In the books, Tolkien wrote about a few special Hobbits whose adventures took them out of the Shire. But they were unique. Most Hobbits in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth never left their home in the Shire.
It is the reverse in Lotro. On Landroval, where I make my home, there are a few Hobbit characters who happily spend their days farming, cooking and living the life of a Hobbit in the Shire, but the average Hobbit is like any other character in Lotro, destined for adventure.
This is the problem I face when I attempt to make a Hobbit outfit. It becomes a battle of Lotro vs Lotr in my mind. Should Hobbits really wear Heavy Armour? Shouldn’t he be bare footed?
Lotro allows Hobbits to become Burglars, Guardians, Hunters, Minstrels and Wardens. We all have pictures in our minds of what each of these classes should look like. But what about if the race behind that class is a Hobbit?
The Lotro Guardian class was inspired by the hobbit Samwise Gamgee, whose loyalty to Frodo Baggins knew no bounds. Sam may have had the spirit of a guardian but to my knowledge he never put on heavy armour and rode off into battle. Merry Brandybuck did however. Separated by Pippin and Gandalf’s journey to Gondor, he swore fealty to Théoden and became his esquire. Without permission from his liege, he rode to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in the care of young Éowyn. But that was a unique situation.
Today I have made an outfit for a Hobbit Guardian in Lotro. Guardians in Lotro have to be protected from the constant onslaught of blows they will receive tanking for their group. I tried on many different types of heavy armour on my male Hobbit. Many just didn’t look right. Hobbits have longer torsos than legs and sometimes the proportions just look odd. I personally preferred how they looked wearing the armored skirts. The ones I chose for this outfit can either be bartered in Moria with Moria medallions at the Guardian, Captain or Champion class trainers. Or you can get them from a cosmetic vendor at any skirmish camp for marks and medallions. The first option only works if you actually have an appropriate class since the trainers only will interact with someone of that class.
update: The leggings can also be bought at the Orc Watch and the Shadowed Refuge with any class. No class restrictions there as the vendors are not trainers. (Thank you Hymne)
Head:Dwarf Spiked Helm of Might, dyed Sienna (World drop)
Shoulders: Hyrde-Axle, dyed Sienna (Quest:Chapter 10: Herdsmen of the Starkmoor)
Chest: Shining Westernesse Steel Breastplate, dyed Sienna (World Drop)
Hands: Scorched Ox-Hide Gauntlets, dyed Sienna (Quest:Silent Riders)
Legs: Shield-Bearer’s Leggings, dyed Sienna (Moria Heavy Armour Set)
Feet: Shield Bearer’s Boots, dyed Sienna (Moria Heavy Armour Set)
Back: Dunlending Cloak of Tactics, dyed Sienna (T7 Crafted)
Just for fun I’ve added a poll. What do you think? Should Hobbits wear shoes in Lotro?