A Light in the Darkness

So rune keepers are fun. End of Story. I defy anyone to disagree with me.

Okay – so that’s all obviously my opinion – but you have to admit that running around with lightning shooting out of your hands does tend to make one feel cool.

Anyways, I mention all this because I recently took my level 78 RK back to the Barrow Downs in Bree to finish up some deeds, and let’s just say I got…inspired.

I’ll be honest – the first time I set foot in the barrow downs with my level 20 champ, I got a bit unnerved. That one scene from the Fellowship of the Ring (book not movie) where Frodo and his hobbit companions are captured by a wight SERIOUSLY creeped me out. I was actually relieved when it wasn’t included in Peter Jackson’s motion picture – but alas I didn’t get so lucky when I started playing LOTRO.

And BOY am I glad!! Because as it turns out, the Barrow Downs are probably one of my favorite places to quest in game. For one thing it’s a GREAT place to wrack up some deeds and earn some spare LPs, but it’s also just an amazing experience. The landscape is so detailed, the fog makes it so eerie, the dim light in the tombs gives off just the right vibe – and you get some AWESOME titles from exploring there. Nemesis of the Fallen, Executioner of the Wicked anybody?

This was the point in the game when I finally felt like I had settled into Middle Earth. The brigands didn’t do it for me, nor did the boars in the wild fields of Bree, but the cold, misty landscape of the Barrow Downs drew me into this world that I had adored for years.

Shoulders: Light Nadhin Shoulders (white)
Chest: Jacket of the Osgiliath Hunstman (moria silver)
Hands: none 
Feet: Threadbare Boots of the Dunland Healer (default/white)
Back: Cloak of Many Worlds (default)
Head: Headpiece of the Northern Herald (white)
Body: Trappings of the Northern Herald (white)
Saddle: Saddle of the Northern Herald
Mane/Tail: White
Coat: Dappled sooty

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