Friday, 5 April 2013

Welcome to the Birdcage,

"A collection of ramblings, nerd things and bird wings"

My favourite blogger. Avid Tolkien nerd and LOTRO player, this is a blog to keep as a favourite. (Psst... I also designed that banner.)

Click here to visit her site :)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

If you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.

Good morning, fellow LOTR lovers!

It is snowing heavily here in England. With a hot cup of tea and a roaring fire, I shall tell you of my pointless adventures around Middle Earth in hope that the happy memories keep we warm. This had better work before my toes freeze off.

So, I shall begin.

My favourite part of LOTRO is finding little secret areas that no one else knows about. Although I love collecting rare items and tanking in raids, standing on top of the Prancing Pony and having a half dozen of new players trying to find out how I got there… that’s what makes the game worth playing.

There are areas you can get to without sneaking over borders (a prime example of this is the King tower in Evendim from a quest line), but the best in my opinion is walking on top of the hills of the Lone Lands.

The Lone Lands

Make your way over to Ost Guruth, the main city of the Lone Lands, and head towards the northern wall.

Almost there...

Now you an see the broken northern wall, you need to make an attempt to jump behind it and reach the hills.

Keep jumping! Keep jumping!

Congratulations, you have made it to the other side.

From here you can run up the hill and make it to the top. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of making it there yourself and seeing the sites, so I will let you explore.

Have fun :) and remember, when you get off the map for longer than a minute, you will be ported to the nearest rallying point (usually a starter area).

South Bree Gate

I am dedicating this particular guide to Sasiarai of Evernight, who happened to watch me fall from the South Bree Gate multiple times without laughing. This will be a bit easier than the last, I promise. Make your way to the South Bree Gate, and jump onto this little house:

Now jump onto the hedge, and face the gate.

The idea here is to jump around the gate holding up and right. With practice you will make it to the other side.

Now you can jump onto the higher part of the gate and take a silly number of screenies.

The Evendim King Statue

This doesn’t take parkour skills, just the patience to finish a quest line and click a rope. Make your way to Tinnudir, then take a horse to High King’s Crossing. When you have completed the quests in the King’s High Crossing area, you will have access to the rope.

Ta daa! What a view!

Comment below if you know a sneaky way of getting around Middle Earth.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The road goes on, ever ever on.

The server is down for three hours and the withdrawal symptoms have started to kick in. 5 cups of coffee later, I have decided to create a blog that is dedicated to my experiences in Lord of the Rings Online.

I have played LOTRO for two years on the Evernight server as “Hannihr”: an L85 elven Guardian who forgot to equip her belt for 2 raids without noticing. I have another 8 characters of each class, unlocked every area and tried all instances. I suppose all I can do now is to give advice, educate a little and warn you not to trust Elrond (for reasons I shall explain later).

This is Hannihr, on her warsteed, having just jumped over the border between Western and Eastern Rohan (pre-Western Rohan expansion). One of my favourite aspects of LOTRO is getting off the map in as many sneaky ways as possible. After this beginning post, I shall tell you my secrets of how to leave the map (which annoys the GMs, I can tell you…) and the old ways of jumping on top of certain buildings in Bree: the Prancing Pony, the Auction House, the undersigned area in the centre of town and the gates of South Bree.

I hope you will enjoy this blog as much as I do in writing it.