment than music: Poems, stories, riddles, the latest news from the Shire… lovely! If you want to play music, it is grand if yer aim for a folksy hobbity vibe, with reels, jigs, waltzes, hornpipes and the likes.
  • Gossip and news is very welcome! This helps bring life to the event and the roleplaying in the Shire. Just remember to keep things in-character. Related to events: We generally don’t advertise events held on other servers, events not of hobbit interest, events not held in the Shire or events not of a roleplaying character.
  • The inn can sometimes be busy, especially near the entertainment fireplace. It is good if you keep this in mind when interacting with others, go into crowds to talk to someone, etc. Some examples: If someone is reciting a stirring poem from the battle of Greenfields, it is probably good to wait a bit to run up and say hello to them. If someone is regaling the crowd with an exciting tale, it can undermine the mood if you move two feet away from them and talk about things not related to the tale at all. If you’re doing a deep discussion with just one other person there, it could make sense to move away from the busiest part of the inn, for instance to the bar or another corner. This is mostly a matter of acknowledging what is going on at the inn and making an attempt of not undermining the roleplaying efforts of others.

Additionally, we ask that participants follow the roleplaying rules and policy for Laurelin, with regard to player names, chat behaviour and harassment.

Lastly, while the above may sound like a long list of rules, don’t worry too much! Them hobbits are a friendly and tolerant lot, eager to welcome new visitors to the inn. See yer there!

Questions about the event?

Contact: Lina, Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

Apr
30
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Apr 30 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Rehearsal for The Brandy Badgers! New song notes are available in the usual place!

The Badgers rehearsals are public, so stop by if yer want to listen and dance a bit.

Date: Every other Monday
Time: 7:30PM UK time onwards
Location: Michel Delving, town square

May
3
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
May 3 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

bird and baby

The Bird and Baby staff hosts a weekly yard party at the inn, ending “when the last guest leaves”. All good people are welcome. Sometimes there are visiting bands or other planned events, at other times, entertainment is provided by you, the patrons!

When there is a scheduled event, feel free to play music, tell stories or whatever during breaks, but we ask that you yield the stage to the evening’s main act at their discretion.

Free Beer and Mystery Food (self-service at the tables in the Yard). Please note that eating of the Mystery Food is at your own risk.

Location: Bird and Baby inn, Michel Delving
Time: 7:30PM UK time

Contact: Bilbeto, Bird and Baby Staff

May
4
Fri
GDF 10th anniversary roof party @ Bywater
May 4 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Green Dragon Friday is 10 years old, and we must celebrate! This is the warmup roof party!

Date: Friday May 4
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire, Laurelin server

Since the LOTRO anniversary celebration is on this Friday, the Green Dragon will be invaded by players who run around the inn looking for floating remembrance books for a quest. This is somewhat disruptive when you try drink ales and have a good time, and one of the books is even placed bang in the middle of our regular meeting spot (shakes fist at the LOTRO quest designers). So, this Friday, we’ll celebrate outside, starting on the roof of the Green Dragon.

Activities planned are:

  • The Grand GDF Green Outfit competition – see below for rules
  • The Grand GDF Angler championship – a short fishing competition in the Water below the inn. Sign-ups on the day.
  • Round one of the Grand GDF Raffle – win fun and grand prizes!
  • The Grand GDF Pony Dance – bring yer ponies for a dance outside the inn!
  • GDF-related entertainment – see below for how to sign up

(if the flute player outside of the Dragon gets annoying, remember that it is now possible to filter away particular sound effects – just remember to filter out all three of the songs he plays)

For competition rules and more information, see the Grand Order forums

Please note that Green Dragon Friday is an in-character roleplaying event for hobbits.

May
5
Sat
Shire May king/queen election @ Brightdown
May 5 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

From the Gazette:

So… Are ye a lassie of the Shire? Do ye have what it takes ter be Queen of the May? If so, then don’t delay, send yer name to me, Nannie, and ye could be the lucky one!

Over the years we’ve many a fine queen of the May. Miss Acorne to Miss Amorey and now Miss Dassa holds the crown, yet her time draws ter a close as it must.

So, lassies dust off yer dresses and pluck up yer courage – a wee dram may help with that one – Drop me a wee message via the Quick post – oh those laddies dunna like this coming month as they ken they’ll have ter earn their ale! – or if ye see’s me at the Green Dragon or market, let me know and ye too could be wearing the floral crown come May 5th!

Now ah hope ye lads are no thinking ah’ve forgotten yet this year! Oh no!

So laddies here’s yer chance!

King Potty has worn the crown well this past year, but his time too is coming to an end.

Who will he be passing it too is the question?

If ye think ye have what it takes ter be the King o’ the May, then drop me yer name and we’ll see what we’ll see!

The search has begun to find our next Rulers of the May, all are invited ter try, who havena held the title before. Once we have some willing vict…. er candidates, their names will be listed here fer all ter see and then voting will be opened.

Ye have one week ter get yer names in ( so before or on April 27! ), then voting will open for those brave souls.

The event is open to all Hobbits of the Shire and beyond, results ter be announced at the party on May the 5th

Date : 5th May (Saturday)

Time : 8 pm ((BST, 3pm servertime))

Location : Shire Rose Kin Hall. 4 Brookbank Street, Brightdown, Shire homesteads

 

May
7
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
May 7 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

market standardBiweekly hobbit market in Michel Delving, held at the ovens and crafting area!

Time: 7:30PM UK time
Location: Michel Delving ovens and crafting area

Especially good for young hobbits setting out on their journeys in Middle Earth, since they can get quality goods fer reasonable prices. More information here!

Contact: Tibba and Nimelia, Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

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