|The Inn at Elthengels|
The impetus for this post actually came from exploring the early areas of the new Riders of Rohan expansion. In the village of Elthengels in The Wold, they have a lovely tavern. Being able to explore the insides of the very beautiful homes and buildings of the Rohirrim is something I particularly enjoy. In Elthengels, we eventually get to go in and speak to some of the patrons.
The upstairs of this particular tavern is a busy place, with many men and women sitting at tables, enjoying the tavern fare. Curiously there are two small bedrooms that open directly onto the tavern area, partitioned off only by hanging curtains. One room has a large, full-sized bed; the other room has two small single beds. *WINK*
|"Walking the Streets" - Cosmetic LOTRO|
Yes, yes I know what you are thinking: these are the rooms of the tavern owners, or their servants. Or the tavern also serves as an inn, and these are guest rooms. It's Middle Earth! These are the Rohirrim! They wouldn't...! They didn't...! That seems entirely logical. But not for me! My first thought on seeing those rooms were that they are rooms meant to conduct business of generally fairly short duration, several times a night. *WINK* It isn't at all unheard of to see such rooms above taverns through history. Of course, it is equally common to see true inns being run in taverns as well. What can I say, sometimes the imagination runs and I have to let it.
OK, so maybe I'm be overly imaginative. But what made me more inclined to make this leap of the imagination are the precedents set in Bree. Yes, Bree.
In one of my first blog posts, I reference Wink the Cat *WINK* and the Cat House in Bree. Much has already been discussed about this house, particularly in the LOTRO Forums over the years. In one of those Forums, Turbine's Berephon is credited with stating this was an inside joke among the Devs. Believe me, I'm not the first to speculate on exactly what that inside joke might be. Let's think of different words for "cat." When a number of one of those "cat" words are congregated together in one house, there could be several types of living situations possible. And no, I'm not thinking of a sorority house.
|Wink and the Other Cats in Bree|
So "cat" lovers *WINK* in LOTRO have always had a special place to go in Bree. But what if a cat isn't your favorite animal?
Enter - the Turtle House! *WINK* In the spring of 2012, a new series of quests was introduced to Bree, after teasing us for some time with what were locked doors that could presumably be opened some day. This let us travel into the interior of a few more Bree buildings, in line with what the Great River area brought us in Stangard and beyond.
|Scary little turtles!|
All I can say is - three cheers for Mayor Graeme Tenderlarch for being Equal Opportunity in permitting fans of cats, or turtles, or both, to have places to visit in Bree! After all, in the words of Quick-wit Culver in the instance The Infiltrator's Surprise, "Are you sure you're one of us? This has been a long time coming, and I don't want some outsider spoiling it." Long time coming, indeed! Fortunately all the turtles in Bree have a home with Artie Root (such a name), who happens to own the nicest window view in the whole town.
|The Turtle House - Nicest window in Bree!|
Plus I wanted to return to my blog in a big way. NOW on to Rohan....
Many thanks to Hymne from Cosmetic LOTRO for letting me post one of her early outfit designs, "Walking the Streets." It has always stuck in my memory and I was pleased to be able to link to it here. If you have never visited her site before, you are missing so much - please stop by!