“O stars that in the Sunless Year
With shining hand by her were sown,
In windy fields now bright and clear
We see your silver blossom blown!
O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!
We still remember, we who dwell
In this far land beneath the trees,
Thy starlight on the Western Seas…
Before long the Elves came down the lane towards the valley. They passed slowly, and the Hobbits could see the starlight glimmering on their hair and in their eyes. They bore no lights, yet as they walked a shimmer, like the light of the moon above the rim of the hills before it rises, seemed to fall about their feet.”
Inspired by this lovely cloak, the waning moon reminded me of the fading of the Firstborn, as the Elves gradually departed Middle-Earth and headed into the West. I immediately thought of the above passage, wherein the Hobbits are leaving the Shire with the One Ring in hand, and encounter a travelling group of the Fair Folk. I thought perhaps to come up with a suitably shimmering outfit in silvers and whites, but the blues on this cloak are just too sumptuous to resist. Plus, it does seem to add a melancholy note, as the sun sets on the time of the Elves.
It’s sometimes difficult to dress male Elves formally. You would think there’d be an abundance of exquisite yet masculine robes for them to wear, in contrast to the many dresses for female toons. Yet male Elves have such strange body shapes they can often end up very blocky or even more oddly proportioned than they already are. I tried to offset this here with the elaborate shoulder piece and matching metallic accents, in an effort to detract from the squareness of the robe.
Head: Tawarwaith Hat of the Gloaming (Navy Dye)
Shoulders: Shoulder Pads of Resolve (Navy Dye)
Chest: Robe of Viisaus (Navy Dye)
Gloves: Malledhrim Gauntlets of the Enlightened (Navy Dye)
Shoes: Malledhrim Boots of the Enlightened (Navy Dye)
Back: Glûdra-Clog (Navy Dye)