7 Reasons I Enjoyed Elladan and Elrohir’s Missions
1. The Beauty of Elven Lands
With a lot of recent LOTRO content focusing on the Dwarves of Middle-Earth, and the lore of The Lord of the Rings after the War of the Ring shifting to the Age of Man, it can be easy to forget about the Elves. The Missions for Elrohir and Elladan take you into three Elven domains: Rivendell (or Imladris), Eregion and Lothlórien, all of which play important roles in LOTR lore for different reasons. LOTRO capture these lands really well, so I’ll let screenshots to do the rest of the talking in this section
Imladris / Rivendell
I have not had chance to take some shots during the Lothlórien Missions themselves yet, but I may just leave these ones in place anyway. Enjoy the Golden Wood!
2. How Elladan and Elrohir Interacted
3. Variety of Other Characters
The Eagles are coming! Well, one of them, at any rate. Gwaihir is the one you encounter while in Eregion.
The Galadhrim are Lórien’s protectors and also a reputation faction in LOTRO. During the final chapter of The Further Adventures of Elladan and Elrohir, it is a Galadhrim Sentinel who guides you in the correct direction to a foe you are tracking.
Celeborn & Galadriel
For newer players or characters, this may be their first encounter with the Lord and Lady of Lórien. As this is set in Glinmaethor’s past, it was really weird to hear them refer to her as a stranger to the Galadhrim! This is one of a few reasons why I would say unlock the missions and complete them when the quest becomes available.
4. Variety of Enemies
The Further Adventures of Elladan and Elrohir story is not a brigand-and-orc gauntlet. In fact, considering that Eregion and Lothlórien are threatened by Orcs, it is refreshing that you do not face these at all. Nor brigands, for that matter. LOTRO have mixed up the types of foes in much the same way as they have the twists – so nothing is the same at any point.
Apologies here, I kept the floaty names on so I could document what happened when in each chapter. I’ll declutter them on my next run.
Poor Bloated Maggot Elladan!
Wolves & Wargs
While Twists are not unique to Elladan and Elrohir’s Missions, it’s the variation that I found interesting. From needing to interrupt a call for reinforcements, to standing by hot braziers to warm up – for only five Missions, there was something to think about. It’s not just pure carnage!
Twists in the Elladan and Elrohir Missions
Hmm, I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten where my corruption-removal skill is on my Guardian (Sting). I’d better put that back on my quickbars! Here’s the Wiki’s list of Corruption Removal Skills.
7. Small Touches
In any short story, the difficulty in writing it is finding the balance between focusing on the the core narrative and yet not making the journey detailed enough. Here are a few “small touches” LOTRO have done really well in the Elladan and Elrohir Missions.
Helping a Bear Cub
The Vulnerable Elf
Further Reading for Further Adventures
In case you landed here looking for help with Chapters 2-5, you can find specific guidance on the Wiki:
TL;DR Many Reasons to Enjoy the Elladan and Elrohir Missions
The Further Adventures of Elladan and Elrohir take you from Rivendell to Lothlórien and back again within about 1½ hours of gameplay! Yet the story is written really well, how the brothers interact is touching, and you travel through some of LOTRO’s most beautiful scenery. The combat mechanics vary enough to keep that side of it interesting, while also taking in locations and events critical to LOTR lore. I highly recommend you run Elladan and Elrohir’s Missions at least once – but do not rush them! You’ll reach the end soon enough. Enjoy the journey and see the tokens and XP as bonuses, rather than the aim of it all. Have fun!