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Volume 193/Issue 9

Volume 193/Issue 9

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IN MEMORIAM
On June 27, 2020, Angmar, one of the writers of The Circles, a dark Alternative Universe fanfiction series, passed beyond the Circles of the World after a lengthy illness. He and his co-writer, Elfhild, started writing The Circles in 2004. They wrote continuously for almost fifteen years until Angmar's health started to decline, and he was forced to take a hiatus from writing.

It was one of Angmar's last requests that Elfhild finish The Circles. Over the years, the writing team wrote eleven books, but less than half of them have been posted online. Though Angmar has departed from this world, his memory will live on through The Circles.

The Circles explores a Middle-earth in which the Witch-king survived the Battle of Pelennor and Sauron regained the One Ring. The story follows a large cast of original characters, as well as canon characters such as the Nazgul and Sauron.

To read The Circles, go to The Circles of Power
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Does anyone else here love how despite having a place among the heroes of old like Fingolfin or Finarfin, one of Frodo's greatest "strengths" wasn't his ability to slay mighty foes or lead great war-hosts into battle but his empathy and kindness.
Frodo's empathy for others was perhaps one thing that allowed the quest to destroy the ring and ultimately save the world to succeed. It allowed the "Smeagol" side of gollum to emerge and aided in Frodo and Sam's journey through the treacherous lands of Mordor. Had Frodo been more hasty, rash, or aggressive, he most certainly would have acted on the same thought that he had on Gollum back in the beginning of FOTR and certainly ran Gollum through with Sting. Without a guide who knew the land, Sam and Frodo's journey would have been far more perilous and perhaps have even failed, as they would have gone astray and succumbed to the elements, wildlife, or the enemy. The Kindness that Frodo shows Gollum/Smeagol was enough for them to be able to reach the fires of Orodruin and in the end bring Sauron's regime to an end.

But! It doesn't end there! Going on to the Scouring of the Shire, Frodo is perhaps the most kind and merciful character out of the entire populace of hobbiton. Reading this chapter made me realize that Strength isnt always measured in combat prowess or leadership abilities but can also be a measure of ones emotional fortitude and ability to feel pity for others. Rather than striving for vengeance and punishing Sharkey/Saruman and his Rogues for defiling his homeland and even slaying some of his kin, Frodo opts to forgive Saruman for his misdeeds and even bids him to leave. Even after Saruman tries to shank(unsuccessfully) Frodo, the latter still forgives him as he had not been harmed thanks to the Mithril coat. Frodo feels not anger or hatred towards this figure, but pity at someone who had once been a mighty sorcerer and counted on as one of the wisest figures in the world.

The icing on the cake is when Frodo bids Wormtongue to stay and that he did not need to Follow Saruman anymore and that there was no crime(That they knew of) that Grima had done upon them. Frodo's kind words are so sincere that they even compel Grima to actually stay but sadly it is revealed that thanks to the meddlings of Saruman/Sharkey, Grima was ordered to murder Lotho, and the rest is history.

In the end what I essentially love about Frodo's heroic qualities is his ability to be kind towards others and act mercifully, as his reclamation of the Shire went far less bloodily than it could have been had Frodo not acted as a voice of reason and empathy

Ultimately what I loved about finishing the Lord of the Rings books was that being a Hero doesn't always mean being a sword swinging badass
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What Was the Distance Between Dale and Erebor?
J.R.R. Tolkien does not provide any measurement of distance between the gate of Erebor and the ruins of Dale in The Hobbit but in the narrative he mentions that Bilbo had about five hours from the time he persuaded Bombur to take a nap until midnight, when Bombur was to be relieved.
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Friday's BOOK question: Which leader spoke with Gandalf and Pippin at the gate in the Rammas Echor?
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No one gave it a go this time.

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Volume 193/Issue 8

Volume 193/Issue 8

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-nine. Welcome all!

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    It's not only Bilbo and Frodo's birthday today; it's also actor and stuntman Sala Baker's special day! Sala recently gave an in-depth interview with host Joshy G, for the show 'Get Super' with our friends over at Sideshow. Sala talks about how he went from having to be persuaded by a friend to go along to auditions for extras in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies, to snagging the role of Sauron -- to starting a new life in Los Angeles, and most recently appearing in The Mandalorian. [More]
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    ~The Tragical Misery Tour (of Húrin) and the Return of the Sons (and Jewel) of Fëanor
    In Which Morgoth Plays His Last Húrin Card, A Silmaril Raises the Stakes, Dwarves Play Too Close to the Chest, Thingol Folds, Ents Are Wild, and Menegroth Collapses like a House of Cards. In Chapter 22, "Of the Ruin of Doriath," it's finally time to say goodbye to Beleriand's first kingdom of the Eldar, one whose roots began in Chapter 4 when a Teleri Elf-lord named Elwë met a goddess in the woods, changed his name, and decided to tarry indefinitely in Middle-earth. But if there's one lesson to be learned in Tolkien's legendarium, it's that nothing lasts forever...even the most beautiful and majestic of works--maybe especially those. Appreciate it while you can. [More]
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    ~Who Was King Bladorthin?
    Ah, one of the great mysteries of The Hobbit: Who was King Bladorthin? For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry -- he's only mentioned once, in a brief sentence. [More]
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Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which Hobbit cut his bindings first when escaping the Uruk-hai in Rohan?

Answer: Pippin.

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Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Which leader spoke with Gandalf and Pippin at the gate in the Rammas Echor?

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Volume 193/Issue 7

Volume 193/Issue 7

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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Today in Middle-earth, September 22
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The Baggins Birthday Bash goes virtual
I bet you all thought we forgot the Baggins Birthday Bash amongst all the other things falling by the wayside during COVID-19. We did not, we’ve just been working out a fun way to move it online. [Read more]
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September 2020 Challenge: A Naturalist's Guide to Middle-earth
In spite of the focus of the narrative, Middle-earth isn’t all warfare, secret realms, and ambitious craftsmanship. There are scholars and explorers too - and a whole world to explore! This month’s challenge invites you to sneak a peek into these explorers’ notebooks for inspiration.

Prompts are images from historical naturalist publication - waiting for you to imagine how they may fit into Middle-earth (or Valinor, or Númenor, or…). You don’t have to write about naturalists, explorers or research expeditions unless you want to - just go wherever the prompt takes you. You can select the prompt or prompts that most inspire you from the collection below.

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Would you actually like to live in Middle Earth?
Would you actually like to live in Middle Earth and what would you do there?
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Where Did Hobbits Live in the First Age?
While I am unaware of any published texts written by J.R.R. Tolkien that explain the ultimate origins of Hobbits, his mythological beginnings for Men and Elves are similar enough that we can extrapolate with some confidence what might have happened. I see three distinct possibilities that might have seemed worth Tolkien’s consideration.
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Friday's BOOK question: Who did Sam first think of when trapped in Shelob's lair?
Answer: Tom Bombadil.

frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Which Hobbit cut his bindings first when escaping the Uruk-hai in Rohan?

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Volume 193/Issue 6

Volume 193/Issue 6

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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    ~Collecting The Precious -- Budk's The Horn of Gondor Replica
    Budk has some awesome new items coming to fans over the next few months. The first amazing piece coming from them is The Horn of Gondor, that we saw Boromir carry and use during The Fellowship of the Ring. [More]

    ~Collecting The Precious -- Budk's The Helm and Sword of Eomer
    Gondor isn't the only realm in Middle-earth that is getting some love from the folks at Budk. Rohan is getting attention in the form of the helm and sword of none other than Eomer. The helm is designed to look exactly like the one worn during The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. [More]

    ~Happy Hobbit: Farmers' Market
    Join Kili for an adventure as she walks to the Michel Delving farmers' market, admiring the sights along the way, thankful that their entire valley didn't burn in a recent fire. [More]
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    In spite of the focus of the narrative, Middle-earth isn't all warfare, secret realms, and ambitious craftsmanship. There are scholars and explorers too -- and a whole world to explore! This month's challenge invites you to sneak a peek into these explorers' notebooks for inspiration.

    Prompts are images from historical naturalist publication -- waiting for you to imagine how they may fit into Middle-earth (or Valinor, or Númenor, or...). You don't have to write about naturalists, explorers or research expeditions unless you want to -- just go wherever the prompt takes you. You can select the prompt or prompts that most inspire you from the collection below. [More]
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    ~A Series of Unfortunate Choices (Made By the Children of Húrin)
    In Which the Son of Húrin... Well... It's Hard to... Oh, It's All Just the Worst. As Túrin confronts the dreaded father of all dragons on the doorstep of Nargothrond, it's time for us to confront the second half of the Tale of the Children of Húrin as summarized in Chapter 21 of The Silmarillion. Here the tale widens, as we are reminded through new tragedies that Túrin isn't the only doomed child of Húrin--nor the only one yoked by the curse of Morgoth. [More]
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    ~On Feanor's Abandonment of Fingolfin
    By this point Feanor has grown pretty paranoid -- especially with regards to Fingolfin. Though things were sort of overshadowed by Finwe's murder and the theft of the silmarils, remember that Feanor had, for a long time, been sort of jealous of Fingolfin, and definitely anxious about him gaining power among the Noldor. [More]
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Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which two races of beings does Theoden say he can't count on as his allies, unlike Aragorn?

Answer: Dwarves and Elves.

addie71, frolijahfan and engarian all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Who did Sam first think of when trapped in Shelob's lair?

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Volume 193/Issue 5

Volume 193/Issue 5

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Thranduil on Throne Pre-Order
We saw Thranduil on Throne during our friends at Weta Workshop’s Comic-Con at home. It’s the next superb piece in their Masters Collection series, and it goes live for pre-orders on Tuesday, September 15th. These Masters Collection pieces do not last long, and with only 400 of these being made, that streak is going to continue. [Read more]

Collecting The Precious – Star Ace Toys Defo-Real Morgul Lord and Treebeard
During Sideshow Collectibles Comic-Con at-home event, they showed us a preview of a brand new Defo-Real figure and now we’ve been surprised with another. Collectors got to see a preview of the Morgul Lord Defo-Real figure, which is limited to only 500 pieces. [Read more]
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The Teleri decision
First a disclaimer. This is not a post to bash the Teleri or any of their nobles. Nor it is a post to praise our mighty lord Feanor the great, Feanor the wise, Feanor the... Sorry. This is written with the firm believe thar someone will help me understand some acttions that bother me a little bit only. Let's go!

We are at Aman. Melkor (aka Morgoth) kills Finwë, steals the Silmarils, kills the Trees and runs.

Everyone is sad, but when the news from Formentos get to Feanor he assembles his people swears the Oath and goes after Morgoth.

He reaches the Teleri, allied of his people and their king personal friend of his father. Here comes the part that I don't really understand.

Why does Olwe not help the Noldo?

Yeah; it was a rushed course of action, yeah; Feanor was not the most likeable person, yeah; they were concerned about the Noldo safety.

But what did they think would happen to their kin in Beleriand?

What would happen to the Noldo who would have to build ans sail ships across and ocean with zero sailing skills? Or if they choose to cross the Helcaraxe?

To me it seems contradictory.

As always thanks for reading!

EDIT: Please I am not trying to justify Feanor like people is starting to think. I firmly believe in the points I have made and want some further explanation. Thanks!
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Do Hobbits Have Any Enemies?
Hobbits are not exactly a warlike people with a long history of wars and conflict but it can be shown that they have two types of enemies in Eriador.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What did Pippin have for breakfast his first morning in Minas Tirith?
Answer: Small loaf and butter.

elwenlj answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Which two races of beings does Theoden say he can't count on as his allies, unlike Aragorn?

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Volume 193/Issue 4

Volume 193/Issue 4

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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    ~How Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Movies Changed the Book's Characters
    Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy delves deep into the mythos of Middle-earth, providing the most fully realized film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved books to date. Many of the films' characters remained remarkably unchanged in the transition from the page to the screen. Actor Andy Serkis, for instance, received praise from fans and critics alike for faithfully portraying Sméagol/Gollum in all his greedy despair. The late Ian Holm is also remembered for his spot-on rendition of the beloved Bilbo Baggins. [More]
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    ~The Six Degrees of Túrin Turambar
    In Which the Son of Húrin Is Raised Among Elves, Goes Out to Seek His (Mis)fortune, and Becomes a Host of Household Names While At Least Trying to Not Wreck All of Beleriand. The fantastical yet tragic story that became Chapter 21, "Of Túrin Turambar," is one that J.R.R. Tolkien had worked on in the earliest days of his created world, before there was a legendarium. I mean, the story's outline spawned The Silmarillion itself. [More]
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    ~Meetings Between Galadriel and Sauron
    As far as what Tolkien wrote about, it doesn't seem like Galadriel and Sauron had anything to do with each other during the First Age. However, within the first 1,000 years of the Second Age... [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What time of day is it when Frodo first hears a Ringwraith cry since leaving Rivendell?

Answer: Dawn.

Sadly, no one gave it a try.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: What did Pippin have for breakfast his first morning in Minas Tirith?

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Volume 193/Issue 3

Volume 193/Issue 3

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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From Variety:
Why Hugo Weaving Doesn’t Want to Return to ‘Lord of the Rings’
Hugo Weaving isn’t returning to Middle-earth any time soon — or probably ever.
“No way. Absolutely no,” Weaving tells Variety in a recent phone interview about whether or not he would don the elf ears as Elrond again, considering the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” Amazon series. Weaving starred as the half-elven leader in both the “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, which collectively grossed almost $6 billion worldwide and is currently being adapted into a show for the streaming platform (it’s set before “The Fellowship of the Ring,” so perhaps a younger version of Elrond could appear). [Read more]
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Sea Places: Harbour

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Cliche Busting.

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
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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 /r/Tolkienfans:
The nine fingers of Sauron.
Lots of talk around here concerning Sauron and his dominion over his pet Nazgûl - and this got me wondering how he physically maintained his possession over the nine rings.

He still had enough fingers to manage all that bling... any chance he kept them in his possession by decking himself out big-pimpin’-style?

Why wouldn’t the Lord of the Rings wear all of them at once?
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Via silwritersguild:
New Site Logo Design Contest
I have, at this point, built most of the new site and will begin working on the appearance of the site soon. Along with this, the other mods and I would like to have a new logo for the site and the SWG's social media going forward, so we'll be holding a logo contest to choose our new logo!

The way it will work: The mod team will get the first look at any logos submitted to make sure that they fit the needs of our site and reflect the culture and values of our group. SWG members can then vote for the design they like best! Artists will not be identified during the voting process. [Guidelines]
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Why Did Frodo Wait 17 Years to Leave the Shire?
This is one of those questions that arises from the conflict between the Peter Jackson movies and J.R.R. Tolkien’s book. It has been asked both ways: “What happened to the seventeen year gap between the Farewell Party and Frodo’s departure from the Shire (in the movie)?”

How did we lose seventeen years?In other words, why did Peter Jackson not tell the same story as J.R.R. Tolkien? I don’t know. We might as well ask why Rhett and Scarlett only had one child in the film version of “Gone with the Wind”. But we should try to clear up a misperception as best we can.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: When Gandalf first went into Moria, who was he looking for?
Answer: Thráin.

No one gave it a go this time.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What time of day is it when Frodo first hears a Ringwraith cry since leaving Rivendell?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, daehith AND blueniverse, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, ink_gypsy, fragilebalance AND lizardbeth_j!

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Volume 193/Issue 2

Volume 193/Issue 2

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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From dawn_felagund:
    ~Tolkien Fanfiction Survey
    Do you read or write Tolkien-based fanfiction, or have you done so in the past? If so, the Tolkien Fanfiction Survey wants to hear from you! We are looking for people who read and/or write fanfiction set in Tolkien's universe, whether the books, films, or other media versions. All fic-writing and -reading fans are welcome, no matter their experience level with Tolkien or fanfiction. We also want to hear from fans who read/wrote Tolkien-based fanfiction in the past but who are no longer involved. For more information on the survey, including more details on what data we're collecting, what we're doing with it, and contact information for the researchers, or to start the survey: https://tinyurl.com/tolkienfanficsurvey.
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From tolkien_weekly:
    ~New Prompt
    Another place to see at the sea-side... This week's prompt word is: CLIFF. [More]
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From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TOR:
    ~Angband Strikes Back; or, The Battle of Unnumbered Tears
    In Which the Noldor Regroup (Mostly), War is Renewed, Dwarves Join the Fray, Dragons Are Unleashed, Men Prove to Be Faithful and/or Faithless, and Húrin Wears a Very Special Coat of Arms. Well, we're way past the middle of The Silmarillion. If there was a line chart that showed the fortunes of the Elves in the First Age, we've been seeing the data points starting to tank. The first big drop was the Battle of Sudden Flame, but now we've come to Chapter 20, "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad," and this is when things really go south. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Elves and Ovulation
    Perhaps...elvish women can choose when to ovulate...Or, perhaps instead of instant-ovulation, elvish women simply have extremely long ovulation periods...Perhaps the elvish cycle works so that there is basically always an egg available for fertilization, so that biology doesn't get in the way of the elves' choice? [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which actor complained of this movie-acquired ailment: Severe puncture wound to sole of foot?

Answer: Sean Astin.

addie71, noadvertising, frolijahfan and gilli_ann all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: When Gandalf first went into Moria, who was he looking for?

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Volume 193/Issue 1

Volume 193/Issue 1

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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From TORn:
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, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets. [Read more]

Middle-earth design contest with Oscha Slings: WINNER
Big thanks to everyone who entered the contest run by our good friends at Oscha Slings, to come up with a new Middle-earth design! We hear there were many lovely entries, and it was very hard to make a choice; but we can now announce the winner. [Read more]
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Weathering it Together (Luthien, Beren; rated PG) by hhimring
The Dead that Lived (Luthien; rated PG) by hhimring
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Sea Places: Shoreline

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Death Wish.

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/Tolkienfans:
Why do people skip the songs?
I've noticed a lot of people mention that they dislike the songs and poems included in LotR. I can sort of understand the dislike of them, they're a very unique device and I can see why they wouldn't be to everyone's taste, even though I love them. But why do people skip them? They aren't more difficult to read than the rest of the text. They're always relevant to what's happening in the story at the time, unlike some other fantasy books. They also generally provide interesting/useful information (except for Tom Bombadil I guess). Why don't people just read through them even if they don't like them?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
What is the Hobbitish Language?
Technically, Hobbitish is a dialect of the Westron language, which was a descendant of the Adûnaic language spoken by the Marachians (the Third House of the Edain).
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Who said to Saruman: "[W]ere you ten times as wise you would have no right to rule me"?
Answer: Gandalf.

noadvertising answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by elycia: Which actor complained of this movie-acquired ailment: Severe puncture wound to sole of foot?

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Volume 192/Issue 8

Volume 192/Issue 8

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. Welcome all!

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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~New Gollum Video Game Teaser
    Daedalic Entertainment's upcoming stealth-based game The Lord of the Rings: Gollum had its first teaser trailer drop a couple of days ago on gaming and entertainment company IGN's YouTube channel. It's been a while since we've had a decent LOTR game and while this upcoming release focuses on the non-hero non-Fellowship type character, it's nice to see Tolkien's world getting some mainstream gaming action. [More]
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    ~A Few Ways to Get Involved in the Site Rebuild
    I am continuing to make good progress on the site rebuild. Because our new software will be much more flexible than our old software, I can build several "wishlist" items that people have asked for. As I work on this, there are a few tasks with which others can be of assistance... [More]
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From TOR:
    ~A Dog's Purpose Full-Wrought: The Trifold Dooms of Huan, Beren, and Lúthien
    In Which Sauron Gets His Ass Handed to Him, Beren and Lúthien Cosplay As Bad Guys Then Infiltrate Angband, A Big Wolf Goes Ballistic, and Huan Is Such A Good Boy. Sauron means "the Abhorred" in Quenya, and he's earned the name plenty already. As the master of Tol-in-Gaurhoth, the Isle of Werewolves, he's captured many Elves already; a bunch of thralls languish in his pits even now. But only one from his most recent batch of prisoners is left: Beren son of Barahir, whose quest for a Silmaril seems to have stopped short. [More]
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RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Use of Sindarin vs. Quenya
    The earliest elves spoke Primitive Quendian, which eventually evolved into Common Eldarin (after the Avari split off.) Then, while the three groups of elves (the Vanyar, Noldor, and Teleri) traveled west towards Valinor, Common Eldarin split into two different languages. The Vanyar and the Noldor developed the Quenya language, while the Teleri spoke Common Telerin. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which actor complained of this movie-acquired ailment: near drowning?

Answer: Viggo Mortensen.

addie71, frolijahfan and noadvertising all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from elanorgardner: Who said to Saruman: "[W]ere you ten times as wise you would have no right to rule me"?

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