If you need a guide in German, see Berrie’s Mittsommer im HdRO .
When Is the Midsummer Festival?
The 2022 event runs from 16th June at 10am /servertime to 11th July at 3am/servertime. So the last full day for most of us will be 10th July 2022.
What’s New This Year?
For that, skip to What’s New for 2022?
Please be aware that, unlike all other events, the Midsummer Festival has a token limit! Since patch 27.0.1, you can hold 250 Tokens per Character. So ensure you spend some before you hit it.
There is no shortage of things to do at this LOTRO event, so combine questing with enjoying the rewards, which are really affordable. You can get a lot with 250 tokens!
How Do I Get Started?
Per the Release Notes:
- When you log in you will have an auto-bestowed quest.
- This contains a map to Minas Tirith (Midsummer)
- From there you can get the intro quest and begin exploring. The NPC you need is in the next screenshot.
…Midsummer Wedding-planners are located in Thorin’s Hall, Duillond, Bree-town, and the Party Tree to direct players to Midsummer quests in those areas.
Note: You can Swift-Travel to Minas Tirith (Midsummer) from major stablemasters.
So wherever you are at in Middle-Earth you can get to the special instance of Minas Tirith and start celebrating!
Also: the “Section Menu” buttons take you back up to the table of contents. You’ll want to use this if you’re flicking between different quests.
You pick up the Daily and the other wrapper from Faeleth. She is on the main path into Minas Tirith. The wrappers are:
1. In Celebration of Midsummer
The Daily 10 × Festival Quests wrapper. It awards
2. A Fondness for Festivity
To complete this, finish 5 × Daily Wrappers.
The first (intro) stage awards:
3. The Majesty of Midsummer
And finally, this reward is for completing whichever stage of A Fondness for Festivity you happen to be on.
The (Intro) stage grants:
Navigating Minas Tirith
Sometimes in my guides, I put stuff in because I need it. This is one of those times!
On Foot, or Mount
Minas Tirith is built into a mountain, in concentric circles. If you’re on foot or mounted, you’ll need to keep looking for stairs, ramps, or passageways that go up. This should help find the next circle in. When I first entered the Citadel, I found the first such ramp was behind me.
Which is the Citadel Stable?
You need the High Stables to reach the Citadel by Horse-taxi.
You can find stable masters to many (though not all) of the circles. They do charge 1 silver, but everyone knows you have to take some coin when visiting a festival yes?
In MT the ramps going down to a lower level are always found near the stable-master on your current level. Ramps going up come out near the stable-master on the upper level and those stable-masters alternate which half of the circle they are on.
…the Sages’ Tier stable-master goes to the ring labeled “Master’s Ring”. There’s no stable-master for the ring labeled “Sages”. All of the other stable-masters go where they say they go.
All Quests & Quick Daily 10
Here are the quest-givers for the many and varied Midsummer activities in Minas Tirith. For quests elsewhere see my separate guide for Midsummer Quests Outside Minas Tirith and A Long-Awaited Banquet Quests.
Because this list is huge, most people should see this section as tabs, so you can choose to read it – or scroll past it quicker!
Minas Tirith Quest-Givers
- Merilien (The Citadel: 22.5N, 55.8W)
- Othnoron: (The Citadel: 22.3N, 55.8W)
- Florist (The Citadel: 22.1N, 56.0W)
- Colladan: (Houses of Lore: 21.7N, 56.3W, Upstairs)
- Ulthir: (The Splintered Shield, Soldiers’ Tier: 21.7N, 56.3W, Upstairs)
- Borlach of Rimmon: (Soldiers’ Tier: 21.4N, 54.4W)
- Ciriel: (Craftsmen’s’ Tier: 21.0N, 55.3W)
- Postmaster: (House of the Craft: 21.0N, 55.3W)
- Melthend (Marriage-Wright): (House of the Craft: 21.0N, 55.3W)
- Without a Hitch (4 Related Quests)
- Lebadar (Gardener): (Soldiers’ Tier: 23.9N, 54.9W)
- Ioreth: (Houses of Healing, the Citadel: 21.9N, 55.8W)
- Loboríis (Stable-Hand) (City Stables, 22.4N, 53.8W)
- Duillam (The Blue Theatre, Players’ Tier, 21.4N, 56.6W)
- Worried Woman (Craftsmen’s Tier?)
Thanks to @fruinjuice for this list:
- Bree near crafting at west stables
- Thorin’s Hall in back of forge area
- Duillond Gazebo
- Celondim Docks
- At the Party Tree north of Hobbiton (2 Quests)
- Skori in Thorin’s Hall Inn
- Prancing Pony in Bree
If you would like a simple checklist to work through, see MinstrelByNight’s blog.
Quick Daily Rotation
There is so much to do (I’m starting to sound like old Barliman) and enjoy at Midsummer, that my advice is to slow down and do that. If, however, you’re trying to get rewards on multiple characters or getting those Figments of Splendour, then a “quick 10” might be up your street.
So, a huge to @FFlunkies who published a post last year with their quick 10-quest rotation and have donated it to the guide for this year. I will simply summarise the post here as I’ve already written the non-banquet quests up.
Follow This Route
@FFlunkies suggest taking this route around. The NPC names are the quest-giver locations, not necessarily where the quest itself takes place.
- Aiding the Stable-Hands (Loborís, Workers Tier)
- To the Last Drop (Merilien, The Citadel)
- What Ales You (Merilien, The Citadel)
- Tasty Morsels (Othnoron, The Citadel)
- Arranging Arrangements (The Florist, The Citadel)
- A Long-Awaited Banquet (Toldir, Banquet Hall)
- A Cure for All Ills or Faramir’s Quest in the Banquet Hall
- Artistic Direction (Borlach, Soldiers Tier)
- Toss a Coin (Ulthir, The Splintered Shield, Soldiers Tier)
While here, complete objectives for What Ales You and To the Last Drop. Then go to the Mûmak and Keep for What Ales You objectives.
- Go to The Craftsman’s Tier
- See the potter for Artistic Direction
- Retrace your steps to the stables and go through the open door behind them and down the ramp to the left.
- At the bottom of the ramp you’ll find Lebadar for Artistic Direction.
- Head across the area to the worried Woman to complete Unhelpful Hounds
- Turn in this fast quest and then head back up the ramp to Craftsman’s Circle.
- Find Ciriel to progress Artistic Direction and Sweet Treats. Complete Sweet Treats.
- Head West to The Merry Swan. Complete objectives for Arranging Arrangements and What Ales You.
- Head up the ramp that’s just by Ciriel and you’ll be on the next tier
- Go to the Players Tier
- Find Daghir and the other NPCs needed for Tasty Morsels.
- Head to the Blue Theatre. Complete Arranging Arrangements here.
- Take the stables to the Soldiers Tier
- The Soldiers Tier
- Hand in Borlach’s quest, Artistic Direction.
- Take stables to Sage’s Tier
- The Sage’s Tier
- Go to The Thirsty Seer for What Ales You objective.
Head back to the Citadel to hand in quests, then return to the Worker’s Tier to hand in the wrapper.
Minas Tirith Quests
Unless they have added more quests this year, here are all the LOTRO Midsummer Festival quests available within Minas Tirith.
3 × Midsummer Tokens
Othnoron, a Cook, wants you to deliver samples of his “experimental treats”. These are for the tactfully-described “loftier citizens”. Basically he’s using the tried-and-tested free sample to make sales. Well, don’t all vendors at festivals the world over do the same?
These need delivering to NPCs in the Players’ Tier (they are all marked on your map). I suggest you take the Stable-Master from the Citadel (High Stables).
Arastil (21.4N, 56.1W)
Hates nuts, but thinks maybe it needs…nuts🤦.
Brandion (21.3N, 56.2W)
Shockingly has no suggestions for improvements.
Daghir (21.8N, 55.0W)
Suggests adding bacon on top! (I approve.)
Gwàrben (21.3N, 55.7)
Thinks it’s delicious and wants more!
Pelnen (21.4N, 55.4W)
Says it needs a tad more salt.
Lightning in a Bottle
When You Can Do Them
The four quests to catch fireflies for the lanterns at Minas Tirith are only available from Gloaming until Dawn. You can see this in your minimap or use Titanbar, one of the LOTRO Plugins I always have active.
You can also only have one firefly quest active at once. See the other tabs for information on catching the colour of firefly you’re looking for!
- Fireflies seem to spawn at random intervals (e.g. number of seconds)
- You may be “competing” with other players for them
- You have plenty of times to collect the fireflies
- Don’t chase one another player is heading for.
A tactic/strategy I have seen other players doing is to find a Firefly and stay by that spawn point. If others are around, be patient and wait for it to respawn. This saves chasing after fireflies and potentially annoying another players.
You need to place these in lanterns in the Sixth Circle.
Catch 12 × Emerald Fireflies, which appear as quest rings when they (re)spawn.
Placing the Lanterns
Merilien, who hates that you smell of the place she just sent you to, says you should: “places them about the stage in the Merry Swan”. This is found in the Craftsmans’ Tier.
Take the Stable-Master, then head South/West around the circle. The Merry Swan‘s entrance is at (21.0N, 56.6W). The stage is at the back of the Inn.
- Midsummer Token × 1
- Banner of the Newly-Wed Kit × 1
Remember: Fireflies only appear from Gloaming until Dawn.
Placing the Lanterns
These need to go to the Hall of Air on the Fifth Circle (the Sages’ Tier). The Hall of Air is at (23.1N, 56.3N), North of the Sages’ Tier Stable-Master.
They all go in the seating area to the left as you enter.
- Midsummer Token × 1
- Strawberry Bun Baking Kit × 1 (For A Celebratory Snack Cook crafting quest in Without a Hitch)
Remember: Fireflies only appear from Gloaming until Dawn.
Placing the Lanterns
These need to go to the Court of Voronwëaut; in the Fourth Circle, the Players’ Tier. There are two locations you need to place Sapphire Firefly Lanterns. Both of them are near the Players’ Circle Stable-Master.
As you can see, one is near Pelnen, an NPC you talk to as part of Tasty Morsels.
- Midsummer Token × 1
- Wedding Centrepiece Kit × 1 (For A Wedding Favor Jeweller crafting quest in Without a Hitch)
These need placing in the Fifth Tier, which is the Sage’s Tier. The Coordinates of the entrance are (21.7N, 56.3W). Take the stable-master to the Sage’s Tier then ride around the semi-circle, heading South.
Place 6 Floral Arrangements in the obviously-marked locations inside.
Love is in the Air
Catching Wayward Verses
These spawn as Wayward Verse envelopes and (unlike Anniversary) they have quest-rings in the mini-map. They are all indoors, but you may need to run around a few times to catch enough of them.
Who Opened the Window?
If you speak to Lírveril while catching Wayward verses, you find out it was her who opened the window. On purpose. It is her that Colladan is trying to woo, and she knows it😁!
Toss a Coin
A bit harsh.
Toss a Coin to Noisy Minstrels × 6
You can find various minstrels both upstairs and down in The Splintered Shield. The most obscure one appears to be in the sleeping quarters up the wooden steps. I’ve included that screenshot here. Simply right-click on them to hurl the insult and offend a musician.
I try now not to do this quest. There are others to choose from even if I have to leave Minas Tirith. I don’t like the premise behind it, even if the quest-giver is mildly humorous.
Toss a Coin Emote
/cointoss is available as one of the Midsummer rewards emotes. I’ll be adding videos of those emotes shortly.
The artist Borlach, who would rather you got lost than him, has run out of painting materials. So, in true quest-giver style, sends of you, his errand-servant, to go find them. They are marked on your map, but what use a guide, without guidance?
Charcoal can be obtained from Ciriel (21.0N, 55.3W)
The otherwise-nameless Potter is at (23.3N, 54.9W).
The gardener Lebadar is just inside the Soldiers’ Tier, at the bottom of the ramp from the Craftsmen’s Tier. He is at (23.9N, 54.9W).
Note: the Guards do wander around a bit, as is right and proper. But the map markers are accurate guides.
Click/tap on the thumbnail to open the full version.
The Postmaster has a lovely errand for you, sending thank you notes to those that work in the Houses of Healing.
Where are the Houses of Healing?
They are in the Citadel just down the ramp by the High Stables. The entrance to the House of Remedies can be found at (21.9N, 56.1W). Note: this is different to the High House for A Cure for All Ills.
Where Are the Healers?
They are all over the House of Remedies, often walking around, but not always. So just check all parts of the building. I will try to make a map at a later point. But this place is stunning. See the NPC-chasing as an opportunity to #StopAndStare and enjoy the artwork of LOTRO designers and developers.
Statue of Steward Egalmoth
The “third circle” is the Craftsmen’s Tier but in the very North-West.
- Pull up 5 × Pesky Weeds
- Water 4 × Unwatered Plants
A Cure for All Ills
Ioreth is most put out by festival-goers forgetting that the Houses of Healing are supposed to be for rest. She enlists your aid in cleaning up mess made by “that rabble”, as she calls them!
- Dispose of Half-emptied bottles in the High Hall × 10
- Remove 6 × Noisy Revellers. Basically, you’re a bouncer.
These are not open-tapped, so other players may be kicking these out at the same time as you. You’ll need to eject more noisy revellers once they make themselves loudly obvious. AKA, when they respawn.
There’s only one noisy-reveller per group, at least in most cases. I think one group near the entrance had two from “that rabble”.
These come in various names and are found on the floor. You may find this easier with floaty names on.
- Beren’s Blood
- Falas Draught
- Pinnath Plum Wine
Always take time to #StopAndStare. This is inside the High House!
Aiding the Stable-Hands
3 × Midsummer Tokens
Quest-giver: Loborís, City Stables: (21.9N, 55.8W)
Unsurprisingly, the main way wedding celebration guests have arrived is by horse. This leads to very dedicated, but overworked stable-hands. Want to be a stable-hand for a shift? Don’t worry, no mucking-out needed! Just grooming and giving of apple treats.
Where is the Grooming Brush?
The equipment crate and apples are at the back of the stables (in the North-West corner if you load the map). They’re just up a few steps:
Head back down the steps and do your chores! Relevant horses are found on both sides of the stables.
Oh boy, the florist needs you to place 5 × Floral Arrangments “around the city”. You’d think these fine business-folk would learn they need to employ temporary staff during busy times of the year, right?
Rant over, here are the three Event Locations:
Event Locations Map
The Merry Swan
Craftsmen’s Tier: (21.0N, 56.6W)
2 × Floral Arrangements
The Blue Theatre
Players’ Tier: (21.4N, 56.6W)
3 × Floral Arrangement
The Hall of Air (Outdoors)
Sages’ Tier: (23.1N, 56.3W)
2 × Floral Arrangements
The florist’s “easily distracted” daughter has been sent to gather flowers to make into Floral Crowns (get your own Crown of Summer Flowers during Midsummer!). She’s likely somewhere around the First Circle. Thank the Valar for Festival Stable-Masters!
Find the Florist’s daughter
Take the Stable-Master to “City Stables” in the First Circle. You can find her running around near (21.7N, 53.8W). She also appears as a quest ring in your mini-map.
And yes, she has forgotten her errand, so asks you to help her. Not do it for her? Gasp! Well she’ll grow out of it.
Pick 10 × Summer Blossoms
The quest text reads “blossoms” but you’re looking for Summer Flowers in the areas marked on your map.
Some are obvious, but look behind pillars and in the middle of bushy sections. Again, floaty names will really help here.
Make a Floral Crown
While you were gone, the Florist’s daughter actually collected some flowers. As a Dad of one such easily-distracted girl I was surprised!
Use the nearby checkered blanket to fashion a floral crown. Then head back to the Florist in the Citadel.
Something Misplaced, Something Blue
Duillam, who appears to despise the band name of a group he acknowledges as “fine enough musicians”, has lost the performers. Being dutiful, he has been waiting for a random visitor to Minas Tirith to go find them for him.
I have provided a map showing places I found members of the Cloudyheads. However, Musicians may/do appear in more than one location and can move. That’s why I’ve put more than six dots on the map. e.g. Here’s Gord Dunley’s two spawn points:
Cloudyheads Locations Map
It is highly likely that I do not have all spawn points recorded!
To The Last Drop
Where’s the Splintered Shield?
Soldier’s Tier, in the South of the circle at 20.6N, 55.6W.
Where are the Wines?
They are downstairs in the kitchen. Take the door on the left as you enter the Splintered Shield. The kitchen is the first right.
Samples of Wine – Get it Right First Time!
Thanks to agentlangdon‘s method you can get the right glass first time! Below is a shot of all the incorrect glasses. Play “Spot the Difference” with your view in-game and find the right one!
…the Wine tasting seems to fix the correct wine goblet for the whole day (3am to 3am) as this works on multiple characters on different accounts so if you’re repeating it on an alt, remember which one it was from the first one.
If you have What Ales You, pick up the barrel for that quest while you’re here.
Turn It In
Once you have found the correct wine from the sample, you’ll need to pick up the barrel from behind the table. Only then, head back to Merilien.
What Ales You
Not all the best drinks are fine wines – some are ale too! Merilien wants you to fetch 4 × Barrels of Ale from the best taverns in Minas Tirith.
* Click/Tap images here to load the large one.
The Splintered Shield
Soldier’s Tier at 20.6N, 55.6W
This is in the kitchen, as per To the Last Drop:
Here’s the barrel of Ale:
The Mûmak and Keep
Soldier’s Tier at 20.8N, 55.9W
Just head straight to the back of the small inn. The barrel is next to the enormous Mûmak skull.
The Merry Swan
Craftsmen’s Tier at 21.0N, 56.6W
As you enter, look left. There’s a raised bit where the stack of barrels is.
The Thirsty Seer
Sage’s Tier at 21.8N, 56.5W
Go to this location inside The Thirsty Seer:
Here’s your Barrel of Ale:
Merilien is in the business of making weddings the best possible memories. To that end, she has a special shipment of fine goods. The person who should have ensured safe delivery has gone AWOL. So who gets to go and fetch them? Muggins, of course. All Wedding Supplies are on the Craftsmen’s Tier.
Note: these are not open-tapped so you may need to wait for respawn.
House of Craft
Craftsmen’s Tier (23.3N, 54.9W)
3 × Wedding Supplies
2. Inside: turn immediately left. Wedding Supplies are next to the Weaponsmith’s Guild vendor.
Thanks to StrangerInAStrangeLand, who said there is an additional one inside the Hall of Craft.
The second one is close to the two quest givers.
Craftsmen’s Tier (21.1N, 55.4W)
1 × Wedding Supplies
Head behind Ciriel and turn right.
Raised Table/Eating Area
Craftsmen’s Tier (20.9N, 56.0W)
1 × Wedding Supplies
As you head to the marked circle on your map, heading West, you can find this table area on your left.
Outside Middle Stores
Craftsmen’s Tier (21.1N, 56.1W)
1 × Wedding Supplies
If you have floaty names on you can see a plaque for Middle Stores. The Wedding Supplies are towards the door on the right:
Without a Hitch Quests
Quest-giver: Melthend (Marriage-Wright), House of Craft (23.3N, 54.9W)
- Relevant crafting profession started. Only Apprentice Level is needed, so these are good for new players and characters.
- Crafting Recipes: These can be acquired from Melthend for one Midsummer Token each.
- Relevant crafting Kits: Completing a Lightning in a Bottle quest also grants one of these for free.
Crafting Kits can be obtained from Quests Outside Minas Tirith.
As with all crafting materials, these appear in your bags. Once you have 3 Kits, head to the relevant crafting facility to make it. 1 Kit Makes 1 Item.
- If you craft these with a “crit” then you will make 3 items from 1 Kit. If you have Universal Optional Crafting Ingrediants, then this may be a good use of one.
- The recipes and kits are not bound, so your other characters can craft the items for you.
- You can craft all four items on two characters if you have Armourer and Tinker crafting professions.
These kits can be acquired by completing All Fired Up in Bree-land.
Drinking Horn Kits are awarded by the quest A Midsummer Shine in Thorin’s Hall.
This quest is for those who have the Cook Crafting Profession. Note that Tinkers also have Apprentice Cook available to can make the strawberry buns too.
You will need to deliver 6 × Strawberry Buns made from Strawberry Bun Baking Kits to Melthend. Midsummer Shire quests grant this kit.
There are a number of Unhelpful Hounds running around near her. You have to chase/intercept them and find the one that has the ring. All the hounds you need to chase have quest rings, but only one has the “one” ring she cares about.
A Long-Awaited Banquet
A Celebration Without End
Once you have attended the wedding you can access Merethrond to complete quests for the surviving members of the original Fellowship of the Ring. Find out more by clicking/tapping below to go to my guide!
A Long-Awaited Banquet Quests
Festival Title Deeds
Flickering Flame Title
Complete each colour of fireflies twice in the Lightning in a Bottle quest.
Also grants 1 × Midsummer Token
Midsummer Merry-Maker Title
Complete 120 Festival Quests.
Also grants the Midsummer Frame:
Midsummer Fireworks Deeds
There are four further deeds you can complete during the festival. These do not grant titles, but they do give you four permanent “social” actions. They are the same idea as the “Consume Consumables” deeds found elsewhere in LOTRO events.
LOTRO Midsummer Festival Rewards
As there are no shortage of quests during the LOTRO Midsummer Festival, there is no lack of rewards either! Enjoy!
What’s New for 2022?
Here are the new rewards for 2022:
I want to bonk this on the head right now. Very often, when it seems like there aren’t many rewards, people react in their own way. And I too, usually, get disappointed.
But I want to just highlight how insanely busy the Anniversary was this year. With loads of new event rewards, free content, the release of Yondershire release and Valar knows what else.
Add to that SSG dealing with the logistics of higher player numbers (due to free content) and trying to address that lag bug, there’s only limited time in life. Please be gracious and enjoy playing Midsummer for what it is. Chase the deeds you’ve not done, do the Quests Outside Minas Tirith for variety and relax.
Most Recent Cosmetics
Below are the most recent Midsummer cosmetics I have on my guide. If it’s day 1 of a festival and there are new cosmetics, please give me a few hours to update this section!
To see previous years’ cosmetics, or to see them organised by gear slot, please take a look at my:
There are 6 Mounts available in total during Midsummer. Five are for tokens, and the other is for completing the questline.
For all the mounts, including ones not listed here, see my Midsummer Mounts List.
2022 Cosmetic Pets
Last year we had two new Chipmunk pets – and one is called Theodore. No, there aren’t any called Alvin and Simon, before you ask!
If you did want to rename your Silver Chipmunk and you’re new to LOTRO here’s the command!
/cpet rename Alvin
Firefly Cosmetic Pets
My thanks to @Critters_Lotro to providing the firefly screenshots.
There is a huge raft of musical instruments to be had. So many you could build a raft of them. I’ll get shots ASAP for you, but there are instruments that all start with Summer Celebration and all cost 10 Tokens. This list is in the order of the vendor.
- Mountain Harp
Musical Instrument Screenshots
Thanks to Arron, Elvish Black, @Valkryique and others for sending me instrument screenshots! I massively appreciate it.
New Emote 2022
See fireworks videos to see this one in action!
It’s a celebration after all, so why not set off some fireworks when night falls on Minas Tirith? Most of these are consumables, but one is not.
Scroll to fireworks videos to see what this firework looks like.
Fireworks (Consumables) Videos
Get the Permanent Skill
See Fireworks Deeds for more information.
I don’t provide details about housing decorations. That’s because I want you to go and visit Déco du Milieu’s fab collection instead!
As there are few rewards this year, I want to provide visuals for these. But please support Déco du Milieu and get all the details of all the decorations from over there!
Here are some other LOTRO Midsummer Festival links from the community!
- Handy NPC Checklist by @MinstrelByNight
- This event’s decorations by Déco du Milieu
- Midsummer Festival Quick-Start Guide by LifeBeyondTheShire.
- LOTRO-Wiki as reliable as ever.
- Official Guide over on LOTRO.com.