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Spring-Flingin': LotRO's 2011 Spring Festival

Posted Thu, Mar 24, 2011 by gunky

Spring-Flingin': LotRO's 2011 Spring Festival

The Spring Festival has begun in the Lord of the Rings Online. There is no new content this year - nothing on the scale of Winterhome, at least - but the 2011 Spring Festival does have the old favorites: the hedge maze and Stomp-A-Shrew. And a shiny new horse.

New Spring Festival Mount

The less-visually-jarring Blue Roan Steed from last year is also still available. The hedge maze near the Bree-land festival grounds has a whole slew of quests - timed runs, scavenger hunts, chicken-chasing, getting drunk and lost, etc. Some of the quests are new this year (one involving rascally hobbits, another involving a timed drinking challenge). All of these quests begin at the festival grounds side and finish on the other. Learning the path through the maze will probably take a few practice runs, but after you've navigated through a few times it gets much easier. It's been a year since I last ran through the place and I still remember the way.

Deep in the middle of the hedge maze

Stomp-A-Shrew takes place in a garden cave in Duillond. Think competetive Whack-A-Mole with dwarves and elves - the goal is to beat down shrews and rescue seedlings, competing with other players who will attempt to knock you out of the way and ninja your shrews. There are a number of quest-givers inside the cave, involving procuring supplies for the shrew-stomping festivities and the actual stomping of shrews. Bloody savages.

A game of Stomp-A-Shrew

The flower-picking quests from previous years are absent this Spring Festival, so races, maze-running and shrew-stomping are the only way to earn the festival tokens. There is, however, the other standard festival fare this spring: the Inn League continues its valiant effort to get all of Middle Earth drunk, despite the best efforts of the less-noble Ale Association, and dance instructors at the usual festival locations are teaching new players how to bust a move, step by step. The rewards this year are mostly the same as last year, but there are a few new cosmetic cloaks and some new gag items available from festival vendors.

Long-sleeved Spring Flinger Outfit
Long-sleeved Spring-flinger Hauberk
Short-sleeved Spring-flinger Hauberk
Short-sleeved Spring-flinger Haubkerk
Spring Adventurer's Quiver
Spring Adventurer's Quiver
Spring-flinger Hat
Spring-flinger Hat
Spring-flinger Cloak
Spring-flinger Cloak
Spring-flinger Hooded Cloak
Spring-flinger Hooded Cloak
Spring Dandy Cloak
Spring Dandy Cloak
Spring Dandy Hooded Cloak
Spring Dandy Hooded Cloak


The 2011 Spring Festival runs until April 12

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