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
Dec
4
Sat
Hobbit yule video shoot 1 @ Budgeford
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: Saturday December 4
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime), PLEASE BE ON TIME
Location: Budgeford, The Shire

We will have two meetups again this year to help make the drawing. The first will be Saturday December 4, while the second is on Tuesday December 14. See below for details!

What will happen this year? Will there be ballets with purple snow beasts or surprise parties for old lonely hobbits? Shall we visit the dwarves or sigh over a lack of snow in the Shire? Take part to find out!

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

For this video shoots, please remember:

  • Dress up like a pig and wear a pig mask!
  • If you haven’t got a pig mask, bring other animal masks: Sheep, donkey, rabbit, duckling or chicken. If you still have none, come anyway, we will have some you can borrow to equip. Outfit + colours at your leisure.
  • If you don’t have a mask, come 15 minutes early so we can outfit you with one.
  • Be a hobbit!
  • 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.
  • Be prepared to follow orders!
  • Try to avoid speaking in /say, use the raid (/ra) instead
  • Have fun!

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

  • Please use high-quality screenshots (1024×768 pixels is really the minimum, but much larger is better).
  • Widescreen format is preferred!
  • Don’t add any effects or text to the images.
  • Make sure they 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.

The 2020 hobbit yule video

Dec
5
Sun
Kin tea @ Songburrow
Dec 5 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Kin tea @ Songburrow

Kin tea for Grand Order members. Well met!

Date: Saturday November 13
Time: 7PM UK time /2PM server time
Location: Songburrow Hall

Dec
9
Thu
Yule festival 2021
Dec 9 2021 – Jan 3 2022 all-day

FibroJedi's site, see link below

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

Yule Festival dates: Start: December 9 @10AM. End: January 4 @3AM. All times servertime.

More information about yule at FibroJedi’s place

Dec
10
Fri
Green Dragon Friday @ Bywater
Dec 10 @ 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.

Dec
11
Sat
December OAKS: ? @ Oldfurlong
Dec 11 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The December OAKS concert, band TBC. All details to be added to the Bramblebury Gazette eventually!

Date: Saturday December 11
Time: 8PM UK time
Location: Oldfurlong, town square, Shire homesteads

Dec
12
Sun
Songburrow Yule Tree Raising @ Songburrow
Dec 12 @ 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 12
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 12. We’ll put up our yule tree, have some mulled wine and enjoy some yule music!

Dec
13
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Dec 13 @ 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.

Dec
14
Tue
Hobbit yule video shoot 2 @ TBC
Dec 14 @ 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: Tuesday December 14
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime), PLEASE BE ON TIME
Location: TBC

We will have two meetups again this year to help make the drawing, and this is the second. See below for details!

What will happen this year? Will there be ballets with purple snow beasts or surprise parties for old lonely hobbits? Shall we visit the dwarves or sigh over a lack of snow in the Shire? Take part to find out!

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.

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

  • Please use high-quality screenshots (1024×768 pixels is really the minimum, but much larger is better).
  • Widescreen format is preferred!
  • Don’t add any effects or text to the images.
  • Make sure they aren’t too dark.
  • Send the screenshots to me before end of December 21st, at the very latest! Use this email: [IMG]

For the video shoots, please remember:

  • Be a hobbit. It is a hobbit yule video after all!
  • This is not a roleplaying event, so don’t drag out our limited time by having to act IC to everything happening.
  • 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.
  • Be prepared to follow orders!
  • Dress up warm! Wear warm, festive-looking clothes (red, green and yellow are very grand)
  • Bring lanterns or sparklers if you have them, also fireworks
  • Try to avoid speaking in /say, use the raid (/ra) instead
  • Have fun!

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

The 2020 hobbit yule video

Dec
17
Fri
Green Dragon Friday Foreyule Party @ Bywater
Dec 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Come celebrate the Foreyule with us at the Green Dragon!

Date: Friday December 17
Time: 7:30PM UK time (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, Laurelin server

While we fully expect that many hobbits may be busy preparing and planning Yule this Friday, other might need an ale to calm down before the festive storm. Yer are heartily welcome to the Green Dragon Friday Foreyule party! Expect festive moods, a meal and lots of Yule entertainment.

So do come for a mug of ale, good company, a story, a dance and grand Foreyule gossips. If yer have entertainment and news to share, that’s grand too! Welcome, hobbits! And a very merry Yule to everyone!

Please note: Green Dragon Friday is a roleplaying event for hobbits. While travelling dwarves are always welcome at the inn, for lore reasons we generally ask that the Big Folk do not attend. Please roll up a hobbit instead to attend, it is grand fun!

Dec
24
Fri
Green Dragon Friday Lazy Yule Eve Party @ Bywater
Dec 24 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Come celebrate yule at the Green Dragon!

Date: Friday December 24
Time: 7:30PM UK time (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, Laurelin server

While we fully expect that many hobbits may be busy celebrating Yule with family and close friends this Friday, other might need an ale to calm down. So some hobbits will likely meet at the Green Dragon, and yer heartily welcome to join them for a lazy Yule Eve!

Plans are still being made, but expect lots of food, festive moods and yule entertainment. Perhaps even some gifts? We’ll see!

So do come for a mug of mulled cider, good company, a story, a dance and (hopefully) tender pork with all the trimmings. If yer have entertainment and news to share, that’s grand too! Welcome, hobbits! And a very merry Yule to everyone!

Please note: Green Dragon Friday is a roleplaying event for hobbits. While travelling dwarves are always welcome at the inn, for lore reasons we generally ask that the Big Folk do not attend. Please roll up a hobbit instead to attend, it is grand fun!

Dec
26
Sun
Winterhome Wassailing @ Frostbluff
Dec 26 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

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For the eleventh year, The Brandy Badgers go wassailing in Winterhome! And joy come to our jolly wassail!

Date: Sunday December 26
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Winterhome, Frostbluff, stable master.

Once again, the people of Winterhome have opened their doors for us and invited us to join in their Yule festivities. To thank them for all the work they do for us, the Brandy Badgers will go on their annual wassail through Winterhome. We will walk through the town, stop at the houses, and wish the people well with our songs.

It would be grand and lovely if yer join us there! Welcome!

OOC details

It is quite likely that Winterhome will be layered, with players split into different versions of the village. Please contact the organizers for instructions of how to get into the right layer.

Dec
27
Mon
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Dec 27 @ 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.

Dec
28
Tue
Hobbit market @ Michel Delving
Dec 28 @ 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.

Jan
2
Sun
Brockenborings New Year’s party @ Brockenborings
Jan 2 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

GDF New years

It is Green Dragon Friday! But on a Sunday! And in Brockenborings! With a New Year’s theme! Yay!

Date: Sunday January 2
Time: 7:30PM UK (2:30PM servertime)
Location: Plough and Stars inn, Brockenborings, Laurelin server

Barmy keeps the Green Dragon closed to clean up the inn after Yule, and on New Year’s Day we’re off throwing snowballs at each other. On Sunday, though, we’ll be at the Plough and Stars in Brockenboring for the New Year’s party! And there are no better hobbits to greet the new year with than yer fellow Brockenborians! After all, we always do so!

So come greet the new year and the coming brighter days with us! Bring a tale, a song, a poem, a riddle or something similar, especially things related to the new year! If yer have fireworks that’s grand too (fer use outside)! Let’s greet the new year with a party worth remembering!

OOC details:

Same as the regular Green Dragon Friday, this is a hobbit RP event, with dwarves welcome! As usual, we request that tall folks respect the hobbit-oriented nature of the event and not attend. Do roll up a hobbit instead, though, it is marvellous fun!

Kin tea @ Songburrow
Jan 2 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Kin tea @ Songburrow

Kin tea for Grand Order members. Come for a good meal, good company and planning of future activities!

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