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Volume 167/Issue 5 Jul. 17th, 2018 @ 02:14 pm
empy
Volume 167/Issue 5

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Graham McTavish’s directorial debut to co-star Adam Brown and Dean O’Gorman
Exciting news for dwarf lovers! Graham McTavish, better known to Hobbit fans as Dwalin, is directing his first movie. McTavish will also appear in the film, and is joined by fellow dwarf actors Adam Brown (Ori) and Dean O’Gorman (Fili). Their director is roping in a few of his Outlander co-stars too, for good measure. [Read more]
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Tower of the Moon (Hobbits, Rohirrim; rated PG) by kayleelupin
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is White: Bird

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Something Good

From silwritersguild:

July 2018 Challenge: Teen Spirit
At the end of the month of July, the SWG will turn thirteen, thus officially becoming a teenager. In honor of the SWG's birthday, our challenge this month will focus on adolescence in all its difficult, awkward, and revelatory glory.
This month, challenge participants will create a fanwork about an adolescent character or adolescence. Your prompt will come from a random prompt generator. You can choose a prompt from one, several, or all of the four different categories. Fanworks are due by August 12 in order to receive a stamp. As always, late fanworks are welcome but do not receive stamps.

Click here for the challenge prompt generator!

(Friendly hint from your mods: We do not know how many times you "roll" the prompt generator, so if you get a dud on your first roll, feel free to roll again … and again … and again … till you get a prompt you like.)

July is also the month traditionally reserved for honoring femslash and slash in Tolkien fanworks, so if you want to celebrate LGBTQA+ characters and relationships, we encourage you to use the LGBTQA+ category on the prompt generator. Also, SWG moderator Elleth will once again be co-running Tolkien Femslash Week from July 15 to 22, and we encourage our challenge participants to use TFW prompts in their challenge stories as well. (Follow silmladylove on Tumblr for updates on TFW.)

Also remember that, if you are participating in the Tolkien Reverse Summer Bang and want to use this challenge in your story, then you are permitted an extension to receive a stamp for that story. Simply let us know (in a comment, ask, or email at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org) the challenge and prompts you are using. We will add your stamps when the TRSB stories are revealed at the end of August. Finally, it is super-helpful when we're updating stamp collections if you identify in your story notes which prompts you have used in your fanwork and whether you used prompts from other challenges. (Speaking of stamp collections … they are in the process of being updated and should be completed very soon!)
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 the TORn forums:
Was Jackson justified cutting out Saruman's death scene?
I have to say no. That's the one thing I've always hated about the theatrical release of this movie. I know he's in the extended edition, but for the actual movie that was released in theaters, there's just no reason for cutting him out. As someone who didn't read the books before reading the movies, I remember thinking several times throughout the movie, "Where the hell is Saruman?". And then when it was over, I thought, "Wait, so a throwaway line about him being locked in his tower was the last we ever hear from him?".
Incredibly stupid move by Jackson. Saruman really was the main antagonist of the first two movies. Even if Jackson felt it was out of place, we deserved closure for such a huge character. Especially since it's actually a great scene. Christopher Lee does a great job, and gets one final chance to use his booming voice to attack the heros. It's also the only time he's face to face with most of the fellowship. Its the only time he confronts Aragon, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, Pippen, and Theoden. Cutting that was the worst decision in the entire trilogy.
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
How Did Gandalf Sneak Into Dol Guldur?
If J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote this adventure it has not yet come to light, so far as I know. But we do know a few things about Gandalf’s visits to Dol Guldur. Gandalf speaks of Dol Guldur in a few places in The Lord of the Rings, such as during the debate in Hollin over whether to enter Moria.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the greatest river of north-western Middle-earth, which flows about 1500 miles from its sources to its delta in the Bay of Belfalas?
Answer: The Anduin.

elwenlj, frolijahfan, sandycombs and lindahoyland answered correctly.

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 167/Issue 4 Jul. 13th, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 167/Issue 4

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From Entertainment Weekly:
    ~Liv Tyler makes Stephen Colbert's Lord of the Rings fantasy come true
    Obviously, Stephen Colbert, one of the most vocal celebrity Lord of the Rings fans, brought up J.R.R. Tolkien's world when Liv Tyler came on The Late Show Thursday night. But it turned out she had a gift for him. The actress, who can be seen currently in Hulu's Harlots, brought the prop sword she used as Arwen. That gave Colbert an idea. [More]
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From silwritersguild:
    ~July 2018 Challenge: Teen Spirit
    At the end of the month of July, the SWG will turn thirteen, thus officially becoming a teenager. In honor of the SWG's birthday, our challenge this month will focus on adolescence in all its difficult, awkward, and revelatory glory. This month, challenge participants will create a fanwork about an adolescent character or adolescence. Your prompt will come from a random prompt generator. You can choose a prompt from one, several, or all of the four different categories. Fanworks are due by August 12 in order to receive a stamp. As always, late fanworks are welcome but do not receive stamps. [More]
FIC/ART NEWS:

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

From TolkienFans:
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From silwritersguild:
    ~History Became Legend...Or Cool Things You Forgot Existed on the SWG: Seven in '07
    July 2007 -- eleven years ago! -- contained the special date 07/07/07, and while many rushed out to test their luck in games of chance, the SWG decided that nothing says seven like the House of Fëanor. To honour these irresistible characters who have been inspiring some of the Tolkien fandom's most noteworthy creative achievements since long before 2007, we made Seven in '07 a compilation of visual art and creative writing that illustrates the histories of each member of the House of Fëanor. More than two dozen authors and artists aided SWG in this project, the first of the many compilations that we have put together since then. [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.

sandycombs, elwenlj, lindahoyland, frolijahfan and gilli_ann all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name of the greatest river of north-western Middle-earth, which flows about 1500 miles from its sources to its delta in the Bay of Belfalas?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, jane_somebody!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, kinky_carter!

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Volume 167/Issue 3 Jul. 10th, 2018 @ 08:51 pm
empy
Volume 167/Issue 3

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From LadBible:
'Lord Of The Rings' Fans Are Remaking 'Battle For Middle-Earth' In 4K
There aren't many fans more passionate and obsessed than those of Lord of the Rings, but one group of Tolkien enthusiasts has found a whole new way to prove their devotion: remaking the vintage real-time strategy game The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-earth. [Read more]
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White in the Sunshine (Maeglin and his mother Aredhel, the White Lady of the Noldor; rated PG-13) by hhimring

* tolkien100 updates:
The Black Easterling (Khamûl; rated 12) by fredbassett
For us the time is short (Maeglin, Hurin; rated PG-13) by hhimring
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is White: White Water

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Something Good

From silwritersguild:
"Analysing Arda" Challenge Extension
Normally, I try to post a reminder about upcoming challenge deadlines a week before the due date so that anyone who wanted to participate but the challenge slipped their mind--especially at this time of year, with its many exchanges and other events!--has time to complete a response in time to collect a stamp. However, I have just returned from traveling overseas, and I just didn't get the reminder posted in time, so I'm extending the deadline for the Analysing Arda nonfiction challenge to July 15, which gives potential participants more than a week to complete and post their entries. (This is also the date that the new challenge will be posted.) Any responses posted to the archive (or here, or on DW, if applicable) will receive a stamp if posted on or before the 15th.

As always, late responses are very welcome but won't receive participant stamps. (There is no deadline for commenter stamps.)
Check the Challenges page on our website for more about the Analysing Arda challenge, challenge guidelines, and prompt ideas.
A few essays and resources have been posted--check out the Analysing Arda challenge entries posted so far here!
Finally, I have not done the stamps yet for last month's challenge due to the aforementioned overseas trip and the chaos that is the end of the year in a U.S. public school, but hopefully I'll have positive news to report on this front by the time the next challenge is posted. (Which, by the way, is one of my favorites of this year's challenge schedule and in honor of the SWG turning thirteen at the end of the month!)
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 the TORn forums:
Middle-Earth conspiracy theories
Here's one. What was the real reason for Gandalf's ammonisty to Sauron. I dunno, but he seemed to really hate the lord of Mordor. Of course, that might have been something to do with Sauron's desire to take over the entire world, but it seems to be a bit more to me. Gandalf had something really personal against Sauron. After all the Wizard made it his life's work to oppose Sauron and you can't get much more personal than that!
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Why Did Gandalf Ignore the High Pass and Lead the Fellowship South?
Many a reader has wondered why, in The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring went south out of Rivendell into Eregion. After all, Saruman’s influence extended into Dunland and there was no safe way to slip through the Gap of Rohan (even though Boromir felt that would be a reasonably safe way to go). So heading south from Rivendell meant heading into Saruman’s sphere of influence.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the younger son of Elendil and, with his brother, second King of Gondor?
Answer: Anárion.

baranduin, frolijahfan, sandycombs, fredbassett and noadvertising 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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, bfb, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, littlextinyxbug!

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Volume 167/Issue 2 Jul. 6th, 2018 @ 06:07 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 167/Issue 2

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From New Statesman:
    ~How (not) to write a sequel to Lord of the Rings
    Dwarf FAQs, Sauron truthers and wizards reincarnated as dogs: the increasingly strange attempts to give Lord of the Rings a sequel. In 1977, [Dennis L.] McKiernan, now a moderately successful fantasy author in his own right, was an engineer at Bell Labs in New Jersey. His career switch was triggered by a motorcycle accident; trapped in a plaster cast from his ankles to his armpits, he decided to write a sequel to Lord of the Rings to keep himself sane. Sure. [More]
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Aragorn, Kingship, and The Paths of the Dead in General
    Suppose that Aragorn had died at some stage. Would that have been that for the line of Isildur? Or possibly had he had a brother, a cousin or even a sister, could they have claimed leadership and pulled off the trick of The Paths of the Dead? [More]
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RESEARCH AIDS:

From silwritersguild:
TRIVIA:

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

Answer: Dawn.

frolijahfan was absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What was the name of the younger son of Elendil and, with his brother, second King of Gondor?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, etoile_du_soir and soultoad!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, aspenjules, Cristina Ma Ruiz Tavernier, abeydeera, half_elf_lost and irenecsi!

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Volume 167/Issue 1 Jul. 3rd, 2018 @ 06:51 pm
empy
Volume 167/Issue 1

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Collecting The Precious – Weta Workshop’s Samwise Gamgee Mini-Statue Pre-Order
One of my favorite lines from our freinds at Weta Workshop is the mini-statue line. As I’ve mentioned before, these statues are really super well done, and done at a price that allows for collectors on a budget to get some Middle-earth goodness. [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]

Today in Middle-earth, Midsummer’s Day [Mid-year’s Day]
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on Midsummer’s Day: [Read more]
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Merely a Glimpse: After the Battle (Salgant, Maeglin; rated PG13) by hhimring
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is White: White Water

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Doomed to Die

From slashy_santa:
Sultry in September sign-up is now LIVE!
From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true...

Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange!

That’s right, it’s time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!

Complete rules & FAQ can be found here: https://slashy-santa.livejournal.com/88261.html

Important Dates:
Sign-up Period:July 2 - July 15
Assignments to be distributed by July 29th
Deadline for first time participants: September 2nd
Deadline for returning participants: September 9th
Archive opens: September 16th, 2018
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 the TORn forums:
Was Erebor really the greatest kingdom in Middle Earth?
If so, were the Dwarves the leaders? I had always thought the elves were.
CLASSIFIED:
Via lotrips_finders:
belelfmir is looking for a particular Sean Bean/Orlando fic:
I am trying to find a fic with Orlando and Sean as main pairing.
Orlando has just lost his mum (she was not very nice woman) and Sean is his neighbour.
Orlando's mum had a building of which he didn't know nothing about it.
Sean and Orlando get together and Sean got trapped in a snow storm or something like that.
I hope you can help me.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
How Was Beleriand Destroyed in the War of Wrath?
Technically speaking Beleriand was NOT destroyed in the War of Wrath, although that is the common interpretation of the stories.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the first month of the Shire Reckoning which roughly corresponds to January?
Answer: Afteryule.

sandycombs and frolijahfan answered correctly.

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

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, prlrocks!

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