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Volume 138/Issue 4 Feb. 12th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 138/Issue 4

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From TheOneRing.net:
From The Ubyssey:
    ~Finding significance in sneaky hobbitses
    For the past year, Dr. Mathijs has been conducting the world's largest audience research survey based on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. The World Hobbit Project was done in collaboration between 146 scholars from around the world who distributed the survey to over 35,000 respondents in 45 countries and 30 languages. [More]
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From silwritersguild:
    ~Theft of Stories from Fanfiction.net
    It was recently discovered that a series of spamdex sites has created mirrors of profiles and stories from Fanfiction.net. If you are an author on Fanfiction.net, it is very likely that your work has been stolen by one or more of these sites. Below is a summary of all I have been able to learn so far and some ideas on how to strike back at these jerks. [More]
From TheOneRing.net:
    ~The Ring, Invisibility, and Being Seen
    In the LotR we know that if you wear the One Ring you become invisible (unless you learn to control the Ring). But we have the curious note that at least two types of creatures can see Frodo as he wears the Ring: The Ringwraiths and Tom Bombadil. Let's ignore Bombadil for the moment because we should not allow the tail to wag the dog...Knowing what we do about why the Ringwraiths were able to see Frodo, is it possible there are other creatures who would have been able to see Frodo while he wore the Ring? [More]
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TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What kind of creature in Sauron's army outside Minas Tirith sports an executioner's hood?

Answer: A troll.

fredbassett was absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Faramir left two men to guard Frodo and Sam after their capture. What were their names?

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Volume 138/Issue 3 Feb. 9th, 2016 @ 07:18 pm
empy
Volume 138/Issue 3

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From TORn:
The One Last Party – One Year Later
It’s been almost a year since The One Last Party, but we haven’t forgotten it, and we didn’t want Peter Jackson to think we’d forgotten about him either. As you may remember, one of the promises we made on the Indiegogo campaign was that we would send Peter a “thank you” card. [Read more]
From Quartz Africa:
A Lord of the Rings-inspired space opera wants to connect you with African mythology
Artist Paul Louise-Julie counts among his inspirations the words of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, the images of Star Wars and the whispers of a Senegalese elder who opened his eyes to the oral history of West Africa. [Read more]
From NarniaFans:
Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings
For today’s book review we will be looking at Diana Pavlac Glyer’s new book Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings.
Title: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings. [Read more]
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Baggins Blushes (rated G) by elwenlj
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Female Protagonist: Hobbit Lass

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RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #18
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-- TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
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-- The Hobbit - Jackson movies
-- The Hobbit (2012) RPF
-- The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
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* Via the TORn forums:
What does an Entwife look like?
What does an Entwife look like? If you ask Tolkien, he'll tell you he (or his Ent spokesman, Treebeard) doesn't know:
"'Entwives"?' said Pippin. 'Are they like you at all?'
'Yes, hm, well no: I do not really know now,' said Treebeard thoughtfully.

[Treebeard later recalls] 'I remember it was long ago ... desire came over me to see Fimbrethil again. Very fair she was still in my eyes, when I had last seen her, though little like the Entmaiden of old. For the Entwives were bent and browned by their labour; their hair parched by the sun to the hue of ripe corn and their cheeks like red apples. Yet their eyes were still the eyes of our own people.' - Both quotes from LotR III.4, 'Treebeard'.
What Treebeard seems to mean by telling the hobbits that he doesn't know what the Entwives look like now, is revealed in the later, longer passage: several thousand years ago, the Ents went looking for the Entwives after a long separation. They could not be found, But as Treebeard explains, even before the separation, when he last saw his mate, in an even earlier time, the Entwives were already no longer like the young Entmaidens that had shared their early lives with the Ents. They were still 'very fair' to see, but were 'bent and browned' with sun-bleached hair and reddened cheeks - capturing in Ent terms Tolkien's romantic vision of middle-aged English farm wives, perhaps!
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From estelanui:
The Sauron Strategies: One War to Win Them All, Except...
In the First Age, Morgoth attempted to overwhelm his Eldarin foes by throwing everything possible at them. Usually, his armies met with mixed success. Even the Nirnaeth Arnoediad proved to be so costly a victory that Morgoth could not fully capitalize on the defeat of the Elven armies and their allies. He seized Hithlum and the March of Maedhros, restored his troops to Dorthonion, and took full control over the upper Vale of Sirion. But the Falas, Nargothrond, Doriath (and Brethil, which was technically a part of Doriath), and Gondolin each had to be dealt with separately.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: The second day at Bombadil's house was too wet for hobbit-folk, but good for long tale. It was Goldberry's _________?
Answer: Washing-day.

rakshi, addie71, lindahoyland and engarian answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: What kind of creature in Sauron's army outside Minas Tirith sports an executioner's hood?

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Volume 138/Issue 2 Feb. 5th, 2016 @ 09:35 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 138/Issue 2

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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Bowie would have been a better Elrond
    Just my opinion, seems like perfect casting for me. Such a shame PJ thought otherwise, he states that because Bowie was so recognisable it wouldn't have worked, but Elijah Wood as Frodo? Lee as Saruman? That theory doesn't make sense to me. Such a shame! [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Melkor >>> Morgoth
    Names have great power and importance in Tolkien's writings...And we often see a character's identity represented by their name. [More]
TRIVIA:

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

Answer: Minas Morgul.

addie71, baranduin, fredbassett, lindahoyland, frolijahfan and febobe all answered correctly! Extra virtual!lembas for febobe, for including Minas Morgul's original name, Minas Ithil.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: The second day at Bombadil's house was too wet for hobbit-folk, but good for long tale. It was Goldberry's _________?

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Volume 138/Issue 1 Feb. 2nd, 2016 @ 07:51 pm
empy
Volume 138/Issue 1

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From Maxim:
David Bowie Was Almost in 'Lord of the Rings'
When I was 13 years old, I had a calendar hanging in my bedroom in which every month featured a different picture of Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. In fact, I wildly credit Viggo Mortensen in that movie for first making me aware of my sexuality. I was so wholly obsessed with the books and the movies that, to this day, whenever I hear anything about J.R.R. Tolkien’s books or Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation of the LOTR trilogy, I feel a familiar stirring in my heart (and my loins — okay, mostly my loins).
But enough about me and my womanly urges as they relate to a beloved fantasy series, and more about news related to said beloved fantasy series! [Read more]
From The McGill Daily:
Nomenclature normalities
In mid-November, scientists conducting research in Minas Gerais caves in Brazil discovered a new species of harvestman. Often mistaken for spiders, they are commonly referred to as daddy longlegs. The scientists named the new species Iandumoema smeagol, after the cave-dwelling character Smeagol from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. This kind of creativity shows that there is a human element to everything, even in scientific areas people see as “objective.” Tis room for creativity allows researchers to leave their mark on the world through nomenclature. [Read more]
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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (The Fellowship of the Ring; rated G) by kortirion
Once Upon a Time (The Fellowship of the Ring; rated G) by kortirion
And They All Lived Happily Ever After (The Fellowship of the Ring; rated G) by kortirion
"Well, I'm back," he said... (The Fellowship of the Ring; rated G) by kortirion
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Endings and Beginnings: "Well, I'm back", he said

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RPF prompt post #3
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20 Thorin Oakenshield icons by lady_turner

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-- 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
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* Via the TORn forums:
Silmarillion Casting Revisited
Hi, I simply wanted to restart the casting thread on The Silmarillion since there's been no new postings.
The Tale of Beren and Luthien
Beren Calmost: Richard Madden
Luthien Tinuviel: Alicia Vikander or Daisy Ridley
Finrod Felagund: Nico Evers-Swindell
Sauron: Adam Driver
Thingol: Paul Bettany
Melian: Eva Green
Celegorm: Jonathan Groff
Curufin: Shia LaBoeuf
Huan: Idris Elba
Orodreth: Andrew Lincoln
Celebrimbor: Asa Butterfield
Barahir: Jason Clarke
And Hugh Keays-Byrne as Morgoth


How many Balrogs is there?
Well i know Tolkien wrote they where pretty many bc Ecthelion himself killed 3 + Ghotmog and stuff i know Tuor, Feanor, Gandalf and Glorfindel also killed Balrog, but i Heard that christofer Tolkien said it where only 7 or 9. But is what christofer says really cannon if Tolkien said something other. If it is then christofer could rewrite gandalf as a fat badger yellow badger that like hugs. I Heard someone said Tolkiens kids can not just add new things about the other dwarf lords and stuff. So i there really 7/9 or is it mroe like 50 , i bet there is some dying in the battles by regular warriors, plu, Glorfindel took one, Gandalf one, Ecthelion took 4, Tuor 5, and Feanor slaid some in his last stand. So sorry for bad English btw.

Orcrist's orginal owner
So we know that Orcrist was a blade weilded by a lord of Gondolin i Think i most be Ecthelion. He was an great lord of Gondolin and the ruler of the House of the Fountain where , he had moslty silver and Diamonds. We know he had a sword and he and his house fought great against the goblins and he slaugthered many of them. Orcrist actually means "goblins cleaver" and he truly "cleaved" many goblins that day. Anyway if u look at the pommel its Fountains and 4 White Crystals, its the heraldry of Ecthelion. The most of the other lords cant have it, Galdor had a club and a spear, Duilin a bow mostly, Egalmoth hada bow and a curved blade, Rog a hammer, we know Maeglin have a black blade, Tuor was a man and he had an axe, King Turgon had Glamdring, and Glorfindel would probally claimed it when they where in rivendell if it was his, then there just Ecthelion, Salgant and Penlod left Salgant was a fat harpsinger and betrayer. So therefore i think Orcrist where weilded by Ecthelion, anyone have any argue why it would not be Ecthelions?
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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 Eomer call Aragorn when he learned that the Three Hunters had travelled 45 leagues in less than four days in pursuit of the Uruk-hai?

Answer: Wingfoot.

gilli_ann, helenllama, juliebeth, shadowcat, frolijahfan, baranduin, lindahoyland and febobe answered correctly.

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

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Volume 137/Issue 6 Jan. 29th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm
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Volume 137/Issue 6

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and twenty-nine. Welcome all!

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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~The Greyscale
    Welcome to our latest Library feature, in which Benita J Prins discusses the belief that Tolkien characters are either totally good, or totally bad, and therefore his characterizations are two-dimensional. She shows that Tolkien did, in fact, write characters that aren't good, but aren't entirely bad, and they appear in all of his works. [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. [More]

    ~The Week in Tolkien Cosplay -- January 29, 2016
    Welcome to The Week in Tolkien Cosplay! Every Friday, we'll be featuring some of our favorite Tolkien-inspired costumes. If you'd like to submit your costume, please send a clear photo and the following information to cosplay@theonering.net... [More]
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    ~Endings And Beginnings
    The next prompt...for the Endings And Beginnings challenge is the age old 'And They All Lived Happily Ever After'. [More]
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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Tom Bombadil
    When I read LOTR, I always felt that old Tom was rather out of place and didn't fit with the story. Does anyone know why Tolkien put him in? [More]

    ~Legolas' Helms Deep kill count
    Does anyone else think that the kill count of 42 is quite slim? Considering he is on 19 early on and then continues fighting till he charges out at the end. [More]
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From lotrips_finders:
    ~I've lost another classic Vigorli fic from way back
    I think Viggo is a rock star who after a traumatic event withdrew from his normal life to live a reclusive life on his own island. Every reporter has been desperate to find out where he is and interview him. I think Ian also lives on the island. Orlando is the lucky reporter who gets granted an interview and spends some time on the island with Viggo; Orlando is trying to clear Viggo's name re: what happened surrounding the event that made Viggo withdraw from public life. Of course they fall in love after a rocky start. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~The Druedain and the Edain
    I don't have a definite/official answer as to why the Druedain aren't counted among the Edain, but I do have a variety of possible answers. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who describes Gandalf the White as "more grumpy than the old one"?

Answer: Gimli.

shadowycat, frolijahfan and jedimasterstar all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What did Eomer call Aragorn when he learned that the Three Hunters had travelled 45 leagues in less than four days in pursuit of the Uruk-hai?

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