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Volume 155/Issue 7 Jul. 25th, 2017 @ 07:18 pm
empy
Volume 155/Issue 7

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From Variety:
J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Draws Finnish Director Dome Karukoski
Finnish director Dome Karukoski will helm a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien.
Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have been developing the project since 2013. Tolkien’s epic novels — set in Middle Earth — served as the basis for the film trilogies “The Lord of The Rings” and “The Hobbit.” [Read more]
From Cinemablend:
New Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Trailer Shows Shelob Has An Impressive Trick Up Her Sleeve
A new trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War arrived this week, showing that the massive spider, Shelob, will have a key role in the upcoming game. She can also perform a couple of nifty tricks. [Read more]
COMMUNITY NEWS:
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Fishing for New Words (Net) (Elu Thingol, Olwe, Cirdan. Mention of Finwë; rated G) by kayleelupin
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Wimbledon: Net

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:
For book and movie fans - the scent of a Hobbit?
I don't know if this has ever been discussed before, but there's one thing in both the book and movie that puzzles me. Gandalf says that "the scent of a Hobbit is completely unknown to (Smaug), which gives us an advantage." How exactly is that an advantage? I would think an unfamiliar scent would actually make Bilbo easier to find, whereas Dwarves probably just smell like Dwarves, which Erebor is filled with. I don't know if this is a boo boo on Tolkien's part, or if there really is some logic at work here. What does anyone else think?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:Why Was Saruman in Dunland after the War of the Ring?
Six days after bidding farewell to Aragorn (now King of Gondor and Arnor) at the Isen, the large party of Elves returning to Lothlorien and Rivendell (including Gandalf and the Hobbits) come upon Saruman and Grima Wormtongue. Gandalf and Galadriel offer Saruman a chance at redemption, which he scorns. He turns away and wanders off, hinting to the Hobbits “… when you come home … if you find things less good in Southfarthing than you would like”. When Gandalf asked Saruman where he was going Saruman only indicated he was seeking a way out of Aragorn’s realm.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: By what other name did Wormtongue call Lórien?
Answer: Dwimordene.

sandycombs and elfscribe5 answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What battle does Legolas prepare for by pulling on leather shoulder guards?

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SEND MATHOMS:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, arwenevenstar5 AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, violetbrownlock AND gonehobbitcrazy!

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Volume 155/Issue 6 Jul. 21st, 2017 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 155/Issue 6

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
COMMUNITY NEWS:

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silwritersguild updates:
hobbitfilmfic updates:
sons_of_gondor updates from co-mod., caras_galadhon:
Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 21 inclusive.

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 tolkien_weekly:
    ~New Set of Challenges: Wimbledon, Week One
    This set of challenges has been inspired by the fact that for the past two weeks British TV had mainly been showing tennis. So -- for the next six weeks the prompts will be words related to tennis. And the word for this week -- Serve. [More]
FIC/ART NEWS:

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

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Mordor compared with other very nasty places in literature
    Mordor is of course very nasty -- the parts of it we see seem to have collapsed environmentally. (Or maybe Sauron sees ash heaps and pits of noxious ooze as an idea garden?) The orcs we overhear seem to be controlled and incentivised by violence or the threat of it. At the drop of a hat, they fight each other -- something that allows Frodo and Sam to evade capture more than once. [More]
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RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Galadriel's Departure from Eregion
    It's honestly unclear whether or not Galadriel took other elves with her other than family...It could be that those loyal to her traveled with her, or it could be that they stayed behind with Celeborn. [More]
TRIVIA:

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

Answer: Aragorn.

frolijahfan, engarian, addie71, sandycombs, fernstrike and fredbassett all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: By what other name did Wormtongue call Lórien?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, calenfalathiel, beatriceorme and georgia_pumpkin!

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COMICS:
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Volume 155/Issue 5 Jul. 18th, 2017 @ 08:27 pm
empy
Volume 155/Issue 5

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From The Adelaide Review:
Greenspace: Tolkien’s Talking Trees
I’m currently reading The Lord of the Rings out loud. My 10-year-old says he’s read it but there is little as luxurious as being read to by your dad. We’ve just entered Fangorn Forest and met Treebeard. I can vaguely remember the narrative from when I read it a long time ago. I hadn’t then appreciated Tolkien’s environmental vision, his conception of forests and trees, and the feraculture (or wilderness stewardship) of the Ents. [Read more]
From Reno News & Review:
Middle Earth gambling
The very existence of Tolkien gambling devices, some of which are manufactured by Reno-based company International Game Technology, nearly escaped the estate’s notice. [Read more]
COMMUNITY NEWS:
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Of Huor of the House of Hador (Huor; rated G) by silverstarspray
To Protect and Serve (Legolas, Elladan; AU) by kayleelupin
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Unsung Heroes: Carpenter

From silwritersguild:
July 2017 Challenge: Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song
During the month of July, fanworks creators around the world celebrate love. July has been reserved for honoring both the femslash and slash genres. Half of the world is sultry with summer heat, and half of the world seeks nearness and warmth to banish winter's chill.

For this month's challenge, you will use a popular love song as a prompt to inspire a fanwork about romantic or sexual love. You will choose your own prompt from the list of love songs below. More than one participant may choose the same song, and you may use any aspect of the song--the title, all or part of the lyrics, the mood or style of the music, or the music video--or any combination!--to inspire your response. You don't need to claim a prompt or comment or do anything but create your fanwork! Any pairing or poly relationship is acceptable for the challenge.

Our friends at Tolkien Femslash Week will be hosting their challenge as well, and as always, feel free to combine our challenge with your work for their challenge. If you do, please make a note in the summary or story notes so that we can award stamps accordingly.

Since I am a day late in posting the challenge, the due date for stamps will be 11 August 2017.. Late stories are always welcome but will not receive a stamp.
The post with rules and prompts can be found HERE.
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:
Pitch a dubious Middle-earth product (game)
So: what Middle-earth product would have the Tolkien foundation wincing and the rest of us giggling? I have:

Fornhub - compendious website containing everything the dwarves know about Tom Bombadill

Story idea: many spectres of Gandalf appear in the Fourth Age Shire, urging the inhabitants to action. Yes, it's Fifty Shades of Gandalf the Grey.
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:Did Sauron Ever Attempt to Form an Alliance With Smaug?
To date, I have seen no published evidence that J.R.R. Tolkien considered Smaug to be anything other than an independent actor in Middle-earth’s conflicts. However, there is the one passage in “Durin’s Folk”, published in The Lord of the Rings, where Tolkien wrote:
"Among many cares he was troubled in mind by the perilous state of the North; because he knew then already that Sauron was plotting war, and intended, as soon as he felt strong enough, to attack Rivendell. But to resist any attempt from the East to regain the lands of Angmar and the northern passes in the mountains there were now only the Dwarves of the Iron Hills. And beyond them lay the desolation of the Dragon. The Dragon Sauron might use with terrible effect. How then could the end of Smaug be achieved?"
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Through which valley did Ghân-buri-Ghân lead the Rohirrim?
Answer: Stonewain Valley.

heartofoshun, elwenlj, openidwouldwork, sandycombs and elfscribe5 answered correctly.

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

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SEND MATHOMS:
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COMICS:
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Volume 155/Issue 4 Jul. 14th, 2017 @ 11:45 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 155/Issue 4

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
COMMUNITY NEWS:

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CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:

From tolkien_weekly:
    ~Questions Challenge
    The final (and late!) prompt for the Questions Challenge is 'Which?' Which one is responsible? Which way shall we go? Which is which? [More]
FIC/ART NEWS:

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

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~The size of ME Eagles
    I was wondering about the actual size of the Eagles of the Misty Mountains and comparing them to the birds we know today. Now, Eagles are some of the biggest birds we have, but I have not known any of them that could pick up something like a Wizard like Gandalf or a Dwarf or even a Hobbit the size of Bilbo. A rabbit or a lamb maybe but that is the maximum I believe. Which means that the Eagles of Middle-Earth must have been pretty big! [More]
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RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~The Purpose of Glorfindel
    Glorfindel is as mysterious as he is powerful. But his uses far exceeded that of a replaced member of the Fellowship, or even of an escort to Rivendell. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What part of Helm's Deep does Aragorn do some Dwarf-tossing onto?

Answer: The causeway.

sandycombs and engarian were absolutely correct.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Through which valley did Ghân-buri-Ghân lead the Rohirrim?

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SEND MATHOMS:

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, kinky_carter!

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COMICS:
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Volume 155/Issue 3 Jul. 11th, 2017 @ 09:30 pm
empy
Volume 155/Issue 3

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Smelebration
Our friends at Weta Workshop are Smelebrating Smaug this month as well as the birthday of Smaug himself Benedict Cumberbatch. Weta is unleashing a Dragon’s share of discounts on various Smaug related collectables. [Read more]

Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Lurtz at Amon Hen Statue Review
Our latest review covers another long awaited, and long asked for, piece from our friends at Weta Workshop. The Lurtz at Amon Hen captures this awesome bad guy about to take his last shot and put an end to the valiant Boromir’s last stand with Merry/Pippin. [Read more]
From Screenrant:
Can Warner Bros. Adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion?
It isn’t easy to make a successful big-budget fantasy movie franchise, but Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy beat the odds and has inspired a flurry of similar efforts in the decade-plus since its release. But despite the widespread acclaim for the trilogy, Warner Bros. has a troubled relationship with the Tolkien Estate that grew particularly ugly in 2012, when the latter filed an $80 million lawsuit alleging breach of contract. The Hobbit trilogy was already underway by that point, but the legal troubles stymied fans’ hopes of future film adaptations of Tolkien’s work – in particular, the posthumous collection of Middle-earth history called The Silmarillion. [Read more]
COMMUNITY NEWS:
Note from the Mods: We would like to invite the moderators of other fandom communities to become 'reporters' or 'scouts' for middleearthnews. All we ask is that you send us formatted updates on your own communities for posting here.
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Questions: When?

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:
Middle-earth Conspiracy Theories
It's been a few years since we got our suspicious minds together and ran the rumour-mill over the latest bit of scuttlebutt in Middle-earth, so let's dust this one off the shelf and see what funny, odd and downright scandalous answers we can come up with for this conspiracy theory!

So what was Sam *really* doing underneath that window?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:Are There Women Warriors in Tolkien’s Literature?
Here is nearly the full comment/question I received from a reader:
"… I know that Eowyn takes up a sword, and that there are moments where a female presence is on a battlefield but was there any group or kingdom that allowed women into their armies? Is there any precedence for a woman to be in the army as a valid career choice for herself, or was that something that just didn’t happen? I suppose what I really want to know is if it’s completely out of the realm of possibility for a woman to be a full time warrior without having to hide her gender, or being seen as an absolute anomaly…"

The short answer to your question is that, yes, there are professional full-time female warriors in Tolkien’s literature. But everything is a bit fuzzy, so let’s begin with Eowyn.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: At Parth Galen, who first ran into the woods to search for Frodo?
Answer: Sam.

poolnaiad, addie71 and sandycombs answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What part of Helm's Deep does Aragorn do some Dwarf-tossing onto?

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SEND MATHOMS:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, littlextinyxbug, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, jane_somebody!

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