It’s been a while since I have enjoyed myself this much exploring new areas. While the Rise of Isengard expansion did bring new regions, they were never really “beautiful” or “awesome” in my experience. The Great River makes up for that in all aspects. The quests are of the familiar “do-this-because-I-am-too-lazy-to-do-it-myself” genre, but the landscape and atmosphere are breathtaking. I fell in love with Thinglad the moment I entered that part of the forest, but the Rushgore has truly stolen my heart. The Limlight Gorge is also absolutely wonderful and when questing there today I felt like I was in a “real world”. It all felt so realistic. The Rushgore though is truly something new. It’s a swamp, but it’s full of reed so high that you cannot see through it and unexpectedly run into enemies all the time. There is a soft mist floating on the water and the light and colours are very magical. The best surprise of the swamp are the black swans that swim around. If you stand around long enough you can see them coming in and land on the water every so often.
The quest rewards from The Great River mostly consist of silver and Anduin tokens, but some larger quest lines reward armour that shares appearance with the older PvMP armour pieces. I think it’s a wonderful way to recycle these into the game and I was very pleasantly surprised to find the Ancient Inlaid Breastplate as a selectable quest reward in the Rushgore (quest Answering the Summons). This chest piece shares appearance with the old heavy PvMP armour for guardians, captains and champions. Now anyone can obtain it through questing in The Great River!
Be careful when choosing gloves for this robe, for most longer gloves clip through the sleeves.
If you want to know where a certain armour piece or cosmetic comes from, you can look it up on Lotro Wiki, by typing its name into the search box. You can equip any piece of armour cosmetically through the wardrobe, even armour that is not meant for your class or level.
Head: Winged Circlet, white dye (Skirmish barter, cosmetic)
Chest: Breastplate of the Enforcer, white dye (Ettenmoors barter, champion/guardian/captain) – now also available as Ancient Inlaid Breastplate (Great River quest reward, heavy)
Shoulders: Shoulder Pads of Resolve, white dye (Isengard instances barter reward, minstrel/lore-master/runekeeper)
Hands: Leather Bracers of the Gentle Stag, white dye (Dunland armour, medium)
Back: Swan-cloak, white dye (Lotro store, cosmetic)