Common folk

The Common Folk of Middle-earth

Welcome to The Common Folk Wiki

A Role-players Haven for the Lord of the Rings Online
17 articles since May 2009

Contents (view all pages)

  • Foresters' Wisdom
  • The Clock of Middle-earth
  • Tailors' Wisdom

  • Role playing a Common-folk Dwarf
  • Role playing a Common-folk Elf
  • My Definition of the terms Common & Role Playing
  • Role playing a Common-folk Hobbit
  • Role playing a Common-folk Man

Important Announcements

From the Desk of Rerilac, July 3rd (12:42am Pacific):

After closing the kinship called The Common Folk because of kin mates who abandoned or otherwise didn't participate, I received so much response from people that my inbox on LoTRO was too full. I politely declined requests to try again, to join other kins, and was fairly settled back into my old character (I'm not an alt-aholic). Then combined with those well-wishers, I read something on the forums that made me so sad I decided to recreate Rerilac and give the idea of The Common Folk another go. No, I won't be recreating the kinship - indeed, I don't intend to be in a kinship at all.
The Common Folk will instead be an RP haven based on the idea of role playing commoners, which holds no container or label of kinship and can be applied to anyone. The concept of kinship in LoTRO is to assist other players in playing the game, to be active within it and otherwise carry along a label of a particular concept. Some kinships are heavy RP, but generally almost all do indeed quest or raid in some way. The forum post that made me sad mentioned that The Common Folk concept apparently has existed in some style as kinships previously on Landroval, but by whatever events, they stopped. That's so sad! I had started a kinship and just as firmly disbanded it. While sitting against a tree this evening with a grass stem in my mouth and a big ol' root poking me, I realized that the idea of kinship of commoners is a contradiction; players want to also play the game and rarely want their characters to just sit (rarely!). I then realized that if The Common Folk is entirely about commoners filling in the lands of Middle-earth, and not questing or raiding, what use is the label of a kinship?
So, I will be promoting the idea of The Common Folk RP haven as a way for people of any other concept to integrate RP ideas and to understand what Rerilac Bumbleroot is all about. It's a simple solution to avoid kinship building against a backdrop of non-questing. People of any other kinship can come along and role play with me as commoners and then go on their way.

Upcoming & Reoccuring Events

  • Weekly Traders' Market on Wednesdays in Ered Luin (about 6:30pm Pacific/9:30pm Eastern)
  • Weekly Farmers' Market on Saturdays in the Shire (about 11:00am Pacific/2:00pm Eastern at sunrise in Middle-earth), July 4th market will be closed
  • Gammer Weigela's Mushroom & Berry Picking Day (RP-event bi-monthly) scheduled on July 12th
  • Auction Notice! of Messrs Grubb, Grubb, and Burrowes (RP-event monthly) scheduled on July 19th

What's New

  • May 21st, 2009: This wiki was created!
  • May 23rd, 2009: My first Farmers' Market in the Michel Delving Town Commons, weekly.
  • June 10th, 2009: The first Traders' Market in Gondoman, weekly.
  • June 21st, 2009: Gammer Weigela's First Mushroom & Berry Picking Day, bi-monthly.
  • July 3rd, 2009: The concept of The Common Folk being an RP haven instead of a kinship blooms.

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