Living in Middle-Earth is a new column about non-playable character’s homes in Lotro. Each week we’ll discover a new location with a distinctive way of life and decoration style, looking at the little details we often pass by.
I was a bit apprehensive about my visit to Rivendell because it felt like something everyone already knew about. We’ve all been to visit Elrond so many times, how could the Last Homely House still impress me?
So I went, just because it was on my way to the Misty Mountains. And then something happened. I stopped and look, I mean really look. That was it: I fell in love with Rivendell a second time.
Let’s start by some obvious pieces. There are some nice tapestries up there that I would really like to have in my in-game house.
Some beautiful Indian lamps.
And a great set of furniture in dark wood and iron work. I’m a bit confused because we’ll see this design later in Moria. So really, who designed it first? The elves of the dwarves?!
Notice the different wall paper in this room? This is Rivendell exclusive!
What is this? A new rug? Me want.
Then we get in the core essence of the Last Homely House: its architecture. Oh my! All of Rivendell designs are strongly inspired by Art Nouveau, an aesthetic that I absolutely love. You can find it in its walls, ceiling and even statues.
Amazing, right? Well, ok, given that Alphonse Mucha is one of my favourite artists of all time, I might be a little bit biased, hehe. But the fun doesn’t end here. Rivendell continues to blow us away with its stained glass art work:
The details of the fireplace are awesome as well.
And finally, , the cherry on top of it all, the ceiling in the Halls of Fire. Deep blue draped silk, hanging banners, starry painting on the arches: Drools.
Could they have made Rivendell more magical then this? I think not. So next time you’re passing by on a levelling alt, stop a second to admire the amazing features of Elrond’s home. Who knows, you may remember all of a sudden why you like Lotro so much