"What a life it would be to be a Halfling. Having beautiful land to live in, clear blue skies, green fields and pastures, being able to fish uninterrupted all day, the friendliest neighbors you could imagine, virtually no crime," besides those rascals Merii and Piptunn stealing vegetables from old Farmer Muggut’s crop", drinking ale with your good friends and family till the wee small hours of the morning. Ahh, what a life it would be to be a Halfling." - Reece Alington (Adapted with permission to fit the mod)
This is a non-profit Fan made Project. It is in no way afflicted with Tolkien, Warner brothers, New line cinema or any of their affiliates or licencees. This mod is not meant to be a replica of official LoTR items. This mod is made solely for the personal uncompensated enjoyment of Lotr fans. This mod is being developed from scratch using only assets from Skyrim, Free to use resources, or those custom made for this project.
Or if you don't speak copyright; This is not "The Shire in Middle Earth" from Tolkien, this is "the shire in Central Nirn" from TheBawb (and team.) The two are not to be confused for the same thing.
Sometime around November of two years ago I decided to begin creating a Skyrim mod inspired by a location in J.RR. Toilkien's book series, The Shire. Which I'll admit I thought was going to be small project at the time. Maybe a month or two at most.
13 months later I find myself still working on it, and only halfway done.
I figure since it's a little more than a year now, I might as well at least shine some light on my project. Let you guys know it's out there, and if possible, receive some help building it. The mod itself is around 2-4 months (at least) from beta release as of right now.
What is the shire Mod?
Good question! The shire mod is largely inspired by Tolkien's Shire location, and Lotro's interpretation of it. But it is not either of these, nor is it just another player home mod.
This Mod (At the time of this post) Includes;
- A DLC-Sized landscape inspired by J.R.R Tolkien's Shire location.
- A Hearthfire-style buildable Halfling player home
- A fully working Halfling-Cart system which allows for easy travel across the shire.
- 2 new playable races: Halfling and Dwarf.
- 14 cities and towns including Halflington, Stauck and Tuckburgh
- 12 interiors including Tag end and The Ivory Shrub
- 10 new meshed/textured enemies including Goblins, Ints and Trolls
A Mailbox System Which allows the player to read about the lives of everyday Halflings
- Over 80 NPCs
- 2 custom-written books
- Over 300 Meshes/Textures (mostly from modders resources)
What This Mod Isn't.
- Another MERP project, although I admire their team. It will NEVER extend beyond the borders of the shire. This mod is also not associated with LoTR or any company that owns a part of it. (Read the disclaimer for more information)
Why the shire?
Lotro (Lord of the Rings Online) did a fantastic job getting the player to feel as if he or she was actually a Hobbit living in the Shire. This had been a childhood dream of mine ever since I'd read The Hobbit book or watched the lotr movies. Unfortunately Lotro is nearly 8 years old now, which makes it fairly old for a video game. And means at this time there is no cutting-edge digital world which makes living as a Hobbit life-like.
It's not likely there would be a video game based off of the Shire as it is much to small, and there has not yet been word of lotro 2 or any other Lotr RPG. Which at first sadend me, until I realized that obligation lies with us, the fans, and modders of today. My hope is that this mod comes close to the legacy that Lotro, Tolkien and Peter Jackson have left for us. At least until Lotro 2 comes out (Hint Hint, Wink Wink Turbine)
Who knows, Maybe we'll see ideas put into this mod, like the buildable Halfling hole (Or "Hobbit hole" in their case) implemented into the next Lotr RPG game? To inspire those who inspired us, that would make all the time I've spent worth every minute.
Ways to help.
This section has now been moved to a separate thread. The Shire Recruitment Thread
Updating This Thread
This thread used to update with a few photos and list of accomplishments every month. Due to time-restraints, I will now only be updating this thread when something important comes up. Steady day-to-day accomplishments will be updated between the shire team's members only.
Can we see some photos?
Of course! Below are several pictures of my mod. All of these were taken without the use of any graphic enhancement mods/ENBs (with the exception of Lush Grass)
Please note that any photos/videos containing copyrighted names and locations are old, and should be considered null and void. These locations no longer appear in the mod.
Open Beta Trailer
Authors of resources used
Hobbiton Brushhand by Nancy Lorenz
Soundtrack legal note (Directly quoted from Aurora Sound's channel profile Here)
"Aurora Sounds is a Royalty Free music group from Arbiter 617, the director of Black Plasma Studios.
All of these songs can be used in your work, even if they are part of a soundtrack. If the song fits, I'd love to see them go to good use! Just be sure to give credit to the author."
Bethesda, for another outstanding game
The LOTRO Team, you guys were the first to build Tolkien's Shire into a video game, and the main source of my inspiration. This mod wouldn't exist without you.
Meet the Team
This section has also been moved to a seperate thread.
The Shire Recruitment Thread
This mod is dedicated to the following;
A close friend, who showed me I could accomplish anything, if I'd only stick with it. And one of the kindest and enthusiastic people I've ever known.
You will be missed.
(No surprise here) A unique writer who's ideas and stories captured the imagination of countless fans. And the man responsible for my childhood dream of living as a Hobbit.
Edited by TheBawb, 18 November 2015 - 03:58 PM.