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
Mar
17
Wed
Bullroarer Took day
Mar 17 all-day

Yearly Bullroarer Took celebration day!

More about the Bullroarer at Tolkien Gateway

Mar
18
Thu
Spring festival 2021
Mar 18 – Apr 6 all-day

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

Festival dates! Start: March 18th @10AM. End: April 7th @3AM. All times servertime.

More about the festival on FibroJedi’s place

Mar
19
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Mar 19 @ 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.

Mar
20
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Mar 20 @ 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
21
Sun
Kin meeting @ Songburrow
Mar 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Kin meeting @ Songburrow

Kin meeting with tea 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 March 21
Time: 7:30PM UK time
Location: The parlour, Songburrow Hall

Mar
22
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Mar 22 @ 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
23
Tue
Astron
Mar 23 all-day

Fourth month in the hobbit calendar!

23 March to 21 April.

Hobbit calendar

Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Mar 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.

Mar
25
Thu
Shrew Spotting in the Appledores @ Appledores
Mar 25 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

It’s springtime… for shrews!

The spring seems to be finally here, and that means busy times for many – not at least for the many gardeners who need to drive of them pesky shrews from their gardens. The sweet fruit of the Appledores orchard has attracted a few, and Miss Almi has been called for help. Almi is a retired nanny and a hunter, so she’s all set up to confront them little critters that have invaded the orchard. However, she’d like to take this opportunity to tell others a little about shrews and their shrewd ways. She welcomes everyone to join her for a short shrew spotting tour in the Appledores on Thursday 25th March.

Date: Thursday, 25th March
Time: 7:30PM ((UK, 3:30PM servertime))
Place: The Party Tree near Bag End, Hobbiton, the Shire

Come to the Party Tree and join miss Almi for an educative tour and learn more about the nature! And there might be some “shrewd” prizes for the participants too!

OOC: This is a relaxed roleplaying event for hobbits where we will learn a few facts about shrews. It’s good if you have a cosmetic shrew pet from the Spring festival, we will summon them at the Appledores for the purposes of the event (but no worries, if you don’t have any). Please make sure the cosmetic pets are not disabled in your settings (Options > Social options). If you have questions, please contact Almi.

Mar
26
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Mar 26 @ 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.

Mar
27
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Mar 27 @ 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

March OAKS @ Oldfurlong
Mar 27 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

The March OAKS concert. More details soon in the Bramblebury Gazette!

Date: Saturday March 27
Time: 8PM UK time / 3PM servertime
Location: Oldfurlong, Town square, Shire homesteads

Mar
29
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Mar 29 @ 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
1
Thu
Hobnanigans weekends 2021 @ Horsefields
Apr 1 – Apr 4 all-day

LOTRO Wikia

Hobnanigans, AKA. chicken ball, is available this weekend!

More information about this game on Lotrowikia.

Hobbit hobnanigans meetup 1 @ Horsefields
Apr 1 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Hobnanigans shmobnanigans!

The chickens are at it again! They find it all very amusing to land on a playing field and get scooted through the goal posts, so we may as well join in their fun!

That’s right, it’s time for Hobnanigans, and we’re going to make a day of it – or two even! The next event runs from the afternoon of April 1 until the early morn of April 5 (yawn), and Adamantja and Affodil are very excited to lead our fellow Hobbits in learning more about this fun game.

We’ll gather up the hill at Field 4 at seven and a half bells on April 1 and again on Saturday April 3 at two and a half bells ((7:30 pm UK on April 1 and 2:30 pm UK on April 3)) where we’ll teach new folks how to play, give our strategies on the best ways to get the most Hobnanigans tokens, and point out the various vendors and what they sell during the event. Even a few of our cousins will be coming to join the fun, so we won’t have to wait long to fill up the sides and start matches.

Ye can use the map you’ll get when Hobnanigans starts to find the fields, or ye can take the Festival Horse from Bree and then travel just a wee bit south to find the four Hobnanigans fields.

Whether you’re a Hobnanigans Rookie or Hobnanigans All-star, come join the fun! Chickens for everyone!

Date 1: Thursday April 1, 7:30PM UK time (2:30PM servertime)
Date 2: Saturday April 3, 2:30PM UK time (9:30AM servertime)
Location: Hobnanigans fields, Bree-land festival grounds

OOC: This is a hobbit in-character hobnanigans event, to provide a set time for interested hobbits to meet up. Following on from these events, the participants can also arrange more meetups the same weekend for those who want to earn more tokens.

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