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Volume 182/Issue 5

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

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MEDIA NEWS:

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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From hobbit_kink:
RPF prompt post #3
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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:
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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RESEARCH AIDS:.
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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