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
Aug
20
Thu
Farmers faire 2020 @ Bywater
Aug 20 – Sep 14 all-day

The Farmers Faire event is on, and the mayor is making a mess in Bywater as usual. The festival has also been merged with the Summer festival, so there are lots of chores to do. More information about the event in FibroJedi’s guide.

Farmer’s Faire dates: Start: August 20 @10AM. End: September 15 @3AM. All times servertime,

Sep
2
Wed
Tolkien passed away 1973
Sep 2 all-day

Date of death of J.R.R. Tolkien.

2 September 1973.

More information.

Bards Day 2020 @ Hobbiton
Sep 2 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

A day to remember the bards of old and the music they inspired.
Not least that grand feller Ronald Dwale.
Welcome to the annual Bards Day in the Ivy Bush Inn!

Date: Wednesday September 2
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Ivy Bush inn, Hobbiton, The Shire, Laurelin server

A day to remember the writers of the tales, poems and songs we treasure today. A selection of tunes related to one of the finest writers we have seen, master Ronald Dwale.

The Brandy Badgers will perform a selection of songs and poems based on the works of master Dwale. Afterwards, the stage will be open for other bards who would like to share suitable works for the occasion.

All are welcome to come to attend the Bards Day: hobbits, dwarves, elves and men.

OOC details:

J.R.R. Tolkien passed away September 2nd 1973. On this date, every year since 2012, we have paid homage to him with an evening of music and poetry in the Ivy Bush, playing tunes inspired by Tolkien’s works (from the movies or adapted from his writings and poems) and reciting some of Tolkien’s poems. The main part of the concert is performed by The Brandy Badgers, the in-house music collective in the Grand Order of the Lost Mathom.

Given the event theme and the date, this is not a strict roleplaying event, so players of all sizes and shapes are welcome. However, we will stay in-character: Instead of speaking about Tolkien, the musicians will play songs inspired by Ronald Dwale, Tolkien’s in-game alter ego.

Although there would be many lore reasons to have the concert in the Bird and Baby, the inn is somewhat unsuitable for music. So we have moved to the Ivy Bush instead.

The Badgers will perform for ca 90 minutes. Afterwards, the stage is open for anyone who would like to play a tune or recite a poem suitable for such an event.

Welcome to the Ivy Bush September 2nd!

Sep
4
Fri
Bird and Baby Friday @ Michel Delving
Sep 4 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Because of the silly Farmer’s faire in Bywater, we’ll have a one-off visit to the Bird and Baby in Michel Delving. But fer all points, pints and purposes this is our usual weekly hobbit inn night, GDF style.

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

This is a hobbit event, although a few visiting traveling dwarves are always welcome. Also a 100% in-character event!

Date: Friday September 4
Time: 7:30PM UK time (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Bird and Baby Inn, Michel Delving, The Shire

Sep
5
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Sep 5 @ 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

Sep
6
Sun
Kin meeting @ Songburrow
Sep 6 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Kin meeting @ Songburrow

Kin meeting for Grand Order members. We’ll meet in the parlour, have some tea and food, greet invited guests and chat about upcoming plans.

Date: Sunday September 6
Time: 7:30PM UK time
Location: The parlour, Songburrow Hall

Sep
7
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Sep 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.

Sep
8
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Sep 8 @ 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.

Sep
11
Fri
Floating Log Friday @ Frogmorton
Sep 11 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Ol’ Flourdumpling is busy stuffing his face over in Bywater during the Farmer’s Faire, and there are lots of visitors there stepping on the local hobbits. So naturally, the weekly hobbit inn night will move from the Green Dragon! To The Floating Log!

Date: Friday September 11
Time: 7:30PM UK time (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Floating Log Inn, Frogmorton

Have no fear, master Ponto Hopsbloom is more than happy to welcome hobbits to the Floating Log in Frogmorton. He’ll greet yer all warmly, although hopefully not with warm ale, and better not with the most “hoppy” of the local ales…

Usual Green Dragon Guidelines apply, which means this is an event by and for hobbits. The odd visiting dwarf is always welcome, though! Should yer have any entertainment (songs, stories, riddles, poems or the likes), please bring it along!

Sep
12
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Sep 12 @ 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

Sep
13
Sun
Chicken herding @ Sandson's farm
Sep 13 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Year ago, the chickens of Farmer Sandson’s had themselves lots of adventures, travelling all over the world. Now the younger chucks don’t believe the tales their ancestors told them and intend to find out for themselves.

Date: Sunday September 13
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Sandson’s Farm, the Shire. Then somewhere!

OOC Details
This event involves some players taking on one of the “Flying the Coop” Chicken Quests. A number of participants will also need to act as herders, mainly to protect the chickens from harm. Whether you want to play a chicken, or be a herder, can be decided on the day.

We have currently not selected which quest to do, so we are open for suggestions.  We are likely not able to do one of the new ones (Minas Tirith or Dale) this evening.

For guides on chickens, see these links:

http://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Chicken_Play

Of particular note:

  • There are a number of introductory quests you have to do before getting the “Flying the coop quests”, see the quest lists in the linked page above. If you plan to be a chicken, you should have done these before meeting up for the chicken run.
  • While being a chicken, you cannot speak to your herders. We’ll likely have at least one chuck who’ll be in touch with the herd team. The chickens can coordinate through the regional channel, though. Expect a lot of Cluck Norris jokes!
  • When we head through the world, we often get other players joining the herding team. This is very much encouraged! Yay!
Sep
14
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Sep 14 @ 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!

Sep
17
Thu
Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners @ Brandywine
Sep 17 – Sep 20 all-day

The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners event is on!

More information on Lotro Wikia.

Sep
18
Fri
Bilbo’s Birthday @ Hobbiton
Sep 18 – Sep 23 all-day

Bilbo has his birthday on September 22nd, and there is a mini-event to celebrate this!

Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Sep 18 @ 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:

  • While travelling dwarves are welcome at the inn, 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, 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.

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