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2021 birthday toast

Happy Twelfthty-ninth (129th) Birthday to the Professor!



J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein on January 3rd 1892 (making this his twelfthty-ninth (129) birthday), and we invite you to celebrate the birthday of our beloved Professor by raising a glass at 9pm your local time.

The toast is simply:
The Professor!

You can find further details on how to participate on the Tolkien Society's site here.
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Holiday break and hiatus

Volume 195/Issue 1

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

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Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year!
2020 has been a highly unusual year, and not even middleearthnews has been able to avoid all of its twists and turns. (Where is Galadriel's mirror when you need it?) Some readers may have noticed that Middle-earth News has been on hiatus for a moment, and this has been due to Covid-19 impacting the workloads of both mods to an unexpected degree.

middleearthnews will be on hiatus for a bit longer, but we will begin regular posting again in January 2021, so please feel free to continue sending in updates over the break. Thank you!

Here's hoping 2021 will be kinder to us all.
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Volume 194/Issue 2

Volume 194/Issue 2

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

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From TORn:
Today in Middle-earth, October 20
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on October 20: [Read more]
From The Oxford Mail:
Eagle and Child pub could stay closed until 2022
ONE of Oxford's most historic pubs may not reopen until the spring of 2022, it has been revealed.

The Eagle and Child on St Giles closed before lockdown to undergo renovations so it could be used as a hotel as well as a pub. [Read more]
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From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
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-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
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-- The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
I do wonder what a Tolkien approved adaptation would look like
Hopefully this post won’t be taken down, as it’s not about any existing adaptations, but just the hypothetical that Tolkien could have lived to see an adaptation that he approved of.

Frankly, I feel like it would be VERY long and detailed. But something to keep in mind is that Tolkien was a writer of books, not screenplays, and I don’t know if he would realize how much adaptations have to change.

But with that being said, it is something I would wish to see if it ever existed.
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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
How High Was Weathertop?
As a World War I Signals Officer I don’t know how much Tolkien would have needed to train in the use and making of maps, especially terrain maps showing elevations. In his letters he occasionally complains that he is terrible at making maps and nearly all of the published maps in the Tolkien books were in fact redrawn by his son Christopher. In any event JRRT did not publish elevation maps, so it seems unlikely he spent much time calculating elevations.
The lack of evidence for the computation of elevations makes it extremely difficult to justify any calculations.
TRIVIA:
Today's MOVIE question contributed by elycia: Who, upon Orlando Bloom's arrival in a local bar, gave him an affectionate head-butt that left a bright-red mark sufficient to infuriate his makeup team the following day?

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Volume 194/Issue 1

Volume 194/Issue 1

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

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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, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets. [More]

    ~Today in Middle-earth, October 6
    The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on October 6: Thorin requests supplies (1341); Gandalf heads for Rivendell after escaping Weathertop (1418); The camp under Weathertop attacked at night. Frodo is wounded (1418); They cross the Ford of Bruinen; Frodo feels the first return of pain (1419); Frodo is again ill (1420); Samwise returns to Bag End (1421). [More]

    ~Sex & Sensibility: Amazon's Nude Take On Tolkien
    Amazon Studios' LOTR Series Heads Into Uncharted Carnal Waters with Casting Call for Nudity and an "Intimacy Coordinator." [More]

    ~UHD 4K LOTR and Hobbit Announced! A Special Message from Sean Astin
    It has long been rumored...and now we can finally confirm! For the first time, Warner Bros. will be releasing The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on 4K UHD on December 1st, 2020. To celebrate, we have a special TheOneRing.net exclusive message to fans from Samwise Gamgee himself, Sean Astin. [More]

    ~Lost in Translation -- Chewing up Tolkien in 2020
    Speaking of translating Tolkien's world to TV and cinema, we dug into our archives to find a rather relevant masterpiece from Green Books staffer Ostadan -- originally posted November 4th, 2004. Enjoy! [More]

    ~'Tolkien is barrel-rolling' -- Revisiting 'MTV Has Landed' from 2003
    We've been digging through the Green Book archives a bit to find relevant articles discussing the 'purity' of Tolkien and his works. We came across this classic from Green Book author, Anwyn, where she addresses the questions that came out of watching the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. If you aren't familiar with it…read on! [More]
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From tolkien100:
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From silwritersguild:
    ~October 2020 Challenge: Soap Opera
    This month's challenge features a prompt generator using stock characters, common plot scenarios, settings, and episode types that are frequently featured in soap operas. Your fanwork does not have to be a soap opera, and you can use one, two, three, or all four prompt generator categories in any combination you want. Also remember that we do not monitor the prompt generator, so feel free to roll until you get a combination that inspires you. [More]
FIC/ART NEWS:

Book Five of The Circles, "Through the Valley of Shadow" by angmar_elfhild (Epic AU; Rated Mature)
Book Five has just been re-released. Follow the journey of two captives of Mordor, twin sisters Elfhild and Elffled, as they cross over the Anduin and pass through the ethereal mists of the Morgul Vale, a place so terrifying that even the minds of brave men succumb to madness.

From silwritersguild:
    ~Horror Fanfiction Book Club: October 31 and November 1
    On October 31 and November 1, we will be hosting a fanfiction book club for horror stories. Discussions will take place on our Discord server--see below for how to join!

    Stories that are under or roughly 5,000 words and hosted on the SWG or AO3 are eligible. Stories should be horror fiction based in The Silmarillion; they should be complete or a chapter from a longer work that can stand alone. You can only submit a story that you have written. [More]
From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TOR:
    ~When Tuor Met Ulmo, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let Gondolin Fall
    In Which Tuor Takes a Littoral Walking Tour, Ulmo Tells All, Gondolin Is Given An Eviction Notice, and Turgon Loves Too Well the Work of His Hands. Chapter 23 of The Silmarillion, "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin," introduces us to a young man every bit as heroic as fellow mortals Beren One-hand and Túrin Turambar, but he's given far less page time. Yet Tuor's role is vital; his descendants will include famous names like Elrond, lore-master of Rivendell, and Elrond's brother, who also happens to be the founder of Númenor and the ancestor of Aragorn. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Adoption in Middle Earth
    There's actually a long history of elves fostering young men. Aragorn is probably the most well-known example of this, having basically been raised by Elrond as well as his mother while living in Rivendell. But he was just the last in a very long line of young heirs that spent several years living among the elves (as a sort of study abroad/apprenticeship deal, I think). This was seen as a good opportunity for the young man to learn from the elves, as well as a good way to maintain strong relationships between the elves and the men. [More]
TRIVIA:

Our Previous MOVIE question: How many explosive devices do Saruman's troops place in the culvert at Helm's Deep?

Answer: Two.

Sadly, no one was correct.

No trivia today! Check our next issue for another trivia question.

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Volume 193/Issue 9

Volume 193/Issue 9

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

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From TORn:
Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Cave Troll Statue Pre-Order
Our friends at Weta Workshop revealed the new Cave Troll collectible at their Weta Workshop’s Comic-Con at home. It’s the next superb piece in their premium statue series, and it goes live for pre-orders on Wednesday, September 30th. [Read more]

Today in Middle-earth, September 29
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RPF prompt post #3
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From Elfhild:
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
From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
-- TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
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-- The Hobbit - Jackson movies
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-- The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
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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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
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.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Which leader spoke with Gandalf and Pippin at the gate in the Rammas Echor?
Answer: Ingold.

No one gave it a go this time.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: How many explosive devices do Saruman's troops place in the culvert at Helm's Deep?

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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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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Interview with Sala Baker
    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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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TOR:
    ~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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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~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]
TRIVIA:

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

Answer: Pippin.

frolijahfan, fredbassett and disthrainsdotte all answered correctly.

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

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HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to Morgoth's favourite lieutenant, Sala Baker!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, anna2grush, theladylucilla and tiryaroofshadow!

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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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From TORn:
Today in Middle-earth, September 22
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on September 22: [Read more]

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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Storage (Sam Gamgee; rated PG) by elwenlj
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Sea Places: Open Water

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Repurposed.

From silwritersguild:
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.

[Prompts]
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
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
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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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
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.
TRIVIA:
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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    ~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. [More]
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From TOR:
    ~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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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~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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From TORn:
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
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-- 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
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
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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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
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.

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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]
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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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