LOTRO Anniversary Celebration

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15th Anniversary Celebration 2022

Lotro 15 Year Logo.jpg
April 20, 2022, marks the fifteenth anniversary of The Lord of the Rings Online and as such special events will take place from April 20th 10:00 a.m. server time to May 12th 3:00 a.m. server time.

SSG's Official Announcement: [1]

"Celebrate 15 Years of LOTRO! This year we are partying in a big way, with all sorts of giveaways, events, and more. Read on to celebrate with us!
Our Anniversary Event starts at the Party Tree, located on The Hill in The Shire (location: 29.9S, 71.5W). When you first log in while the event is active you will also receive a message in Available Quests, which will get you a free map to take you there. Once there, make sure to pick up the wrapper quest “Another Lovely Year” by speaking to Waldo Rumble by the Party Tree! You can read more about the Anniversary Event in our guide.
This year we are debuting a new Festivity Instance called “A Flurry of Fireworks!” Help bring about the greatest fireworks display Bree-land has ever seen! Find “A Flurry of Fireworks” in the Seasonal Instances category of the Instance Finder. The Instance Finder can be opened by pressing Shift+F or by navigating to it in the Main Menu.
This year's Anniversary Event features a ton of new items to barter and earn! Among the new rewards are cosmetic items, a steed, and war-steed cosmetics “of Crystal Resolve”, a new Golden Crystal Beetle cosmetic pet, new fireworks consumables, a new housing fire pit and fireplace, and the debut of a new pet: the Corgi!"

Other Events

The festival repeats the events from previous Anniversary Festivals, Anniversary account rewards have also been added for accounts created on or before April 30, 2007. Eleven sets of scavenger hunt quests are available from the Party Tree.

Dates

2022: April 20 - May 11
Previous Dates
2021: April 21 - May 11
2020: April 23 - May 20
2019: April 23 - May 19 and June 7 - June 18
2018: April 20 - May 8 and June 7 - June 18
2017: April 20 - May 8
2016: April 22 - May 8
2015: April 15 - April 28
2014: April 16 - April 29
2013: April 16 - May 6
2012: April 16 - May 9
2011: April 21 - April 24
2010: April 29 - June 30
2009: April 24 - April 30
2008: April 24 - May 23

Festival Grounds

Methel-stage [32.6S, 69.9W] and The Shire Race-track [35.4S, 73.5W]

Anniversary Gifts and Character Portrait Frames

Gifts are bestowed to accounts according to Account Status - see [2] below for a detailed explanation of Account Status.
The gift boxes are automatically placed in the inventories of all characters on the account upon character login, provided there are enough open spaces available. If you did not have enough inventory spaces, the remaining gifts will appear upon the next login when enough spaces are open.
Eligible players will have their new Character Portrait Frames automatically applied to your characters upon receipt if they are Year 8 and prior; Year 9 and after require opening the gift item, which puts the Portrait Frame into your inventory. (You must select the frame version to display.)
Gifts are no longer awarded based on how long ago the account was created, and have not been for some time; see [3] for more info.


Quests

Notes

  • The Anniversary Quests are divided into two groups:
The Anniversary Scavenger Hunt quests (Not repeatable).
These are all begun at the Party Tree in Hobbiton from hanging scrolls.
The normal Anniversary (and Festival) Quests (Repeatable).
  • The quest level scales to your character's level.
  • The experience and monetary rewards scale based on the quest level
  • Some Anniversary Event repeatable quests are repeatable on a periodic basis (they reset at 3am EST).

Anniversary Scavenger Hunt quests

From 2018 a cut down version of the Scavenger Hunt was introduced which involved locations only in Eriador accessible to players in the Legendary servers. Both quest lines are available concurrently, if the quests have not been completed.

Instances

Deeds

All Festival Deeds are found under Race & Social

  • Happy 15th Anniversary - Received Expansion Pack Collector's Edition gifts for logging in during our 15th Anniversary.
  • The Anniversary Scavenger Hunt - Auto bestowed on login when the festival is active and accompanied by an in-game mail from Waldo Rumble asking for help.
  • For completing one Scavenger Hunt Quest for each of the 10 years:
  • For completing all ten years' Scavenger Hunt Travel quests:
  • For completing all ten years' Scavenger Hunt Trifle quests:
  • For completing all ten years' Scavenger Hunt Tales quests:
  • For completing the year eleven quests:
  • For completing all Eriador Scavenger Hunt quests:

NPC Barterers


Region Name Location
Bree-land Frithbert Bree [30.2S, 51.0W]
Ered Luin Anniversary Vendor (Thorin's Hall) The Festival Arena [13.8S, 103.3W]
Ered Luin Gísli Strongclub The Festival Arena [13.8S, 103.3W]
Ered Luin Rökkvi Thorin's Hall - The Great Hall [13.8S, 103.3W]
Ered Luin Seifur Celondim [28.3S, 92.1W]
The Shire Ingwaldur Michel Delving [34.1S, 75.0W]



Region Name Location
Bree-land Angeline Greenpasture Market Square, Bree [30.2S, 51.0W]
Dunland Anniversary Vendor (Galtrev) Galtrev [80.2S, 16.8W]
Ered Luin Arnúlfur Thorin's Hall - The Great Hall [13.7S, 103.2W]
Ered Luin Mallenwen Celondim [28.3S, 92.1W]
Evendim Baidhrien Tinnudir [12.6S, 67.3W]
The Great River Anniversary Vendor (Stangard) Stangard [25.5S, 63.4W]
Lone-lands Ailith Ost Guruth [31.7S, 29.4W]
Lothlórien Gílbereth Caras Galadhon [16.1S, 67.0W]
Mirkwood Uramaith Ost Galadh [14.4S, 51.1W]
Moria Gunri Singebeard Twenty-first Hall [5.7S, 105.2W]
North Downs Ruinwen Esteldín Forecourt [9.6S, 42.0W]
The Shire Drogo Whitfoot Michel Delving [34.1S, 75.0W]
Trollshaws Norien Rivendell [29.7S, 3.7W]
Ettenmoors Thrak Gramsfoot [12.3S, 20.9W]
Ettenmoors Anhebron Glân Vraig [20.9S, 13.6W]



  • Token Exchange

Gallery

Cosmetics Gallery

Instruments

Mount Gallery

Cosmetic Pet Gallery

Decorations Gallery

External Links

  • The "Department of Strategery" has a good guide to the Scavenger Hunt -- or as they call it, the "Befriend a Hunter Festival".
https://departmentofstrategery.wordpress.com/category/lotro/guides/scavenger-hunt/

References

  1. https://www.lotro.com/news/lotro-15th-anniversary
  2. From the official announcement:
    Account Status refers to the billing state of the account as of 10:00 AM EST on April 21st, 2021. An account may reflect a billing state of VIP, Premium, Free Player or Suspended Account Status. Rewards will be distributed based on the gift players received the previous year at the time of account review at 10:00 AM EST on April 21st, 2021. Account must be in good standing to receive rewards. Rewards have no cash value. You may see all of the individual Subscriptions on a single master Account by logging into https://myaccount.standingstonegames.com/. Standing Stone Games' decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Anniversary Rewards Program. Standing Stone Games, LLC, is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Anniversary Rewards Program, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the upgrade of accounts.
  3. Per a post by Cordovan on the Lotro Forums answering a player question:
    Q: Has it always been that you need to log in during the anniversary in order to be eligible for the gift that year to "count"?
    A: The answer is yes, but the way the system awards gifts has changed several times over the years. Up to a certain year it procced based on time since account creation, but after about Year 9 it began incrementing based on the last annual check of your account, and gives you the next in line. So, if you picked up Year 12 last year, you will get Year 13 this year, etc. Yes, though, you DO need to log into the game at least once during the year in order to increment your award and pick up the annual gift. The awards are account-based, so once you log into one of your characters it will increment for the account and put that year's reward on your account.