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
Feb
19
Wed
Ill Omens skirmish event
Feb 19 – Mar 18 all-day

The LOTRO Ill Omens skirmish event returns!

Event start: February 19 at 10AM servertime. Event end: March 19 at 3AM servertime.

More information in Dadi’s guide.

Mar
8
Sun
DST difference EU – US spring 2020
Mar 8 – Mar 28 all-day

The US and the EU moves to Daylight Saving Time (DST) at different dates.

  • The US moves the clocks forward one hour on the morning (2AM) of the second Sunday in March. In 2020, this is March 8th
  • The EU moves the clocks forward one hour on the morning (1AM) of the last Sunday in March. In 2016, this is March 29th

In this period, the time difference between the EU and the US is one hour LESS than it usually is. One example: While the difference between UK/London time and servertime (US/Boston time) is usually 5 hours, it will only be 4 hours until the EU clocks move. This has a lot of impact on event planning in LOTRO, so make sure you know which times you use.

Here is more information on DST and event planning in LOTRO.

Throne Sunday @ Delving Fields
Mar 8 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Date: Sunday March 8
Time: 7PM UK time (note the early start) (3PM servertime, due to the US DST change)
Location: Delving Fields

We downed the two first bosses in the Throne raid yesterday, and we’ll continue today. There is room for a couple more hobbits to come along.

Hobbit Heart music rehearsal @ Brightdown
Mar 8 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Date: Sunday March 8
Time: 8PM UK time / 4PM servertime (due to US DST change)
Location: 4 Brookbank Street, Brightdown, Shire Homesteads

Hello Hobbits,

Hobbit Heart will get together for a small music practice this Sunday evening 8th of March at 8 pm ((UK)) at our kinhall 4 Brookbank , Brightdown.
This is just a small get together, some music, a cup of tea, nothing too special but anyone is welcome.

Kind Regards,

Amorey

Mar
9
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Mar 9 @ 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.

Mar
10
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Mar 10 @ 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.

Mar
13
Fri
Early pie day celebration @ Bywater
Mar 13 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The annual Pie Day is almost here! So let’s get prepared for it!

Date: Friday 13rd March
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 3:30 servertime))
Location: The Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, the Shire

On March 14th, there is a great day to celebrate, at least for us hobbits: the annual Pie Day! Well, everyday is pie day in the life of a hobbit, but the pies certainly deserve a special day in our calendars. To get you all wel prepared for the actual Pie Day, we will have an early pie day celebration on the at the Green Dragon on Friday 13rd March. It will be like a regular Friday at the Dragon, but with a pie theme. And yes, that means we will have pies there as well! You will have the chance to get the fancy Pie Maven title, if you don’t have it already, and yer belly size permits it. If you have some pie-related entertainment to offer, such as poetry, songs or tales, please let the hostess, Miss Pycella know. You can also share your favourite pie recipe (or the pie itself)!

Welcome to have a pleasant evening with friends and comforting food!

OOC: This is a special Green Dragon Friday, a role-playing event for hobbits and travelling dwarves. You can find more information about the weekly event here.

Mar
14
Sat
Pi(e) day
Mar 14 all-day

It is pi(e) day, where we celebrate the best way ter measure how large a pie is!

Remember, the circumference of a pie divided by its diameter = pie! Er… just eat it already…

Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Mar 14 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Grand Order goes on adventure! We’ll meet up and see if there are adventuring opportunities.

Date: Saturdays
Time: 7:30PM UK
Location: Meet outside the Hall

Mar
15
Sun
Pipes/Geoffroi memorial & tribute @ Bree
Mar 15 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Date: Sunday March 15
Time: 6:30PM UK time (2:30PM servertime due to the US being on Daylight Saving Time)
Location: Prancing Pony Stage, Bree, Landroval server

Check the event thread on the LOTRO forums for any updates

Mar
16
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Mar 16 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Others are of course welcome to stop by and listen!

Mar
17
Tue
Bullroarer Took day
Mar 17 all-day

Yearly Bullroarer Took celebration day!

More about the Bullroarer at Tolkien Gateway

Bullroarer Took celebration @ Brockenborings
Mar 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Aye, it is time to get out the green garments again, for on Tuesday March 17 we will have a celebration of the grand deeds of the biggest (and tallest) Hobbit hero ever to walk the Shire. Tradition dictates that we wear green clothes that day, that we try to walk on top of fences, that we listen to appropriate ((Celtic)) music and that we raise our glass to Bullroarer Took! And what better place to do that, than in Brockenborings at the foot of the statue of Bullroarer himself.

The deeds of Bullroarer Took are the subject of many a poem and song and we hope to hear quite a few of them! Poets and musicians are all invited to climb the fence that serves as a stage that night and praise the Hobbit Hero in song and story (or poem). To make this all go smoothly, please announce your intentions to perform in a letter to editors@brambleburygazette.com and I’ll reserve a spot for you in the program of the evening.

One band has already agreed to play. They are the “Greenbrambles”, who have delighted the audience with their music for many years now. In fact they exist only one day each year and then return to anonymity in “the Band from Bramblebury that has not come up with a name yet”.

So to recapitulate:
What: annual Bullroarer Took celebration
Where: Near the statue of Bullroarer Took in Brockenborings
When: March 17, 19:30 ((UK, 3:30 servertime))
Dresscode: Any shade of green.

NB. Be aware of salesmen who try to sell you the “authentic Bullroarer Took club” or the “actual skull of Golfimbul”. These are beyond any doubt fakes!! Any included “Proof of authenticity by the Mathom House” are not worth the paper they are printed on! Please report any of these imposters to the Bounders.

Mar
19
Thu
Spring festival 2020
Mar 19 – Apr 13 all-day

The spring festival is on again! Brave the Bree-lands maze!

Festival dates! Start: March 19th @10AM. End: April 14th @3AM. All times servertime.

More about the festival on LOTRO Wiki.

Mar
20
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Mar 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!

Sometimes, we’ll run “Lone Bard Fridays”, where we only allow solo or duo performances. This is to limit the impact of big bands at the Dragon, and allow newcomer performers a chance to show their skills.

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:

  • While dwarves are welcome at the inn, we ask that taller characters (elves and menfolk) do not attend the event. Men and elves were rarely (if ever) seen travelling through 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, 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.

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.

When you attend Green Dragon Friday, send your warm thoughts to the first people enjoying the event back in May 2008. Not least the creator, Mae Skeffington, who fought hard to set it up and make it last over the years. That was a mighty fine initiative!