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Volume 145/Issue 8 Sep. 27th, 2016 @ 06:39 pm
empy
Volume 145/Issue 8

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

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From TORn:
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]

Richard Armitage starring in ‘Love, Love, Love’, Off Broadway
Coming to New York ComicCon and looking for something to do in the evenings? Well, after you have been to TORn’s party on Thursday night, why not go and see Thorin himself on stage? Richard Armitage is starring in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Love, Love, Love. [Read more]
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CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Signs of Autumn: Cobwebs

From sons_of_gondor:
Signups for the Sons of Gondor Trick or Treat Fiction/Art Exchange are Open!
It's been fifteen years since The Fellowship of the Ring hit theatres, and we're hoping you'll join us to celebrate this milestone by ramping up the Tolkien love, because...

...It's that time of year again! Now's the time to sign up for the Eleventh Annual Sons of Gondor Trick or Treat Fic/Art Exchange.
This exchange is open to both fiction and artwork, FPF and RPF, slash (m/m and f/f), het and gen. Single-character pieces, pairings and groups (OT3+) are welcome. Our only requirement is that at least ONE of your requested characters is a son/daughter of Gondor, character or actor. (And if you're only interested in FPF or RPF, not both, we can accommodate that too.)

Fics should be at least 500 words long, artwork at least a couple hours' work.
Signups are currently open, and go through to Sun. Oct. 2, 11:59 pm Pacific Time. All fiction/art is due Mon. Oct. 24 (11:59 pm Pacific Time), and will be revealed on Sat. Oct. 31. Announcements and updates will be available at sons_of_gondor as the exchange progresses.

We've had a lot of fun in the past, and there's plenty of room for everyone, from die-hard OTPers to people looking to scratch that really rare pairing itch. So no matter what turns your crank, be it Men with Men (or Women with Women, or Men with Women, or Men or Women alone, etc.), Men with Hobbits, with Elves, with Dwarves, Orcs or Ents, so long as one half of the (FPF or RPF) pairing is (loosely) Gondorian, you're welcome in our pool.

So come on over and play with us! Please spread the word, and Happy Trick or Treating!
From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
FIC/ART NEWS:
From angmar_elfhild:
The Circles of Power Book Six: Across the Wide Hamada by angmar_elfhild (Epic AU. Rated Mature) The FIRST CHAPTER of Book Six of the epic AU series, The Circles, has just been posted to the Library of Minas Morgul. Elfhild, Elffled, and the Haradric slavers have been taken as prisoners to the fortress of Cirith Ungol. What horrors will they experience while there?
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:
Might Men have come to dwell West of the Shire?
The region between the River Lhûn and the Blue Mountains was originally occupied by the High Elves who also lived in Lindon. During the days of the Kings of Arnor the Elves retreated to the Grey Havens or the lands on the seaward side of the mountains; by the time of the fall of Arthedain there were few, if any, High Elves to be found between the Blue Mountains and the river. Might Men have begun to dwell in this area in the later years of the Third Age?
I do imagine that a few Men moved into the lands west of the Lhûn. This region might be the part of Middle-earth that might have come to most closely resemble the American frontier of the seventeen hundreds. There would probably be a few scattered farmsteads along the River Lhûn, with river-men fishing and trapping up and down the waterway. Prospectors might try their luck panning for gold in the rivers and streams of the region, though I expect the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains might actively discourage attempts at mining. Many of the Men inhabiting the area would be outlaws and loners. Among them would be Eriadorians, Snowmen (perhaps exiles) from Forochel, transplanted Dunlendings and folk with some trace of Dúnedain blood. Some may have taken wives from among the Lossoth.
Thoughts?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Why Did Gandalf Ignore the High Pass and Lead the Fellowship South?
Many a reader has wondered why, in The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring went south out of Rivendell into Eregion. After all, Saruman’s influence extended into Dunland and there was no safe way to slip through the Gap of Rohan (even though Boromir felt that would be a reasonably safe way to go). So heading south from Rivendell meant heading into Saruman’s sphere of influence. If Gandalf’s goal was to reach Lothlorien, would it not have been safer to lead the Fellowship over the Misty Mountains by the High Pass and then south to Lothlorien?
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What did Faramir call the moon as he stood above the Forbidden Pool?
Answer: Fair Ithil.

lindahoyland and shadowycat answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What creatures does Treebeard accuse of gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking and burning?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, anna2grush AND theladylucilla, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, tiryaroofshadow, x_mcbeth_x AND crazyhobbit!

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Volume 145/Issue 7 Sep. 23rd, 2016 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 145/Issue 7

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

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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Save the Date -- Ringers take Manhattan 2016, Thursday 6th October!
    New York ComicCon is fast approaching -- and TheOneRing.net will be returning to the Big Apple! We can't wait to see you all there -- full details to come soon. Meanwhile, SAVE THE DATE for our annual 'Ringers Take Manhattan' gathering! [More]

    ~Exclusive: New Zealand Post's "One Collectible To Rule Them All"
    On the occasion of World Hobbit Day, New Zealand Post once again invites us to take a journey through Middle-earth -- this time via their latest release -- a beautiful, limited, one-of-a-kind "Red Book" inspired by the journal written by Bilbo Baggins and his heir Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, containing a new, never-before-seen "One Ring" stamp. [More]

    ~Today in Middle-earth, September 22
    The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on September 22: Birth of Bilbo in the Shire (1290); Bilbo and the barrels reach Lake-town just after sunset (S.R. 1341); Birth of Frodo in the Shire (1368); A long expected party!! (S.R. 1401); Bilbo and Frodo's birthdays (S.R. 1418); The Black Riders reach Sarn Ford at evening (S.R. 1418); Gandalf overtakes Shadowfax (S.R. 1418); The hundred and twenty-ninth birthday of Bilbo and Frodo's fifty-first birthday (S.R. 1419); Saruman comes to the Shire (S.R. 1419); Bilbo's hundred and thirtieth birthday. Frodo's fifty-second birthday (S.R. 1420); They meet the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings in Woody End (S.R. 1421); Master Samwise rides out from Bag End (S.R. 1482). [More]

    ~LA's 2016 Baggins Birthday Bash, moves to Long Beach (Updated)
    INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! SPREAD THE WORD! BRING FOOD & DRINK! Southern California Tolkien fans are invited to join in the merriment of TORN's Annual Baggins Birthday Bash, which will take place on Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 starting at noon in El Dorado Park in Long Beach, the Arbor Day Grove. [More]

    ~New York ComicCon -- party with TheOneRing.net! Tickets on sale now!
    It's that time again -- New York ComicCon is just around the corner! We're looking forward to see our fellow fans in the Big Apple! [More]
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From tolkien_weekly:
    ~Signs of Autumn
    The next prompt for the Signs of Autumn challenge is Cobwebs. Beautiful when they glisten with the morning dew, not so nice when you walk into one strung across the path! [More]
From sons_of_gondor:
    ~Signups for the Sons of Gondor Trick or Treat Fiction/Art Exchange are Open!
    It's been fifteen years since The Fellowship of the Ring hit theatres, and we're hoping you'll join us to celebrate this milestone by ramping up the Tolkien love, because...

    ...It's that time of year again! Now's the time to sign up for the Eleventh Annual Sons of Gondor Trick or Treat Fic/Art Exchange.

      This exchange is open to both fiction and artwork, FPF and RPF, slash (m/m and f/f), het and gen. Single-character pieces, pairings and groups (OT3+) are welcome. Our only requirement is that at least ONE of your requested characters is a son/daughter of Gondor, character or actor. (And if you're only interested in FPF or RPF, not both, we can accommodate that too.)

      Fics should be at least 500 words long, artwork at least a couple hours' work.

    Signups are currently open, and go through to Sun. Oct. 2, 11:59 pm Pacific Time. All fiction/art is due Mon. Oct. 24 (11:59 pm Pacific Time), and will be revealed on Sat. Oct. 31. Announcements and updates will be available at sons_of_gondor as the exchange progresses.

    We've had a lot of fun in the past, and there's plenty of room for everyone, from die-hard OTPers to people looking to scratch that really rare pairing itch. So no matter what turns your crank, be it Men with Men (or Women with Women, or Men with Women, or Men or Women alone, etc.), Men with Hobbits, with Elves, with Dwarves, Orcs or Ents, so long as one half of the (FPF or RPF) pairing is (loosely) Gondorian, you're welcome in our pool.

    So come on over and play with us! Please spread the word, and Happy Trick or Treating!
FIC/ART NEWS:

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

From silwritersguild:
    ~Enki and Innana
    The myth Enki and Inanna...I was reading this the other day, and thought "Maybe how Luthien takes the Silmaril from Morgoth is like Tolkien's G rated version of this?" [More]

    ~Question
    If Teleri had Swan Ships, what do you think Noldor would put on theirs? A Dragon? Jewels? A Hammer? [More]
CLASSIFIED:

From TheOneRing.net:
RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Azog, Bolg, and the Line of Durin
    The orcs certainly don't like the line of Durin, and have a special hatred for the dwarves in general because of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, but there's nothing specific to the ruling family. [More]
TRIVIA:
Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who orders that Merry and Pippin be brought to him "alive and unspoiled"?

Answer: Saruman.

frolijahfan, febobe, lindahoyland, elwenlj, juliebeth, candream and fredbassett and all answered correctly!

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What did Faramir call the moon as he stood above the Forbidden Pool?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, jewelsong and katsuno_hitomi!

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Volume 145/Issue 6 Sep. 20th, 2016 @ 07:08 pm
empy
Volume 145/Issue 6

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Northern Courage, Ofermode and Thorin Oakenshield’s last stand
Tolkien was fascinated by the concept he called “the theory of courage”, which exemplified one of the highest qualities in the literary Northern hero: that of unflinching courage, steadfast resolve and sheer determination of will in the face of impossible odds. [Read more]
From Business Insider:
A woman built this charming 'Hobbit house’ inspired by 'The Lord of the Rings'
Entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe loves J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" — so much so, in fact, that she built a rustic home inspired by the one in the book.
Wolfe recently listed the "Tiny House in the Shire" on Airbnb for $200 a night, for up to two guests at a time.
"Every nook of this little habitation will warm your soul. Every cranny will charm your expedition of repose," she writes in the Airbnb listing. "Up the pathway, tucked into the earth, an unbelievable adventure awaits!" [Read more]
From Inverse:
Here's How Aragorn Could Have Appeared in a 'Hobbit' Movie
ragorn, son of Arathorn, King of men could have been in The Hobbit Trilogy. And even though we didn’t see him in those movies, there are ways even a hardcore Tolkien fan could have approved seeing Aragorn stride through The Hobbit. [Read more]
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Because my Land is Fair (Beleg (of Doriath), Annael (of Hithlum); rated G) by hhimring

* hobbitfilmfic updates:
If I could wake up at a different place, in a different time [2/?] (Richard Armitage/Grahaqm McTavish; rated R) by noalinnea
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Signs of Autumn: Mists

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:
Sam in Cirith Ungol
I can't tell if I'm imagining this or not. But I always thought that Sam's eyes looked unusual in this scene where he is threatening Gollum ("Anything happens to him, you'll have me to answer to.")
Now I'm wondering (after all this time, still wondering about aspects of these films, lol) if it was shot deliberately to make Sam's eyes look larger, uncharacterically harsh and intense - to resemble Frodo's eyes, which though large to begin with, are shown in some scenes mirrored by and becoming similar to Gollum's. Compare screenshots below.
Maybe to indicate that prolonged proximity to the Ring was affecting Sam too?
Just imagining? I'm not sure. Any thoughts?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Are There Women Warriors in Tolkien’s Literature?
The short answer to [the] 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: Fear of what creatures made Pippin clutch at Gandalf's cloak?
Answer: Dragons.

No-one answered correctly this time (though the mod is tempted to give those who answered "Nazgûl" half lembas...).

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Who orders that Merry and Pippin be brought to him "alive and unspoiled"?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, pearltook1!

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Volume 145/Issue 5 Sep. 16th, 2016 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 145/Issue 5

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

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From The Federalist:
From The National Post:
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sons_of_gondor updates from co-mod., caras_galadhon:
Friday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Sept. 15 inclusive.

    Hope Prevails (Part 7/12) 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.)
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:

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

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Boromir's travel to Rivendell
    I'm curious what people think about Boromir's strangely long journey to Rivendell. As someone who focuses on things prior to the Second Age, it's not something I've thought about before, but it took him a little over three and a half months to reach Rivendell from Minas Tirith. Does this seem right, even considering his several reported delays? [More]
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RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Androgynous Elves?
    We have to assume that any question of androgyny among the elves would be the perceptions of outsiders. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What object does Gandalf catch in his left hand as he plunges with the Balrog in Moria?

Answer: His sword, Glamdring.

frolijahfan was absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Fear of what creatures made Pippin clutch at Gandalf's cloak?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dawn_felagund and calmacil_20!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, tomatoe18!

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Volume 145/Issue 4 Sep. 13th, 2016 @ 06:46 pm
empy
Volume 145/Issue 4

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
LA’s 2016 Baggins Birthday Bash, moving to Long Beach
NVITE YOUR FRIENDS! SPREAD THE WORD! BRING FOOD & DRINK! Southern California Tolkien fans are invited to join in the merriment of TORN’s Annual Baggins Birthday Bash, which will take place on Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 starting at noon in El Dorado Park in Long Beach, the Arbor Day Grove. [Read more]
From Entomology Today:
South American Stink Bug Named after J. R. R. Tolkien’s Nazgûl
For several years in the systematic entomology laboratory at North Dakota State University, we have been working on the systematics of the South American stink bug genus Acledra.
One day when we realized that we had a new species, we got the opportunity to have some fun by choosing a deserving cool name. Thus Acledra (Acledra) nazgul Faundez, Rider & Carvajal is the name of this new stink bug from the highlands of Argentina, which we described recently in the journal Arquivos Entomolóxicos. [Read more]
From NY Daily News:
Remembering the ‘father of fantasy literature’ J.R.R. Tolkien, here are six of his best characters
Tolkien is now known as the "father of fantasy literature."
What follows are six of his best characters that burst to life on the page. They can also be found in Peter Jackson’s films — which, taken as a whole, are an imaginative homage to Tolkien. [Read more]
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If I could wake up at a different place, in a different time (Richard Armitage/Graham McTavish; rated PG-13) by noalinnea
Omerta (Nori; rated G) by vix_spes
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Signs of Autumn: Mists

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:
What's your Tolkien story?
This is a completely random post, but I was just interested in hearing about the first time that you read anything by Tolkien. It could be the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, etc. Personally, I just stumbled upon the Hobbit one day in a library 3 or 4 years ago, and have been a fan ever since. I'm just interested to hear how Tolkien's work inspired you to read more of the books and/ or watch the movies. Again, my story isn't that interesting, but there it is. I have watched all of the theatrical editions and extended editions of all the movies, and like half of the books on my shelf are by Tolkien. I don't really have an inspiring story to tell about the books other than that they are extremely interesting and the characters are vivid. There are certain lines and scenes in the movies that are so memorable. Some of my personal favorites involve Legolas, Eowyn, Sam, and Gandalf. I won't list specific lines, but feel free to do so on your post. I would just like to hear about your Tolkien story (plus how you came to join the forums).
I look forward to hearing from you!
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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: What is Torech Ungol usually known as?
Answer: Shelob's Lair.

curiouswombat and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: What object does Gandalf catch in his left hand as he plunges with the Balrog in Moria?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, 12dozenroses AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, frodoslegacy AND byeharold!

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