Grinding to Valhalla

Interviewing the gamer with a thousand faces


Posted by Randolph Carter on March 29, 2009

MMO community connection:

Chapter 1: Introduction

What is your name (your online persona/alter-ego, what have you)?

I am an investigative reporter for The Lord of the Rings Online, and as such I can’t reveal my identity for fear of reprisals… The egging of my hobbit hole, being barred from some of The Shire’s more reputable drinking establishments… You get the idea…

What is your connection to the gaming/blogging/podcasting community (your chance to plug yourself here)?

I operate The Hobbit Herald.

Please take a minute and describe what your blog/podcast is about.

I provide news and views from The Lord of the Rings Online and champion LotRO inspired machinima. Among other things, I’m currently running a series of undercover reports from a roleplaying server, and award monthly accolades for the best LotRO machinima.

Where were you born? Where did you grow up?

I was born in a small yet serviceable home on the outskirts of Hobbiton, in The Shire.

Where do you live now?

Michel Delving, of course. I need to be near a decent auction house at all times… That’s where all the most salacious gossip can be overheard.

Your level (age) is somewhere in the range of (pick one): 10-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90


What do you do for a living?

When I’m not writing my investigative reports for The Hobbit Herald, I make a decent living pulling in fish from the Brandywine river.

If you could reroll your career, what would you be?

I’ve always fancied owning my own inn and entering The Shire’s various beer festivals each year. I’d win them all, naturally…

List five random things most people don’t know about you.

  • I was banned from The Prancing Pony for a year.
  • I’m a close and personal friend of Bilbo Baggins.
  • I’m often complimented on my beautiful feet.
  • I can play three different types of instrument.
  • My Shire Apple Pie can make grown elves weep.

Feel free to discuss any family you have here.

I have two sisters and a brother, all of whom are currently in the field, protecting the free peoples of Middle-Earth. I’m very proud of them and refuse to believe the vicious rumours about my brother dancing for tips in The Forsaken Inn…

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