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Bookworms' Gateway to the Lounge and Garden II - All Welcome

Postby wilko185 » Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:21 pm

THIS POST - Introducing ourselves

NEXT POST - Useful links to:
  • TORC Guidelines, Rules and Help
  • Tolkien Links on the Web
  • Role Playing on TORC
  • Other Useful TORC Resources
  • Great TORC Threads
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_I N T R O D U C T I O N_

Welcome, welcome! So, you are new to TolkienOnline? Eager to discover, but not sure where to start? Don't hang back, now....... push open that rickety garden gate and come in!

The winding path of blue-green pebbles will lead you through the fragrant grasses, past the many-coloured blooms, beneath the sun-dappled green boughs of the trees. Be patient, enjoy your meandering stroll and you will come at last to the elegant little arch which springs over the laughing stream and the garden will open before you... expanses of lush lawn with the peeping eyes of niphredil and elanor, rustic beds of flowers bobbing their heads in greeting with the gentle breeze beneath the open green canopy.

Your eye will be drawn to the lovely sunlit rise from which the graceful trunk of our young mallorn rises and you will spy in its golden shade the capacious garden seat, its timber greying now but still lovingly maintained by the Bookworms. It is placed just where you would want it, with its delightful westward view over the distant parklands. There is a jug of home-made lemonade and clean glasses laid out on a tray for any new Bookworms who may wander through.

To the east behind the foliage peeks the Bookworms' Lounge, reached by a cunningly wrought elvish stair of natural timber, delicately curving and finely enjoined, its knots and hollows a pleasure to the hand and the eye. The sounds of laughter and gentle music float down from the open windows and terrace of the Lounge... the Bookworms are at home and literary discussion has given way to the relaxed pleasures of friends well-met.

Take a seat, help yourself to lemonade, breathe deep of the air redolent of green growing things and rest your eyes contentedly upon the horizon, where the misty outlines of the mountains ascend to the sky. We can see you sitting there, getting your bearings, enjoying the tranquility. We won't intrude until you are ready... just wave to say hello!
(Credit to Novice for composing the lovely opening)


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    The Bookworms' Gateway to the Lounge and Garden is a welcoming adoption thread run by a group of friends who have a love of books (Tolkien's especially) in common. We're a friendly, knowledgeable, kindly, expressive, good humoured and on the whole, a bookish bunch of people (we can probably boast more than a century of Tolkien reading between the lot of us!). We frequent the (Books , Movies) and Virtual Tolkien Study Group forums; several of us are immersed in Roleplay writing (both the Prancing Pony which is Tolkien based and the Green Dragon, which is Tolkien inspired). Between us, we probably have a presence in every other forum on The White Council.

    We are: Alexandros, Armenelos, CaMinx, Carnimiriel, jeanelf, Mahima, Nessamelda, Prettygaladriel and wilko185. This is our adoption thread. This is the second incarnation of this thread, go here to read part one if you're interested, but only reply to this thead please. Anyone who just wants to have some fun and chat about life, books or whatever's on your mind can usually find us and like-minded souls in The Lounge and Garden for Bookworms, a conversation thread in the Talk Forum.

Below we introduce ourselves, and the next post contains some useful links that should help you make the most of your time here at TolkienOnline. If you like the look of our thread and would like to be adopted by us, just post a reply :).


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THE ADOPTERS

As you might have guessed, we're all book-readers, but we have a wide variety of interests beyond that. We hope you get to know us better :)
    Alexandros
    "I frequent most of the forums but mainly stay in the Philosophy, Talk, Lighter Side forums. I spend about 8 hours on TORC everyday (except for Thursdays and Fridays). My interests include Books, Cars, Speed Bikes, Discussions and debates of all types, sports (outdoors), Games (Indoor - Chess, Checkers), Movies, meeting different people from different places, making people laugh and smile. I also love all things Tolkien."

    Armenelos (a.k.a. Mr. Enigmatic ;)) mr@cv.org
    "A son of Los Angeles County, Armenelos was born in the small suberb of Santa Monica. Living in the desert north of LA for most of his life, he fell in love with many kinds of literature, including the subjects of Middle-earth, the Beat Generation, and Objectivism. He befriended and became one of the artists in the area who thrifted toys and made music from them, and even directed a short film. He made a living maintenancing computers at the only Youth Library in California, while acting as a Stage hand at a Performing Arts theater, and eventually a Master Electrician/Lighting Designer, where he worked with the likes of Ben E. King, Earth Wind & Fire, The Turtles and many other greats. He is now awaiting the call of his musical hero, Trey Spruance, to light an islamic, electronic, surf rock, musical tour, while selling baseball cards and designing web pages in Galax, Virginia, the World's Capital of Olde Time Mountain Music, with his significant other and her family, entering into his twenty-first year in less than thirty days from now. -Matthew Rooney; Sep 22 2003"

    CaMinx CaMinx@aol.com
    "Many years ago I heard of Tolkien and saw postings of 'Frodo Lives' all over school campus. However, it was not until I saw the movie 'The Fellowship of the Rings' that I actually read any of Tolkien's works. I read the Hobbit and then The Lord of the Ring (3 times) and loved them!! I mostly visit the Books and Movie Forums and read much more than I post. I am a mom with one tweenage son and a part-time bookkeeper at a law firm. I like gardening, karate, reading, and swimming. I love chatting and meeting new people. I adore this web-site and would be happy to help you find your way around or direct you in any way I can :)."

    Carnimiriel edenham@ameritech.net
    aim: Wrexali
    yahoo!: Wrexali

    "I have been an enthusiast of Tolkien's work for almost 20 years and have read just about anything by or about Tolkien I can get my hands on, including most of HoME. On TORC I mostly participate in a few serious, long-running collaborative writing threads in the Prancing Pony, though I also spend time in Books and visit other forums. In 'real life' I am a classical singer and teach voice at a small college in the Midwestern U.S. I also dabble in writing and am an avid reader. I am a member of both the Tolkien Society and the Mythopoeic Society; at the latter I serve on the award committee for fantasy literature. Other interests include music, dance, baking lembas, hiking, yoga, and travel."

    jeanelf
    "I usually am in Books, both Tolkien and Other, and Films (Tolkien). I've also been known to comment in Philosophy and chat a bit in the the Bird and Baby and Welcome. I've read LOTR annually for 27 years, and the Sil 8 times. I've now purchased Letters and bought some of HOME though I haven't gotten too far along in those yet! There are too many other books that have been waiting in line ahead of them! My outside interests are traveling, photography, reading, gardening and riding when I'm able."

    Mahima mahima_hada@delmia.com
    "I read loads of books, humour, philosophy, sci-fi, fantasy. I frequent most of the forums, but tend to stick to Philosophy, Books (Tolkien and Other), RP in Prancing Pony, VTSG, Lighter Side, Bird and Baby. I'm an Indian,a Mechanical Engineer working as a "Product Lifecycle Management" expert, married, no kids, and like to do a lot of things, but not keep my life too fast-paced. And I'm not as old as I sound ;)"

    Nessamelda sestewart@internode.on.net
    "I first read LoTR around thirty years ago (yes I was rather young!) and I started to read Sil the day it was published. About the only place in the forums that you don't find me is Movies although I actually enjoyed the film immensely it hasn't really occurred to me to chat about it.
    I have a severe RP addiction and my disreputable alter ego Alfirin turns up quite regularly in the Pony - and she is a member of the Rings guild. Nessamelda is a Journeyman Bard.
    In real life I'm a very junior (in rank, not in age!), very part-time academic, (I teach economics) with two small children. I dabble in just about anything creative - writing bad poetry and fanfiction; calligraphy, painting, embroidery, sewing - Jack of all trades, mistress of none. I'm originally from London, but I've lived in Australia for the last twenty years."

    PrettyGaladriel Prettygaladriel@hotmail.com
    "I live in Sydney, Australia. My nickname is PG, so call me that:). I read LOTR two years ago, and ever since, I've been obsessed. Then I watched the movie, and after that was when I found TORC. I've been here for almost a year (as you can probably tell by looking at the date joined under my name:)). I'm cheecky and sarcastic, but don't be intimidated. I'm a very,very nice person:):) I'd like to be an adopter because I love meeting and helping out new people:):)"

    truehobbit savetheshire@hotmail.com
    My favourite places on TORC are Books (Tolkien) and Talk, but I can also be found in Movies and Philosphy, Books (Other) and many other forums. I've only been reading Tolkien for a little under four years now (yep, right before the movies, and only got interested thanks to them), and finding Tolkien (and TORC) has been an overwhelming experience.
    I'm from Cologne, Germany, where I try to teach English to grown-ups, and my favourite pastimes, apart from TORC, are reading, gardening, movies, writing, needlework, music (mostly classical), and a lot more that I hardly have time for.
    The many friendly and bright people on this board make it easy to feel at home here, and I'll be happy if I can help along with all the bookworms adopters to represent that spirit.

    wilko185 felagund185@yahoo.co.uk
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    "I'm usually to be found in the books-oriented forums here on TolkienOnline (TORC), but also make appearances in Philosophy, Talk, and especially Movies. I've been reading Tolkien for about 18 years, my favorite book is the Silmarillion and I've somehow twice won the White Council 'Tolkien guru' award. I've found the people on this site to be friendly, funny and intelligent - I try to be the same, and sometimes manage it ;).
    Outside TORC I'm a scientist from the UK, and love reading, films, roaming the internet and the great outdoors, travelling when finances allow, and some more reading :)."
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THE ADOPTEES

See the second post of the previous thread, here, for info on our adoptees of this thread before February '04:
Teremia, striderchick, Plual226, Lady_Galadriel786, RavenX aka RidderMark, Luvn_Legolas_Girl, Mr-Moony, Andri, ~*ArwenEvenstar*~, karakie, Faramirjam, Wicked_Wytch, gwaedh, Tobias_Red-tail, SpawnOfSauron, Marie, Manheyn_Rawar, lychee_goblin, jwoolygirl, Dovesong, arielmoonbow, FrrodoLives, Snapdragon_Brandybuck, Alassante_Estel, Elessar15, Arwen1989, SiriusBlack, Tar-Elestirnë, Dad-human, Finnabhair, mytherielle, Dev, mar, BigMama, niphredilmaiden, Sandorf, ErynofLasgalen, Sky4, soul_warrior, Chizala, seren, Mrfrodo, elatan, celebalqua.

Welcome to our new adoptees:
    Hikaru
    I think I'll fit in here...I do love the films but I have loved the books since I first read the trilogy in the late '70's, and just finished re-reading it for the sixth or seventh time. I see the movies as a separate entity from the books and enjoy them on their own merit.
    And yes, I do think Orlando is hot. Nevermind. I've been reading Tolkien since he was still in diapers.

    I'm from Connecticut but I live in Tokyo, Japan in a two-room apartment with my husband , two kids, and somewhere around two thousand books. I'll read anything as long as it's good, but fantasy will always be my favorite genre and Tolkien, of course, is the best of the best.

    Oh yes, and I used to play D and D back in the 80's when you had to actually get together with real live humans to play it! I confess I've never played an online RPG but I noticed some of you do...maybe you could persuade me to give it a try.

    Alatariel_Taralom
    Just to introduce myself quickly: I'm a Junior at a high school in Ohio, USA. I'm the oldest of 2 girls, I have a dog and a cat. I'm a fairly new Tolkien fan (what are we CALLED anyway. You know, there's Trekies and Potterites (I'm one of them too), but what are LOTR fans? Ringies?) as of, I don't know, I think two years ago when my friend dragged me to see Fellowship in theaters. I finally finished reading the books a couple weeks ago (not The Hobbit, though...). Oh, yeah, and I'm a major Bandie...

    The_Sea_Bell
    An adoption thread for bookworms sounds like the perfect place to be. I've been "lurking" around TORC for a couple of months, now, and rarely have the urge to post since I've found that so many of my Tolkien-related questions have already been answered on this board. Hanging around this board has actually sparked a new interest in Tolkien's works for me, and I've discovered (and rediscovered) a few treasures as a result.

    About me: I'm an expat Brit living in the States. I read The Hobbit when I was 8 or 9...the rest, as they say, is history...

    Jude

    LadyOfValor
    I have inherited my love of fantasy, sci-fi and folklore from my father. So, i have spent many years hearing and seeing tid-bits about lotr and other Tolkien works. I have now taken the great leap and have been drawn into the Tolkien world myself.....

    Evenstar27
    I've only been reading Tolkien for a few years, but I love all of his works and I'm a big fan of the movies too. I think Peter Jackson, and everyone involved for that matter, did a great job, but I tend to like Viggo Mortensen better than Orlando Bloom. Anyway, besides reading fantasy, I like horseback riding, drawing, writing stories, and scrapbooking. I'm also in my high school's marching band and that's really important to me too. I'm really interested in the Elvish languages and I think they're so beautiful-sounding. I'm learning to write in the Angerthas mode and I'm also learning a bit of Quenya. Everybody who knows me says I'm obsessed, but that's okay.

    AragornsEvenstar

    Eltirwen
    I am a follower of Jesus who studies history in college and is very happily married. Besides reading, I love to sew, play video games, experiment with cooking, and write. I live in Oklahoma and know 3 other people IRL who like Tolkien. I am on the internet a lot thanks to college network access, so feel free to talk to me on AIM or Yahoo.

    ~WyrtWif~

    LaBelleAuReveDormant
    I discovered Tolkien because my parents read The Hobbit to me . .I think. . . and then I read the Lord of the Rings for myself and couldn't put it down, and I've loved it ever since. What other books? well, pretty much anything but horror and harlequins . .I just like it to be well written. A few favourites are: Tolkien (naturally), C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, Saki, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Lindsey Davis, Gillian Bradshaw, Robin McKinley, Sophie Kinsella, Anthony Trollope, Chaim Potok . .well, I could seriosly go on forever, so I'll stop. I'm an english lit student studying in England right now. Music . .well, I like baroque music, but also Great Big Sea, Lifehouse, Coldplay, Evanescence, Franz Ferdinand, Leahy, and I've a fondness for musicals and things like Riverdance.

    No_Man
    I am a Christian hailing from the US. I love Tolkien (obviously), which I first discovered when I was 13 or 14. I also enjoy reading C.S. Lewis, James Herriot, old an ancient classics, and anything concerning Star Wars. I listen to a lot of Newsboys, Third Day, Mercy Me, Enya, and classical music. I am a professional greenhouseman which I have done for almost eighteen years. (So if anyone has a plant question, you know who to ask.) My hobbies include reading, working, figuring out logic problems, making chain mail, drawing patterns, designing swords and armor, traveling, and learning. Other than that, I'm pretty boring.

    RoseMorninStar

    LaBelleAuReveDormant aka LaBelle

    scop
    Well, besides reading Tolkien I love Old English poetry such as "The Battle of Maldon" and "Wanderer" or Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf. I also like some Middle English, such as Sir Orfeo and at times "Pearl."

    RuneSage

    I chose this tread, well, because I'm a fellow bookworm. I don't know if this is usual for bookworms, but I like to re-read the books I have. I don't really search too much for new material and authors. I'm quite happy picking up a book I've read four times before, and I still enjoy the story and even get chills.

    I like to visit mostly the council of manwe and the bird and the baby threads.

    salean
    About myself....., well, i like reading, a lot and i love writing stuff as well. When i'm older i would like to be an author or something. i like running and swimming and i play the piano, violin and recorder. i have two younger sisters.

    melianlorien
    I'm from Toronto Canada and I was at the Gathering in December 2003.
    I'm also a serious bookworm and movie geek. My family says I have half the Chapters bookstore in my house. Not sure who has the other half.
    I do have quite a collection of Tolkien books including all the movie books, 8 editions of LotR, 7 of The Hobbit, and 4 of the Silmarillion. I first read LotR when I was 17 and umpty times since then. Including a german translation. After finishing LotR I have now started reading The Da Vinci Code. I love reading Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, Historical novels and basically anything I can get my hands on.
    Also love movies. I have to get to the cinema early enought not just to get a good seat but also to see the previews. Just saw the Borne Supremacy with Karl Urban and Marton Csoska (hope I spelled that right) oh yeah and some guy named Matt Damon was in it too ;)

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Postby wilko185 » Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:23 pm

    _U S E F U L _ L I N K S_


    Here are some links to help you use this message-board, learn about role-playing here on TORC, and find out about Tolkien on the web.


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    TORC Guidelines, Rules and Help

    Almost everything you need to know about getting the most from your time on this messageboard should be found by following these links. But there's a lot of facts and guidelines to take in here, and we don't expect you to learn them all before posting. Don't be shy of just asking in this thread if you're not sure about something, that's what we're here for :)



    Two more points worth emphasising:
    • Under 18s should not reveal their age or specific location on TORC (or online in general, IMHO) for their own safety.
    • TORC has a helpful search function available at the top of the page. Before starting a new topic it's worthwhile doing a search to see if it's been discussed before. As well as helping to conserve TORC's precious bandwidth by avoiding starting redundant threads, you might find some fascinating insights from the TORCers of yore.

      Complementary to the message-board search is the Front-page search. Although it cannot filter by username or specific forum of the message-board, it can also search TORC's articles, newsletters etc, and presents the results in a more convenient format.

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    Tolkien Links on the Web

    The internet has thousands of Tolkien-oriented sites. Here are some of our favorites:


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    Role Playing on TORC

    Even if you've RPed elsewhere, the role play here at TORC, which is collaborative story-telling rather than a role-playing game, may need some introduction. Here it is.


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    Other Useful TORC Resources


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    Great TORC Threads

    Here are some threads, old and new, from various forums of this website. If not actually of classic status they are all well worth reading (in our humble opinion :)).

    Books - Here are some of the longer, more discursive, threads on Tolkien's Books (more here).
      Who is THE hero of LOTR? Well? Who do you think it is?
      The Darkness - how deep? Some very thought-provoking posts on the darkness at the heart of The Lord of the Rings.
      Was Turin at Fault? An interesting question with many answers
      Frodo's Kitchen: A Safe Haven for Devotees of the Books A looong thread, but containing some good insights. If you want to get to know the Hobbits of LOTR better, this is the place.
      Gandalf's nature??? An interesting perspective on the nature of the Ainur.
      Veiled Vistas The wondrous nature of Middle-earth.
      Sea-longing Tolkien's recurring fascination with the sea.
      What really happened at Mt. Doom, part 2 Examining the climax of The Lord of the Rings

    Movies - Some examples of the two things which tend to distinguish the Movies forum:
      the long-running and hard-fought "purism vs. revisionism" debate (maybe get inducted before plunging in):
      Changes As Guardians of the Themes and Characters
      The Leonides* and Kelannar Debate
      Tyranny of the Text
      [url=http://href="http://forums.tolkienonline.com/viewtopic.php?t=4700]Why should PJ have creative license?[/url]

      very funny parodies:
      Son of W.I.N.K.L.E.!!!!! :D
      Whistler's Golden Oldies :D

      and others...
      Ooh, those awful Elves!
      The Casting Scripts

    Roleplay - Before posting to any role play thread, please check in at the relevant out-of-character (OOC) thread (apart from The Lucky Fortune Inn, where you can jump straight in :)).
      The Gathering Storm Winner of TORC's 2002 Silver Thread Award
      In Search of the Ringbearer
      The TORC Conspiracy
      The Wandering Inn
      BELERIAND
      The Inn at Long Lake...a journey ended (formerly known as In Search of Hunter's Rest)
      Elbren's Challenge: The Pillar of Heaven
      Caravan to Khand

    Please tell us about broken links.

    Suggestions for (even) more links will be gratefully received :)
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    Postby celebalqua » Sat Jan 24, 2004 9:53 pm

    Well I thought I'd just say hello again, now we are in a new thread. I am making contributions on occasion and have been generously welcomed. Thankyou.
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    Postby jeanelf » Sun Jan 25, 2004 7:09 am

    Welcome to the Gateway, all! For all of you tentative adoptees, please come in and make yourselves at home. We'll help you any way we can and are glad to have you here! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Thank you, <b>Wilko</b>, for once again taking the initiative and reins and starting our new thread! You're the best! <BR><BR>Side note to <b>Wilko</b>: it's not "official." I imagine I'll be lurking around despite myself. Posting about as much as you these days.... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> I'll certainly drop you a private note when it's time. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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    Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:55 am

    Well, I just thought I would pop in and give my blessings to the brand new (ooohhh, still shiny!! <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-cool.gif"border=0>) Gateway to the Lounge!<BR><BR>I have been a part of the Bookworms' family for almost as long as I have been a member of TORC, and I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed myself in your company.<BR><BR>To all the new and old adoptees and adopters, here is to the next chapter of the Gateway. May it remain as wonderful and as helpful as always! *raises glass in toast*<BR><BR><BR>LadyG
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    Postby celebalqua » Sun Jan 25, 2004 1:56 pm

    Hi all, a quick question, who and where do I ask to find out if there are going to be any more of the cast round table interviews posted. I have really enjoyed these and am hanging out for the next, if there is a next.<BR><BR>Cel
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    Postby jeanelf » Fri Jan 30, 2004 7:55 am

    Cel, I've got to say that I don't know the answer to this question; in fact I don't know what the round table interviews are/were. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif"border=0> I hope someone can come along and answer your question for you!
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    Postby striderchick » Fri Jan 30, 2004 9:06 pm

    hey, we moved.. somehow i missed that..<BR>Hello everyone... <BR>i just came to say hi, and that i won't be here very often as i'm back to school, but i'll try to visit as often as i can.. i hope.. *fingers crossed*<BR><BR>striderchick
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    Postby wilko185 » Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:01 am

    *waves a greeting to <b>celebalqua, jeanelf</b> (glad you're still around <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>), <b>LG786, striderchick </b>*<BR><BR><b>celebalqua</b>, I don't know the answer to your question either <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-blush.gif"border=0>. I'll try to find out, better late than never...<BR><BR>Edit - for what it's worth, I passed this on to one of the people who was posting the interviews, and she said:<OL>Are they refering to the ones that Jon did? I was suppose to be doing Sir IM but I had totolly forgotten till you mentioned it. As for the others, I'm not sure. I know Jon had them on the front page for the past two months or so.</OL>
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    Postby celebalqua » Sat Jan 31, 2004 8:50 pm

    Hi all,<BR>The round table discussion are listed here:<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://www.tolkienonline.com/movies/index.cfm?id=1429">http://www.tolkienonline.com/movies/index.cfm?id=1429</A><BR>they are excellent reading and listening (the sound quality varies but I really enjoyed hearing them). From what I can gather they were recorded just before the NZ premier in Dec 03, but I am hoping there is more….in particular interviews with Phillipa Boyens and Fran Walsh.<BR><BR>Cel<BR>
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    Postby wilko185 » Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the link <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>. I saw links to mp3s posted a while ago in some Movies thread that I can't find now, but I never listened to them.<BR><BR>The message I gave was from Mighty_Squid, who is apparently typing up a transcript of Ian Mckellen at some point. I don't know why the mp3 of that isn't listed. It doesn't sound like there's a proper timetable for these things to come out.<BR> (At least one of the other people involved with typing them up has been busy with some real life stuff lately).
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    Postby seren » Thu Feb 05, 2004 1:01 pm

    Have we moved? <BR><BR>Just a little question.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> Can anyone tell me where's the best place to ask about the Rohirrim. I'm currently trying to write a biog of dear old Grima Wormtongue and I'm finding that I need some information about the complexities of military organisation. How were the Rohirrim forces organised and such? What kind of economy did Rohan have? <BR><BR>Can anyone point me in the right direction? <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 striderchick » Sat Feb 07, 2004 9:02 pm

    *bows a greeting to wilko* thank you for once again welcoming me to Bookworms' Gateway =P<BR><BR>Seren: i'm not sure what direction you want, i'm sorry. but, would it be possible for you to tell me where " Sometimes the HEART should FOLLOW the MIND, Sometimes the HEART should tell the MIND to STAY AT HOME AND <b>STOP INTERFERING</b>" comes from?<BR><BR>striderchick
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    Postby seren » Sun Feb 08, 2004 8:42 am

    Striderchick: Thanks for trying to answer my question. The quote about the heart and the mind in my sig. message is from the pen of a bloke called Edward Monkton. I was shopping at Christmas desperately trying to find some stocking fillers for two of my teenage sons when I came across one of his calendars and diaries in a card shop. I bought them for my sons but have been so taken with them myself I couldn't resist quoting.<BR><BR>There is a website address if you want to find out more. I haven't visited it myself but now I've been prompted, who knows? Here it is:<BR><A TARGET="_blank" HREF="http://www.edwardmonkton.com">www.edwardmonkton.com</A> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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    Postby jeanelf » Mon Feb 09, 2004 8:00 am

    Seren, I'm not exactly sure where to find the answer to your question. I checked Wilko's "best books" thread and didn't see anything listed there. I would suggest posting your questions directly in Books in the hope that someone there is well read in HOME or other background texts and can give you the answers you seek! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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    Postby seren » Mon Feb 09, 2004 12:53 pm

    Thanks Jeanelf. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I'll try your suggestion.
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    Postby wilko185 » Mon Feb 09, 2004 5:33 pm

    <b>seren</b>, there's good information on the Rohirrim's military in Unfinished Tales (people have posted some of it in your thread). I think the economy requires a bit more speculation, eg I'm not even sure if they have money or not. They have gold which they "liberated" from a dwarf-hoard though... <BR>Hopefully people with a knowledge of history (eg jallan, Melthavron, etc) will post on that, as Anglo-Saxon culture is probably a good stand-in for Rohan, in the absence of direct evidence from Tolkien himself.
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    Postby prettygaladriel » Wed Feb 11, 2004 2:32 am

    <BR><BR>Hey, the new threads looks so shiny and...new<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> i love it. Welcome one and all.<BR><BR><b>Seren</b>, you might want to try the encyclopedia of Arda as well...they might have something on rohirrim formations. other than that, i think Wilko and jeanelf pretty much nailed it<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>
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    Postby soul_warrior » Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:24 pm

    <em>sticks head in tentatively not quite sure if it's the right place</em> oh hey again...i realize i've only been here a few times with annoying questions lol.........so i suppose i'll give my post here. To all rp writers........isnt it bloody irritating when you start a decent rp and about half the people who write to join suddenly disapear?.....bah........lol.......hmmmmm.......i wonder if i cant find replacements for my missing posters in a day or two if a few brave souls would want to join a thread that's just getting underway?<BR>
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    Postby prettygaladriel » Sat Feb 28, 2004 1:35 am

    <BR><BR><BR>Hey soul warrior...heh, looks like no-one been in for a while. ahh, well, looks like i'm stuck answering another annoying question by you (just kidding...none of your questions have been annoying, honey<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>).<BR><BR>Now, let's see...speaking as a pretty much mediocre RPer...i am invovled in two or three Rps right now, though i haven't started any of my own (yet<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>), and i know exactly what you mean about it being annoying when half the people leave. the best thing to do is to have a set of writers already on board when you start, people who you know will stay on. Of course, that can be a bit hard if you're new...i think the best you can do at the moment is try and contact your lost RPers, by email or IM, and ask them where on earth they've gone<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I don't think i can join your RP...as i said, i'm already working on a few. I'll check it out, though. How about giving me a link?<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>
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    Postby CaMinx » Mon Mar 01, 2004 5:56 pm

    Hee-hee just checking in!
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    Postby CaMinx » Mon Mar 01, 2004 5:56 pm

    Hee-hee just checking in! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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    Postby soul_warrior » Mon Mar 01, 2004 6:05 pm

    sorry for the long delay i had a busy weekend...ok lets see if i can do this right.<BR><BR>ooc<BR>[E]http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=25&threadid=77889[/E]<BR><BR>ic<BR>[E]http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=25&threadid=77988[/E]
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    Postby celebalqua » Wed Mar 03, 2004 12:23 am

    A question for the wise (or anyone else out there!)<BR><BR>How do I access my list of subscribed threads. I've looked in mysettings but they don't come up. I know Ive seen a list of them somewhere but for the life of me can't work out where.<BR><BR>11 out of 11 Yeee Haaa (sorry can't help myself<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR> Cel
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    Postby prettygaladriel » Thu Mar 04, 2004 1:21 am

    <BR><BR>Hey <strong>Caminx</strong>. great to see you again, hon<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Soulwarrior</strong> thanks for the link! Unfortunetly, it didn't work (as you can no doubt see<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>) you've got to do it like this: <BR>[url= (put url here) ] Name of link here [ /url ]<BR>I know it used to be different...and takes getting used to, belive me, but it's easier than the old one, where we had to out L's in front of the url part. try it out now and see if it works<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>celebalqua</strong>, sorry dear, can't help you there. I don't subscribe to threads...it fills up my inbox and i end up not recieving the mails i need. Perhaps you should wait for one of the other adopters to wander in<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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    Postby CaMinx » Thu Mar 04, 2004 5:33 pm

    Ohh Pretty Galadriel ~ I love the new pic!
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    Postby soul_warrior » Fri Mar 05, 2004 5:07 am

    <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=25&threadid=77889' target=_blank>mercenary patrol</a><BR><BR><a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=25&threadid=77988' target=_blank>mercenary patrol ooc</a>
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    Postby prettygaladriel » Fri Mar 05, 2004 5:50 am

    <BR><BR>heehee...thanks Caminx! I've always loved the caption that goes with your pic<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Well done, Soul_warrior...the link works now<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> i've checked out your RP, and i think for a beginner you're pretty good...but it you really want it to work, you might want to be a little firmer with the posters...tell them what's expected of them or something along those lines. I don't know most of those people, and the ones i do know i've only seen vaguely around the baords, or i'd order them to get their butts back in there. You're on your own, buddy<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>
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    Postby jeanelf » Fri Mar 05, 2004 2:21 pm

    Celeb... you can see your subscribed threads as follows:<BR><BR>Click on the icon which is the little paper sheet with the arrow that appears on the upper right hand corner of the post that you've made. You can see it if you just pull up a thread where you've already posted and click on it. Let me know if you don't find it. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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    Postby celebalqua » Fri Mar 05, 2004 7:38 pm

    Many thanks Jeanelf, found it.<BR><BR>Cel
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