They've given us mages... what do you think RKs are? Why do you think they have specifically elemental powers, when the idea behind it could incorporate all sorts of imagery rather than just obvious stuff like lightning, frost and fire? Of course there can be shades of grey, they can draw the line where they like; you can't insist it's either no magic or all the usual stuff.Of course certain famous individuals were able to manipulate it - Feanor and the Silmarils, Celebrimbor the three rings of power. However that's beside the point. LOTRO does not have magic, otherwise Turbine would have turned the taps on full and given us Mages, Warlocks, Illusionists and so forth. There can't be any shades of grey on this matter.
So, based on some stuff you've just conveniently assumed and that doesn't bear close scrutiny, you've decided it'd be okay to have a hobbit going around looking and acting like a miniature wizard, complete with robe. staff and (optional) pointy hat? If you can't see what's wrong with that picture, Twinkletoes, then I despair of you.So, the question I have concerns scholarly study. Someone earlier in this thread made the point that hobbits, except for two notable exceptions were not learned. Yet in the context of this game my hobbit minstrel is a fully ranked scholar. She can understand and interpret ancient texts and other artefacts. So if this game allows my hobbit to be a master of lore, then the argument that hobbits should not be LMs because they were just a bunch of illiterate farmers and yeomen does not stand up to scrutiny.
Yes, because it wouldn't be even remotely in the spirit of things to have hobbits waving a staff around and doing what looks and sounds exactly like typical FRPG-style magic, regardless of any pretence you choose to make as to whether it's 'really' magic or not. Even if you just call it mystical power over nature they're just not supposed to be into that. The image that would present which would be way 'off' for Middle-earth because these are meant to be Tolkienesque hobbits, not generic FRP halflings.Ultimately, this is where the inconsistencies within the game make it almost impossible to stand up any argument based on "lore" - there are just so many exceptions to the rule. If the lore were to be applied properly, then my hobbit minstrel should not be a scholar. Such professions should be limited to Elves and Men. Indeed if anything hobbits should be limited to farmers, cooks, tailors and woodworkers as being lore appropriate professions. Of course adhering to the lore would mean that pet huorns and Beornings would also be rolled back, however as those are considered appropriate then are hobbit LMs really such a departure?
Be glad they let you have your minstrel. Be glad they didn't put limitations on crafting for hobbits. Don't try to go beyond those reasonable compromises and into the realm of things that'd be blatantly taking the mickey.