Friday, 1 January 2016

Scenic Tour: The Shire

I know I've done quite a few scenic tours of zones in LOTRO but when I sat down and made a list, I couldn't find one for the Shire. I'm kind of not surprised - it's a beautiful zone but the questing is so annoying (think postman and pie deliveries) that I generally skip it.

Here are some of the highlights of the Shire and why even if you don't quest there, you should still go for a pleasure stroll or a nice slow horse-ride (or goat-ride if you prefer) around the zone.

Bounders Bounty Memorial Garden - Michel Delving
Sunset at Bywater Bridge
The weather in the Shire is generally glorious - bright blue skies with wispy white clouds and amazing sunrises and sunsets.

Farming country
Market towns
It's a peaceful place, the people of the Shire are mostly farmers, selling their produce at the local markets.

Bag End
The Party Tree
And of course, fans of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins will want to visit where they lived. Bag End is open to view inside. There's always activity at the Party Tree. And to finish off, why not stop by The Ivy Bush tavern in Hobbiton for a drink and to listen to the locals telling tales about Bilbo and his adventures?

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