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Volume 149/Issue 3 Jan. 17th, 2017 @ 09:18 pm
empy
Volume 149/Issue 3

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Tolkien’s word ‘mathom’ is one many of us can relate to
The word ‘mathom,’ invented by J.R.R. Tolkien, was used by Hobbits to describe anything they ‘had no use for but were unwilling to throw away.’ If that sounds familiar as you look around at your collection of Tolkien books and other collectibles, it did to Andrew Whalen at iDigitalTimes too. [Read more]

Today in Middle-earth, January 15
Today in Middle-earth, January 15: [Read more]
From The Conversation:
Why Tolkien’s fantastic imaginary languages have had more impact than Esperanto
JRR Tolkien began writing The Fall of Gondolin while on medical leave from the first world war, 100 years ago this month. It is the first story in what would become his legendarium – the mythology that underpins The Lord of the Rings. But behind the fiction was his interest in another epic act of creation: the construction of imaginary languages. [Read more]
COMMUNITY NEWS:
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* tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
Further Adventures (Nimloth, Eärendil, Eluréd, Elurín; rated G) by silverstarspray
Aids to Navigation (Gimli, dwarves; rated PG) by curiouswombat
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Decoration: Golden

From silwritersguild:
January 2017 Challenge: Taboo
All cultures have behaviors that are forbidden. And frankly, our beloved Silmarillion characters get up to quite a lot of them.

This month's theme is Taboo and features a bingo card for participants to self-select a prompt or prompts to inspire their fanworks. To participate as a creator, you need only to create a fanwork using one prompt; however, for the more adventurous among us, we encourage you to combine prompts, complete rows, or attempt one of the dozen variations of card patterns. You may use multiple prompts in a single fanwork or use prompts to inspire multiple fanworks.

You can view the bingo card and the dates here, and the new guidelines here.
From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
FIC/ART NEWS:
From lotricons:
January 2017 calendars (Frodo. ) 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:
The bridge movie
I wonder if this could still be made. The movie which was going to span the time between the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Though I am not entirely sure what would be in it, the Dunedain involved mostly I guess. Though if they did include Bree, they could have Hobbits. How far advanced did they ever get in this idea? Was a script ever written, models designed, potential actors discussed etc? Anyway, it could possibly still be done without conflicting Silmarillion rights.
CLASSIFIED:
Via lotrips_finders:
hopeindarkness is looking for a particular fic:
I come asking for your help again. I'm re-reading "A Spring's Tale" by Gil Feir, an Aragorn/Legolas fic that was originally posted on Fanfiction.net. It's still there, but does anyone have a copy of the uncensored (NC-17) version that was archived on Mirrormere long ago? Man, I miss that site.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Were the Corsairs of Umbar Numenoreans?
You have to define what you mean by Numenorean in order to answer a question such as “Were the Corsairs of Umbar Numenoreans?” You also have to establish the boundaries of your canon, for J.R.R. Tolkien devised much of the history of Umbar after he wrote the primary text of The Lord of the Rings. Writing for the Middle-earth Role-playing audience in 2003, Tolkien scholar Chris Seeman attempted to reset gamer expectations for how Umbar should be perceived and described. Chris’ essay looks at many points and is well worth reading regardless of whether you have an interest in gaming.
That said, we can probably arrive at a simple conclusion by setting some basic rules for consideration.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Who did Gandalf ask to take command of the City in the Lord's absence?

Answer: Imrahil.

fredbassett, addie71, frolijahfan and lindahoyland answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: How many passages must Gandalf choose from when the Fellowship gets lost in Moria?

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Volume 149/Issue 2 Jan. 13th, 2017 @ 10:27 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 149/Issue 2

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From io9:
    ~Follow Gandalf's Journey in These Stunning New Lord of the Rings Posters
    One of the many reasons why The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in both book and movie form, is so good is the characters. Each hero, villain, and everything in between is simply memorable and captivating. Everyone has their favorites and if your favorite is Gandalf, this is going to knock your socks off. [More]
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sons_of_gondor updates from co-mod., caras_galadhon:
Friday, Nov. 25 through Thursday, Jan. 12 inclusive.

    Hope Prevails (Part 12/12) by eyeus
    (Boromir/Faramir; NC-17; Boromir Lives AU. Boromir survives the events at Amon Hen and reunites with Faramir, but together, they face an even greater peril still.)

    Picspam: Faramir (LotR) by dunderklumpen
    (Faramir/Sons of Gondor; No Rating; Picspam.)
While these are the LotR FPF and RPF fics/art that have been posted to sons_of_gondor recently, the mods would like to remind everyone that the comm also carries other FPF/RPF featuring the Gondorian actors in non-LotR roles.

CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:

From silwritersguild:
    ~New Challenge Guidelines
    We will post our first new challenge on this coming Sunday, January 15th! Look out for new challenges on the 15th of every month. Below are the guidelines for the new challenge system. [More]
FIC/ART NEWS:

From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Unresolvable Topics We Love/Hate/Ignore!
    I was thinking we could get the current Forum members to opine regarding an oft-discussed aspect of Tolkien's writings. Since he did such an incredible, multi-decade effort to build this thoroughly complete world, it often strikes us as surprising when we encounter Mysteries. [More]
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RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which Fellowship member wears the Ring of Barahir on his index finger?

Answer: Aragorn.

frolijahfan, engarian, addie71, lindahoyland and febobe and all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Who did Gandalf ask to take command of the City in the Lord's absence?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, igraine1419 and alley_catz!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, melyanna_65!

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Volume 149/Issue 1 Jan. 10th, 2017 @ 04:00 pm
empy
Volume 149/Issue 1

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
The lasting significance of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy
TheOneRing.net isn’t the only news site reporting on the 15th anniversary of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring this week. Leigh Blickley, Senior Editor at The Huffington Post, takes us on a bit of a walk down memory lane in her article that looks back at the many people and circumstances that came together to produce the fantasy classic.[Read more]

FOTR 15th anniversary – a compilation of articles
A number of other sites around the internet are also celebrating the 15th anniversary of the opening of The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring this week, and/or The Lord of the Rings movie franchise in general. For the convenience of our readers, we put together this one-stop shop for a stroll down memory lane. [Read more]

Fellowship of the Ring: 15,084 reviews and counting
On December 18, 2001, TheOneRing.net introduced a new feature on our site: Ringer Reviews – “A database of reviews from Tolkien fans all over the world, whether you loved, liked or hated the film this is where you can express your feelings in words and celebrate with your fellow fans the release of the first installment in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.” Twenty-four hours later, fans had posted 3,000 reviews. By Christmas the count was up to 6,700 and on January 19, 2002, a month after FOTR opened, over 10,000 reviews had been submitted. [Read more]

TORn staff reviews Fellowship of the Ring
In addition to the many fans that posted their reviews on TORn (see yesterday’s article: 15,084 Reviews and Counting), many of our core staff chimed in with reviews soon after FOTR opened. In this article, we bring you reviews by such well-known names as Xoanon, Tehanu, Quickbeam and Ostadan. [Read more]

Tourism New Zealand celebrates fifteen years of Middle-earth
As part of the celebrations of the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Tourism New Zealand has launched a new way to explore the country that has become, for many, the ‘real’ Middle-earth. [Read more]

Shire Post Mint’s beautiful new Elvish Leaf Set
It may be a little late for Christmas shopping, but there are many holidays and celebrations at this time of year. [Read more]

The Great Hall of Poets
Welcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets [Read more]

Today in Middle-eart: December 25th
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on December 25th: [Read more]

The music of Fellowship of the Rings
Due to the holidays, we’ll be continuing our stories related to the 15-year anniversary of the release of FOTR into this week. No series about The Fellowship of the Ring would be complete without mentioning the amazing music of Howard Shore and some of the talented people who brought it to life. [Read more]

Fellowship of the Rings 15th anniversary: TORn staff share their memories
It really was the best of times. Not just the opening night of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (or whenever you saw the film for the first time). What about when you first found out that Lord of the Rings films were being made? [Read more]

Fellowship of the Rings 15th Anniversary Redux – TORn’s FotR Geeky Observations List
From the moment movie goers first experienced Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring, they couldn’t stop talking about every little detail no matter how small or obscure. In December 2001, one of TORn’s very brave Discussion Board members began collecting these observations on the LotR Movie Discussion Board and put them into a list. [Read more]

The death of Beleg. Is Túrin culpable?
The usual Christmas and New Year shenanigans mean that in The Hall of Fire we’ve only just arrived at the ninth chapter of The Children of Húrin. It’s short, but crucial — climaxing with the death of Beleg. That’s not really a spoiler; the chapter is literally named “The Death of Beleg”. [Read more]

DragonCon to Dissolve Tolkien’s Middle-earth Track
DragonCon, the annual pop culture convention held on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia has announced that there will no longer be a Tolkien’s Middle-earth programming track. Instead, any Tolkien-related content will be absorbed into other programming tracks, such as Fantasy Literature, Costuming, and Main Programming. [Read more]
COMMUNITY NEWS:
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* tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
Reflection of Beauty (Glorfindel/Erestor; rated G) by engarian
Star-glass (Galadriel; rated G) by hhimring
Red, Red, Wine (Glorfindel, Gilraen; rated PG) by curiouswombat
Násië, Amen (Vairë; rated G) by dwimordene_2011
Changeling (Elwing, Maedhros, Lúthien; rated Teens) by dwimordene_2011
Victoria (OFC Rohirrim, Cirion, Eorl; rated G) by dwimordene_2011
The Grain Wars (OC Dwarf maid/mother (two in one); rated Teens) by dwimordene_2011
Within the Walls (OFC, OC; rated G) by dwimordene_2011
Fear no darkness (Different women characters, canonical and otherwise; rated Teens) by dwimordene_2011
The War and the Weaver (drabble series; Arwen, Aravorn; rated PG) by dwimordene_2011
Returnings, a set of three (Denethor, Faramir, Boromir, OFC; rated G) by kortirion
'Golden Flower' a trio of drabbles (Glorfindel; rated G) by kortirion
Darkest Time (Vanyar of Valinor: King Ingwe and his son Ingwion, the poet Elemmire; rated PG) by hhimring
http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=silverstarspray (Nimloth, Elwing, Eluréd, Elurín; rated G) by silverstarspray
Twilight (Nimloth, Elwing, Eluréd, Elurín; rated G) by silverstarspray

* silwritersguild updates:
The January 2017 newsletter has been posted.

* oeam updates:
Merry Christmas, Baby (Viggo/Orlando; rated PG-13) by velvet_fire_fic
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at is Decoration: Frosted

From lotr_community: January 2017 Potluck Challenge</b>
Welcome to the 2016 January Potluck Challenge! For those of you who are new to this challenge, it's where we (1) give you a chance to finish up and post any challenges you did not finish during 2016, or (2) give you a chance at some of the prompts that did not get used during the past year or (3) both.

To join in, simply choose your prompt and claim it by leaving a comment on this post. More than one person may claim a prompt. In addition, you are not limited to just one prompt. You may claim as many as you like; we do ask that you put each claim in a separate comment, as it will help us keep track of things better. If you want to, you may claim a prompt, finish it and then claim another. You may also comment to say if you are finishing up a story from previous challenges.

Your stories will be due in the moderator's queue by Friday, January 20, and will be unlocked on Monday, January 23. Please tag your story "month: 2017 January" and "challenge: 2017 potluck" Please remember to use the header template found this post, and to put the name of your story and your name in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please comment here or e-mail the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com.
From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
FIC/ART NEWS:
From lotr_sesa:
Masterlist of the 2016 Lord of the Rings Secret Santa exchange!
Here's the masterlist of the fics posted in the 2016 round of the Lord of the Rings Secret Santa (all links go to AO3):
Men
Into the Wild Woods (Aragorn, Faramir; rated Mature) for Dunderklumpen

Elves
Burden of Destiny (Elrond, Glorfindel; Gen) for Lynndyre

Captains of Doriath (Mablung and Beleg; fanart; Gen) for StarSpray

Growing My Own Wings (Elladan/Legolas; rated G) for LaSamtyr

Jewels of the Heart (Fëanor, Maedhros, Maglor, Curufin, Amras, Amrod, Celegorm, Caranthir; rated Teens) for Azzy_Darling

Reprieve (Glorfindel/Thranduil; rated Mature) for Elladansgirl

The Best Laid Plans (Fëanor/Nerdanel; rated Teens) for Isilloth

Yule Celebration (Beleg/Mablung; Gen) for Talullah

Interspecies
Breath of Winter (Gimli/Legolas; rated G) for Galadriel

Cannot Be Broken (Thorin/Thranduil; rated Explicit) for Savageseraph

Fragile Lives (Aragorn and Legolas; Gen) for exchange defaulter

Hurried (Bard/Thranduil; rated R) for Empy

Unsigned and Unsealed (Bard/Thranduil; rated Teens) for Monkianen

Dwarves
It's All In the Air (Ori/Thorin; rated G) for mm8

Other
Seasons of Sunlight (Glorfindel, Elrond, Nellas, Cirdan, Gandalf, Saruman; Gen) for Lynndyre
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:
Possible spin off movie: What do we actually have the rights to?
With the recent opening of Star Wars Rogue one, a lot of talk has been spread around about a possible Lord of the Rings spin off (mainly by the fans). What I like about Rogue one is (even if I'm not the biggest fan of the Star Wars franchise) is that it has kept the look of the Star Wars universe but has done it in a different style.
I think this could really work for a Middle-Earth based movie as I think the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings has been done, but using the same design there is a big playing field for other stories. Even if we don't have Peter at the helm (and I'm quite sure at the moment, a lot of people wouldn't want to see that anyway), I don't see why a director couldn't pick up the same designs that Weta used and then transfered it to their own story. I do believe though that some fans may like to see a completely different approach and style but for me once a style and theme is chosen and works well I usually like to see it stick to that.
Okay so my question is and I know there has been some discussion on this, what do we actually have the rights to to film and which possible stories could we show?
I know The Silmarillion is out of the question but with regards Lord of the Rings, I'm guessing it's just that book alone and the appendix we can make? We can't use just small snippets from other Tolkien writings like the Unfinished tales to create a story?
Do we have the rights for example to a War in the North movie (set during Lord of the Rings) or a possible Rise of the Witch King of Agmar movie (which in my opinion would be the best of all, hey you could even have Hobbits in that one). I was thinking the other day even a movie about Boromir or Gondor would be awesome (sadly Sean is a little too old for that now).
I would love to see a proper Battle of the Last Alliance movie but I'm not sure that would work very well having already seen the end of it in glorious fashion even if it was cut short in the edit.
It just saddens me and annoys me so much that although I don't want to see the universe done to death like Star Wars is, that Star Wars is getting all these movies (half of them aren't even good) and people raving over them, whilst Middle-Earth which has made the equal amount of money, even if the Hobbit was down a bit, seems to get put on the back shelf. I understand that we have to stick to books where as Star Wars can make up anything but that's where the idea comes in that there are stories set around Lord of the Rings that aren't written as a book so therefor gives freedom to create the story.

Which Spin-off movies would you love to see?
CLASSIFIED:
Via lotrips_finders:
aries_girl2015 is looking for a particular Orlando-centric fic:
Hello everyone,
I hope someone can help me looking for a fic.
All I remember is that Orlando end up in middle earth at Rivendell, at first he thought the guys were playing a prank at him. But then he realize that he was really in rivendell. He also meet a elf who didn't like him at first, but they got together in the later chapters. There's more I remember of it.
I think the title of the fic is Olando's Excellent Adventure. Or something like that. Is a very long fic at least 70 to 80 chapters long. I hope someone can help me with this.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Should a Slender Elf be Able to Out-muscle a Bulkier Orc?
This question was based on “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, in which Legolas appears to be stronger than Bolg. I don’t recall the exact sequence in the movie but then I can’t really explain much in the movies.
On the other hand, in the books the Elves are, in fact, stronger than humans even though they are not immensely bulky.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Who killed the Southron Chieftain?
Answer: Theoden.

frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Which Fellowship member wears the Ring of Barahir on his index finger?

All comments are screened so that only the mods can see the answers. Comments will be unscreened when the next edition is posted. Any comments on a different subject will be unscreened ASAP.
SEND MATHOMS:
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, siouxieq, shirasade, tolkienfic, rosiethehobbit AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, elanorfairbairn, elanorfairbairn, smtfhw, ellektra, capricorn_girl AND garnet_took!

The mods would like to wish anyone having a special day the very best. Please send your special wishes to middle_earth_news@yahoo.com.
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Happy 125th, Professor! Jan. 3rd, 2017 @ 05:56 pm
empy

Happy Twelfthty-fifth (125th) Birthday to the Professor!



As usual, the Tolkien Society is holding their annual Tolkien Toast, and you can find details on how to participate here.

Don't forget to raise a glass of whatever takes your fancy to the man who made Middle-earth at 9 pm/21:00 in your timezone.
Additional note: middleearthnews will be back next week, Wednesday the 11th. We hope the new year has treated you kindly so far!

Volume 148/Issue 3 Dec. 9th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 148/Issue 3

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

Note from the Mods: Please encourage friends on your friends list to join and send their news. If you have an announcement you would like to make, a fic you'd like to promote, a question you'd like to ask, we invite you to simply format it according to the rules on the info page and email it to middle_earth_news@yahoo.com. You do not have to be a member to post but we are an open community and encourage everyone to join now. Only the mods may initiate new posts but comments are encouraged.

MEDIA NEWS:

From middleearthnews:
    ~Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year!
    The staff of Middle-Earth News will be taking a short break over the holidays, making this issue our last before the New Year. We will begin regular posting again on or after the Professor's birthday on Tuesday, January 3rd (exact posting date yet to be determined), so please feel free to continue sending in updates over the break. Thanks!
From TheOneRing.net:
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FIC/ART NEWS:

lotricons updates:
From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~An ignorant question for knowledgeable bibliophiles
    Which is the most pleasing edition of LOTR, and why? It's an ignorant question because personally I'm very interested in the story in the abstract, aside from production considerations. So I'm most likely missing the pleasures of an edition that is really good physically. [More]
CLASSIFIED:

Your friendly middleearthnews mods are constantly on the lookout for all things LotR-related, from fics to fandom events, comics to current news. Make them happy by emailing them at middle_earth_news@yahoo.com.

RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Elvish Knowledge of Reembodiment
    Tolkien goes on to say that it was in Valinor, under the instruction of Manwe, that the elves learned about the Halls of Mandos and reembodiment. What Tolkien doesn't get into are the details of which group of elves shared in this knowledge, or when. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who does Sauron believe to be the Ringbearer after the Palantir incident in Rohan?

Answer: Pippin.

lindahoyland, addie71, frolijahfan,febobe, msilverstar and engarian all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Who killed the Southron Chieftain?

All comments are screened so that only the mods can see the answers. Comments will be unscreened when the next edition is posted. Any comments on a different subject will be unscreened ASAP.

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, sorne, ningloreth, aprilkat, onmyshore, sairalinde, lilan14, lkk, ghyste, cricketmaiden, brennanspeaks, basserandstuff, rosiedlotrfan, vertigenous, not_alone, penguinpoopy, surgicalsteel, stillwell, torielle, lucidasans, freed_wings and capra_maritimus!

Happy Holidays!

Wishing the very best to all of our contributors, members and readers. Thank you for making what we do both possible and rewarding.

Best wishes from the staff of middleearthnews, both active and "retired":
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