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Shamus Plays: LOTRO, Part 9

Shamus Young | 17 Mar 2010 09:00
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Walking over to the mail table, I scoop up a satchel of mail and give the postman a wink as I trot off. I hear the postman shouting something about where the satchel is supposed to go, but I don't really see how that's relevant to me.

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A few minutes later I breeze through the town of Waymeet. The postman waves at me as I pass, "Hoy! Mail!"

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"I have some already, thanks!" I say as I run past.

I'm well out of town before I realize he was probably asking for the mail I'm carrying. I guess this satchel is addressed to Waymeet? Whatever. It's not like I'm about to waste my magic bag of speed boost mail by delivering it.

A few minutes later I arrive in Hobbiton. I pull open the mail satchel and empty the contents into the town fountain. Postman Grubb is just a few feet away, giving me the stink-eye.

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I toss him the empty satchel and head up the hill to see Lobelia. She is not glad to see me. She's not happy that the mayor isn't willing to pay her nephew for being useless.

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Lore time, children:

If you remember the book The Hobbit, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins here is the same one who moved into Bilbo's house when he was out on his adventure, and who was then kicked out again when Bilbo showed up at the end of the book. She's not a villain per se. The Sackville-Baggins family occupies roughly the same thematic space as the Dursley family in Harry Potter. Jerks, basically.

And no, you don't get a spoiler warning for a 73 year old children's book. Read it, sparky.

In Lord of the Rings (the books, not the movies) Frodo sold her the house before he left on his adventure. The game takes place during the books, which means that Lobelia here is standing on the front stoop of Bag End, Bilbo's old home. You can go inside and poke around if you like. We don't have space here to give you the tour, but if you find yourself in the game it's worth stopping in just to have a look around and know that you visited Bag End.

Nephew Mundo is actually an add-on for the game. As far as I am aware, he is not present or mentioned in any of the books. Lotho in the pictures above in Lobelia's only son. He's also the douche that was selling shire pipe-weed to the evil Saruman in the books. (Things ended badly for him.)

Okay. I'm done with the lore notes for now. I just thought I'd give you a little dose of LOTRO trivia.

Lobelia assumes I'm a bounder, (which, okay, I did join, but only so I could get and subsequently sell a free hat) and says that if I'm not willing to help her nephew then I should go do something about the goblins on the edge of the Shire. I'm tempted to say something rude, but her son looks like he's about to waylay me and leave me in a ditch where I'll be crushed to death under an avalanche of discarded mail.

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