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As you have noticed, in the last few months the Laurelin Archives has experienced performance and stability issues, this coincided with some unrelated changes to the hosting service we are currently using. 

Happy 10th Birthday Lord Of The Rings Online


Ten years ago this week, new adventurers came forth to face the growing evil in the East from the far corners of Middle-earth. In Mordor, Sauron's forces are mobilizing as the Nazgül hunt for the One Ring. 

Spotlight On Middle-Earth : Ithilien

Ithilien is a fair region of climbing woods and swift-falling streams. Forests of resinous trees, fir and cedar and cypress, its slopes are covered in a wealth of sweet-smelling herbs, shrubs and countless flowers. 

A Little Old Man Called Gandalf

"All that the unsuspecting Bilbo saw that morning was an old man with a staff. He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, a silver scarf over which his long white beard hung down below his waist, and immense black boots." (J.R.R.Tolkien - The Hobbit)

Yuletide Blessings !

The bright light of hope, peace, love and re-birth has a deepest meaning in Middle-earth and its closely connected to the whole Tolkien's universe. In the darkest moment, the Phial of Galadriel containing shining water from her magical fountain rekindle hope with light.

Legolas 'Greenleaf' Bringer Of Sunshine

Prince Legolas Greenleaf, son of Thranduil King of the Woodland Realm of Northern Mirkwood ruler of the Silvanian Elves. A 'strange' Elf, clad not only in green and brown but also in mystery. Who is Legolas Greenleaf and how to trace his history back in time? And why does Tolkien refer to his as 'strange' among the Elves?

A Long-Expected Party - A Tribute To Bilbo Baggins

Not so very long ago, in the sleepy town of Hobbiton the notable Mr. Bilbo Baggins was preparing his birthday celebration. Plenty of food and ale, a wizard doing fireworks, and the mysterious vanishing of the birthday boy at the end. Some claim on cool, clear nights, the sound of distant laughter ,music, and fireworks can still be heard around the old Party Tree 

Welcoming Autumn In Middle-Earth

Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields in the Shire. The gold of grain stubble, the brown of turned fragrant earth. The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain are in the air as well as the sharp, gentle chill of Autumn in Middle-earth.

Where The Great River Flows - A Journey Along Anduin

Let us continue our journey along the Mighty Anduin and discover the many lands it crosses and the many stories it tales.The river was also known as the Langflood to the ancestors of the Rohirrim, and as we have seen it is the longest in Middle-earth during the Third Age with an estimates total length of 1,388 miles 

Spotlight On Middle-Earth : Anduin The Great

In the Misty Mountains, this Mighty River is born. From greyest hills, to-wards the south he flows. Many waters joining as he passes. Strong and sure through many lands he goes. Oh, Anduin how many tells you cherish as you make your way to the Great Sea.