It's Five Fandom Friday, and that means another geeky post! This week's topic was the Green Photo Challenge, and the participants were stimulated to share 5 green inspired photos in honour of St. Patrick's Day. In what is by now Ravalation tradition, I decided to go with screenshots instead, and Lord of the Rings Online was the first game that came to my mind.
LOTRO is my go-to game when I want to immerse myself in beautiful landscapes. Even though it's a pretty old MMO by now that has been overtaken graphics wise by new games, there's something about its landscapes that makes it feel more lively and 'real' than any game world I've visited. Perhaps it's the beautiful skies and weather mechanics. Or I'm just biased because I'm a huge Tolkien fan. Either way, here are five pretty green screenies from virtual Middle-earth.
The first 'green landscape' you can access is the Shire (top picture). This region was released in vanilla (2007), so ten years ago, but it still looks very pretty to me. It also has the cutest music, so this is where I go if I need cheering up.
The picture above shows the endless green plains of Rohan. You can hate on mounted combat if you like (I do always get stuck when passing through towns, ugh), but riding through those plains on your war-steed gives a tremendous feeling of freedom.
During one of the epic story chapters, players get the chance to visit Isengard before Saruman turned truly evil. It's beautiful and green and sometimes I wish I could stay there a bit longer. But then I get a feeling of sorrow because I know what's going to happen.
Isengard lies in the Isendale, near the Gap of Rohan (86.9 S, 8.2W). This region is designed much later in the game than the Shire, and you can clearly see a difference in style. The ground is covered with so called frills, the soft looking grass cushions that I've grown to love.
Finally, if you're after a romantic spot for your Lord of the Rings Online in-game wedding, look no further. The Fenmarch (Eastemnet, Rohan) has water lilies, black swans, emotional trees and a turquoise sky. If I take a character through Rohan, I always make sure to stop by this small village near the marshes. It's just so darn beautiful.
This was your daily dose of Middle-earth eye candy. If you like pretty pictures sorted by colour, make sure to check out my 6 on 6 series (featuring six screenies on the sixth of the month). You can find more specifically green goodness in Six times green. And for those of you that celebrate: I hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day - or Bullroarer Took's Day, for the hobbits among you!
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