Warden of the Norcrofts

So, I got back into LOTRO recently after a bit of a break. And what do I see the first time I log in? There’s a huge special on war steed cosmetics. So what do I do? I blow ALLLL my saved up LPs on them. Cause you know, that’s what you do. Anyways, as a result, I’m now fully in the war steed craze, which means it’s time to take my toons back to Rohan!

Basically, after I got my warden a war-steed, I stopped playing him for a bit outside of festivals. So now I’m officially going through the East Rohan circuit to get all the base game horse cosmetics.

Filthy orcsies! We hates them!

I also stumbled across another randomized horse in the Norcrofts that I decided I liked, so I decided to give my warden a second steed. So, allow me to introduce Chili: my warden’s lighter horse for travel and for hunting.


It’s been really fun to get back into playing a warden – I personally find the gambit system really fun, and it’s just a nice blend of play styles in my opinion.

Also, as a reminder, here’s my warden’s main steed Ronan: the heavy war-horse always ready for battle:

Interesting side note I actually purposely decided not to give Ronan a bridle in this post to distinguish him from a regular steed. See normally you use a bridle and a bit to guide a horse – you pull the reins one way and the horse steers to the left and vice versa.

In battle, however, a knight wouldn’t always (and in fact often didn’t) have free hands to hold the reins given that they also had to hold their weapons. So, they would wear spurs on their boots, and war-steeds were specially trained to respond to these.

War-horses were also often unguelded stallions, because having a fiery, violent temper was an important asset to have in battle. These horses would also be trained to bite and kick on command. They were not merely methods of transportation, they were weapons in their own right.

Shoulders: Medium Nadhin Shoulders (burgundy)
Chest: Robe of Anorien Mercy (burgundy)
Hands: Leather Gauntlets of the Leaping Stag (burgundy)
Back: Warden's Pack (burgundy)
Feet: Reworked Boots (grey)
Shield: Shield of the Strong
Head: Head-Piece of the Northern Herald (crimson)
Body: Light Caparison of the Norcrofts (crimson)
Saddle: Saddle of the Great Alliance
Main/Tail: sorrel
Coat: Red Roan Overo
Body: Medium Banded Leather Caparison (crimson)
Legs: Medium Banded Leather Leggings (crimson)
Saddle: Plain Black Saddle
Main/Tail: Red Roan
Coat: Dappled Flaxen Chesnut

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