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Volume 162/Issue 5 Feb. 16th, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 162/Issue 5

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and forty-three. Welcome all!

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From TheOneRing.net:
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From silwritersguild:
    ~February 2018 Challenge: Breaking Boundaries
    The ages of Arda are punctuated by encounters between peoples of different cultures. They fight and fall in love and battle and betray and colonize and corrupt one another, forging understandings on one hand and rejecting them on the other. This month's challenge asks you to create a fanwork that shows a meeting between characters of two or more cultures. There are no prompts this month, but if you're looking for inspiration, check below the cut for a list of important cultural encounters and feel free to suggest more in the comments! And since February is Black History Month, we encourage participants to include characters of color or characters from cultural groups we don't hear from a lot in the texts.

    Fanworks for this challenge are due on the archive by March 10 in order to receive a stamp. [More]
From b2mem:
    ~B2MeM 2018 announcement
    b2mem is running a 31 x 31 x 16 challenge this year. 31 prompts have been posted now for participants who prefer more time to create. Another set of prompts will be posted in March. The March prompts are divided into two categories--fanwork and comment. The fanwork prompts will be posted daily; the comment prompts every other day. Fanwork prompts are for the creation of any type of fanwork. Comment prompts are for leaving feedback on Tolkien-based fanworks, whether written for B2MeM or not.

    Please see the Intro/FAQ post for more information.
FIC/ART NEWS:

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

From Tor.com:
    ~Hitting the Road with Bored of the Rings
    In 1969 Doug Kenney and Henry Beard, editors of the prestigious comedy magazine The Harvard Lampoon (and soon-to-be creators of the National Lampoon) co-wrote a deeply silly parody of Lord of the Rings called, wait for it, Bored of the Rings. It turns out that a long, debauched scene at the book launch for Bored of the Rings features prominently in David Wain's (somewhat fictionalized) recent biopic of Kenney, A Futile and Stupid Gesture. [More]
CLASSIFIED:

From TheOneRing.net:
RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Stockholm Syndrome, The One Ring, and Addiction
    I don't think Stockholm Syndrome is the best frame of reference for the relationship between the One Ring and the ring-bearers. Personally, I think a much more useful/accurate comparison can be made to addiction. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What name does Hama use when addressing Gandalf before he enters the Golden Hall?

Answer: Gandalf Greyhame.

Sadly, no one was correct.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: Gildor Inglorion met Frodo Baggins and his friends on the road out of the Shire. He was a Noldorin Elf of the House of ________?

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Volume 162/Issue 4 Feb. 13th, 2018 @ 08:31 pm
empy
Volume 162/Issue 4

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and forty-three. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
EXCLUSIVE: tickets available TUESDAY 13 FEBRUARY for Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth
The Bodleian Library in Oxford has an exceptional exhibition coming up later this year, which fans will no doubt travel far and wide to see. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth (June 1 – October 28) will display an extraordinary collection of illustrations, manuscripts, letters, personal belongings and more, giving a unique insight into J.R.R. Tolkien and his works. This ‘once in a lifetime’ exhibition is not to be missed – and thanks to our friends at the Bodleian, TheOneRing.net can reveal exclusively that tickets will be available from 2pm UK time tomorrow, Tuesday 13th February. [Read more]
From SyFy:
Frak, Marry, Kill: Lord of the Rings edition
I'm assuming everyone is familiar with Frak, Marry, Kill, right? Of course, you are. So, since most of us have probably played it at least once in our lifetimes, there's really no need to explain things. However, let it be said that if you saw the title of this piece and found yourself feeling even the slightest tinge of outrage, then it's probably better for everyone that you stop reading now. Read our interview with Star Trek: Discovery star Michelle Yeoh instead. For everyone else, game on! [Read more]
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* tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
Outside Gondolin (Aredhel and her son Maeglin; rated PG) by hhimring
Tongues of Birds and Angels (Elwing, seabirds; rated PG-13) by kayleelupin
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Vocalizing: Speak

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Under the Trees

From silwritersguild:
"30-Day Character Study" Progress Reporting AND "New Year's Resolution" Fanworks
This past month was our New Year's Resolution challenge: a chance to complete any of 2017's challenges that you didn't get to, didn't get to finished, or just wanted to try again. Nine fanworks were posted on the archive for this challenge. Check them out and, if you enjoy what you read, please let the author know by leaving them a comment!

Even the Greatest Art Cannot Survive Forever by LadyBrooke. In Doriath, Galadriel and Nimloth discuss the art of the Noldor and the art of the Sindar, and whether Lúthien is the equivalent of Nerdanel. (Challenge: A Woman's Sceptre)

Forgotten Stories Remembered in Other Lands by LadyBrooke. Elmar knows the stories of her people, and that her captor's people will not be free of Númenor forever. (Challenge: Song of Exile)

Fourth Father by eris_of_imladris. One year after arriving in Gil-galad's camp, Elrond learns of the fates of Maedhros and Maglor. (Challenge: New Directions)

Home Is a Second Chance by eris_of_imladris. A young Gondorian guardswoman encounters an elf on a cliff and discovers a way they can both find home again. No romance here, just friendship. Will be writing more soon! (Challenge: Song of Exile)

Into the Woods by Grundy. Angrod, Aegnor, and Artanis have been sent to make contact with their great uncle Elwë. None of them really know what to expect. (Challenge: Strength and Beauty)

Marilliën and the Fall of Doriath by Kaylee Arafinwiel. Marilliën has always been devoted to the Sindar, ever since her beloved kinswoman ensnared their King. But with Melyanna gone, she at least had tried to serve as a protection to Doriath, and to Melyanna's family. The tale of one 'young' Maia OC as she gets caught up in the Second Kinslaying. (Challenge: Behind the Scenes)

Outside of Gondolin Mutual Defence League by Himring. In Gondolin, a fat elf attempts to befriend a sad elf. At first, things don't look very promising. But maybe the friendship will turn out deeper and more real for it, in the long run. (Challenge: 30-Day Character Study)

Up in Smoke by eris_of_imladris. Fëanor is the architect of his doom by making the Silmarils for all the wrong reasons. (Challenge: Hero's Journey)

Walking in the Gardens by Raiyana. A Hero's Journey Matryoshka challenge story, featuring the head gardener of Indis' home in Vanyamar. (Challenge: Hero's Journey)
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
What is the *real* reason Tolkien invented his own languages?
CLASSIFIED:
Via lotrips_finders:
jme24576 is looking for a specific fic:
I hope someone can help me. Does anyone have copies of Kelaria's fics, especially her "curulath" fic? I loved that story & I'd love to have a copy. I know it used to be on Archiveofourown, but it's gone. Or even an old link to it would be great. Any help would be much appreciated.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Why Did the Balrog Never Leave Moria?
A reader asked if I know why the Balrog of Moria (or “Fred” as we affectionately call him on SF-Fandom) never left the deep places of the world to which he fled after the defeat of Melkor. Well, the short answer is that I do not know. But the question was submitted with the following comment: Why didn't the Balrog of Moria go outside? J.R.R. Tolkien never explained what that was all about. Why didn’t the Balrog of Moria go outside? J.R.R. Tolkien never explained what that was all about. In the Treason of Isengard there is a note from Tolkien, where he considered Gandalf saying the following to the Balrog: “It is forbidden for any Balrog to come beneath the sky since Fionwe son of Manwe overthrew Thangorodrim.” So perhaps that explains it.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the fourth son of Eglantine Banks?
Answer: Peregrin. (Some of our eagle-eyed readers spotted that "fourth son" was misleading, since she had four children but only one son.)

addie71, elwenlj, sandycombs and openidwouldwork answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What name does Hama use when addressing Gandalf before he enters the Golden Hall?

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SEND MATHOMS:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, avanti_90, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, fredbassett AND kenazfiction!

and HAPPY EARLY ♥ VALENTINE'S DAY ♥ to all our readers!


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Volume 162/Issue 3 Feb. 9th, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 162/Issue 3

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and forty-five. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From Atlas Obscura:
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien's Grave
    The names Lúthien and Beren can be found inscribed on the shared grave of the famous writer and his beloved wife and muse. The final resting place of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) and Edith Mary Tolkien (1889-1971) is covered in an abundance flowers, plants, and offerings from fans in the verdant cemetery of Wolvercote in Northern Oxford. They are buried together in a single grave in the Catholic section of the cemetery. [More]
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TheOneRing.net:
CLASSIFIED:

From lotrips_finders:
RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~The Numenoreans and Cannibalism
    The orcs were definitely cannibals - there are several mentions in Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other writings to support this. So we know that Morgoth (and Sauron after him) condoned, and possibly encouraged, cannibalism among their orc servants. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What great forest borders the land of Rohan?

Answer: Fangorn.

addie71, sandycombs, lindahoyland and frolijahfan all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name of the fourth son of Eglantine Banks?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, rakshi and snathaid!

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Volume 162/Issue 2 Feb. 6th, 2018 @ 08:19 pm
empy
Volume 162/Issue 2

Circulation: One thousand two hundred and forty-seven. Welcome all!

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
Man turns Scotland's parks into Tolkien-style hobbit maps
It had been a while since he had free time, so he picked up a pen and began to draw. He struck upon the idea of copying a picture from his childhood - the map of Middle Earth from the books of author J.R.R. Tolkien. [Read more]
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* tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
Reckoning of Years (Quennar i Onotimo; Galadriel; rated G) by hhimring
Packing to Leave (Aragorn II, Elladan, Elrohir (the twins are present, but silent); rated G) by kayleelupin

* tolkien100 updates:
The Fall (Shagrat; rated 15) by fredbassett
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is New: New Life

The current challenge at tolkien100 is In Time

From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
FIC/ART NEWS:
From lotricons:
February calendars (Galadriel) by ladyithildiel

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:
Question About the Silmarillion and Ents
In "Of Aulë and Yavanna", Ents [not called so of course] are spirit beings that indwell trees to protect the forest from dwarves who will cut them down. However at this period of time are not the only spirit beings valar and Maiar? Does this make the spirits of Ents...Maiar?
At this same time of balrogs [Maiar] it says "The spirits...balrogs they were named in Middle-earth in later days"
Or are their other spirits already created by Iluvatar at this time not mentioned? Or did I miss something?
CLASSIFIED:
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Are There Taxes in Middle-earth?
Have you ever wondered how the government services in Middle-earth’s various kingdoms, realms, and colonies were paid for? It wasn’t all managed through slave labor, to be sure. And, yes, Tolkien fans do occasionally bring up the question of taxes. Did anyone pay taxes in Middle-earth and, if so, how did they do that? Was there an income tax.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: Faramir left two men to guard Frodo and Sam after their capture. What were their names?
Answer: Damrod and Mablung.

sandycombs, fredbassett, febobe and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by estelle3974: What great forest borders the land of Rohan?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, lilithlotr, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, el_wing!

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Volume 162/Issue 1 Feb. 2nd, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 162/Issue 1

Circulation: One thousand, two hundred and forty-seven. Welcome all!

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From Independent:
From Nerdist:
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silwritersguild updates:
    February 2018 Newsletter (Retrospective on Back to Middle-earth Events, New Year's Resolution Challenge, New Members, Character Biography, Stories Added/Updated, Around the World and Web) by nelyo_russandol
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:

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FIC/ART NEWS:

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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TolkienFans:
CLASSIFIED:

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RESEARCH AIDS:

From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Minas Morgul in the Fourth Age
    Minas Morgul (called Minas Ithil when it wasn't inhabited by the Nazgul) was destroyed and then left abandoned for many years in the Fourth Age. [More]
TRIVIA:

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

Answer: Two.

Sadly, no one was correct.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: Faramir left two men to guard Frodo and Sam after their capture. What were their names?

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