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Welcome to The Elders Kinship Website!

The Elders kinship is an EU based kinship now based on the Laurelin server of Lord Of The Rings Online. We came into being on the Gilrain server in 2007 and in 2015, with the server closures, we have moved to Laurelin

Are you grey-haired and grumpy? Does the sight of all those youngsters racing around make you feel old and exhausted? Do you want to spend your evenings in like-minded company - those other old people who actually understand grumpiness is a comedy art-form? Do you like to play well, want to raid - but never take the game too seriously? Or do you like to amble around in your own damn time, forever levelling but wanting great chat and company while you're doing it?

Congratulations! You've found the kinship for you!

The Elders was one of the very oldest kinships on Gilrain (in every sense of the word..) and the same lovely bunch are now on Laurelin as The Elders Kinship (someone had already nabbed the original name - just The Elders - on Laurelin). We offer probably the warmest, the best and the funniest community you'll find anywhere online. We understand that real life has to come first, sometimes at short notice when it's sick kids, ferrying teens or suddenly having to work late - and no-one will ever criticise you for it. We know that the only way you can really enjoy being childish and silly is when there are no actual children around! We're not hard core. We like to raid a couple of times a week because once or twice a week is enough when you've got real life commitments to attend to. We have our own Vent server. We don't mind if you play every day, or once a week, or once a month. Our only entrance requirement is that you're over 25yrs of age (our average age is in the early 40s). We accept applications from all classes, all levels and any (or no) game experience. Our only true requirement is age.

If you feel you want to join us, sign up (please use your main game name) and apply via the Membership Application forum.

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View the latest post Information on opening/closing recruitment

The most important thing for us is that we remain a warm & friendly community. That means not being so big that people become strangers to each other. Every Elder should feel "known" and part of a close-knit circle.

This is why we close our doors from time to time. Any time things are going on that results in a lot of change within the kinship, we shut to new members until we've all had time to settle down again and find our fight. Examples of reasons include:

1) Number of members going above approx 100 people. Experience has taught us that around 100 is the maximum "magic number" for us to be a community that knows each other as individuals.

2) A large influx of recruits. We take very seriously the idea that recruits need to be made properly welcome, introduced to all the (painful) Elders' in-jokes and feel like part of a group as quickly as possible. Likewise, existing members need to feel they've got to know these new people properly. Again, experience has told us that having more than four Recruits at a time makes this hard.

3) Major game changes/new expansions etc. Once you've become a Member of The Elders, you're pretty much in for life. You can go off and play other games for a year and when you return to LOTRO, you get your membership back again. As a result, major changes & improvements to the game can see an influx of returning Elders. We love having people come "home" again! But, of course, by then there will be many new members they don't know and who also don't know them. So again we need time to settle down and get to know each other.

It is actually really hard to close to new Members! The whole kin is built on a philosophy of being always open and welcoming and we feel quite guilty when there are recruit applications from people who sound like they'll fit right in wonderfully. I'd just ask you to reflect as you wait, why it is you want to join us and what it is you'd like from being an Elder and recognise this is part of why we are who we are. :)


Update 14th June 2016

We are currently open for recruitment. We review this situation on a regular basis to maintain the community of knowing, and being known, to one another.

However, even when closed to new recruits, we always accept applications from people with particular, close links to current members (even new members) and in this instance you should speak to that person first (in brief, you need to be a close friend - IRL or in game - or a family member, of 25yrs+ of age, although at our discretion that may be lowered to 21yrs).


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