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Volume 182/Issue 3

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Volume 182/Issue 3

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

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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CHALLENGES/WORKSHOPS/AWARDS:
The current challenge at tolkien_weekly is Degrees: Frozen

The current challenge at tolkien100 is Poetic Justice.

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:
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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RESEARCH AIDS:.
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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