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
May
11
Fri
GDF 10th anniversary main party @ Green Dragon
May 11 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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

Date: Friday May 11
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire, Laurelin server

Plans for the main party:

  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Play – a short theatrical play!
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Meal – 10 courses?
  • The Grand GDF Anniversary Speech – short and sweet!
  • Round two of the Grand GDF Raffle – win fun and grand prizes!
  • The Grand GDF Fireworks Display – boom!
  • GDF-related entertainment – see below for how to sign up

For more details and sign-up information, see the Grand Order forums

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

May
12
Sat
OAKS: Forest of OAKS @ Oldfurlong
May 12 @ 7:00 PM – May 13 @ 11:30 PM

The 2018 Forest of OAKS! More information in the Gazette.

Date: Saturday May 12
Time: 7PM UK time (2PM servertime)
Location: Oldfurlong, Shire Homesteads

May
17
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
May 17 @ 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
18
Fri
GDF 10th anniversary after-party @ Bywater
May 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

We’ve celebrated the 10th anniversary of Green Dragon Friday…
Now it is time to usher in the next ten years.
Welcome to the GDF anniversary after-party! Bring all yer hobbit friends!

Date: Friday May 18
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire, Laurelin server

Some heads might still be spinning after the anniversary main party. There’s no better cure than to go to the after-party, though. Because this will be a Green Dragon Friday much like the regular ones, with entertainment, news and gossip. And, hopefully, a new lecture too! Miss Anerra will be hosting, so yer all in grand and capable hands.

Welcome hobbits, to help start the new decade of Green Dragon Fridays!

Please note that Green Dragon Friday is an in-character roleplaying event for hobbits. Travelling dwarves are welcome as always, but we ask that men and elves do not attend the event. This is done to keep things hobbit-centric and somewhat appropriate to the lore.

May
21
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
May 21 @ 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.

May
22
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
May 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.

May
24
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
May 24 @ 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
25
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
May 25 @ 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!

May
28
Mon
The Badgers “Say no to Lotho” rehearsal @ Hobbiton
May 28 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Lotho Sackville-Baggins is buying up land and properties all over the Shire. We can’t let that happen! Imagine a Sackville-Baggins owning half the Shire? No telling what kind of ruffians he’d invite to these lands. So the Brandy Badgers have decided to act! By playing music! Repeat after us: “Say no to Lotho!”

Date: Monday May 28
Time: 7:30PM UK time / 2:30 PM servertime
Location: Somewhere near Bag End, Hobbiton, The Shire

Of course, the Brandy Badgers never really play concerts, but them’s pretty well good at having public rehearsals. And they’re just burning in with songs they didn’t manage to put into the Mad Old Jethro musical earlier this spring. So expect a lot of songs related to that one-leg-flute-playing hobbit. And the odd surprise as well.

Come to dance, have fun and say no to Lotho!

OOC:

This will be a public rehearsal with all the Jethro Tull songs we didn’t find room for in the Return of the Flute show earlier this year. We’ll likely play a few other songs as well.

As usual, we love it if lots of hobbits come to listen and chat with us. Should others like to show up as well, be very welcome, but make sure yer don’t block the view of the hobbits. Oh, and remember the roleplaying policy on Laurelin with regard to names and in-character chat.

May
31
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
May 31 @ 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