Flying like an old Elven Goddess, high above the Marish in the Shire, heading to the ferry and the Old Forest
Yesterday, at Thursday 17 Oct 2013, I experienced one of the most strangest and also most wonderful glitches I have ever seen after 5 years game experience with LOTRO.
I was walking in F12 mode in Bree-land, which means, that you see the landscape in its full beauty, without the quickbars, minimaps and chatboxes. Since I know the landscape pretty well, walking in F12 mode is real fun to do, especially with super high graphic settings. I crossed the Brandywine River at the Brandywine Forest in Bree-land, heading for the Greenfields south of Scary, to visit a villain for an epic quest. After I entered the Greenfields, and mined 2 nodes of Barrow Ore, something strange happened. I heard a splashing sound and was continuously jumping. Normally, with such a bug/glitch I quit the game and restart, but since I keep an extensive blog about my adventures in Lotro, I decided to keep the game running.
The original goal was to make some pictures of myself, high jumping between the stars. Like I was flying... I experienced these 'flying' suggesting glitches sometimes, and recorded them on a special page on my blog.
Most of these flying suggestions can happen while leaving a stable on a horse or entering a not intended area by jumping with a warhorse.
But now, something different happened. It was like the original game surface was elevated to a higher level. As soon as I entered the lower parts of an area, so the lowest elevation in a zone, I started to swim - on land, with a splashing sound while I was continuously, involuntary jumping (the space bar was free). Since I was 'swimming' in the air, above the ground, I could literally swim above a lot of houses, trees, ruins and other objects. I decided to make an 'aerial reconnaissance' flight above the lands of LOTRO and I have made some nice pictures about it.
You can read about it in my chapter Areal Photography on my blogsite, here:
Although the glitch is annoying, and you cannot use most of your skills while 'flying' (actual swimming in the air), it was the most strange and wonderful glitch in the game I have ever experienced. I don't fully understand why it happened, but I heard from other players that the same glitch occurred near Celondim in Ered Luin, in the Ettenmoors, near Little Delving in the Shire and even around the Beacon of Eaworth. My flying glitch started on a Hill in the Greenfields (Shire), south of Scary, near a small pond and 2 nodes of barrow-iron. Some people claim that it starts when jumping from a waterfall, the retreat when dead, and the airhopping begins. But others said it started when delivering the post to Little Delving, climbing steep hills near Celondim, or - like me - searching for ore in the Greenfields. Well, If you know how the glitch starts, keep me informed.
I also asked some players to make pictures of me while flying, since I didn't know for sure if other players could see me in the air.
Well, to them I was indeed flying (ehmmm ... swimming) high in the air... just look at these pictures:
Flying above the windmill in Brockenborings
Flying above the Party Tree in the Shire