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Volume 175/Issue 7 Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 175/Issue 7

Circulation: One thousand, one hundred and ninety-three. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~TORn goes to Wondercon in Anaheim next week
    Yes, we will be at Wondercon, but with a booth. We do, however, have a panel, and a surprise after the panel. Can't talk about the surprise just yet, but keep reading for more details. 2019 is our 20th Anniversary, so we are lining up lots of Middle-earth and Tolkien fun throughout the year. [More]
From oeam:
    ~IMPORTANT OEAM NEWS
    IMPORTANT OEAM NEWS: If you have fic there that you want to save, I suggest that you nab it from the site by March 31. The host is changing PHP, whatever that is, and I am not sure we will have a site after that. I have no way to change or fix anything, and frankly, no one uses the site anymore, so if it goes down, I may just drop it. If it does not disappear, I may have AO3 archive it...If any of you know anything about PHP and such, let [alexcat] know. [More]
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Balrog Armor
    So did the Balrog wear armor? And if so, what kind? My understanding is that sophisticated armor like plate armor did not exist in Tolkien's mythology, so are we thinking something more simplistic? Perhaps something more akin to Greek cuirasses, vambraces, and greaves? What about footwear? [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Where Was Utumno?
    Utumno...was the original fortress of Morgoth, before the elves ever came to Beleriand or Valinor. Tolkien tells us that it was a largely underground fortress, and situated north of the Iron Mountains and east of Angband, but its exact location was never described by Tolkien, or shown on any of his maps. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who calls Eowyn 'some wild thing' and compares her bower to a hutch?

Answer: Grima Wormtongue.

sandycombs, elwenlj, gilli_ann, febobe and fredbassett all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: How many Istari were sent to Middle-earth by the Valar to unite and counsel the Free Peoples in their struggles against Saruman?

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Volume 175/Issue 6 Mar. 19th, 2019 @ 06:24 pm
empy
Volume 175/Issue 6

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and ninety-three. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From ScreenRant:
10 Storylines From The LotR Books That Should Be Made Into Their Own Movies
Like all great fantasy stories, J.R.R. Tolkien created a comprehensive world for his masterpiece The Lord Of The Rings. Within this main story-world are an assortment of cultures, myths, and adventures that fill in the gaps and thematically enhance the plotline, most of which only dedicated fans even know about. Tolkien even left notes that were compiled and edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, and subsequently made into books such as The Silmarillion and The Fall Of Gondolin.
In Peter Jackson's award-winning adaptation of the original trilogy, we were given a few of these storylines. More were added to Jackson's less than beloved Hobbit Trilogy. But the vast majority remain untouched by film or television adaptations, thus ripe for exploration. [Read more]
From The Kansas City Star:
Afterword Tavern & Shelves serves a Lord of the Rings-inspired twist on a New York Sour
Vanessa Waters, curator of libations at Afterword Tavern & Shelves, a combination bookstore-bar in the Crossroads Arts District, celebrates author J. R. R. Tolkien with a recent concoction called The Balrog of Moria.
Named for the fearsome creatures that serve Morgoth in “The Lord of the Rings” series, this riff on a New York Sour is an ode to local collaboration. [Read more]
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From hobbit_kink:
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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:
Desert Island Chapters
You find yourself castaway on a remote desert island. Your suitcase of Tolkien books washes ashore. You have seconds to save your favourite chapter from any book before everything is water damaged. Knowing that this will be the only reading material you have until you are saved, which chapter do you decide to tear out and save, and why?
And to be cruel, the desert island is completely barren. Your only chance of starting a fire is by using pages of the books for kindling. Which chapter do you decide to tear out and throw on the fire, and why?
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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Before the Numenoreans Came
Things in Middle-earth changed radically as a result of the War of Wrath. The war lasted about 42 years, beginning in the year 545 of the First Age and ending in the year 587. During that time huge parts of Middle-earth — Beleriand, the far northern lands, the inland sea of Helcar — were ruined or reshaped. In Morgoth’s Ring Christopher Tolkien presents a previously unpublished essay by his father which ponders the motives of the various forces in the Silmarillion.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the Prince of Dol Amroth who ruled Minas Tirith while Faramir was ill, after the death of Denethor?
Answer: Prince Imrahil.

openidwouldwork, elwenlj and sandycombs answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Who calls Eowyn 'some wild thing' and compares her bower to a hutch?

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Volume 175/Issue 5 Mar. 15th, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 175/Issue 5

Circulation: One thousand, one hundred and ninety-three. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Today in Middle-earth, March 13
    The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on March 13th: Frodo captured by the Orcs of Cirith Ungol (3019); The Pelennor is overrun (3019); Faramir is wounded (3019); Aragorn reaches Pelargir and captures the fleet (3019); Théoden in Druadan Forest (3019); Frodo is taken ill (3020). [More]

    ~Middle-earth March Madness is Coming Soon
    TORn staff have been busy mixing things up a little bit this year. With Amazon Prime floating all these versions of Middle-earth Maps, we decided it would be fun to take some familiar and some not so familiar Middle-earth locations and spread them out in a Bracket and let you readers decide which destination is your favorite. [More]

    ~Collecting The Precious -- Iron Studios Gandalf the Grey, Frodo Baggins, & Ringwraith Pre-Orders
    As we mentioned a while back, we have a new player in the Middle-earth Collectibles game. Iron Studios is going to be producing collectibles based on the best trilogy of all-time: The Lord of the Rings, of course! These pieces will be produced in 1:10 scale, which is smaller than other collectibles based on the trilogy. [More]

    ~Today in Middle-earth, March 15
    The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on March 15th: Thorin and Gandalf's chance meeting at the Prancing Pony (2941); In the early hours the Witch-king breaks the Gates of the City (3019); The horns of the Rohirrim are heard at cockcrow (3019); Denethor burns himself on a pyre (3019); Battle of the Pelennor (3019); Aragorn raises the standard of Arwen (3019); Dernhelm faces the Lord of the Nazgûl (3019); Théoden is slain (3019); Frodo and Samwise escape and begin their journey north along the Morgai (3019); Battle under the trees in Mirkwood; Thranduil repels the forces of Dol Guldur (3019); Second assault on Lórien (3019); The realm of King Brand of Dale is attacked (3019); Evening in the Morgai (3019); The wounded come to the Houses of Healing (3019); Gandalf hears the cry of the Lord of the Nazgûl (3019); Wounded Merry comes to Minas Tirith (3019); Aragorn comes to the City (3019). [More]

    ~Collecting The Precious -- Weta Workshop's Aragorn at Amon Hen Preview
    If you were lucky enough to attend opening day at the Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle, Washington today, you may have had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the next awesome statue from our friends at Weta Workshop in their The Lord of The Rings statue line. [More]
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From silwritersguild:
    ~March 2019 Challenge: Hidden Figures
    For our March challenge, we will focus on rare characters and textual ghosts. Rare characters, for the purpose of our challenge, are defined as any character with fewer than five fanworks on the SWG archive as of the start of the challenge. (See the list below. Please note that major characters from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are not included, even if they have fewer than five fanworks.) In addition, any character who is unnamed counts as rare, as does any textual ghost (a character who must have existed but is not mentioned in the texts. Elleth's Textual Ghosts Project provides more than six hundred known textual ghosts.) [More]
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~The Secret Door (The Hobbit)
    How long would the door stay open? We know that it is hidden by magic, at least from the outside, though presumably it can be opened from the inside as well (hence how Thrain and Thror got out in the first place). But how long would it stay open after being opened? If it was hidden by magic, does that mean that the door would have shut as soon as the moon set on Durin's Day regardless of whether or not Smaug destroyed it?...And if opened at any other time from the inside, would it have had to be held open to avoid closing on its own? Would it have closed automatically? [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Middle Earth's Oceans
    The oceans are such an important part of Middle Earth, historically and culturally. But Tolkien didn't really spend any time describing them physically -- other than the storms caused by Osse, I guess. If anything, his best descriptions of the oceans tend to emphasize the mystery of them. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which two features of Helm's Deep does Theoden say can be protected from above?

Answer: The causeway and the gate.

Sadly, no one gave it a try.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What was the name of the Prince of Dol Amroth who ruled Minas Tirith while Faramir was ill, after the death of Denethor?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ladylaurelote and takkid!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, fantastique!

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Volume 175/Issue 4 Mar. 12th, 2019 @ 06:05 pm
empy
Volume 175/Issue 4

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and ninety-five. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
TheOneRing.net Exclusive!: new “Tolkien” movie poster
Today we’re happy to bring you yet another Exclusive from our friends at FOX Searchlight Pictures: a brand new movie poster for the upcoming “Tolkien” movie. [Read more]
From SYFY Wire:
Amazon's new Lord of the Rings map sparks plot theories among keen-eyed fans
Since Amazon debuted an unlabeled map of Middle-earth, breaking its silence on the heavily-guarded secrets surrounding its Lord of the Rings TV show, fans have been nitpicking at any details available in order to figure out something — anything — about the series. Now Amazon has updated the map with labels for cities and landmarks, giving fantasy cartographers ample ability to theorize in conjunction with J.R.R. Tolkien’s thorough fictional histories. [Read more]
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Schooling: Assembly.

The current challenge at tolkien100 is The Heart Takes No Orders.

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 /r/Tolkien:
What are the opinions on the movie Tolkien coming out soon?
I’m sure there’s a possibility about it somewhere but I haven’t seen anything yet. I was wondering what everybody was thinking about it? Hopes? Interesting view points? Fears of the movie portraying something wrong?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
How Was Beleriand Destroyed in the War of Wrath?
Technically speaking Beleriand was NOT destroyed in the War of Wrath, although that is the common interpretation of the stories. If I may paraphrase The Princess Bride: "Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much! It just so happens that Beleriand was only MOSTLY destroyed. There’s a big difference between mostly destroyed and all destroyed. Mostly destroyed is slightly left intact. With all destroyed, well, with all destroyed there’s usually only one thing you can do."

So, setting aside the “usually one thing you can do”, let’s assess how much of Beleriand survived.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the building in the Hallows of Minas Tirith where the Kings of Gondor were laid to rest?
Answer: The House of the Kings.

sandycombs and openidwouldwork answered correctly, and sandycombs gets extra lembas for providing the precise location as well as the name!

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Which two features of Helm's Deep does Theoden say can be protected from above?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, namarielorien AND mary_shelley77, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, cara_dee!

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Volume 175/Issue 3 Mar. 8th, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 175/Issue 3

Circulation: One thousand, one hundred and ninety-five. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~New Tolkien trailer released by Fox Searchlight Pictures
    Less than a month after the debut of 56 second long 'teaser' trailer to Tolkien, Fox Searchlight Pictures released another, longer trailer today for the much anticipated movie. The new trailer starts with an introduction by Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. It runs 2 minutes, 23 seconds. In it, we see more details of the relationships in Tolkien's early life with his future wife Edith Bratt, and the "fellowship" of friends who formed the Tea Club and Barrovian Society. [More]

    ~Amazon Prime's new map welcomes us to the Second Age
    Earlier today, Amazon Prime revealed yet another map of Middle-earth, along with text completing the Ring Verse, then the words: Welcome to the Second Age. True to those words, the new map reveals Numenor, which sunk beneath the ocean near the end of the Second Age. [More]
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From silwritersguild:
    ~Reminder: "Love Actually" Challenge Due March 10
    Our current SWG challenge, Love Actually, closes in five days, on March 10! Fanworks must be posted by then in order to receive a stamp. (Late fanworks are always welcome but do not receive stamps.) This month's challenge uses self-selected love quotes from the books as prompts:

    We have made a list of quotes about love from the Legendarium, and you can select one -- or several -- that inspire you to write about that crazy little thing called love. It doesn't have to be a love story; it just needs to respond in some way to the quote(s) that you've chosen. Although we are sorting the quotes according to their context, feel free to disregard that in your response! For example, you can use a romantic love quote in a platonic way, or turn a feudal reading of love into something romantic. [More]
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Desert Island Chapters
    You find yourself castaway on a remote desert island. Your suitcase of Tolkien books washes ashore. You have seconds to save your favourite chapter from any book before everything is water damaged. Knowing that this will be the only reading material you have until you are saved, which chapter do you decide to tear out and save, and why?

    And to be cruel, the desert island is completely barren. Your only chance of starting a fire is by using pages of the books for kindling. Which chapter do you decide to tear out and throw on the fire, and why? [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Thranduil and the Gems of Pure Starlight
    The story that Tolkien is here attributing to Thranduil actually belongs to Thingol (the story of his fight with the dwarves over the Nauglamir.) What happened is that Tolkien, writing The Hobbit long before he'd cemented many of his ideas about Middle Earth -- and actually not yet aware that he was writing about Middle Earth at all -- simply "borrowed" this First Age story and tacked it on to a Third Age character. So, while the details don't really track anymore, it's basically a roundabout reference to the Nauglamir, as an explanation for why the elves and dwarves don't get along. [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.

addie71, frolijahfan and sandycombs all answered correctly. Virtual!lembas for all three for naming Glamdring as well!

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name of the building in the Hallows of Minas Tirith where the Kings of Gondor were laid to rest?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, lion_and_raven, deejay and shirebourn!

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