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• From TheOneRing.net:
- ~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, while the rest of the submissions will be available in a new Poetry page we're currently working on. Join us by the hearth and enjoy! [More]
~Digital Times: why The Hobbit sequel will be (not much) better
There's still some three months before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug debuts on our screens (four if you're unlucky!). Yet wider geek fandom is already looking ahead to what we can expect. In this article, The Digital Times suggests that The Desolation of Smaug may prove the high point of the three (unusual, as middle films in a sequence generally are regarded as the weak link). The author's reason? Spiders. Mirkwood. Beorn. Wood-elves. Lake-men. And Smaug. [More]
~Happy Hobbit: The Exposé -- Episode 23
As part of TheOneRing.net's recent Light the Beacons fundraiser, Heather (AKA: IStoleTheOneRing from the Barliman's Chat) won a guest spot with the Happy Hobbit team. What started off as a friendly chat quickly devolved into an exposé... and an attack of a clone! [More]
~Fan-made Lego animation of Riddles in the Dark
This is a cute little Lego animation of part of the Riddles in the Dark sequence from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Thanks to Ringer Adam for the link. [More]
~Join TheOneRing.net to party in Manhattan!
October 10th to 13th TheOneRing.net will be in the Big Apple, for New York ComicCon. We'll be at Booth 3008, so we hope you'll come by to say hello, chat with us and maybe buy a shirt or try to win something! We'll also be giving a panel on Sunday at 12noon -- 'An Unofficial Sneak Peak at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'. The panel is currently scheduled to be in room 1A14, but that may change, so check back nearer the time. [More]
~Have you met the Oakentoons?
For the last year or so I've been enjoying these clever and funny toons by PeckishOwl and now we're sharing them with you. So without further ado, meet the Oakentoons. [More]
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• tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
- Properly (Thorin/Kili; R) by demonessryu
Playing for Time & Lost in Translation (Kíli/Bilbo/Fíli; NSFW) by rata_toskr
Friday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Sept. 12 inclusive.
- The Captain and the Queen (Part 1/6) by evocates
(Boromir/Arwen, Aragorn/Arwen, Aragorn/Boromir/Arwen; PG to NC-17; Three years after she was crowned the Queen of Gondor, Arwen finds Boromir in a small village near the Stone of Erech. Finding him seems easy when compared to her new Quest of bringing the Son of Gondor back home.)
treasured by noalinnea
(Sean/Viggo; G; Sean cannot sleep. And neither can Viggo.)
• From lotr_community:
- ~Voting closes Sunday for the 2013 Tree & Flower Awards!
Sunday the 15th is the last day for voting in the Many Paths to Tread Tree and Leaf awards. If you have yet to finish your voting, links to the polls can be found HERE!
- ~Signups for the Sons of Gondor Exchange Close TODAY!
This is the final day to throw your hat in the ring! Now's the time to sign up for the Eighth 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 Fri. Sept. 13, 11:59 pm Pacific Time. All fiction/art is due Oct. 21 (11:59 pm Pacific Time), and will be posted to the community on Oct. 31. More details and the signup post itself are available here.
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.
• lotricons updates:
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
• From TheOneRing.net:
- ~Tolkien and Metafiction
[Brljak] argued that the overall conceit of the Lord of the Rings -- that it is ultimately a translation of an unknown number of 'manuscripts' (only the initial manuscripts in the tradition having been actually written by Bilbo, Frodo and Sam) -- is actually its defining characteristic and should be granted far more attention. [More]
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• From estelanui:
- ~The Tolkien Music List
The purpose of this web site is to provide an exhaustive discography of musical works inspired by or referential to the fictional writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
• Wednesday's MOVIE question: What snarling creature does the battering ram used in the siege of Minas Tirith look like?
Answer: A wolf (or warg).
addie71, helenllama, frolijahfan, lindahoyland and febobe all answered correctly.
More next week!
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• HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, frodoslegacy and grean! Enjoy your weekend!
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