Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and thirty-six. Welcome all!
Note from the Mods: Please encourage friends on your friends list to join and send their news. If you have an announcement you would like to make, a fic you'd like to promote, a question you'd like to ask, we invite you to simply format it according to the rules on the info page and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not have to be a member to post but we are an open community and encourage everyone to join now. Only the mods may initiate new posts but comments are encouraged.
• From io9:
- ~The Fellowship of the Ring Is Still Ready to Take on a Cave Troll
These days, the world feels more like Mordor than the Shire. Thankfully, a few hobbits are still around to bring us some hope. Monday night, Dominic Monaghan posted a few photos on his Instagram. You may know Monaghan as Charlie from Lost, but he was also Merry in Lord of the Rings. He was hanging out with Billy Boyd (Pippen), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), and current Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), and decided to document it. [More]
Note from the Mods: We would like to invite the moderators of other fandom communities to become 'reporters' or 'scouts' for middleearthnews. All we ask is that you send us formatted updates on your own communities for posting here.
• tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
- February 2017 Newsletter Posted (Challenges, Special Projects, Character Biography, Fiction, Around the World and the Web) from nelyo_russandol
• From silwritersguild:
- ~One Week Left in the Taboo Challenge!
This is a friendly reminder that there is one week left in the Taboo challenge! Choose one, multiple, a row, or an entire card of prompts from our Taboo bingo card. Taboo challenge stories are due on the SWG archive no later than February 10, 2017, in order to be eligible to receive a stamp for that month. That's one week away! [More]
• From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
- - TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
- The Hobbit - All Media Types
- The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
- Lord of the Rings RPF
- The Hobbit (2012) RPF
• From TheOneRing.net:
- ~The Mormegil and the Talking Purse...
I was listening to a podcast today; and the opinion of the host was that the talking purse belonging to Bill was not necessarily the way things actually happened; that Bilbo, as the narrative voice who wrote the story in the Red Book, might have been attempting to lighten the mood, or soften the tone for younger Hobbit ears. Not the first time I've heard that suggested, mind...But, I've never heard any suggestion that the time Anglachel spoke with human (or Elvish) voice to Túrin was an hallucination or a story exaggeration, even though Túrin was crazed with grief and exhaustion at the time. [More]
Your friendly middleearthnews mods are constantly on the lookout for all things LotR-related, from fics to fandom events, comics to current news. Make them happy by emailing them at email@example.com.
• From Ask About Middle-earth:
- ~Frodo and "Smeagol"
When Sam and Frodo capture Gollum in the Emyn Muil, and Frodo sees Gollum for the first time, there's this pretty great moment where he flashes back to Gandalf's speech about the pity of Bilbo. [More]
• Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who insists that the care of women and children at Helm's Deep is "an honorable charge"?
engarian, fredbassett, lindahoyland, elwenlj and frolijahfan all answered correctly.
• Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Who was Balin's father?
All comments are screened so that only the mods can see the answers. Comments will be unscreened when the next edition is posted. Any comments on a different subject will be unscreened ASAP.
• HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, hobbitofkobol and lilithlotr!
The mods would like to wish anyone having a special day the very best. Please send your special wishes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Link contributions are welcome)
• From Tumblr:
That's it for this edition. Please send your formatted post for Tuesday's edition by 8:00 a.m. Tuesday (Eastern time) to email@example.com. Thanks for joining us and tell your friends!