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Volume 186/Issue 5

Volume 186/Issue 5

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From The New York Times:
Barbara Remington, Illustrator of Tolkien Book Covers, Dies at 90
Her work for the 1965 paperback editions of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” achieved mass-cult status. But she hadn’t read the books when she got the job. [Read more]
From Plymouth Live:
Royal Navy war veteran's Lord of Rings van conversion home
A former police officer who served in the Royal Navy during the Falkands' war is now living his dream 'solitary pagan life' on the edge of Devon's Dartmoor - in an incredible Lord of the Rings inspired converted van. [Read more]
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
Noldor of the First Age versus Sauron of the Third
So it may be obvious how this would go, but just for fun, suppose the famous Noldor of early Beleriand— Fingon, Fingolfin, Maedhros— and their hosts were matched against Sauron, his Nazgul. and all his armies of the Third Age War of the Rings era. The Noldor are in the state they were in right around the time of the founding of Nargothrond. To make it more interesting, suppose Sauron has recovered the ring. How would that war go, in your opinion?
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What is the Hobbitish Language?
Technically, Hobbitish is a dialect of the Westron language, which was a descendant of the Adûnaic language spoken by the Marachians (the Third House of the Edain). Bëorian was another language or dialect closely related to Adûnaic but it was abandoned by the Bëorians (the First House of the Edain) in favor of Sindarin. The Bëorians were the principal ancestors of the Faithful in Númenor and the Dúnedain of Arnor and Gondor, whereas the Marachians were the principal ancestors of the Kings Men in Númenor and the Black Númenoreans in Middle-earth.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the Gondorian cook who was attached to the Third Company of the Guard of the Citadel?
Answer: Targon.

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Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What scalp condition did makeup artists create for Grima Wormtongue with a sprinkling of instant potato flakes?

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Volume 186/Issue 4



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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Today in Middle-earth, February 14
    The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on February 14th: The Mirror of Galadriel (1419); Gandalf returns to life, and lies in a trance (1419). [More]
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    ~Weather Challenge 5
    This week's weather challenge in no way mirrors reality, at least not for us here on my island! It is Sunshine. [More]
From silwritersguild:
    ~February Challenge: Crackuary
    This month's challenge prompts originated from the premise: "This idea is completely unworkable, but I bet I can make it work." With that philosophy in mind (if so dignified a word can be used here), we offer you a bingo card with the most bizarre, silly, and crackiest prompts we could conjure. In order to participate, you can choose any prompt or prompts from the card above and create a fanwork using the prompt(s). There are no numbers drawn for this challenge. Responses do not have to be crackfic. Many of the prompts can provoke serious as well as silly responses! [More]
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From TOR:
    ~Celebrating Christopher Tolkien's Cartographic Legacy
    Christopher Tolkien's map proved to be a huge influence on the fantasy genre. It helped set the norm for subsequent epic fantasy novels; indeed it became the norm. Epic fantasy novels would come with maps--were supposed to come with maps--and in many cases those maps would look a lot like the one drawn by Christopher Tolkien. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Oropher in Lorien?
    We know that when Oropher moved north to avoid the dwarves and Galadriel, the place he was moving north from was Amon Lanc, later known as Dol Guldur. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What name, other than Rohan, is the kingdom of the Horse-Lords known by?

Answer: The Riddermark.

noadvertising and frolijahfan were absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What was the name of the Gondorian cook who was attached to the Third Company of the Guard of the Citadel?

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Volume 186/Issue 3

Volume 186/Issue 3

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

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From Inverse:
Elijah Wood reveals the one reason he's so excited for Amazon's Lord of the Rings
Elijah Wood, the star of Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings film trilogy, knows as much about Amazon's upcoming series as much as you do. Which is to say, he knows very little. But what he does know has the former Frodo actor very excited. [Read more]
From AV Club:
Patton Oswalt is left speechless at fellow geek Stephen Colbert’s Tolkien advice
Patton Oswalt is many things. Grammy and Emmy-winning stand-up, Twitter legend, beleaguered principal, giant supervillain head, imaginary flying horse, the occasional hive-mind, a rat—the guy’s versatile. But fans know that Oswalt is, above all things, an omni-purpose geek. From comics, to music, to good movies and TV, to so-bad-they’re-good movies and TV, Oswalt’s your guy. So he was left gobsmacked on Thursday’s Late Show when fellow nerd (especially of the J.R.R. Tolkien variety) Stephen Colbert responded to Oswalt’s suggestion that the next book he read aloud to beloved 10-year-old daughter Alice be The Hobbit. [Read more]
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How did Thrain still have the map and key while in the dungeons?
Thrain gave the map and key to Gandalf after he was captured and had lost his ring. Why would he have been allowed to keep his other possessions?
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Why Would Amlaith Divide Arnor with His Brothers?
One of the most vexing questions about J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional history is why Eärendur divided Arnor into three smaller realms. That just seems so uncharacteristic of Numenorean princes. They may quarrel among themselves, even plot against ruling monarchs, but they usually go for the whole enchilada. Arnor is a rare exception to the rule.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the ninth month of the Shire Reckoning, corresponding roughly to our September?

Answer: Halimath.

addie71 and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What name other than Rohan is the kingdom of the Horse-Lords known by?

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Volume 186/Issue 2

Volume 186/Issue 2

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From Screen Rant:
    ~10 Storylines from The Lord of the Rings Books & Silmarillion That Should Be Made into Their Own Video Games
    Lord of the Rings has hundreds of interesting storylines well worth of fun and exciting video games. Here are 10 that we think are perfect for it. With the upcoming Amazon TV series on the horizon, it's clear that the Lord of the Rings franchise isn't going away anytime soon. This is in spite of several flawed projects, from the Hobbit trilogy of movies to the cache of mediocre Lord of the Rings-based video games...Now even though there are exceptions such as Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, most of the video games that have come out tend to either be underwhelming or okay. But given the wealth of material from the book series and the Silmarillion, that doesn't mean these stories couldn't work as video games. [More]
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    ~Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Galadriel, Mighty and Valiant
    What stands out to me about Galadriel's characterization in The Lord of the Rings is that she is, first and foremost, discerning. Yes, she's powerful, mysterious, ancient, and sorrowful; but her reactions to the people and events of the world around her are always wise and measured. [More]
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    ~The Galadhrim
    Galadhrim means "tree people," and comes from the Sindarin words "galadh" meaning tree, and "rim" meaning host or great number. This was probably because the Silvan elves of Lorien had long had a custom of living in the trees. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which elf says "Isengard has been unleashed" when Saruman's army heads for Rohan?

Answer: Galadriel.

frolijahfan was absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name of the ninth month of the Shire Reckoning, corresponding roughly to our September?

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Volume 186/Issue 1

Volume 186/Issue 1

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

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From TORn:
The Great Hall of Poets
Welcome to The Great Hall of Poets, our regular monthly feature showcasing the talent of Middle-earth fans. Each month we will feature a small selection of the poems submitted, but we hope you will read all of the poems that we have received here in our Great Hall of Poets. [Read more]
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
Nearly every “fan depiction” I’ve seen of Sauron without his armor is incredibly feminine e, is that accurate?
So I’ve been on a Tolkien lore kick for a bit, and I got curious about how people perceived Sauron, and boy, the results were interesting. If you’ve ever read the manga “Berserk”, most of the fan art I stumbled upon had Sauron looking like Griffith. Incredibly feminine to the point of androgynous. Is this an accurate depiction?
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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Were the Corsairs of Umbar Numenoreans?
You have to define what you mean by Numenorean in order to answer a question such as “Were the Corsairs of Umbar Numenoreans?” You also have to establish the boundaries of your canon, for J.R.R. Tolkien devised much of the history of Umbar after he wrote the primary text of The Lord of the Rings. Writing for the Middle-earth Role-playing audience in 2003, Tolkien scholar Chris Seeman attempted to reset gamer expectations for how Umbar should be perceived and described. Chris’ essay looks at many points and is well worth reading regardless of whether you have an interest in gaming.
That said, we can probably arrive at a simple conclusion by setting some basic rules for consideration.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Who led the retreat from Osgiliath to Minas Tirith before the Siege of Gondor?
Answer: Faramir.

addie71 and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: Which elf says "Isengard has been unleashed" when Saruman's army heads for Rohan?

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Volume 185/Issue 6

Volume 185/Issue 6

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From BBC News:
    ~Lord of the Rings Police Plea Prompts Tolkien Jibes
    Police were inundated with Lord of the Rings jokes after posting an appeal looking for the owner of a "precious" piece of jewellery. North Yorkshire Police seemed unaware of the JRR Tolkien connection when they shared photos of the "distinctive silver ring" on Facebook...Thousands of people soon responded with gifs and memes referencing the famous fantasy novel and film series. [More]
From Literary Hub:
    ~Did Tolkien Write The Lord of the Rings Because He Was Avoiding His Academic Work?
    How a Literary Icon Always Felt Guilty About His Failings With Chaucer. Umberto Eco has examined our ongoing fascination with the Middle Ages and listed ten different versions including the "shaggy medievalism" of works like Beowulf. Much of J.R.R. Tolkien's success as a fiction writer derives from assimilating several of these fantasies of the past including the decadent Middle Ages described by Faramir at Minas Tirith. [More]
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    ~Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Gandalf, Kindler of Hearts
    Critics generally agree that JRRT was inspired by a couple of important mythological figures: Gandalf is, in one sense, an important Christ-figure in the story, but he's also a creative reincarnation of Odin, the Norse All-father, and also of Väinämöinen, the singing, spell-casting wizard of the Finnish Kalevala. But of course, Gandalf--or Mithrandir, or Olórin--isn’t simply a sum of those few parts. [More]
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    ~"We Dwarves Are Natural Sprinters"
    It seems that Gimli's endurance is not too unusual. In The Hobbit we see that Dain and the dwarves of the Iron Hills reached Erebor in only a few days, and yet seemed completely prepared to start fighting immediately upon arrival. [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.

frolijahfan was absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: Who led the retreat from Osgiliath to Minas Tirith before the Siege of Gondor?

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Volume 185/Issue 5

Volume 185/Issue 5

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From Open Culture:
Hear Christopher Tolkien (RIP) Read the Work of His Father J.R.R. Tolkien, Which He Tirelessly Worked to Preserve
J.R.R. Tolkien is responsible for the existence of Middle-earth, the richly realized fictional setting of the Lord of the Rings novels. But he also did his bit for the existence of the much less fictional Christopher Tolkien, his third son as well as, in J.R.R.'s own words, his "chief critic and collaborator." [Read more]
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
Why couldn't Aragorn open the doors of Durin?
When the Fellowship arrives at Moria they end up stuck outside the Doors of Durin because Gandalf doesn't know/remember the password. While this makes sense as Gandalf had no business passing through Moria since TA 1980 when the Balrog awoke, but even he arrived to the Grey Havens almost a thousand years beforehand. While this can be attributed to a lost memory or never needing to open the door himself since it seems the dwarves just left it open unless they needed to close it, this doesn't explain Aragorn's excuse. Aragorn mentions he has passed through Moria before (hence his reluctance to do so again). He is only 87 as well and rather sharp so just forgetting seems a poor explanation.

Thinking it through the options are:

- Balin's company let him in or had the door open, but it seems unlikely as Aragorn wouldn't be quite so hesitant about taking that road.

- Orcs have been using the passage themselves, which seems almost ridiculous as one would think they could hardly read, much less read Sindarin, and the otherworldly quality of elven craftsmanship would have me believe the door would know and refuse to open to servants of the Enemy.

- Balin and company left the door open and perished, but then who closed it? I doubt orcs would care, and if anything would leave it as a trap for unsuspecting travelers

- The door as just open before Balin and company arrived but again, who would close it and why? Also I believe it mentions that the dwarves closed the doors when Khazad-Dum fell.

Is there something that I'm missing?
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If Melkor Returns in the Future, Will He be As Powerful As He Was Before?
I receive many variations on questions about Melkor and the Second Prophecy of Mandos. It’s hard to respond to these questions because many readers are unaware that J.R.R. Tolkien abandoned the Second Prophecy of Mandos, meaning that the Middle-earth mythology of The Lord of the Rings and the Christopher Tolkien-published Silmarillion does not include a final battle between Turin and Melkor.

Given that the final state of Tolkien’s canon for Middle-earth is essentially in chaos, there is no definitive answer to the question of whether Melkor could return at the end of time.

That said, we can infer a few things from Tolkien’s intentions.
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Answer: Thrimidge or Thrimilch.

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Volume 185/Issue 4

Volume 185/Issue 4

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    ~Everything Christopher Tolkien, JRR's Son, Did For Lord of the Rings
    After the sad passing of Christopher Tolkien earlier this week, here's why J.R.R.'s son was so influential in crafting modern Lord of the Rings...Perhaps Christopher's most significant Tolkien contribution was to take the scattered writings and notes of his father that had never previously seen the light of day and transform them into a (mostly) coherent narrative. While the main Lord of the Rings story was published while its author was still alive, so much of what is currently known about Middle-earth's history emerged posthumously, and Christopher Tolkien was the vital conduit of that process, editing and refining his father's tales for public consumption. [More]
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    ~A Weapon With a Will of Its Own: How Tolkien Wrote the One Ring as a Character
    From humble beginnings as a mere trinket bartered in a game of riddles (see the original Hobbit), the Ring grew in power and influence until it did indeed include all of Middle-earth in its simple band of gold. "One Ring to rule them all" wasn't just meant to sound intimidating--it was hard truth. Even Sauron couldn't escape the confines of its powers. It was his greatest weakness. [More]
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    ~When Did Galadriel Leave Doriath?
    To be honest, we're not entirely sure when Galadriel and Celeborn left Doriath and moved east. This is mainly because Tolkien kept revising Galadriel's history, and so there are a few different statements that contradict each other a bit. [More]
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Tuesday's MOVIE question: What battle does Legolas prepare for by pulling on leather shoulder guards?

Answer: Helm's Deep.

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Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the fifth month of the Shire Reckoning, corresponding roughly to our May?

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Volume 185/Issue 3

Volume 185/Issue 3

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Amazon Has Already Proved It’s Doing The Lord of the Rings Right
Riding high on the yearlong success of its acquired British comedy series Fleabag, Amazon appeared at this year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour to announce its intention to snap up even more established talent, whether it’s a partnership with Brad Pitt’s Plan B, or first-look deal with actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. But when it came time to announce the lineup of actors appearing in its new, multimillion-dollar gamble— a prequel series titled The Lord of the Rings—there were very few familiar names on the list. [Read more]
From TORn:
Lord of The Rings Star Elijah Wood Reacts to Christopher Tolkien's Death
There is little doubt that Lord of the Rings fans are still mourning the death of Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Not surprisingly, even the stars of the films based on the legendary author's books are mourning as well. Elijah Wood has just commented about Christopher's passing and he has a beautiful message. [Read more]
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"Sable unblazoned" is my cellar door phrase.
I should explain. In a 1955 lecture English and Welsh, J.R.R. Tolkien described "cellar door" as a combination of English words having an especially beautiful sound independent of their meaning:
Most English-speaking people ... will admit that cellar door is 'beautiful', especially if dissociated from its sense (and from its spelling). More beautiful than, say, sky, and far more beautiful than beautiful. Well then, in Welsh for me cellar doors are extraordinarily frequent, and moving to the higher dimension, the words in which there is pleasure in the contemplation of the association of form and sense are abundant.

In fact Tolkien was not the first author to have noted cellar door for its phonetic beauty. This quality was first attested in the 1903 novel Gee-Boy by Shakespeare scholar Cyrus Lauron Hooper, but others including H.L. Menken, Dorothy Parker, and C.S. Lewis all commented on it during the 20th century.

Now "sable unblazoned" sounds very nice to my ears without any context, but as with everything Tolkien, the context is nice as well.
And he issued forth clad in black armour; and he stood before the King like a tower, iron-crowned, and his vast shield, sable unblazoned, cast a shadow over him like a stormcloud.

This of course being the description of Morgoth immediately before pounding the High King of the Noldor into the ground. I love this combination of words because "unblazoned" sounds almost like a mirror reflection of "sable" - the s/z sounds, the long a, and then bl are repeated in reverse order. This is why I think Tolkien stands alone as the greatest author of the century. Who could even compare to such word-smithing?

Are there other good examples of cellar door phrases that stand out to you, either from Tolkien or elsewhere?
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Was the Seat On Amon Hen Inherently Magical?
I don’t mind saying there are still several older, much longer, more detailed questions from early 2018 sitting in the queue. But I wanted to work with a short question for this article. I chose this zinger, submitted in May 2018:
Was the seat of seeing on Amon Hen inherently magical or was it just the ring that gave Frodo his visions? The seat could have been built in the time of Isengard with the “power” available at the time.
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Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the Hobbit Inn in Stock reputed to have the best beer in Eastfarthing?
Answer: The Golden Perch.

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Volume 185/Issue 2

Volume 185/Issue 2

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    ~Amazon Officially Announces Lord of the Rings Series Cast
    The Lord of the Rings on Prime Twitter account surprised us all today with an official announcement of the upcoming television series' full cast. Some names we already knew, but many we did not. [More]

    ~Today in Middle-earth, January 15
    The Bridge of Khazad-dûm, and the fall of Gandalf (1419); The Company reaches Nimrodel late at night (1419). [More]

    ~Christopher Tolkien Passes Away at the Age of 95
    It is with a heavy heart that I write this news. Christopher Tolkien has passed away. He was 95 years old. Christopher was the third son of our beloved author Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, and had spent much of his life honoring his father's legacy and bringing us so many of the Professor's works posthumously. He edited and published such monumental works as The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, The Book of Lost Tales, The History of Middle-earth and, in recent years, the individually released tales of The Children of Hurin, Beren and Luthien, and The Fall of Gondolin. It is difficult to fathom a world without Christopher. We would know so much less about his father and the world he created without him. We all owe him a debt that can never be repaid. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Tolkien family and to all of his fans around the world. Rest in Peace, Mr. Tolkien. Thank you for everything you gifted us. [More]
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    ~New Set of Challenges - Weather!
    I have checked back through tags and, to my surprise, it seems we have not done a set simply of weather prompts. So this is what we will do for the next six weeks. Beginning, not surprisingly from my point of view, with Storm. [More]
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    ~January 2020 Challenge: New Year's Resolution
    For our first challenge of 2020, participants can choose to complete any of the previous year's challenges. Did you miss a challenge you wanted to complete? Do it now. Did you start a fanwork for a challenge but never completed it? Here is your chance to finish. If you didn't leave any unrealized or unfinished projects behind you (congratulations!) or if none of the unfinished challenges strike your fancy, choose from any of 2019's prompts and start the year by creating a new fanwork, or choose a challenge older than 2019. [More]
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    ~Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Aulë, the Artist's Pattern
    Aulë is one of the Aratar, the chief of the Valar, but once the narrative history shifts entirely, even mostly, to Middle-earth, he all but vanishes. And yet, for all his apparent invisibility, his influence permeates the fabric and the score of Arda...The key to this mystery turns out to be a surprisingly simple one--simple, but with profound implications. It is that Aulë is the primordial Craftsman, the pattern into which all other craftspersons have the ability to fall if they so choose. [More]
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    ~Post-War Legolas
    Knowing that his days in Middle Earth are basically numbered, [Legolas] offers to spend some time in Gondor helping to repair Ithilien after centuries of warfare. And, since Legolas says himself that his coming to Gondor is dependent on his lord's approval (that being Thranduil), we can only assume that Thranduil agreed to let Legolas leave Mirkwood. He and his fellow elvish colonists spent the next 120 years rebuilding Ithilien -- successfully I might add -- while staying close to Aragorn in Minas Tirith, and Gimli in Rohan (he was doing his own work in the Glittering Caves). [More]
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Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which actor got a black eye off-set that required all his scenes the next day to be shot in profile from his uninjured side?

Answer: Viggo Mortensen. (When in doubt, choose Viggo.)

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Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name of the Hobbit Inn in Stock reputed to have the best beer in Eastfarthing?

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