If you want to enjoy Lord Of The Rings Online without a monthly subscription you’ll need to make use of the Turbine Store. A virtual retailer that sells access to the games more advanced and entertaining areas, as well as gear and character perks. The store has it’s own digital currency, Turbine Points or TP. These points can be purchased from the store and spent at will, but the more determined among the LOTRO community have taken to the challenge of earning free TP by completing Deeds, in game tasks that grant varying amounts of TP to your account. It’s a bold endeavor not to be taken lightly, many intend to try this path but few have the dedication, patience, or free time to do so.
Whether your intention is to farm TP the whole way or just fill in some gaps in your wallet, the most important aspect of TP farming is having an efficient farming pattern. Following that link will take you to an in depth guide for grinding TP. What follows here is a sort of appendix to that guide, an appendix which also serves as an independent guide to farming TP in The Shire. The guides are separate for a handful of reasons; first and foremost is that part one of this guide is quite simple and can be taken as a singular and simple method to quickly gain 20TP on any character with no preparation or requirements beyond the introduction, the third portion of this guide deals with where to grind deeds in The Shire, while the second offers a modest transition between the two. Though they tie together, the second part requires more preparation. This preparation is the second reason why these two guides are separated; while the first guide is entirely self reliant, you can move from step to step without ever making a side trip to re-equip or prepare, the farms that are detailed in this guide will require some preparation. This includes searching out materials, crafters, or weapons to equip yourself and potentially leveling up. Both of these preparations can easily be completed in the course of the initial guide but rely on factors and tasks outside of direct TP grinding. Finally the guides remain separate because the linked guide provides a clear stopping point at which it is somewhat more expedient to repeat the process with a new set of consumables and “Deed accelerators” than it would be to continue without them at a slower pace, as well as being a smaller dose of tedious grinding to try and fit into one 24-hour period (the duration your temporary mount lasts.)
Part One: The “Quick” Run
This portion of the guide can be completed by any character of any level. No matter where you start make your way to the nearest stable master and catch a ride to Michel Delving. Set your map travel location here at the milestone and head north up the road to Little Delving. Speak to the postman there to begin the “Restoring the Quick Post” quest chain and accompanying deed. These quests require you to run from town to town delivering the packages (running up to) the postman in that town. After each delivery you will be given a quest from the target postman which will lead you to the next town, each quest leads into the next and around the shire. The only difficulty you may have is avoid the Nosey Hobbits, getting to near one will cause you to fail the mission and have to restart, but their movements are predictable. Stay on the roads when you can and avoid the eye markers indicating a Nosey Hobbit on your map and the speed boost your recieve from carrying the mail will keep you safe and on your way. As you travel around the shire be sure to stop at these landmarks before taking the next post quest (unless noted).
When you stop in Tuckborough head east over the hill past great Smials to take a peek at The Great Willow in the center of the small bog.
When you reach Bywater head south to see the Methel-Stage.
Be sure to take the quest between Bywater and Frogmorton, it doesn’t have you carry a package but it guides you to the next.
While you run from Woodhall to Stock with your package, head to the shoreline of the Brandywine and do a quick run-by of the Stock tower directly south of Stock.
As you run from Budgeford to Scary stop by the Budgeford Wall, over the farmlands to the east of where you started the quest.
Either on your way in or after turning in the quest in Scary, poke your head into the Quarry adjacent to the town.
After you finish the last quick-post quest you have two options; run south to Bag End and see the Party Tree to finish “Sights of the Shire” for a quick 5 TP, then map your way back to Michel Delving to accept your rewards for the quick-post quests from the postman there for another 5 TP as well as turning in your 15th quest for another 10 TP for completing “Life of a Bounder” Part one. Ending here is only recommended if you are playing a long term character that cannot grind.
The other option is to continue with part two and potentially part three of this guide, which will of course still include the previously mentioned turn ins and TP.
Part Two: The easy grinds
You passed some spiders infesting the Quarry in Scary but these are somewhat higher level, either grind these and/or head North-West from Brockenborings (where the last quick-post quest ends) into the bindlebole wood to grind both Spider slayer deeds. (30 spiders for part 1 and 5 TP, 60 spiders for part 2 and 10 TP.) It’s wise to start in Bindlebole woods and head to Scary and then make your way back to Bindlebole to finish. If you started this chain at a higher level or are bold, you can kill spiders in the quarry after delivering the package to Scary.
South of the spiders in bindlebole you’ll find Bag-End (labeled “The Hill” on your map) and the Party Tree. Finish “Sights of the Shire” and then head straight west over the river and to the Wolf’s Den. Wolves are all over this area as well as the farm to the south, jump back and forth between them to grind both wolf slayer deeds for another 15TP.
Both these grinds are finish-able by a character who has done just the quick-post quests but of course, the better prepared you are with levels and gear the faster it will go.
After finish, map to Michel Delving and turn in the quick-post quests, earning a total of 50TP.
At this point more difficult grinding begins. It is highly recommended that you are at least level 12 and are a class that can deal a fair amount of damage quickly (to expedite the process.) Champions and Hunters are the best and arguably only options. If you followed the original linked guide, you will be in perfect position to continue here.
Part 3: The Grinds
First off you’ll want to acquire level 12 crafted weapons (heavy bronze or heavy rowan). If you are continuing from the other guide or are a higher level head to the area north of Woodhall near the waterfalls and begin a circuit through the brigand camp. If you are continuing from parts 1 and 2 and need to get a few more levels, move east along the road outside woodhall to find odo’s leaf farm to grind the lower level brigands until you are high enough to continue with the more dangerous and numerous mobs at the waterfall. If you have consumables from your leveling gift use them here. If you plan to finish this entire process, save your deed accelerators other wise use one here.
After finishing all 90 of your brigands, head south to the hill near the Stocktower. Atop this hill swarm harvest flies, take them slowly as they can stack a wounding effect on you that will quickly drain your health. They die and re-spawn quickly and there are many of them. This is the place to use a deed accelerator.
At this point you may wish to finish off the circuit (I often do). The next two grinds are somewhat more tedious, though Hunters have an easier time of it.
After all 90 flies are dead, head north to Brockenborings to kill goblins in the two orc forts in the fields to the north. These goblins are a higher level so take them slowly. If you didn’t use a deed accelerator on the brigands, use it here.
Finally head all the way west to the Rushock Bog to kill Slugs. This will take a few laps around the bog to get them all and may be worth skipping, especially if others are doing the same thing. Be sure to kill the swarms of bugs as they share spawn locations with the slugs.
Whether you are finishing off a different grinding pattern with a diversion in the shire, getting quick TP on your characters that can’t farm as well, or just running the shire itself for variety, population, or all the tin that seems to sit there, you have a lot of options for quick TP.