This guide is to assist with the general quests that appear with each festival in LOTRO. These quests are not really tied with a particular festival and are there just as little extras to pick up goodies for your character.See the links to the right to find the guide about the quests available during a specific festival.
The generic festival quests you will find center around five things.
This guide will be split up into these three separate headings to discuss things to do and what is rewarded for each.
THE INN LEAGUE
Due to the amount of new items added to the Inn League, this information has been moved to its own guide!
Due to the growth and amount of things to do with the Ale Association, this information has been moved to its own guide!
The festival race is a solo race against the clock but it has a few twists in it to be sure. The rules are to run through each gate without falling off before time runs out. It’s sort of similar to the level 20 riding skill quest but it has it’s own challenges.
This quest requires you to have the Riding Trait (either through level 20 VIP quest or buy it in the store). There is a quest that can be obtained from the starting areas called “To the Horse-Races” that just point you to the Race-Masters. The race can be entered at any of the following Race-Masters.
- Sally Threshing (24.9S, 52.0W Breeland)
- Carl Proudfoot (35.3S, 73.1W Shire)
Running through the mud slows you down although I have to say that trying to run across the precarious planks is difficult when you’re feeling rushed! It’s worth it to not hit the mud as it will slow your mount down by 30%. Crossing along the planks successfully provides a speed boost. It may take some practice before you can win this one so don’t get discouraged if you fail at first.
Losing the race will prevent you from of attempting again for an hour. The two horse races are independent of each other so if you fail in the Shire, you can still go to Bree and attempt the course there.
Winning will grant you a choice of 3 festival tokens for that particular festival (Summer, Spring, etc).
Even after you have successfully completed the race and purchased your new mount, you can come back and do it daily for extra tokens.
Buying your Horse or Pony
Starting with Yule Festival 2012, the horse race is no longer required to complete to earn your new festival steed.
Mounts are purchased at the festival barter vendors, not the Hengstacer Farm in Bree-land and no longer require Document of Mount Ownership or Race Tokens.
These quests will grant you new emote commands to eight new dances for your character. Each of the four races has two dances for you to learn. They will be found in the festival area where all the other festival goings-on are happening. Those are:
- Bree Festival Grounds (24.7S, 51.6W Bree-land)
- Thorin’s Hall (13.48S, 103.2W Thorin’s Gate) – in the underground Tavern
- Duillond (24.6S, 93.1W Ered Luin)
- Shire Party Tree (29.85S, 71.48W Shire)
You are looking for a NPC that has the title “Dance Leader” over their head. They shouldn’t be difficult to find. They are typically right in the middle of the festival grounds. Every twenty minutes the Dance Leader will start a dance lesson. Important things to know about doing this quest:
- The quest will become available 5 minutes before the lesson begins. The leader will have no quest ring over his head otherwise.
- You must have the quest before the lessons starts! Once the dance leader starts the quest, there is no picking it up.
- Once you have the quest, you must stay around the dance leader. Leaving the dance area will cause the quest to fail!
- You must have the Dance Leader targeted during the lesson or your steps won’t count.
The NPC will announce when the dance is to being and will walk to the dance area. They will give a series of dance moves to perform and you must perform them quickly, like within a few seconds. If you miss a step you fail the lesson (and the quest).
The lesson is broken up into 4 parts. Between parts the Dance Leader will announce a break. The Dance Leader will call out a dance move to do. The commands you use is /dance1, dance2, or /dance3. The quest will go in this order.
- /dance2, /dance3
- /dance2, /dance2, /dance3
- /dance3, /dance1, /dance3
The last part seems to go much faster than the rest, at least to me, so you must be prepared. Some people make shortcuts or aliases to help them. I did all these dances by pre-typing: /dance and then waiting for them to say 1, 2 or 3 and adding it to the end. However you wish to do it is the right way if it means you complete the quest!
When finished, the Dance Leader will return to their original location and allow you to turn in the quest and select which of the two dances you wish to learn first. Your character will be granted access to a new emote slash command.
|Dances with Men||/dance_man /dance_man2|
|Dances with Dwarves||/dance_dwarf /dance_dwarf2|
|Dances with Elves||/dance_elf /dance_elf2|
|Dances with Hobbits||/dance_hobbit /dance_hobbit2|
If you fail the quest, you can try again but there will be a cool down before you can attempt the quest again. I’ve heard that if you don’t have either of the special dances from that Dance Leader, you can try again at the next lesson with no cool down.
Amabel Redfern, the travelling farmer, will appear with the summer and fall festival and is found in the Shire. You must be a farmer to get these quests. This starts with the Summer Festival where Amabel will give you the quest “Planting the Seeds for Harvest”. She will hand you some special seeds that she wants you to plant in her nearby field. Then you wait until the Fall Festival where Amabel will return to the Shire and will have the quest “Harvesting the Crop”. This quest simply has you talk to Amabel who will tell you how well your seeds grew. As a reward you will receive a Black Mushroom Pot, a housing decoration.