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Volume 150/Issue 6 Feb. 21st, 2017 @ 07:39 pm
empy
Volume 150/Issue 6

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and thirty-seven. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
TORn joins Wizarding Dayz event in Salt Lake Friday and Saturday
Geekery can be fun and it can also be educational. In the case of the two-day Wizarding Dayz near Salt Lake City, it hopes to be both while helping with literacy and charity as well. TheOneRing.net will be join what promises to be a magical event Friday and Saturday Feb. 24 and 25. [Read more]
From Catholic Culture:
Tolkien the modernist: a glimpse of a unique creative process
That Tolkien’s creative work began with his invention of languages is well known, but the full degree to which his stories are informed by his work as a philologist, and vice versa, is less appreciated. [Read more]
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Morning Hath Broken, Chapter One: Harlindon (Oropher and little Thranduil; ratedPG ) by kayleelupin
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Reasons to Be Cheerful: Love and Joy.

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
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 always wanted the Black Riders CGI..." PJ 2013
PJ Interview 2013 about The Lord Of The Rings: ...
1:15 min
"I always wanted the Black Riders CGI, .....but we just couldn't afford it."

The Black Riders are perfect as they are! What do you think?

0:50 min
"The Fellowship Of The Ring has relatively few digital effects shots...good old days."

Oh yes! That movie is perfect!

9:50 min
"I regret that Sean Astin wasn't nominated" (for an Oscar)

Yeah, great performance.
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
What are Balrogs?
Are There Any Balrogs Left in Middle-earth? Did Balrogs Talk? ...and more more questions.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Frodo was ill for how many nights in Rivendell?
Answer: Four.

febobe answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Which two words spoken by Elrond to Isildur does Sam repeat to Frodo inside Mount Doom?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, i_o_r_h_a_e_l AND lilagrubb!

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Volume 150/Issue 5 Feb. 17th, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 150/Issue 5

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and thirty-six. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Daniel Reeve's First Solo Exhibition
    Daniel has just announced the exciting news on his official Facebook page, that his first solo exhibition is on at the Kapiti Gallery from 15 February until March 19, 2017. The exhibition will showcase his current work and work from The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. [More]
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From silwritersguild:
    ~February 2017 Challenge: Revolution!
    For this month's challenge, participants will receive a quotation, artwork, speech, or song concerned with protest and revolution. Your final piece does not have to include a revolution or concern revolution in any way, but you should use some aspect of your prompt in the final story. While not required, participants are encouraged to include characters of color or from underrepresented cultural groups. [More]
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From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: How many sides does the deep well in Balin's tomb have?

Answer: Eight.

Sadly, no one was correct.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Frodo was ill for how many nights in Rivendell?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, mysterious_jedi!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, firiath!

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Volume 150/Issue 4 Feb. 14th, 2017 @ 06:26 pm
empy
Volume 150/Issue 4

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and thirty-six. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Viggo Mortensen at the BAFTAs
Sunday 12th February the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held their annual film awards. Our favourite citizen of Lake-town Luke Evans was there as a presenter; and even more excitingly for Middle-earth fans, Viggo Mortensen was nominated in the Leading Actor category, for Captain Fantastic. [Read more]

Today in Middle-earth, February 14
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on February 14th: [Read more]
From Outlook India:
New amoeba species named after 'Lord of the Rings' character
Scientists have discovered a new species of amoeba and named it after Gandalf - a character from The Lord of the Rings franchise - due to the microorganism's resemblance to the popular wizard's hat. [Read more]
From The Daily Post:
J R R Tolkien's great-grandson begins quest on behalf of late brother dressed as Gandalf (naturally)
The great-grandson of J R R Tolkien, has begun his quest to take on a series of challenges set for him by his late brother - by heading to New Zealand dressed as Gandalf. [Read more]
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CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Reasons To Be Cheerful: Love and Joy

From silwritersguild:
January Taboo Challenge Stories
Aftermath by Lyra. After the Darkening, Nerdanel struggles to pick up the pieces of her life - a difficult job with the legacy her husband has left her.

Assignation by Dawn Felagund. When Turgon discovers a forbidden affair between his sister Aredhel and cousin Curufin, he has all intentions of telling his father. But Aredhel and his cousins devise a way to keep safe the secrecy of an affair that will span ages. Aredhel/Curufin/Celegorm

By Any Other Name by Tyelca. After Fëanor’s death, Curufin writes a letter to his father and ponders with which name to sign.

Dancing in the Dark by Grundy. History remembers Curufin as the villain. There are a few who think better of him.

Decisions by Silver Trails. Caranthir tries to understand his feelings.

Hymn to Disturbia by Tyelca. Gondolin falls, and Maeglin has one last mission to fulfill: kill Tuor and claim Idril as his own.

In Between by Himring. Thengel of Rohan and Morwen of Lossarnach had two daughters that were born in Gondor, before Thengel's father died and he returned to Rohan to take up the kingship. Such a daughter might have found it easy to adjust--or she might not...

Long Pork by Fernstrike. Galadriel attends the wedding of Beren and Luthien, newly returned from their journey to Angband. There, a roast boar is cause for the resurgence of old, bad memories - and consideration of what truly makes one an outsider in Doriath.

Mirror Image by Tyelca. Curufin is troubled, and Fëanor decides to talk to him. Fluff!

My Heart on My Skin by Oshun. Fingon wants a graphic symbol of his love. In this world—Tirion, Age of the Trees, my personal canon—Fingon is in a committed relationship. He is of age, although barely, and his cousin Finrod (Ingo herein) is only a few years younger. But despite youth and questionable judgment, Fingon is his own man and does not need this ploy to attract and hold the attention of his beloved. (But Fingon never gets tired of trying ever more extreme stunts to prove his love to Maedhros.)

Ostracism and exile by hennethgalad. the first meeting of Voronwë and Tuor.

Pariahs by LadyBrooke. The Sindar will not conform, in names, trust, or Kings. Elu, Nimloth, and Oropher are reborn rulers in a society that sees them as primatives.

Religious Taboos by hennethgalad. Tuor tells his son that he will sail with Idril to Valinor.

Sexual Deviance by hennethgalad. Tuor seeks the aid of Voronwë in preparing for his wedding.

Solitude by Erulisse. It is written that Melkor was imprisoned in the depths of Mandos for Three Aeons after his capture in Middle Earth. Studies in modern times have proven that true solitary confinement leads to madness and that interaction with others is essential to mental stability and healing. Yet, Melkor sat isolated and alone - was he already insane, or did his extreme solitude tip the balance and plunge him into deeper madness. I present a conversation between Melkor and Namo written for the Taboo challenge categories of Murder, Cannibalism, Ostracism and Exile and Consequences.

Stigma by hennethgalad. Tuor is helped to fit in in Gondolin.

Table Manners by hennethgalad. Maeglin is envious of the beauty of Tuor.

Taboos Were Made To Be Broken by Kaylee Arafinwiel. A collection of Silmfic written for SWG’s January 2017 ‘Taboo’ prompts. Some will be co-written with, or perhaps solely written by, my co-author and dear friend Emma, and those will be noted.

The End of All Things by Tyelca. An Orc dies; what happens when he wakes up again in the Halls of Mandos and is forced to remember that he too belonged to the race of the Eldar?

The Vala, the Hound and the Elfling by Tyelca. Of how Huan came to be in Celegorm's care. Features a Vala without a sense of time, a puppy that does not yet know how to behave, and a curious little Elfling wanting to speak with birds and foxes.
From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
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:
How do you think these movies have dated?
In my opinion I think that they have dated very well because of the lack of cgi. Even Gollum looks ready good 15 years later.
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From estelanui:
What types of New World plants were there in Middle-earth, and how did they get there?
A curious feature of Middle-earth is the fact that certain plants seem to grow there that really shouldn't. These are New World plants; crops, herbs, fruit and vegetables that weren't seen in the Old World before a few hundred years ago. In Tolkien's fiction, Middle-earth represents the Old World as it was millennia earlier than this, so in principle these plants shouldn't exist there. Especially with the release of the movie (and some related comments in the Movie-goer's Guide to The Fellowship of the Ring) there's been a lot of interest in these curiosities. Here, then, is a brief trip through the anomalous botany of Middle-earth.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the only crossing of the River Hoarwell?
Answer: The Last Bridge.

engarian and elwenlj answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: How many sides does the deep well in Balin's tomb have?

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SEND MATHOMS:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, fredbassett, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, kenazfiction!

AND A VERY HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ALL OUR FOLLOWERS!
♥ ♥ ♥


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Volume 150/Issue 3 Feb. 10th, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 150/Issue 3

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and thirty-six. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From Yahoo! Movies:
    ~Viggo Mortensen Reveals the Sweet Reason Behind Those 'Lord of the Rings' Reunion Photos
    Two weeks ago, pictures surfaced of some of the stars of the Lord of the Rings franchise reuniting for unspecified reasons -- leading us to surmise that it might be for an upcoming magazine photo shoot. Shortly after their debut, an accompanying video appeared on an Orlando Bloom Instagram fan site, implying that the former Middle-earth heroes had gotten together in order to do battle with a cave troll. But now, after much speculation, the truth about the gathering has finally been revealed, courtesy of Aragorn himself, Viggo Mortensen. [More]
From RT:
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From dreamflower02:
    ~Signal Boost: Shire Kitchen
    I am trying to revive the community shire_kitchen. I started out with a re-post of my B2MeM 2014 story "The Music of the Land."

    I know that lotr_community has had several of the monthly challenges that featured recipe!fics, and I'd love it if you have any recipe!fics if you would post them there. Also you can post any food related topics that might relate to Middle-earth by some stretch of the imagination! That could include recipes you've made up, or links to historical facts about food. It could also include pictures of dishes you've made or even your kitchen garden if you have one!

    If you have never been to the community (which would not be surprising since the last post was in 2011) you might want to check it out--we had an annual recipe!fic challenge from 2005 to 2010, and there are some great stories and recipes there.

    I hope you will check out shire_kitchen and consider joining the comm! [More]
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From TheOneRing.net:
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Mahanaxar: The Ring of Doom
    The Ring of Doom - also called Mahanaxar, in Quenya - was basically the Valar's throne room. Except, instead of a room, it was a circle of thrones set outside of the western gates of Valimar, the city of the Ainur in Valinor. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which elf says "Isengard has been unleashed" when Saruman's army heads for Rohan?

Answer: Galadriel.

frolijahfan and febobe were absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What is the name of the only crossing of the River Hoarwell?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, rakshi!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, snathaid and avanti_90!

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Volume 150/Issue 2 Feb. 7th, 2017 @ 06:00 pm
empy
Volume 150/Issue 2

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and thirty-six Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From The Scotsman:
Scots island home that inspired Lord of the Rings for sale
The Hebridean house said to have inspired JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings has gone up for sale. The author holidayed at Howlin House on Eigg with the stunning views of the island of Rum said to have inspired the famous tale of Middle Earth. [Read more]
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Reasons to be Cheerful: Dreams

From silwritersguild:
One Week Left in the Taboo Challenge!
This is a friendly reminder that there is one week left in the Taboo challenge! Choose one, multiple, a row, or an entire card of prompts from our Taboo bingo card. Taboo challenge stories are due on the SWG archive no later than February 10, 2017, in order to be eligible to receive a stamp for that month. That's one week away!

Of course, if inspiration strikes you after the 10th, you are welcome to continue using the challenge bingo card, but late entries will not receive stamps.

Click here for the full challenge description and challenge guidelines.
From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
FIC/ART NEWS:
From lotricons:
February calendars (Frodo, Sam) by ladyithildiel

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:
List of the most unnecessary or worst jobs in Middle-earth
I’ll start:
A shoe salesman in Hobbiton
A gardener in Khazad-dum
Barkeep at the Forsaken Inn
Barnacle scraper at the Grey Havens

Add yours...
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Before the Numenoreans Came
Things in Middle-earth changed radically as a result of the War of Wrath. The war lasted about 42 years, beginning in the year 545 of the First Age and ending in the year 587. During that time huge parts of Middle-earth — Beleriand, the far northern lands, the inland sea of Helcar — were ruined or reshaped. In Morgoth’s Ring Christopher Tolkien presents a previously unpublished essay by his father which ponders the motives of the various forces in the Silmarillion.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Who was Balin's father?
Answer: Fundin.

lignota, juliebeth, gilli_ann, frolijahfan, msilverstar and fredbassett answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Which elf says "Isengard has been unleashed" when Saruman's army heads for Rohan?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, el_wing!

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