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
Nov
28
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Nov 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.

Nov
29
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Nov 29 @ 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.

Dec
2
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Dec 2 @ 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.

Dec
3
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Dec 3 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow

Unless other events are on: 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 Songburrow Hall

November OAKS: Rock and a Hard Place @ Oldfurlong
Dec 3 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The December OAKS concert is with Rock and a Hard Place. Details in the Gazette!

Date: Saturday December 3
Time: 8:30PM UK time / 3:30PM servertime
Location: Oldfurlong, Town Square, Shire Homesteads

Dec
4
Sun
2022 hobbit yule video, first meetup @ Tham Orbarad
Dec 4 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Yule love it!

Yule is getting nearer, and what better thing to do than to make a large drawing to greet yer friends a very merry yuletide? Not much! So here we go!

Date: Sunday December 4
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: 2 Silver Street, Tham Orbarad, Cape of Belfalas Homesteads

We will have two meetups again this year to help make the drawing. The first will be Sunday December 4, while the second is on Tuesday December 13. See below for details!

What will happen this year? Will there be ballets with purple snow beasts or surprise parties for old lonely hobbits? Will Shire animals fight in the fields, or will them youngsters sigh over a lack of snow in the Shire? Take part to find out!

This first meetup is inside a festive Yule house in far-off lands. How to get there, yer might ask?

OOC

Once again, I’d like to make a yule video with as many hobbit players on Laurelin as possible. The video will be released December 24th, in the Hobbity Yule Calendar.

Preparations

This first video shoot is the most action-packed one, while the second on Tuesday Dec 13 will be lazier. For this first video shoot, please remember:

  • Have two outfits ready:
    – One festive hobbity yule outfit, so you look ready for a party
    – And most importantly, a burglary ruffian outfit. You’re to be culinary robbers!
    – For the ruffian outfit, it is good if you wear cooking or gardening utensils, like a rolling pin, a shovel, Treebeard’s ladle, or similar.
  • Do not have any pets summoned
  • DISABLE ALL SPEED BUFFS! Hunters, I am especially looking at you and the “Find the path” skill, please disable it.
  • Bring festival trick consumables, like D.R.A.G.O.N, spider legs, snowballs, doom-shrooms or similar.
  • Be prepared to follow orders.
  • Try to avoid speaking in /say, use the raid (/ra) instead
  • Join the creative chaotic fun!

In addition to the video shoots, I’d also love it if all hobbits sent me an individual screenshot of themselves in-game, in a festive/merry/yule motive. I can use those in the end credits of the video.

Formatting of the screenshots:

  • The higher resolution, the better.
  • Use widescreen format (16×9 or similar), don’t cut out just a small picture of yourself.
  • Don’t add any effects or text to the images. Turn off UI elements, NPC names, etc.
  • Make sure the screenshots aren’t too dark.
  • Send the screenshots to me before end of December 20th, at the very latest! Use this email: [IMG]

For inspiration, here is the yule video from last year.

Dec
5
Mon
Brandy Badgers Rehearsal @ Michel Delving
Dec 5 @ 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

Dec
8
Thu
Yule festival 2022
Dec 8 2022 – Jan 2 2023 all-day

FibroJedi's site, see link below

The Yule festival returns! Let’s go to Winterhome again!

Yule Festival dates: Start: December 8 @10AM. End: January 3 @3AM. All times servertime.

More information about yule at FibroJedi’s place

Dec
9
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Dec 9 @ 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.

Dec
10
Sat
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow
Dec 10 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Adventure Saturday @ Songburrow

Unless other events are on: 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 Songburrow Hall

Dec
11
Sun
Songburrow Yule tree raising @ Songburrow
Dec 11 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Serve up the mulled wine!
Raise the yule tree!
Let us celebrate the start of yule together!

Date: Sunday December 13
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Songburrow Hall, Songburrow, 4 Brookbank Street, Shire homesteads, Laurelin server

Yule is near, and what better way to celebrate than meet yer fellow hobbits and greet the festive season welcome? The Grand Order is happy ter invite our friends over to our kin hall Sunday December 13. We’ll put up our yule tree, have some mulled wine and enjoy some yule music!

Dec
12
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Dec 12 @ 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.

Dec
13
Tue
2022 hobbit Yule video, second meetup @ TBC
Dec 13 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Yule is getting nearer, and what better thing to do than to make a large drawing (video) to greet yer friends a very merry yuletide? Not much! So here we go with the second meetup!

Date: Tuesday December 13
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: TBC

Details to be confirmed!

Dec
14
Wed
Fed Poets Society – December meetup @ Elderglen
Dec 14 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fed Poets Society - December meetup @ Elderglen

After a fine gathering last week of enthusiastic poets, several grand presentations, and an unexpected visit by a dwarven herald, the Fed Poets Society will meet again Wednesday, December 14 at 7 Bells ((7pm UK Time))

This is a half hour earlier than last meeting in deference to those who need to nap.

Do you long to catch images, feelings, or perhaps even experiences in a net of delicious words?

Then please join the Fed Poets’ Society on the second Wednesday of every month, at Number 6 Harrow Road, Elderglen, Shire Homesteads.

This month we will look at our works in progress, discuss poetry’s toolkit, and take in suggestions for our opening poem and closing quote. As it is Yule, the poetry theme will be Yule feasts and food. (I am looking at you, Master Fidgit)!

Start time: 7:00 Bells ((7:00pm UK time))

Tea and treats will be served!

Dec
15
Thu
Hobbitry Yule party @ Sootcrest
Dec 15 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hobbitry Yule party @ Sootcrest

We will gather in Sootcrest, in the Shire Homesteads to enjoy merriment, fine company, festive entertainment, scrummy food and ale a-plenty!

Specific details will be added closer to event time.

Date:    15th December, 2022

Time:    7.00 PM ((GMT/2:00 PM server time))

Location: 4 Brookbank Street, Sootcrest, Shire Homesteads

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