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Volume 171/Issue 4 Nov. 13th, 2018 @ 07:13 pm
empy
Volume 171/Issue 4

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Grishnakh Statue Pre-Order
Our friends at Weta Workshop have once again delivered a character that fans have been putting on lists of missed characters for years now. This particular character, if you happened to order the recent Treebeard statue, will make for a great pairing. [Read more]

Ralph Bakshi looks back at “The Lord of the Rings” for its 40th Anniversary
The 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, created by acclaimed filmmaker Ralph Bakshi, is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, and the director took time to speak at length with The Hollywood Reporter about the journey to get the film made, beginning with his love of Tolkien and how the novels influenced one of his earlier projects. [Read more]
From Collider:
Exclusive: Viggo Mortensen Offers His Advice for Young Aragorn in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series
It’s been fifteen years since Peter Jackson concluded his Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while some familiar faces returned for the director’s subsequent The Hobbit films, fan-favorite hero Aragorn was not one of them—to be fair, the character originated by Viggo Mortensen in Jackson’s trilogy would have been a child at the time. But if you’ve been waiting to see the sword-swinging exploits of young Aragorn, you may not have to wait much longer with Amazon’s epic Lord of the Rings series in the works. [Read more]
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CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Words from Disney Songs: Work

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Party Line

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:

Manwe decreed that the Istari "must be mighty, peers of Sauron, but must forgo might, and clothe themselves in flesh so as to treat on equality and win the trust of Elves and Men. But this would imperil them, dimming their wisdom and knowledge, and confusing them with fears, cares, and weariness coming from the flesh." Throughout The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Gandalf, Saruman and Radagast come across as very human characters, quite different to Sauron, Melian, and other Maiar we encounter. In terms of psychology, rather than power, are the pipe-smoking wizards therefore more human than angelic?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Who Were the High Kings and What Realms Did They Rule?
A reader wrote in with the following observation and question:
"I have noted that you repeatedly call the kings of Arnor between Valandil and Eärendur “High Kings” and imply that they had some (figurehead at least) power over Gondor, at least until the time of Tarannon of Gondor.
So I was wondering, where does the text say or imply this? I find a straight reading of the text says that only Elendil and Isildur were ever referred to as “High Kings” of Gondor and Arnor, and after that the kingship was divided between the two realms completely. This division also explains the need to re-establish communications many years down the line with Ondoher and Araphant."
This raises a question that used to vex people enough to argue back and forth for days, although I would not call it one of the “Great Debate” questions.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the Fair attended by hobbits and held on the White Down once every seven years on Lithe?
Answer: Free Fair.

sandycombs answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What two colours is the 'crown above the Rowan' in Treebeard's song?

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Volume 171/Issue 3 Nov. 9th, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 171/Issue 3

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
COMMUNITY NEWS:

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CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:

From lotr_sesa:
    ~LotR SeSa 2018 signups close on November 11th!
    Greetings from your friendly neighbourhood elves! (Hopefully of the Tolkien variety rather than the tiny and twee North Pole type. ^_~)

    So, it's that time of the year again: time to sign up for the Lord of the Rings Secret Santa exchange! Slash, femslash, het and gen, fic and fanart; you can request it all, so why not join in? Sign-ups will run from now until November 11th.

    Please note that this is an FPF challenge. (i.e. Fictional, not real people fiction/RPF.) We're always open to all the Peoples and Ages of Middle-earth, which means that characters from The Hobbit are welcome too!

    The Rules (2018):
    1. Your story (or fanart) is due December 20th 11:59 pm Pacific Time (you can check what that is in your time zone here) and will go online December 28th -- please post it to the community (and nowhere else, until January 3rd) and we will make it public on December 28th.

    2. Naturally, it'd be better if you didn't talk too much about your fic/art beforehand in places where your recipient could see it. Also, as a matter of fairness, please make your story more than 500 words (1000 is better). For fanart we'd expect you to spend at least a couple of hours on your work.

    3. Please only sign up if you plan on actually fulfilling your end of the bargain. If you're going to be late or cannot complete your assignment, please let us know so we can discuss alternate arrangements. In addition, there will be a pool of emergency replacement writers/artists, so that everyone who signs up gets their gift.

    4. Signing up: the sign up form can be found here (or here if the main link gives you an error message). If you need help with signing up, please don't hesitate to contact the mods at lotrsesa[AT]gmail.com.

    5. This year's timeline (2018):
    - Signups: November 1st to 11th.

    - Assignments sent out: On or near November 14th.

    - Assignments due: December 20th.

    - Stories/art revealed: December 28th.

    - Author/artist names revealed: January 3rd.
    6. When you're done, please add your story/art to the collection on AO3. All gifts will be revealed on December 28th.

    That should be it. Assignments will be sent out shortly after signups close, hopefully on or very shortly after November 14th, giving you approximately five weeks to finish your assignment. We realize that it's not possible that everyone gets to write their OTP, but we'll do our best to make sure you don't have to write something that squicks you, so be sure to let us know your preferences.

    Have fun -- and spread the word!

    [LotR SeSa on LJ] [Lotr SeSa on Dreamwidth] [LotR SeSa on Tumblr]
FIC/ART NEWS:

From AO3 - Archive of Our Own:
DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
CLASSIFIED:

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RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~6 Reasons to be Wary of the Elves
    Elves in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? Largely portrayed...as pretty and (nearly) perfect. But look a little further back in history -- like, say, in the Silmarillion -- and you discover that this is actually not a very common trait. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which member of the Fellowship wears the Ring of Barahir on his index finger?

Answer: Aragorn.

sandycombs, addie71, elwenlj, frolijahfan, lindahoyland, noadvertising and febobe all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What was the name of the Fair attended by hobbits and held on the White Down once every seven years on Lithe?

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.

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, mucun and dublinscot!

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Volume 171/Issue 2 Nov. 6th, 2018 @ 06:43 pm
empy
Volume 171/Issue 2

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Today in Middle-earth, November 3
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on November 3: [Read more]

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]
From Curbed San Francisco:
‘Eye of Sauron’ appears on Salesforce Tower
As the sun set on Halloween, the video art display high atop Salesforce Tower ditched its usual routine in favor of a giant red eye, lidless and wreathed in flame—the spitting image of the Eye of Sauron featured in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and its mega-popular film adaptations. [Read more]
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* silwritersguild updates:
The November newsletter has been posted
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Words from Disney Songs: New

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Party Line.

From lotr_sesa:
LotR SeSa 2018 signups are OPEN!
Greetings from your friendly neighbourhood elves! (Hopefully of the Tolkien variety rather than the tiny and twee North Pole type. ^_~)

So, it's that time of the year again: time to sign up for the Lord of the Rings Secret Santa exchange! Slash, femslash, het and gen, fic and fanart; you can request it all, so why not join in? Sign-ups will run from now until November 11th.

Please note that this is an FPF challenge. (i.e. Fictional, not real people fiction/RPF.) We're always open to all the Peoples and Ages of Middle-earth, which means that characters from The Hobbit and the Silmarillion are welcome too!

The Rules (2018):
1. Your story (or fanart) is due December 20th 11:59 pm Pacific Time (you can check what that is in your time zone here) and will go online December 28th -- please post it to the community (and nowhere else, until January 3rd) and we will make it public on December 28th.

2. Naturally, it'd be better if you didn't talk too much about your fic/art beforehand in places where your recipient could see it. Also, as a matter of fairness, please make your story more than 500 words (1000 is better). For fanart we'd expect you to spend at least a couple of hours on your work.

3. Please only sign up if you plan on actually fulfilling your end of the bargain. If you're going to be late or cannot complete your assignment, please let us know so we can discuss alternate arrangements. In addition, there will be a pool of emergency replacement writers/artists, so that everyone who signs up gets their gift.

4. Signing up: the sign up form can be found here (or here if the main link gives you an error message). If you need help with signing up, please don't hesitate to contact the mods at lotrsesa[AT]gmail.com.

5. This year's timeline (2018):
- Signups: November 1st to 11th.
- Assignments sent out: On or near November 14th.
- Assignments due: December 20th.
- Stories/art revealed: December 28th.
- Author/artist names revealed: January 3rd.
6. When you're done, please add your story/art to the collection on AO3. All gifts will be revealed on December 28th.

That should be it. Assignments will be sent out shortly after signups close, hopefully on or very shortly after November 14th, giving you approximately five weeks to finish your assignment. We realize that it's not possible that everyone gets to write their OTP, but we'll do our best to make sure you don't have to write something that squicks you, so be sure to let us know your preferences.

Have fun -- and spread the word!

[LotR SeSa on LJ] [Lotr SeSa on Dreamwidth] [LotR SeSa on Tumblr]
From silwritersguild:
Reminder: "B-Movie" challenge ends soon!
Our current challenge B-Movie ends on November 15. We’re pushing the original deadline a little because this reminder is coming a few days late – and also because we could use a little more time to prepare the next challenge! So everyone who has been frantically struggling to reach the deadline can breathe a bit easier, with five extra days to finish – or even start from scratch! - your response for this chalenge.

When we say the challenge "ends," we mean that fanworks posted after November 15 will not receive a stamp. You are nonetheless welcome to continue posting challenge responses and even request prompts after November 15. These responses just won't receive participant stamps. (Stamps for comments have no due date.)

If you need a reminder what this challenge is all about: In the spirit of Halloween, this month's challenge is a Matryoshka challenge based on the predictable plot arc of the hilariously abominable, eye-rollingly corny, so-bad-they're-actually-kinda-good horror films. Your fanwork does not have to be a horror story, but prompts will be loosely inspired by the plot arcs of these films. (Please note that prompts are not horror-specific. Any genre of fanwork can be created based on these prompts, although there may be a special reward for participants who attempt a horror fanwork.)
See our challenges page for instructions on how to request a prompt and full challenge guidelines.
B-Movie fanworks that have been posted so far can be found here.
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 forums:
Why did the ring betray Isildur?
It's my wife's first time reading LotR, and she's asked me a few questions along the way. One, however, totally knocked me over. Why did the ring betray Isildur? I had never really questioned it before, but now that I've thought about it, I do think it begs a little explanation. If he had kept the ring, would have Isildur not eventually have been bent to Sauron's will? Was there a chance that he really could have indefinitely kept and wielded it to Sauron's grief? Why slip off and risk never being recovered?
CLASSIFIED:
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 middle_earth_news@yahoo.com.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
What Kind of Army did the Beornings Maintain?
J.R.R. Tolkien did not describe the military tactics and forces of the Beornings. The reader is free to infer almost anything about how the Beornings may have lived and defended their lands but if you are writing fan fiction or a role-playing adventure then I think you may want to set some limitations on their military capacity. For example, you should consider their probable lifestyle (most likely living in scattered farms and small villages) and their need to patrol a large, mostly uninhabited territory on both sides of Anduin. Let’s look at what we know about the lifestyles of the Northmen in general.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the power wielded by Gandalf that was also an allusion to the white light of the Sun, a symbol of the Secret Fire?
Answer: The Flame of Anor.

baranduin and sandycombs answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Which member of the Fellowship wears the Ring of Barahir on his index finger?

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.
SEND MATHOMS:
HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, la_prime AND thecomfychair!

The mods would like to wish anyone having a special day the very best. Please send your special wishes to middle_earth_news@yahoo.com.
COMICS:
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Volume 171/Issue 1 Nov. 2nd, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 171/Issue 1

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Happy Hobbit Halloween Special
    A mysterious gift is left on Kili and Fili's doorstep, causing much madness and mayhem. Will it drive the sisters apart forever? Is all hope lost? [More]
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tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:

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FIC/ART NEWS:

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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TolkienFans:
    ~Was Mordor A Work In Progress As Melkor's Southern Stronghold?
    If my understanding of the lore is right, the gods, like Morgoth and Eru, were able to shape Middle Earth to their liking (where they create a valley, Melkor makes a mountain, and so on), which is how Angband and Utumno presumably came to be, but that leaves me a question about Mordor. Unlike other mountain ranges, we can see to the north and west the ring of mountains surrounding Mordor takes a very definitive shape, a semi circle almost perfect for defence, yet still presumably smaller than Morgoth's former fortresses. [More]
CLASSIFIED:

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 middle_earth_news@yahoo.com.

RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Origins of Evil
    Tolkien's philosophical/theological inspiration for Middle Earth is overwhelmingly Catholic. Therefore, the origin of evil is basically that beings -- men, elves, and even the Valar -- were created with free will. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: To whom does PJ refer as "George, the Fourth Marshal of the Mark"?

Answer: Karl Urban's costume double, who appears on horseback alongside Ian McKellen, Bernard Hill, Orlando Bloom, and Viggo Mortensen in a triumphant scene at the conclusion of the battle of Helm's Deep. PJ says in the commentary that they meant to replace the double's face with Karl's in editing, but somehow it got missed.

noadvertising may very well be correct; George Marshall Ruge worked on the LotR films as a stunt coordinator, after all.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What was the name of the power wielded by Gandalf that was also an allusion to the white light of the Sun, a symbol of the Secret Fire?

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.

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, alexcat!

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COMICS:
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From Dorkly:
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Volume 170/Issue 9 Oct. 30th, 2018 @ 07:13 pm
empy
Volume 170/Issue 9

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and ninety-four. 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 middle_earth_news@yahoo.com. 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.

MEDIA NEWS:

From Boing Boing:
Change.org petition to light Sauron's Eye above Salesforce Tower San Francisco
While US Senator, and former SF Mayor, Diane Feinstein is no fan of Salesforce Tower, local Tolkien fans have found a way to turn the phallic wonder into a Halloween decoration.
Why this is a one night only thing, I do not understand. [Read more]
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CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Words from Disney Songs: Whistle

The current challenge at tolkien100 is The Dragon's Ire

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:
Not impressed by the Valar, except Ulmo who acts like one
Rereading The Silmarillion, this time along with The Reader's Guide to the Silmarillion by Paul Kocher, I find myself quite disappointed in the policies of the "Powers." Neither book directly criticizes them, but they certainly don't act very godlike IMO. When they're moved to DO SOMETHING, like building Arda or defeating Morgoth, they're super effective, pretty near unstoppable. But some of their decisions, and their overall hands off policy toward Middle Earth, to me are just plain poor.

Specifically, once they get the moon and sun going, right at the moment MEN awake into the world, what do they do but build their protective mountains higher and steeper and lay down a spell of enchantment that no mariner (except one) could ever get through to contact them. Before the "Second Children" are born, the Valar make all sorts of noises about how much they love them and care for them, then when men come into the world it's "good luck, kids; we're outta here," (Except Ulmo, who continues to be involved in ME through the waters).

And don't even get me started on the decision to let Melkor go when they had him locked out of the world. Seriously what were they thinking?

All I can figure is that they felt constrained by the scope of Eru Iluvatar's plan, that all creatures had to act of their own will. Yet when everything was about to be totally ruined, they did act, going so far as to tear up the earth itself at the end of the first and the second ages. Then again in the third age they're out of the game, except sending the Istari. So what is it with the Valar?
CLASSIFIED:
Via lotrips_finders:
nverland is looking for a particular Viggo/Orlando fic as well as recs for Halloween-themed stories featuring the same pairing:
I'm looking for a story that had the guys in costume at a party, Viggo came in a Zorro-type costume. Help please?

Also, and VO Halloween type fics you'd like to rec.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Could Elrond Have Helped to Take Back Minas Ithil?
In Third Age year 2000 the Nazgul led an army out of Mordor that laid siege to the city of Minas Ithil. After two years the city fell to them and it was renamed (in Gondor) Minas Morgul.
Could Elrond have brought an army to Gondor to help defeat the Ringwraiths and recover the city? Some readers believe the Elves could have done this. After all, Gondor was still a powerful kingdom that had helped to destroy Angmar less than 50 years before.
However, the strategic situation had changed since the overthrow of Angmar.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the Entwife loved by Fangorn?
Answer: Fimbrethil, called Wandlimb in Westron.

sandycombs and noadvertising answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by elycia: To whom does PJ refer as "George, the Fourth Marshal of the Mark"?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, jaredmith!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

The mods would like to wish anyone having a special day the very best. Please send your special wishes to middle_earth_news@yahoo.com.
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