Tourist Photos from Middle Earth

A lot has been written about Vanguard, its beautiful vistas, and the ability to see things off in the distance.

In that regard though, Lord of the Rings Online is no slouch.  I have been the “print screen button” wielding tourist during my travels and have captured several very nice pictures of Middle Earth.  They are in JPEG format, but they are 1600×1200, so your browser may try to resize them, which always reduces the quality.

In the hills east of Gondamon, an example of being able to see things in the distance that you can, in fact, get to.

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Entering the Shire from the west you face some swampy land.  Still, it is green and lush.

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The famed party tree in Hobbiton, just below Bag End.  I cannot tell if they are setting up for a part or cleaning up after one.

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A shot from the Buckland side of the ferry at the river.  The hobbits at either end tell you that it is currently out of service as there was some mischief the night before.  I wonder who was involved with that?

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I just wish I could figure out how to configure LOTRO to take screen shots in a raw format, as you can do in World of Warcraft and EverQuest II.  The compression level they use really takes the edge off of screen shots in my opinion.

[Addendum: You can find a comparison of graphic settings in LOTRO here.]

6 thoughts on “Tourist Photos from Middle Earth

  1. Gaff

    Looks good. Looks too good, despite your disclaimers. You are a foul tempter–ess something.

    I like how they put the little detail in–the standing stones at the ferry–I’d have to look it up but I recall those “looming” out of the fog as the hobbits scrambled for safety.

    The party tree–um, I am confused. I thought it garnered that name from Bilbo’s party, and his party only. I would like to hear if you have somehow come to a satisfactory “read” of what time the world is set.

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  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    I have my video setting set pretty high in game. They are not max’d out, but they are only a few options shy of that. The load on my computer is nothing compared to Vanguard and even a bit lighter than EQ2. It is, however, a much bigger burden than WoW.

    As for time lines, that is a good question. Where I am now in the epic quest line, it seems Frodo has left the Shire, been through the Old Forest, and is now in or about Bree. How time is going to continue playing out is one of my concerns.

    I think they had to put a party the party tree, just so you would know. I imagine if Hobbiton refers to it as such, they must have other events there, even if all we ever read about was Mr. Bilbo’s eleventy-first birthday.

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  4. Kilanna

    Looks very pretty.

    Now I just have to make sure my husband doesn’t see it or else he might want to start playing too. He currently has a Sony Station account (MxO and EQII) and his WoW subscription. I suspect it would be his Sony subscription that would go:( Then I have no chance of us gaming together again.

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  5. Yunk

    I was playing on low settings on my computer (which I could play WoW on low / medium settings) so I was happy I didn’t have to upgrade.

    But I spent 5 seconds in Rivendell before deciding I had to upgrade, I was not missing any more! So while happy that I was not forced to upgrade, I still wanted to.

    So $2k poorer I now have a nice new gaming/htpc system just for this game. I can’t believe how amazing it is, and I only have an 8600GTS which can do the High graphics but not Very High.

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