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Volume 130/Issue 9 Jun. 30th, 2015 @ 08:42 pm
empy
Volume 130/Issue 9

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and eleven. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From The Guardian:
Peter Jackson turns home into replica of Bilbo's Hobbit house
Peter Jackson’s seemingly endless Tolkien franchises might have finally ended, but the director is reticent to say goodbye and has turned part of his New Zealand home into a tribute to Middle Earth. A set artist, who worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Jackson, revealed that the basement of the Oscar-winning director’s house has been turned into an exact replica of Bilbo’s house, Bag End. [Read more]

From iDigitalTimes:
The Silmarillion TV Series: Take Tolkien The Way Of Game Of Thrones
The Hobbit movies weren’t that great. I don’t think anybody’s going to argue about that too much. After all, a less than 200 page book turned into three very, very long movies, with lots and lots of added fuff that destroyed the story. But the movies did very well, and had their good moments, and we are left wondering whether Tolkien’s greatest work can yet come to life. If it did—if The Silmarillion were to be adapted—it would really do best as a television show. And not one directed by Peter Jackson! [Read more]

From West Briton:
Praze couple enter fantasy world with hobbit huts business venture
A couple have given up their day jobs for a quirky company which merges 'glamping' with the fantasy world of dwarves, dragons and wizards.
Cashing in on the popularity of the JRR Tolkien classic The Hobbit and the trend for glamorous camping - glamping- Hannah Batt and James Durbin run Hobbit Huts, an events accommodation company which hires a set of mobile, Bilbo Baggins-themed cabins to festivals around the country. [Read more]
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* libraryofmoria updates:
Fifteen Years (Erestor, Gildor; rated Teens) by Red Lasbelin
The Best Night of My Life (Gildor/Thranduil; rated Teens) by Ysilme

* gigolas_bigbang updates:
Last of the Sindar (Gimli/Legolas; rated Teens) by tele_machus
Reclamation of Erebor (Legolas/Gimli, Bilbo/Thorin; rated NC-17) by winnett
Art: First Meeting and Two Views of Gimli by stasia
(I Want to Sleep with) Common People Like You (Gigmi/Legolas, Glorfindel/Legolas, Glorfindel/Erestor, Kili/Tauriel ; rated Explicit) by tele_machus
Art: The Monstrous Fellowship (rated PG-13 for blood/gore) by jaegervega
The Monstrous Fellowship (Gimli/Legolas, secondary Aragorn/Arwen & Eowyn/Faramir, small mention of Tauriel/Kili; rated PG-13) by ichijokenichiro
The Stars' Ovation (Legolas Greenleaf, Gimli, Thrór, Tauriel, Original Characters; rated Mature) by goldencloak
Art: Song of the Stag (art for The Stars' Ovation; rated PG) by mckittericks
St. Aulë’s Fire (Legolas/Gimli (plus background canonical pairings); rated Mature) by marmalade_girl and q_sama
A Tale of Two Drivers (Legolas/Gimli, Kili/Tauriel, Strider/Arwen, Gloin/Mizim, Ori/Sigrid, Bilbo/Thorin, Dain/Thorin, Dis/Vili (mentioned), Fili/Frodo; rated G) by mage_girl
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is (Not a) River: Mouth

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
FIC/ART NEWS:
From read_lotr_aloud:
The next chapter is up at Read the Lord of the Rings aloud!
Listen here to Book IV, Chapter 5, The Window on the West.
We're also welcoming
starbrow as a new reader.
From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
-- TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
-- Lord of the Rings RPF -- The Hobbit - All Media Types
-- The Hobbit - Jackson movies
-- The Hobbit (2012) RPF
-- The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:
* Via the TORn forums:
Scariest moment in the books/movies
This one was definitely the scariest for me! Undead Dwarves! Well, in all seriousness, I'd have to say Gollum's Scene at the Beginning of RoTK, it isn't my favorite prologue, but it makes me look carefully at my best friend on his birthday...
In the books, hmm... I have to say Turin killing Beleg, I'm not sure if that's really scary or just dramatic.
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
Why were the Rings of Power Made, and what were their Powers?
... and more question about Rings.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What "Hero of the Age" did Sam see himself as when the Ring tempted him in Mordor?
Answer: Samwise the Strong.

frolijahfan, rakshi and febobe answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Which Fellowship actor had to wear a prosthetic fingertip to replace the one he'd lost in a farm machinery mishap?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dreamflower02 AND tamsinwillougby!

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Volume 130/Issue 8 Jun. 26th, 2015 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 130/Issue 8

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and eleven. Welcome all!

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From TheOneRing.net:
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[Correction to Tuesday's incorrect link]: mechtild writes, 'A new book of jan-u-wine's LOTR poetry, illustrated by John Cockshaw, The Road, Taken, is now available through Oloris Publications. Read about it HERE. Congratulations, Jan and John!'

The Circles of Power Book Five: Through the Valley of Death (Epic AU; Rated Mature) by angmar_elfhild
Chapter 46 of Book Five of the epic AU series, The Circles, has just been posted to the Library of Minas Morgul. The slaver's party is detained at a fortress along the road to Cirith Ungol. While waiting, Elfhild sees one of the many phantoms that lurk in the Morgul Vale.

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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
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From msilverstar:
    ~Writing in the Black Speech
    By Ask About Middle-earth. Being created entirely by one person for one purpose, the Black Speech is definitely the least organic and most planned of Middle Earth's languages. And yet, after all that work put into developing the language, Sauron doesn't create a written form to go with it.
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which citadel does the Witch-king's army depart from?

Answer: Minas Morgul.

fredbassett, lindahoyland, frolijahfan, namarielorien and baranduin all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What "Hero of the Age" did Sam see himself as when the Ring tempted him in Mordor?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, sandy_3151, leianora and marigoldg!

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Volume 130/Issue 7 Jun. 23rd, 2015 @ 09:33 pm
empy
Volume 130/Issue 7

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and eleven. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
'Hobbit' Extended Edition release date Nov. 16 for UK?
Our friends at Tolkien Italia have info that the release date of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Extended Edition, for the folks in the United Kingdom, is November 16. They don’t cite a source but the good people there don’t make these things up. [Read more]

Today in Middle-earth, June 22nd
The following event took place in Middle-earth on June 22nd: [Read more]
From Etymology Today:
Patagonian Shield Bug Named After Middle’s Earth’s Smaug the Dragon
Last year I wrote about some interesting scientific names that have been given to insects, and about why entomologists choose such names. Now we can add a new one to the list, this one based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels, which have inspired many people around the world, including entomologists.
Recently in the insect systematics lab at North Dakota State University, we discovered a new species of shield bug in the family Acanthosomatidae and decided to give it a Tolkien-based name. [Read more]
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Golden Fall (Smaug; rated G) by kortirion
The Tower of the Well (Unnamed guards (reference to Ulmo); rated PG) by hhimring

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Flavour of the Month (Dwalin/Ori; rated G) by vix_spes
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is (Not-A) River: Meander

From Library of Moria, via talullahred:
The Library of Moria will be celebrating the International Day of Slash with a challenge for fic, art or other media. The theme is Tarot - we will give you three cards for you to chose one or more as inspiration for your work. Please check the details at The International Day of Slash 2015 - Tarot challenge.

The Library of Moria will be celebrating the International Day of Femslash with a challenge for fic, art or other media. The challenge will be an Alphabet Soup. For each letter there will be a character, a place and a flower. Pick your letter and use one or more of the prompts as inspiration for your work. Please check the details at International Day of Femslash 2015 - Alphabet Soup challenge.
From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
FIC/ART NEWS:
From Library of Moria, via talullahred:
New fics
Fifteen Years by Red Lasbelin
(Teenage Audience, Erestor/Gildor, Gildor comes back to Imladris after a long absence and finds things not quite as he remembered. A Fourth Age story.)
From mechtild:
mechtild writes: a new book of jan-u-wine's LOTR poetry, illustrated by John Cockshaw, The Road, Taken, is now available through Oloris Publications. Read about it HERE. Congratulations, Jan and John!
From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
-- TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
-- Lord of the Rings RPF -- The Hobbit - All Media Types
-- The Hobbit - Jackson movies
-- The Hobbit (2012) RPF
-- The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:
* Via the TORn forums:
Wait, what is The Master?
I thought here, who's The Master of Lake-town? He's like a king? Or he was elected by the people? We have a monarchy here? Democracy among men exist in Middle-earth?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
Khuzdul
The secret tongue of the Dwarves.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the river that the hobbits followed into Fangorn?
Answer: Entwash.

addie71 and periantari answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Which citadel does the Witch-king's army depart from?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, queerbobaggins!

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Volume 130/Issue 6 Jun. 19th, 2015 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 130/Issue 6

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and twelve. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~First edition of The Hobbit sells at auction for £137,000
    If you happened to have some spare pocket change at a recent Sotheby's auction, you could have picked up a first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit for a mere £137,000, or the equivalent of about $214, 370 U.S. dollars at today's exchange rate. [More]

    ~San Diego Comic con is coming and TORn will be there
    The 2015 edition of San Diego Comic Con is coming up in just 3 short weeks, and TheOneRing.net will be there. We will not have a booth this year, but we will be hosting a panel on Friday afternoon, July 10, called "What's next for Tolkien Fans." [More]
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From silwritersguild:
    ~Last call for graphics design help for 10th birthday cards!
    We are still looking for volunteers who would be willing to help us design the birthday cards for our upcoming 10th birthday celebration. You don't need to be a graphics expert to be of assistance. Any amount of help is useful, even just one or two cards! [More]
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~GreenBooks Redux: Justice, Mercy and Redemption
    If you've been around TheOneRing.net for a while... Correction: If you've been around TheOneRing.net for a really, really long time, you might remember the section of our site called GreenBooks. GreenBooks' tag-line was: Exploring the Words and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, and that's exactly what our staff and guest contributors did there for many years. [More]
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From msilverstar:
    ~Greenleaf vs. Thranduilion
    By Ask About Middle-earth. Legolas is called Greenleaf twice in Lord of the Rings - once by Gandalf, and once by Galadriel. And, as far as I'm aware, he's never called Thranduilion in the books at all.
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who, in his final moments, despairs that "the world of Men will fall and all will come to darkness"?

Answer: Boromir.

candream, addie71, capra_maritimus, frolijahfan, lindahoyland and juliebeth all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What was the name of the river that the hobbits followed into Fangorn?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, wizefics!

Happy Belated Birthday,
empy!!!!


Your fellow co-mods, past and present, wish you every happiness for the year ahead, and send our sincerest thanks for everything you do, and the uniqueness that is you.

Happy birthday, madame! While the wishes are a wee bit late, they are nonetheless heartfelt. May you experience nothing but joy, laughter, and the occasional observance of bargemen and Elf Kings, preferably at the same time. ^_~
*many, many birthday hugs* from abby_normal, caras_galadhon, elanorgardner and estelanui. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Volume 130/Issue 5 Jun. 16th, 2015 @ 09:32 pm
empy
Volume 130/Issue 5

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and twelve. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:
From Culture24:
Searching for the science behind Tolkien's Middle-earth: Leicester University students map the Hobbit metabolism
JRR Tolkien’s literary output reflects his life and interests – he had a lifelong love for constructing languages and when writing the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings he used the fictitious Red Book of Westmarch as literary device to link his narratives.
A philologist at Oxford University, he claimed to have translated his stories and presented Middle-Earth, tongue-in-cheek, as a historic and linguistic reality rather than a work of fantasy.
Now a group of natural sciences students at Leicester University have applied the same idea to their subject and have delved into the science behind Tolkien’s creation, calculating the practical considerations the fellowship would have faced on their quest. [Read more]

From Investor's Business Daily:
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Novelist Who Made Another World
An abundance of popular fantasy fiction circles the world, but the work of J.R.R. Tolkien stands apart.
This has never been more evident than in the response to the six Hollywood screenplays of his two most famous works — "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" — which together grossed nearly $6 billion worldwide at the box office.
"He does not figure in serious discussions of literature," Tim Machan, a historical linguist at Notre Dame who teaches classes on Tolkien, told IBD. "He will show up on class syllabi, but nobody's going to write a Ph.D. thesis based on Tolkien nowadays." [Read more]
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What Was, What Is, What Could Be… (Galadriel, Boromir; rated G) by kortirion
The Forsaken (Celeborn; rated G) by hhimring

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The changing of Arda to a round world (meta post) by jaredmith
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is (Not a) River: Flow

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
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From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
-- TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
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-- The Hobbit (2012) RPF
-- The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:
* Via the TORn forums:
Perspective and distances over Ephel Duath and Mordor.
Is there anywhere an essay or something where it explains how far is Ephel Duath from the gate of Minas Tirith?

I would like to know if the distances are just like in the book, if the mountains would look like that big. For what we would need to know how tall are the Mountains of the Shadow. Because in the book it says that are about 50 miles, and I dont know if at that distance the Mordor mountains would look like that big.

Even in Gorgoroth I have strong concerns that Barad-dûr looks to be behind Mount Doom but looks even the same size, from which I understand that the tower is bigger than the volcano.
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From estelanui:
The Calendars of Middle-earth by Celandine Brandybuck.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Who said, "It needs but one foe to breed a war, not two..."?
Answer: Eowyn.

curiouswombat answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Who, in his final moments, despairs that "the world of Men will fall and all will come to darkness"?

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