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
Jun
16
Thu
Midsummer Festival 2022 @ Minas Tirith
Jun 16 – Jul 10 all-day

The Midsummer Wedding Festival! Set course for Minas Tirith and join the party!

The festival starts June 16 and ends at 3AM servertime on July 11.

For more information about the event, see Fibrojedi’s Guide.

Jun
19
Sun
Grand Summer Picnic 2021 @ The Hill
Jun 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Grand Summer Picnic 2021 @ The Hill

Joy of joys, the summer is near! And summer means time for food and drink! Well, so does the rest of the year too, but there’s one thing summer surely brings. Picnics! Get ready for this year’s Grand Summer Picnic!

Date: Sunday June 19
Time: 7:30PM UK/BST (2:30PM servertime)
Location: On top of The Hill overlooking the party tree in Hobbiton, where the summer pie races used to be held, Laurelin server.

We are pleased to invite all hobbits and good friends to this year’s summer party and picnic. Activities to look forward to include music, dancing, games, food and drinks, fireworks and competitions!

The pies roll further

Lobelia’s Hill Pie Rolling Run returns! After earlier successes, we just had to arrange a follow-up! Wear fancy costumes and throw yerself into the chase of the pie, but remember – it is not always a question of finishing the race first ter win!

Why this run, though? Local legend has it that Bilbo Baggins once had a picnic with invited guests on top of The Hill. The times were good and the hobbits were jolly, until someone noticed Lobelia Sackville-Baggins walking determinedly towards the crowd. The ensuing escape was spectacular, with hobbits streaming down The Hill, making use of all possible and some impossible shortcuts.

They even say that one of the picnic pies started rolling down The Hill, not stopping until it hit The Party Tree. It was eaten soon after by the escaping hobbits, which improved their moods no end.

The legend may not be 100% correct, but it is to celebrate this occasion that we arrange Lobelia’s Hill Pie Rolling Run during the Grand Summer Picnic!

For rules, see below!

OOC:

This is certainly a hobbit-preferred event, but well-mannered dwarves and good friends from taller persuasions may surely pop around too. Just don’t block the view of the locals once the concert starts!

Pie run rules

This video shows the general route of the race:

Lobelia’s Hill Pie Rolling Run

First of all, this is not a competition to be taken very seriously. It is loosely inspired by the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake. While we will endeavour to find out who crosses the finish line first, visual confirmation of this is generally hard in LOTRO, given the latency differences between players.

Winning the race is not really the purpose, though. Basically, this is a short, adrenaline-filled event so the guests can remember local lore and build an appetite before the picnic starts in earnest. There may be some prizes involved, but most of all we want folks to have fun!

The route starts at the top of the Hill, heads down around the Party Tree below Bag End, and back to the start. All runners will likely start at once, and a fast run through the route will take approx. one minute.

We ask that the participants don’t use mounts, speed buffs/skills/items or safe fall skills (burglars). Apart from this, the route to the party tree and back to the picnic spot is your own choice. Go fast or slow based on your preferences. Set off fireworks, dress like Lobelia, stop for a drink – your choice. If you want to brave Lobelia’s garden and the steep cliffs below, be our guests! Good luck and have fun!

Jun
20
Mon
1 Lithe
Jun 20 all-day

First of the Lithedays, the day before the summer solstice.

Hobbit calendar

Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Jun 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Date: Every other Monday
Time: 7:30PM UK time , 2:30PM servertime
Location: Michel Delving square

Jun
21
Tue
Mid-years day
Jun 21 all-day

Second of the Lithedays, also summer solstice day.

Hobbit calendar

Jun
22
Wed
2 Lithe
Jun 22 all-day

Third of the Lithedays, the day after the summer solstice.

Hobbit calendar

Jun
23
Thu
Afterlithe
Jun 23 all-day

Seventh month in the hobbit calendar.

24 June to the 23rd of July.

Hobbit calendar

Jun
24
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Jun 24 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater

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.

Jun
25
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Jun 25 @ 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

Jun
26
Sun
Hobbitry anniversary party + Summer poetry Competition @ Sootcrest
Jun 26 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hobbitry anniversary party + Summer poetry Competition @ Sootcrest

1st anniversary party for the Hobbitry, plus this year’s summer poetry competition!

Date: Sunday June 26
Time: 7PM UK time / 2PM servertime
Location: 4 Brookbank Street, Sootcrest, Shire Homesteads

All details are in the Bramblebury Gazette:
– Party
– Poetry competition

Jun
27
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Jun 27 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving

Biweekly 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.

Jun
28
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Jun 28 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving

Biweekly 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.

Jul
1
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Jul 1 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater

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.

Jul
2
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Jul 2 @ 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

Jul
4
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Jul 4 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Date: Every other Monday
Time: 7:30PM UK time , 2:30PM servertime
Location: Michel Delving square

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