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- • From TORn:
Happy Hobbit: Blackberry Wine – Episode 10 - Can Kili bottle the “Scolded Old Lady” fast enough for the Elven King? Watch to find out, and you just might learn a thing or two about brewing wine! [Happy Hobbit: Blackberry Wine - Episode 10] [Recipe]
Hotels during our ‘The One Expected Party’ are almost sold out - For those of you coming to Hollywood for this party, especially those of you from outside the Southern California area, you already know you need a hotel. But I’d like to make sure all you locals are able to take advantage of these great deals we have with these hotels. After all, with the closure…
Letteri talks Weta Digital’s work on ‘The Hobbit’ (video) - Joe Letteri has helmed Weta Digital to work on three films with visual effects Oscar nominations in this year’s Academy Awards. Its work on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” is the only film that had all the work done in one place while his team contributed to “The Avengers,” and “Prometheus.” The work done on…
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• tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
-- The Wealth of Kingdoms (Thranduil, Dwarves of Erebor, Rating: G, Economic imperialism does Middle-earth. Five drabbles on how Thranduil came to be sitting on a beetling crag with an army, and then just walked away) by dwimordene_2011
-- Contentment (Aragorn, Rating: G) by lindahoyland
-- The Hidden Valley, and Beyond (Bilbo Baggins, Elrond, Rating: G, That AU where in Bilbo is a dragon and the dwarves don't know (yet)) by equal_to_k
-- No cure for what is killing me (Thranduil ,Thorin, Rating: G, There's not much left to love) by mangacrack
-- Beneath the Mountains Music Woke -- Chapter Two (Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Rating: R, After being rescued by Bilbo, Thorin begins to realize that his feelings for the halfling are more than simple gratitude. But past ills cannot be so easily undone, and the growing need inside him proves difficult to understand or control. And although he might be king in name, a man without land or wealth has little to offer anyone) by emilianadarling
-- Swallow (Dwalin/Fili, tiny implication of Fili/Kili, Rating: hard R, Dwalin lets his mind wander. Very much a PWP) by empy
-- Among Bedsheets and Splinters (1/2) (Bofur/Kíli, Rating: Explicit, A heroic deed by Bofur is finally rewarded many years later, much to Bofur and Kíli’s surprise) by iavalir
-- The Call (Fili and Kili, Rating: PG, When word began to spread that Thorin Oakenshield was searching for a company of dwarves to fight a dragon and retake their homeland, Fili could hardly resist the call of adventure. The trouble, he knew, would be Kili) and Legacy (Bofur, Fili, Kili, no rating) by s1ncer1ty
• sons_of_gondor updates:
Friday, Jan. 10 through Friday, Jan. 18 inclusive
-- every breath you take [2/3] (Sean Bean/Viggo Mortensen, Rating: NC-17, Someone is watching Sean, and it’s not Viggo. Part II: Viggo figures something out, and somehow it makes everything worse) by evocates
-- Vinter i Skagen (Sean/Viggo, Rating: G, Sean and Viggo spend the holidays in northern Denmark) by noalinnea
-- Tending To Trouble (Boromir, Merry, Pippin, Faramir, Rating: PG-13, Boromir does not like playing nurse. However, Boromir is very bad at saying "no" to certain hobbits.) by rubyelf
-- monologues for two [5/?] Viggo Mortensen/Sean Bean, Rating: NC-17, Sean and Viggo navigate conversation on horseback. Still dialogue-only) by noalinnea and evocates
Realisations (Aragorn/Frodo, Rating: PG, Frodo confronts Aragorn about his feelings) by alliesdragon
At the Sign of the Poison Apple (Lord of the Rings, Shrek II, Once Upon a Time, Rating: G, There are hobbits who have adventures thrust upon them, and there are hobbits who go out looking for trouble adventure. Sometimes the latter find more than they could ever imagine) by dreamflower02
• AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
-- TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
- • mucun my pic page ("LotR Sam/Frodo Slash Fanart" ... Not Work Safe!)
• alexcat Like a Gondorian Whore (Celeborn/OCM, Rating: NC-17) and Brothers in Arms (Aragorn/Boromir, Rating: NC-17, 'Perhaps that is all that made any of us fit for it... Love.' I cried every chapter and cry still when I read it)
• rubyelf Surrender (Part 3 Of 3) (Boromir/Merry/Pippin, RATING: R, After the party's discouraging defeat on Caradhras, Boromir recognizes the Fellowship's wariness and their fear of his betrayal... well, except for two of them)
• Links from mews1945:
-- lbilover A charming romantic story in which Frodo has plans that include a poetry-reading society, and a method of insuring that the society will soon be reduced to two members. F/S. The Immortal Poets Society
-- curiouswombat Two drabbles for Tolkien Weekly. Legolas. It Takes Two. Father and Son
- • Via TORn Forums: Movie Discussion - The Hobbit
Dwarf beards and lifecycles - There has been a decent amount of discussion related to dwarves and their beards (especially the debate with two characters in particular about whether or not you could call it a beard) so I thought I would post my take on each character and their beard styles. Feel free to provide some insights of your own too :) I will start with the "controversial" beards, aka Kili and Fili's …
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- Yesterday’s MOVIE question: Who orders that Merry and Pippin be brought to him "alive and unspoiled"?
juliebeth, lindahoyland, frolijahfan, and namarielorien all answered correctly.
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