October 1st, 2019

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Volume 182/Issue 1

Volume 182/Issue 1

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

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From TORn:
Today in Middle-earth, September 29
The following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on September 29: [Read more]
From The Daily Record:
Film giants confirm Lord of the Rings won't be filmed in Balloch
Confirmation that Balloch will not be used as the key location for filming of blockbuster series The Lord of the Rings has been labelled a huge blow to the country. [Read more]
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The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Degrees: Cold

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Poetic Justice.

From silwritersguild:
September 2019 Challenge: In Rare Form
Gapfiller. Romance. Slash. Drama. Horror. Hurt/comfort. These genres have populated fanzines and archives with stories for decades and continue to be popular among fanfiction writers. This month's challenge, however, invites fanworks creators to try something "in rare form," using a format or genre that is rarely utilized in Tolkien fanfiction.

Below, we have compiled lists of rare fanwork formats and rare genres. Choose one (or more!) from one of the lists and create a fanwork that fits the format or genre. Is there a rare format or genre you'd like to try that you don't see on the list? Feel free to ask! Either leave a comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

This month also has a recommendation challenge. Find a fanwork or few for one of the rare formats or genres listed below and recommend your favorite(s). Please post your recommendations to our Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, or Tumblr (please tag @silmarillionwritersguild) to receive the stamp.

This month's challenge will end on October 10. Late fanworks are always welcome but do not receive stamps. See our Challenges page for complete guidelines.

Rare Formats and Genres
From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
Prompt post #19
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
* Via /r/Tolkienfans:
Do you wish he rewrote The Hobbit?
Apparently Tolkien became dissatisfied with the tone of The Hobbit in later life. He tried to rewrite it to be more in the tone of Lord of the Rings., but abandoned the project after three chapters possibly due to negative reception from a close friend, among other reasons of course.

Personally I would have liked to read the hobbit as an epic like Lord of the Rings, and while the hobbit is a great story for getting kids into reading and also of course into reading more Tolkien, I think it would have fit more snuggly into his legendarium.

This article might be wrong so please correct me if I’m wrong here. Also does anyone know where I might be able to read these three first chapters? Is it in a HOME volum?
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From Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien Blog:
Who Lived In Tharbad?
Tharbad comes up every now and then in online discussions. I’ve received a few questions about it across the years, too. It’s an intriguing town because readers of The Lord of the Rings only know one real detail about its history: when the town was abandoned (Third Age Year 2912). If you read Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle-earth you’ll learn a little bit more about Tharbad, but not much.
Friday's BOOK question: Where in northern Ithilien was the celebration of the downfall of Sauron held?
Answer: The Field of Cormallen.

sandycombs, addie71 and lindahoyland answered correctly.

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

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