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The varied peoples of Middle-earth at times found unity in their pursuits, and all too often experienced deep rifts. Engage in lively conversations as we banter about the differences between the Alliances, and recruit for our People as well. Remember, keep it friendly.

Postby Hero's Song » Tue May 20, 2003 3:12 pm

Welcome Lady Galadriel!<BR><BR>Enjoyed reading your info. There's no doubt you are truly a kindred spirit. It's great that you live in South Africa. I've never known anyone from there before. Your house and surrounding countryside sound enchanting.<BR><BR>I had an "Anne" moment the other day - a nearly disastrous one. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR>I bought my daughter a new "persimmon" colored skirt with a pretty ruffle on the bottom and I was ironing it for her in the kitchen because my little house has no better place to do it. I was setting the iron beside my sink. Suddenly as I was ironing - blue blotches appeared on the skirt <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> I had absentmindedly set the iron next to a blue plastic cup. It had melted onto the iron and I was ironing it onto the brand new skirt! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. <BR>I screamed and ran into the bathroom and plunged it into some water. With much scraping and praying and soaking, etc. almost all traces of it came off and the iron is OK. I was horrified for a while, let me tell you. <BR><BR>As a way of a conversation starter : tell us of some trees you have "known" and loved over your lifetime.<BR><BR>Here's my favorites: <BR><BR>When I was a child, we had a tall weeping birch tree in our backyard. It was white-barked with long slender branches that reached to the ground and it's blossoms were yellow in the spring and the leaves were yellow in the fall. I used to love to climb it, although I was too young to go very high. It's branches were a favorite reading and dreaming perch for my older sister, "Nunke," (who is a TORCer too - I'm going to try to talk her into joining us) We had to have it cut down when I was about 10 because it was rotting<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> <BR>At the farm where my grandparents lived, there is a huge old pine tree right in the middle of the turnaround "circle" at the end of the long driveway. It is a Scotch pine - my favorite evergreen - with its long soft needles and wonderful fragrances and whispers in the wind. <BR><BR>Finally, there is a large tree standing by itself in the middle of a corn/soybean field about two miles from here. I think it's probably a maple. I've admired it since I was a child. We always visited my grandparents (see above) at least once or twice a week and I loved looking out the window on the drive and seeing it. That tree is still standing there like it always has (I'll be 41 next month). It is a lovely shape because I don't think it's ever been trimmed. I always like to think that some farmer either planted it there or left it there long ago so that he would have someplace to stop and rest in the shade from his labors. <BR><BR>What about YOUR favorite trees?
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Wed May 21, 2003 11:31 am

Mae govannen, Lady Galadriel! I really enjoyed reading your bio, and your place sounds absolutely lovely! I don’t think we in America have the right idea about what South Africa looks like (at least *I* don't!). I’d love to see pictures sometime, if you have a way of posting them to the internet.<BR><BR>Hi, Heather! I wish you well on losing the extra pounds. Good luck! (It can be done; I lost 40 pounds a few years back and have kept it off. Now, I just need to lose another 20 or so. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>Harvestar, I loved the pictures you gave us the link to. Let us know when you have your own pics up at your website. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> The desert is not my kind of place, but it *is* beautiful in a truly unique way. (Being from the Midwest, I have a passion for trees, so I don’t think I could handle the barrenness of the desert—let alone the heat! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>HS, oh no! That sounds just like an Anne episode! I’m glad you were able to get the melted plastic off the skirt. Whew!<BR><BR>I loved hearing about your beloved trees. It’s funny that we got onto this subject yesterday, because I was busy lamenting in a few other places the loss of one of my parents’ trees—a lovely, old gingko. (I explained, though, that it produces these “vomit balls” in the summer, and they are horrid. It’s a female tree; the male is in the backyard, and there’s no way to stop her from, um, being prolific.) The fruit truly does smell like vomit, and even the neighbors complain. So, I understand *why* the tree needed to be cut down, but it was still sad. <BR><BR>Anyway, trees I’ve known and loved. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> Well, growing up, we had quite a few white pines in our backyard. Two in particular were planted side by side by themselves at the back of the property. I had a large rock underneath them where I would sit and dream. I named them “The Two Princes.” I loved the way the wind would gently blow through their soft needles as I would sit, hidden behind their long branches.<BR><BR>We had a very large weeping willow tree, too, that eventually held my brother’s tree house. I loved that tree—it was easy to climb with its low-hanging branches. And, I loved the fact that I could touch all of the branches and leaves and run in and out among them. I wept when my dad cut it down. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Nearby where I live now, there is a yard with three, very large oak trees in it. They are close together, with a small circle of grass underneath them. For some reason, this always strikes me as magical, as if it would be a perfect place for faeries to have a dance or something.<BR><BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> This was a good question, HS! I am an Ent at heart and absolutely love trees. (If I believed in reincarnation—and I don’t—I’d swear I was a Druid in a past life or something. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>)<BR><BR>Blessings to all of you,<BR>Lalaith<BR>
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Postby Lidau » Wed May 21, 2003 1:47 pm

Welcome, LadyGaladriel and Shieldmaiden,<BR>and hello to everyone else!<BR>Megan Baggins_ when I watched the Anne movies for the first time last week(or the week before?time is moving so fast), I cried the whole time through, although it´s not always that sad.<BR>Speaking of trees...when I was a child, we lived in a suburban area, and there were some weeping willows on a small brook that we children played around. I remember f.e. pretending its branches were really horses manes.- Later I lived in the middle east for some time and in the garden of the house where I worked, there was a fig tree. Although the fruit could not be eaten, I really liked watching it through the seasons. The same was true for a chestnut that grew in the garden where I live now. It was cut down last year, I don´t know why, but was very sad when it happened. I missed that tree for a while. Lately, whenever I have seen trees being cut down, I often think it would be awesome if trees really were able to move...and defend themselves...don´t you think?<BR>Good night (for me),<BR>Lidau
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Postby shieldmaidenofrohan » Fri May 23, 2003 4:19 pm

Finals are over, all's right with the world <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>Now that I have time to breathe again... thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!<BR>Hmm... favorite trees... that's a toughie. I love trees! There's two fruit trees to the side of the front yard, an apple and a plum. The fruit never tasted very good so we don't eat it (no plum preserves...) but it was always a favorite spot for me to sit and read or draw, either in the plum tree or under the apple tree, especially in the spring because when the wind blows you're gently showered in white petals. There's also another tree that I pass on the way to school, a rather large one growing on this little patch in between the two sides of the road. It always makes me feel happy to see it, it's like an old friend even though I've never actually sat next to it. Especially when I'm driving to school in the evenings and get to see the setting sun gilding its branches and painting the sky behind it.<BR>~Smor <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Fri May 23, 2003 8:19 pm

Hi, Lidau and SMOR!<BR><BR>Lidau, I loved hearing about your favorite trees, especially the fig tree in the Middle East. How neat!<BR><BR><i>It was cut down last year, I don´t know why, but was very sad when it happened. I missed that tree for a while. Lately, whenever I have seen trees being cut down, I often think it would be awesome if trees really were able to move...and defend themselves...don´t you think?</i><BR><BR><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> I totally agree! I do like that whole scene in the movie with the Ents. Sort of a “Trees Strike Back” theme.<BR><BR>SMOR, I’m glad that finals are over. Yay! How do you think you did?<BR><BR>I also loved your description of the plum (apple?) tree, with the petals falling down around you. Ahhh, sounds lovely.<BR><BR>I hope you ladies have a good weekend. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Lalaith
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Postby Harvestar » Sat May 24, 2003 3:12 am

Hi everyone!<BR><BR>Lalaith, I do miss trees out here in the desert, in fact, my mom sent me a box of fall leaves a couple years ago. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> I love coming up to the mountains around town since they have real trees up here (up on the mountain top now, at the telescope)<BR><BR>When I first came out here, I thought the desert was going to be miles of white sand with a cactus every mile. I was so surprised when there were lots of cacti, all together, in fact, even a saguaro forest. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>I did take some pictures the other day, although my camera lens had a large finger print on it... making the pictures seem as though from a dream. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Here's ones of ironwood with their pink and lavender flowers and palo verde with their vibrant yellow bringing life to the desert. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><a target=new href="http://thorn.as.arizona.edu/~kak/Pictures/Nature/Ironwoods/">http://thorn.as.arizona.edu/~kak/Pictures/Nature/Ironwoods/</a><BR><BR>Here's also some pictures of saguaro cacti in bloom. They aren't my beloved trees, but they certainly have personality about them! <BR><BR><a target=new href="http://thorn.as.arizona.edu/~kak/Pictures/saguaronp/">http://thorn.as.arizona.edu/~kak/Pictures/saguaronp/</a><BR><BR>My favorite tree is an ornamental cherry tree back on the campus of Penn State. It was very tall, with long weeping branches that were a cascade of pink in the spring. I used to sit and dream under that tree. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby Lidau » Sat May 24, 2003 4:29 pm

Hello everbody, and especially those who have joined lately!<BR>This has been a really busy week, and now it´s 1.30 am and I can´t sleep <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> so what else to do...<BR>Harvestar, thank you for sharing those pictures. It always amazes me to see what plants can be when they grow in their appropriate climate (as opposed to in my living room <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>). <BR><BR>Lidau
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Postby ElaraElendil » Sun May 25, 2003 9:49 am

Hello there. This guilf fits me like a glove. I am an Anne lover to the core, who has NO Gilbert.<BR><BR><b>Your actual age 40</b> - 23<BR><BR><b>How old do you feel? ie. How old's your spirit?</b><BR>I feel 18 most of the time<BR><BR><b>Where do you live?</b> South Lousiana<BR><BR><b>Describe the beauty spots around your house- think "Anne-ish" descriptions, now!</b><BR>My room faces full west. The golden sunset in the evening casts crimson shadows that dance across my floor. I look down from my window to a lovely front garden that is blanketed in impatiens, pansies, whirling butterflies, and flowers of every color that make you want to "drink them in!" The back corner of my yard is a pine haven of wilderness. Birds gather to chatter there amongst themselves. And pine needles grace the "forest" floor with a divine carpet of red and gold mingled with confederate jasmine. It is a sanctuary for one's imagination.<BR><BR><b>Anne had six children - If you have some, please tell us a little about them.</b> <BR>I have no children. But I one day hope to have a lttle girl named Lorelei--named after the Rock of the Lorelei on the Rhine River. An old legend tells that Lorlei was a siren who beckoned Rhine sailors to her bend in the river, only to have them crash upon the rock when the came too close. And if I have a boy, I wish to name him Raphael, after the regal Archangel who helped Tobias in his journeys.<BR><BR><b>Age when you started reading Anne of Green Gables</b><BR>I started reading them when I was 11. I was hooked by the movies and even further when I read beyond the story depicted by Kevin Sullivan. <BR><BR><b>How many of L.M. Montgomery books have you read?</b><BR>I have read the whole Anne series & memorized the movies.<BR><BR><b>What is it about L.M. Montgomery's writing that appeals to you?</b><BR>I just realized at a young age that I am very much like Anne. I have a red-head temper, a wild imagination that has not died yet, and a flare for getting myself into "scrapes." I feel like L.M. Montgomery wrote an amazing account of the changes, emotions, heartaches, and triumphs of life of a girl growing into a woman. <BR><BR><b>Describe an "Anne" moment you've had.</b><BR>When I was in school for theatre, I remember one time laying on the stage looking up into the fly-loft and at the curtains and lights during a rehearsal for the first show i which I was ever cast. And I knew that the memory of that moment would be with me forever. I asked another cast member if they ever stop for moment to soak in the happy memories while they last to make a permament image, and they thought I was just plain bizarre.
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Postby Hero's Song » Sun May 25, 2003 1:15 pm

Welcome Elara Elendil!<BR><BR>You are definitely a kindred spirit - loved your description of the sunset through your room. <BR><BR><i>The back corner of my yard is a pine haven of wilderness. Birds gather to chatter there amongst themselves. And pine needles grace the "forest" floor with a divine carpet of red and gold mingled with confederate jasmine. It is a sanctuary for one's imagination.</i><BR><BR>O! a pine woods! I love those. There was a small one near the pond on my grandparent's farm. It was my favorite place to go. The dead pine scent all around, the soft pine needles, the tall stately trees all combined for a great place to play and dream. Also, the pine needles killed a lot of the undergrowth that makes traipsing the woods hazardous (nettles, briars, etc.) - so it was perfect. I believe there will definitely be groves of pine trees in heaven <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby MeganBaggins » Sun May 25, 2003 8:11 pm

Welcome Elara! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR>Your home sounds lovely!<BR>my my my, life has been insane these past few days! I have hardly had time to get online, let alone TORC! *whew* I can't wait till summer though! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby ElaraElendil » Sun May 25, 2003 8:14 pm

Hero, I could not agree more...something about a forest floor covered in pine needles transports me into another time and place. One could easily find themselves in an enchanted wood or a medieval forest dale when standing in the shadows of such fragrant trees.<BR><BR>Good to see you outside of Tom's, Megan. And thanks for the welcome. I wish I had gone exploring in the guilds sooner. You know, it's funny, but one of the pics I had planned on using on TORC is the Lady of Shalott <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> Very Anne-inspired.
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Postby MeganBaggins » Sun May 25, 2003 8:22 pm

Elara, I have also found alot of Anneish pics (things mentioned in the books and such) But unfortunately...my RP char, Megan has brown hair like me and none of the Anneish pics would match *grumble* ooh well...I suppose life does go on. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR>Besides..I have taken quite a liking to my current one. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby ElaraElendil » Sun May 25, 2003 9:44 pm

Yes, I like yours as well. There's just something about pics like yours that make me think "maiden" instead of just plain "woman." <BR><BR>--if I could live in a castle, drink mead from goblets, ride horses, and practice sword fighting every day of my life I'd be a happy woman. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby Arwen_Sol » Sun May 25, 2003 10:56 pm

lol <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> I second that notion<BR><BR>Welcome LadyG and Elara! Happy to meet the both of you and I hope ya'll have a wonderfulsome time here...<BR><BR>*~Arwen
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Postby ElaraElendil » Sun May 25, 2003 11:23 pm

As always, thank you for the welcome. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby shieldmaidenofrohan » Mon May 26, 2003 6:08 am

<i>--if I could live in a castle, drink mead from goblets, ride horses, and practice sword fighting every day of my life I'd be a happy woman.</i><BR>I'll third that... it just seems so terribly romantic! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR>And welcome, Elara!<BR>~Smor
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Postby Old_Begonia » Mon May 26, 2003 7:57 am

[WARNING: RACHEL LIND MODE]<BR><BR>I hate to be a wet blanket, but...<BR><BR><i>If I could live in a castle...</i><BR>Um...well...yeah. But no motes, okay? (algae)...and we'll have to get a little anachronistic here because, you know, fireplaces weren't invented until the 14th century. And there was no glass for the windows...just tapestries. I'd almost rather camp out on the moor in one of those elegant pavilions.<BR><BR><i>drink mead from a goblet...</i>mead? Mmmmm...delightful. Just not a goblet so wide I feel like I'm drinking out of a dinner plate and the stuff doesn't spill down the sides of my cheeks.<BR><BR>[END RACHEL LIND]<BR><BR><i>ride horses...</i>elegant and fast, but very well behaved. <BR><BR><i>and practice sword fighting every day of my life...</i>and archery, don't forget archery...and archery on horseback
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Postby larindyl » Mon May 26, 2003 8:27 am

Hello and Welcome Elara - Very nice to meet you!<BR><BR>Mentioning what you'd like to call your daughter got me thinking. I always used to want to call mine Elanor (for obvious reasons) but now I skirt round others like Nancy or Katalin (V. Unusual) Melisande or plain Lydia or Bryony. I guess I'll see what my husband wants or whether the daughter in question 'looks like' a name... But I satisfy these maternal instincts by playing the sims, whenever one of my sims has a baby I give them one or two of these names and I'm happy <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>.<BR><BR>Update on the dress - the material is terrible susceptible to fraying and is causing all types of problems but the up side is that it now looks like a dress and thats very satisfying. Mum says that it'll be finished soon! Hooray - I'm now off to buy accessories which means going shoe and handbag shopping with a credit card <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>.
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Postby ElaraElendil » Mon May 26, 2003 12:42 pm

Ah, Begonia...I was watching a rather interesting show on the history channel that showed how they made glass for the windows of castles...apparently more castles had glass windows than we realized.<BR><BR>But--archery is quite an important skill...How could I have been so silly as to forget that???!!!!<BR><BR>Do you ever wish your real name was something more elegant or romantic...like Anne's "Lady Cordelia Fitzgerald?"
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Postby shieldmaidenofrohan » Mon May 26, 2003 1:14 pm

lol...reminds me of when I was a kid. I begged my parents for years to let me change the spelling of my middle name. I thought the way it was spelled was rather dull. They finally told me I could if I could pay for it myself, and it was an outrageous sum of money (to a kid or to a starving student!) so it never did get changed...
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Postby MeganBaggins » Mon May 26, 2003 9:49 pm

I have also wished more than once that my name was a tad more interesting. When I was a little girl I pleaded with my parents to have my name changed to (LoL) Eowyn or Galadriel...but alas they knew that once I entered highschool, I would wish I would have stayed with 'Megan'. Well, I am in high school now, and glad that my name is plain Megan but sometimes I still get a longing to be named something more romantic....*sigh*
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Postby ElaraElendil » Mon May 26, 2003 11:01 pm

Quite honestly, the name Elara wasn't something I came up with just for TORC...it originated as the name of a character I had imagined inside my head.<BR>Ever since I was young I have always invented stories in my mind that I thought I might someday put down into a book. The main character always seems to resemble me, but has more interesting and enchanting qualities. At any rate, whenever I think I've come up with something truly interesting or original...I read it in another book and see it in a movie, and decide that writing that story then would just seem like a rip off. Such is life.
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Tue May 27, 2003 11:59 am

Hello everyone!<BR><BR>Thank you all for your welcome! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><b>Harvester:</b> What part of SA does Silmarill live in? I would love to meet up with some fellow South African TORC’ers... I haven’t met any here yet. And I do hope you get to visit South Africa one day... it is truly a lovely place. I love the pictures in the link you provided, btw; they are lovely. But like Lalaith, I am also a ‘tree-person’ – a virtual dryad! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR><b>Lalaith:</b> LOL! Yes, I know most people think South Africa equals jungle. A lot of my relatives back home also thought that until we showed them pictures! I will try and post some pictures of my house and the surrounding areas when I can. I don’t have a scanner at home, so it’s a bit difficult, and also I have yet to create and set up a ‘proper’ website where I can store all these type of things...<BR><BR><b>HS:</b> I loved reading about your trees...<BR><BR><b>Lidau:</b> I know exactly what you mean about trees being able to move... No wonder I loved the Huorns and Ents in TTT!<BR><BR><b>SMOR:</b> Lucky you! So you have time to breathe now... I have 10 more days to go... *sigh*<BR><BR><b>Welcome Elara</b>!<BR><BR>Well, onto the question posed by <b>HS</b>. Like I said in my ‘bio’ post, my favourite two trees are the apple tree by my bedroom window, and the oak tree in the back garden. There is a magic in those two trees; they are, in a way, friends and confidantes. They know all my hearts desires and wishes, and they have kept me company through good times and bad, and given me comfort and serenity.<BR><BR>Anyway, I better get back to my books. Take care.<BR>May the moonbeams and the starlight guide you to a life on happiness!<BR><BR>Until next time,<BR>Namárië!<BR>LadyG<BR><BR><BR>
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Postby Harvestar » Tue May 27, 2003 12:39 pm

Elara,<BR><BR>Welcome fellow Kindred Spirit! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I must say that I love your sig picture! Ralph is one of my favorite actors (and I also like his brother, Joseph). Have you seen the version of Wuthering Heights starring him as Heathcliff? mmm... Ralph Fiennes with long, flowing curly dark locks. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>It reminds me of one of L.M. Montgomery's short stories (I forget from which collection) about boy and girl twins who are friends of Anne's daughters Nan and Di. When the girl met the man, Anthony, who features in the story, she imagines him as a pirate or a heart-broken poet. I think L.M. Montgomery describes her as being at the age where villians are fascinating and romantic. <BR><BR>I took a drive yesterday out into Ironwood Forest National Monument. It was quite pretty, with the pink ironwood dotting the landscape, posing next to bright yellow palo verde. I wanted to drive on farther as I found the narrow, dirt road that lead back into the Monument, but it was getting late and I had to get back and start packing up my apartment for my move. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>
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Postby Old_Begonia » Tue May 27, 2003 5:19 pm

<i>Did you ever want your name to be something different, as Anne did?</i><BR>Boy did I. My given name is a 'corruption' of Ann, and there aren't really any nicknames, other than shortening it from two syllables to one. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> So you can be sure my daughters have lots of options: Virginia Marie and Kathrine Victoria. Yes, I know, I misspelled Kathrine. It's better than a friend of mine who wasn't feeling too well after labor and delivery. She had already decided on Margaret, but, as the drugs hadn't worn off yet, the birth certificate now says <BR><BR>Maragaret
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Postby Hero's Song » Tue May 27, 2003 6:17 pm

Me? dream of having another name other than the plain old one I have? Of course I did. My name is one of those that was really popular when I was born, so I didn't feel very unique. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> <BR>The name I remember wanting was Serena. It sounded so lovely and alluring. Also, I sort of wished I had been named Melody. It was a name my mother considered for me instead of choosing the more popular name. <BR><BR>For those of you who are just dreaming of having children to name - it's funny how your tastes change. When I was pregnant with my son Chris, I wanted to name the baby Erin if it was a girl. Four years later when I was pregnant with my son John, I had switched and had Carrie chosen for a girl's name. Finally when I had a girl, I named her Megan, which, like my own name, is overly popular now <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. O, well, it's a woman's perogative to change her mind. <BR><BR>BTW, I always thought it odd that Anne named one of her sons Shirley (even if it was her maiden name). Has any of you ever run into a man named that? I knew a man named Beverly once, but never Shirley. WHAT was his mother thinking? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby shieldmaidenofrohan » Tue May 27, 2003 8:20 pm

I have a friend whose middle name is her mother's maiden name, which I always thought was kind of strange. I had a friend growing up whose name was Arwen. I was so jealous, it sounded so beautiful and for a really long time I wanted my name to be that or name a daughter that. Of course, now that I know what it's from and the story's really popular now, I guess THAT won't be happening!<BR>Sending some happy spring thoughts to everyone... we've had nothing but chilly rainy weather for days now, and there's no scope for the imagination in it anymore. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR>~Smor
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Postby ElaraElendil » Tue May 27, 2003 10:07 pm

Thank you all for the warm welcome. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Harvester, I sure have seen the Wuthering Heights with him! There's just something so alluring about a man who is melancholy and "perhaps a little wicked." Maybe that's why I am so drawn to him (and most of my favorite British men). I know the man I'm going to marry is nothing like that, but we can always imagine how it would be to have such a strikingly handsome man for ourselves. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>
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Postby Lidau » Wed May 28, 2003 3:10 am

Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to Elara!<BR>It was interesting to read your thoughts on your names. My name is rather long and wasn´t very popular- I was named after a friend of my mothers. I can´t remember if I ever wanted another one nor which it would have been.<BR>SMOR,<BR>here´s some sunshine for you. We had the same rain for 2 weeks and only now it is getting better (just right for a long weekend).<BR><BR>Take care!<BR><BR>Lidau
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Postby Harvestar » Wed May 28, 2003 11:57 am

As far as other names, I always wanted to change my name to Lori. If I played house or teacher, that is what I chose as my name. I later found out that my mom had considered that as a name for me, but my dad won out. <BR><BR>As far as naming future children, I always liked the name Oriana. It turns out my boyfriend wants to name a future daughter Aerihanna. (yes, strange spelling, but we thought it was great that we both like similar names for girls. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> ) Perhaps I can convince him to change it to Arianna or something a bit easier to spell. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>On the topic of giving names right after birth, my grandmother wanted to name my father Paul Frederick since his father was named Paul. However, when she was asked, she was so groggy that she said "August Frederick". August was her brother's name so my dad went by Freddy when he was growing up.
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