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Volume 180/Issue 6 Aug. 20th, 2019 @ 08:11 pm
empy
Volume 180/Issue 6

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From TORn:
FEATURE: Middle-earth on Glorious 70mm Celluloid Film
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Special to TheOneRing.net, guest contributor Vahn Gharakhani is a professional film editor and 70mm film, with his thoughts on the usage of celluloid cinematography and IMAX with “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. We thank him for his insights.] [Read more]
From AV Club:
Even elf king Lee Pace can't stump Tolkien expert Stephen Colbert
There’s something about Lee Pace’s persona that lends itself to inhabiting charismatic, vaguely otherworldly types. Apart from a galactic conqueror, a magical pie maker, or the odd vampire, Pace’s eerie intensity sees him making for a fine elf king in The Hobbit’s Thranduil, something that no doubt perked up Late Show host and Tolkien fanatic Stephen Colbert’s human ears when Pace was booked on Thursday’s show. [Read more]
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-- 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:
Beren and Luthien
Does anyone else think Beren and Luthien would make a great stand alone movie? You don’t need an excessive amount of backstory to understand the context, and it’s such a beautiful and well crafted story in its own right. So many interesting and unique things happen on a classic love story that is one of the most powerful I’ve ever read, and what’s more is that the female character is extremely nuanced and interesting (despite being written 80+ years ago). The thing is, Luthien is an actual badass FEMININE protagonist. Female protagonists in modern stories are so often the gritty tomboy (not necessarily bad, just very common), and the characters that are feminine are mostly love interest side characters that can barely fend for themselves. Beren and Luthien are properly equal, having each other’s backs throughout the story. This is just a recurring thought that I have and I wanted to see what my fellow Tolkien fans think.
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Did Fëanor Make All the Palantirs?
Readers cannot agree on who made the palantiri, the seeing-stones of Arnor and Gondor. The confusion arises from the ambiguities that Tolkien intentionally introduced into the histories of the stones in the various texts where he mentioned them. In the chapter “The Palantir” in The Two Towers, Gandalf tells Pippin a little about the history of the stones: “The palantíri came from beyond Westernesse from Eldamar. The Noldor made them. Fëanor himself, maybe, wrought them, in days so long ago that the time cannot be measured in years.” If Tolkien had left the matter at that most people would probably be content to infer that he was really hinting that Fëanor alone made the stones.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the seventh level of Minas Tirith, containing the Place of the Fountain and the White Tree?
Answer: The Citadel.

sandycombs, lindahoyland and noadvertising answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by elycia: Which actor complained of this movie-acquired ailment: Extremely painful but very small splinter in foot?

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Volume 180/Issue 5 Aug. 16th, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 180/Issue 5

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From VICE:
    ~Tolkien's Estate Has Brutally Strict Rules About Amazon's LotR Series
    The streamer will have to make sure every single detail of the upcoming show is "Tolkienian."
    Jeff Bezos has been gunning for a massive, Game of Thrones-style tentpole for Amazon's streaming service since 2017, but so far, all it's cranked out are weird, baffling, and periodically brilliant shows that barely even try to garner Thrones-level mainstream success. But that's all about to change. Amazon has poured millions into a Lord of the Rings TV series, reportedly spending $200 million on the rights alone.

    But it turns out that the massive buyout still comes with some strings attached--because the J.R.R. Tolkien estate has some very specific rules about what can and cannot happen in the show, Slashfilm reports. [More]
From ET Canada:
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DISCUSSIONS OF INTEREST:

From TOR:
    ~Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Míriel, Historian of the Noldor (Part 2)
    Before this significant change to the narrative, you'll remember, Fëanor never knew his mother, which removes her presence and death from him so that his constant anger over it and bitterness over his father's remarriage appears ill-founded and violently selfish. The later draft attempts to remedy this. It makes more sense, after all, that he would be bitter over his father's marriage to Indis if he'd had a close relationship with Míriel throughout his entire childhood, only to suddenly lose her, and then to have her replaced by a woman who wasn't a Noldor and was unlike Míriel in every way possible. This draft is thus, perhaps, less dramatic and overwrought, paying more attention to motivations, broken relationships, and the like. But it also severely downplays the force of the fact that Míriel's strength was lessened because her spirit went out into her son. This element still exists, but it is relegated to a background comment, and in that regard it appears to be less significant here than in earlier versions of the story. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Arwen and Bilbo
    Tolkien doesn't show them interacting, no. But there are a couple more indirect clues that Arwen and Bilbo were probably on friendly terms. [More]
TRIVIA:

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.

sandycombs, fredbassett, lindahoyland, frolijahfan and noadvertising all answered correctly.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What is the name of the seventh level of Minas Tirith, containing the Place of the Fountain and the White Tree?

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HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, markarth!

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Volume 180/Issue 4 Aug. 13th, 2019 @ 08:35 pm
empy
Volume 180/Issue 4

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From Engadget:
Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' TV show can't contradict Tolkien's lore
Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings show will stick closely to the canon and history established by Tolkien, a consultant working on the project has revealed.
"The Tolkien estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered," Tolkien scholar and series supervisor Tom Shippey told the German Tolkien Society. [Read more]
From Comicbook.com:
Lord of the Rings Season 1 Episode Count Possibly Revealed
Amazon is spending $1 billion on a Lord of the Rings streaming television series. The company sounds like they’re going to be getting a lot of Middle-earth for their dollar. In an era where most prestige series put out a dozen or fewer episodes in a season, a JRR Tolkien expert working on the Amazon series says the show’s first season will have an episode count closer to a traditional network series. [Read more]
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Container: Flask

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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:
Do we know what life was like for humans who allied with Sauron?
It seems like most of the mysterious eastern human kingdoms were allied with Sauron at one time or another, in particular the Haradrim. I also get the feeling that these people allied themselves with him willingly, and continued to do so during the third age.

The movies sort of gave this impression that life under Sauron was all chains and slavery, and I guess for people of the West it would have been, but could it have been so bad if these people came back to him of their own free will?
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RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Where Did the Old Forest Road in Mirkwood Lead To
J.R.R. Tolkien does not seem to have written much about the history of the Old Forest Road, which first appeared in The Hobbit. Beorn advised Thorin and Company not to use the road to try to reach Erebor because it had by this time (Third Age year 2941) fallen into disuse, except by goblins (orcs). The eastern end of the road vanished into marshes on the edge of the forest.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the first month of the Shire Reckoning, corresponding roughly to our January?
Answer: Afteryule.

sandycombs 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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dracoena AND unnumberedtears, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, myladylyssa, teresarosewood AND random_lissa!

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Volume 180/Issue 3 Aug. 9th, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 180/Issue 3

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

From Tolkien Gesellschaft:
    ~Exclusive Interview with Tom Shippey concerning LOTRonPrime
    Just 20 minutes after the release of the Amazon trailer for the creative team of the Lord of the Rings series, we had the opportunity at Tolkien Thing to interview Tom Shippey, our Guest of Honour, about the trailer and the project exclusively. He is one of the 20 names presented in the video and had not yet seen the video himself. Together we went through the trailer piece by piece, which was analyzed by Shippey and us. [More]
From Polygon:
    ~The key to Amazon's new Middle-earth series is Aragorn
    How one character can connect thousands of years of stories.
    It's a well-known fact that Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy left some of the stories from the books out. That's not necessarily a bad thing; after all, the trilogy is held in the highest esteem by thousands of Tolkien fans -- myself included. However, with Amazon's Lord of the Rings series slowly beginning to emerge from the horizon, perhaps it's high time we look into these wonderful, seldom-told tales of rangers and ringwraiths. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Pippin's Song in the Book vs the Movie
    While the repeated use of Pippin's song in the Hobbit trailer creates fascinating parallels within the movie!verse, trying to keep that same significance within the books is going to be difficult, since its meaning and use are so different in each medium. [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which actor complained of this movie-acquired ailment: Frostbitten toes?

Answer: Billy Boyd.

Sadly, no one gave it a try.

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

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ramen_rules and lih_molko22!

HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, andreebubaneeer!

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Volume 180/Issue 2 Aug. 6th, 2019 @ 07:41 pm
empy
Volume 180/Issue 2

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

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]
From Winter is Coming:
Orlando Bloom: I’m too old to play Legolas again
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is heading to TV thanks to Amazon, which is readying a show set during the Second Age of Middle-earth. I simply can’t wait to see the magical and massive world we remember from Peter Jackson’s movies on the small screen. And if anyone has the resources to do it right, it’s Amazon.

Earlier this week, we got our first inside look at the new show, including peeks at maps as well as introduction to members of the creative team, which is headed up by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay. Writer Bryan Cogman, known for his work on Game of Thrones, is also on board.

That said, we still don’t know much about the cast of the show, outside of Australian actor Markella Kavenagh being considered for an unnamed role. [Read more]
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* tolkien_weekly (drabbles) updates:
Sweeping up (Anaire, wife of Fingolfin; rated PG-13) by hhimring

* silwritersguild updates:
The August 2019 newsletter has been posted.
CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
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Prompt post #19
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-- 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:
Did Tolkien every mention other worlds?
I had this weird dream last night and part of it was Gandalf teaching me how Arda was only one of the many worlds in the universe.

It just got me thinking, did Tolkien ever mention "other worlds"?
CLASSIFIED:
From indy1776:
A survey of fans who were in Tolkien fandom in the early and mid 2000

If you were in Tolkien fandom in the early and mid 2000s, I want to hear from you! Lurkers, readers, writers, artists or any combination of that and more. (However, I am not dealing with the LotRiPS side of the fandom.)

I’m writing meta about how the Tolkien fandom culture of that time period influenced Tolkien archive policies of the Tolkien-centric archives that opened in the mid and late 2000s, specifically of the Silmarillion Writers’ Guild but also in general. I can only bring my limited experience to that, so rather than ignore things I know happened but don’t have any personal experience with, I want to know other people’s recollections.

The link goes to a Google form with several questions about specific areas that I remember being controversial, but there is also space for freeform answers.

The form will be open from July 31, 2019 through August 21, 2019.

Link: Calling Tolkien fandom.
RESEARCH AIDS:.
From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
How Could the Great Goblin Recognize Glamdring and Orcrist?
Good question. There is no “canonical” answer for it. Nor is there an “authoritative” answer for it. We are just expected to take the author’s word for it that the swords were so famous that someone as notable as the Great Goblin would recognize them. More or less.

But who’s to say we cannot speculate wildly? Why not?
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What is the name of the road which runs from the Grey Havens to Rivendell, and passes through the Shire and Bree-land?
Answer: The East Road.

sandycombs and frolijahfan answered correctly. sandycombs gets extra lembas for providing a whole list of other names for it. :)

Today's MOVIE question contributed by elycia: Which actor complained of this movie-acquired ailment: Frostbitten toes?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, lorickgrimes AND popheartbitch, AND HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, channel42, mindbringer AND carpenyx!

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