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!

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. If you are unsure what London time is in your current time zone, you can use this time zone converter.

Current times are:

  • Servertime
  • London Time

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
Apr
27
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
Apr 27 @ 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

Apr
28
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Apr 28 @ 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.

Apr
29
Sat
Annual Brandywine Salmon Run @ Brockenborings
Apr 29 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The annual salmon run, hosted by the Shire Angling Club. Bring yer rods and sign up for the competition on the day! Food, fishing and fun!

Date: Saturday April 29
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Brockenborings, meet at the Bullroarer statue. Then the organizers will lead us to the fishing spot near the Brandywine.

May
1
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
May 1 @ 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

May
4
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
May 4 @ 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
5
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
May 5 @ 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.

May
6
Sat
Shire May queen search @ Brightdown
May 6 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Gazette

Date : 6th May (Saturday)
Time : 8 pm (BST) / 3PM servertime
Location : 4 Brookbank Street, Brightdown homestead (Shire Rose Kin home)

Tis hard ter believe that it will be the fifth year we’ve held this search!

Each year around this time, the call goes out and the Shire decides which of the brave lassies who come forward, will be ter next wearer of the floral crown. From humble housewife ter hard working crafters, the race is open ter all

Now, as the leaves on the trees change every year, tis only fair that ter Queen be renewed every year, otherwise we’d be keeping the same lassies and no giving others the chance.

So… Are ye a lassie of the Shire? Do ye have what it takes ter be Queen of the May? If so, then don’t delay, send yer name to me, Nannie, and ye could be the one the Shire chooses!

Over the years we’ve many a fine queen of the May. Miss Acorne to Miss Amorey and now Miss Pycella holds the crown, yet her time draws ter a close.

So, lassies dust off yer dresses and pluck up yer courage. Drop me a wee message via the Quick post – oh those laddies dunna like this coming month as they ken they’ll have ter earn their ale! – or if ye see’s me at the Green Dragon or market, let me know and ye too could be wearing the floral crown come 6th of May!

Now in years past, there’s been the asking….. Why’s there’s no May King?

So laddies here’s yer chance!
If ye think ye have what it takes ter be the first of many King o’ the May, then drop me yer name and we’ll see what we’ll see!

Shire Rose are starting the search fer this years May Queen, and are inviting lasses of all ages, who havena held the title before ter come forward and put yer name down. Once we have some willing vict…. er candidates, their names will be listed here fer all ter see and then voting will be opened.

Ter same goes fer ye lads!

Who will be the first?

The event is open to all Hobbits of the Shire and beyond, results ter be announced at the party on May the 6th.

May
8
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
May 8 @ 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.

May
9
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
May 9 @ 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.

May
11
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
May 11 @ 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
12
Fri
GDF 9th anniversary warmup party @ Bywater
May 12 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Green Dragon Friday is 9 years old, and we must celebrate! This is the warmup party!

Date: Friday May 12
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, The Shire, Laurelin server

Plans for the warmup party:

  • The Grand GDF Green Outfit competition
  • The Grand GDF Bywater Sights Parade – a parade through the areas surrounding the Dragon
  • The Grand GDF Riddle round – riddles about the Dragon and Bywater
  • The Grand GDF Barmy and rug lecture – why won’t he ever change that old rug?
  • GDF-related entertainment

For competition rules and more information, see the Grand Order forums

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

May
13
Sat
OAKS: Third forest @ Oldfurlong
May 13 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The third OAKS forest, where the bands who have played at OAKS the last year perform again. Welcome!
Full event details in the Bramblebury Gazette!

Date: Saturday May 13
Time: 5PM UK time (12PM servertime) onwards
Location: Oldfurlong, Town Square, Shire homesteads, Laurelin server

May
15
Mon
The Badgers “Save The Three-Farthing Stone” protest rehearsal @ Bywater
May 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Rumours are spreading that some entrepreneurial hobbits would like nothing more than to mine straight through the Three-Farthing Stone. This won’t stand, this minegression, so the Brandy Badgers have decided to act! By playing music!

Date: Monday May 15
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Three-Farthing Stone, Bywater, 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 Ziggy Piecrust musical earlier this spring. So expect a lot of songs related to that star-travelling hobbit! And the odd surprise as well.

Come to dance, have fun and gaze longingly upon the Three-Farthing Stone. Never shall it be mined! We’ll just have to control all members of the Badgers to make sure.

OOC:

This will be a public rehearsal with all the David Bowie songs we didn’t find room for in the Ziggy Piecrust show earlier. 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
16
Tue
Pie Shop Ladsies Tour @ The Shire
May 16 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The “Pie Shop Lads (and Lassies)” are the Fëanáró Nosseö Kinship Band. They are an up-and-coming, merry music band of short folks, with a wide range of music styles. Over the past few weeks they have been rehearsing hard, but now the wait is over…

On Tuesday May 16th, the Pie Shop Lads (and Lassies) will be launching their 2017 debut 7-concert Tour of The Shire, with a concert in Stock at the Golden Perch. It starts at 8:30 PM ((UK time)) Every fortnight, they will give a new concert in a different town in the Shire, leading up to a grand release party in Michel Delving, where Pie Shop Lads (and Lassies) will present brand new lyrics for the best of the songs from the tour!

Free admission for the Free Folk – that is why they are the Free Folk. Non-Hobbits are advised to wear their dancing shoes, and everyone should bring their best mood and broadest smile.

Dates:
All dates are Tuesdays, concerts starting at 8:30pm ((UK time/3:30 Pm servertime/21:30 Central European Summer Time))
Stock – outside The Golden Perch – May 16th
Frogmorton – outside The Floating Log – May 30th
Brockenborings – By the Bullroarer Statue – June 13th
Oatbarton – near the market square – June 27th
Needlehole – Market Square – July 11th
Tuckborough – Courtyard of the Great Smials – July 25th
Hobbiton – behind the old Windmill – August 8th

Special Finale Event:
Grand Release Party in Michel Delving with release of brand new lyrics and guest bands performances, ale, pie, ale, music, pipe-weed, ale, beer, ale, and good times! The whole minstrel trade will be there, so it is your chance to hang with your favourite bard!
Saturday August 26th – location and time to be announced.

The Pie Shop Lads (and Lassies) are looking forward to sharing their music with you all, and to help them Shire Hobbits get their feet dancin’!

((OOC:

We encourage RP, but should you not feel like participating and just want to hear the music, that is just fine. All we ask is that you be respectful and considerate to those who do want to engage in RP, and keep excessive emoting, pets and chatter in other languages than English to a minimum.:) ))

Well met, and we hope to see you there!

On behalf of the Pie Shop Lads (and Lassies)
Skepto Shireskald (contact hobbit)

May
18
Thu
Bird and Baby yard party @ Michel Delving
May 18 @ 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

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