LOTRO: Crafter Reputation Guide

Reputation can be quite the valuable asset for a crafter. Some factions will grant you reputation for your crafting efforts and many more will offer special recipes that cannot be obtained elsewhere in game.

For each of the main professions in LOTRO (Cook, Jeweller, Metalsmith, Scholar, Tailor, Weaponsmith and Woodworker) there is at least one faction that will grant reputation in exchange for certain items they’ve requested. These items are all bound to the crafter and thus are only good for leveling the reputation (and crafting skill) of the character crafting the item. The most efficient recipes in terms of leveling your reputation will be the third tier ones that give 700 rep per item. However, these require some items that are a little more difficult to obtain. Usually they are rare drops from one of the gathering professions (Prospector, Forester, Farmer).

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Men of Bree: Woodworker

Rare component needed: Black Ash Heartwood

Mathom Society: Cook

Rare component needed: Blackberry Honey

Thorin’s Hall: Jeweller

Rare component needed: Moonstone

Wardens of Annuminas: Weaponsmith

Rare component needed: Ancient Nickel Ore

Rangers of Esteldin: Tailor

Rare component needed: Spider Silk

Council of the North: Metalsmith

Rare component needed: Ancient Nickel Ore

Elves of Rivendell: Scholar

Rare component needed: Torn Scholar’s Journal

The Eglain


This faction takes a different approach to crafting for reputation. Instead of having one favored craft, they have special requests for each of the major crafts. These requests work differently than standard crafting rep quests in that you have to buy an item to start the quest. The quests are only available to level 25 and above and the request items cost 21s60c each. For every turn in, you must buy the request item again. Each request turn in is worth 700 reputation points.

It is important to note that these quests will only work for the items specified. Critical success versions of the requested items will not work for the turn in. If you are doing this with a high level crafter, it may be beneficial to you to use lower tier (less critical success %) tools for Metalsmith, Jeweller and Woodworker. Otherwise, you should be able to sell the extras fairly well on the auction house. In fact, if you happen to be working on expert tier of any of these crafts and aren’t interested in the reputation, these items have been known to sell fairly well on the AH. (Make sure to check current prices before crafting a ton of these items, though!)

So, that’s it as far a reputation factions that can be wowed by your crafting ability. Other factions will have to be impressed by your ability to pick up certain items from mob drops or by your completed quests and skirmishes. Later, I’ll be listing the recipes that different factions have to offer. Almost all factions have something of interest to at least one profession.


written by Ketani

One Response to LOTRO: Crafter Reputation Guide

  1. TomRiddle says:

    A nice guide for the era it was made, unfortunately it really has limited use as it

    uses more materials than the most efficient recipe to raise your crafting skill, so isn’t really good for crafting

    doing quests for reputation (and then unlocking repeatable daily quests, if any, mostly in the higher zones)
    and gathering the reputation items that are drops (in the early zones) is a faster way to raise faction

    faction isn’t as important anymore as you can get a repair discount at the supplier in your house or kin house area, turbine does use faction in the higher levels as a “gate” to permit you to go to the next area but at that level doing quests is the way to go

    there is one reputation mount that most players I know get: http://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Elf_Ambassador's_Horse as it takes 3 factions but in leveling most people acquire 2 of the 3 and just need to go back to raise rivendell rep so most grind a few hours at the bitter stairs for rep item drops

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