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Volume 192/Issue 3

Volume 192/Issue 3

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

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From Nerdist:
Eat Like a Hobbit with LOTR Cooking TikToks
There are lots of reasons J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth has endured and will continue to. Some find meaning in the author’s timeless themes of good and evil. Others love how the stories transport them to fantastic lands full of memorable characters and moments. And for some there’s nothing as enchanting as a world full of magic and wonder. But I really like the concept of second breakfast. Sure, swords, dragons, and elves are cool, but a society where second breakfast is not only socially acceptable but expected is exactly what I need. Which is why I am all in on this TikTok channel that serves as a themed cooking show for The Lord of the Rings. [Read more]
From SWI:
Illustrator John Howe reflects on new Lord of the Rings project
Canadian illustrator John Howe, who drew the universe for the Lord of the Rings movies, lives and works in Switzerland. Lately, he has been working on a new Lord of the Rings series for the Amazon Prime streaming service. [Read more]
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Mud and Cool Water - set of three drabbles (Young Aragorn and Young Halbarad; no rating given) by kortirion
Luthien at High Speed (Luthien, Huan; rated PG-13) by hhimring
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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:
Why didn't the Nazgul understand that the ring wasn’t with Aragorn when he arrived at the Black Gate?
Sauron believed that Aragorn had the ring when he and his men marched on the Black Gate (according to Gandalf), and he probably informed the Nazgul about it, so they can take the ring when the battle is over. The Nazgul could sense the ring when it was nearby; so, when the army arrived at the Black Gate and the Nazgul hovered over it, why didn't they understand that the ring wasn't with Aragorn, by not sensing its presence? Had they understood that, they could have suspected that the men of the west might have set them a trap.

The most plausible answer I can think of is that Sauron was so confident about his victory, and the Nazgul themselves were so bloodthirsty before the battle, that they didn't think it mattered much, and that the ring was still there. But it still seems a bit irresponsible to me. They could have sent one Nazgul to inform Sauron, while the other seven remain at the Black Gate.

What do you think?
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How Large Was Cerin Amroth?
Cerin Amroth was the ancient home of Amroth, the King of Lothlorien who perished in a storm at sea after he left his people. Many readers and artists have tried to depict Cerin Amroth but J.R.R. Tolkien does not provide much information about it. Nonetheless, we can infer a few things about it from the narrative in the text.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name given to Arwen because she was the most beautiful Elven-lady of the fading years of the Eldar in Middle-earth?
Answer: Undomiel, the Evenstar.

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Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Who is the person that Merry and Pippin did not expect to meet in Fangorn, but do?

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Volume 192/Issue 2

Volume 192/Issue 2

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From Lonely Planet:
    ~This Italian hotel has a new Tolkien-esque Hobbit hole
    If you travel by the Italian side of South Tyrol, then you might come across a newly-redesigned hotel that features unique architecture that may very well bring Tolkien's Hobbit holes back to your mind.

    The Apfelhotel Torgglerhof, located in the town of St. Martin in Passeier, has recently undergone an expansion and revamp, featuring new suites, restaurants and a wellness centre. The wellness centre, the new "green heart" of the hotel, is where the Hobbit holes come in. The entrance blends into a natural green slope, giving the illusion that the wooden door opens right from under a hill. [More]
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From TOR:
    ~The Manifest Destiny of Women and Men on Middle-earth
    In Which Finrod Makes First Contact With the Secondborn, Men Start Picking Teams, and A Woman Shows How It's Done. It's time for another hit of the Rewind button as we reach Chapter 17, "Of the Coming of Men Into the West." Gondolin is well into its two hundred years of peace, yet before Aredhel the White Lady of the Noldor goes out and begets a son, the race of Men finally makes their way to this corner of Middle-earth. You know, the corner where the Eldar keep all their stuff, the Dwarves mind their own business, and the Dark Enemy of the World broods in confinement. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Eriol's Origin
    Eriol was a Saxon living in present-day Germany during the 5th century (specifically, he was from Angel, between the Flensburg Fjord and the Schlei River). During a sailing voyage, he eventually found himself in Tol Eressea, where the elves told him about their history. [More]
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Tuesday's MOVIE question: What major character in the books but missing from the films did fans petition the moviemakers to include?

Answer: Tom Bombadil.

addie71, elwenlj, kycoo and frolijahfan all answered correctly.

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Volume 192/Issue 1

Volume 192/Issue 1

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

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From ScreenRant:
Sauron, Galadriel & Elrond Confirmed For Lord of the Rings TV Show
A new report says that the classic Tolkien characters Sauron, Galadriel and Elrond will appear in Amazon's upcoming The Lord of the Rings TV show. The show will be based on Tolkien's wider mythology of Middle-Earth and is not a direct adaptation of the events depicted in his novels and the film adaptations by Peter Jackson. The plot of the show will instead focus on the events of the second age of Middle-Earth, which are included in Tolkien's Silmarillion. [Read more]
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Luthien Renounces the Twilight (Luthien, Beren; rated PG) by hhimring
Release from Bondage (Luthien, Beren; rated PG-13) by hhimring

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The August 2020 newsletter has been posted.
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Reading the Appendices just made me realize how hard Gandalf's death in Moria would've hit Aragorn
"For nearly thirty years he laboured in the cause against Sauron; and he became a friend of Gandalf the Wise, from whom he gained much wisdom. With him he made many perilous journeys..." from Appendix A

Gandalf and Aragorn were literally brothers in arms for possibly decades fighting against The Shadow. It's honestly a damn long time for a mortal man to know someone when you think about it(Several months of knowing someone can forge a lifelong friendship for me), and their struggles together would have no doubt made them close.

When Gandalf falls and the Fellowship escapes, they of course weep until Aragorn rouses them to "weep no more" and urges them to continue onward, lending credit to how hardened of a man Aragorn is despite losing such a close companion in Gandalf, someone Aragorn possibly knew longer than any other member of the Fellowship personally.

On a last note, I actually want to state that I like the way the movie portrayed Aragorn in the moments after Gandalf falls. Aragorn is the last to leave, still staring in utter disbelief at the broken bridge all the while orc arrows whizz by him. The actor(Viggo) portrays that he is in a state of shock and is almost oblivious to his surroundings with his eyes bulging, which would not be unbelievable for an individual who just saw a brother in arms whom they had fought with for years and years fall to their doom.
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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Was Tharbad Ever An Independent City-state?
There has been far more speculation published than “fact” about the history of Tharbad. In fact, you could say that the history of Tharbad with which most people are familiar is probably more contrived from fan fiction and role-playing game materials than from J.R.R. Tolkien’s own writings. Although I have tried to write about the history of Tharbad here on this Website there is hardly anything canonical about its history. Most of the information Tolkien himself provided was included in various notes and essays that Christopher Tolkien published in Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name given to Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin by the Hobbits of the Shire after they return from their adventure?
Answer: The Travellers.

addie71 and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What major character in the books but missing from the films did fans petition the moviemakers to include?

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Volume 191/Issue 9

Volume 191/Issue 9

Circulation: One thousand one hundred and eighty-eight. 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]
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From TOR:
    ~The White Lady, the Dark Elf, and the Staff of Doom
    In Which the King's Sister Flies the Coop and Meets a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Stranger, Inadvertently Sowing the Seeds of Gondolin's Destruction. The Hidden City of Gondolin is doing great. Peace has prevailed for years; the future looks bright. What can possibly go wrong? Was Ulmo full of baloney or was there something to his warnings about treachery? For once, we'll stop discussing the doings of whole kindreds of Elves and zoom in on just one family in "Of Maeglin," the sixteenth chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion. I'm pretty sure the titular character is the quietest and most understated Elf we've met thus far, but that's all right. This is just his origin story. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Turin and Finduilas
    I really don't think [Turin] loved [Finduilas] romantically, no. Some readers have argued otherwise, but for me the evidence is pretty clear (and surprisingly consistent across multiple versions). [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who insists that the care of women and children at Helm's Deep is "an honorable charge"?

Answer: Aragorn.

gilli_ann and frolijahfan were absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name given to Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin by the Hobbits of the Shire after they return from their adventure?

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Volume 191/Issue 8

Volume 191/Issue 8

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

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From TORn:
Collecting The Precious – Star Ace Toys Defo-Real Sauron and Morgul Lord
The awesome folks at Star Ace Toys have announced two new Middle-earth Defo-Real figures. The first is the Dark Lord himself, Sauron, which can be pre-ordered right now at Sideshow Collectibles for $90. This figure, unlike others in the series, has a limited edition run of only 500 pieces. [Read more]
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Three drabbles, continuing from 'And Sew it Begins'. (Arwen, Aragorn; rated G) by curiouswombat
Ballad of Luthien's Talents (Luthien; rated PG) by hhimring
Spelling Bee (Frodo, Sam; rated G) by elwenlj
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
What do you think Gothmog, Lieutenant of Minas Morgul, was?
I always assumed he was the second ranked Nazgul when reading the books. The movies of course went with a grizzled orc veteran, and I can understand the reasons they did so.

The text itself offers no information beyond his name, title and skill as a general. So he could be either Nazgul, orc, human (possibly Black Numenorean) or something else. So I think this is one where it really comes down to our different head-canons.

To me it still makes sense that with all the Nazgul on the field, if the Witch King died, it would be one of the other Nazgul that would take over, and also that a Nazgul would be second-in-charge of Minas Morgul as the city of the Wraiths.
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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Why are Men who Visit Lorien Rarely Seen Again?
When the Fellowship fled from Moria and Aragorn proposed entering Lorien, Boromir questioned his wisdom in the following passage:
"'What other fairer way would you desire?' said Aragorn.

'A plain road, though it led through a hedge of swords,' said Boromir. 'By strange paths has this Company been led, and so far to evil fortune. Against my will we passed under the shades of Moria, to our loss. And now we must enter the Golden Wood, you say. But of that perilous land we have heard in Gondor, and it is said that few come out who once go in; and of that few none have escaped unscathed.'"

And later, when Faramir questioned Frodo in Ithilien he told the hobbits of Boromir’s death. Frodo wondered how Boromir’s funeral boat (which Faramir had seen passing down the Anduin) could have survived the journey:
"'I know not,' said Faramir. 'But whence came the boat?'

'From Lórien,' said Frodo. 'In three such boats we rowed down Anduin to the Falls. They also were of elven-work.'

'You passed through the Hidden Land,' said Faramir, 'but it seems that you little understood its power. If Men have dealings with the Mistress of Magic who dwells in the Golden Wood, then they may look for strange things to follow. For it is perilous for mortal man to walk out of the world of this Sun, and few of old came thence unchanged, ’tis said.'"
Clearly both Boromir and Faramir feared the name of Lorien, but J.R.R. Tolkien does not elaborate on any tales that would have explained the mystery and awe with which Gondorians viewed the Elvish realm. The reader is left to infer what lead to such suspicion.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the Isengard Uruk-hai who was captain of the band that captured Merry and Pippin?
Answer: Ugluk.

frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: Who insists that the care of women and children at Helm's Deep is "an honorable charge"?

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Volume 191/Issue 7

Volume 191/Issue 7

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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Stay in a Hobbit House...in Spain!
    There is a new hotel in Spain that allows visitors to stay in hobbit holes, just like in the Shire! These hobbit houses can hold up to 6 people, are semi-buried and ecological. You can read more about it here. [More]
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    ~Tales from Topographic Beleriand: Gondolin, Galadriel, and the Gates of Sirion
    In Which the Noldor Plant Flags and Raise Towers, Ulmo Plays Favorites, Turgon Goes Isolationist, and Galadriel Gets People Talking. "Of Beleriand and Its Realms," Chapter 14 of the Quenta Silmarillion, is a literary map, and it's the one where the professor really nerds out on names, places, and earth science, going nomenclative and topographic to the max. This is his jam. There's no dialogue, action, or conflict, yet it's fairly important stage-setting for what's to come. [More]
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    ~Bor the Faithful
    Bor was the leader of a group of Easterlings (that is, men that weren't related to the Edain) that arrived in Beleriand during the later part of the First Age. They arrived at approximately the same time as another group of Easterlings, led by Ulfang. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What does Eomer first guess is Grima's promised prize for betraying Rohan?

Answer: The treasure.

Unfortunately, no one was correct.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name of the Isengard Uruk-hai who was captain of the band that captured Merry and Pippin?

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Volume 191/Issue 6

Volume 191/Issue 6

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

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From TORn:
Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Comic-Con at Home Day 1
As many of you are aware, there isn’t going to be an in-person Comic-Con this year due to Covid-19. So our friends at Weta Workshop are doing what they can to help make that easier. They’re bringing the goodies to us virtually and we’re going to be bringing you daily videos as and when these new items are released, giving you a virtual recap. [Read more]

Today in Middle-earth, July 19
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on July 19th:[Read more]
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What do the Elves do all day in Aman?
Is there every any mention of the day to day life in Aman? It’s seems like it could get pretty boring.
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Who Were the Men of Mirkwood?
Based on texts published by J.R.R. Tolkien and his son Christopher, there were three main groups of men living in Mirkwood in the late Third Age. The history of men and Mirkwood goes all the way back to the First Age, however, for it is apparent from the essay “Of Dwarves and Men” (published in The Peoples of Middle-earth) that the ancestors of the Beorians (the First House of the Edain) and the Marachians (the Third House of the Edain) had migrated northwest from the region of the Sea of Rhun into Greenwood the Great, and from there passed over Anduin and crossed into Eriador.
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Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the open platform built in a Lórien mallorn as a living-place for the Elves?
Answer: Talan (telain in the plural). The Westron name is flet.

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Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What does Eomer first guess is Grima's promised prize for betraying Rohan?

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Volume 191/Issue 5

Volume 191/Issue 5

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    ~July Challenge: A True Leader
    This month, we continue our annual SWG tradition of featuring a challenge with a focus on the many ways that women have improved and enriched the world we live in. This month, we honor those women who served as leaders in varying capacities. Prompts for this challenge will be quotations from women who have served in a leadership role. [More]
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    ~Fey and Fury: When Noldor Attack!
    In Which Fëanor Goes All Fey, Balrogs Open A Can of Whoop-Ass, and the Oath Gets Well and Truly Underway As the Noldor Reintroduce Themselves to Middle-earth. With the Sindar kingdom of Doriath now established in Beleriand and fenced by the power of Queen Melian, and with Morgoth having stuck himself where the Sun don't shine, we hit Rewind once again. In this, the thirteenth chapter of the Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Return of the Noldor," we go back to the last days just before the first rising of the Moon and the Sun. We also return to Fëanor, who's got Noldorin boots on the ground in Middle-earth. With him are his sons, his troop of loyalists, and his burning quest of vengeance to achieve. What could possibly go wrong? [More]
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    ~Dunedain Naming Traditions
    Probably the strongest naming tradition of the Dunedain would be their use of Sindarin names. Or, at least, all the Dunedain we're told about (admittedly, almost entirely of the ruling class) have Sindarin names. And this would make a great deal of sense, culturally. [More]
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Volume 191/Issue 4

Volume 191/Issue 4

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

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From Time Out:
Spain has a new hiking trail inspired by ‘The Lord of the Rings’
Who was the biggest star in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy? Correct answer: New Zealand. We’ve been dreaming of a trip to the country’s wild landscapes ever since we first saw ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’. But with NZ’s borders firmly closed to international travellers, we think we might have found the next best thing.
A new mountain hiking trail has just opened in Spain, directly inspired by JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. [Read more]
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Elijah Wood Open for Lord of the Rings TV Series Cameo, Notes Title Is Misleading
While the Lord of the Rings book series has been a staple of fantasy literature for decades, the series gained massive attention following Peter Jackson's trilogy of live-action films, with Elijah Wood starring as Frodo in the epic. Amazon Studios is currently developing a Lord of the Rings TV show, which takes place at a different point in time in the universe of J.R.R. Tolkien's world, with the actor noting that, were the series to be officially titled "The Lord of the Rings," it would be quite misleading, given that this title applies to a very specific narrative within that complex lore.
"They're calling it 'The Lord of the Rings,' but I think that's slightly misleading," Wood revealed to IndieWire. [Read more]
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Bilbo Gives up the Arkenstone
"This is the Arkenstone of Thrain," said Bilbo, "the Heart of the Mountain; and it is also the heart of Thorin. He values it above a river of gold. I give it to you. It will aid you in your bargaining." Then Bilbo, not without a shudder, not without a glance of longing, handed the marvellous stone to Bard, and he held it in his hand, as though dazed."
I am rereading The Hobbit, and it struck me how Bilbo’s voluntary giving up of the arkenstone foreshadows his relinquishing of the ring many years later. When I read The Fellowship, I usually picture Bilbo like a child that follows orders even though he doesn’t want to. I now see that Gandalf brought out the part of the old hobbit’s character that could give away something valuable at need. It shows how Bilbo was the perfect creature to find the One. Is this something that stood out to anyone else?
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What Did Sauron Look Like?
In the Peter Jackson “Lord of the Rings” movies Sauron was depicted as a huge disembodied flaming “eye” thing perched atop a huge dark tower. Many readers have asked through the years, was this an accurate portrayal of Tolkien’s Sauron? Technically, no, because Tolkien never describes what Sauron looked like in the book. But there are two sources for the eye metaphor within The Lord of the Rings itself.
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Volume 191/Issue 3

Volume 191/Issue 3

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    ~Middle-earth's Event Horizon
    In Which the Valar Launch a Pair of Satellites, Morgoth Makes a Stink About It, and Men Finally Get Their Act Together and Start Existing. As in the previous chapter, "Of the Sun and Moon and the Hiding of Valinor" begins with a bit of a jump backwards in time, returning to the point where the Noldor have only recently left in exile. We also come to a controversial part of Tolkien's legendarium--one the Professor himself was uneasy about, but which still exists organically from the myths he made. So let's talk about what’s going on here with the cosmology of Arda. [More]
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    ~The Best and Worst Stewards of Gondor
    Compared to the kings, Tolkien doesn't tell us as much about the stewards of Gondor. I'd say they overall did a positive job, but since it would take too long to talk about all 26 of them, here are who I think were the best (and worst) ruling stewards. [More]
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