Galadriel (caras_galadhon) wrote in middleearthnews,

Volume 182/Issue 2

Volume 182/Issue 2

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

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    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 AO3 - Archive of Our Own:

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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From Ask About Middle-earth:
    ~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]

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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From Snartha:
By MJ Alexander

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