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Volume 182/Issue 6 Oct. 18th, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
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Volume 182/Issue 6

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

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From silwritersguild:
    ~October Challenge: Start to Finish
    For this month's challenge, choose one of the famous first lines from the list below and use it to start your story. If you are creating a fanwork other than writing, you may use one of the first lines to inspire your fanwork. Challenge entries are due by November 10 in order to receive a stamp. As always, late entries are welcome but do not receive stamps. [More]
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From TOR:
    ~Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Elrond Half-elven, Healer of Rivendell
    Elrond is one of those characters who just seems to have a finger in every pie. He's the son of Eärendil, one of Middle-earth's icons, and is thus the descendant of a Maia (Melian) and a number of legendary figures, including Beren and Lúthien. He's ruled Imladris for many lifetimes of men; he married the daughter of Galadriel, the most powerful Eldar of the Third Age; he played foster-parent to the majority of the heirs of Elendil; his brother founded the Númenorean line; and his daughter marries the returning king of Gondor and Arnor. On the other hand, however, Elrond never lands the starring role. [More]
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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~Silver in Valinor: "Telpe" vs "Tyelpe"
    It could really go either way. The problem is that both "telpe" and "tyelpe" were used by Quenya-speakers to refer to silver (Celebrimbor's name means "silver-fisted"). [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Who, upon Orlando Bloom's arrival in a local bar, gave him an affectionate head-butt that left a bright-red mark sufficient to infuriate his makeup team the following day?

Answer: Sala Baker (not surprisingly, at Viggo Mortensen's urging).

noadvertising was absolutely correct!

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What was the name of the power wielded by Gandalf, which was possibly an allusion to the white light of the sun, and a symbol of the Secret Fire?

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Volume 182/Issue 5 Oct. 15th, 2019 @ 07:02 pm
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Volume 182/Issue 5

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

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From TORn:
Collecting The Precious – QMx The Witch-king Q-Fig Preview/Review
We’ve been very lucky to team up with the great folks at QMx to show off and review the very first figure in their The Lord of the Rings Q-Fig line: The Witch-king. The Q-Fig line covers lots of license but it wasn’t until just after this past Comic-Con that it set its gaze upon Middle-earth. [Read more]
From Derbyshire Live:
A real-life 'hobbit house' set in a Brecon Beacon hillside is now up for sale
A "hobbit house" which looks like it's straight out of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth is up for sale in the scenic Brecon Beacons in Wales.

The whimsical hobbit home has been cut into a hillside and is set in nearly three acres of land around the four-bedroom Castle Cottage in Pengenffordd. [Read more]
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Plants: Tree(s)

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From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
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-- TOLKIEN J. R. R. - Works
-- Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
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-- 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:
Elves and the Witch King
Just saw a meme about Eowyn stabbing the Witch King and it made me think about the prophecy.

Made by Glorfindel, it says "Far off yet is his doom, and not by the hand of men will he fall."

So why didn't the elves do something about him? And I don't mean immediately, the just drove him from Angmar and couldn't chase him right away that happened all the time after the big wars.

But why not later? What about when they first crossed the Anduin during Fellowship? Why didn't some elves go after him?

And again I get they were leaving middle Earth but there were elves there and they cared. Why didn't Elrond or Galadriel/Celeborn sally out after them? 2 elven rings should've been enough right? And they could've taken a squad with them too - elves aren't wanting for skilled warriors or loremasters.

And speaking of which, Gandalf (and the other istari but I get why all the others wouldn't do anything) isn't a man. We know Gandalf barely held the nine off from weather too, but he was alone. What if all 3 elven rings were there!

Seems like destroying/crippling/detaining the nine would have been a great way to skirmish Sauron before the war really started.
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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:
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.

Perhaps. Thing is, The Treason of Isengard documents earlier drafts of the story; hence, whatever you find there was most likely rejected by J.R.R. Tolkien. We should not treat the flotsam and jetsam of his thought as co-equals with what he decided should be published.
TRIVIA:
Friday's BOOK question: What was the name of the Entwife loved by Fangorn?
Answer: Fimbrethil.

frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by elycia: Who, upon Orlando Bloom's arrival in a local bar, gave him an affectionate head-butt that left a bright-red mark sufficient to infuriate his makeup team the following day?

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Volume 182/Issue 4 Oct. 11th, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
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Volume 182/Issue 4

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

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From TheOneRing.net:
    ~Collecting The Precious -- Weta Workshop Minas Morgul Pre-Order Information
    If you haven't already, make sure to mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 10th. That's the day we can finally order the beautiful Minas Morgul environment we saw at Comic-Con this past July. Unlike previous items, this will have a unique way to determine the edition size. [More]

    ~20 Years Ago Today...
    Even within Tolkien's own books, anniversaries are treated as special occasions. A chance for the characters to reflect upon the past that shaped them as they continue moving forward into the future. But for us Lord of the Rings fans, this October 11 (or October 10, if you're in the Western world) is an anniversary of special magnificence. It was October 11, 1999 in New Zealand when principal photography commenced on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, with the main shoot encompassing The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. [More]
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From TOR:
    ~Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Denethor II, Steward of Gondor
    Over the years, and perhaps especially after the release of Peter Jackson's film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, Denethor has become one of the most despised characters in Tolkien's Middle-earth. His blatant favoritism of Boromir over Faramir seems to be at least one root of this hatred. But where did the Steward's cruelty come from? And is there any reason we should extend an attempt at compassion to a man so twisted and broken with hate? Did Tolkien conceive of the character that way from the start? [More]
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    ~Elros's Wife, First Queen of Numenor
    Tolkien didn't write a single line about Elros's wife, not even her name. (Though we know the names of her four sons.) But, if we're really determined, we can safely assume some things about her... [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: What three things does Aragorn say Arwen will be free of if she leaves Middle-earth?

Answer: War, grief and despair.

Sadly, no one gave it a try.

Today's BOOK question from estelanui: What was the name of the Entwife loved by Fangorn?

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Volume 182/Issue 3 Oct. 8th, 2019 @ 08:46 pm
empy
Volume 182/Issue 3

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

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From TORn:
Today in Middle-earth, October 6
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on October 6: [Read more]
From CinemaBlend:
Amazon's Lord Of The Rings Series Should Cast A Female Gandalf, Two Towers Actress Says
Amazon's planning to take it to the next level with its TV adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, sparing no expense. The series will film in New Zealand, the unofficial home of Middle Earth where Peter Jackson's acclaimed Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were also filmed. With an expected 20 episodes per season, there's a lot of anticipation for this prequel series to be good. However, that doesn't mean the series has to follow in the movies' footsteps.

After all, we live in an age where inclusion onscreen extends to gender-bent roles. Since the original Lord of the Rings trilogy skewed very heavily towards male characters, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers actress Robyn Malcolm argues that it should be a woman who plays Gandalf the Grey in Amazon's LOTR TV series. [Read more]
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RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
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* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
Why didn’t Aragorn see the party off at the Grey Havens?
I’ve recently reread the book and amongst other thoughts and questions, which I might also post separately, this was a prominent one. I remembered, of course, that the Ringbearers and the Elves leave and that Sam sees them off but I really expected to see Aragorn in the farewell party too. Throughout my reread it struck me that Aragorn came to love the four hobbits dearly. Gandalf had been his closest friend for years, Elrond was his step father and in-law. If people I had such a relationship with were departing forever, I’d want to see them off. It’s really odd that Aragorn didn’t , almost as if Tolkien forgot at that point.

Edit: And Bilbo, Aragorn was good friend with Bilbo all the years they’d known each other.
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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Did the Girdle of Melian Fulfill More Than One Purpose?
The Girdle of Melian was a barrier that Melian (one of the Maiar, and wife of Thingol Greycloak) created around most of the realm of Doriath in the form of “an unseen wall of shadow and bewilderment”, according to The Silmarillion, after Thingol’s army defeated Orcs that invaded eastern Beleriand. A similar invasion in west Beleriand was more successful, leaving Cirdan and his people besieged in their coastal cities of Brithombar and Eglarest.

In 2017 a reader sent the following questions to me: “Did the Girdle of Melian serve any other purposes other than create a defensive barrier for the Kingdom of Doriath? As Melian was Maia, did she have the power to slow down fading for the Elves of Doriath?
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.

addie71, noadvertising, elwenlj and frolijahfan answered correctly.

Today's MOVIE question contributed by special_majick: What three things does Aragorn say Arwen will be free of if she leaves Middle-earth?

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Volume 182/Issue 2 Oct. 4th, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
caras_galadhon
Volume 182/Issue 2

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:
    ~Exploring the People of Middle-earth: Idril the Far-Sighted, Wisest of Counsellors
    Idril is perhaps most commonly known as the mother of Eärendil, but her life's story represents a significant milestone in Tolkien's storytelling career. Idril Celebrindal, daughter of King Turgon of Gondolin, is not only a prototype of Galadriel, but is also a key player in The Fall of Gondolin, one of Tolkien's earliest attempts (circa 1914) to capture the mythology stirring to life in his mind. As such, Idril is a unique character, but she also functions as a sort of foremother of many of Tolkien's later female characters: that is, many of her defining features reappear in some form or another in women of the later legendarium. She is both a respected counselor and a sort of Cassandra; a powerful influence in the governing of Gondolin and as often ignored by those closest to her. And yet, Idril was a character of such importance in Tolkien's mind that even as late as 1964 he described The Fall of Gondolin as "the story of Idril and Earendel" (Letters 344). [More]
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    ~Feanor and Melkor
    I am 99% sure that Melkor didn't have any part in creating the palantiri. During his "probation" in Valinor, Morgoth (then called Melkor) did teach the Noldor many things, sharing "hidden knowledge" with their craftsmen. But, at least in Feanor's case, Tolkien clearly describes the limits of that relationship... [More]
TRIVIA:

Tuesday's MOVIE question: Which member of the Fellowship refused to fly to the more remote sets?

Answer: Sean Bean.

sandycombs, addie71, noadvertising and baranduin 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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