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Volume 126/Issue 9 May. 22nd, 2015 @ 10:55 pm
empy
Volume 129/Issue 7

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

We apologize for the slight delay in posting! There was a minor Spider infestation right next to the printing press, and getting all the cobwebs out of the machinery took longer than anticipated.

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MEDIA NEWS:

From The Clare Herald:
Middle Earth visits The Burren
The world’s most pre-eminent minds on fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien and how his most famous works were inspired by the landscape of the Burren will come together for the annual Tolkien Festival in County Clare from 26-28 June. [Read more]
From The Waterland Blog:
Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature
The Two Towers, review by Greg Wright
With the Hobbit films having run their weary course, and 10 years having passed since The Lord of the Rings wrapped up its home video run, the time seems right to revisit my reviews of the Rings films. [Read more]
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The Mariner and his Son (Earendil, Elrond; rated G) by hhimring
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Not-a-River: Spring

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
FIC/ART NEWS:
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:
Dying Young in the House of Durin
I was looking at the House of Durin Family Tree, and it stood out to me that a lot of the dwarves listed die at a tragically young age. There are 26 dwarves listed that have birth dates and death dates, and of those, 4 (Fíli, Kíli, Frór, Frerin) die before they reach 100 (or 83 for that matter, Frerin and Frór before 50). Náin I, Dáin I, Náin, and Fundin die after 100 but before 150. I wouldn't consider them (Náin, Náin, Dáin and Fundin) tragically young, but they still should have had at least another 100 years to live. In total that is 31% of the dwarves that die before 150! Do you think it was Tolkien's WW1 experiences, and his friends dying that influenced this odd behaviour in the House of Durin? Are there some other factors as well? Do you think Tolkien actually was trying to make a point, or is it just coincidence?
CLASSIFIED:
From febobe, who is looking for an Arwen-centric fic:
I'm looking for a fic I read and LOVED, but cannot recall its title or author; in it, Arwen muses on Frodo's sufferings and her feelings of guilt, for she realizes that she was meant to volunteer to take the Ring to Orodruin. But she didn't speak up, and then Frodo did, and she did nothing to change it, and now she regrets it. Can anyone help me identify title and author of this breathtaking tale? I think it was a single-chapter standalone fic, IIRC, but I'm not 100% certain of that..
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
The Shire Calendar.
The calendar used by the Hobbits of the Shire divided the year into twelve months which, unlike the irregular months of Roman and modern Europe, were of equal length: every month in the Hobbit year had exactly thirty days.
TRIVIA:
Wednesday's MOVIE question: Which of Pippin's physical attributes grows larger while he's staying at Treebeard's home?
Answer: His height. (Settle down at the back, please. ;) )

addie71 answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Faramir warned Frodo that Smeagol had done what before?

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Volume 129/Issue 6 May. 19th, 2015 @ 09:53 pm
empy
Volume 129/Issue 6

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

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From TORn:
A report from LI Geek Convention
It’s hard to believe it’s almost two weeks since staffers deej, Thorongil and greendragon gathered at LI Geek Con (Islip, May 2nd and 3rd). A new convention, taking place for the first time, LI Geek was small but lots of fun, with a great atmosphere. [Read more]

One does not simply fly into Mordor
There’s always a great deal of amusement and comic humour to be derived from the Eagle-sized problem in The Lord of the Rings. But as even newbie Tolkien readers understand: Eagles — they’re not a taxi service. Of course, Tolkien himself was well-aware of the potential of Eagles to derail suspension of disbelief. [Read more]


Happy Hobbit: Saruman’s Surprise Cake – Episode 64

When Fili decides to bake a surprise to celebrate the release of Kili’s latest book, her sister catches wind and tries to spy while wearing a certain hoodie... [Read more]

From The Chronicle of Higher Education, via periantari:
Oxford's Influential Inklings
During the hectic middle decades of the 20th century, from the end of the Great Depression through the Second World War and into the 1950s, a small circle of intellectuals gathered weekly in and around the University of Oxford to drink, smoke, quip, cavil, read aloud their works in progress, and endure or enjoy with as much grace as they could muster the sometimes blistering critiques that followed. This erudite club included writers and painters, philologists and physicians, historians and theologians, soldiers and actors. They called themselves, with typical self-effacing humor, the Inklings. [Read more]
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Tolkien would have wanted his works to inspire Fan Fiction (meta/discussion) by jaredmith

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Under the Oak and the Beech, chapters 11-15 (Thranduil, Oropher, Celeborns, Legolas, OCs; rated PG-13) by alexcat
Under the Oak and the Beech, chapters 16-19 (Thranduil, Oropher, Celeborns, Legolas, OCs; rated ) by alexcat
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Not-a-River: Spring

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
FIC/ART NEWS:
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:
From where did the dragons came in Tolkien lore?
Sure, this has been talked about a lot, but I can't find a proper answer.
CLASSIFIED:
dawn_felagund needs your help!Via silwritersguild:
As some of you may know, I am presenting a paper in about a month's time at the New York Tolkien Conference. The paper will concern how we writers of Tolkien-based fanfic use the historical bias suggested in his books as an inspiration for our stories. Here is the abstract from the NYTC website: AbstractCollapse )

I am hoping my fellow writers can help me with gathering some information for my paper.

1) If you consider historical bias (the fact that the in-universe narrators of the books might have made mistakes, slanted the stories to present a particular character/group in a particular light, or even outright lied) when writing your stories, please let me know!

2) I am interested in any recommendations of stories and authors who do this: who offer alternative readings of the texts on the basis that the in-universe narrator could not have known everything, might have made mistakes, or might have distorted facts or lied.

3) And finally, I am interested in any meta that considers these topics.

I have many ideas of stories and authors, of course, but I'd like to offer a broader example than just those I'm familiar with. Also, any Tolkien-based fanfic--not just Silmfic--is welcome. Comments are open here, or you can email me at DawnFelagund@gmail.com or PM me in the usual places.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
The Sauron Strategies: One War to Win Them All, Except...
In the Second Age, Sauron attempted to duplicate Morgoth's dubious successes with sudden onslaughts, hoping to achieve crushing military victories. Yet, he lacked Morgoth's advantages. Whereas most of Middle-earth was under Morgoth's control, Sauron had to continually engage in empire building. And whereas Morgoth's chief fortress of Angband was closely ringed about by his enemies, Sauron positioned himself in Mordor with the intention of deploying agents and forces to work against both the Eldar in the north and the Numenoreans in the south.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What did Frodo reply to Faramir when asked about "Isildur's Bane"?
Answer: "It does not belong to me."

rakshi answered correctly, and gets extra lembas for supplying more of the quote! :)

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Which of Pippin's physical attributes grows larger while he's staying at Treebeard's home?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, gayalondiel, esteliel, noldoparma, ladyminya AND carush_girl!

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Volume 129/Issue 5 May. 15th, 2015 @ 10:52 pm
empy
Volume 129/Issue 5

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

empy here, posting in caras_galadhon's stead as she's once more boarded her swan ship and steered it across the waves to attend a very important Council. She will be back next week!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From The Atlantic:
Science's Love Affair with The Lord of the Rings
Though at first glance, science and fantasy seem to be polar opposites, the Venn diagram circles of “scientists” and “Lord of the Rings fans” have a large overlap. One could (lovingly!) label that region “nerds.”
Fight me on that if you want, but there’s plenty of evidence that suggests scientists love J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic. [Read more]
From Flavorwire:
Fathers of Fantasy: Celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ Friendiversary
When young fantasy readers first learn that the author of The Lord of the Rings once bro-ed down with the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, it’s as exciting as seeing two former enemies team up to fight the bad guys in our favorite adventure movie. And indeed, the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, who first met on this day in 1926, is going to be the subject of an $18 million film helmed by the director of Con Air. [Read more]
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The Unnamed Dead (Gardener, Farmer, Innkeeper, Carpenter, Cook, Blacksmith, Weaver, Laundry-maid (all Sindar of Beleriand); rated Teens) by hhimring

* hobbitfilmfic updates:
Clarity of Purpose, Chap. 26 (Thorin/Bilbo; rated G) by mithen
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Not-a-River: Spring

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
FIC/ART NEWS:
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:
"I sit beside the fire and think" interpretations
In Chapter III The Ring Goes South, Bilbo sings this song softly to himself after saying goodbye to Frodo in Rivendell.
I was interested in people's interpretations and reactions to reading this poem. I was 21 when I first read it, I've always felt old on the inside so the words really resonated with me and I couldn't help but tear up. It's the kind of poem I expect you understand more as you get older, the contemplation of a world that will continue without you when you're gone.
I think it's one of the most poignant moments in the book, and to me reflects what I think is the main theme of the books. The theme of legacy.
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
Astronomical objects in Middle-earth by Per Lindberg
A list for those interested in the starry skies of Tolkien's Middle-earth.
TRIVIA:
Wednesday's MOVIE question: Who orders that Merry and Pippin be brought to him "alive and unspoiled"?
Answer: Saruman.

addie71, frolijahfan, lindahoyland and namarielorien answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What did Frodo reply to Faramir when asked about "Isildur's Bane"?

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EARLY BIRTHDAY, dennib68!

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Volume 129/Issue 4 May. 12th, 2015 @ 07:56 pm
empy
Volume 129/Issue 4

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

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From TORn:
Lego Lord of the Rings parody: side by side with a friend
From Brotherhood Workshop, who brought us the reason Tom Bombadil wasn't in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, here's a new LEGO parody: Side by side with a friend. The punchline is great; the unexpected cameo even better. Legolas and Gimli have a classic bromance. At least, that's the way Legolas sees it. [Read more]

HobbitCon 3: the third time’s a charm
HobbitCon 3 took place just a couple weeks ago in Germany and our friends at Henneth-Annun were on-hand to get the low-down. They’ve compiled an extensive English-language report on the three-day convention, as well as many quotes from Q&A panels featuring Luke Evans, Graham McTavish, Sylvester McCoy, Lawrence Makaore, John Bell and more. [Read more]

Will you be at San Diego Comic con? Do you want go to a TORn party?
TORn is looking to host another Laketown Luau during San Diego Comic Con in July. In fact, we may well make this an annual event so that Tolkien fans can stay connected at one of the biggest Pop Culture events in the world. [Read more]

Was Bofur Left in Lake-town On Purpose?
In our latest Library feature, Katelyn Rushe shares her theory that Bofur was left behind in Lake-town by Thorin Oakenshield on purpose. She raises some interesting ideas, and though they are based on the character of Bofur, they also throw some additional insight into the character of Thorin, as both characters are depicted in the three Hobbit films. [Read more]
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Mistaken (Gimli, Elves; rated G) by kortirion
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Not a River: Spring

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
FIC/ART NEWS:
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:
The Tolkien Estate's Website
The Tolkien Estate' Website has been much improved just recently -it's now a valuable resource. Take a look at their photos page:
http://www.tolkienestate.com/en/painting/photographs/photos.html


Some Blue Wizard candidates
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http://i.dailymail.co.uk/...55_1431420251814.jpg
They turned up in India and are now Sahu holy men.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...ve-33-pence-day.html
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
The Sauron Strategies: Footsteps into Failure
Sun Tzu points out the wisdom of the "divide and conquer" strategy, but he also advocated the use of massive, overwhelming, superior force whenever it was available. The art of war is indeed an art, for both sides in any given war have the potential to learn and adapt. One of the notable qualities of Middle-earth history is Sauron's mutability. He alters his strategies...
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What did Pippin suggest the new line to describe hobbits in Treebeard's rhyme should be?
Answer: Half-grown hobbits, the hole dwellers.

offski, rakshi and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Who orders that Merry and Pippin be brought to him "alive and unspoiled"?

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Volume 129/Issue 3 May. 8th, 2015 @ 11:39 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 129/Issue 3

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

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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Martin Freeman signs on for Marvel's 'Civil War'
    After hitting so many different parts of popular culture, Martin Freeman, forever known around these parts as Bilbo Baggins, will now invade the Marvel Universe, which also means Disney. Just in case he wasn't popular enough for works in Middle-earth and in the world of Sherlock Holmes, he will jump into Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War." [More]
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From silwritersguild:
    ~SWG 10th Birthday: Birthday Card Project
    The SWG will be celebrating its tenth birthday at the end of July, and the mod team is already planning how to celebrate. In true Tolkien tradition of giving rather than receiving gifts on one's birthday, we plan to offer the opportunity for fandom participants to send birthday cards to the SWG members who make the Tolkien fandom a brighter place for them. Like paper greeting cards, the card will contain a standard image/message, and you will be able to add a customized message as well, if you choose.

    This post is a call for volunteers who want to help with the birthday cards and a place to share ideas on what birthday cards you'd like to see created. There are a few ways to get involved. [More]
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From Anna Smol:
    ~Talks on Tolkien: Dawn Walls-Thumma on transformative works
    I thought that for the last video, I would turn to a new scholar -- though she is someone with plenty of experience in the area of fandom: Dawn Walls-Thumma, known as Dawn Felagund to some. Dawn's talk, "Transformative Works as a Means to Develop Critical Perspectives in the Tolkien Fan Community," was presented at Mythmoot III in January...In her presentation, Dawn talks about the rise of Tolkien fandom and the development of different fan communities with the advent of Internet fandom. She presents the results of a survey asking people about their experiences in fandom and why they write fanfiction. [More]
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From TheOneRing.net:
RESEARCH AIDS:

From msilverstar:
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What foodstuff does Frodo almost bump into as he carries ale back to Sam, Merry and Pippin at the Green Dragon?

Answer: A pumpkin.

lindahoyland, capra_maritimus, periantari, addie71, frolijahfan, namarielorien and febobe all answered correctly!

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What did Pippin suggest the new line to describe hobbits in Treebeard's rhyme should be?

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