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Tessar / Dec 13, 2016
I am pleased to report that yesterday, December 12, 2016, Olanath announced the appointment of Galanur as our kin's Successor.

Galanur has been with this kin since August 7, 2012. His knowledge of this game is extensive - he plays all aspects including PvP and Monster play, so he is a great resource for any information you may need to help you develop strong characters. I often consult with him about gear, cosmetics and housing decorations - he always knows where to find something.

Having played most classes, he has many alts including Galeran, Gotrrek, Thrranduil, Elegast, Arthedar, Dwalic, Dunagar, Joseef, Silverfeather, and Eoderd.

He also has in-depth knowledge of the Lord of the Rings lore, authored by J.R. Tolkien, and often enlightens us about the histories of in-game characters and important battles.

But perhaps most important of all, Galanur is a wonderful Friend to this kin and I welcome him as our new Successor.

Thrainik / Sep 25, 2016
By Cordovan_
Greetings! I am Severlin, Executive Producer for Lord of the Rings Online. I just wanted to take the time to update you on our plans for the coming months. I have been working on LOTRO for some time now, but this is my first formal Producer’s Letter, so this is an introduction to some of you. I have taken over the reins for Vyvyanne, who has moved to a different project. I am serving as Executive Producer for both Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online. Prior to my place with LOTRO I served as the Executive Producer for Dungeons and Dragons, and as Executive Producer of Asheron’s Call before that. I have been working in the games industry for almost 10 years. I first read the Lord of the Rings trilogy over 30 years ago and I have loved the story and the lore. From reading through the Hobbit to exploring the mythos in the Silmarillion I have been a fan of Tolkien for quite some time.
 
We are currently hard at work on Update 19, titled the March of the King. Our plan is to release the update in October. Update 19 will feature The Last Debate, along with the Host of the West and its March through North Ithilien, the debut of new premium housing on the Cape of Belfalas, a return to landscape questing, and a new rotation of featured instances. North Ithilien was once known for its gardens, and some called it the prettiest area of Gondor. That beauty remains even in the presence of the enemy. The overgrown and wild area still has many plants and flowers that are not found elsewhere in Middle Earth, and players can gather the flora found there to barter for rewards that will remain useful into 2017. We look forward to telling you more about Update 19 in the coming weeks!
 
Premium housing brings vastly more hook points, the ability to own multiple houses, a fully revised housing UI, and more. Current homeowners can continue to enjoy their dwellings, and we remain committed to supporting classic housing in the future. 
 
Excitement is rising in the studio as the story progresses toward some very enticing story moments and some very interesting regions. Looking past Update 19, we are looking forward to exploring the foreboding lands of Dagorlad, experiencing the Battle of the Black Gate, and perhaps even meeting a VERY well-known riddle and magical accessories fan. We've hinted at the possibility of bringing you to Mordor in a full expansion, and we'll be continuing to work through that process in the coming months. 
 
We're also aiming to address some of the things you've been urging us to work on. Lag in large encounters is a top priority. We are working on changes to the Burglar and Hunter class to make them more competitive.  We are also looking to fix more bugs, add some quality of life improvements, and improve some of our festivals to keep them interesting and fun.
 
It remains a pleasure to help guide the LOTRO team through our journey in Middle-earth, and we look forward to celebrating all things Tolkien with you for a long time to come.
 
Sev~
September 2016 Producer's Letter
Tessar / Jun 15, 2016
For more than 2 years now we have been running a Monday night questing group made up of six regular members who have committed to playing at the set time. We have had so much fun and made good game-friends!

Well, we are starting again with new characters and we are inviting anyone who may be interested to join us! There are 2 ways you can participate:
1.Sign on as a ‘regular’, committed to playing on Monday nights from 8 to 10pm eastern time. We will level up together using experience disablers if needed to stay within the same level range.
2. Or, play on an occasional basis - just show up on Monday nights, and if we have room you can join us. After we do a bit of leveling/epics/deeds, we then open up to a raid and do higher level skraids, warbands, roving threats etc. For this you will want a higher level character (100+).

For now we anticipate that the regulars will play the new toons from 8 to 9pm, and then the high-level raid will start.

Happy Questing!
RSVP to Finphord (in-game mail) if interested : )
This is an alliance event and is posted on our event calendar.
Thorir and friends / Jan 05, 2016
I am glad to announce that a wish has come true for me in the game, crafting at home. They have in the game as house decorations superior stations needed to do all crafts including farming along with a summoning horn to summon a supplier to buy, sell and repair. So now on the Kin lawn sits an:

Oven that also acts as a campfire,
Farming Garden that can be used for all fields,
Workbench,
Study,
Forge,
Summoning Pole to summon the supplier.

I hope to see other fellow crafters joining me in crafting on the kin lawn. Hope to see you there soon,
Thorir and Friends
Tessar / Oct 29, 2015
On October 20 we moved into our new home on the Crickhollow server. Everything went very smoothly. When you transfer you will automatically be enrolled in the kin.

Before you move, check your game mail and take any attachments as these will not transfer. But all the belongings in your vault, bags and house will transfer.

After you transfer you will need to repurchase a house (if you already owned a house then the funds are provided by LOTRO which you will find in your game mail). I recommend that you do this early to get the best choice.

If you see a number appended to your character's name, you can rename the character by clicking on a message you will find in the alert box in the lower right of your screen.

Happy moving!

Tess : )
Olanath / Aug 03, 2015
As many may know, Windfola, the original server for our kinship, is closing. If you haven't already, you should have panicked and abandoned all hope, as I have. Just kidding! This is an exciting event for us all! Initial feelings may be of loss and sadness, but trust me when I say this is not a bad thing!

So, what do we do now, as a kinship?

Nothing. DO NOT TRANSFER YET. Transfers from Windfola are not free. That stage will not start for up to a month. In the near future, I will open a poll to see where people want to move. Most that have spoken up do not have any preference where we go, as long as it's all together. That is how I feel. In the meantime, leave a post here, message me, log in and talk it over in kinchat, or send me in-game mail. I hope to have plenty of conversation with everyone about this before any choices are made.

I also hope to move to a server with other Windfola Alliance kinships, and those kinships have stated the same goal. Lots of moving parts here, so just stay patient.

Now, if you still have the urge to panic, go ahead and do so at your leisure.
Olanath / Dec 13, 2014
I'm happy to announce that Thorir has taken over the role of Successor! Thorir has always been a positive influence to our kin, and has a cool and calming approach to all situations. This will probably counter-balance my sometimes erratic and shenanigan filed adventures I get people into. Congratulations, Thorir!
Tessar / Nov 14, 2014
Hail My Friends!

I am honored to be a part of this kin and I have enjoyed being kin Leader immensely.

These days I find myself playing LOTRO less than I used to, so I believe the time has come for me to step down as Leader. I will remain an officer and will continue to play and contribute.

I am passing leadership to our dear Olanath *three cheers*. He is respected and valued by not only our kin-mates, but also many others on the Windfola server. He has my deepest appreciation for his many contributions to Frodo’s Friends and to this game.

I also want to take this opportunity to personally thank all our Officers who contribute so much to this kin, and who made my job easier. Especial recognition goes to Kindrelle and Galanur for bringing in many new recruits – an essential task to keep any kin alive.

I also want to thank each and every member – without you there would be no Frodo’s Friends.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. May we always create a fun and rewarding game experience for each other!

Tess : )