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Volume 141/Issue 7 May. 24th, 2016 @ 08:17 pm
empy
Volume 141/Issue 7

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Spanish Tolkien Society’s 12th annual AElfwine Awards
Our friends at La Sociedad Tolkien Española (STE) have informed us that they are now taking submissions for their 12 annual Ælfwine Awards contest. [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]
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* tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
Construction (Elrond; rated G) by ysilme
I will not bow to such a one (Denethor, after the death of Finduilas; rated PG-13) by hhimring
Family Recipes (Frodo Baggins; rated G) by silverstarspray
The Mansion (Éowyn; rated PG) by curiouswombat
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Cluedo: Kitchen

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:
Gods and Religion in MIddle-earth
A fellow poster at the One Ring General Discussion forums at Cubicle 7 was asking about religions and religious beliefs in Middle-earth. I thought I might share here my response:

In The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, Letter 153 (To Peter Hastings (draft)) includes a footnote that gives a pretty good overview of religion in Middle-earth:
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Any update on planned Ultimate Edition?
Been a while since I've been on these forums and was wondering if there has been any news on the rumoured ultimate edition containing deleted scenes that didn't even make it into the extended editions.
I'm sure I remember seeing a thread around December last year suggesting that one of the editors of the appendices confirming that an ultimate edition was planned? And that the well known deleted scenes would be included ? Apparently PJ himself will take up the reigns of editing these new features himself
Any further news on that front ?
CLASSIFIED:
Via TORn
HOBBITS FOR KIDS IN CARE
Hobbits for Kids in Care is an initiative of The Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship in Queensland Australia.
Their aim is to donate Hobbit Books to present as gifts to children who are in Foster and Statutory Care. They aim to achieve a target of 1500 Hobbit Books before October 15, 2016. The books will be presented at their Annual Dinner Dance to The Pyjama Foundation.
You can read more about how to help HERE, on the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship's own site.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
What Would a Dunland Army Look Like?
I cannot say I am any more expert in what an army from Dunland would look like than the next person, but since someone asked my opinion it seems fair game to share a few thoughts. If you are writing fan fiction or planning a role-playing game you should use whatever models you feel comfortable with — don’t take my word for it.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What did King Theoden require of all who wished to enter Edoras?
Answer: That they should speak Rohirric.

No-one guessed correctly, but I (the mod) decided to give half lembas to all those who said his request was that those entering Meduseld should leave their weapons outside the Hall. :)

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974 : Who says he finds the air in Fangorn too "close" for his liking?

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Volume 141/Issue 6 May. 20th, 2016 @ 11:22 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 141/Issue 6

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~LOTR casting rumors put to rest
    If, like many of us, you heard about the making of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies before they even started production (and were old enough to read at the time, haha), you probably remember the good old days of endless debates and discussions around casting rumors! [More]

    ~Would you have paid to watch LOTR/Hobbit at home -- opening night?
    Now here's an interesting concept. Assuming part of why you frequent TheOneRing.net is interest in the LOTR/Hobbit movies, would you have paid to see them on opening night -- at home? [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who carries a whetstone on the road to keep his blade keen?

Answer: Aragorn.

frolijahfan , elwenlj , addie71 and lindahoyland were absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner : What did King Theoden require of all who wished to enter Edoras?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, gayalondiel , esteliel and noldoparma !

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Volume 141/Issue 5 May. 17th, 2016 @ 08:50 pm
empy
Volume 141/Issue 5

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
They’re taking the Hobbits… where?
Thanks to a tweet from Weta Workshop, we’re reminded that this infamous video of Legolas’ memorable line from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard!” just passed the 10-year anniversary of its release on May 11, 2006. [Read more]
From The Mirror:
'Lord of the Rings' volcano ready to blow at any minute as experts warn film tourists to stay away
Film fans hiking their way to Mount Ruapehu, made famous by the Lord of the Rings films, have been told to stay away as it could erupt at any time.
The volcano in New Zealand is one of the major tourist attractions that have drawn fans of J. R. R. Tolkien's work to the area.
It was used to portray the land of Mordor in the films, with its jagged volcanic rock formations and eerie barren landscapes becoming iconic.
However fans have been told to stay away after volcano and quake monitoring service GNS Science raised the alarm. [Read more]
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On Every Shelf (Sam Gamgee; rated G) by silverstarspray

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Benevolent Dragons, could they exist? (meta post) by jaredmith

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Cabin Fever (Sean Bean/Viggo Mortensen; rated PG-13) by alex_cat
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Cluedo: Library

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:
Have you ever made up your own serious Quenya/Sindarin names for Tolkien's characters etc?
Some characters and places in Tolkien's works about Arda seem to only have names in Quenya or Sindarin, and I have always found it pretty fun to try and make an educated guess on what names they "should" have in one of the other languages.
For example, I don't think Tolkien ever used any Quenya name for "Orodruin", so I like to pretend that the Quenya name is "Artarúnya", and I like the sound of that name.
Other names that I have kind of "made up" (I guess) are "Maikalinta" for Maeglin, and "Melekki" for Beleg.
I am not sure if these names are in any way correct, but they kind of have a Quenya sound to them and don't seem altogether terrible.
CLASSIFIED:
Via lotrips_finders :
annie66 is looking for a specific Viggo/Orlando fic:
Hi everyone, I'm looking for an old, multi part fanfic. I think it was called 'The legend of Juan Simba'. Viggo was a humas that has been bought up in the jungle, a bit like Tarzan and Orli is in the Jane role. Orli arrives as a scientists apprentice and Juan Simba helps him when he is attacked and of course they fall in love.
Viggo has very limited language I think. Please help somebody and thanks sooooo much in advance.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
How Did Elvish Magic Work in Middle-earth?
The second literary convention I ever attended was World Fantasy Con ’92. One of my most vivid memories is of something I heard, rather than what I saw. That is, I attended a panel by some then rather well-known fantasy authors. The panel had something to do with magic. The panelists were all of one mind that magic in a fantasy story must work logically — that it must impose some sort of cost upon the magic user or else it simply becomes a perpetual motion machine. My vivid memory is of the universal condemnation these authors expressed for how magic works in Tolkien’s stories, because his characters don’t have to “pay” for the magic. That is, there is no cost of using magic in Middle-earth.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What types of meat did Merry offer his companions for their meal at Isengard?
Answer: Salted pork and rashers of bacon.

openidwouldwork , elwenlj , shadowycat and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974 : Who carries a whetstone on the road to keep his blade keen?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, dennib68 !

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Volume 141/Issue 4 May. 13th, 2016 @ 10:51 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 141/Issue 4

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From A.V. Club:
    ~Tolkien nerd Stephen Colbert gets stumped by Ryan Gosling's mom
    Stephen Colbert was joined by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe on the Late Show last night, where they talked about The Nice Guys and their newly-forged friendship. It wasn't all pleasantries, though, as Gosling and Crowe playfully bickered a bit. Then Gosling threw down the Lord of the Rings gauntlet, on behalf of his mother. [More]
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From TheOneRing.net:
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From lotrips_finders :
    ~Archives
    Since Mirrormere is now gone, I was wondering if there are any other archives out there housing LOTR and LOTR RPF stories. I'm familiar with Fanfiction.net and AO3, as well as Of Elves and Men, but was wondering what else--if anything--was out there. [More]
RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~The Ring of Barahir
    The Ring of Barahir actually has a really interesting history! It starts way, way back in the First Age, with Finrod Felagund, King of Nargothrond. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What bucolic location, according to Alan Lee, did he design as a place he'd like to retire in?

Answer: Rivendell.

frolijahfan , febobe and juliebeth were absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner : What types of meat did Merry offer his companions for their meal at Isengard?

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Volume 141/Issue 3 May. 10th, 2016 @ 09:26 pm
empy
Volume 141/Issue 3

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
High towers and strong places: a political history of Middle-earth
TORn Library contributor Dr Timothy Furnish has just published the first of a two-volume analysis of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth: High Towers and Strong Places: a Political History of Middle-earth. Furnish applies primary world analysis — political, cultural, social, and economic — to Middle-earth’s 7,000 years of recorded history. [Read more]
From Gizmodo India:
This Papier Mache Smaug Would Bring a Tear to Tolkien's Eye
Benedict Cumberbatch might have moved on to bigger and more problematic things, but papier mache artist Dan Reeder has been fielding requests for the greediest of dragons since the first Hobbit movie. Now, he's finally delivering. [Read more]
From The Staffordshire Newsletter:
Tolkien exhibition comes to Cannock
AN exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings' links with Staffordshire begins a year-long tour across the region.
This fascinating insight into the early years of Tolkien, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by almost 4,000 visitors during its stay at the Museum of Cannock Chase. [Read more]
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Circles That I Find (Elrond; rated G) by hhimring
Threshold (Faramir; rated G) by kortirion

* hobbitfilmfic updates:
The Letter For Glorfindel (Glorfindel/Erestor; rated G) by Lancelottie of Mirkwood
When days were younger (Tulkas/Melkor; rated Mature) by Taylor17387
Midnight in Menegroth (Melian/Galadriel; rated Restricted) by EarendilTheMariner
Sunrise over Caras Galadhon (Arwen/Galadriel; rated Restricted) by EarendilTheMariner
Stop Talking About Rings (Arwen/Éowyn, Aragorn/Faramir, Frodo/Sam; rated Teens) by LadySilmarien
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Cluedo: Library

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:
Could a bio-pic about JRRT succeed?
There have been lots of discussions about which of JRRT's works that have not been made, might or might not, should or should not, be made into movies.
But what about a film biography of Tolkien himself? He had a fascinating life, one which not only included his literary accomplishments, but many other things as well:
Childhood tragedy: his being orphaned at a young age and being taken in by a priest.
Romance: his love for Edith and all the obstacles they faced before they could be together.
Action: WWI
Friends: his famous friendships, CSL being the most famous, but there were others
Family: the way he doted on his children and made stories for them
Unexpected success: the way his fame was impacted by TH and LotR
Do you think such a project could be a success? Would it have the approval of the Estate? And who do you think might do a good job of portraying him?


Question: When did Gandalf leave Caras Caladon for Fangorn Forest?
Of course we can only speculate on an exact day that Gandalf left Lorien for Fangorn. But in attempting to calculate the time/place relation of each member of the The Fellowship from Frodo’s leaving the Shire to the destruction of The Ring this singular event seems to have the most variables, as flipping from The Tale of Years to text, and back and forth, we can easily (if tediously) keep up with the other eight members of The Fellowship day by day, and place by place.
I would like to hear other’s thoughts on Gandalf’s leaving Lorien as this (to me at least) is an interesting bit of trivia.
(My guess: he left early on Feb. 22.)

To start off, what we do know?
Feb. 17: Gandalf is taken to Lorien by Gwaihir, daytime.
Feb. 23: Aragorn & Legolas (just north of Sarn Gebir) see an eagle flying slowly south, about dusk.
Feb. 26: Gandalf on “high place” sends mental command to Frodo: ”Take it off fool!”, about 11 a.m.
Feb. 27: Gandalf sees Treebeard. Legolas sees Gwaihir, early a.m..
Feb. 29: Gandalf sees Merry and Pippin on Treebeard’s Hill in S. Fangorn, about noon.
Mar. 1: Gandalf meets the Three Hunters: Aragorn, Legolas, & Gimli, at Treebeard’s Hill, in the south of Fangorn Forest, late morning.

Overview:
Feb. 17: Gandalf (so light that the sun shines through him) is taken to Lorien.
Mar. 1: Gandalf meets Three Hunters, near noon. (14 days to heal and travel over 150 miles.)
CLASSIFIED:
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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: What is the next line that Gandalf recites after the Battle at Helm's Deep: "Ere iron was found or tree was hewn..."?
Answer: When young was mountain under moon.

engarian answered correctly, and gets extra lembas for providing the next THREE lines. Well done!

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974 : What bucolic location, according to Alan Lee, did he design as a place he'd like to retire in?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, engarian AND llinos !

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