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Leveling Guide to the Shire

Leveling Guide to the Shire

LOTRO The Shire
Levels 5-13
Content Pack: Free
The Shire includes:

After completing the Introduction, hobbits start in The Shire. Filled with lore from "The Hobbit", The Shire is pastoral and sleepy, filled with trees to nap under after polishing off a hobbit breakfast and a slice of apple pie. Leveling in The Shire is a bit less combative then the other starting areas - you are as likely to be delivering pies and mail as fending off brigands and other threats.

As you quest in the Shire, you'll have the opportunity to earn Gift Mathoms - old and useless objects which hobbits like to give as presents many times over. Turn these in at the Mathom House (33.4S, 75.6W) in Michel Devling for Mathom Society faction. Another Shire-based faction is the Inn League, housed at the Bird and Baby Inn in Michel Delving. Quests for the Inn League are only available during seasonal festivals, and send you all over Middle-earth on drinking related missions. Visit the Party Tree north of Hobbiton to get started.

A special game mechanic first introduced in The Shire is Session Play. While this is used later on to let you experience the epic story first hand, here in The Shire you get to experience Middle-earth as a chicken. Yes, a chicken. There are a number of quests that send you all over the world as a level 1 chicken, in constant danger of being eaten. These adventures can reward destiny points, the Cloak of the Cluck and the Crosser of Roads title, a true badge of dedication to running like a chicken. Visit Sandson's Farm to try it out.

Quest Hubs and Points of Interest

The Shire map
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This map shows the quest hubs (A to Q) for The Shire and some points of interest (1 to 4).

Quest Hubs in The Shire

 LocLevelsQuest HubVendorStableMailboxMilestoneNotes
A
31.8S, 76.7W
5
Little Delving
   
x
x
 
B
33.5S, 75.2W
5-9
Michel Delving
x
x
x
x
Auctioneer, bard, class trainers, crafting facitilites, Mathom House faction rep
C
32.1S, 74.4W
6-8
Sandson's Farm
       
Chicken session play
D
32.8S, 73.1W
7
Waymeet
   
x
   
E
27.9S, 76.1W
7-10
Needlehole
x
x
     
F
28.1S, 70.1W
9-10
Overhill
x
 
x
 
workbench
G
29.4S, 71.4W
7-9
Bag End
         
H
31.4S, 71.1W
7-10
Hobbiton
x
x
x
x
Farmland
I
33.0S, 70.9W
8-12
Tuckborough
x
 
x
 
Polo Proudfoot offers a handful of quests nearby
J
33.0S, 70.9W
6-9
Bywater
x
 
x
 
Crafting facitilites
K
31.7S, 68.0W
9-10
Frogmorton
x
 
x
   
L
33.4S, 65.7W
9-10
Woodhall
x
       
M
34.3S, 64.4W
10-11
Bamfurlong
x
       
N
32.1S, 64.1W
9-12
Stock
x
x
x
   
O
31.3S, 66.1W
9-11
Budgeford
x
 
x
x
Crafting facitilites
P
27.4S, 67.6W
10-12
Brockenborings
x
x
x
x
Crafting facitilites
Q
27.7S, 66.3W
10-13
Scary
x
 
x
   

Points of Interest in The Shire

 PointLocationNotes
1 Shire Homesteads 36.5S, 73.2W Hobbit style player housing
2 Fishing Hobby Master 33.4S, 75.4W In the Bird and Baby
3 The Party Tree 29.9S, 71.5W Site of seasonal festivals
4 Skirmish Camp 26.9S, 68.1W Near Brockenborings

 

Virtue Deeds in The Shire

The Shire is a good zone for virtue deeds, with easy-to-earn ranks of Innocence, Valour, Empathy, Justice, Discipline, Determination and Compassion.

TypeDeedVirtueRanksReqs.For
Quest Life of a Bounder Compassion 1 Complete 15 Quests Hunters
Quest Life of a Bounder (Advanced) Empathy 1 Complete 40 Quests Everyone
Quest Life of a Bounder (Final) Innocence 2 Complete 75 Quests Everyone
Slayer Goblin-slayer (Advanced) Valour 1 Defeat 90 Goblins Everyone
Slayer Brigand-slayer (Advanced) Justice 1 Defeat 90 Brigands Everyone
Slayer Wolf-slayer (Advanced) Discipline 1 Defeat 90 Wolves Captain, Champion, Guardian, Warden
Slayer Slug-slayer (Advanced) Determination 1 Defeat90 Slugs Burglar, Hunter


Keep in mind that these are only a few of the virtues you can work on in this zone - specifically the ones you'll find useful for leveling and are relatively easy to get. You may want to return later to earn more. See Choosing Your Virtues for more information.

The Epic Story in The Shire

Although optional, most players complete the Volume 1 Prologue to the epic story. Many people feel the epic story is the best part of the game.

Crafting and The Shire

To get start crafting, visit the Master of Apprentices in Michel Delving (you should have a quest that sends you there). Choose a "vocation", a set of three crafting professions that work well together. If you are uncertain which to choose, "Explorer" is a good place to start.

The Shire is an excellent zone to gather Tier 1 Copper and Tin ore, Rowan wood and Light hides. If you need Tier 1 scholar nodes, you'll do better looking in Bree-land, specifically Chetwood and Midgewater Marshes.

It turns out hobbits are pudgy for a reason! The Shire is crafted-food central, with superior farm land in Hobbiton and the Cook's Guild Hall and superior oven in Michel Delving.

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