Post Sections ⇅
- What is Premium Housing?
- Eastfold Hills or Kingstead Meadows?
- My Eastfold Hills House
- Where Can I Buy a Rohan House?
- How Much Does a Rohan House Cost?
- Rohan Housing Dailies
- → Rewards
- My Suggestions to LOTRO
- TL;DR – Come and Enjoy Rohan Housing!
I’ve been meaning to write this post ever since LOTRO launched Rohan Housing many months ago (okay I take it back, it’s nearly a year ago in Update 27.2!), but a combination of festival work, pretty-awful pain and more to do around the house has left little room for it. So, now we have a few weeks between events, I can finally introduce you to my Eastfold Hills home (Premium House)! But, in classic FJ style, I couldn’t just leave it there, so here’s my guide to Premium Houses in Rohan including: where to buy and which method I think is cheaper, the features of the new housing areas, where to acquire Rohan-themed decorations (if that’s what you want to do, of course) and also a bunch of improvement suggestions to SSG themselves. So, let’s dive in and take a look at Rohan Housing in LOTRO!
What is Premium Housing?If you’re fairly new to The Lord of the Rings Online, you may wonder what Premium Housing is and how it’s different to other homestead locations in the main starter zones. The TL;DR is that you cannot use in-game gold and silver to purchase a Premium House – you have to use Housing Writs and/or Mithril Coins. I’ll get to my calculations on which I think is cheaper later. Another Premium Housing area is the Cape of Belfalas in Gondor.
Do I Have to Sub to Buy a Premium House?No. However, you will need to pay maintenance fees (see below). It will also take you longer to acquire one if you don’t want to pay real money for your new home, as you’ll have to complete deeds for points. I bought mine with a combination of earned LOTRO Points and my free monthly subscriber points.
No Maintenance for VIPsIf you are a VIP (Subscriber) then you do not need to pay upkeep/maintenance on a Premium House. This means you won’t get evicted because you haven’t paid your maintenance crew – while you’re VIP anyway! This is not the case for standard houses where all players must pay upkeep.↑ Section Menu
Eastfold Hills or Kingstead Meadows?If you want to move into a property in Rohan, the first choice you have to make is which location you want to live in. You have two choices:
What are the Differences?Aside from geography/geology, the main differences seem to be around property size. Eastfold Hills houses seem to be, on the whole, larger inside. I visited a few houses in my neighbourhood and I think most had one room, if not two, more than some of those in Kingstead Meadows. The inside layout of some Meadows properties were similar to those in Eastfold too – this may be intentional for a variety of reasons, not least to make sure people who choose one neighbourhood over another are not missing out.↑ Section Menu
Finding an Empty Property to ViewYou could just wander around a housing area and try the doors of both occupied and vacant properties. This is fine for your first scouting mission to take in the area. But after that, do this instead!
- Visit the Housing Broker in the area
- Click “Purchase House”
- Choose an area and property in the left box
- Click “Tour House” at the bottom right.
No Different Indoor Layouts?It looks like you only need to peek inside one property per region (i.e. one for Eastfold Hills and the other for Kingstead Meadows). All the (non-Mead Hall) properties I viewed in my Eastfold Hills neighbourhood had exactly the same layout and the same seemed to be true of the Kingstead Meadows homes I visited. Though I think I encountered a couple of minor variations at Kingstead. In Eastfold, this applied to the houses available for 445MC. This does differ to regular housing where there can be radically different layouts. But remember you can use LOTRO housing hooks to place items on different floors and/or rooms, so use your imagination when decorating!
Walk Around the GroundsWhile I’ve said indoor layouts are fairly similar, the opposite appears to be true of the gardens, fields and paddocks outside. So make sure you take your time looking around the houses – including behind them. See what views you are treated to and make a note of those you prefer.
How Do You Place a Mount “Decoration”?To be able to place your favourite horse, or goat, or elk or… pig… mount in the grounds of your home, you’ll need a Steed Halter. You can acquire these a few ways:
Pets as DecorationsI think that Pet Decorations were introduced by LOTRO at the same time as Rohan housing – but are not limited to any house type. It’s worthy of a mention, because there is some overlap with how Steel Halters work. Instead of tying your pet to a post, you need a Pet Harness. Again, you can acquire these for Figments of Splendour (only with the Curator), or for Mithril Coins when you create the decoration.Please see the Wiki for a guide in making a Pet Decoration.
Ceiling Hooks?I love the ambient lights – but the immersion/reality person in me cries out to have *something* to emit the light((It’s for this reason I haven’t used any of the more unusual light colours such as deep pink or blue)). A way around this, would be to move the ambience hook over an object that should emit light and doesn’t (some of the candlestands are good examples). But you’ll find that there are very few ceiling hooks – and in the cellar area of my house at least, there are no ceiling hooks. So if you’re RPing the house – make sure you put some free standing or wall-mounted light sources in rooms that need light, then move an Ambience Hook over them.
Buying Ambient LightsEach housing area has an Ambience Furnisher who sells a wide range of colours and light intensity (brightness/luminosity), for just a few silver. So buy a bunch and try them out.
How Many Hooks?While you can see this at the Housing Broker, so too can you see the hook information by right-clicking a For Sale Sign. But, for you to see rough rates, here is one from Hills and another from Meadows.
Eastfold Hills1 Peak Way
- Interior Hooks: 142
- Interior Lighting Hooks: 17
- Exterior Hooks: 31
Kingstead Meadows1 Colt Road
- Interior Hooks: 142
- Interior Lighting Hooks: 11
- Exterior Hooks: 32
My Eastfold Hills HouseRight, before I dive into issues like cost, other features and the like, here’s a look in and around my Eastfold Hills Premium House in Rohan.
Cellar Dining Area
Above the Ground FloorThere are two floors above the entrance way, with the highest one being the smallest as you reach the apex of the roof.
Guest (or Child?) Bedroom
Where Can I Buy a Rohan House?
Eastfold HillsIn the Housing Area
Kingstead MeadowsIn the Housing Area
How Much Does a Rohan House Cost?The answer to this question depends on the size/location of the property – and payment method(s) you want to use. There is varying pricing even between houses with the same number of hooks. So you’re best having a look around the available properties themselves. The average price seems to be around 500-520 Mithril Coins or 20-22 Housing Writs, but there are houses slightly cheaper and some a bit more expensive too.
Housing WritsPremium Housing Writs are basically a type of barter currency which you can use either in total, or along with Mithril Coins, when purchasing a Premium House. More on the Wiki
Mithril Coins (MC)MC is a type of in-game currency that can usually only be acquired through exchange with real-world money. I say “usually” because they are also a rare drop on VIP’s Gold Hobbit Presents. By purchasing Mithril Coins, you can then buy things from in-game vendors, such as outfit cosmetics, mounts – and housing writs. See other things on the Wiki
Which is Cheaper?That depends on a few factors, such as whether you have obtained, or been granted, housing writs another way beforehand. It will also depend if you have purchased Mithril Coins when they’re on Sale (usually 20% off) or Housing Writs on Sale (25% off). To make this useful and not a page of math(s), I’ve made the assumption you’re only paying in Writs or Mithril Coins, and not a combination of the two.Also, when I’m talking “cost” I’m referring to “LOTRO Points” not real-world currency. That would be too complicated for a post I’m trying to make interesting! LOTRO Points come in various bundles too, with bonus points – and sometimes SSG do a promotion to include more bonus points, so far beyond the scope of this guide to Rohan Housing!
Mithril CoinsTo keep this simple, I’m going to work on 525MC being the target value. I did a check that the largest bundle was, in fact, the cheapest per MC and it was. I’ve hidden it below, just in case you’re curious.
- MC × 5: 10LP/MC
- MC × 25: 10LP/MC
- MC × 100: 8.5LP/MC
- MC × 250: 8LP/MC
- 2 Bundles of 250 Mithril Coins: 4,000LP
- 1 Bundle of 25 Mithril Coins: 250LP
- Total Cost: 4,250 LOTRO Points (3,400 if MC are on sale)
Housing Writs from the StoreThis is far quicker to calculate:
- 20 Housing Writs: 250 × 20 = 5,000 LOTRO Points
When writs go on sale, they are 25% off, so cost 187 each. 20 On-sale Housing Writs: 3,740LP
- 22 Housing Writs: 250 × 22 = 5,500 LOTRO Points
22 On-sale Housing Writs: 4,114LP
Housing Writs from Barter
- 20 Writs: 25 × 20 = 500MC
- 22 Writs: 25 × 22 = 550MC.
So Which is Actually Cheaper?Depends on what is on sale!
- If Mithril Coins are on Sale, then MC is always cheaper, even if Writs are also on sale.
- If Writs are on sale but MC is not, Writs are cheaper.
- If neither writs nor MC are on sale, paying with Mithril Coins is cheaper.
Rohan Housing Dailies
RewardsWhile there is no reputation vendor (which is a pity), as you increase in reputation you earn titles and decorations. These are the ones from the Eastfold Hills, the Townsfolk of the Eastfold Neighbourhoods:
- Citizen to the Eastfold
- The Mighty Neighbourly
My Suggestions to LOTRO
- Small Cottages for Gold: Many people in Rohan live in small cottages, not to dissimilar in size to the Bree-land homesteads. I think it would be lovely to give all players the option to live in cottages in Rohan. It may even give them a taste of the region as they push on with content.
- Ceiling Light Hooks: Especially in the cellar area, one or two hooks per room would really help here.
- Editable Cellar Walls: You can only set a floor texture and colour in the Cellar. You can’t even whitewash the walls. Please consider adding this.
- Reputation Rewards: While I’m glad for a couple of free decorations, as many of the decos available from the vendor in the area relate to Mead Halls, please add some decos for us plebs. They can be items already available elsewhere in the game, just to Rohanify the interior more.
- Unstick the Mounts a Bit: most animals found in the wild have a “roaming area”. Could the horses have a bit of freedom to turn, walk a few paces, move their heads a bit so they feel a bit more alive, please?
- Halters and Harnesses: the Curator appears so rarely that it would make more sense to add these to a regular Motes/Figments vendor. As these have to be earned, for example, through deeds or festivals, people still have to engage with the game to earn them – and could increase engagement rate in festival wrappers.