Spring Festival 2013

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Spring Festival 2013 was a celebration of nature and new growth. It featured events to collect flowers, navigate a hedge maze, run along fence while drunk, and discourage shrews from eating fresh plantings. This year's festival ran from May 21, 2013 until June 4, 2013.

Lore

'Thus the Eldar graced the wedding of Erendis, for love of the people of the Westlands, who were closest in their friendship. Their ship was laden with flowers for the adornment of the feast, so that all that sat there, when evening was come, were crowned with elanor and sweet lissuin whose fragrance brings heart's ease." - Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis"

The namesake for the festival's new items, Lissuin ("sweet" or "honey"), is the name of a species of flower native to Tol Eressëa, in the Undying Lands. A number of these blooms were among the flowers brought by the Eldar to Númenor for the wedding of Aldarion and Erendis.

Town Crier

The Town Criers located throughout Middle-earth announce to players during the festival important information about the event. Here is the information they provide:

Spring Festival Announcement

The Spring Festival is here!
Join in the festivities by visiting the Hedge Maze in the Bree-fields and the Festival Garden in Duillond, where a shrew infestation is disturbing many Elf-gardeners. Each of the festival grounds is hosting a number of the celebratory activities as well, so be sure to attend them all!

Where to Find the Festival

If you wish to visit the festival, the celebrations can be found in the homes of the Elves, Dwarves, Men, and Shire-folk.
In Ered Luin, the Elves hold their event in Duillond, while the Dwarves go to the Inn at Thorin's Hall. Men celebrate in the fields north of Bree, and the hobbits always visit the Party Tree in Hobbiton. All are welcome!

Fistfuls of Flowers

Ah, flowers....
All of the local blooms seem to be at their peak this week, and a certain young man in Bree wishes to enlist your help in courting his lady.

A Seasonal Horse-race

Special steeds can be won in the horse-races, all unique with the captivating themes of the season.
If you wish to race for a steed, go to the race tracks in the Bree-fields or in the Shire, near the neighborhoods of Michel Delving.

The Inn League vs. the Ale Association

During the festivals of Middle-earth, many folks relish the opportunity to partake in the enjoyment of fine seasonal brews, so much so that factions devoted solely to this practice are formed.
The Inn League is a long-standing reputable faction of Middle-earth, founded by hobbits. Members are always welcome, and those who wish to join should seek entry to the league by visiting Ailward Chubb at the Party Tree.
But the glory of the Inn League was not to last. A few festivals later, a surly, sinister dwarf made his presence known in Thorin's Hall during their own celebrations. This dwarf, Jónar, despises hobbits and believes that dwarves are the superior brewers of the land. He founded the Ale Association, a rival faction of the Inn League, bent on doing more harm than good for the amusement of those with wicked temperments.

Festival Grounds

Festivities

Dance of the Races

Main article: Dance of the Races

During all seasonal Festivals, Dance Leaders will teach characters up to eight special racial dances (two from each Race) by completing dance lessons. There is one Dance Leader located in each of the festival grounds of Thorin's Hall Inn and The Festival Garden in Ered Luin, The Party Tree in The Shire, and the Festival Grounds in Bree-land.

Dance lessons take place approximately every 20 minutes, and the quests are available for about 5 minutes before the dance begins. As of U17, the quest start times are:

  • 0, 20 and 40 minutes of each hour in The Shire;
  • 5, 28 and 45 minutes of each hour in Duillond;
  • 10, 30 and 50 minutes of each hour at Thorin's Hall.
  • 17, 35 and 55 minutes of each hour in Bree-Land.

When the Dance Leader starts, target the leader and follow their instructions using the commands /dance1, /dance2, or /dance3 as they instruct you. The time to perform each step decreases with the quest's progression.

At the end of the lesson, the Dance Leader returns to their original position and you are able to select your reward: either the first or second dance emote from that race. Complete the lessons again to learn all the dances!

Festival Horse Races

The stables at the Bree Derby
The new Lissuin steed
Main article: Festival Horse Races

Each festival brings exciting horse races to The Shire Race-track and the Bree-land Festival Grounds. By completing a race in time, players can win festival tokens which can be exchanged for festival rewards. Starting with Yule Festival 2012, you no longer must win a horse race to purchase exclusive festival mounts from Will Peartree at Hengstacer Farm. At the Anniversary Festival, festival mounts can also be purchased from Henry Peartree at the Bree Market Square


Item to Receive Items to Trade
Mount Token 1 (rare)-icon.png Lissuin Steed Spring Leaf-icon.png 40 Spring Leaves
Elven Wing Caparison-icon.png Spring Lissuin Caparison Spring Leaf-icon.png 20 Spring Leaves
Elven Wing Leggings-icon.png Spring Lissuin Leggings Spring Leaf-icon.png 20 Spring Leaves
Mount Token 2-icon.png Simbelmynë Steed Spring Leaf-icon.png 20 Spring Leaves

Gathering Flowers

Main article: A Fistful of Flowers

The Gathering Flowers event was first added in 2008 as part of Valentine's Day. It was later removed for a couple years before being brought back as part of Spring Festival 2012. This event starts in Bree with you helping a love-struck man cultivate a budding romance and finishes with you gathering many of Eriador's signature flowers.

Item to Receive Items to Trade
Elven Wing Halter-icon.png Spring Lissuin Halter Violet (Barter)-icon.png 80 Violets Marigold (Barter)-icon.png 80 Marigolds Primrose (Barter)-icon.png 80 Primroses
Elven Wing Saddle-icon.png Spring Lissuin Saddle Violet (Barter)-icon.png 80 Violets Marigold (Barter)-icon.png 80 Marigolds Primrose (Barter)-icon.png 80 Primroses
Steed of the Jester-icon.png Steed of the Jester Violet (Barter)-icon.png 100 Violets Marigold (Barter)-icon.png 100 Marigolds Primrose (Barter)-icon.png 100 Primroses
Blue Gift Box (Festival)-icon.png Blue Flower Gift Box Violet (Barter)-icon.png 6 Violets Marigold (Barter)-icon.png 6 Marigolds Primrose (Barter)-icon.png 6 Primroses
Green Gift Box-icon.png Green Flower Gift Box Violet (Barter)-icon.png 6 Violets Marigold (Barter)-icon.png 6 Marigolds Primrose (Barter)-icon.png 6 Primroses
Red Gift Box-icon.png Red Flower Gift Box Violet (Barter)-icon.png 6 Violets Marigold (Barter)-icon.png 6 Marigolds Primrose (Barter)-icon.png 6 Primroses

Stomp-a-Shrew

Stomp-a-Shrew
Main article: Stomp-a-Shrew

The Stomp-a-Shrew event was first added during Spring Festival 2010. It is held every spring inside a cave leading to the Festival Garden at Duillond in Ered Luin. The actual Stomp-a-Shrew event is repeated every 9 minutes. In addition, there are several optional quests available to players many of which are repeatable daily.

The Feast of the Greenfields

Main article: The Feast of the Greenfields

The Feast of the Greenfields was first added during Spring Festival 2009 and is partially an in-game tribute to St. Patrick's Day. It is held every spring just east of Brockenborings in the Greenfields. The Hobbits of the Shire pay their respects to Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took, who led the defense of the Shire the last time the goblins invaded in 2747 of the Third Age. The feast culminates in the drinking game Bullroarer's Challenge, based on how Bandobras use to run atop the fences of the Great Smials to stay in shape and hone his reflexes as the legend goes.

The Hedge Maze

The Hedge Maze at the Bree-land Festival Grounds
Main article: The Hedge Maze

This maze built by tall hedges is available year round on the eastern side of the Festival Grounds with entrances on the west and east side of the maze. However during the Spring Festivals, there are several Maze-masters standing at the main entrance on the west side who offer Daily quests to navigate your way through the maze.

The Inn League vs. the Ale Association

Main articles: The Inn League and The Ale Association

The merry hobbits who love all things food and drink are back again this festival, as well as the surly dwarves who believe they know more about beer and are out to prove it one way or another. May the last man standing... drink some more!

The usual range of tasks:

  • the hobbits have their Inn League Trial around the Shire
  • the dwarfs have their The Ale Association Challenge around Bree-town
  • the Ale Association leader Jónar has several quests to annoy the Inn League
  • the Inn League has several quests to make its harrassed members feel better
  • both groups have many quests delivering spirits throughout Eriador

Quests

Invitation

Bree-land - Festival Grounds and Hedge Maze

  1. [...] The Cloven Track
  2. [...] A Speedy Errand
  3. [...] A Fool's Errand - Repeatable

Bree - Market Square

  1. [...] Love is Like a Flower
  2. [...] A-courting Bree Will Go
  3. [...] A Fern By Any Other Name...
  4. [...] A Fistful of Flowers - Repeatable

Bree - The Prancing Pony

Ered Luin - The Festival Garden

  1. [...] A Shortage of Boots
  2. [...] Boot Demand, Boot Supply (Daily) - Repeatable

Ered Luin - Thorin's Hall Inn

The Shire - The Party Tree

  1. [...] Inn League Initiation
  2. [...] Inn League Trial - Repeatable

The Shire - Brockenborings

  1. [...] Bullroarer's Brew
  2. [...] Paying Your Respects
  3. [...] Bullroarer's Challenge - Repeatable
  4. [...] Bullroarer's Challenge -- Advanced - Repeatable

The Shire - The Shire Race-track

Deeds

Barter Items

The following items are available from these Spring Rewards Vendors

Region Name Location
Bree-land Sergeant Tom Festival Grounds [24.6S, 51.6W]
Ered Luin Hálgur Thorin's Hall Inn [13.8S, 103.3W]
Ered Luin Merellos The Festival Garden [24.6S, 93.1W]
The Shire Sarabeth Gardner The Party Tree [29.9S, 71.6W]


Item to Receive Items to Trade
Fresh Rewards
Sightseer's Jacket-icon.png Sightseer's Jacket Spring Leaf-icon.png 18 Spring Leaves
Sightseer's Trousers-icon.png Sightseer's Trousers Spring Leaf-icon.png 18 Spring Leaves
Sightseer's Straw Hat-icon.png Sightseer's Straw Hat Spring Leaf-icon.png 15 Spring Leaves
Cosmetics - Part 1
Hooded Cloak of New Bloom-icon.png Hooded Cloak of New Bloom Spring Leaf-icon.png 15 Spring Leaves
Tunic and Trousers of New Bloom-icon.png Tunic and Trousers of New Bloom Spring Leaf-icon.png 18 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Cloak-icon.png Lissuin Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Hooded Cloak-icon.png Lissuin Hooded Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Hauberk-icon.png Lissuin Robe Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Simbelmynë Dress-icon.png Lissuin Dress Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Wide-brimmed Spring Hat-icon.png Wide-Brimmed Spring Hat Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Simbelmynë Circlet-icon.png Simbelmynë Circlet Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Simbelmynë Cloak-icon.png Simbelmynë Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Simbelmynë Tunic & Trousers-icon.png Simbelmynë Tunic & Trousers Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Simbelmynë Dress-icon.png Simbelmynë Dress Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Cosmetics - Part 2
Spring Adventurer's Quiver-icon.png Spring Adventurer's Quiver Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
White Rose Circlet-icon.png White Rose Circlet Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring Dandy Cloak-icon.png Spring Dandy Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring Dandy Hooded Cloak-icon.png Spring Dandy Hooded Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Cloak-icon.png Spring-flinger Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Hooded Cloak-icon.png Spring-flinger Hooded Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Hat-icon.png Spring-flinger Hat Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Hauberk-icon.png Short-sleeved Spring-flinger Hauberk Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Spring-flinger Hauberk-icon.png Long-sleeved Spring-flinger Hauberk Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Trellis-weave Cloak-icon.png Trellis-weave Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Hooded Trellis-weave Cloak-icon.png Hooded Trellis-weave Cloak Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Trellis-weave Robe-icon.png Trellis-weave Robe Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Recipes
Supreme Cook Recipe-icon.png Strawberry-rhubarb Tart Recipe Spring Leaf-icon.png 15 Spring Leaves
Westfold Cook Recipe-icon.png Bilberry Tart Recipe Spring Leaf-icon.png 15 Spring Leaves
Eastemnet Cook Recipe-icon.png Cherry Tart Recipe Spring Leaf-icon.png 15 Spring Leaves
Apprentice Farmer Recipe-icon.png Potted Lily-of-the-Valley Recipe Spring Leaf-icon.png 8 Spring Leaves
Journeyman Farmer Recipe-icon.png Potted Iris Recipe Spring Leaf-icon.png 8 Spring Leaves
Expert Farmer Recipe-icon.png Potted Bluebottle Recipe Spring Leaf-icon.png 8 Spring Leaves
Housing Items - Maps
Painting 1-icon.png Map of The Old Forest Spring Leaf-icon.png 8 Spring Leaves
Painting 1-icon.png Map of Archet Spring Leaf-icon.png 8 Spring Leaves
Painting 1-icon.png Map of Bree-town Spring Leaf-icon.png 8 Spring Leaves
Painting 1-icon.png Map of Annúminas Spring Leaf-icon.png 8 Spring Leaves
Housing Items
Elf Hedge Sculpture-icon.png Elf Hedge Sculpture Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Dwarf Hedge Sculpture-icon.png Dwarf Hedge Sculpture Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Hobbit Hedge Sculpture-icon.png Hobbit Hedge Sculpture Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Garden Boar Sculpture-icon.png Garden Boar Sculpture Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Garden-dwarf-icon.png Garden-dwarf Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Majestic Shrew Statue-icon.png Majestic Shrew Statue Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Music Box 1-icon.png Spring Festival Theme Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Clover Table-icon.png Clover Table Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Keg 1-icon.png Moria Keg Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Clover Stool-icon.png Clover Stool Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Fine Portrait of a Shrew-icon.png Fine Portrait of a Shrew Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Other
5Pile of Mysterious Powder-icon.png Piles of Mysterious Powder Spring Leaf-icon.png 2 Spring Leaves
5D.R.A.G.O.N-icon.png D.R.A.G.O.N. Spring Leaf-icon.png 3 Spring Leaves
5Doom-shroom-icon.png Doom-shrooms Spring Leaf-icon.png 3 Spring Leaves
Sack of Petals-icon.png Sack of Petals Spring Leaf-icon.png 20 Spring Leaves
5Springfest Brew Mug-icon.png Springfest Brew Mugs Spring Leaf-icon.png 3 Spring Leaves
2Extra Deliciously Tasty Biscuits-icon.png Extra Deliciously Tasty Biscuits Spring Leaf-icon.png 3 Spring Leaves
Cold Fish-icon.png Cold Fish Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Slapper Fish-icon.png Slapper Fish Spring Leaf-icon.png 13 Spring Leaves
Paper Sheet 1 (incomparable)-icon.png Tome of the Large Shrew Spring Leaf-icon.png 250 Spring Leaves
Paper Sheet 1 (rare)-icon.png Tome of the Dusty Shrew Spring Leaf-icon.png 50 Spring Leaves
Paper Sheet 1 (uncommon)-icon.png Tome of the Plain Shrew Spring Leaf-icon.png 50 Spring Leaves
Paper Sheet 1 (rare)-icon.png Tome of the Spotted Shrew Spring Leaf-icon.png 50 Spring Leaves
Spring Festival Steeds
Mount Token 1 (rare)-icon.png Steed of Ethuil Spring Leaf-icon.png 40 Spring Leaves
Steed of New Bloom-icon.png Steed of New Bloom Spring Leaf-icon.png 20 Spring Leaves
Trellis-weave Caparison-icon.png Trellis-weave Caparison Spring Leaf-icon.png 10 Spring Leaves
Spring Festival Steeds - Mithril
Mount Token 2-icon.png Simbelmynë Steed Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Springtime Steed-icon.png Springtime Steed Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Blue Roan Steed-icon.png Blue Roan Steed Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Springfest Steed-icon.png Springfest Steed Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Mount Token 1 (rare)-icon.png Lissuin Steed Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Elven Wing Caparison-icon.png Spring Lissuin Caparison Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Elven Wing Leggings-icon.png Spring Lissuin Leggings Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Mount Token 1-icon.png Steed of Spring Gardens Mithril Coin-icon.png 70 Mithril Coins
Essences and Legendary Items
Essence Reclamation Scroll-icon.png Essence Reclamation Scroll Spring Leaf-icon.png 90 Spring Leaves
Star-lit Crystal-icon.png Anfalas Star-lit Crystal Spring Leaf-icon.png 60 Spring Leaves
Dyes
6Shire-plum Dye-icon.png Shire-plum Dye Spring Leaf-icon.png 20 Spring Leaves
6Bullroarer's Green Dye-icon.png Bullroarer's Green Dye Spring Leaf-icon.png 20 Spring Leaves
6Lavender Dye-icon.png Lavender Dye Mithril Coin-icon.png 10 Mithril Coins
6Deep Purple Dye-icon.png Deep Purple Dye Mithril Coin-icon.png 10 Mithril Coins


Gallery

Cosmetic Items

Housing Items

Emote Items

Mounts

Special Events

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Yule Festival: 2007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Anniversary Celebration: 200820092010201120122013201420152016
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Recurring events: HobnanigansTreasure Hunt
Annual events: Bilbo & Frodo's BirthdayThe Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariners
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