LOTRO Spring Festival 2020 Guide – Events, Hedge-Maze, Mounts and Cosmetics!

LOTRO Spring Festival 2020 Guide - Quest, Mounts, Cosmetics and More Rewards!

It may be a wet or cold Spring on modern-day Earth, but the LOTRO Spring Festival welcomes in brighter and warmer days in Middle Earth[1]Rain is still very possible, naturally!! There are quests in various regions so enjoy the journey as well as the rewards. Here’s my guide to the event and what you can spend you Spring Leaves on!

When is Spring Festival 2020?

The 2020 Spring Festival will take place from 19th March (10am /servertime) to the 14th April (3am /servertime)

This means, for many of us, the last full day of the event is the 13th April 2020.

What’s New for 2020?

New Mount

New Mount (See All): Elk of the Spring Wood
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Cosmetics

New Cosmetics (See All):
  • Braided Dress of the Spring Woods
  • Braided Tunic and Trousers of the Spring Woods
  • Mantle of the Spring Woods

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Pets

Pets (See All):
Tome of the Silly Goose
Others:

  • Tome of the Woodland Rabbit
  • Tome of the White-headed Hawk

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Where Are Spring Festival Quests? Where are the Wrappers?

There are two ‘main’ hubs of festival event: Bree-land Festival Grounds and Duillond in Ered Luin. The main one in The Shire is the Bullroarer’s Challenge -- aka Drunken-Fence-Walking! At Thorin’s Hall, there is the Dancing Emote quest plus Inn League/Ale Association NPCs.
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How to Pick Up The “A Taste of Spring” Daily

Don’t make the mistake I did on day 1! The Map you’re given transports you to outside the Hedge Maze. You need to backtrack to the Spring Festival Rewards Vendor to pick up “A Taste of Spring”. Pick this up from Sergeant Tom before you turn in any actual festival quests so that they all count!

If you want information about the Spring Festival Wrappers, you can find them in the hidden section below.
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Bustling Bloom

A Bustling Bloom

One of the event’s “wrapper” quests, likely with multiple ‘stages’. The first one just requires you to complete A Taste of Spring four times.

Rewards:

  • Legendary Item XP (if Applicable)
  • Figments of Splendour: 400
  • Scrap of Essence Reclamation Scroll
  • Universal Optional Crafting Ingredient × 1
  • Virtue XP: 1,000

Splendour of Spring

Splendor Of Spring

The Splendor of Spring is the wrapper-of-wrappers! You gain rewards for completing A Bustling Bloom a number of times.

The first stage requires you to just complete A Bustling Bloom once.

Rewards:

  • Legendary Item XP (if Applicable)
  • Figments of Splendour: 500
  • Scrap of Essence Reclamation Scroll
  • Spring Leaves: 5
  • Universal Optional Crafting Ingredient × 1

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Spring is Dandy Deed

The title Spring Dandy is available for completing:

  1. Bree-land Festival Run (Horse Track)
  2. The Shire Festival Run (Horse Track)
  3. Bullroarer’s Challenge (Advanced) -- 21 Second Timer
  4. A Fool’s Errand
  5. Hedge Maze: A Laugh At the Lost
  6. Hedge Maze: Misplaced Companions
  7. Stomp-a-Shrew for the Leisurely Gardener
  8. Stomp-a-Shrew for the Practised Gardener
  9. The Stomp-a-Shrew Challenge

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Bree-land Festival Quests

In Bree-land, you can find Festival Quests in the Festival Grounds, the Hedge Maze and near the Boar Fountain in Bree-town.

Pretty-Parched Party-Goers (2 Spring Leaves)

Arn Bulrush is your quest-giver. He is near the stage in the Bree-land Festival Grounds. This quick quest sees you retrieving 3 bottles of Spring Wine and delivering them to 3 different tables. Must make sure people keep thirst at bay with wine…which makes you thirsty! Hmm.

Quest Rewards:

  • Spring Leaves: 2
  • Virtue XP: 50
  • Legendary Item XP (If Applicable)

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Borne Aloft in Spring-Time (18 Spring Leaves)

Arn Bulrush has a storyline you can follow. I won’t post any spoilers of the story itself, in case you’re new to this LOTRO Event! A quirky plot which starts with some uppity herbalists from Gonder, who recruit you to pick plants from the Festival Grounds. This leads to an Elf talking about a sacred flower he thought had died out for ever. You’ll need to help the herbalists first, before speaking to Haerandel and hearing his story. A final journey to near Woodhall in the Shire is needed to pass a message to a group of Elves preparing to depart for the Undying West.

Borne Aloft in Spring-Time does not take long to run, but give yourself time to enjoy the story!

Cooldown is over 2 months so view this as a once-yearly questline. Though this may appear again for an Encore, depending on the timing of it.
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The Bree-land Hedge Maze

This little beauty is great for people like me who get lost in real life! There are a few quests that take place in the Hedge Maze. However not all can be picked up at the same time. Repeatable Quests here are:

  • Terrible Tweens (Grants a Spring Fetival Box): Catch 4 Tweens in the maze. They are running riot and must be caught! When another player catches one, you have to wait for the cheeky hobbit spawn to re-spawn. The box always has at least 2 Leaves in it.
  • Misplaced Companions (2 Spring Leaves): Find some wandering Elves in the maze. These follow similar walking patterns so you can find them relatively easily.
  • A Laugh at the Lost (2 Spring Leaves): place signposts in various locations to misdirect lost maze-wanderers.
  • The Chicken Dash: (1 Spring Leaf) Retrieve 2 stray chickens from the maze, before they escape!
  • A Fool’s Errand (1 Spring Leaf): once you unlock it, the 1 minute maze challenge is repeatable daily. To unlock it, you will first need to pass the 5-minute and 3-minute challenges.
  • Disorientation (2 Spring Leaves): find and drink Dire Brews in the Maze!
    @SWForce4EU said in this tweet:

    See how many are in the maze before you accept Dire Beer quest. If there are a lot…wait until there aren’t!

The Chicken Dash

This Hedge Maze quest deserved a little more, to help you maximise the chance of finding those two chickens!

  • The “Event Broadcast” which says The chickens are running through the Hedge Maze begins a 15 minute timer. This seems to occur at the top of each hour.
  • To know what time that happened, turn on Enable Timestamps on Chat option.
  • You may need 5+ minutes if the Maze is busy with players. So if the 15 minutes is nearly up, you would be better waiting until the next reset.
  • Use the F10 Key which will find the nearest NPC. This may select a Wandering Elf, or Terrible Tween, but may still help you locate a chicken!

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A Fool’s Errand: 1-Minute Speed Run

Here’s my video of the route through the maze from start to finish:

Spring Festival Hedge Maze Maps

I thought I was going to have to draw this map myself but as usual lotro-wiki comes into its own and saves the day. There are two maps below, but the most recent one can be found here. It contains the most recent quests and their locations within the maze. It is on the small size so I may make a higher resolution one in the near future.

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The Green Challenge (Inn League)

If you’re a member of the Inn League, then Tob Sandyman outside the Hedge Maze has a quest for you. Though he appears too…erm, tipsy to know it!

This quest is straightforward, provided you know the route out of the Hedge Maze.

Find an “Inn League Artifact”

This is the Sinister Keg in the middle of the Maze.

Get Out of the Maze in 3 Minutes

Provided you have done a Fool’s Errand a few times, finding the exit is easy. Even drunk, and staggering!

Green Challenge Rewards

  • Inn League Reputation: 700
  • Legendary Item XP (If Applicable)
  • Inn League Sinister Keg homestead decoration or2 × Spring Leaves

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Spring Fest Quests at Duillond

In the Festival Garden at Duillond, there are a few repeatable quests. So here they are outlined for you!

A Proper Festival -- 2 Spring Leaves

An Elf called Forlad is so offended by the Shrew-Stomping he nearly didn’t come. Instead of killing creatures of nature, he proposes that you pick flowers near Duillond then plant them in the Festival Gardens!

How The Shire Shoos Shrews -- 2 Spring Leaves

Bodo Burrows is convinced that the Hobbits have a better grasp of Shrew Control than the Elves. The Elf he sends you to speak to…doesn’t think much of Bodo! But she sends you off to the Shire to learn how to get rid of Shrews. Here are the Hobbit “Tips” you receive:

  • Nibs Cotton: Nibs uses his cat to catch Shrews. At least if he can get the feline to wake up!
  • Wald Sandson: Talk VERY LOUDLY about Winter being just around the corner!
  • Gaffer Gamgee: Trap them or…chuck an apple at them! But aim at the head if an apple is your preferred weapon!

Boot Demand, Boot Supply (Daily) -- 2 Spring Leaves

Shrew-Stomping can only happen if people have enough boots! Santmereth, in the Duillon Festival Gardens sends you to help Deluraw with his supplies so he can make more boots. For this you’ll need

  • 4 × Flax Plants
  • 4 × Cherry-Wood Branches
  • 4 × Elf-made Twine

Flax and Cherry-Wood Branches are found not far from the Festival Grounds. The Twine however can be picked up at Celondim Docks.

Stomp-a-Shrew at the Festival Gardens in Duillond

Enjoy a visit to the picturesque region of Ered Luin and enter the Festival Gardens (looks like a cave entrance). Here you can participate in Shrew Stomping (!) and also flower collecting for the festival gardens! This is a great piece of fun, although it is a popular event so you have some competition for your Shrew Stomping! (Click/Tap image to enlarge)

There are 3 difficulty levels with scaling rewards, along with a separate “Stomp Huge Shrew with a Huge Boot” thing. I’m pretty poor at this event so I won’t try to give you all advice!
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Other Spring Festival Activities Available

Other activities which I personally don’t do because some are timed (I’m not very good with timed quests!) are:

  • Pie-Eating (Bree-land): though I am reliably informed this can also be available some in-game mornings all year around.
  • Dancing: Bree-land and Duillond
  • Large Shrew Stomping (Duillond): you have to use Huge Boots to stomp the Huge Shrew before other players! You then have a chance of winning the Large Shrew pet, rather than saving up Spring Leaves to get it.
  • Bullroarer’s Brew (Brockenborings): two, non-repeatable quests given by Sigismond North-Took. Make a special clover-brew in honour of Bullroarer himself! (Quests: Bullroarer’s Brew, Paying Your Respects)
  • Bullroarer’s Challenge (Brockenborings): aka Drunken Fence Walking! yeah, me and “sense of balance” don’t get along! The challenge is repeatable!
  • Horse Races (Bree-land and the Shire): Make it around the race track before the time runs out. Avoid the mud and water!

All-in-all there are a lot of Festival Activities to earn those much-needed Spring Leaves! Pick and choose what you want to do!
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Flower Picking Like Crazy

In Bree-Town Central Square you can find Avery Crabapple. He starts a questline (which is rewarded with Spring Leaves). He sends you flower picking in Bree-land, Ered Luin and The Shire. These are special flowers for someone special. Once you get to the end of the questline, you can obtain a repeatable quest -- A Fistful of Flowers. In that quest you travel round picking flowers from Festival-activated flowerbeds. These flowers are barter items which you exchange with Gretlang Mugwart for items (and the Steed of the Jester) that can only be purchased using these barter flowers!

LOTRO-Wiki has a great walk-through and notes for where to find each kind of flower.

But you can run this daily during the Festival.

Update: you also have a chance of picking up a Tome of the Spotted Shrew from flower patches, so you can acquire these pets this way too!

Spring Lissuin War-Steed Cosmetics

You can barter the flowers from the repeatable A Fistful of Flowers with Gredlan Mugwort. here you can obtain the Spring Lissuin War-Steed Cosmetics. They are beautiful, so below you can see what I mean!

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Spring Festival Rewards

2020 Note: As always I aim to update the rewards on day 1 of the event. Until then you can see what was on offer last year!

There are a LOT of different things to pick up at this event and I can’t feature them all! From the usual cosmetic outfits and steeds, there are decoration, emotes, a cosmetic ‘weapon’ and pets. And that doesn’t cover everything! So here are some of the rewards you can pick up:

Mounts / Steeds

The steeds that are obtainable from the Barter Vendor during the 2020 Festival are: Elk of the Spring Wood and Travelling Goat of the Mountain Meadow). Click/Tap images below to enlarge. I have shown these from two angles to help you.

Elk of the Spring Wood -- 40 Leaves

Travelling Goat of the Mountain Meadow -- 30 Leaves

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Spring Fest Cosmetic Outfit Rewards

Here is a selection of the cosmetic outfit rewards available at Spring Fest.

2020’s Cosmetic Outfits

The theme for this year is The Spring Wood!

Braided Dress of the Spring Wood

18 Festival Tokens

Braided Tunic and Trousers of the Spring Wood

18 Festival Tokens

Mantle of the Spring Woods

18 Festival Tokens

Previous Year’s Cosmetic Rewards

Last year’s theme was The Mountain Meadow. Last year’s cosmetics cost 13 Tokens per Piece.

I’ve hidden the images to help the page load quicker, but just tap below to see them:
Show Cosmetics

Older Cosmetics

Show Cosmetics
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Cosmetic Pets

The Spring Fest has loads of pets available! So here’s the run-down:

New Pets for 2020

Tome of the Silly Goose
25 Tokens

Tome of the Woodland Rabbit
25 Tokens

Tome of the White-headed Hawk
25 Tokens

Non-Shrew Creature Pets

Female Pheasantb
25 Tokens

Male Pheasant
25 Tokens

Hedgehog
25 Tokens

Kite ‘Pets’

Thanks to @delphs for providing the Kite pets and shrew images!

Tome of the Floral Kite
20 Tokens

Tome of the Moth Kite
20 Tokens

Shrew Pets

There are a number of shrew pets available at the Spring Festival. Some can be obtained through the daily reward box, though you can barter for all (I believe) with Spring Leaves. The Large Shrew has a chance of dropping if you stomp the Huge Shrew!

If you’re exchanging tokens, regular shrews cost 50 Tokens and the Large Shrew costs 250 Tokens. If you do the event even semi-regularly that total isn’t hard to hit, honestly.

Here are some of the available Shrew pets:


Decorations

There are new homestead deocrations for 2020!

As I do on all my LOTRO Event guides, I have @decodumilieu to thank for featuring all homestead decoration rewards on their website!


Dyes

Below you can see which dyes are available for Spring Leaves this year. Bear in mind that which are token and which are Mithril Coin purchases rotate each year. So if you use these colours, you’ll need enough for 2 years.

  • 6 × Shire-Plum Dye: 15 Spring Leaves
  • 6 × Bullroarer’s Green Dye: 15 Spring Leaves
  • 6 × Lavender Dye: 10 Mithril Coins
  • 6 × Dark Purple Dye: 10 Mithril Coins

/fishslap Emote (13 Spring Leaves)

At this event, you can pick up the /fishslap emote, hurrah! Just be careful to purchase the Cold Fish and not the ‘Slapper Fish’. Confusing I know, but Slapper Fish is a cosmetic weapon.

And here’s the emote. If you don’t have a target, it says that you’re slapping yourself with a cold fish!

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Amazeling Title

If you complete the Hedge Maze quests and The Green Challenge, you unlock the hidden deed and title: Amazeling!

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TL;DR The 2020 LOTRO Spring Festival Round-up

As always there are a variety of events for you to choose from. With the extra travel, LOTRO Spring Festival 2020 is one of the more relaxing relaxing events in LOTRO. With a little bit of Shrew-Stomping, wandering around Middle Earth and geting lost in the Hedge Maze, I hope you enjoy the Fest as much as I do!

Footnotes   [ + ]

1. Rain is still very possible, naturally!

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A 30-something Shadow Jedi, married and have a small daughter. By that I mean "young", not just "short". I have a chronic pain condition called Fibromyalgia andI play LOTRO, SWTOR and FFXIV and blog about two of them. Social Media has connected me with so many people and some of those have become amazing friends too! As a hobby I am relearning drawing, which you can see on my DeviantArt profile.

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