How to Make Mara Sandydowns’ Frostbluff Outfit in LOTRO

LOTRO How to Make Mara Sandydowns outfit from FrostbluffThe Hobbit Mara Sandydowns is one of the first people you see when you first visit Winter-home. Wrapped in warm clothes (even shoes!), she can found constantly warming her hands at the fire while she helps people with Yule Festival. Since I first played Yule Festival probably four years ago I wanted to make Mara Sandydowns’ outfit! There are a couple of version out there on the web, but here’s my rendition. Enjoy – and happy Yule!


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Prep It – Things You Need Beforehand

To be able to fully create this outfit you will need a few things:

  1. Dunland: The upper body and shoulder items are both quest rewards. That means they are bound on acquire (BoA).
  2. Lossoth Reputation: The gloves and (in my case) the boots are Lossoth Tailoring recipes. You will need to have Friend standing with the Lossoth to craft both. The same is true for putting them in an outfit, except if you use Wardrobe.
  3. Tailor Crafting: To make the item you’ll need to be a Master Tailor. This is either via the Explorer profession, or using the third skill in Armourer)[1]Though you’ll need an explorer character, or friend, to convert hides to leather and any other leather processing you might need.
  4. Shared Wardrobe (Maybe): if you want to make this outfit for another character who hasn’t reached Dunland yet, you’ll need to unlock Shared Wardrobe (See the Wiki

Let’s Make Mara’s Outfit!

  • Head: Yule Stocking Cap (Crimson), Yule Festival Barter Reward
  • Shoulders: Padded Mantle of the Dunland Soothsayer[2]See the Wiki for other quest rewards that share the same appearance (Crimson)
  • Back: Yule Hoodless Cloak (Crimson), Yule Festival Barter Reward
  • Chest: Boar Clansman Sentry’s Jacket[3]You can also get the Dunlending’s Hunting Jacket from the Reputation Vendor at Galtrev, though for 1.5 Gold you really need to benefit from the stats to acquire it this way! (White Dye, or Default)
  • Hands: Ajokoira Gloves or Ceremonial Ajokoira Gloves[4]Or 195LP from the LOTRO Store
  • Legs: Not needed as Chestpiece covers your legs
  • Feet: Ajokoira Shoes or Ceremonial Ajokoira Shoes[5]Or 195LP from the LOTRO Store

Alternative Upper Body

If you cannot obtain the chestpiece here, do not despair. You can dye the Surcoat of the Yield from the Farmer’s Faire, which also works really well!

Check It: Pictures of Outfit Pieces


Bonus: Find Ered Luin Snowman

Find the Snowman in Ered Luin

I took the most of the shots for this post from the Snowman in Ered Luin. He can be found between Frerin’s Court and Noglond in the hill ay (17.7S, 102.0W)|[6]Coordinates found on the Wiki: https://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Quest:Year_9_Travels:_Middle-earth_Curiosities

Get the /warmhands Emote

If you want to join Mara by the fire in Winter-home, grab the /warmhands emote. It’s 195LP in the LOTRO Store)


Where my Mara Sandydowns Outfit Differs to Others

My set-up here is slightly different to, say, the Wiki’s:

  1. Choice of Dye: I have used Crimson Dye throughout, rather than pure Red Dye. I feel this is a closer match and the darker shade is easier on the eyes and (in my personal opinion) looks better.
  2. Gloves: I have chosen to use a craftable set of gloves rather than Dolen-lhaw. Doing so means you can choose your quest rewards for your class but also you can make some appropriate gloves far earlier (Forochel rather than Dunland) in the Epic.
    Disclosure: I prefer Dolen-lhaw but have forgotten to get the item on the last three Dunland runs!

My Yule Festival-related Guides

TL;DR Mara Sandydowns Outfit: Hard Work but Worth It!

Admittedly, if you’re relatively new to LOTRO or haven’t ventured far, Mara Sandydown’s outfit may not be completely feasible. But do try the alternative upper body item suggested. I hope you have fun creating an outfit that suits you. Above all else this festive time, have fun in LOTRO, and let the rewards be the by-product rather than the focus. Happy Yuletide!

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Though you’ll need an explorer character, or friend, to convert hides to leather and any other leather processing you might need.
2. See the Wiki for other quest rewards that share the same appearance
3. You can also get the Dunlending’s Hunting Jacket from the Reputation Vendor at Galtrev, though for 1.5 Gold you really need to benefit from the stats to acquire it this way!
4, 5. Or 195LP from the LOTRO Store
6. Coordinates found on the Wiki: https://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Quest:Year_9_Travels:_Middle-earth_Curiosities

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Seija

Hey, this is awesome!
If you use Pever-Durnvol in crimson for the hands it is an even better fit. 😉 They are medium armour gloves for level 75. Probably instance drop, but I can’t remember and am too lazy to ask the lotro-wiki atm.

Cheers,
Seija