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Weekly Lore #5 — PAX East Trivia Special

This week, Weekly Lore will be doing a special expansion on the Trivia contest that was held via LoTRO’s Twitter account for mount codes. The questions and correct answers will be listed first, followed further below by a brief summary and explanation. Due to the nature of the questions, these do not particularly pertain to content currently in LotRO, with the exception of the White Hand.

Weekly Lore #4 — On the Thain

While the Mayor of Michel Delving may have been the only elected official in the Shire, the Thainship was a hereditary position borne by the chief Took. Originally appointed by the Hobbits as an authority figure to take the place of the King after the destruction of the North Kingdom. As such, the Thain was “the master of the Shire-moot, and the captain of the Shire-muster and the Hobbitry-in-arms.”

Weekly Lore #3 — On the Mayor of Michel Delving

The Mayor of Michel Delving, also called the Mayor of the Shire, was the only elected official in the Shire. Mayors served a seven-year term, with elections being held at Midsummer. Aside from also being the First Shirriff and the Postmaster, the Mayor’s other duty was to preside at banquets on holidays.

Weekly Lore #2 — On The Quick Post

The Quick Post, or Messenger Service, was one of two ‘services’ in the Shire, the other being the Watch. Like the First Shirriff of the Watch, the Postmaster of the Quick Post was always the Mayor of Michel Delving. Unlike the Shirriffs, the Messengers of the Quick Post were kept fairly busy.

Weekly Lore #1 — On Shirriffs

Shirriffs are the closest one comes to policemen in the Shire. They had no uniforms aside from a feather in their caps, and acted under the command of the First Shirriff, who was also the Mayor of Michel Delving. As a general rule there were only twelve in the entire Shire, with three assigned to each Farthing. It wasn’t a particularly difficult job, described by one Shirriff as “walking round the country and seeing fol, and hearing the news, and knowing where the good beer was.” Their duties also occasionally included helping the Shirefolk with animals gone astray.