When I started LOTRO a couple years ago I didn’t know I would get so attached to my characters. Well it took a while, I deleted my first two a while back. Mostly because I had no idea what I was doing and I sucked. I was a horrible LOTRO player. I’m still not great but at least I know how to walk in a straight line now! My first (new) character is an elf hunter from Rivendell named Malyndael, but my second character ended up becoming my favorite. (Sorry to all of my other characters!)
This is my main, Alellea Inkwell, a guardian from the Shire. She loves watching the sun set (yes I see the corniness), freshly baked bread (she’s a horrible baker but luckily her mom is one of the best bakers in all of the Shire) and pouring over her father’s maps. She’s from a family of six, her mother, father, and three younger siblings.
After losing her father a few years back, Alellea took on the responsibility to take care of her two brothers and sister. Her story isn’t an extremely uncommon one, but it’s a sad one nonetheless. She works hard to help raise her younger siblings along side her mother.
Alellea is only 24, still in her tweens, and her siblings are six (Aldrell – the youngest), eight (Areldoc) and 15 (Althenia). Her mother, Althelle, is a very skilled cook and baker but she works as a teacher, helping mold the minds of young hobbit children. Her father, Thaendro, was an artistic soul and expressed his talent through his maps. He enjoyed going on the occasional journey, but never beyond Bree. He always liked being close to his family in Hobbiton and never liked to be away for too long. Alellea grew up learning the art of cartography from her father and she was fascinated by the lines her father drew and places he would talk about. Out of all of the children, she showed the most interest in her father’s profession. Her father’s “study” was (and still is) filled with bookshelves full of parchment, boxes of quills, bottles of inks in almost every color imaginable and the faint smell of pipe-weed and lemons.
She doesn’t mind wearing a dress every once in a while but she prefers to wear jackets and trousers – since it’s more comfortable to travel in. While her father was alive, she sometimes went with him when he traveled all across the Shire and she would work on her own maps. The journeys always took a long time because Alellea would keep stopping and sketching everything that caught her eye. Now she prefers to journey alone, but that could be because she doesn’t like going places with other people as much as her dad. She makes sure to have her fathers “lucky” quill on her whenever she’s traveling. She still makes multiple stops to sketch, but her pony, Thea, is used to it so she doesn’t mind.Alellea is a quiet soul, not a big fan of big gatherings and parties. She’ll happily spend an entire day studying her father’s maps and the ones he received over the years from fellow travelers. I would say she’s shy as well, only having a few close friends, but that doesn’t bother her. Her closest friend is a hobbit hunter named Tahlae Highbrook.
Aldrell constantly begs Alellea to draw him pictures of far off lands and animals and she is always happy to oblige. Alellea currently lives on her own now but she’s only a few holes away from her family. Just the way she likes it. She now has a good sized collection of her own maps and even some designs of hobbit holes she hopes to build one day, but it’s far fetched since she’s not skilled in construction. The walls in her home are filled with her father’s maps and drawings, but her favorite one is hung above her bed. It’s an unfinished drawing of Alellea and her siblings sleeping on the floor in her family’s home in front of the fire. It’s also her mother’s favorite but she didn’t mind parting with it because she knew it made Alellea happy.
Okay this turned out to be MUCH longer than I expected. I should probably sleep now, goodnight.