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• From TheOneRing.net:
- ~Academy Award nominee Saindon talks 'Hobbit' visual effects
Eric Saindon is a good guy to have on a movie. He is smart, but also easy-going and is able to manage the balance between doing serious business, like being on set every day of filming three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," and creating a good working atmosphere and getting along. [More]
~Today in Middle-earth, February 14
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on February 14th:
- The Mirror of Galadriel (1419)
- Gandalf returns to life, and lies in a trance (1419) [More]
~Eat, Drink, Be Merry! 'An Unexpected Art Show' One Night Only
We're only a week away from 'An Unexpected Art Show', a unique celebration of artwork from over 30 artists around the world inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Our event is one night only -- Friday, February 22, from 7 PM to 1 AM. 'An Unexpected Art Show' will be at Lot 613, a blank-canvas special events space in the Historic Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, located at 613 Imperial Street. [More]
~Air New Zealand Joins 'The One Expected Party!'
According to the little countdown on the left side of our page, we are only 10 days away from 'The One Expected Party' and 8 days away from 'The Unexpected Art Show!' (Yes, tickets are still available, but we are getting close to a sell out!) Today we'd like to focus on one of our Mithril sponsors for the event, Air New Zealand. [More]
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• tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
- Edge of a Knife, Chapter One (Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield; NC-17) by emilianadarling
One or Two (or Ten) (Bilbo, Bofur, Bombur, Ori, ensemble; G) by peachpai
Friday, Feb. 8 through Thursday, Feb. 14 inclusive.
- The time just before... by bluegerl
(Aragorn; G; What would a King just before his crowning be thinking, worrying about?)
A Captain's Duty by evocates
(Aragorn/Boromir [Aragorn/Halbarad, Aragorn/Arwen, Boromir, Théodred]; NC-17; Boromir knows Gondor's ways. No matter how it might break him to follow, he will, for the Captain knows his duties.)
monologues for two (Part 9/?) by noalinnea and evocates
(Viggo Mortensen/Sean Bean; G; Sean wakes up alone. Viggo doesn't. A dialogue-only fic.)
• From Slashy Santa Fiction Archive:
- ~The My Slashy Valentine Archive is OPEN!
They're here! They're here! The Slashy Valentines are here! We have 31 brand spanking new stories on the Slashy Santa Archive from our 2013 My Slashy Valentine fic exchange. Come on over to our website and check them out. There is something for everyone: every rating, LoTR and Silm alike. I'm excited to say we have femslash for the first time this year!
Just head on over to Slashy Santa Archive and don't forget to drop the writers a line or two after you read them!
- ~Participant Guidelines:: Back-to-Middle-earth Month Scavenger Hunt: Expedition in the Abecedarium
Middle-earth is full of hunters. The Vala Oromë found the first people of Middle-earth while hunting, and hunters have remained central to the stories since. Whether hunting for an Arkenstone or a band of Orcs or for truth and justice, Tolkien's world is full of hunts for things both physical and metaphorical. Back-to-Middle-earth Month Scavenger Hunt: Expedition in the Abecedarium seeks to encourage creativity in the Tolkien fandom through a "quote scavenger hunt" that participants will use as inspiration for stories, art, meta, and other creative responses. [B2MeM 2013 Participant Guidelines]
~B2MeM 2013: Banner and Icon Makers Needed!
B2MeM 2013 is fast-approaching, and we need volunteers to help us make banners and icons for this year's participants! If you have some skill with a digital paintbrush (or a real one!) and would like to help us make banners and icons, check out the guidelines. [Banners & Icons]
• From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
- - TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
- The Hobbit - All Media Types
- Lord of the Rings RPF
- The Hobbit (2012) RPF
- lbilover posted a tale in which Elijah talks Sean into doing something dangerous. Suburban Mating Call: A Thrift Store Visit in the Life (PG-13).
lbilover wrote a ficlet based on a piece of artwork of Sam and Frodo after the Ring was destroyed. Untitled (No Rating).
hildigard_brown posted a ficlet and several Sean/Elijah manips to celebrate Valentine's day. Two Hearts: An OTP Valentine's Celebration (No Rating).
seansmts posted a screencap and a quotation illustrating the love between Frodo and Sam. Two Hearts: Greatest Slash Moments (No Rating).
reverie posted a story in which Elijah and his son have a chance encounter. A Boat Trip (PG).
ink_gypsy posted a Sean/Elijah AU ficlet. Sean's dreaded blind date is a total surprise. Mystery Date (NC-17).
lbilover posted a Frodo/Sam drabble. A fantasy comes true. Wish Fulfillment (Mature).
ink_gypsy reposted a Sean/Elijah AU fic. Elijah's birthday brings a happy surprise. Special Delivery (PG).
blslarner posted a tale in which Merimac learns the story behind the ponies that The Travelers rode on the journey home after the quest. On the Ponies (No Rating).
• From TheOneRing.net:
- ~Hall of Fire tomorrow: Tolkien's lesser-read works!
Tomorrow [Saturday] in the Hall of Fire we will be devoting time to some of the Professor's lesser-read works. Come along at 5pm EST to join in some intriguing exploration of pieces which you may, or may not, be familiar with (if not, then you'll be able to learn a lot, and enjoy some great company!). We'll be going through: Leaf By Niggle, Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Smith of Wootton Major, The Father Christmas Letters, Mr. Bliss, Roverandom and The Children of Húrin. [More]
- ~The Hobbit Reread: Chapter 12, "Inside Information"
I'm not sure I buy that Smaug doesn't realize that he has a bare spot on his belly. If he knows the disposition of all of his treasure so well, shouldn't he know the location of those bits of it that ended up stuck to him?
• From lotrips_finders:
- ~Faramir/Eomer where Eomer rebuilds Osgiliath
Does anyone remember a Faramir/Eomer story where Eomer becomes Prince of Osgiliath instead of King of Rohan? (Eowyn becomes queen and marries either Merry or Gimli.) Eomer rebuilds Osgiliath while Faramir restores Ithilien. It was on LJ somewhere, but I've lost the link.
• From estelanui:
- ~What's in the History of Middle-earth?
A detailed list of the contents of the 12 HoMe-volumes and Unfinished Tales by Ninni M. Pettersson.
• Wednesday's MOVIE question: Which great forest borders the land of Rohan?
addie71, frolijahfan, namarielorien and juliebeth all answered correctly.
More next week!
• HAPPY BIRTHDAY, kenazfiction!
• HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, mysterious_jedi and lotrangel17! Enjoy your weekend!
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• From The Wizard of Id:
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