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Postby BaronAlstine » Mon Apr 12, 2004 9:46 pm

Thankyou both for the grand welcome,<BR>Seeing as this is the 'book club' i was wondering if any of you have read Wheel of Time, just out of interest.<BR>And i was also wondering if there is a political section to this site. <BR>To PG, i wasnt actually worried about what i was getting myself into, you all seem friendly enough <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> and I meant a club in Adelaide, i knew this was a world wide site but i had hoped i would find some kind of club or convention for Aus.<BR><BR>-Baron
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Postby The_Sea_Bell » Tue Apr 13, 2004 8:36 am

Greetings, all, and welcome, Baron Alstine! <BR><BR>Truehobbit: Guten Morgen! (Sadly, there’s not much left to me of the German I learned in my school days). Good to see you. I hope you had a lovely Easter. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR><em>Tolkien had a thing with possessiveness and the ability or inability of letting go, don't you think?</em> <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><BR>I have to agree that Narnia does not come close to Middle Earth as a secondary world. Tolkien practically spent a lifetime creating Middle Earth, and I think that’s one thing that gives his stories so much depth, as well as the themes he explores, and the subtlety of his “applicability” versus “allegory” in Narnia. Or something like that. I’ve liked the Narnia books since I was a kid, though. I discovered <em>The Hobbit</em> in the children’s section of the local library while I was poking around looking for something like the Narnia books. So you could say that Lewis introduced me to Tolkien. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><em>This is not called The-One-Ring-Community for nothing!</em><em>Right, now you only need to sign with a bit of your blood - right here, underneath the Eye-symbol...!</em><BR><BR>That explains everything! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Prettygaladriel: Thank you for the welcome. I do appreciate being made to feel "at home". I’ve been having lots of fun here. Well, off I go to start some thread about Balrogs’ Wings and Elvish/Elven Ears! (Just kidding. I promise to behave).<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0>
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Postby Jude » Tue Apr 13, 2004 8:39 am

Can I join you people? I've been posting for a little while but I've never introduced myself yet.<BR><BR>I love all the cool usernames on this forum. I stupidly registered under my real name. I wonder if I should re-register and start all over again?
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Postby The_Sea_Bell » Tue Apr 13, 2004 9:06 am

Hey Jude! Sorry, sorry...I couldn't resist. I promise never to do that again! I think Jude is a cool name, though.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I'm sure that one of the adopters on this forum will be along to greet you soon. Hail and well met! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby truehobbit » Tue Apr 13, 2004 2:31 pm

Hello and welcome to the Bookworms, <strong>Jude</strong>! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>We’ve met in the scramble thread – very nice to see you here! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Yes, some people have really cool names. Makes you wonder how they come up with them, doesn't it? On the other hand, yours is perfectly alright, I think – easy to remember and easy to type! You won’t have people getting it wrong all the time. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> <BR>I didn’t think it was your real name, but then the name doesn’t exist here as a first name, as far as I know. I thought it was taken from a character you like or something like that – maybe even the song that Sea Bell quoted. <BR>If you really don’t like your name, you can register again with a new name, but you’ll have to start from zero, you can’t have your name changed in your existent account.<BR><BR><strong>Baron</strong>, hmmh, it might be a bit difficult to find contacts in Adelaide. If you’re looking for a local club there it might be better to ask google about it directly. You could, however, try asking the other Australians on this board. As far as I know, none of them is in Adelaide, but they have had meetings (or rather “moots” as we call them here in imitation of the Ents <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> ).<BR>You could check out this thread: <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=0&catid=38&threadid=68422' target=_blank> Aussie Events</a> – it’s not very busy, but people are still posting occasionally.<BR><BR>If you want to talk politics, this is the place <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/categories.cfm?catid=41' target=_blank>The Councils of Manwë - Philosophy</a> <BR><BR>And I think there’s more than one Robert Jordan thread here: <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/categories.cfm?catid=23' target=_blank>Books (Other Authors)</a>, plus a lot of other fantasy authors.<BR><BR>I hardly ever read fantasy stories and have never read Wheel of Time. But many people here read it, so you won’t have trouble finding people to talk about it with.<BR><BR><strong>Sea Bell</strong>, thanks, yes, I had a great Easter! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> And you got “Guten Morgen” perfectly right! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> How long did you learn German in school?<BR>If you want to practise a bit, there's a <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=24&threadid=63359' target=_blank> Know German?</a> thread – it might look a bit frightening at first, with the greatest part of the German community on TORC chatting away there, but it was originally intended for helping non-native speakers use their German. Only somehow the non-native speakers stay away, that’s why the natives are among themselves most of the time. <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>(Btw, with these long threads in Talk, which are no ongoing discussion, but just relaxed conversation, you don’t have to read the whole thread before joining in, just the first few posts and the last page of posts or so, to see what’s going on, really.)<BR><BR><em>So you could say that Lewis introduced me to Tolkien.</em><BR><BR>Ah, Lewis merits many thanks, then! <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>Neither Lewis nor Tolkien is very well known here (though for Tolkien that changed with the movies, of course), so I never read either when I was a kid. I saw “The Lion, the Witch and the Warderobe” as a TV series once, and quite liked it, so a few years later, when I found a copy of the book I bought it; I think I was in my early twenties then. Although I was thrilled with the beginning, after a while I began to find it a bit boring, so I never went on to read the other books of the series.<BR><BR><em>Well, off I go to start some thread about Balrogs’ Wings and Elvish/Elven Ears!</em><BR><BR>Actually, I don’t think we ever had a thread that <em>combined</em> Balrog’s Wings and Elvish Ears! <BR>Might be an interesting question, to ask if the one had something to do with the other! If you could come up with an interesting theory...<BR><BR>(Note to self: must not tempt adoptees to leave path of TORC-virtue!)<BR><BR>Er, where were we – Balrog wings, yes – maybe you could bring Tom Bombadil in as well, just to make things complete!<BR><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-tongue.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Btw, I’ve seen you in Scramble, too, Sea Bell, and some other Trivia threads, where I only lurk because they are too difficult for me – good start! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby BaronAlstine » Tue Apr 13, 2004 6:49 pm

Thankyou again for your help,<BR>I have already tried google but it came up with jack-didley-squat (an expression meaning nothing) bo you might say that joing here was a last resort <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Oh yeah, I tried the forum you suggested for Politics, and it is very good, as I am already partaking in an arguement <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>-Baron
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Postby LadyOfValor » Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:44 pm

I'm so lost it's almost sickening! I need 2 be adopted please!!! There is a lot 2 take in. I came here in search of an answer to my question...but before i ask i will inroduce myself, somewhat. <BR> 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.....here's my problem:<BR> I've read all 3 parts to lotr and don't know where to go from there. I'm not sure where the adventure truly begins and ends. I need a guide. So, please, anyone with knowledge on all or most of the works would be a great help to me. And thank you all 4 ur guidance in this new(4 me anyway) and exciting realm.
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Postby prettygaladriel » Wed Apr 14, 2004 2:35 am

<BR><BR><strong>Baron</strong>, god, i don't think there's anyone who's NOT read Wheel of Time, excpeting me, though i doubt most Tolkien fans liked it. have you seen the new banner about WoT? people were pretty angry about the quote in it<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> <BR>if you want to find more WoT fans, try checking the Books (other authors) forum like Hobby suggested...there's bound to be at least a few threads on the books there<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>you're from good old Australia? wonderful...so am i!<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> i don't know about the lotr clubs in Adelaide, but i do know there's plenty in Sydney. But you have TORC now...who needs a real-life club?<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Sea Bell</strong> make sure you start the threads about Balrog Wings and Elvish ears in the movies forum...you'll get the best response there. You'll probably also get banned<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-devil.gif"border=0> <BR>but seriously, you don't have to really behave here.....that's kinda stretching the meaning of the word<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Jude</strong>, hello and welcome! of course you can join...consider yourself officially adopted<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR>Like hobby said, there are a number of fascinating usernames on these boards....you can certainly change yours if you like, but then you'll lose all the posts you have now and have to start over. <BR><BR><strong>LadyofValor</strong>, hello and welcome to you too<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> consider youself adopted and a part of the family<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> TORC (short for tolkienonline) is a huge site, so it's natural that you should feel overhwelmed...don't worry so much about it<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>Reading LOTR is definetly not the end of the magic of Tolkien..he's got other works as well, such as The Hobbit and The Silmarillian. The Hobbit's about Bilbo Baggins...it's lighter reading than the Silmarillian, which is more about the history of middle-earth. There's also stuff the A History of Middle-Earth, but that's more for hardcore fans. For someone just starting out, i'd recommend the Hobbit<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>Have fun looking around...oh, and you might want to take the netspeak out of your post...things like writing "2" instead of "to". The Moderators don't like it<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> <BR> <BR><strong>Hobby</strong> whatever the reason for you're being around to help, i'm grateful of it. Wish the others would turn up soon<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0> I'll have to get in touch with Wilko and some of the others.<BR><BR>
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Postby Hikaru » Wed Apr 14, 2004 4:21 am

Hello all, and welcome to my fellow new Bookworm Adoptees.<BR>Jude..naaaah, na na na na na naaaaaaah!<BR>(couldn't resist, my DH is a rabid Beatles fan)<BR>I'm still kind of wandering around this site, there is just so much here and I haven't had a lot of time to dig in. I'm moving in two weeks...and just recently my 4 year old has stopped taking a nap, there goes two hours of my computer time, oh well.<BR>I have not read Wheel of Time, OK...adding it to the list.<BR>However, I did just finish reading The Silmarillion for the first time<BR>(have read the trilogy 6 or 7 times over the past 25 years)<BR>The Sil was tough going, especially as I kind of had a baby in the middle of reading it (minor distraction, you know) but it definitely clarifies a lot of things that were touched on in the trilogy. Next time I read the trilogy it will be a much more powerful experience because of it.<BR>OK, heading over to the Virtual Tolkien Study group to think deep thoughts about The Hobbit....
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Postby Jude » Wed Apr 14, 2004 5:45 am

TrueHobbit, I remember you from Scramble. How's it going?<BR><BR>PrettyGaladriel, I haven't read Wheel of Time either, so that makes two of us.<BR><BR>Hikaru - how did you manage to "kind of" have a baby?<BR><BR>Hello everyone else!
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Postby Hikaru » Wed Apr 14, 2004 6:15 am

That makes three of us, because I haven't read The Wheel of Time either.<BR>And Jude, saying I "kind of" had a baby was my attempt to be<BR>facetious or ironic or something. Sorry if I was Obscure (haha,<BR>again, sorry, couldn't resist, please don't change your screen name!)<BR>The baby's six months old now, I started the Silmarillion in my second month of pregnancy and JUST managed to finish it!<BR>I took breaks and read lots of other stuff between chapters. Including The Hobbit, the trilogy again, the first three Harry Potter books and the latest Diana Gabaldon....
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Postby LadyOfValor » Wed Apr 14, 2004 12:00 pm

Prettygaladriel! Thank you! I plan to go and purchase your suggestion today. Also thanx about the netspeak, i do it more than i mean to. My last letter to my mother didn't go over so well because of it. Once again i am very happy to be apart of my new family. You'll be hearing from me again.......very soon i'm sure.
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Postby Alatariel_Taralom » Wed Apr 14, 2004 1:27 pm

Hey guys!<BR><BR>Welcome to all my fellow Adoptees!<BR><BR>Anyone have any book recommendations? I mean, I know (think) that's what you guys were talking about earlier, but anything fantasy-like-Tolkien would be dandy! (I CAN'T believe I just used that word...)<BR><BR>In a couple days I might have a lot more to say because that's when next year's marching band Student Leaders will be posted...and I had my field commander auditons today, so I'm hoping THOSE results will make me HAPPY!<BR><BR>~*~Alatariel~*~
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Wed Apr 14, 2004 5:09 pm

OOOoooohh!! New people!!!<BR><BR><BR>Hello new people!! A belated welcome from me, LadyG.<BR><BR><BR>Hope you are having fun here<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>*waves to fellow adopted and adopters*
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Postby celebalqua » Wed Apr 14, 2004 6:42 pm

Hello all,<BR>This thread is busy at the momment which is excellent.<strong>Hikaru </strong> how is it going with two babies. Loosing that afternoon nap with your four year old is a real bummer that time is sooo important! I have three kiddies, my youngest is three and a half and he is just starting to give up on his nap <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>.<BR>Glad to hear you finished Sil. I loved it and am really into Middle Earth history.<BR><BR>Cel
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Postby Hikaru » Wed Apr 14, 2004 7:31 pm

Thank you.<BR>My kids are the joy of my life but we're in a big transitional period now. Not only are we moving house in two weeks, but the 4 year old has stopped napping and the 6 month old is getting less willing to nurse while I read or answer my email.<BR><BR>But back on topic....how does one decide which alliances/ guilds to join? As I said earlier I'm still unafiliated except withyou bookworms.
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Wed Apr 14, 2004 9:25 pm

<strong>hikaru</strong>, my best advice about Guilds/Alliances would be... just join the ones tht appeal to you.<BR><BR>For example, I am a member of the Bard's Guild.. because I love poetry and stories (reading and writing). And I am also a member of the Twilight Guild, because I love everything about the twilight, the moon, the stars, etc.<BR><BR><BR>these are just two examples.<BR><BR>There are MANY Guilds/Alliances... for a complete list of Guilds/Allainces in this meesageboard, and a brief description as to what they do, etc. check out <strong>EntWifeLost</strong>'s excellect thread, <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=37&threadid=20241&ann=1' target=_blank>The List of Guilds and Alliances</a><BR><BR><BR><BR>Hope this helps!<BR><BR><BR>LadyG<BR><BR><BR><BR><strong>Edit</strong> Fixed the link.. Thanks Hobby.. I had no time to check my post y/day.<BR>
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Postby wilko185 » Thu Apr 15, 2004 1:31 pm

Yikes, lots of new people <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-happy.gif"border=0>. Welcome everyone. Sorry I've not been around lately. Some quick answers, I'll be back later...<BR><BR><strong>Alatariel_Taralom </strong><BR><em>what are we CALLED anyway. You know, there's Trekies and Potterites (I'm one of them too), but what are LOTR fans? Ringies?</em><BR><BR>I've heard the term "Ringers" used in the media since the films came out, but I also prefer Tolkienites. People on this site are "TORCers" (and TORC is also a verb btw, as in "I was TORCing til 3 am last night<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>). Posters on theonering.net (TORN) are sometimes called TORnados.<BR><BR><strong>The_Sea_Bell</strong><BR>(I like the name, is that poem one of your "rediscovered treasures"? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>).<BR><BR><em> do have one question. If you want to quote another post in your answer, do you have to keep pressing the "back" button and copy/paste? Is there a way to see the post you're answering and your reply box at the same time?</em><BR><BR>You can go into 'My Settings' at the top of the page, and change your post-sorting from ascending to descending, which will put the most recent post at the top (that's quite often the one you're replying to). However, I can't get used to having it like that, I need to read threads from top to bottom not vice versa. I usually use Notepad to compose posts.<BR><BR><strong>BaronAlstine </strong><BR><em>Seeing as this is the 'book club' i was wondering if any of you have read Wheel of Time, just out of interest.<BR></em><BR>It's a popular series with some Tolkien readers. Some hate it, however. There's a huge thread in the Other Authors forum called HAS ANYONE HEARD OF ROBERT JORDAN? which is a lot of sarcastic comments and attacks on his poor writing style. There's also another more positive thread on him. And in "The One Ring" forum (for issues relating to the running of the site, there is thread (<a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/messageview.cfm?catid=29&threadid=79716' target=_blank>here</a>) complaining about the banner ads at the top of the page comparing Jordan to Tolkien.<BR><BR>I've read about the first 7 or 8 books of the series, and found it readable, but not terribly original, especially after reading LOTR. I liked some of the characters, but got a bit frustrated with the slowness of the plot - eg Mat didn't appear at all in one of the books. It's a bit like, if LOTR is the classic film, WOT is the cheesy spin-off soap-opera (IMHO <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>).<BR><BR><strong>celebalqua </strong> - nice celeb-alqua in the sig <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Jude</strong> - a few people use their real names - <strong>Andri</strong> and <strong>sandra</strong> spring to mind. And <strong>NiennaSorrowing</strong> who posts in Movies really does have the first name "Nienna" (she's from California) <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>LadyOfValor </strong>, one more Tolkien book to consider, as well as <em>The Hobbit</em> (more chilish than LOTR) and <em>The Silmarillion</em> (the opposite end of the scale, a profound history of the elves), is <em>Unfinished Tales</em>. Especially if you like the intriguing nuggets of stories in the LOTR Appendices. <BR><BR><strong>Hikaru</strong><BR>There are two versions of the list of Alliances and Guilds, one in the Welcome forum for posting to, asking for your own guild to be included, and the "sticky" one at the top of the A&G forum. I can't suggest any good guilds though, that's a side of TORC I've never explored.
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Postby celebalqua » Thu Apr 15, 2004 4:13 pm

<strong>LadyOfValor</strong> got to agree with <strong>wilko</strong> on the <em>Unfinished Tales</em>, I am reading it again after a long Tolkien break and really enjoying it.<BR><BR>Cel<BR>
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Postby truehobbit » Thu Apr 15, 2004 4:51 pm

Welcome to TORC and the Bookworms, <strong>Lady of Valor</strong>! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I've got nothing to add to the advice of the others - The Hobbit is a good choice to read after LOTR. It may seem a bit childish in comparison, especially if you liked the Elvish parts of LOTR, but it is Bilbo's story, so it is like the official prequel. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR>Still, you should give the Silmarillion a try after that. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>PG</strong> - as I said, I didn't read Wheel of Time either. But, yes, that banner is somewhat shocking, in an amusing way, though. Doesn't shed a good light on the NY Times, does it? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR>And you know people who got angry at it?<BR><BR><strong>LadyG</strong>, if you put [/url] after the name of your link it'll make a working link. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Hikaru</strong>, I've only checked in alliances a few times, there's something for every taste there. I wonder just how many alliances there are. I've looked into a few that were about things I'm interested in, but never found the threads themselves fascinating enough to join. <BR><BR>I should maybe add that some guilds have certain rules for becoming a member, for example to join the Bard's Guild you have to write an ABC poem, which has to be officially accepted (don't know if they've ever not accepted one, though) <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>wilko</strong>, I thought "Ringers" are the people on TORN? (And we wouldn't want to be mixed up with them, would we? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> )
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Postby prettygaladriel » Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:52 pm

<BR><BR><strong>Hikaru</strong>, glad to see you wandered in again<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> make yourself at home. To tell you honestly, i've been planning to read the wheel of time for about a year now, but just couldn't be bothered....and then i realised my local library doesn't even have the first book in the series, and that REALLy got me down. Looks like i'll just have to buy it<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Jude</strong> oh well...at least we're not alone<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> oh, and my friends call me PG, or peeg for short, and since i consider you a friend now, it'd be a lot more comfortable if you called me that<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><BR><BR><strong>LadyOValor</strong> no problem<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> i feel sorry for your poor mother if she had to sit down and read a letter full of netspeak...bad girl!<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Alatariel</strong> book recommendations? *groan* don't get me started. Ok, i really don't have the time to write down all the books i'd recommend...i'll just give you the authors of a few: Juliet Marilliar, Garth Nix, Cecilia Dart-Thornton, Lemony Snicket (<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>), Terry Pratchett (<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>) and Tamora Pierce. Most of them are Australian fantasy authors, so you've probably never heard of them...but they're books are excellent<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Hobby</strong> lol...no indeed. then again, i've never liked the NY Times, so no worries there<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> the thread is <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?catid=29&threadid=79716' target=_blank>here</a> and it's got a link in it relating to the origional thread about the banner.....which was rather big, might i add. Made me feel sorry for Poor Jonathon, it did<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-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>LadyG</strong> and <strong>Wiilko</strong>, i'm glad you decided to show up<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> <em>bows mocklingly</em><BR><BR>
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Postby truehobbit » Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:58 pm

Thanks for the link, peeg! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> LOL, it was amazing to read how offended people seemed to have been. But, I agree, poor Jonathan! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR>There were some nice ironic comments, too, though. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>LadyG, thanks for fixing the link! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR>I'm just too lazy to copy and paste, and I also prefer it when a new window opens instead of having to paste the link into my current window.<BR><BR>
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Postby Alatariel_Taralom » Fri Apr 16, 2004 1:46 pm

Thanks for all the recommendations, guys!<BR><BR>I actually asked for the Silmarillion for Easter, but, eh, who knows...<BR><BR><BR><BR>Anyway, so...field commander auditions. Like I said, I'm about to update you guys because results were posted today.<BR><BR><BR>You all are talking to the new field commander!!!! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR><BR>~*~Alatariel~*~
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Fri Apr 16, 2004 3:28 pm

WOW<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> Congratulations <strong>Alatariel</strong>!<BR><BR><strong>Hobby</strong> Thanks again for pointing the link thing out to me. I tend to make stupid mistakes like that when I am rushing with a post. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>PG</strong> Aha! So you have finally acknowledged that I am your superior and Queen! hahahaha! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-devil.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR><BR><strong>Wheel of Time</strong> is one of my favourite series.. although things were getting a bit TOO complicated in the middle for me... how many more books are there in the series? I would also recommend Philip Pullman's <em>Dark Materials</em>, and Ursula Le Guin's <em>EarthSea</em> books.<BR><BR><BR>LadyG
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Postby striderchick » Fri Apr 16, 2004 8:10 pm

<strong>PG</strong> after lurking in the shadows here for a few days, i only just noticed that your sig has Terry Pratchett quotes... and then i just couldn't resist coming in to say hello.. so.. hello, how have you been?<BR>also.. the Chris Rock quote?.. where is that from? i remember hearing parts of it a while back, but never got around to asking anyone what it was.. (well.. i am kinda shy <em>*blushes*</em><BR><BR>greetings to all<BR><BR>striderchick
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Postby Evenstar27 » Sat Apr 17, 2004 6:27 pm

I'd like to be adopted by this thread. What exactly do I do, and how does all this adoption stuff work?! I love books, especially Tolkien of course. My favorite type of book is fantasy, but I also like mystery, especially by Agatha Christie. So, anyway, this sounds like a great place for me and I'd like to be adopted by you guys. Thanks!
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Postby truehobbit » Sat Apr 17, 2004 7:41 pm

Welcome to TORC and to the bookworms, Evenstar27! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>The only thing to do to be adopted is asking to be adopted - which you did - so you are now officially a bookworm! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>If you have any other questions on how everything here works, don't be afraid to ask, it's what we're here for! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I don't read a great many mystery stories, but I like Agatha Christie quite well, too.<BR><BR>Alatariel - or should I say field commander <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> - congrats, well done! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> So, what are your new duties?<BR>(Sorry, I really don't know anything about marching bands, as I said, we don't get them here much.)<BR><BR>striderchick, don't be shy! So you are a Terry Pratchett fan too? He's brilliant, isn't he?
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Postby Alatariel_Taralom » Sun Apr 18, 2004 10:29 am

<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Well, my duties won't actually START until closer to summer, but all the leaders have to go to the introduction marching band meeting to be "presented" I guess. And then it's kind of tradition that the new field commanders march their first parade in the Memorial Day Parade. And then over the summer I'll get to field commander camp with my fellow field commander and then there's the 4th of July parade and then season starts. What we get to do is stand up on the podium and conduct the band. We don't have to march, but we lead the band onto the field and present the salute.<BR><BR>We're basically second in command after the band staff.<BR><BR>Or, as we said at the workshop before auditions, the "leison" ((sp?)) between the directors and the band and vice-versa.<BR><BR>It's a big job.
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Postby wilko185 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 5:20 pm

<strong>truehobbit</strong><BR><em>wilko, I thought "Ringers" are the people on TORN? (And we wouldn't want to be mixed up with them, would we? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>)</em><BR><BR>Oops, you may be right. TORN uses it as a general term for fans, but they probably assume Tolkien fan is equivalent to a TORN user <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>. BTW, "Ringers" is the name of a film about LOTR fans, which has some association with TORN, I think. <BR>In anyone hasn't guessed, there is a bit of friendly rivalry betyween TORC and TORN <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR><strong>Alatariel</strong>, congrats <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>. And thanks for the explanation, I also didn't know what field commanders do (you are a "liaison"? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>).<BR><BR><strong>evenstar</strong>, welcome <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>. All there is to "adoption" is what you're already doing. And if you want to tell us a bit about yourself, I'll eventually get round to editing it into the "biography list" at the start of this thread.<BR><BR>I replied to your thread in Other Authors (before I even saw you post here <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>). Although "Weapons and Warfare" is not by Tolkien, it may have got better responses in the Tolkien books forum. But then again, when it was brought up before, Romestamo (the most knowledgeable Tolkien expert on this site) pointed out that it refers to the films, and should really be a topic for the Movies forum. Anyway, don't worry about it, and don't start a new thread, it would be likely to get locked by a Mod as there are already a few on the subject. You could post to the one in Tolkien Books (link in your thread), if you want more opinions from the real Tolkienites, or to ask for a link to the other discussion(s) on that book, which I can't find myself.
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Postby Evenstar27 » Mon Apr 19, 2004 6:06 pm

okay, here's my biography:<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>I also have a question. When ROTK comes out on DVD, I want to have an LOTR-themed party with some of my friends. I want to post a request for party ideas, such as food, games, and so on, but I have no clue what topic this would fit under. Any ideas?<BR><BR>
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