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#9704419 Jul 02, 2014 at 04:59 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

If you're new here, add a post introducing yourself to the community :)
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#9715237 Jul 05, 2014 at 07:10 PM
6 Posts
Hello All,

I'm Champlin. I've been playing LOTRO for 3+ years now and I'm an alt-aholic ("Hello, Champlin!"). I now have 34 alts across 8 servers - created the last 4 on each of the Coursera servers for this class. So if anyone has questions about other servers or managing alts or other char classes, just ask me.

The class looked interesting, since I'm a big Tolkien fan, plus I've tried my hand at writing, so I'm interested in what the class offers for insight into understanding the narrative points of a story across various media.

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#9715452 Jul 05, 2014 at 08:47 PM
58 Posts
I'm Aza......
Been playing LOTRO for 7 years now on the Gilrain server. (13 chars)
I created this Azakah for the course.
In RL I'm a musician, hope to find music here on Laurelin, in Gilrain it's kinda non-existing

******** MUSIC MADE THIS WORLD! ********
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#9717341 Jul 06, 2014 at 12:05 PM · Edited 5 years ago
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Howdy, fellow coursers, Serattil here.

I'm not a native english-speaker (which is making it a bit weird, signing up on an english literature class...) so I've passed the last year's course but this summer I thought, why not giving it a try, what's to lose, right? But not on the Signature Track, obviously - maybe next year, if the course will go smoothly. Just put it here in front, before all the grammer mistakes and typos I'll make ;)

Fan and collector of sci-fi and fantasy, both high and low, been a fan of Tolkien since I've first red the Hobbit. One of my goals with the course is getting some new approaches and infos about LotR, Tolkien, and the whole world of Middle-earth.

For the game part: I've been playing LotRO since years now, altoholic like Champlin but not on that magnitude :) I have only around twenty-something characters on my main servers, with a few visitors on the side on the rp servers, for the festivals and player events. However, for the course I started a new character on an f2p account. Probably I'll launch a character on Landy as well, but since I'm from Eu, Laurelin is more fitting, timezone-wise.

The idea behind the f2p account was that LotRO newcomers from the course will also see the game from an f2p point-of view, so I wanted to get a first-hand experience about the parameters of the f2p model. My other goal with the course is to help newcomers around the game, guiding them, with getting out the most of their f2p :)
(and as a side goal to re-live the game from the scratch, it was a long time since I started a new character)
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#9758519 Jul 16, 2014 at 06:27 PM
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Mae govannen!

I have been playing LotRO for 6 years now. I have a level 95 huntress on Snowbourn (Sabiel), where I am leader of The Suffering (more by accident than anything else). I have a minstrel at lvl 83 and then a bunch of classes in the 30s and 40s which, I am sure, I will level to 85, wait... 95, what... 100! at some point.

On Laurelin, I am Sabielle, currently lvl 43 huntress but the sky is the limit, or rather, the level cap is.

I might as well spill my dirty secret now: I'm not a big fan of Tolkien's prose. I love the universe he created and I adore what other people see in it and make of it, but the actual books are not among my favourite reads.

Happy hunting,

Sabielle on Laurelin - lvl 40+ huntress
Sabiel on Snowbourn, leaderine of The Suffering - lvl 95 huntress
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#9760104 Jul 17, 2014 at 05:11 AM
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Hi everyone!

I'm Pelagia, I am not new to LOTRO, but it has been a long time since I have played and the game seems to have changed a lot since then. I play a Rune Master, currently level 15. I also have a Minstrel level 24, named Xinaura.
On another server I have a level 45, but that is my highest level character.

A good friend told me about this course and I jumped at the chance to take it. I have always loved Tolkien's stories and playing video games. Blending both in this opportunity to examine the story on so many different formats will be great fun!

I work the night shift at a hospital in the states so I tend to play early morning Pacific coast time, which makes the Euro servers ideal for me.

"It's hard to say, talking about the importance of an imaginary hero. But, heroes are important. Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History books tell us who we used to be; documentaries tell us who we are now, but heroes tell us who we want to be and a lot of our heroes depress me. But, you know when they made this particular hero, they didn't give him a gun; they gave him a screwdriver, to fix things. They didn't give him a tank or a war ship or an x-wing fighter; they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. They didn't give him a super power or pointy ears or a heat ray, they gave him an extra heart! They gave him two hearts; and that is an extraordinary thing. For there will never come a time when we don't need, a hero like the Doctor." Stephen Moffat
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#9761985 Jul 17, 2014 at 03:57 PM · Edited 5 years ago
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Greetings all!

I've been playing Lotro for nearly 4 years, all of it as a kinship leader on my main server on Dwarrowdelf. I have several high level characters of all classes, races and have mastered all professions. So you can say I know my way around the game. While taking this class, I will be playing on the Laurelin server with my champion dwarf Mothi.

I know the game very well and have been a frequent contributor to

If you ever need any help or advice about the game or in the game. Please ask, and I'll see what I can do for you!
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#9764255 Jul 18, 2014 at 07:53 AM
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Hello, everyone!

I'm a total newbie to Lotro, so I guess I'll be in your care. Thanks everyone for your effort.

In real life, I'm an English graduate and I work in publishing in Barcelona. I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time when I was eleven and it gave me nightmares about Shelob for months. It seems I didn't learn my lesson because I re-read the saga a few years later. Anyway, I've also read The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, but I must confessed that the latter bored me to death. Please don't hate me!

In Lotro I'm a level 18 elf hunter and I'm having lots of fun with you. Thanks, guys!
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#9765061 Jul 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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OliviaGardener here, minstrel hobbit of the Fallohide lineage, utter newbie to LoTRO. Began my first quests last night ... and went to bed far too late! I'm actually a senior lady with a science background, but with very few grey hairs. I'm also into virtual worlds (Second Life since 2009). I'm a newbie scifi author, and doing this course to help with the narrative building. I enjoyed reading the three Rings books a few years ago, and thus enjoying re-reading.
Great to 'meet' you all!
Olivia Gardener-Cloudberry of the Fallohides
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#9767507 Jul 19, 2014 at 04:15 AM
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Nice to meet you all, fellow coursers. :)

I'm a total newbie to the LoTOR world, too. As a matter of fact, I haven't played online games for a long time, the very last online role-play game I played was a text-based MUD!(how nostalgic!)

Through books and movies, I really enjoy the world Tolkien created. I figure this class might be a good opportunity for me to appreciate the book in its original language and get back to the game world! Hurray!
So please excuse me for all the grammar mistakes, typos, and the slow typing speed as a non-native English speaker. :)

I'm in the Asia-pacific time zone, so might not be able to really "meet" most of you online due to time differences. But still, nice to meet you all in LoTRO! \(^O^)/
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#9793486 Jul 25, 2014 at 09:25 AM
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Hello folks!

I haven't joined the in-game kinship, as I'm already imbedded in other kinships on the server, the Swan Knights and The Grand Order of the Lost Mathom respectively. I have joined the Coursera chat channel on Laurelin, though, and I'm joining this website to try to keep up to date on Coursera events on Laurelin.

I've played Lotro since pre-release, so that makes for more than 7 years on Laurelin, with a wide experience from Roleplaying, over crafting, solo play as well as leading a mature raiding group - and I'm very happy to help with any questions or advice if needed. My own activity has gone down over the last year, so when I logged in yesterday it was the first time in two months, probably one of my longest breaks in the 7 years I've played, the recent expansion and this interesting course luring me back ingame (and as a Swan Knight the possiblity to finally return to the Keep of the Swan Knights in Belfalas!).

Outside Middle Earth, I'm a Dane currently living in the vicinity of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, moving here from Denmark just about three years ago, as my significant other is Dutch; and we did in fact fall hopelessly in love over a wheel of cheese at a Hobbit party in one of the Shire Homesteads of Laurelin, no less. Or something to that effect ;)

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#9802285 Jul 27, 2014 at 02:02 PM
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Hi all,
I've been playing LOTRO since the Moria Expansion. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien works, but I'm a casual player, last time I played LOTRO was more than a year ago, more or less the same months that my daughter has ;)

I've only two alts, and my favorite one is the hobbit that I'll be using for the course.

It will be difficult for me to attend on weekend activities, but on office days I can play from 20:00 to 23:00, Barcelona time ;)

Nice to meet you all!!
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#9804798 Jul 28, 2014 at 05:37 AM
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Hello everyone!
I'm a fantasy and s-f fan and collector for years, but to the game I'm complete newbie.
In game I'm an elf champion Thanael. In real life - technical IT consultant

I missed this course last time and as it looked very interesting from every possible aspect I decided to join it now :)
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