LOTRO Spring Festival 2021 Guide – Events, Hedge-Maze, Mounts and Cosmetics

LOTRO Spring Festival Guide 2021 - Quests, Seasonal Instances, and the Cosmetics, Mounts, Pets and more you can earn as 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. And new for 2021, you can enjoy Bees Big Business – a Seasonal Instance with Grimbeorn – and earn rewards for Festivity Tokens. Here’s my guide to the event quests, mounts, cosmetics and tons more you can earn for those Spring Leaves!

When is Spring Festival 2021?

The 2021 Spring Festival will take place from 18th March (10am /servertime) to the 7th April (3am /servertime)

This means, for many of us, the last full day of the event is the 6th April 2021.

What’s New for 2021?

Updates Done

Per the March Producer’s Letter and Update 29 notes, there is a new Seasonal Instance. I have now added all non-deco Festivity Token rewards. I will add info on the Seasonal Instance once I have run it a few times.

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, you can find the 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 often do 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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A Taste of Spring

Participate in 10 Spring Festival Activities. This includes successfully completing a Horse Race/Trial, individual quests on the Borne Aloft in Springtime story arc and for completing the Bees Big Business Seasonal Instance and the Beautiful Bouquet side-quest.

Rewards:

  • Legendary Item XP (if Applicable)
  • Spring Leaves: 3

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
Rewards change for each stage you complete.

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 Springtime

Reward: 18 ×

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.
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The Bree-land Hedge Maze

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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!

A Fool’s Errand: 1-Minute Speed Run

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

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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: The Party Tree (The Shire), Bree-land Festival Grounds, Thorin’s Hall In and Duillond. These run every 20 minutes and, if I remember right, there are two different dances to earn per location.
  • 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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Bees Big Business – Seasonal Instance

Bees Big Business - Spring Seasonal Instance, LOTRO
New for 2021, Spring Fest finally joins, Farmer’s Faire, Fall and Yule in having its own Seasonal Instance.

What is a Seasonal Instance?

If you’re new to these, Seasonal Instances are scalable quests available during the event via Instance Finder. You can run these Solo, or in groups and can choose to run it at the minimul level if you want to. Seasonal Instances grant Festivity Tokens as well as Spring Leaves. Festivity Tokens have their own rewards to barter for, as an encouragement to run the new instance.

There are 3 parts to this Instance featuring Grimbeorn. Though 2 are optional, they grant extra Spring Leaves. They are worth doing for just a wee bit longer inside the quest.

Bees Big Business

Fighting off the Giant Goat King in the Spring Seasonal Instance
The giant bees need to do their pollinating work! You are their protector so they can do their precious honey-making job. But there are “so many goats” that threaten the bees and the flowers. Fend them off, make sure one of the flowers on the final fight survive and get the bees safely back to Grimbeorn.

Daily ( 6)

One of the giant bees you have to protect in Bees Big Business
Make sure all the bees return safely and well fed to Grimbeorn, for an extra reward. Beornings need, and love, honey. Protect them as though your life depended on it. Or make a Beorning mad, your choice!

Beautiful Bouquet ( 6)

Lossarnach Flowers you need to collect for Beautiful Bouquet side quest
Collect 20 Lossarnach Flowers to decorate the Beorninghus. You can do this before you start escorting the bees, or when they stop at each checkpoint through the instance. Enjoy wandering the woods, pick the flowers, get 6 Spring Leaves. Win, win, win in my book.

Tip: Use your keybind for “Select Nearest Item” (default: Delete) to help you find them. And show floating names (Default: N) to make them more visible.

Lossarnach’s Pesky Critters

So long as you run the instance no more than 8 Levels below your own, clearing the “Pesky Critter” encounters will trigger the deed. Each time you run it 2 Critters will spawn. Clear all 6 and you earn 6 Spring Leaves and the Honey-Lover title!

Total Rewards

If you complete both the Daily and Beautiful Bouquet, the total rewards are:

  • 12 × Spring Leaves
  • 5 × Festivity Tokens

Plus the extra 6 × as a one-off per character for completing the deed.

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Spring Festival Rewards

Where are the Festival Vendors?

Thanks to those that requested I add this information to the guide, so here you go.

    Bree

    Both vendors are at the Bree Festival Grounds

    Leaves Vendor:
    Sergeant Tom, 24.6S, 51.6W

    Festivity Token Vendor:
    Verbena Greenhand, 24.6S, 51.5W

    Duillond

    Leaves Vendor: Merellos, 24.6S, 93.1W

    The Shire

    You’ll find this vendor at The Party Tree.

    Leaves Vendor: Sarabeth Gardner, 29.9S, 71.6W

    Thorin’s Hall

    Head to the Thorin’s Hall Inn.

    Leaves Vendor: Hálgur

rom the usual cosmetic outfits and steeds, there are decoration, emotes, a cosmetic ‘weapon’ and pets. I have now collated all the cosmetics available at this event, to help you “window shop”. 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 Festival are: Steed of the Forest Spring and Elk of the Spring Wood. Click/Tap images below to enlarge. I have shown these from two angles to help you.

Steed of the Forest Spring – 40 Leaves

Elk of the Spring Wood – 30 Leaves

Festivity Token Mount

2021 saw a new Seasonal Instance added to the Festival. Naturally, there are now a bunch of new rewards for Festivity Tokens. This year, the mount is the Honey Goat and costs 25 Festivity Tokens.

Mithril Coin Mounts

Older mounts may be purchased for MC. See my Mithril Coins Mounts page to “window shop” before you buy!

Mithril Coins Mounts

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Spring Fest Cosmetic Outfit Rewards

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

Cosmetic Outfits

This year’s theme is Merry Fellows and Spring Maids. Not “Forest Spring” as you might now expect!

In the interests of speedy updates, the screenshots are all with my female human character. Once the first previews are up, I will add/switch some for different genders and/or races!

Jacket of a Merry Fellow (15 × )

Hat of a Merry Fellow (15 × )

Boots of a Merry Fellow (15 × )

Short-sleeved Dress of the Spring Maid (15 × )

I’ve shown this dress from 3 perspectives so you can see the detail. The only difference between this one and the other Spring Maid dresses is the length of the sleeves – or lack of them!

Sleeveless Dress of the Spring Maid

Long-Sleeved Dress of the Spring Maid

Last Year’s Cosmetic Rewards

The theme for last year was The Spring Wood!

Braided Dress of the Spring Wood

Braided Tunic and Trousers of the Spring Wood

Mantle of the Spring Woods

Last year’s cosmetics cost 13 Tokens per Piece.

Older Cosmetics

To view cosmetic clothing from previous events, click/tap the button below.

See Spring Festival Cosmetics

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Bullroarer’s Challenge Cosmetic

If you complete the advanced version of Bullroarer’s Challenge, then you will receive this hat as a quest reward:

(Thanks to Rosie for reminding me to add this)

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Festivity Tokens Cosmetics

As Festivity Tokens can now also be earned during Spring Festival, LOTRO have released a bunch of new cosmetics as a reward for running the Bees Big Business Seasonal Instance (multiple times). Here you go:

Naruhel’s Vine Dress

Crown of Naruhel

Naruhel’s Shawl

Vines of Naruhel

This is a hands/glove cosmetic.

Honeycomb Cloak

Hood of Honeycomb Cloak

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Musical Instruments

There are two different fiddles available at this event. If you’re part of a LOTRO band or just want a new cosmetic weapon to spite your foes with your music, then go for it!

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Cosmetic Pets

New Pets

No new pets this year, either for Spring Leaves or Festivity Tokens. But there are loads of pets, so go ape! No, there’s no ape pet. Sorry.

Non-Shrew Creature Pets

Tome of the Silly Goose
25 Tokens

Tome of the Woodland Rabbit
25 Tokens

Tome of the White-headed Hawk
25 Tokens

Female Pheasant
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

2021: there are new decorations this year – both for Spring Leaves and for Festivity Tokens.

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.

Whether you purchase these for Spring Leaves , or Mithril Coins , you receive a stack of 6 dyes. Here is an example of each colour. But bear in mind, different items of gear and cosmetics dye differently. Ensure you Ctrl+Left Click to preview the item then select your dye from the drop-down, to preview the dye before you buy.

Lavender Dye, 15 ×

Dark Purple Dye, 15 ×

Shire-Plum Dye, 10 ×

Bullroarer’s Green Dye, 10 ×


/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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Cooking Recipes

If you have the Cook crafting profession there are a number of recipes you can obtain for Spring Leaves.

Consumables

As with many events, you can also acquire consumable items, some of which have deeds and/or permanent abilities you can complete.

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Essence and Legendary Item, erm, Items

As with some other festivals in the LOTRO Events Calendar, you can acquire:

  1. Anfalas Star-Lit Crystal (60 × ): Increase your Legendary Item’s base DPS and, for imbued LIs, unlock a tier on your your top-most legacy[2]Also per the Wiki, I didn’t know about this second bit.
  2. Essence Reclamation Scroll (90 × ): Reclaims an Essence from your gear. Clue’s in the name, you know?

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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 2021 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 2021 is one of the more relaxing relaxing events in LOTRO. With a little bit of Shrew-Stomping, wandering around Middle Earth and getting lost in the Hedge Maze, and now helping Grimbeorn get his fields pollinated, I hope you enjoy the Fest as much as I do!

Footnotes

Footnotes
1Rain is still very possible, naturally!
2Also per the Wiki, I didn’t know about this second bit.

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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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