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Dec. 31, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Articles:
       Battles of Beleriand
, project by Fingolfin-(TV)
          Nirnaeth Arnoediad: Battle of Unnumbered Tears by Varda-(Valar) as an addition to the above project.

Dec. 30, 2007

    Tolkien Site/Art:
         Cave of Siobhan-(TV):
           "Small Ketral".
New cave! Original drawing by Siobhan of a young ketral, a pet kept by young Legolas in the stories for the Mellon Chronicles.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (10)
    Aerandir V/mordacil, AriehnV, arwenv1/windofhyperia, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG,  Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Meeting Transcript by Varda

Dec. 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!


Dec. 23, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
       "Far from Home"
by Jay of Lasgalen. Short story based on the previous drabble.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (7)
    ArathornValar, ArPharazonV, Elwing V, Eonwe Valar (presiding), GilraenV, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon will be in Belgium temporarily.
Web: reports by Eonwe
    Search program glitches being attended to, improved version in progress.
    Art this week: "Cave Troll" by DeepGroover-(TV)
    Stories this week: "Far from Home" by Jay of Lasgalen two versions: drabble and an expansion of it to a short story.
Gaming:
    WoW servers:
       Lothar: report by Eonwe
       Uldaman: report by Elwing
       Argent Dawn: report by Ar-Pharazon
    LotRO: Landroval server: report by Arathorn
    Battle for Middle-earth 2: report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Upcoming movies: The Hobbit and an unnamed LotR prequel movie, with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh as executive producers. Director(s) not yet chosen.
    Forum text RP in the LotRO section under "Scouting Ahead" discussion.
 
Dec. 22, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
   
"Far from Home" by Jay of Lasgalen. Elladan, Elrohir. drabble.

Dec. 21, 2007
    Happy Birthday, Elatan!

   Movies: The Hobbit and the prequel
    By now you all know that Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will be the Executive Producers
for two upcoming movies: The Hobbit and a "prequel" to the Lord of the Rings.
    Thread: The OneRing.net's list of rumors and facts mixed together.
    Article: "Lord of the Rings Returns as Hobbit": Dec.18, this article in CNN Money says that Peter Jackson and New Line settled their differences and that PJ will be executive producer for The Hobbit. Production is currently scheduled for 2009, release of The Hobbit 2010, release of the prequel 2011, if a director is used other than PJ, and no director has yet been named.
    Article: "The Hobbit Goes Hollywood": Dec. 18, Time in partnership with CNN agrees with the above and tells more about the reconciliation.
    Blog: Official blog for The Hobbit. Dry statements about the conflict's being resolved and the movie's intended production schedule, same as above.
    Unofficial Forum: The Hobbit Movie.
    Article: "Jackson 'too busy' to Direct Hobbit Films": Dec. 19, Stuff.com of New Zealand tells that PJ isn't directing because by the time he was free from his current obligations, the fans would have to wait additional years, as he could not meet the proposed release dates. He would keep creative control, so the movies would all fit together. The first film would be the events of the book, The Hobbit. The second would be in the 60 years between then and the start of the Lord of the Rings, much of it based on footnotes in The Hobbit that help bridge the gap.
    Article: This is the Dec. 20 comment from the Motley Fool, online investment news, saying that the movies are now a sure thing to do well.

Dec. 17, 2007
    Happy Birthday, Miriel!
   
Dec. 16, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Art:
       Cave of DeepGroover-(TV):
          "Cave Troll".
Three photos showing different views of this model by DeepGroover of a fight scene between a cave troll and three Saxons (Rohirrim) amongst ruins. The artist describes how he achieved this scene. The photos were uploaded after the meeting.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the illustrious Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (11)
    Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1/windofhyperia, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, GilraenV, GwaihirValar, Maedhros-(V)/RumblePurrLion, Melkorv, VardaValar1
    Friend: crasyboy45
Membership News:
    Year end check for who is still in for 2008: Full Members can request to be added to the guild for longer than one year ahead of time, some requesting "life" or "eternity", but one contact is still desired per year anyway so we'll know if your lifetime membership expired. Tolkien-onlies need to send in a minimum of one addition to the Tolkien Site yearly. Providing space for guild pages counts as such an addition, thank you Alatar, Arveleg, Aule, Beren, Elatan, Lungorthin, Farmer Maggot, and Tilion (and those of you I can't think of at the second). Contact may be made via the Forum, games, AIM, email, and those who knock on my door in real life (you know who you are).
Web News:
    The Search Engine is again being worked on for even more functionality for the Tolkien Site.
    Art: DeepGroover-(TV)'s Cave Troll fight scene model was added after the meeting.
Tolkien Trivia game (went into After-meeting:
    Questions were asked by those not afk in the chat room in alphabetical order by Primary Guild Name.
    No holds barred:
        VardaValar1: Did Giles really defeat Chrysophilax?
        VardaValar1: What did Niggle paint?
        VardaValar1: What survived of the painting?
    Lord of the Rings only:
       AriehnV: What game did Gimli and Legolas play; who won and by what difference?
       ArPharazonV: What was Arwen's mother's name, who were her parents, and what happened to her in the end?
       Eonwe Valar: How many times were the Valar mentioned in LotR?
       crasyboy45: In which book did Tom Bombadil first appear?
       RumblePurrLion: We all know Eowyn disguised herself as a man to go to war. What false name did she use? Bonus points if you can also tell what it means.
       VardaValar1: Where was Aragorn's mother while Aragorn was growing up at Rivendell as Elrond's foster son?
       crasyboy45: When in The Hobbit did Bilbo name his sword?
       Eonwe Valar: Name for me the trees that grow in Lothlorien, of which the new Party Tree Sam planted is.
       RumblePurrLion: This one is a bit more like a riddle: Gray, White, Brown, _____, _____.
          Hint: Look at how many items are on the list.
       VardaValar1: What place do the white boats sail from into the West, carrying the Elves (mostly Elves) to Valinor?

Dec. 9, 2007
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    If you don't know how to get in, ask VardaValar1 for an invitation. To come in for yourself, invite your own name to a chat, then in the spot that says a random number for a chat room name, overwrite it with Valar Guild Meetingplace. It is not sensitive to case or space.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda the Starry-eyed
Attending: (8)
    ArPharazonV, arwenv1, CaranthirV, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership news this week:
    Need to be confirmed for 2008: chat, email, forum can help.
    Caranthir's twentieth birthday!
    Eonwe: out to see "Beowulf" with his family
    Fladrif: visited Ar-Pharazon in real life
    Theodwyn: starting a new family guild for Horde in Uldaman.
Web this week:
    Stories:
       "Letters from Elrohir" by Jay of Lasgalen
       "Family Trouble" by Cassia and Siobhan. 5 chapters.
       "Coronation Jitters" by Siobhan for Cassia. G. 1 chapter.
    Link:
       Lord of the Rings Online Lore Book - from the site for the Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG (game).
Gaming this week:
    Dungeon Siege: Ar-Pharazon
    WoW:
         WoW dailies, flying
         Argent Dawn
          Lothar
          Uldaman
    LotRO:
          $9.99 a month during the holidays.
          Bree Horse
    Tabletop games:
       Dungeon & Dragons: Gimli, Sauron, Varda
       Risk: Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif
       Trivial Pursuit: Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif
Tolkien trivia:
    ArPharazonV: What was made of mithril that was worth more than the value of the Shire?
    VardaValar1: Who led the elves that helped Frodo and his three hobbit friends against a Nazgul in the Shire area?
    Glorfindel VG: According to Merry on their journey through the Old Forest, this was said to be the queerest part of the whole forest.
    VardaValar1: What was the name of the skeleton in the Paths of the Dead?

Dec. 8, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
       "Letters from Elrohir"
by Jay of Lasgalen:
             "Letter to Arwen"
             "Letter to Glorfindel"
 
    Links Page:
       Lord of the Rings Online Lore Book - from the site for the Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG (game).

Dec. 7, 2007
    Happy Birthday, Gelmir!

    WoW Uldaman: Theodwyn pulled her Horde character from our Uldaman server branch to start a new family-oriented guild since so few of us now come on there at all.

Dec. 6, 2007
    Gaming/LotRO:Bree Horse
       The "Bree Horse" is available to players who applied a Pre-order key to their account before June 1, 2007, and have an active subscription as of December 1, 2007. It is also being made available to Lifetime accounts. The receipt is in the inventory on each of your characters, and any you create (does not say for how long). It's usable at level 25. Don't try to race a level 35 horse with it unless you want to lose, but it still beats walking!


Dec. 3, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
        "Family Trouble" by Cassia and Siobhan. 5 chapters. Newly written and inserted into the series after "Mistaken Identity".
       "Coronation Jitters" by Siobhan for Cassia. G. 1 chapter.

Dec. 2, 2007
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript: by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, fladrifv, GilraenV, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1(presiding). Eonwe tried to enter but AIM and the internet did not cooperate.
    Friend: LaurealasseHelka
Membership:
    End of the year check to see who's still in for 2008.
    Christmas party discussion
Web:
    Languages:
       Beren-(Valar)'s Quenya Lore Book has moved to this blog and has undergone work.
    Articles:
       Isildur by Varda-(Valar)
       Kings of Rohan now has dates for the kings, and the successors may be followed from page to page.
    Story:
        Ch. 47 "What Is Seen And Unseen" by Nightwing. Latest chapter of To See a World.
Gaming:
    WoW:
       Uldaman server
       Lothar server
       Argent Dawn server (also in Before-meeting)
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Trivia gaming:
        Menelvagor Valar: What are the names of the Two Towers of Gondor, in both languages, before and after one fell to Mordor?
        ArPharazonV: Full name of the fifth hobbit in the conspiracy, the one who wasn't in the Fellowship?
        VardaValar1: What report was Legolas bringing to the Council, unaware that there was to be a Council?
        Menelvagor Valar: What is the name of the energy-boosting drink only made in Rivendell (as far as I know at least)?
        VardaValar1: What food can only the elf queen or highest lady give out?
        ArPharazonV: What was the name of Aragorn's horse, the one Elrond's sons and the Rangers brought with them from the North?
        AriehnV: Which are the hobbit requirements to make a legal document proper, such as appointing an heir?
        AriehnV: What was the former name of Gollum and where did he come from originally?
        AriehnV: What was Fredegar Bolger's part after the four hobbits had enterd the Old Forest?
        Fladrifv: How was the love story of Aragorn mentioned in the LotR books?
        Menelvagor Valar: What is the patch of land next to Rauros called upon which the Fellowship landed and camped for a short while?
        VardaValar1: What is a name for the places where elves stay, up in the trees?
After-meeting:
    Thoughts of food, including Zangarmarsh mushrooms.
Nov. 30, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Languages:
        Beren-(Valar)'s Quenya Lore Book
has moved to this blog and has undergone work.

Nov. 27, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Articles:
       Isildur
by Varda-(Valar)
       Kings of Rohan now has dates for the kings, and the successors may be followed from page to page.

Nov. 25, 2007
  Tolkien Site/Stories:
   
Ch. 47 "What Is Seen And Unseen" by Nightwing. Latest chapter of To See a World.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript: by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    ArPharazonV, arwenv1/windofhyperia, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, GilraenV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    SC/BW: Bilbo, Eowyn, Fangorn, Meriadoc, Sauron, Varda
    Dungeon Siege: Ar-Pharazon
    Halo 2: Eonwe, Dracxil, Sauron, Bilbo
    Non-pay-to-play games: Fladrif offers to game with Valarites, can be contacted on AIM.
    WoW:
        Ar-Pharazon and Eonwe both earned their elite flying mounts.
        Lothar branch now has a guild bank with two pages.
    LotRO: Ulmo entered the Valar's LotRO branch as Niequi. Numerous instances, much crafting progress.
Tolkien:
    Flying in Tolkien: who did it?

Nov. 22, 2007
    Happy Thanksgiving!
http://img-fan.theonering.net/rolozo/images/price/fellowship.jpg  The Fellowship around a campfire in the woods listening to Gandalf. Artist: Peter Xavier Price.

Nov. 18, 2007
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GilraenV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien site: new linking for Timeline and The Valar. Need articles.
Gaming:
    Brood War: Fangorn, Sauron
    WC3: The Frozen Throne: Arien
    Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna: Ar-Pharazon
    Chess: Fladrif
    Nexiuz: Fladrif
    Worms: Armageddon: Fladrif, Sauron, Bilbo
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn: report by Arien
       Lothar: report by Eonwe/Auros
       Uldaman: report by Varda
    LotRO: report by Varda
Tolkien:
    Two main types of readers according to Orson Scott Card: detached analysts or immersed.

Nov. 14, 2007
    Gaming: Hellgate: London
 
        Pallando-(Valar) plays on Shulgoth server as Pallando, engineer.
        Pallando emailed Nov. 5 that the old Diablo team got together to make Hellgate: London. Eonwe-(Valar) emailed that they did this as the "spiritual sequel" to Diablo 2, since they can't make the "actual sequel" as they are no longer with Blizzard but have their own company.
        Pallando emailed: "it's rated M for "Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Violence". So far the only obscenities I've noticed were bleeped out, and to be perfectly honest I don't even rate the others anymore. It's pretty decent 3D graphics, but the only truly humanlike monsters are the zombies. At any rate, it would best be left to someone else to rate the violence and gore as compared to other games." "future additions and specials are subscriber-only, but those of us who don't have the cash for subs still get normal patches."
        Eonwe added: "only those paying the monthly fee can create or run a guild. I don't think it'd be worth it to pay the fee just for the guild privileges though (you do get more than just that, but essentially if someone wasn't already going for the subscription to get the extras, guild creation shouldn't be the deciding factor).  "We" can always just get together and stay in contact if we get anyone else in this game."
        Pallando said: "I plan on subscribing anyways eventually, and I'm sure someone else will as well - it's cheaper than WoW or LoTRO (unless you're a founder)."

Nov. 11, 2007
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (13)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AragornValar1, ArathornValar (crashed), AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Fangluin-(V)/MelchiahAC, fladrifv, Gilraenv, GlorfindelVG (crashed), Gwaihir Valar, VardaValar1 (crashed)
Membership:
    Varda and Fangorn came back (note: Fangorn will be gone for a week staring Monday for work)
    Ar-Pharazon: exams over
    Eonwe: couple of more exams
    Fangluin: not able to be around much, but still there
    Valandil: still gaming with us in WoW Argent Dawn
    Gwaihir: taking a degree by correspondence course
Gaming:
    Hellgate: London
    WarCraft 3
    Dungeon Siege expansion
    Middle-earth mod for Diablo 2 Expansion
    WoW:
       General: patch 2.3 including new areas and guild bank
       Lothar server : Valar
       Argent Dawn : Valar. High Guard is once again run by Valarites and includes Valarite characters.
       Uldaman : Valar. Elwing was present for the Wednesday designated day.
    LotRO: Valar
       Trial account for Aragorn-(V) whose name is Telecontar
Tolkien:
    Topic from Arien-(Valar): I recently read the Farmer Giles of Ham in an edition together with the master's original, previously untold version of that tale .. quite nice and something different to all the ME stories  But there are similarities, at least some same factors turn up in that story as they do for example in the Hobbit .. I wonder if we get them all together...

Nov. 10, 2007
    Varda's
54'th birthday. That was a good three-layer chocolate cake!

Nov. 5, 2007
    Varda and Fangorn
left for a week's vacation. Back Saturday evening.

Nov. 4, 2007
     Americas: time change.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AragornValar1, AriehnV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Aragorn: back with us, hoping to come into LotRO
    Eonwe: 8th anniversary of joining the Valar Guild
    Varda and Fangorn: gone next week, not sure if back in time for next meeting.
Web:
    Stories
    Art
Gaming:
    Dungeon Siege
    Silver
    WoW: Uldaman, Argent Dawn, Lothar
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    How many names can we think of for Aragorn? You also get to tell when the name was used.

Nov. 3, 2007 
    Tolkien Site / Art:
      Cave of Turgon-(V):
       "Ulmo in the Waterfall of a Lake"

Nov. 1, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Art:

      Cave of Turgon-(V):
        "The Captivity of Morgoth in Mandos". Turgon-(V): "I tried to do something new, not like the ugly-armour-red-flaming-eyes variety, especially since he still could assume a fair form after he was released. That's why only his cowl is "radiating" with darkness. That is, with the darkness of his thought and hate." Sent in Oct. 27, 2007.
       Turgon is now in a university and finds himself with less time for art, but still finds a way.

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Counting the Days" by Jay of Lasgalen, drabble. "Elladan is away from Imladris, and Elrohir can't wait for him to come home."
      Four spooky stories from Branwyn-(TV):
        Wave-Singer drabble (Maglor)
        In Moria, In Khazad-Dhum drabble (dwarves)
        Unfinished Work drabble (Denethor)
        Beggars' Night short story (Pippin, Gandalf, Gimli, Legolas, Eowyn, and Faramir)
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Oct. 31, 2007
    Membership:
       Aragorn-(V)
of Sweden is back from the army, now working at the hospital fixing wheelchairs and other handicap equipment. He also takes a pottery class after work. After a year or two, he hopes to study. He's dropped his WoW account and hopes to be in a LotRO trial soon. He would like to join us on Landroval server (as Telecontar). Turbine allows European ip's so he may do this as Irmo, Miriel, and Arien have. He also hopes to download AIM and join us this Sunday, although he has work early in the morning. More power to you, Aragorn!

Oct. 28, 2007
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (11)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, GilraenV, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar/Oessala/OrodrethV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arwen's birthday was Friday
    Morwe returned to Full Membership, still plays LotRO
Web:
    Stories this week
    Upcoming
Gaming:
    Eve Online
    Dungeon Siege
    Monkey Island 1 2 3
    Discworld 2
    Full Throttle
    Chess
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Tolkien brought seriousness to fantasy and various creatures and things that have become staples.
After-meeting continued Tolkien in a lighter way:
    What was Tom Bombadil? We went more into character traits than into discussion of Maia or whatever as those talking were already in agreement on that point..

Oct. 27, 2007
   Tolkien Site / Stories:
     Siege of Dread
by Cassia-(TV) and Siobhan-(TV). 16 chapters. Part of their Mellon Chronicles series, following "Curse of Angmar".
        "Rivendell has always been a place of peace. When that tranquility is threatened it leads to a cascade of events that seek to destroy Aragorn's adopted family. Two mysterious figures from the past become suddenly important and in a bizarre turn of events, Aragorn and Legolas find themselves faced with trying to save not only the future of Rivendell, but Mirkwood as well... if they can save themselves, first."
        Aragorn, Legolas. Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Glorfindel. Thranduil.

Oct. 26, 2007
    Happy Birthday Arwen-(V)!

    Gaming / Eve Online:
      Letter from Pallando-(Valar):
For an unfortunate reason, I will need to suspend funding for my
second Eve-Online account, which holds the Pallando Luineistar
character. As the only other member is Menelvagor, who is inactive,
this will leave the branch without anyone to run the corporation. I
will still be somewhat active on Debes Sparre, and will keep the
mailing list and chat channel manned for what it's worth. My offer of
a free month will not be available on demand, but still extant. The
offer for 6 months runs out on the 4th.

Oct. 24, 2007
    Gaming / LotRO Landroval server:
       We have our kinship house. It is near Thorin's Hall, Neighborhood Frithdal, 2 Frothing Road. We have all three storage chests and taxes are paid through December (as far as we were allowed to pay ahead). Members have been buying and crafting decorations for the kinhouse, leaving some in the storage chests. All members have decorating privileges and may use the storage chest items on the kinhouse to try differenct looks. Even the paint is re-usable. We have a lot of different music boxes so that you can change the music playing inside the house. The only thing we ask that you not move (without Ancalagon's permission) is the taxidermy item that greets you as you open the door. Certain monsters drop purple "bodies" that may be taken to the taxidermist in Bree to be made into decorations for the kinhouse and personal houses. Crafting members generally are willing to make items for personal houses too, but may need your help with materials.

Oct. 23, 2007
    Membership:
   
    Morwe-(V) opted to change to Morwe-(TV), no longer interested in gaming but interested in the Tolkien site. Update, the next day he decided to keep gaming in LotRO and is back to Morwe-(V). We're glad you stayed! (The run with you in the new High Pass and Goblin-town was great fun!)

Oct. 21, 2007:
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
The Temptations of Eönwë by Enerdhil-(TV). "Eönwë and Morgoth, and the futile bids for pardon I imagine Morgoth must have made before he was sentenced."

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending (14):
    Aerandir V/mordacil, Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, austeinM, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New: Maedhros-(V)
Web:
    Stories
    WoW Lothar Tourney Report
Gaming:
    Solitaire
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Rhythmic images and events in Tolkien.
After-meeting:
    Science-fiction convention that Menelvagor went to
    Helping Eonwe test his new Tourney area on the Games page
    Reviews for the Games page: what is acceptable
    Game ratings
    Info on the Internet
    Wiki and Britannica
    AIM Lite

Oct. 17, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        The Prisoner
by Jay of Lasgalen. "What if" a different decision had been taken, drabble challenge. Legolas, Thranduil.
        Brigid and Greg in Middle-earth by Maedhros-(V). Humor drabble: comments on a Noldo.

Oct. 14, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Maedhros-(V)!
Maedhros joined us today in LotRO, where he has a lifetime subscription, with a perfect score of 5/5 talking with Varda (me). His Galadhalion and my Fainan gamed together a couple of times, yet he was still willing to join! He may be gone sometimes for two months at a time, but returns so don't write him off. He's read the Hobbit several times and the Lord of the Rings twice. His favorite character is Gandalf with his snarky personality; other favorites were Bilbo and Legolas. The changes to Faramir were a prime movie gripe. He has a blog that includes this short Middle-earth story; also note the animated icon at the top.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (11)
    Arathorn Valar, ArPharazonV, AriehnV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Fladrif, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, Farmer Maggot-(V) /thesirg3, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1
Suggestion:
    Fladrif: one live chatroom all day for a particular day.
Tolkien:
    Elf hair color
    Silmarillion main events, equipment to make a card game.
   
Oct. 11, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Mind's Eye by Cassia-(TV) and Siobhan-(TV) is up. "Aragorn lost his memory in Harad.  It returned, but not all of it returned at once.  The healing mind is a funny thing.  So when he finds himself somewhere strange, in an unthinkable situation, what is he supposed to think?  Where is he?  What’s happening?  How can he set it right?" Aragorn, Legolas, Death, Namo. Follows "Stars of Harad" in the "Mellon Chronicles" series.

Oct. 10, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
        Tolkien and Beowulf
by Ancalagon-(V). Sent in for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild.

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Discoveries in the Dark
by Jay of Lasgalen. AU drabble challenge for The Hobbit. Bilbo.
       Old Swords by Jay of Lasgalen. Could have happened during The Hobbit. Elrond.

    Gaming:
        WoW Uldaman server night, Elwing-(V) reporting:
I was on Uldaman tonight from about 8:30 to 11:00 - didn't spy another guilder :{
Oh, well...my char for the evening spent some time questing a bit and doing leatherwork for a change. While in Ogrimmar, I accidentally found the orphanage - it's in the far east ("military" sort of) section, close to the pool there :}
        [Editor's Note: Time was CDT, so 9:30 to 12:00pm EDT.]

Oct. 8, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
            The Valar Guild
by Alcardilme-(TV). Young Boromir and Faramir's differing opinions on the Valar. Sent in for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild.

    The reasonably complete List of what the Valar Guild did for the Tenth Anniversary.

Oct. 7, 2007 Sunday
    Chat Room Marathon, last day, participants:
      
Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArathornValar, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1.

    Silmarillion Card Game! Tenth Anniversary project. Fladrif-(V) and Ancalagon-(V) are working on a card game based on the Silmarillion in the style of Magic the Gathering. Join in to create cards that may (or may not) be used, or just for the fun of suggesting a card for your personal Tolkien adopted character; go to this Forum thread under Games/ General Game Talk.

    Tolkien Site / Articles:
       "
The Corruption of the Lord of the Rings" by Ancalagon-(V). Sent in for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild. Another one will be put online soon.

Sunday Meeting: Tenth Anniversary  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda. This will be only the meeting, not the entire week's marathon although we could do that. You had to be there. :)
Attending: (9)
    Ancalagon-(V)/ Sarujil, Arathorn Valar, ArPharazonV, Arwen-(V), Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Farmer Maggot-(V)/ thesirg3, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Tolkien:
    Eonwe Valar: The choices of people had an impact of the fates of their kingdoms, their people, and their lines. Usually they greatly affected the longevity of the aforementioned.

Oct. 6, 2007 Saturday
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
        The Complete Chronology of the First Age of Ea by Arveleg-(V) is now online! This is an enormous resource in progress, intended to show the timeline from the creation of the Ainur to after the end of Arda. It was written to come out for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild, and is complete through the First Age of the Sun.

    Gaming: WoW Lothar and LotRO were active.

    Chat Room Marathon participants partial list:
      
Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArathornValar, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1.

Oct. 5, 2007 Friday
    Gaming:
       WoW Lothar Friday:
          For the Tenth Anniversary
, Eonwe/Auros had an idea he tried out for a WoW Guild Tourney game, based loosely on past tourneys in other games. Arwen, Bellene/Dracxil, Eonwe, Fangorn, Sauron gamed together in Scholomance.
          People showing up in Lothar (that I know of) were Arwen, Bellene/Dracxil (guild-friend), Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, and Varda (briefly).
       LotRO:
          Added more to the LotRO housing report for Oct. 4.

    Chat room marathon participants seen Friday:
       Ancalagon-(V)/sarujil, ArPharazonV, AriehnV, arwenv1, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Fladrifv, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1
       Farmer plays Team Fortress 2, free if one buys the Orange Box from Valve.

    Tolkien Site:
       Stories:
            "A Song the Size of the World" by Fladrif-(V) is now online. Written and illustrated for the Valar Guild's Tenth Annversary.
             "Old Swords" by Jay of Lasgalen. A story that could have happened during The Hobbit. Elrond's pov.

Oct. 4, 2007 Thursday
   
Happy Tenth Anniversary to everyone in the Valar Guild. Thanks to every person who has ever been in the Valar Guild, making it the wonderful creation it is today. May we enjoy the next ten years together!
    The reasonably complete List of what the Valar Guild did for the Tenth Anniversary.

    Tolken Site:
        Articles:
            First Age Timeline: Arveleg-(V) has been working hard on research to make a complete timeline for Arda. His first installment of the First Age is now done, just in time for the anniversary as he had hoped. Thank you! Varda hopes to have it online today.
       Stories:
             New today: A Song the Size of the World by Fladrif-(V), betaed by Arien-(Valar). This story is done and almost ready to go online, and should be up today (was but not linked in). It was written and illustrated by Fladrif for the anniversary.
           Stories already up and written for the anniversary are re-listed here:
            The Game of Kings by Branwyn-(TV). Early Tolkien gamers. The leaving and returning of the rangers is a salute to the soldiers in our group who leave for a while and return.   
            Revelation: What Evil Fears
by Eonwe-(Valar). Sauron's fear.   
           
Roots Up: An Ent's Tale by Fladrif-(V)
       Poetry:
            The Guild - Ten Years On by Barahir-(V) already up, but now the formatting has been improved by his request to make a special quality more obvious. :)     

     Chat room marathon participants spotted in room Valar Guild Meetinplace:
       Arien-(Valar), Ancalagon-(V), Ar-Pharazon-(V), Arwen-(V), AuSteinM-(TV), Eonwe-(Valar), Eru-(Valar)/Eru68, Fladrif-(V), Varda-(Valar).

    Gaming:
       LotRO:
           Landroval server: We grouped together when we saw each other (before the world went down at noon) in Angmar: Irmo, Miriel, Gorlim, and Varda.
          Roheryn test server: Housing test started today.
        Ancalagon's personal house is at 6 Fairwood Lane, Gundalaf, Falathlorn Homesteads. Drop by for a visit! As Fainan, I (Varda) went with him to see it going through the house person at Duillond. The place is a deluxe edition, and Anc kindly gave fellow decorator privilege. The place was in elf-lands and very grand. He had already bought a storage chest, trees and pumpkins and a well for the spacious yard, interior decorations including fireplaces, a lawn chair, fancy rugs for a couple of rooms, elf-style dresser and floor vases, a standing candelabra, and much more. He could also choose a color theme and had picked red, which went well with his beard. Since his character is a dwarf, he plans to next try out dwarf housing when it comes available from the Frerin's court area at Thorin's.
        A simple personal house is 1 gold, deluxe 7 gold. It does require monthly upkeep in the silvers (deluxe is about 45 silver per week) to make sure that houses go to active players. The first month's rent is included in the initial cost. About 25 silver can cover decorations. Only one house is currently allowed per account. Please remember that this is the test server's first day with housng and many things may change.
        Ancalagon then brought me for an open house tour to an unused kinship house. That thing was a mansion! Nearly a castle. It even has stairs and an upper floor. It too may be decorated and furnished. We can set privileges to let all officers or even all members be decorators and helpers with the weekly cost.
        A kinship house can only be bought by the guild leader of a guild that has reached level 7; in Landroval, we are already level 8. Good thing we have about a month to prepare, as I sure don't have 15 gold. If everyone can pitch in a gold from a high level character, then the lower level alts can probably handle quite a few decorations, many of which are in the low silver range. Kinhouse tax is about 100 silver per week. Please weigh in on where we should put the kinhouse and why. One or a few personal houses held by kin members in the same neighborhood can make the kinship house price drop.
        Wherever we choose, we need to join together for reputation quests in the nearest town to unlock the superior forge and workbench.
       WoW Lothar: We have members coming in and out of Lothar as time and computers permit. Don't forget to type /join Valar since the last patch pushed everyone out of the channel. Speak friend, and enter.

Oct. 3, 2007 Wednesday
    Chat room marathon
continues for Wednesday.
        Ancalagon/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, austeinM, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, and VardaValar1.

    Tolkien Site / Art
       "A Song of the World"
by Fladrif-(V).

    Poem
for the Tenth Anniversary from Barahir-(V):

The Guild - Ten Years on
by Barahir-(V)
October 2, 2007

Vast and wonderful was this new place,
a mighty bastion within cyber-space.
Luring Tolkien fans into their brigade,
a small yet passionate fraternity.

Revering Tolkien's works, chatting and playing
games on Middle-earth, for a decade.
Under its banner, a common liking
imbibed a bond, ever enduring.
Led to blissful peace, by the Council's  grace,
destined to last for all eternity.

Poet's note: This poem contains exactly ten syllables in every line and is an Acrostic with a twisted Rondeau!

Oct. 2, 2007 Tuesday
    Chat room marathoners
spotted on Tuesday:
       Members: Aerandir V, Ancalagon/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, austeinM, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, VardaValar1
       Friend: excelsiorjss

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
    More new stories written for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild! Thank you!
        The Game of Kings
by Branwyn-(TV). Early Tolkien gamers. :)   
        Revelation: What Evil Fears
by Eonwe-(Valar). Sauron's fear.  

       Brotherly Love by Jay of Lasgalen, formerly titled "Charity Begins at Home", is now complete as a story told in five drabble chapters.  This is not connected to the anniversary. The drabble series has lengthened and changed in story line so much that she decided this change was needed.

    Gaming / LotRO: Housing report from Ancalagon-(V)
        In the test server, Roheryn, where guild housing is being worked on, Ancalagon found a taxidermist in Bree to whom one turns in bodies to make into statues for the house. So far the taxidermist can do a barghest, two different bears, wolf, warg, cave troll, and another that Anc forgot. :) 
        House prices are locked until Thursday at least.
        Four housing areas are being tested:
            Southeast of Staddle, along the road just over halfway towards the Lone Lands. Not very close to Bree.
            South of Michel Delving, in the Southfarthing.
            Southwest of Thorin's Hall, just a bit south and a bit west of the horse. With acquaintance reputation, Thorin's Hall has a superior forge & superior workbench.
            Across the river from Celondim, but the one in Celondim is actually closer to Duillond; its just south of the gate to the Shire.

Oct. 1, 2007 Monday
    Chat room marathoners
for Tenth Anniversary Monday:
       Ancalagon/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, VardaValar1
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Sept. 30, 2007
Tenth Anniversary Week
begins with this meeting and ends with the meeting next Sunday. Have fun!
Chat room marathoners for Sunday:
    Ancalagon/Sarujil, Arathornv, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, VardaValar1
  Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending (7):
    Ancalagon/Sarujil, Arathornv, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, VardaValar1(presiding)
Membership:
    Tenth Anniversary week begins now!
Web:
    Robert Jordan passed away.
Gaming:
    Regular gaming reports, with talk of the Forum rp scattered through the whole meeting, since most of those active are in it.
Tolkien:
    If we looked at the whole Fellowship ensemble as one person, what would each member have contributed to this one over-all great hero?
Marathon chat room week begins.

Sept. 28, 2007
    New spot
for the fun Search Everything search engine by Arveleg. He's been working on it to clear glitches and would like to know if we find more.
    Explorer has been strange today, but the site seems alright on Netscape.
    Tolkien/Stories:
     
Two new drabbles by Jay of Lasgalen in which Aragorn meets his brothers at Bree and what happens next.
       Charity Begins at Home
       Charity Begins at Home II

Sept. 27, 2007
    Sauron-(Valar)'s
birthday.

Sept. 24, 2007
    Bilbo-(V)'s
birthday.

Sept. 23, 2007
    Membership:
        Erkenbrand-(V)
left the guild. He joined as a kindly friend to help us form the LotRO kinship within the tight time limit, but he is uncomfortable with the use of book characters as names. He continues to be a friend under the name "Herdy".
    Guild pages:
       An additional Search engine for looking up everything in the Valar pages rather than just for the articles, by Arveleg-(V) using Google, is currently being experimented with.
        People have expressed discomfort with the way the pages are currently set up, so we are trying to make stronger divisions into the three main areas of the guild as Community, Tolkien, and Gaming. Use of frames or no-frames menus continues to be supported so the individual may take his pick. Comments may be directed to Varda.

  Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00 Sept. 23
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (10)
    Members: Arathornv, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1/windofhyperia, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: Srekal86
Membership:
    Eonwe-(Valar)
    Erkenbrand-(V)-ex
    Bilbo-(V)
    Sauron-(Valar)
    Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Varda-(Valar), Varda's family + guild-friend, Elwing-(V)
Web:
    New: Search engine for everything experiment under Tolkien/Fun. From Arveleg-(V).
Gaming:
    Jazz Jackrabbit 2
    Eve Online
    StarCraft 1
       Suggestion: SC1 party during the week before the new SC2 comes out.
    gtr2
    Diablo 2 Expansion LAN party
    WoW:
       Possible tourney gaming for WoW
       Argent Dawn
       Uldaman
       Lothar
    LotRO
    Magic the Gathering Online
Tolkien:
    Bilbo and Frodo's birthday
After-meeting:
    German, Swedish, Spanish
    Art: Fladrif's project for Valar, suggestions, links.
       Photoshop
       Bryce
       Blender
       Zbrush
    Eonwe's pick-up truck
    WoW gaming afterwards in Lothar by Arwen (using Evenstarr and Myrrh, outsider characters), Bilbo, Dracxil (guild-friend), Elwing, Fangorn, Sauron, Shanaynae (guild-friend), and Varda.

Sept. 22, 2007
    Bilbo and Frodo's Birthday!
The two book characters were born today.

Sept. 19, 2007
    Varda and family as of this evening now have a new working DSL modem installed and are back online.

Sept. 16, 2007
    Robert Jordan,
author of the Wheel of Time series, has passed away. He will be sorely missed.

  Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArathornValar, AriehnV, arwenv1, Elwing V, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Fladrifv, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG
Membership:
    Varda and family's DSL modem is dead and a new one ordered.
    Arwen is now able to be online for meetings and games now that she's set up at the University.
    Arwen collected new books by Tolkien or related to gaming.
Web:
    Stories this week:
       Roots Up: An Ent's Tale by Fladrif-(V) has been updated.
       Wedding Nerves by Jay of Lasgalen is a new story for this week.
Gaming:
    StarCraft 2:
       New unit announced
    WoW:
       general: in-game voice chat and guild banks (like LotRO) are planned in the future.
       Lothar
       Uldaman
       Argent Dawn
    LotRO:
       Arathorn discovered that his problems were due to dirty RAM and motherboard, LotRO worked afterwards so he bought the game. He is now in the Kinship with us.
    Chess: Fladrif
    LotRO for the SuperNintendo: Fladrif, Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Elwing's topic: What were the descriptions and actual uses of the Three Elven Rings?
After-meeting:
    Ancalagon's riddle solved.

Sept. 12, 2007
    Gaming: WoW Uldaman server Wednesday
report from Elwing-(V):
I was on WoW from about 8:15 to 11:15; chatted a bit with Theodwyn (~10 level char of Vaire), she was running thru dungeon accompanied by high level of Vlmo. She commented I was first "guildie" she'd caught in awhile, thought maybe most were in other games more now. I said I thought school starting might be big reason for scarcity too.
Report end :}
Elwing (as Thtarthpray)

Sept. 11, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Updated:
Roots Up: An Ent's Tale, by Fladrif-(V)
       New story: Wedding Nerves by Jay of Lasgalen. Aragorn, Elladan, and Elrohir. "Aragorn as King, on the brink of his wedding to Arwen. Elladan and Elrohir - of course - make their presence felt." Short story, written as a birthday request.

Sept. 9, 2007
 
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Arien-(Valar), Ar-Pharazon-(V), and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (12 or 13)
    Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, Arathorn-(Valar)/mikenowo, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV(presiding), ArPharazonV, Arveleg-(V)/King Arveleg I, Elwing V, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, GilraenV, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
    Guest: rienzi0711
Membership:
    College started this week in UK and Europe. Ar-Pharazon, Arien, Fladrif, Menelvagor.
    DSL modem for Varda's family will have to be replaced, cuts off intermittently. Repairman came just before the meeting started. Arien chaired the meeting. Thank you, Arien!
    Eonwe had to leave shortly after the start of the meeting for family activities.
    Arien's family is having car troubles, but managing.
    Arveleg tried to enter the AIM meeting but had connection protocol difficulties not allowing him to stay.
Web:
    New story by Fladrif-(V): Roots Up: An Ent's Tale
    New music poll on the Forum by Fladrif-(V). Vote for your favorite style of music.
Gaming:
    StarCraft: Aerandir-(V)
    Doom 3: Arathorn-(Valar)
    Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Arathorn-(Valar), Fladrif-(V)
    Archlord: Fladrif-(V) still downloading, as it's a large file, hoping to test it this week. Arien-(V) intends to try it.
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn server: Arien and Valandil
       Lothar server: Friday saw Eonwe and guild-friend Beline (Eonwe's brother aka Dracxil). All week long the Laytonrim (Varda's family and rl friends) came in for many hours at odd times, along with guild-friend (Bilbo's g/f).
       Uldaman server: Elwing. (Most remained on Lothar Wednesday including Varda, slackers). Some short questing during the week by Laytonrim.
    LotRO:
       Arathorn started the seven-day LotRO trial during the meeting, but it's crashing his computer a lot.
       Kinship Recruiting Faire. Valar was represented by Ancalagon, Beleg, Melkor, Meriadoc, and Varda
       Gamers for the week (off the top of my head) included but not restricted to: Ancalagon, Beleg, Borin, Finduilas, Gorlim, Irmo, Melkor, Miriel, Orome, Meriadoc, Rumil, Varda.
Tolkien:
    Topic by Arien-(Valar): What might have happened in the Brown Lands that they got devastated?
After-meeting:
    WoW Lothar gaming by one group, LotRO gaming by another group.

Sept. 7, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
Roots Up: An Ent's Tale, a short story by Fladrif-(V), long-time member but new author for the Stories page. In the early days, Tom Bombadil fears that immortality will lead to boredom but discovers that it is not so. Written for the Tenth Anniversary of the Valar Guild.

Sept. 5, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
The Price of Being Peredhil by Jay of Lasgalen. Elrond and Elros. 

Sept. 4, 2007
     LotRO:
      
Regular questing including grouping together, then a run by nearly all the high levels together in the Ettenmoors as freeps (free peoples) versus creeps (creature players). Varda's first pvp group raid ever, including any other MMORPG.

Sept. 3, 2007

    Barahir-(V) said hello by email, and congratulations to everyone on the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
    LotRO:
       Much questing together and leveling by nearly everyone!

Sept. 2, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V), Fladrif-(V), and Varda-(Valar)
Web:
    Stories:
       New one sent in during the meeting by Fladrif.
    Website needs work. Do we want to go with a wiki? Problems in navigation of the website, due to using two systems at the same time.
        (Previously meeting mentioned Forum colors are hard to read and they might be better in the same color as the main site.)
Gaming:
    Eve Online: news and offer from Pallando-(Valar)
Tolkien:
    Posted a discussion topic to the Forum, riddles are still going.
After-meeting:
    More discussion about improving the website
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Aug. 29, 2007
    Sorry
for the belated News notice on this new MMOG. Please see Aug. 24.

Aug. 26, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (11)
    Members: Aerandir V/mordacil, Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, Arien-(V)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: Ecthelion-(V)-ex/suilenroc01, Hyarion/Srekal86
Suggestions for the Valar Guild's Tenth Anniversary:
    For anything written or drawn especially for that, please label as such so that it will be included with the story, article, poem, translation, etc. (One story was being written during the meeting by Fladrif.)
    10 question quiz on Guild history? :}  (from Eonwe)
    Tradition (started by Orodreth who is now Pallando) of keeping the Valar Guild Meetingplace open all anniversary week.
    Meet in person where possible: Netherlanders, Texans might meet up in their areas. Texans might get together in garb for the Texas Renaissance Festival. Please send in at least a short report of who came, photos if possible, for the News.
    Collage of our characters from various games, if anyone is able to handle putting bits of screenies together in one spot? Volunteer photo-manippers, please email Varda. One suggestion was adding photos of gamer's actual faces onto the character body.
    Special anniversary decorations for the Valar front page: http://valarguild.org (from Fladrif, side window).
    Show up in-games for fireworks, ale, food, crafting, chat, questing. Get good screenies and perhaps also add them to the collage.
    More suggestions may be made by email to Varda to be included on the News, or put on the Forum.
Membership:
    Classes starting soon for many members
    Rumil goes on vacation Sept 6
    Ar-Pharazon will be missing all or part of upcoming meetings due to upcoming school - early Monday morning class.
    Elwing's birthday party is going on today at Varda's house
Web:
    Riddles
    Stories
    PHP and CSS for the Tolkien Site 
    Book Reviews
    Timeline project
Gaming:
    D&D Eberron tabletop
    StarCraft 2 news report by Eonwe
       Terran Banshee unit added. SC2 page.
    LotRO: report 1 from Varda, report 2 from Arien.
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn server, report by Arien
       Lothar server, report by Eonwe
       Uldaman server, reports by Varda and Elwing
       General news:
          Armory, report by Eonwe
          RSA, which is Menelvagor and Ar-Pharazon's old raiding guild group (non-Valar) is disbanding. report by Ar-Pharazon.
     Archlord (free game downloaded by Fladrif)
Tolkien:
    Fladrifv: Was the sun there during the creation of the ents?
    Riddles
After-meeting: riddle discussion continued to rule, so we had no actual "after" meeting.

Aug. 25, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       
"The Duel in the Sky" by Ancalagon-(V). Ancalagon versus Earendil in the War of Wrath. Silmarillion fic. New author but long-time member.
        "Some Words from the Mor-galad" by He that Walks Unseen-(TV). "A message of old has been delivered by fate. Read it and pass it on for he who arose in might must be heard".

Aug. 24, 2007
Invitation for Joining into the AOA US 2nd CB test. From Snailgame.net
 
Hello,
    Our MMOG title Age or Armor is supposed to start its 2nd Closed Beta test by the end of Aug,2007.
    It's a Robot-type online game which emerged those characteristics of the famous Transformers and the Gundam. For many robot fans, this game might be a good choice to entertain.
   We realized that your guild is one of the best online-game guilds, so we try to invite you and you teammates to join into our game for testing the guild-war system. If you accept our suggestion, I will afford you beta keys which are different from those given away from the official website. These keys will supply you and your friends all the armors and weapons for characters before 21 lvls and afford an initial fund for the guild. We will also take your suggestions into our consideration if you want any extra bonus for guild.
  We sincerely invite you to test the AOA. You could find more information about it at: http://www.aoaus.com
 Or contact me : MSN Messenger: rkspider@hotmail.com

Aug. 22, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        "Watching the Sunrise" by Jay of Lasgalen. "On midsummer's day, Elrohir tries to persuade Elladan to wake up early."

Aug. 20, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Quizes:
        The Riddles page has been repaired. Enjoy!
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        "Too Much of a Good Thing?" by Elwing-(V) for her Lessons of Life series. "Searching for comfort in the aftermath of battle, Legolas discovers whether one can truly receive too much of a good thing. A ‘gap filler’ set just after the battle at Helm’s Deep in Two Towers." Legolas, Aragorn, Gimli, Eomer, Gandalf, and Herubrand.
       Membership:
          LotRO: Rumil-(V) emails that he accidentally quit the Kinship trying to leave a note that he was going to be absent on vacation. He requests a re-invitation for Rumilden. His greatly needed vacation will last until September 6.

Aug. 19, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (11)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Beleg-(V)/bigdadd363cook, Elwing V [Happy Birthday!], Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: Srekal86

Aug. 15, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
     Two short stories by Jay of Lasgalen:
       Balrog's Balls! Celebrian sometimes finds parenting the twins difficult around Glorfindel and Elrond.
       Promises to Keep Thranduil takes a walk in the snowy woods during a difficult time with an unexpected meeting.

August 13, 2007
    Tolkien Site / The Riddle Game:
    The Riddle Game is a new section put up today by Varda. The riddles are by members of the Valar Guild, continually in progress. It collects riddles from the Forum and the Poetry page in one place. The riddles must be in poetic form. Riddles not yet answered on the Forum may not have the answer posted on the Riddle page, and are answered in turns so no more than two riddles should be unanswered on the Riddle page. This new section is linked to both the Poetry and Quizes sections. (Taken down on Aug. 19 to repair bugs discovered at the Sunday Meeting.)

Aug. 12, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (8)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Fladrifv, GilraenV, VardaValar1
    Visitor: excelsiorjss (friend, now in LotRO, hasn't yet read LotR)
Membership:
    New Full Member: Rumil-(V)
    New Tolkien-only Member: Bohemian Weasel-(TV)
    Gwaihir-(Valar) has a throat infection.
    Grimbold-(V) and Muzgash-(V) have birthdays today!
Web:
    New helmsman and website for the Book Reviews page: Arveleg-(V) on googlepages.
    New story by He that Walks Unseen-(TV): "Two Eyes Stare at Mine"
    New art Cave for Bohemian Weasel-(TV)
Gaming:
    SC2: new info on the upcoming game
    WoW:
       Lothar: Eonwe, Sauron
       Uldaman: Elwing
       Argent Dawn: Arien, Valandil
    WC3: Ar-Pharazon
    LotRO: new member Rumil from there, we've been having around 8 online at once.
Tolkien:
    Fladrifv: what if lord of the rings was in the modern time: would sauron have won?
    Riddle-game. Starts with Ancalagon's riddle on the forum, then we did another batch of riddles, the end results of which may be seen on the Forum LotRO trivia thread. Our meeting chroniclers had to leave before the riddling finished.

Aug. 11, 2007
     Welcome to the Valar Guild, to the Bohemian Weasel-(TV)!
The Bohemian Weasel is the talented Soni Alcorn-Hender, a working artist who exhibits her artwork on her gallery site. The Bohemian Weasel Galleries. As a fellow Tolkien fan, she has allowed us the use of her artwork to illustrate our Tolkien Encyclopedia. She has allowed us to place the artwork on our site. However, all is still copyrighted and any use for another site must be requested from her. Originally from England, she now lives in Portugal.
    Tolkien Site / Art:
    New Cave in the Glittering Caves of Aglarond, the Valar Guild's Tolkien Site art section for Bohemian Weasel-(TV).

Aug. 9, 2007
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        "Two Eyes Stare at Mine"by He that Walks Unseen-(TV). Who is that looking back?
        Sudden fiction. The author calls it a Proem, for poetry in prose form.

Aug. 8, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Rumil-(V)!
Rumil gamed and chatted in LotRO with us as Tagmyre for several days, tested for the overall guild, then joined the branch with his freshly made alt captain metalsmith Rumilden. He's 26 from Alberta, Canada, using MST. His birthday is September 13, 1980, so he'll be 27 in just a month. He's usually online in the evenings but has a hectic schedule; in practice, he's on a lot and seems like one of our later night runners due to the time zone. He dropped WoW for LotRO, and used to play BfMe2. He's read the H, LotR, and the first part of the Sil. His favorite LotR character is Sam, whom he considers inspirational with his loyalty, innocence, and goodness "without being all warrior-like about it. For a story so enmeshed in battle, he was a refreshing reminder of the more...humanitarian (if you will) side of the conflict."

Aug. 5, 2007
    Tolkien Site/ Book List & Reviews
       Arveleg-(V)
is now at the helm for the Tolkien Site section: Book List & Reviews for Tolkien Subjects. See the new link and rebuilt section. Lungorthin, after long service, has decided to step down from the site as he no longer feels he has time to work on it properly.

Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Fladrifv, Eonwe Valar, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New member in LotRO still trying to choose a name.
Web:
     New Book List and Reviews management by Arveleg-(V) and on a new server.
Gaming:
    LotRO: added Roheryn test server branch for the Valar Guild this week
    WoW: Expansion Wrath of the Lich-king
Tolkien:
    Sections of HoMe we'd like to see pulled out for a separate book like Children of Hurin, and made into movies.
    Ainur on Middle-earth
    Ancient viewpoints in Middle-earth
    Glorfindel-(V) agreed to write an article on Glorfindel (side window). Current ones are on the problem of the two Glorfindels and on names.
After-meeting:
    In-chat playful rp of Ar-Pharazon unluckily invading Fangorn Forest.

Aug. 1, 2007
    Happy Birthday, Orome-(Valar)!

    Tolkien Site/Stories:
       "Pride Goeth..." by Jay of Lasgalen, drabble. Elrohir overreaches himself, but achieves victory.
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July 30, 2007
    LotRO:
       Roheryn server
now has Book 10 up live for testing.

July 29, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (8 and 1/2)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presided over Business), Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar (presided over Tolkien chat), Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory.
    Visitor: brief pop in by Khamul-(V)-ex
Membership:
    Includes Tolkien discussion on Numenor and its colonies.
    Ar-Pharazon is back from vacation and transcripting again for the guild.
    Quite a few members will be starting back to school during August, about midway, including Eonwe. If Ar-Pharazon's University hopes work out, he will be in class in September.
    A Valar group went to the movies together (unfortunately during the meeting) including Elwing, Gimli, Fangorn, Eowyn, Sauron, and Varda.
Web:
    Articles by hard-working Arveleg-(V)
Gaming:
    LotRO: The Valar Guild is adding a new server for guild use when Landroval is down: Roheryn, which is the test server.
    WoW:
       New short story.
       Lothar
       Uldaman
       Argent Dawn
    WC3: Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    BfMe2: Arveleg-(V)
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Numenor and its colonies, during the Membership section. from Ar-Pharazon-(V).
    Topic 2: tales of Dark Elves within Tolkien's books? from Eonwe-(Valar).
After-meeting:
     Forum Role-play parts for "Scouting Ahead" are now stickied by Eonwe in the order that one would read them.

July 24, 2007
    Tolkien Site
        Articles by Arveleg-(V): 
           
Animals: Arroch
            Men: Gethron, Grithnir, Titles and Names of Turin, Úmarth
            Objects: The Helm of Hador
            Places: Haudh-en-Nirnaeth

July 23, 2007

    Please pardon the recent lack of updates. My usual computer has died a horrible death and the rebuild attempt combining parts of two computers has not worked out (yet).  Files have been shifted to another computer so that webwork can continue as usual. If you see this message, then /cheer! -Varda Backlog now being handled.

July 22, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ancalagon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (6)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1
    Some chatted by relay through Varda from LotRO.
Membership:
    Includes working out times when we game in LotRO, in EDT:
       Arien 3pm, maybe every second day.
       Eonwe: midnight to 4am.
       Irmo and Miriel: around 2-6pm. Miriel: also 4am.
       Dirhavel (for now) and Varda: Random.  
Web:
    Articles by Arveleg-(V)
    Timeline project, partly into it with the Events and Kings pages. Help especially needed to fill in articles for kings and leaders of any race, especially human.
    Ted Nasmith's art site keeps having more pictures
Gaming:
    BFME2: Eonwe
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn: Arien, Valandil
       Lothar: Eonwe, Fangorn, Sauron, Bilbo, Eowyn, Varda
       Uldaman: Elwing
    LotRO: (17 this week) Ancalagon, Angrod, Arien, Beleg, Dirhavel, Dis, Elrond, Eonwe, Finduilas, Gorlim, Irmo, Melkor, Merry, Miriel, Orome, Varda; Aeronwy.
Tolkien:
    Mixed into Web and After-meeting sections. See several After-meeting topics
After-meeting:
    Review of book by Arien: Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden
    Game: Graal
    Game site: free rpg games
    Why didn't Glorfindel go with Frodo? This was more of a fun rp with Glorfindel-(V) who doesn't resist the Ring all that well.
    Numenor = the lost city of atlantis
    When was the first time Aragorn heard he should go to the Paths of the Dead?
    Then we went into trying the trivia questions on our Forum and discussing them:
    What craft alone out of all crafts is it said the Dwarves were never outmatched?
    No man am i and no man is me...
    Suggestion: Put a Riddle section on our Tolkien Site.
    What craft alone out of all crafts is it said the Dwarves were never outmatched?

July 15, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Articles:

       by Arveleg-(V) for Places: Bar-en-Nibin-noeg, Cabed-en-Aras, Celebros, and Crossings of Teiglin.
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ancalagon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (9)
    Members: AriehnV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, GilraenV, GlorfindelVG (after-meeting not recorded), Lungorthin-(V)/sauronjag, Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Hello's from over the shoulder or from another game (5): Irmo-(Valar) in LotRO, Fangorn-(Valar) in WoW, Sauron-(Valar), Eowyn-(V) in WoW, Bilbo-(V).

Membership:
    No new members this week.
Web:
    Links: author updated link to the novel "Isildur".
    Games: Eonwe updated LotRO members and made a sortable table out of it.
    Tolkien Site.
        Book List and Reviews section: Lungorthin-(Valar) requests a new webmaster for his section of the Tolkien Site, and regrets that he cannot find time for it. This also means we will be losing that server space and the section will be moving, possibly to the area donated by Alatar-(Valar). Volunteers please email Varda.
        Articles: New articles (sixteen) by Arveleg-(V).
        Stories: Chapter 46 up for "To See a World" by Nightwing
Gaming:
    Overlord: Fladrif-(V)
    Battle for Middle-earth 2: Eonwe-(Valar)
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn: report by Arien. Summary: Thursday is the chosen night but is not working out very well. Arien and Valandil quested.
       Uldaman: report by Varda. Summary: Wednesday night gaming in the Barrens by Elwing, Sauron, Varda. Eowyn made a new Horde character and brought her into the branch, although not yet ready for the Barrens.
       Lothar: report by Eonwe. Summary: Arathi Highlands questing by Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Turin, guild-friend Dracxil (as Wymor). Varda's 63 hunter Fainan ran alongside when the group was full, joining when one or another had to leave for short times. We completed Stromgarde quests, some several times, and the entire Myzrael chain quest. Later, Sauron and Eonwe took Elwing through every quest in Maraudon.
    LotRO: report by Varda for the News page.
        Monday is the requested special get-together and event day/night, suggested by Orome-(Valar) with no dissenting voices. No time was set, so it is assumed to be the usual time of 5pm EDT until we find a better time. We have a definite day and night group that have difficulty getting together, and some who play at times across both groups.
        The level 50 group is mostly broken up, playing alts now to try out new things.
        Lindir-(V) pulled out of the Valar LotRO kinship, although not out of the overall guild, as it was not consistently active enough for him.
       Turin-(V) is trying to join the LotRO kinship, but may not be able to until after his new computer comes in.
       Arien-(Valar) is now gaming in the LotRO kinship, using several characters.
       Borin-(V) and his wife Finduilas-(V) each pulled out one character to help friends start a new kinship, but still have their other characters in the kinship and are still playing them.
Tolkien:
    Nature of Dwarves, including the Petty-dwarves, the Seven Fathers, and more.

July 14, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Articles:
       "Gamil Zirak" by Arveleg-(V)

July 13, 2007
    Happy Friday the 13th!
    Tolkien Site/Articles:
        "Aranrúth" by Arveleg-(V)
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
       
"To See a World": Chapter 46 by Nightwing is now up.
    Gaming: WoW Lothar Friday:
       Eonwe, Fangorn, Eowyn, Turin, Varda and guild-friend Wymor (Eonwe's brother) gamed together mostly in the Arathi Highlands. Afterwards, Eonwe, Sauron and Elwing completed every quest in the Maurodon instance, adjourning after the wee hours started growing large. Leveling and upgrading happened along the way.
        Sauron, Eowyn, and Fangorn played together again once they were more or less conscious on Saturday morning. And of course we don't just play Friday, that's just the special day for it.

July 11, 2007
    Gaming: WoW Uldaman Wednesday:
       Sauron and Varda, then Varda and Elwing, partied in the Barrens knocking off strings of quests. Eowyn brought a new character into our Horde guild. Everyone leveled at least once.

July 10, 2007
    Tolkien Site/ Articles by Arveleg-(V):
       
Men: Algund, Andróg, Forweg, Orleg, Ulrad, "Gaurwaith: Outlaws of Turin"; Larnach, "Urwen or Lalaith", Sador

     Links: updated the link to the novel: Isildur by Brian K. Crawford with Gary D. Crawford. It can be read online or as a pdf, and has a map by the author. Update requested by the author. The Grey Havens also has this copy of it.

July 9, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Articles:
       "Flame Imperishable or the Secret Fire" by Arveleg-(V)

July 8, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (11)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar, GilraenV, Lindir-(V)/Curulinde, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: B0nedriver, SecondAgeGM, Srekal86
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon is on vacation for the next 2 weeks starting next Saturday far from the internet. Ancalagon volunteered to take over his transcript duties meanwhile.
Web:
     Tolkien Site:
       Articles
       Stories
Gaming:
    State of Valar Gaming Report by Eonwe
    D2X: Varda
    BFMe2: Eonwe
    WC3: Ar-Pharazon, Elladan
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn: Arien, Menelvagor (maxed at 70!), Valandil
       Uldaman: Fangorn, Varda, Theodwyn-V (as Vaire), Nynnaeve, Vlmo
       Lothar: Fangorn, Varda, Eowyn. Eonwe, Turin. Sauron, Bilbo.
    LotRO: 18 plus
    Second Life: Second Age Romenna: Interview with the game creators
       New Romenna information:
            Synopsis The plot, or what's happening in Numenor.
            Miriel's blog (includes pictures)
Tolkien:
    Numenor
    Kin-slayings.

July 6, 2007
   Gaming:
    The State of Valar Gaming report for 2007
by Eonwe-(Valar) is now available.

July 5, 2007
  Tolkien Site/Articles:
    New articles
by Arveleg-(V).
        Dwarves: "Azaghâl", "Dain I"
    Updated article on "Origin of Orcs" by Varda-(Valar). First orcs coming against Beleriand, against Thingol's kingdom.
    Updated article on "Thorin's Company" by Varda-(Valar). Small addition on which ones were of Durin's line.

July 4, 2007
    Happy 4th of July!
    Gaming: WoW Uldaman server Wednesday. Fangorn and Varda gamed finished several Ghostlands quests and parked in a place inside an enemy village for the next run.
       Also on Uldaman: Elwing came in for three hours. There she also saw Vaire (Theodwyn-V), Vlmo, and Nynnaeve.
       WoW Lothar. As no one else was showing up in Uldaman at that time, Fangorn and Eowyn went to Lothar server. Varda joined them later in Stranglethorn Vale to aid in the toppling of a giant into the water - twice. The three collected fireworks and added to the lights in the sky at Booty Bay's firework celebration for the Fourth of July. About that time, Eonwe and Turin also came into Lothar and all chatted with some item and advice swapping. And more fireworks. And tapping of Booty Bay kegs. And more questing, although that dock looked considerably less straight than before. :)

July 2, 2007
   Tolkien Site/Stories:
    "When the Days are Warm"
by Branwyn-(TV). Short.  Boromir, Faramir, Finduilas.
   
"The Eyes of the White Tower" by Branwyn-(TV). Short story, 1 chapter.
    "The retelling of a familiar tale, with some blank spaces filled in. Denethor and Peregrin during the siege of Minas Tirith."
    Denethor, Faramir, Pippin. Glimpses of Boromir, Gandalf, Witch-king

July 1, 2007
 
   Tolkien Site/Stories:
     "The Best Begetting Day Ever"
by Jay of Lasgalen. Short story 1 chapter. Reprint.
    "Elladan and Elrohir celebrate their begetting day, and an unexpected visitor returns."
    Celebrian, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Glorfindel
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00 July 1
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (10)
    Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Lindir-(V)/Curulinde, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, VardaValar1
Membership:
    New Full Members: Thorin-(V) and Lindir-(V)
    Universities (during Tolkien chat):
        Menelvagor is applying to Groningen University, Netherlands
        Ar-Pharazon is applying to Utrecht University, Netherlands
Web:
    Art
    Poetry
    Stories
    Articles
    Valar Guild Site Toolbar free download
    Games Page: Games Page Mass Update, page rebuilt using PHP and CSS.
Gaming:
    Second Life gaming offer to the Valar Guild
    WC 3
    WotR
    StarCraft
    StarCraft2
    WoW guild servers:
       Argent Dawn
       Lothar
       Uldaman
    LotRO: Landroval server
Tolkien:
    Architecture in Middle-earth: Hobbit-holes
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June 29, 2007
  Tolkien Site/Poetry:
   A Ballad of the Unsung by Jeff Russell fka Manwe-(Valar).
    Filk lyrics showing the battle in front of the Black Gate of Mordor. A filk is a new set of words set to known music so that it can be sung.
    The original music and words come from Gordon Lightfoot, who wrote an Irish style folksong called "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".
    The unusual use of "Dagorlad" is intentional: first because it fit better within Lightfoot's template, and second because of the literal translation of the word as "Battle Plain".

June 28, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Thorin-(V)!
He's from Florida in the USA, EDT. His birthday is coming up July 25 when he will be 20. He used to play NeverWinter Nights on Amia, still plays WoW as a Horde raider on Sargeras server, and plays LotRO where he met us.
    He found us on the LotRO forum and wanted a kinship that role-played (some people and groups are hostile to it even on our unofficial rp server) and messaged Fainan (Varda) in-game and took the quiz right then. He enjoys the LotRO music system and was in the Prancing Pony playing an instrument and rp'ing during his test.
    He's read LotR and plans to read more of Tolkien's works. His favorite character in LotR is Gimli for his courage and for being a Dwarf, his favorite race. For instance, when the elves of the Golden Wood were going to blindfold just him to prevent his spying on their land, he pulled his axe and was ready to fight all of them alone.

    Arveleg-(V) made a gift for the guild,
free to any of you if you want to download it. This is a Valar Guild toolbar to aid in navigating our huge site.
        Letter from Arveleg-(V):
I recently finished building a toolbar for the Valar Guild. It is downloadable at http://valarguild.ourorganizationtoolbar.com/. I designed as much as I could... You only have to download once. Any changes will be updated automatically. To instantly update hit the down arrow next to valar guild and hit refresh toolbar. It contains a search engine for the entire guild website.
   
    Tolkien Site/ Articles:
       New articles by Arveleg-(V).
Many are from the new Children of Hurin:
           Dwarves: "Ibun", "Khîm"
           Elves: "Nellas"
           Men: "Asgon", "Indor"
           Objects: "Danwedh"
           Non-human Intelligences: "Spiders of Mirkwood"
           Plants: "Aeglos", "Seregon"

June 27, 2007:

    Gaming offer to the Valar Guild: Second Life in Romenna. Excerpts from a few of the letters to Varda are available at this link. No longer available.

June 26, 2007
    Tolkien Site/ Art:
       New page for the art of Lindir-(V).
He is sharing a photograph with us of himself in Tom Bombadil garb and his wife as Goldberry, while he tells a tale as Tom at the annual Bay Area Hobbit Picnic.
    Excerpt from a letter from Lindir-(V) today:
I had been reading Ents, Elves, and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of JRR Tolkien by Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans ...  (My wife and I met Dickerson this past April at the Medieval Fantasy Festival in Vacaville, CA when he spoke to a group, and several of us went to dinner together afterwards.  It was a good time.  He laughed when he saw me in my Bombadil costume the next day.)

June 25, 2007
    Barahir-(V)
of India emailed between one of his schoolwork-required cyber-brownouts, and says that he does get to read our page and keeps up with the News. He requests more rhyming poetry from the guild. He's busy cranking out the A's, since he has to keep up a 95% average, and would appreciate that bit of fun from us. Surely we can do that for him. Start typing!

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Lindir-(V)! Lindir came to us in LotRO having heard of us there from guild-friend Genessa and Finduilas-(V) as Finora. He emailed, then tested as Curulinde in LotRO for a very brag-worthy and strong 5/5 with Varda. Lindir is 45 from California, USA putting him in PST. He plays only LotRO and has settled on Minstrel as his favorite type.
    He has read H, LotR, Sil, UT, some of HoMe, Letters, Tolkien Reader, and part of Roverandom.
    Lindir-(V)'s 45 now, but read the Hobbit and LotR when he was 11. His favorite characters include of course Tom Bombadil. Once you meet him, you never forget him. Sam said something about never meeting anyone queerer or better. Lindir-(V) likes Sam very much and would have liked to have been cast as Sam in the movie.
    When he first read the books, two of his favorite characters were Faramir and Galadriel. Faramir he liked for nobility, humility, gentleness, and wisdom. Lindir-(V) is a second son also, but never had the problem of feeling to be in his brother's shadow. As for Galadriel, everyone who met her was in awe of her. You knew she was special.
    He belongs to a live group of friends called the Tolkien Friendship Society who meet monthly at a friend's home for a potluck picnic. He send us a photograph of himself telling tales at one of those meetings as Tom Bombadil, with his real life wife as Goldberry visible in the front of the group listening. It will be included in our art gallery in his new section.

June 24, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
       "Curse of Angmar"
by Cassia and Siobhan for their Mellon Chronicles series.
              19 chapters. Illustrated by Cassia.
             Aragorn and Legolas investigate a report from the rangers of trouble that the Bree-land folk think comes from the Barrow-wights. The story involves Aragorn, Legolas, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Bilbo, Gandalf, Halbarad, and more of the Rangers.
            This was written before LotRO came out, making an interesting extra spin.

Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00 June 24
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friend: Hyarion/Srekal86
Membership:
    One new member: Celeborn-(V)
Web:
    One new story online this week: "Curse of Angmar" by Cassia and Siobhan
    Numerous works in progress.
    Games page update progressing
Gaming:
    WC3: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif
    D2X: Varda
    StarCraft/BroodWar: Eonwe, Varda
    LotRO: many members. Summer Solstice Festival
    WoW special get-together days:
       Argent Dawn: Arien, Ar-Pharazon
       Lothar: Eonwe, guild-friend Dracxil/Beline
       Uldaman: Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Numenorean colonies.
    Names of Arien
    Added new link to the Links page for a language course:
       Parma Tyelpelassiva
    Diacritical remarks

June 20, 2007
  Gaming: Lord of the Rings Online:
    Summer Solstice festivities are underway
, continuing from today to July 10. Now is the time to learn new dances (dances start every 20 mnutes, click the ring shortly before it starts and don't leave the dance floor), eat pies (timed but right there on the table), tavern crawl (timed with travel, beware of vision and coordination problems), collect fireworks (timed with travel), play team hockey with chickens (Hobnanigans), and go on scavenger hunts to help a few npc's who have lost their items. Be sure to visit all four festival areas: Duillond, Bree-fields Festival Grounds, the Party Tree, and Thorin's Halls. The dances have to be learned now or wait until next summer.
    Dance-impaired?
        Tip 1: Note that the leader will call a step twice in a row, notably /dance2, that might make you think you've already done it.
        Tip 2: Here's a trick from Miriel-(V) to handle those fast dance calls from the Dance Leaders: use macros, called shortcuts in LotRO.
    Example:  /shortcut 37 /dance1
This puts a shortcut icon on quickslot 37 for the emote of  /dance1
     But you see no quickslot 37? To figure the number, note the first bar that starts with 1 including =, and figure that as slots 1-12. The quickslot bars go up in multiples of 12. Thus 1-12, 13-24, 25-36, 37-48. So the above example put the icon on the very top quickslot bar on the left. Go to the Menu/Options/Quickslots and choose to lock the bar chosen.
    You can add /shortcut 38 /dance2 and /shortcut 39 /dance3 to intuitively hit the dances in order when called.
    Have the new dance but don't see how to make it show? Instead of /dance1, use  /dance_elf or whichever dance is being taught. Any race can learn all the racial dances, and they work as shortcuts too, if you want to synchronize dancing with a buddy. Miriel called out 1, 2, 3 on voice in our fellowship, then Ancalagon and I started dancing with her at the same time. Maybe we can try it as a raid...

June 18, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Celeborn-(V)!
Celeborn found us through Elrond-(V)'s RingCast site and tested as Falian with Varda on LotRO (when he probably should have been sleeping before work). He's 21, from Texas, USA; CST and travels a lot for work.
    He plays daily afternoons and evenings, more on weekends. He plays LoTO, Guild Wars, and StarWars Galaxies. On Guild Wars he plays as Lucian Dorath with the Black Hand Gang.
    He's read the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, and Children of Hurin. He is drawn to Elven histories, especially that of the House of Finwe. Two of his favorite LotR characters are Celeborn and Galadriel, the only King and Queen-like pair in the LotR that the reader has the opportunity to know, although they call themselves Lord and Lady. They've seen so much history that it gives them an all-knowing aura.

June 17, 2007
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (7)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV (presiding), Fladrifv, GilraenV, VardaValar1
    Menelvagor came in after the recorded meeting.
    Friends: excelsiorjss, Srekal86
Membership:
    Two new members this week: Gorlim-(V) and Muzgash-(V)
Web:
    One new story this week: "The Outsider" by Jay of Lasgalen
Gaming:
    LotRO: Evendim expansion is running and we're in it. Jan 13 report. (Main gaming group.)
    WoW:
       Lothar Friday: Bilbo, Eonwe, Fangorn, Varda
       Uldaman Wednesday: Elwing, Eonwe
       Argent Dawn: no report, although members were gaming there.
    WarCraft 3: Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif
    StarCraft: Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif
    StarCraft/BroodWar: Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif
    Chess: Fladrif
Tolkien:
    Hobbit housing (during Before-meeting)
    Fladrif is now reading the Swedish version of LotR..
    Topic: Gorlim the Unhappy
    Topic: Bargains with Sauron: Gorlim's, Luthien's.
    Quote: excelsiorjss quoted Huan's entrance into the Silmarillion story of Beren and Luthien.
After-meeting:
    Elrond-(V) mentioned the Valar Guild on his RingCast podcasts.

June 13, 2007
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
       "The Outsider"
by Jay of Lasgalen. Drabble. "Aragorn's melancholy thoughts on one of his lonely journeys."

    Gaming/LotRO:
       The Evendim expansion is now live! It's a free patch downloaded on entering the game. It is a new area reachable from the Shire or the North Downs, especially intended to add more content for level 30's, although I saw much lower levels racing through it, and our higher level people also walked in and took a look. I can only report on the northern side into which I (Varda as Fainan) went. Evendim holds the enormous ruins of the old capitol of Arnor that had been abandoned. It's in much better shape than most of the ruins we are used to and a good place for refugees, but also for bandits. Some of the refugees have made deals with some of the bandits, but find themselves regretting them. Being right against the North Downs, they also have a problem with Barrow-wights and barghests.

June 11, 2007
     Welcome to the Valar Guild, Muzgash-(V)!
He was scouted by Miriel and tested by Irmo in LotRO as Nitryt. He's 24 from Virginia and plays both City of Heroes and LotRO. He's read the LotR and his favorite character there is Aragorn for his strong leadership.

June 10, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Gorlim-(V)!
Gorlim used to play EQ, DAoC, and WoW but has now dropped them for LotRO. He has been gaming in LotRO with our higher end players for a few weeks and even then was still willing to join the guild. He tested 5/5 with Irmo. He's 51 from Texas. He's read H, LotR, and the Sil, and I've been told he's read other Tolkien books as well. His favorite LotR character is Gimli because, unlike some others, he's content with what and where he is.

Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00  June 10, 2007
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda.
Attending: (9)
    Ancalagon-(V)/sarujil, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar (presiding), GilraenV, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Ancalagon's recent birthday
    Arveleg tested and has gone from a TV to a V
Web:
    GPMU in progress
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    WC3: Ar-Pharazon, Gwaihir
    SC: Eonwe, Gwaihir
Tolkien:
    RP on the forum

June 6, 2007
    Happy Birthday, Ancalagon!
    WoW Uldaman Wednesday:
       
Due to a slight mistake, Fangorn, Eowyn, Bilbo, and Eonwe wound up playing on WoW Lothar. Fun was had.

June 4, 2007
    LotRO Monday:
       The eighteen players who made it into LotRO Monday (with much grouping) were:
        Amaranth, Ancalagon, Angrod, "Armatorn" of the Melkorrim, Beleg, Boromir, Elrond, Fangluin, Finduilas, Irmo, Legolas, Melkor, Merry, Miriel, Morwe, Orome, "Pennypincher" of the Melkorrim, Varda.
          (Melkorrim refers to members of Melkor's three-generation real life family, just as Laytonrim refers to members of Varda's two-generation real life family.)
       June 13 is the date for the Evendim expansion, plus the new music notation for the musically inclined. (Your friendly neighborhood guild woodcrafters/Foresters may be able to make you free or inexpensive instruments.)
    WoW Argent Dawn:
       Group met Monday instead of Thursday due to real life activities coming up:
       Menelvagor's Anarore, Valandil's Orophin, Ar Pharazon's Calaron and Arien's Finduilasse plus a High Guard Mage went to the Underbog.

June 3, 2007
    Welcome to Full Membership in the Valar Guild, Arveleg-(V)!
He joined us originally as Arveleg-(TV) on May 30, 2007. During today's meeting on AIM,
he took his test with Varda for a bragworthy 5/5. He plays Battle for Middle-earth 2 and Age of Empires. His favorite character is Sam for courage and loyalty, such as at the pass and tower of Cirith Ungol.

Sunday Meeting  5pm EDT (GMT-5), GMT 22:00  June 3, 2007
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (10)
    Members: Arveleg-(V)/aiguernz, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar (presided over last half), Fladrifv, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presided over first half).
    Friends: excelsiorjss, Srekal86
Membership:
    Arveleg-(TV) took his test and became Arveleg-(V).
    Arien is still waiting on her new computer, borrowing husband's laptop to attend.
    Varda opened the floor to suggestions from members for improving the meeting. The general agreement was to shorten the gaming reports and not have the side comments during them. This would let us start the Tolkien chat sooner. The rest of the business parts are already streamlined enough for now.
Web:
    The Silmarillion: Book Review by Arveleg-(TV)
Gaming:
    WoW:
        WoW Lothar: Eonwe
        WoW Uldaman: Eonwe
        WoW Argent Dawn: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor
    StarCraft: Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe
    WarCraft 3: Ar-Pharazon, Arien, Boromir, Fladrif
    Battle for Middle-earth 2: Arveleg
    LotRO: many of us
Tolkien:
    What overarching themes, if any, were present in The Silmarillion?
        Pride in the extreme form of arrogance/hubris/arrogance caused downfalls. Redemption was another theme, needed mostly because of the aforementioned problem.
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May 30, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Arveleg I-(TV)!
Arveleg joined us from Florida, USA as a Tolkien-only member with his review of The Silmarillion. He's read the H, LotR, and Sil (three times), UT, BoLT 1&2, Children of Hurin, Smith of Wooten Major, and is working on the rest of the Histories of Middle-earth. He hopes to be writing an article helping us with the Kings project as well. If you're not impressed yet, he's doing all this and is only twelve. He plays Battle for Middle-earth 2 and would like to game with others in the Valar Guild. He plans to join as a Full Member as soon as he can take the quiz.

    Tolkien Site:
       Book List and Reviews:
          The Silmarillion: Book Review by Arveleg-(TV)

May 27, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (8)
    Members: ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/ Xseanzee disco, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: excelsiorjss
Membership:
    New Full Member: Fangluin-(V) from LotRO.
    Arien's computer died, new one ordered.
Web:
   Put up today on the Tolkien Site's Story section:
    Drabbles by Jay of Lasgalen:
       "Hide and Seek" The twins, Elladan and Elrohir, see the point of the game.
       "Breaking" Elrond, through his bond with Celebrian, realizes that she is being attacked.
       "Parental Ambitions" Arathorn and Gilraen consider the newborn Aragorn.
       "Meeting in Bree" Ranger Aragorn meets Elladan and Elrohir in Bree.
       "No Smoking" A new sign.
       "Starlight and Darkness" In Moria, Aragorn recalls Elrohir's words that help him face the evil memories of this place.
       "The Darkness Behind" Gimli has help on the Paths of the Dead.
       "Beware of the Sea" Legolas rides to battle while recalling Galadriel's message, believing he is about to die.
       "Before the Gate" Elladan and Elrohir in front of the Black Gate of Mordor.
       "Labour of Love" Arwen has her first child, Eldarion. Aragorn and her brothers, all trained healers, want to help.
Gaming:
    The Games page is being re-done and all information will be wiped. This ensures that the information is current for active gamers and checks to make sure our contact information is still good. The Membership page gaming info tends to be out of date.
    Chess online: Fladrif
    Empire Earth: Final Conquest: Ar-Pharazon
    Mario Brothers - 1 for the nes, 2 for the snes: Fladrif
    Galaxians: Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, Varda
    StarCraft 2 movie link from Fladrif: http://starcraft2.com/movies.xml
    WarCraft 3: Boromir. Fladrif's DVD is at his other house, considering buying a new one.
    Battlenet East, Valar channel is our official Valar Guild meeting spot for Battlenet-using games. AIM can be helpful, especially for other games.
    Battle for Middle-earth 2: Arveleg-(TV)
    WoW Argent Dawn server Thursday: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor. Ar-Pharazon can no longer join in guild night on Thursday and asks for another date.
    WoW Lothar server Friday: Eonwe, Elwing. Other days included Bilbo, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron. Varda briefly. Gollum and Arwen are usually on their alt characters but are present in the friend channel.
    WoW Uldaman: dedicated gamers are Elwing and Theodwyn. Vlmo guild-friends with them.
    LotRO: Monday doesn't seem to be any different than other days. Frequent players during the week are Amaranth, Ancalagon, Angrod, Arminas, Beleg, Borin, Elrond, Falathar, Fangluin, Finduilas, Irmo, Legolas, Merry, Melkor, Miriel, Morwe, Orome, and Varda. Faramir and Vorone come on sometimes. Alatar and Beorn were not as visible as they had been. Dis is usually on her alts with her husband's guild these days. Erkenbrand usually plays his Herdy alt. Eowyn's Mairawyn and Bilbo's Ristanaste still need invitations.
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: What period of time would you folks most like to see new stories for?
      Answers:
        ArPharazonV: Second Age I'd like to see stories for, either Numenor or Middle-earth would be nice
        Fladrifv: I would like to see melkors adventures
        Fladrifv: side storys about ents would be nice too
        ArPharazonV: in the History of Middle Earth series, book 12, it ends with a story taking place in the Second Age called Tal-Elmar if I recall correctly... how the coming of the Numenoreans was perceived by the peoples already living in ME. I'd like to see more such stories :-)  The "dark ages".
    Topic 2: Forum rp. This brought about several Tolkien discussion tangents.

May 26, 2007 (Saturday)
    Varda is back after a week's absence due to travel. News articles are being added retroactively at the proper date. The Tolkien Site backlog is being handled.

May 25, 2007
    WoW Lothar server Friday

May 24, 2007
    Eonwe-(Valar)'s Birthday!
He's now 25.

    LotRO buddy keys have been emailed to gamers.

May 23, 2007
    WarCraft 3:
       Boromir-V has re-downloaded WarCraft 3 and is looking for fellow Valar Guild members to game with. Please remember that our official Battle.net channel is Valar in the East realm, and to try to use some version of your guild name and guild tag for recognition.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Fangluin-(V)! Fangluin was scouted in LotRO by Amaranth Brandybuck-(V), and tested a bragworthy 5/5 by Irmo-(Valar). Fangluin is 19, from Minnesota in the USA. He plays LOTRO, Guildwars, and Realm of Kaos  He's read H, LOTR, and Sil. His favorite LotR character is the loyal Sam.

May 20, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace 
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9) (Almost all were from Europe. Congrats to the Europeans!)
    Members: Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, Valandil Valar
    Friends: Srekal86
Membership:
    Eonwe's birthday: 25 last Thursday
    Ar-Pharazon and autism
    Menelvagor's foreign internship will be in the USA
    Eilinel-(V) is currently in China, traveling a lot, communicated via Skype to Arien
Web:
    Games page: being redone, mass update coming up
Gaming:
    Forum rp chronology problem (before-meeting)
    StarCraft 2 second mention, most discussion was in the Before-meeting
    Empire Earth: Art of Conquest Ar-Pharazon
    Poker Texas Hold 'em Menelvagor
    Ninja Gaiden Black Eonwe
    Mass Effect: Link. Discussion of upcoming game by Menelvagor and Eonwe.
    LotRO: no LotRO gamers were present to make the report
    WoW:
       Lothar: Eonwe, Eowyn (leveled a couple of times), Elwing
       Uldaman: none of those players were present to report.
       Argent Dawn: well-reported. Leveling by all.
Tolkien:
    Menelvagor Valar: We all know that even after the Bending of the World, the Valar still maintained a certain degree of influence in Middle Earth. One of the greatest (or even the greatest) example is the sending of the Wizards. However, one that is more obscure, yet no less important is Irmo's influence. Now, what I would like to know is if you can think of any examples of this.
After-meeting:
    Link to Gaming Delight given to Menelvagor who is into archery, from Ar-Pharazon.

May 18, 2007
    WoW Lothar server Friday (Alliance)

May 17, 2007
    WoW Argent Dawn server Thursday (Alliance)

May 16, 2007
    WoW Uldaman server Wednesday (Horde)

May 14, 2007
    LotRO Monday

May 13, 2007
Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace 
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (13)
    Aerandir V/mordacil, Alatarvalar1, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Elrond-(V)/RingCast, Elros-(V)/LouieKisKowsKi, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Menelvagor Valar, Oropher-(V)/MJKeenan1234, VardaValar1(presiding)
Suggestion:
    Ar-Pharazon-(V) suggested an AIM alternative, still allowing talk with AIM users: http://www.pidgin.im/
Membership:
    Three new Full Members joined this week, all from LotRO:
       Dirhavel-(V), Elrond-(V) [who came to the meeting, yay!], and Morwe-(V).
Web:
    RingCast is a site by Elrond-(V) on LotRO including PodCasts and screenshots.
Gaming:
    We have a special day for each of the large branches, helpful especially for people who have all the games to know when and where to show up. Members have said they want 5pm EST but it usually turns out either nearer 9 EST or all day.
        Monday is for LotRO's Landroval server branch; Wednesday for WoW's Uldaman, Thursday for WoW's Argent Dawn, Friday for WoW's Lothar.
    Non-WoW or LotRO also played this last week:
       Empire Earth: Art of Conquest  by Ar-Pharazon-(V)
       Guitar Hero 2  by Eonwe-(Valar)
       Starwars galaxy trail  by Fladrif-(V)
       Kirby Canvas Curse  by Eonwe-(Valar)
       WarCraft3/TFT  by Arien-(Valar). Fladrif-(V) is moving back into this game.
       Well of Souls  by Arien-(Valar)
       Age of Empires  by Ar-Pharazon-(V)
       Hearts of Iron 2  by Bombur-(V)
       [Fladrif-(V) says he has all the games above and can join in.]
    LotRO:
        Landroval server (unofficial rp server)
    This is now the most heavily played Valar Guild game by numbers and time spent. It abrubtly became our major game. A number of our members dropped WoW for LotRO for financial reasons and to be in Middle-earth. DAoC members mostly came here, as LotRO came out at about the time that DAoC was nerfed. As far as I know, we still have two members in EQ. The main recruiters moved to LotRO.
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn server branch (Allliance):
            Euro tends to break across several games besides WoW and different areas in WoW but still hang out together.
            Main gamers are: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor. Arien's Finduilasse maxed out at level 70.
            Fladrif is opting out of all MMORPG's for now.
       Uldaman (Horde):
            Elwing and Theodwyn are dedicated Horde players. We have guild-friends here as well.
       Lothar (Alliance): main WoW group.
            Fangorn, Bilbo, Sauron, Eowyn, Elwing, and Eonwe are the main ones showing up during the week. Guild-friends are most numerous here.
Tolkien:
    Fladrif-(V): What trades are made due to all influences from abroad like films, fan art, and movies?
    Varda-(Valar): Who were mothers that we saw in Middle-earth?

May 11, 2007
    WoW Lothar Friday:
       Gamers:
Eonwe, Fangorn, Bilbo, Sauron, Eonwe.

     Dirhavel-(V), wecome to the Valar Guild! Dirhavel joined us from LoTRO, scouted by Beleg and tested by Varda for a perfect 5/5. (What is it with all these perfect tests lately? :)  He currently plays only LotRO, but has played WoW, SWG, EQ2, FFxi, and the tabletop LotR game from Ice Crown Enterprises. He's 36 from Texas, USA, CST. He's read H, LotR, and some Sil. His favorite LotR character is Gandalf for the mystery of him and because he's always been partial to wizards.

May 10, 2007
    Elrond-(V), welcome to the Valar Guild!
Elrond joined us in LotRO after running with us in-game a few times. He has bragging rights for testing 5/5 with Irmo-(Valar). He currently plays LotRO and has played Guild Wars and WoW. He's 35 from Georgia, USA,  EST and has read  H, LotR, and part of the Sil. He and his wife do RingCast, an online LoTO podcast and fansite.
    WoW Argent Dawn Thursday

May 9, 2007
    WoW Uldaman server's Wednesday.
        Gamers: Elwing, Varda.

May 8, 2007
    Morwe-(V), welcome to the Valar Guild!
Morwe came to us in LotRO, with bragging rights for a 5/5 test with Irmo-(Valar). He's 38, from Kentucky in the USA, CST. He currently plays only LotRO. He's read H, LotR, Sil, UT, HoMe 1-12, Letters,  Adv of Tom Bombadil, Leaf, Smith of WM, Finn & Hengest, Roverandom, Mr Bliss, Monsters & Critics, On Faery Stories, Sir Gawain, Homecoming of Beor, The Road Goes Ever On.

May 7, 2007
    LotRO Monday:
       Gamers:
(12) Alatar, Ancalagon, Arminas, Beleg, Finduilas, Irmo, Legolas, Melkor, Merry, Miriel, Orome, and Varda. We had higher level grouping with those in their 30's and lower level grouping for those in their upper teens. Leveling, questing, crafting, swapping, chatting.

May 6, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace 
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (14)
    Ancalagon-(V)/sarujil, ArathornValar, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Legolas-(V) is our new Full Member
    Ar-Pharazon's 22nd birthday is today. Yay!
Web:
    Art:
       Deepgroover-(TV): this week's photos of his medieval and fantasy models
       Varda-(Valar): this week's pencil sketch
    Poetry:
       He that Walks Unseen's "The Eyes of the Valley"
Gaming:
    Empire Earth: Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Jagged Alliance 2: Menelvagor-(Valar)
    LotRO Monday: many guild folk came and grouped and/or chatted. One group finished up most of their Lone Lands quests in a nearly day long run.
    WoW:
       Uldaman Wednesday
       Lothar Friday
            Gilraen and Gwaihir will be remaining with WoW at this time, not moving to LotRO.
            But they will not be seen much on Lothar as they continue on their old PvP server.
       Argent Dawn:
            AD gamers picked Thursday as their get-together night
Tolkien:
    Topic from Eonwe: What examples of unrequited love do we have from LotR and Silmarillion, and what are some of the consequences?
After-meeting:
    Some people stayed a long time after the main meeting to chat. Some subjects: Story page, programming, movie. Lot of side windows going on.

May 5, 2007
    Tolkien Site > Art
      
Cave of DeepGroover-(TV).: New photos: medieval and fantasy models by DeepGroover-(TV): "Sanctuary Defiled", "Field of Carnage", "Blue Knights". Update to "Death of a Warrior" showing the completed, award-winning model.

May 3, 2007
    Tolkien Site > Art:
       New cave: Cave of Varda-(Valar)
with new art. "Legolas portrait", pencil sketch.

May 1, 2007
    Tolkien Site > Poetry:
        The Eyes of the Valley by He that Walks Unseen-(TV). Fingolfin versus Morgoth, with an addition to the legend. Original work.
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April 30, 2007
     Welcome to the Valar Guild, Legolas-(V)!
Legolas came to us from LotRO Landroval, and tested with Irmo-(Valar). His LotRO outsider but in-guild name is Thandril.
    LotRO Monday get-together. Irmo, Miriel, Ancalagon, and Legolas gamed much of the "day", nearly wiping out the Lone Lands quests and leveling a couple of times (thank you Ancalagon for the report). Varda had difficulty reaching a computer until late but ran several characters. Merry came in after work with Kalimacoin. Beleg/Belleg kindly passed around goodies after a long time of questing (including some wonderful recipes!), then switched to the farmer/cook addict character that his Belleg supports. Others gamed as well, and I'm sorry to have missed their sterling company. Erkenbrand's otherguild Herdy and Dis's otherguild Astarte said hello.

April 29, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace 
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda
Attending: (16)
    Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Arien-(V)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, AuSteinM-(TV)/AuSteinM, DreamlordTV, Elladan-(V)/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, Oropher-(V)/MJKeenan1234, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: excelsiorjss, Srekal86, the loser emu
Membership:
    Manwe-(Valar): left
    Amaranth-(V): joined as a Full Member
    Ar-Pharazon-(V)'s birthday next week, party next Sunday
    Miriel-(V): joined as a Full Member
Web:
    Question from Varda-(Valar) for the guild on whether or not they want story reprints from outside. Positive response.
Gaming:
    Well of Souls
    Empire Earth
    Total Annihilation:
        Supreme Commander: sequel
        Total Annihilation: Kingdoms: mod.
    Final Fantasy(s) (After-meeting)
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn (Euro server): reports by Arien-(Valar) and Ar-Pharazon-(V)
       Lothar: reports by Eonwe-(Valar) and Varda-(Valar)
       Uldaman: report by Varda-(Valar) as related by Elwing-(V)
    LotRO: report by Varda-(Valar)
Tolkien:
    Topic from excelsiorjss: Barrow Wights: Anything and Everything about these scourges
    Topic: Tangent from Bombadil's having picked up the Ring: If the One Ring had been picked up by Saruman and others.
    Topic: Movies
After-meeting:
    Dreamlord-(TV) visited (first Irmo-(Valar))

April 27, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Miriel-(V)! Miriel came to us from LotRO Landroval, and was scouted and tested by Irmo-(Valar). She's 33, and originally from Ft. Worth, Texas, USA, but moved to the Netherlands to be with Irmo. She's played DAoC previously, and now plays LotRO. She's read the LotR and Sil.

April 25, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Amaranth-(V)!
Scouted by Manwe and tested by Varda on LotRO (her only current game), she has bragging rights with a perfect score of 5/5. She's from S. Carolina, 16 years of age. She's read The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, most of the poems in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, and bits and pieces of a few books in The History of Middle-earth series (primarily in Morgoth's Ring, but I have three others.) She's also read Smith of Wooton Major, Farmer Giles of Ham, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo. She hopes to be sending in an eight page article (originally for school) and a poem, both already underway. Her favorite LotR character is Frodo. She loved the way he handled himself with Faramir, speaking wisely under pressure while being questioned. In the book he does not lie and says he told no lies and of the truth what he could. He treated Gollum with respect and kindness, but he was still master, which he showed many times, and Gollum knew it. Frodo is the epitome of meekness. Frodo undertook the quest out of love and humility.

April 24, 2007
    LotRO goes live today!
The level 15 cap is lifted.

    Manwe-(Valar) is no longer with the Valar Guild. He came back and gave it a try, but found that he no longer has an interest in gaming or Tolkien. Thank you for all you've done for the guild, for setting it up and giving it the original friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

April 22, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace 
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (15)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, Arien-(V)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Beorn-(V)/TwoSurlyDwarves, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, FladrifV, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG/VegetableMannn, Manwe-(Valar)/Russ82275, VardaValar1 (presiding), Voronwe-(V)/tristerfalm777
    Friends: excelsiorjss (friend of Glorfindel's), Srekal86
Membership:
    Falathar-(MoH) passed his test, promoted to Full Member Honor, now known as Falathar-(V).
    Araminas-(V) joined, games with us in LotRO
    Faramir-(V) joined, games with us in LotRO.
    Melkor-(Valar) is back from vacation, gaming in LotRO with us.
    Fladrif-(V) has been scouting for us in WoW Europe.
Web:
    New articles: "Borin" by Borin-(V) and Finduilas-(V); "Finduilas" by Finduilas-(V).
    Story and Art: "Escape from Mordor" by Cassia-(V) and Siobhan-(V), illustrated by Cassia-(V).
Gaming:
    Total Annihilation: Ar-Pharazon-(V) finished it and Fladrif-(V) started it.
    Empire Earth: Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Online chess: Fladrif-(V)
    Nexiuz: Fladrif-(V)
    Boulderdash: Fladrif-(V)
    WC3: Bombur-(V) describes how to do a creative strategy of his own invention, a different style of gaming.
    WoW:
        WoW Argent Dawn group reports by Arien-(Valar), Ar-Pharazon-(V), and Fladrif-(V) who hit level 70.
        WoW Lothar Friday group report by Eonwe-(Valar)
        WoW Uldaman Wednesday group report by Varda-(Valar)
    LotRO:
        Landroval Monday group report by Varda-(Valar)
        LotRO Europe report by Fladrif-(V)
Suggestion:
    List fantasy books that you've been reading that are non-Tolkien on the Forum and discuss them. Suggestion by Fladrif-(V). Currently our Forum lists non-Tolkien authors and discusses their books within those sections. More activity in that area would be most welcome!
Tolkien:
    What do we know and what can we speculate about the nature of huorns?
    Elements of mythologies in Tolkien's writings. (Slow theme shift.)
    Tom Bombadil
    Was everyone in Tolkien's world power-hungry? Is control ever legitimate?

April 21, 2007
    Tolkien Site: Stories:
     "Escape from Mordor"
by Cassia-(TV) and Siobhan-(TV), Mellon Chronicles series.
        "Legolas has been sold into slavery in Mordor, but after everything he has been through, his wounded spirit no longer has the strength to endure.
        "By venturing into the heart of Sauron's realm, Aragorn puts at risk the thus far carefully guarded and deadly secret of his identity. But if Aragorn does not find Legolas soon, the prince will die; one way or another. Yet even when he is found... how can the two friends, alone against all of Mordor, ever manage to escape the death trap of the dark lands?"

April 20, 2007 
Friday
    WoW Lothar Friday weekly get-together. Officially it starts around 5pm EDT, but in practice some come earlier and some don't show until 7 or later, but being a weekend it can run even into Saturday. Have fun!

April 19, 2007

   Melkor, welcome back from vacation!
   Two new members joined the Valar Guild today from LotRO, testing with Varda. They met Earendil, Merry, Morgoth, and Varda today. May the new folkd continue to have fun times with us!
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Araminas-(V)! As Fatale, he talked with us in LotRo Landroval server. Since "Araminas" was blocked, he used Arminadir to join the guild branch, as well as bringing in Fatale as his one outsider name. He has played many MMO's and other games. Recently he cancelled his accounts for EQ2 and WoW in favor of LotRO.  He's 39 years old from New Hampshire, USA, in EDT. His AIM name is cada0310. He is married, but his wife doesn't play computer games or read LotR, so he will not have competition for his LotRO time. They have a son, 25 months old. He usually games in the evenings. He's read, H, LotR (many times), and Sil. He discovered during the test how much the movie had affected his memory, something of a surprise to him. His favorite character is Aragorn, an excellent warrior who is responsible, protective, and courageous. His favorite movie part was during Helm's Deep when the defenders led by Aragorn-inspired Theoden-king charged out on horses against the orcs.
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Faramir-(V)! Although he joined a few hours after Araminas, as Larandir he has been gaming and talking with us in LotRO Landroval server since at least the 14th, meeting Manwe, Merry, and Varda. He dropped WoW not long ago, but still plays NeverWinter Nights and plays LotRO. He works one week on and one week off. On May 25th, he will be 25 years old, so here's an early happy birthday! He's from the USA, in EDT. In AIM, he's go go roflcopter. He says his brother can beat him in LotR Trivial Pursuit and the two of them plan to gather up a group of hobbit minstrels as a traveling band in LotRO. He enjoys reading and writing poetry and might do some for us. He re-reads the trilogy of LotR every year or so. He lucked out that his favorite character's name was currently free, and said he liked Faramir because he likes tragic heroes. He considered Faramir tragic because of his constant living in Boromir's shadow and inability to find approval from the Steward. He ended up being a hero in the defense of Gondor and bags Eowyn. He could accept Aragorn as the returning king because he was wise beyond his years and a friend to Gandalf, unlike Boromir.

April 18, 2007
    WoW Wednesday: Uldaman server, Horde characters.

        5pm EDT is the suggested time, but in practice it starts later as most of the actual gamers need to get off work first.
       Fangorn and Varda ran their Blood Elves questing together, and his paladin gained two levels. Fishing and mining also went up, as did cooking and first aid to a lesser degree..

April 16, 2007
    LotRO Monday: Landroval server 5pm EDT get-together:
       Varda did not keep notes, unfortunately. So from memory:
       Falathar is now a member of the LotRO Valar Guild Kinship!
       Ancalagon and Varda were on most of the day to late at night with a few short real life breaks for homework, chores, and meals.
       Around 5pm EDT, Manwe's guardian, Varda's lore master, and Ancalagon's burglar joined up with guild-friend Eodgifu's captain to quest north of Combe against the Blackwold ruffians in the woods and to complete the Vigil against them when they came onto a farm; into the Midgewater Marshes for goblins; and into the Marshwater Fort ruins for spiders. The same fellowship also worked on the human Epic Prologue for Eodgifu as the others had already done it, numbers dropping as the hour grew late. Instance gaming continued for Varda's lore master past the prologue into Book One through the chapters until she could no longer go forward. Merry's Kalimacoin worked on solo quests and chatted. Dis and her husband were online crafting and aiding other friends. Dis' husband passed the entry test with us but was stuck trying to pick a primary name, so he has not yet officially joined. Other members (including Erkenbrand) and guild-friends also came on for questing, crafting, exploring, and chatting.

April 15, 2007

    Congratulations to Falathar-(V)! Falathar-(MoH) passed his test with Orome-(Valar) and received his promotion to Full Member this morning!
    Tolkien Site:
       Articles:
          Borin, new Dwarf article. By Borin-(V) and Finduilas-(V).
          Finduilas, new article under Man. by Finduilas-(V)
          Arien-(Valar)'s author's page and article have new file names.
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace 
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (10)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, Arien-(V)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Eonwe Valar, Lungorthin-(Valar)/sauronjag, Pallando Valar/Oessala/Orodreth V, VardaValar1 (presiding), Voronwe-(V)/tristerfalm777
    Friends: Srekal86
Membership:
    New members:
       Falathar-(MoH) passed his Full Member honor test with Orome this morning, promoting him to Full Member Falathar-(V)!
       Finduilas-(V) joined after the meeting last Sunday. She games with us a lot on LotRO along with her husband, Borin-(V)
       Voronwe-(V) joined after the meeting last Sunday and came today!
    Aratan is in the process of reading the books with Angrod and has been invited by Orome to join us as an MoH once finished.
Web:
    Three upcoming Tolkien site entries are already in the mailbox and about to be worked on. Two articles were published after the meeting and show in the News above this meeting recap: "Borin", "Finduilas, Daughter of Adrahil".
    Humor page: problem of Menelvagor being unable to reach his area on valarguld.org has been resolved. Farmer Maggot-(V) agreed to host the Humor page, with Menelvagor-(Valar), Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar) able to reach it.
Gaming:
    Eve Online:
       Menelvagor-(Valar) has progressed to being ready for his battleship!
       Pallando-(Valar) is offering a free month of Eve Online to Valar Guild members who mail him ingame from a trial account.
    Total Annihilation: Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn server: Fladrif and Ar-Pharazon gamed going into Durnholde together with some friends from High Guard, into the Caverns of Time, saving Thrall. Arien worked on her low level character.
       Uldaman server: timing was off for the reporter for the special Wednesday night, but Theodwyn-(V)/Vaire and Elwing gamed. Varda ran all her Horde characters through for crafting, then played Tinta the Blood Elf warlock in questing. Guild-friend Consultrajan was also on.
       Lothar server: special Friday night. Eonwe's Auros quested in Blade's Edge Mountains. Eonwe was pushed offline by storms, Varda coming online as he went off, as she lives in a city south of him and the storms had passed from her area to his. Fangorn, Sauron, Bilbo, and Eowyn came on as well. Fangorn and Sauron have been on a lot this week. Arwen's priest is now set up to do the first instance for kara attunement. We added three new guild-friends to the channel. Arwen and Gollum are in the friend channel a great deal and are often available to help, even though they are usually on non-guild characters.
    LotRO:
       Landroval server: special Monday night. Twelve guild members came in during the afternoon and evening through midnight. Manwe joined, trying out a human guardian to see if he would pre-order the game, then joined the kinship to hang out with us. He and Varda scouted two people and gamed with them, with Ancalagon's and Merry's able help. A party/fellowship can currently have six people, planned to eventually go up to nine. Finduilas and Borin quested together, trying out elf lands for the first time. Erkenbrand and Dis worked with their characters at the Open Beta cap of level 15, when mostly such characters go to crafting, Deeds, or helping other members through instances we've already done.  
Tolkien:
    Examples of loyalty without friendship, including discussion.
       Faramir and Denethor. Sauron and his minions. Morgoth with Glaurung and Sauron. Gimli and Legolas before Lorien.

April 13, 2007


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April 9, 2007 Monday
    LotRO day/night! Landroval server, Open Beta, pre-order gamers.
       Cheers to the 12 guild Gamers on today! Ancalagon/Anc/Ancbeard, Beorn/Ardbeorn, Borin/Borloe, Fangorn/Treebeerd, Finduilas/Piewyn, Merry/Kalimacoin, Orome/Perianorome/Eldorome, Sauron/Tevildo, Varda/Fainan/Fanuilos/Timbridhil, and Voronwe/Eledhriel! Dis was on as her outsider Astarte, Beleg as outsider Herdy.
        Ancalagon and Varda went to the Dev (developer) live chat on www.chat.stratics.com. We heard that more kinship features will be added and that they are working on an in-depth fishing system that will be rolled out later, and they are working all the way out to Mordor while using the many smaller and hinted places along the way. They will continue adding large chunks of content even for those who don't buy future area expansions. It is rumored that +Patience+ may have gotten two hours of sleep, but that is probably exaggeration.
        European ip's will not be blocked by Turbine.
        People will be on throughout the day, but we make a point to come in around the usual meeting time of 5pm EDT and stick around. This makes fellowship quests and instances possible, as well as cheaply swapping crafting materials. We have a LotRO thread on both the Valar Guild forum and the LotRO Beta forum where you can post and edit your name list, adding that character's crafting needs and what you can make.
       Since LotRO currently has no friend channel, use the posted names for your friend list to make contact and/or LotROmail Fainan (Varda). Emailing Varda with your LotRO names also helps. Frequently on, helpful LotRO players can achieve Officer status, not to be confused with Maia Honor, allowing more people to aid with bringing in alts. Please use some variant of your guild name to help recognition, as we do not currently have notes to tell us who you are. The actual name will probably be blocked.
       One of our guild-friends today suggested another site for languages, although it mostly makes use of Council of Elrond info, probably worth looking at for the actual ancient language content: www.ancientworlds.net/364996

April 8, 2007
Sunday
Happy Easter to all !
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace 
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (11)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, FladrifV, GilraenV, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar,  Pallando Valar/Orodreth V/Oessala, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Reported the new members from during the week:
        Borin-(V) and DeepGroover-(TV) (Elwing-(V)'s brother).
    After the meeting, Ancalagon-(V) and Varda-(Valar) headed into LotRO where we gamed and where two new Full Members joined:
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Finduilas-(V)! Finduilas is Borin-(V)'s wife, previously guild-friend Piewyn, and tested with Varda. Finduilas has bragging rights for a 5/5 perfect score on her entry Honor test.  She found us on LotRO and finished the books, letting her Tolkien-fan husband know about us to join first. The two migrated with us to Landroval server. Finduilas watched the movies first, then read the books, being in the Two Towers when she found us. Her name is from the human Finduilas, mother of Boromir and Faramir. She was surprised how much she liked book Sam. He wasn't a big warrior like Gimli (big to a hobbit!) or a king like Aragorn. He was a little hobbit with huge loyalty, endurance, love, and courage. Although starving in Mordor, he gave his food to Frodo who needed it even more.
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Voronwe-(V)! Voronwe's outside LotRO name is Eledhriel, currently used in our Landroval branch, and tested with Varda. He missed a perfect score by only 1/4 of a point. Games he has played are LotRO, WoW, UO, EVE, Ragnarok, numerous other non-MMO. He's read H, LotR, Sil, most of UT, parts of LT 1 & 2. His Tolkien interests are in Tolkein interests: art, humor, chronology, maps, languages (Sindarin mostly), games, table-top RP. He and Finduilas-(V) tested at the same time with identical questions, having fun comparing notes after they joined. He found us on Turbine's LotRO forum. When asked for a favorite character, he first mentioned Radagast who impressed him as a nice guy. Then he decided that a greater favorite was Elrond. Elrond presided over the Council to determine the fate of the Ring, told Isildur to toss it back in the day, inherited one of the Elven Rings (considering only Cirdan/Gandalf and Galadriel had the others, he must be doing something right).
Web:
    New Art site by DeepGroover-(TV)
    New art by Elwing-(V) "Braiding Session" illustrating her story, "Midnight Musings".
Gaming:
    Final Fantasy XII : Menelvagor-(V)
    Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess : Gilraen-(V)
    Total Annihilation: Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Eve Online: Menelvagor-(V). Pallando-(Valar) offered guild members 30 days free gaming for Eve Online.
    Diablo 2 Expansion's Middle-earth mod: Eonwe-(Valar)
    Lord of the Rings Online: Open Beta, pre-order players only. The largest number of guild members are now playing together here on Landroval server. Group report by Varda-(Valar).
    World of WarCraft:
       WoW Lothar Friday report by Eonwe: Eonwe, Eowyn, and Fangorn worked on the final quests in the Talbuk and Clefthoof Mastery lines, as well as the quest to defeat the Elekk Queen. Eowyn's character leveled to 62, Eonwe's to 69.
       WoW Uldaman Wednesday report by Varda: Guild-friend Kragen and Varda. Nearly cleared Ghostlands quests.
       WoW Argent Dawn report by Ar-Pharazon. Revered with Scryers
Tolkien:
    Topic by Ar-Pharazon-(V): the role of ships, fleets in Middle-earth.
 
April 7, 2007
    Membership:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Borin-(V)!
Borin joined us in LotRO on the Landroval server, after learning about us from his wife, guild-friend Piewyn. Borin passed his test earlier, but today he picked his guild name to be officially one of us. He's from the US and is about to have his 37th birthday on April 15, so that date has at least one good piece of news! He also plays WoW as Horde on server Blackhand, and plays Alliance on another server. The name of Borin belongs to a Dwarf of the Grey Mountains, of Durin's line as second son of Nain II, and companion of Thror when he went to Erebor. Borin-(V) has read both H and LotR, preferring H and Bilbo. In LotR, he enjoys the character of Gimli for his "fly-off-the-handle" personality. Courageous Gimli is always ready for a fight and speaks much about his axe.
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, DeepGroover-(TV)! He joined us with his artwork, which is now online. He's Elwing-(V)'s brother. See the art below.
    Tolkien Site:
       Art:
          Cave of DeepGroover-(TV): New Cave and art: Photos of medieval and fantasy models built and painted by DeepGroover-(TV).
          Cave of Elwing-(V): New art: "Braiding Session", illustration for the story, "Midnight Musings" by Elwing-(V).

April 4, 2007

    Membership:
       Maglor-(V) has been reinstated as a Full Member thanks to information located by Eonwe-(Valar), showing that he was playing in the Valar Guild WoW Lothar branch just before the cut-off date for contact. Happy hunting, Maglor! Please send Varda your new email as the old one does not work.

April 1, 2007
    You expected a joke, maybe?  :)
Sonday Meetinng  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcripty work by Ar-Pharazon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar)
Attttending: (17)
    Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Beorn-(V)/TwoSurlyDwarves, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eilinel-(V)/oladys 123, Eonwe Valar (presiding), FladrifV, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, GilraenV, Manwe-(Valar)/Russ82275, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1
    Friends: Srekal86
Memmership:
    New member! Theodwyn-(V) who plays WoW uldaman
    New Maia! Arien-(Valar) fka Finduilas-(V)
    New member, almost. A gentleman in LotRO passed his test but is still struggling with his name. He was guild-friend Borloe along with his wife, guild-friend Piewyn.
Weeb:
    Story page: "Traitor" is now up for the Mellon Chronicles book series by Cassia-(TV) and Siobhan-(TV).
Gaminnnng:
    Noorderspel: Menelvagor reported on this games convention in the northern part of the Netherlands, the biggest convention of board and card and other tabletop games in the 3 northernmost provinces. They stress the rarer games not generally seen in normal stores.
    EA Anthology: Eonwe reported that EA is releasing an Anthology of the BFME games: BFME, BFME2 Collector's edition, and Rise of the Witch King all in one box for $40.
    LotRO: Open beta for Pre-Order people began, and more than enough people showed on Landroval server to sign the Mixed Race Kinship Charter for the Valar Guild before the 24-hour expiration period. Thank you so much for the great outpouring of support! The first six charter members alphabetically are *drum roll*:
        Ancalagon, Beleg, Dis, Erkenbrand, Orome, and Varda.
        Also aiding the cause if not quite fast enough to be on the charter were Merry and Angrod. Guild-friend Borloe jumped in before choosing a name (tough as he is working it out with his wife, guild-friend Piewyn who will be joining after she finishes RotK).
        Dis' husband said he plans to make an alt for us once he takes the test. Melkor (through Orome) says he plans to join (again) after he returns home from vacation later this April.  Sauron and Eowyn have their pre-order keys and will be joining us.
    More great LotRO news! Turbine found a work-around to allow determined Europeans to join the Americas. They stated they will no longer block European ip numbers. Any of the European group coming in, please join us on Landroval server! More information on the LotRO official site.
Tolkien (I'd rahter not mess wit d'master.):
    Topics started by Manwe-(Valar):
        "The Children of Hurin" is coming out.
        Turin's difference from others of Tolkien's heroes was that fate was against him. His pride played into Morgoth's curse.
        Naming Rohirric role-playing gamers
        Reminiscing.
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March 30, 2007
    Gaming:
    WoW Lothar Friday:
       We hope to try once again to aid Eonwe and Dracxil with their paladin quest in Scholo, but will clobber monsters in the Outlands while waiting or if they don't show. The brothers will be late as they are going to see the movie, "300". Varda will be in another game, but we hope to have another of the Laytonrim available for the great quest.

    LotRO Open Beta first day!  Sign up for a LotRO game here
       The Valar Guild branch will re-form for Open Beta on Landroval server. We need to grab the names we want as soon as possible. We can roll five characters into the Live game coming out April 6. We will also be forming the Valar Guild Kinship that will roll over into the Live game as well.
        Charter and time limit: Varda's Fainan character (elf hunter woodsman) will buy a Multi Race Charter if it appears that we will have enough people available that evening; we require six to be on the charter before it expires in twenty-four hours.  Please go ahead and make your characters, preferably together, and LotROmail Fainan with your new names and/or list them on the new LotRO Open Beta Forum thread for Valar Guild created March 29. Please let Fainan be the one to buy the charter to avoid the confusion that will ensue otherwise, as Fainan is the LotRO contact person and the only one with a stable name (so far). Melkor and Fainan tried transferring the charter before in a Beta run and it was possible but messy; let's not do it this time.
        Varda will be at a seminar from early in the morning until nearly 8pm EDT, but will then game in LotRO like crazy. Fainan has made the charter run several times before and knows how to do it quickly and will easily have the money by the time she reaches Celondim where she will buy it. This should be just right for all of you to have created a character after work and school so that we may start the kinship. Put Fainan on your buddy list and whisper her if you are online at the same time.
        Fainan will be on as long as I can stay awake, which is often well into the next day. She will be on again Saturday as much as possible (after some sleep) to continue collecting kinship names for the charter. (Schizophrenia? Well, maybe.)

March 28, 2007
   WoW Uldaman Wednesday:
       Elwing and Varda gamed together finishing many Ghostlands quests. Guild-friend Kragen (level 70) chatted with us. Husband and wife Guild-friends Vlmo and Vaire came online, Vlmo saying hi and having to leave. Vaire stayed and tested with us, passing to become Full Member Theodwyn-(V)!

    Membership:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Theodwyn-(V)!
She joined in WoW Uldaman, the only online game she plays. She's been a guild-friend for a while as Vaire along with her husband, guild-friend Vlmo, and is most welcome. She's from Colorado, USA, MST. She's read the H, LotR, and Sil. Her favorite LotR characters are Faramir and Eowyn. Faramir was a model of strength and integrity, a wise and humble leader. Eowyn was full of fire, grace, and beauty, rather outspoken at times.

   Tolkien Site: Stories:
    "Traitor"
by Cassia-(TV) and Siobhan-(TV), Mellon Chronicles series
    "Fifteen years is a long time... a long time in which Aragorn and Legolas have not seen one another. When Legolas is accused of being a traitor to Gondor there are some who would like Aragorn to think that things have changed more than he realizes. Embroiled in a strange mesh of deception and intrigue Legolas' one chance may rest with his old friend... but will Denethor's dislike of Aragorn turn the elf into a pawn in more than one game? And can any of them figure out how they are really being betrayed before Legolas and Gondor both pay the price?"
    Pre-LotR
    Aragorn, Boromir (ch 10, 2 years old), Denethor, Ecthelion II, Legolas. Aragorn and Legolas' PoV mainly. Some Denethor, OC.
    12 chapters.

March 26, 2007 Monday
    LotRO: last day of closed Beta.
Events went on from evening til early morning. Some of us ran our newly leveled 50's into the far places of the Middle-earth, even well into Angmar.
    We will reconvene in Open Beta on Landroval server March 30. Fainan will buy the Mixed Race charter. Our Open characters and the Kinship will roll-over to the Live Retail version, that starts April 6.
    Talk is going on among the Devs of finding a way for Europe and W. Hemisphere to game together. We'll see how that goes.

March 25, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (15)
    Members: Arien-(Valar)/FinduilasV, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Elladan-(V)/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar, Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, FladrifV, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Gwaihir-(Valar)/Star of Phaet, Menelvagor Valar, Oropher-(V)/MJKeenan1234, VardaValar1
    Friends: LaurealasseHelka, Srekal86
Membership:
    Finrod-(V) is going to Iraq as a soldier for a year, but we will keep his name reserved for him.
    Gollum-(V) is our new Full Member.
    Arien-(Valar) is our newest Maia Honor, previously known as Finduilas-(V). Eonwe and Varda were the Valar in attendance. The Maiar aiding were Gwaihir, Menelvagor, and Pallando.
    Proud owners of new computers are Ancalagon (made it himself), Arien, and Eowyn.
Web:
    Contest and info for a deluxe edition of the upcoming thirteenth book of the Histories of Middle-earth: The Children of Hurin. The prize is a deluxe edition of The Children of Hurin signed by both Alan Lee and Christopher Tolkien. Many other prizes are listed as well. Click the Contest link, enter by using the code "Hurin", the answer is "signed". Two more signed deluxe editions will be given away at the Release Party April 15th-17th held by Tolkien Gateway. Information was given to us by Srekal86, also known as Hyarion, who runs Tolkien Gateway and comes to Valar Guild meetings.
Gaming:
    Eve Online.
        Offer from Pallando-(Valar):
            "Menel and I did a little mining yesterday, and also got him started on combat...I've also got a 30 GTC to give away. 30 day. Anyone interested has to get a trial account and mail Pallando Luineistar that they want it. :-)  Do a drawing or summat at the end of next week."
    Total Annihilation: Kingdoms report from Ar-Pharazon
    Total Annihilation report from Ar-Pharazon
    LotRO:
       Valar Guild official guild branch will be starting in Pre-order and rolling over to Retail gaming, on Landroval server.
       Europe, W. Hemisphere: Currently they will be separated. Later news after the meeting said that the game makers are trying to work out a way to allow both.
    Eve Online and GuildWars still allow us to game together across continents, as do Well of Souls and the Battle.net games. Be sure to keep the Games page updated on which you play and your name, so we can get together.
    WoW:
       Lothar: guild-friend Dagghar joined as Gollum-(V)!
       Uldaman
       Argent Dawn
Tolkien:
    Personal conflicts, any book. The discussion developed into personal conflicts caused by the One Ring.

March 23, 2007
    WoW Lothar Friday: Scholomance Paladin epic mount runs planned.
Auros (Eonwe-Valar) and Beline's paladins could use your help. Unfortunately those two paladins couldn't make it tonight. Eonwe was trapped in programming homework and sent an email about 4:24 EDST, but Varda didn't catch it.  Showing up were Arwen (who also has a quest in Scholo), Gollum, Sauron, and Varda. Arathorn also showed up.

    More on WoW: Eowyn-(V) now has a new WoW account on her own new computer.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Gollum-(V)! Gollum met us in WoW and has been a guild-friend in our friend channel. He's 45 from New Hampshire, USA, in EDST. He's a guild-master on Lothar and has characters scattered across other servers as well. He pre-ordered LotRO and was in the process of downloading it tonight. He used to play Heretic and FPS's (first person shooters). He reads the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings every few years and has read the Silmarillion twice. The LotR character that he discussed was Tom Bombadil, liking him for his unceasing positive spirit and unquenchable energy.

March 18, 2007
    Finrod
will be going to Iraq and will be absent for about a year. We will be saving his name for him meanwhile.
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (10)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar (presiding), FinduilasV, Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, FladrifV, Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Pallando, our new Maia!
    Finrod will be going to Iraq and will be absent for about a year. We will be saving his name for him meanwhile.
Gaming:
    LotRO: Open Beta coming! Roll-over from it so plans have been laid.
    Eve: Guild branch started
    BFME2:Rise of the Witch-King
    Total Annihiliation
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn
       Uldaman
       Lothar
Tolkien:
    Topic by Fladrif-(V): How much did the Free Peoples know of the origin of Ea or their own origin, and how is this reflected in the story?

March 14, 2007 Wednesday
    Gaming: WoW Uldaman server night.
Guild-friends Kragen and Vaire were present. Elwing (Rosereddawn) and Varda (Tinta) ran blood elves together; both leveled, upgraded items, did the Voidwalker quest for Tinta, and ran the length of the Dead Scar (several times) clearing a batch of quests for zombie and skeleton deaths and body parts. The two elves were not stomped by the two wandering abominations, barely.

March 12, 2007
    Gaming: Eve Online
       Letter from Pallando-(Valar)
to any Valar Guild member interested in Eve Online:

I now have the character Romestamo in Eve with the corporation Valar
Guild registered and an office open in Evettullur VI - Republic
Military School. It will be out of the way for Amarrian/Gallente
characters, so I might open another office later if someone complains.
:) Otherwise I'll be checking for apps every couple days or when I log
on to switch skills. I'm thinking that I'll only accept apps from
valar guild members, but it's trivial to kick someone out as long as I
don't give them any roles (which they shouldn't have anyways if
they're not a valar member) I'll work it out when it comes to that.

The oops update letter:

    ...unfortunatly, I had forgotten the rules of transferring character
when I made Romestamo, so I'm going to have to recreate the corp under
a new name and character. I'll find a better office location too.
    New name will be Pallando Luineistar (Luineistar being of course Blue
Wizard) and the corp will be The Valar Guild with a ticker of [V G].
    There is a large text area for a corp description.

March 11, 2007
    Congratulations to Pallando-(Valar)!
Orodreth-(V) passed his Maia test with Eonwe-(Valar) and Varda-(Valar) after the Sunday meeting.
    Huan-(Valar) says hi from AIM and gave his new email.
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe-(Valar) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (11)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, Arwen V1, AuSteinM-(TV), Beorn-(V)/TwoSurlyDwarves, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar (presiding), FinduilasV, Gilraen-(V)+Gwaihir-(Valar)/Star of Phaet, Orodreth V/Oessala, VardaValar1
    Visitors: Srekal86
Membership:
    Time change in the US started three weeks early.
    Thirteen Full Members were dropped for inactivity.
    Orodreth passed his Maia test! Hail Pallando-(Valar)!
Web:
    Art
    Stories
    Humor
Gaming:
    Eve
    LotRO
       Pre-order
       Info from LotRO gamers
    WoW
Tolkien:
    Topic 1 from Eonwe: Comparisons of characters, what they were compared to, etc
    Topic 2 from Beorn: First readings of Tolkien's books
    Topic 3 from Varda: Why First and Second-born? Why not at the same time? Why let them ever see each other?
After-meeting:
    Eonwe Valar: Homework assignment: Write an article on your Tolkien namesake and send to Varda for inclusion in the Encyclopedia.Use complete sentences and include references. :}
    Belated reports included above

March 9, 2007
    Gaming: WoW Lothar server Friday get-together.
5pm EST.

March 7, 2007
    Gaming:
    WoW Uldaman server: Wednesday get-together
, starting around 5pm EST. Some show earlier, some later. Come say hi or party up. Last time we grouped as Blood Elves in the Ghost Lands. Elwing and Varda gamed for this run.

March 5, 2007
    Membership:
       13 Full Members dropped for no contact.
If you were dropped by mistake, please contact Varda and show where you made contact to be reinstated immediately. Rejoin by next meeting before losing the ability to regain Maia honor. Full members whose names are taken can permanently lose the game, credit and recognition name to a new member.

Celebrimbor-(V)
Ecthelion-(V)
Finarfin-(V)
Galdor-(V)  -
Imrahil-(V)
Irime/Lalwende-(V)
Isildur-(V)
Luthien-(V)
Mablung-(V)
Maglor-(V)
Malbeth-(V)
Osse-(Valar)
Tom Bombadil-(Valar)

March 4, 2007
(Items posted after the meeting):
    New art!
     Cave of Turgon-(V) / Places:
      
Dol Amroth 

    New stories!
      
Second-born by Alasse Merenrel-(TV)
         Faramir contemplates what sets the First-born Elves and Second-born Men apart.
         Pre-LotR
         Faramir (pov), Gandalf (Mithrandir). Mentions of Denethor and Boromir.
         Short story.
       Dark Visions by Cassia-(TV) and Siobhan-(TV); Mellon Chronicles series
          Aragorn's foresight ability begins to show, and he tries to prevent Legolas' death. Elrond knows that he will not see much of Aragorn any longer and travels with him. Aragorn becomes "Thorongil".
          Pre-LotR
          Aragorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond, Eomund, Galadriel, Legolas
          11 chapters, edited reprint.

March 4, 2007 (continued)
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (13)
    Members: ArPharazonV, Beorn-(V)/TwoSurlyDwarves, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, GwaihirValar, Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory, Orodreth V/Oessala, Oropher-(V)/MJKeenan1234, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: LaurealasseHelka, Srekal86
Membership: 
    Eilinel-(V) joined as a Full Member last Sunday during the meeting
    Dreamlord-(TV) was accepted into the USA for the doctorate program
    Gwaihir-(Valar) attended the meeting at an airport computer for very high prices, on his way from Canada to England to see Gilraen-(V).
    Beorn-(V) will be away from WoW for about a month, but hopes to keep in contact at meetings, the Forum, and perhaps some articles.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       Book review by Franco Manni-(TV): "Recovery and Transcendence for the Contemporary Mythmaker. The Spiritual Dimension in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien"
       Short story by Enerdhil-(TV): "The Fall of Thuringwethil"
       Art by Turgon-(V): "Tol Sirion"
       Link sent by Elwing-(V) that could be an explanation for Bilbo's mithril shirt with nanotechnology.
       Link sent by Sauron-(Valar)'s fellow DM friend, Jason, "Twenty-Sided", a photo-comic of a DM trying to run a D&D game with clueless gamers who never read or watched LotR. Updated MWF.
Gaming:
    Eve Online: Orodreth recommends it and would like to know about other Valar gamers. Please keep your gaming info updated with Eonwe for the Games page to help meet such requests.
    WoW:
        WoW Boardgame played by Gwaihir and Beorn separately, "feels like WoW".
        Blizzards's WoW Armory is a work in progress, that lists every character regularly used above level 10 and information from his character panel. It also shows guild rosters but only for characters who have been on in the last few months. Gross inaccuracy reported by Ar-Pharazon on his character. Once completed, this could be a good feature.
       WoW Argent Dawn server: individual progress, no Valar grouping.
       WoW Lothar server: Friday night get-together was in Outlands doing the instance quest: "Weaken the Ramparts". Participants were Varda, Eonwe, Beline Eonwe's brother, Feroce a friend of Beline's, GitM a friend of Tiramisu's and a Tolkien fan who became a guild-friend in our channel, random player Tiramisu (not a Tolkien fan), and random player Sunstriker.
        In individual Lothar news, SauronV leveled to the max of 70 and picked up his ebon flying mount. He's a demonology-specced warlock gnome.
       WoW Uldaman server: Wednesday night get-together in Ghostlands with our blood-elves (although Elwing's troll and Varda's Tauren played before the blood-elf grouping). Beorn, Varda, and Sauron played in Ghostlands together. Beorn spotted Vlmo in the area and we made contact; Vlmo and his wife are Tolkien fans and came into our guild-friend channel.
       On non-Valar servers:
           WoW Frostmane server PvP: Oropher-(V) invites others interested in PvP to come. He plays there with old EQ friends. His names are Nikandros as his mage, Antiochus as his warrior alt.
          WoW Shattered Hand PvP: Gwaihir-(Valar) also likes company. His main is Eleshakai, alt is Therana.
Tolkien:
    Some folks say there's really not any "magic" in Middle-earth. It is a fantasy, so do any of you care to differ with that person's comment? Or agree with it?
    Discussion bogged down defining "magic".

March 2, 2007 Friday
    Link to Chain Mail Fabric
made in the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab at the University of Illinois. This may be the way the mithril shirt worked? Link passed on by Elwing from the SCA Ansteorra announcements.
    Gaming: WoW Lothar gamers' night. Gathering commences at 5pm EST and what we do will be determined by who shows up. Outlands questing, and/or leveling  low-level mains so they can go to Outlands.
    Tolkien Site Stories:
        The Fall of Thuringwethil by Enerdhil-(TV)
        Draugluin, Gothmog, Sauron (pov), Thuringwethil
        Short story

March 1, 2007
    Link to Twenty-Sided: DM of the Rings, ongoing comic by Shamus Young.
D&D arose from Tolkien, but has gone far to the side. In this comic, the DM tries to reintroduce his hack and slash DM group to Lord of the Rings. Link provided by that real life friend of our DM Sauron-(Valar)'s: another DM named Jason. Enjoy!
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Feb. 28, 2007 Wednesday
  Tolkien Site:
    Art:
     Cave of Turgon-(V) / Places:
        Tol Sirion kep012
  Gaming:
    WoW Uldaman night around 5pm EST.
    Varda's Gilbrennil tauren shaman and Elwing's Thtarthpray troll hunter ran some solo quests while chatting. Then Beorn's BeornV blood elf hunter and Varda's Tinta blood elf warlock knocked off a string of quests in the Ghostlands. After Beorn had to go, Sauron's AnnatarV blood elf paladin joined Tinta for more GhostLands questing.
    Meanwhile, Beorn spotted Vlmo in the area and commented. After contact was made, Vlmo and his wife Vaire joined the friend channel and chatted. They also were blood elves in the Ghost Lands and plan to be with us again. Congratulations to them on their one week old baby!

Feb. 27, 2007
    New book review by Franco Manni-(TV)
, seven pages:
      
"Christopher Garbowski, Recovery and Transcendence for the Contemporary Mythmaker. The Spiritual Dimension in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien,
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Press, Lublin (Poland), 2000, 232 pages.
"

Feb. 26, 2007
    Dreamlord-(TV) of Denmark
has been accepted for a doctoral program in the US! Everyone /cheer! He also sent us this bit of news concerning things Tolkien:

Lots happening on the Tolkien front now. Michael Drout's JRRT encyclopedia, Christopher's "The Children of Húrin", Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull's "Companion", (plus the very worthwhile proceedings from the Richard E. Blackwelder conference), and, perhaps most interesting of all, Doug Anderson's collection of all the JRRT interviews, and first-hand impressions from his family and friends.

Feb. 25, 2007 
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Eilinel-(V)!
Scouted by Finduilas, Eilinel has been coming to many meetings and joined us tonight during this one, testing a bragworthy 5/5 with Varda. She's from North Carolina in the USA, in EST, is 50, and usually is online 6-7pm EST. She games in D2X and WC2, has played EQ and Age of Empires, and intends to play LotRO. She's read the H, LotR, Sil, Lost Road. Her son is a Tolkien fan and her daughter is a strong Tolkien fan.
An Environmental Manager, she has two horses. Her favorite LotR characters are Faramir for bravery, loyalty, not a super-hero, and suffering from being the younger brother; Tom Bombadil because he is earthy but superior, lets the world be, has endless wisidom, and his main concern is Goldberry; and Gandalf as the wise leader, one who knows but doesn't seek to claim leadership.

Feb. 25, (continued)
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the team of Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending:
(14)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/sarujil, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Beorn-(V)/TwoSurlyDwarves, Eilinel-(V)/oladys 123, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, FladrifV, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Lungorthin-(Valar)/sauronjag, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: Srekal86
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon-(V) switching course studies, may be more available for gaming this semester.
    Lungorthin-(Valar)'s birthday!
    Eilinel-(V), new member! Completed test during Gaming section.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
        Articles:
          Search engine updated by Eonwe-(Valar) to show subject names rather than file names.
       Stories:
          Spring Planting by Branwyn-(TV)
       Poetry:
          Alchemy by Branwyn-(TV)
       Art:
          Beorn-(V)'s Cave: Armor made and worn by Beorn-(V)
          Turgon-(V)'s Cave different subjects were given their own pages to improve loading speed.
Gaming:
    Painkiller (game)
        Ways to look up info on games that have no instructions
    LotRO branch:
       Pre-orders
       Non-disclosure Agreement lifted from LotRO Beta.
       News on Valar Guild's branch operating in LotRO. Guild server: Meneldor. Contact name for Varda: Fainan. Beta LotRO thread: Valar Guild.
       LotRO event by Developers: Ancalagon won a prize in the Tolkien Trivia contest!
    WoW branches of the Valar Guild:
       WoW Argent Dawn (Alliance)
       WoW Lothar (Alliance)
       WoW Uldaman (Horde)
Tolkien:
    Varda's topic: Who was Eilinel and how did she affect history?
    Suggested topic for next time from Ar-Pharazon-(V): Events that seemed/were evil at their time but without them, things might have turned out even worse.
After-meeting:
    Continued discussion of graphics cards carried over from earlier.

Feb. 24, 2007
    Turgon-(V)'s Cave
is re-done, separating art topics into pages for quicker loading.


Feb. 23, 2007
  Tolkien Site:
    Art:
      
Cave of Beorn-(V)
           New cave!
           New art: a photo of Beorn-(V) in armor that he made himself.
  Gaming:
    WoW: Lothar night, starting at 5pm EST and continuing until players keel over.
        Sauron/SauronV, Eowyn/Mairawyn, Elwing/ElwingV, and Eonwe/Kalasul partied for the Uldaman dungeon, completing the dungeon, leveling characters, and gaining enchanting recipes.

Feb. 22, 2007
 Tolkien Site
   Stories:
    Spring Planting, a short story by Branwyn-(TV)
    What hidden things are unearthed when the fields are ploughed in the spring? A short tale of Lord Denethor and his young sons.
   Poetry:
    Alchemy by Branwyn-(TV)
    Feanor makes the Palantiri.

Feb. 21, 2007
    Wednesday Uldaman gaming begins!
Now is a great time to start that blood elf or other Horde race you are curious about. Pull out your old Horde Uldaman characters and shake out their fur, scales, hide, or glue your arms back on.
    Come on any time that suits your schedule and re-familiarize yourself with the place. Then let's try to get together for quests and dungeons. So far we are still selecting an official time according to who shows up. Would you prefer morning, noon, night or all three?  ;)  We have suggestions of regular meeting time of 5pm EST (Varda should be there then) and 9pm EST (Elwing) and others who will come in wiggling around supper and family and work. You can do it!
    Don't forget to type /join Valar to help others bring in their alts or to chat and team with guild-friends. If you meet a nice person(?) who there who doesn't hate Tolkien and who you want to see again, someone you want to introduce to friends and family, then give that gold nugget our friend channel. This goes for Lothar too!
    BeornV, AnnatarV, and Tinta (Varda) grouped as blood elves doing a collection of quests in Eversong Woods. AnnatarV had to leave, but Elwing came in (first as DawnBringer, picking up her druid's aquatic form) joined the group as the blood elf WhiteTower, and more quests went down. AnnatarV went from level 8 to 11, Tinta from 11 to 13, WhiteTower from 9 to 10.

Feb. 20, 2007
    Tolkien Encyclopedia Search update! Letter excerpt from Eonwe-(Valar), Programmer:

I took a bit of time to make a few updates to the Search Program. It now
gives the article/paper name instead of the file name. Also, it mostly weeds
out search results based solely on by-lines. I say it "mostly" weeds them
out, because in tests, a few references to the author still sneak into the
"Articles Mentioning" section...
Anyway, enjoy the adaptations.
Take care.
Eonwë

Feb. 18, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the team of Ar-Pharazon and Varda
We had a number of peculiar crash problems.
Attending: (12)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Beorn-(V)/twosurlydwarves, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, FladrifV, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friends: LaurealasseHelka, Srekal86
Membership:
    Sweep in progress, drops at end of February
    Email problems
    Scouting
    SamWise-(Valar)
    TJ-(TV)
    Ulmo-(Valar)
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       Poetry: "Tilion's Haiku" by Eonwe-(Valar)
       Story: Ongoing novel "To See a World" ch. 45 by Nightwing is up.
    Gaming Site: updates ongoing.
Gaming Reports:
    WoS
    Name? Small game based on warcraft 3's tower defense
    Astral Masters
    WoW:
       WoW Argent Dawn
       WoW Lothar
       WoW Uldaman
    LotRO:
       NDA (non-disclosure agreement) has been lifted. We spill the beans about our guild branch there, but left out the lifetime membership available during pre-order.
       In Beta 2: We have official branches on both servers that are currently up, called (surprise) Valar Guild. Meneldor is our main server, Brandywine is used when Meneldor is down. We have a thread called Valar Guild on both the main LotRO board and the beta board. Please post your name on the Beta thread for our friend list, as we still don't have a friend channel yet; I try to check the thread before gaming. Also put Fainan and Ancwyn on your friend list, and LotROmail Fainan in-game. If you want to really develop your crafting on a particular character, please post this along with general resources needed (treated or untreated wood, ancient manuscripts, gems) and we'll dump them in your mail when we run across them.
Tolkien:
    Varda's topic: We are always said to be talking about trivia. This time, let's pick out what the Big Moments are - the non-trivia.
After:-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon told us about an online comic that includes LotR mixed with a D&D game. Go to Irregular Web Comic and use the Fantasy theme at the bottom and keep clicking Next.

Feb. 16, 2007
    Today is the Friday WoW Lothar server get-together
, at the same time as the regular meeting, 5pm EST. Show up, say hi, game together if you can. We quested in the Outlands with Arathorn, Fangorn, and Varda, plus lowbie questing as Draenei with Eonwe and Elwing.
   Discussion is on-going concerning resource stack collecting and crafting (bags? jewelry?) and drops as prizes for things such as answering Tolkien trivia and to help members who craft for the guild. Who inside the guild will craft, what do they craft, and what resources do they need? Comments, suggestions, and aid are welcome.
    Uldaman Horde:
We would like to hear either during Lothar night, by email, or in a meeting when would be a good night to game as a group in Uldaman server. So far we have a suggestion for Wednesday but much later than meeting time, another for Wednesday starting around meeting time. Are those good, bad, or ugly for you? Email Varda.
    LotRO: (Lord of the Rings Online).
Pre-ordering is going on with special pricing deals. We have a LotRO branch organization set up for the Americas. Email Varda if you go into this. It's a natural game for a Tolkien club and is inexpensive enough at this point that some of us are going to be in both WoW and LotRO. Hey, WoW is down for maintenance every Tuesday...

Feb. 14, 2007
    Letter from TJ-(TV):

Hello,

Just a small passage to thank VALAR GUILD. Year 2006 was good with 3385 unique guests come from your site to see my Map of Middle Earth ! It is more than 10 % of the total of my guests ! Regrettably I do not manage still from now on more than year to connect on my ftp to update my interactive Map and my site maintaining the aspect of an old site. But fortunately it is the Map who is the most important!

Thank you still miles time and goodbye. Thierry Jungels.

Feb. 13, 2007
    Nightwing's continuing novel, "To See a World" now has Chapter 45: "Standing Tall".

Feb. 12, 2007
    Tolkien Site:
       Poetry:
         
    Tilion's Haiku, a haiku by Eonwe-(Valar) written Feb. 11, 2007 for Valentine's Day! He now has a poetry author's page to add to all his others.                            The poetry site's opening page moved onto a separate page.
       Stories:
               Eonwe's stories have all been re-filed. Please report sightings of missing links to Varda who will hunt them down.

Feb. 11, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the fabulous team of Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (13)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Beorn-(V)/twosurlydwarves, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Elros-(V)/LouieKisKowsKi, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Visitors: LaurealasseHelka, Srekal86
Membership:
    Aragorn-(V) decided to stay with us while he's serving in the military in Sweden
    Thingol-(V) invites fellow Valar members to join him in Runescape. Drop him an email (see Members page)
    Enerdhil-(TV), welcome to our new Tolkien-only member!
    Telchar-(V)-ex decided he did not fit into the guild, but he is welcome back as he did nothing wrong.
    Branwyn-(TV), welcome to our new Tolkien-only member!
    Valandil-(V) has been gaming in WoW Argent Dawn's branch
    Melkor-(Valar) leaves today on vacation returning in mid-April.
    Beorn-(V), welcome to the Valar Guild! He joined us officially during the meeting, kindly helping train two potential Maiar with his test. His testers were Eonwe and Varda, with Finduilas and Ancalagon observing. Beorn is a very person with his own job working from home in sales, as a guild master named Cudaerg for The Band of the Red Hand on WoW Lothar, playing tabletop Dungeons and Dragons, and making and operating web sites including one for his guild and one for his SCA group.
He's very interested in Old English and Vikings. He has kindly offered to help us with graphics and art, and hopes to do an article for us on Dunland. He plans to send a photo of himself in armor and a picture of a signed book. He has played WC and the Diablo series, although in WoW at this time, intending to be in LotRO in the future as well. He's read H, LotR, Sil, UT, HoMe 1-12 (one signed by Christopher Tolkien!, a gift), and the old Tolkien Reader. His favorite Silmarillion character is Turin, who "appeals to his inner Viking". His favorite LotR character is Sam for his honor, bravery, and loyalty. He was an ensemble hero with Frodo, carrying his master when the Ring weakened him too much, and bringing in the help of the other Hobbits.
Web:
    Stories:
       "Of Gorthaur and Gothmog" by Enerdhil-(TV)
       "The Fords of Isen" by Branwyn-(TV)
Gaming:
    Runescape
    LotRO pre-order, Open Beta
    WoW:
       Ar-Pharazon's question: What if you heal people who are fighting mobs you're not at war with/have good reputation with?
       WoW Argent Dawn (Euro)
       WoW Lothar
       WoW Uldaman
Tolkien:
    Beorn-(V)'s topic: The meaning of the name "Beowulf" and its relation to "Beorn".

Feb. 10, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Enerdhil-(TV)!
He joined us with his story, "Of Gorthaur and Gothmog". "I always wondered what exactly were the relations between such powerful and power-hungry beings as those that made up Morgoth's cabinet. Primarily the only two who appeared to be equals, being Sauron and Gothmog."

Feb. 9, 2007
    5pm EST WoW Lothar get-together.
Drop in and say Hi! and game. A bit of Tolkien chat is always fun too. ;)  Auros, Varda, Bellene (guild-friend Dracxil), and Undomiel partied together in the Outlands on Hellfire Peninsula quests, mostly for Varda and Bellene's quests. We have a new guild-friend, Caerdag, guild-master of the Red Hand, who used to help with the Barrow-Downs story site. Eowyn's  new Draenei, Mairovende, played and was met by Arwen. Others who were online were Arathorn and guild-friend Jonac.

Feb. 8, 2007
   
Telchar-(V) opted to leave the guild.

Feb. 6, 2007
   
New story by a new Tolkien-only! "The Fords of Isen" by Branwyn-(TV). Branwyn joined as a Tolkien-only member with this story, after hearing about us from Alcardilme-(TV). Branwyn is from Ohio and she is also published on the site Stories of Arda.
    This is a tale of two ghosts. The book characters used are Boromir and Theodred, along with original characters.

Feb. 4, 2007
    Aragorn-(V)
decided to stick with us as a Full Member. He will be in the military service in Sweden until June 21, 2007. When he's home for a while, he sees his girlfriend and plays a little WoW on Twisting Nether, Euro. He might join us in LotRO in the future, on the American server.
    Thingol-(V) is playing in Runescape as Graycloak for your friend list, fellow Valar Guild members. He's a paying member because it has more content than non-paying areas, but those are good as an introdution. He's a top level miner pretty good at smithing and crafting, willing to help.

Feb. 4, 2007 (continued)
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (14)
    Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArathornValar, ArPharazonV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friend: Srekal86
Membership:
    Sweep letters have gone out to see if we have people who are no longer in contact.
    New Full Member: Erkenbrand-(V)
    New story author: Norgen
    Tulkas-(Valar) is back with us, playing in WoW Lothar, after a rough real life adventure. Link to Canadian news article.
Web:
    New story this week: "Haleth, Son of Hama, Warrior of Rohan" by Norgen.
Gaming:
    WoW Burning Crusade quest chart, interactive. Interactivity by Syliel. Original research and chart by Mose, Heel, Teza, and Kamikazeelf.
Tolkien:
    Varda's topic: What did the Valar do for Middle-earth?

Feb. 1, 2007
    Membership news:
        The story of Tulkas' stormy time made the news. He shared this article with us. Since such articles tend to disappear, we have a backup copy of it including credits if that happens.
       It's a good thing Tulkas, a genuine hero, is on good terms with Ulmo and Osse. With a combination of Tulkas' own expertise and courage and heavenly help, he and all people aboard including his wife survived in reasonable condition, and returned home. The guild is very lucky to have Tulkas back with us!
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Jan. 31, 2007
Membership news:
Tulkas-(Valar), Erkenbrand-(V)

    Letter from Tulkas-(Valar):
  Aiya Varda,  I just happened to be looking at the Guild pages yesterday.  Yes I would still like to be part of the guild.  I just purchased WarCraft WoW and have a level 15 night elf hunter.  I guess this game is too old now, and I won't run into any of you with out the expansion.  My game name is TulkasV.
 
  My diversionary work aboard that great big yacht is over for now.  It sank in a storm.  My 2 crew members my wife and I took to the liferafts and ended up in Cuba, where we spent the next three weeks in and out of jails trying to secure our release.  A long story.
 
Regards Tulkas-(Valar)

    Later that day, Tulkas joined us in in WoW Lothar and is looking into buying a new ship.
 
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Erkenbrand-(V)! Erkenbrand joined us as Herdy in-game, tested by Varda with input from Beleg-(V). He has bragging rights with a perfect 5/5! Erkenbrand plays SWG on Valcyn server as a guild leader in one group and a Flight Officer in another, doing space-based PvP as a Tie Fighter for the Imperial Navy. He would welcome seeing other Valar who play there. Erkenbrand intends to play LotRO when it comes out. He's 39. He does not wish to use AIM, because as a tech support person he sees so much trouble with AOL, so he uses MSN's messenger. For the past two years he's lived in California, USA (PST) which has better opportunities for a computer person and for construction than his previous Utah. He's read H, LotR, and some of the Sil.
    His favorite LotR characters are those who play the "right-hand man". Leaders make decisions in the field and affect the course of events, while the right-hand carries out these decisions. This includes Eomer, right hand man of the true king of Rohan, who is fully loyal to the idea of Rohan even after his dismissal. He keeps his faith and requires his charges to do so also. Legolas and Gimli were also right-hands, not affecting the story-line but unwavering, executing goal objectives.

Jan. 30, 2007
    Membership:
We've had many great responses from the membership for year 2007. With Burning Crusades, the upcoming Lord of the Rings Online, and the increasing Tolkien Site activity, this looks like a good year for the Valar!
    Aragorn-(V) of Sweden has changed his Full Membership status to guild-friend, wishing to keep his association but free the name. He's been with us since May 29, 2001. He plays mostly WoW on Llane server under another name, Fahrenheit, as close as he could come to honor Finarfin. Also he will soon be moving to a new home and be without internet for quite a while. He says a special hi to Arathorn and Finarfin. Good luck on your move and getting your internet back! [Update, he decided to remain with us as a Full Member.]

Jan. 29, 2007
    New story by a new author! "Haleth, Son of Hama, Warrior of Rohan" by Norgen.
    This is set in movie-verse. Driven by Aragorn's expectations and his own experiences, Haleth becomes a warrior. "Haleth is the young farm boy on the walls of Helm's Deep that Aragorn talks to about his good sword."
   
    Also in the Stories section, AlasseMerenrel-(TV)'s links have been moved to put all her stories in one spot, but should be easily re-found from the Authors and Titles pages, or from this link to her story author's page.

Jan. 28, 2007

Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the glorious Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending (15):
    Members: Aldarion-(V)/OneMatthus, Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArathornValar, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Elros-(V)/LouieKisKowsKi, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Visitors: LaurealasseHelka, Srekal86
Membership:
    Returning member: Maeglin-(TV)
    New Full Members: Beleg-(V) and Telchar-(V)
    Another person passed the Full Membership test in-game but hasn't chosen a name yet, so he's not quite in yet, not listable.
    LaurealasseHelka is an AIM guild-friend who is working on membership, intending to start as a Tolkien-only with an article then move to Full Member.
    oladys started her test on AIM for Full Member but had to leave and has not yet been able to get back in contact.
    Earendil works during meetings but would enjoy playing in Vanguard with fellow Valar. Info on the Gaming page.
    For Menelvagor, this is the 21st day since he stopped smoking!
Web:
    Article in progress by Maeglin-(TV), still a draft and not yet postable.
    Article intended by Laurealasse
Gaming:
    Vanguard: contact Earendil (contact info for everyone is on the Members page)
    SWG: contact Beleg who is a guild master for another group there, and a Flight Officer for still another. He plays a Tie Fighter.
    LotRO: release date, pre-order and also get into Open Beta.
    WoW:
        WoW Euro: Argent Dawn's week.
        WoW N. Amer: Lothar's Friday run
Tolkien:
    Varda's topic: Song is very important in creation and even in fighting in the Sil. How does this idea of song carry over into the H and LotR?
         Menelvagor's contribution to this topic may be in an upcoming article.
After-meeting:
    RP "Scouting Ahead" discussion

Jan. 27, 2007
    Welcome back to the Valar Guild, Maeglin-(TV)!
Maeglin emailed his first draft of a new article for us in January to rejoin. He previously wrote an interesting book review of Tolkien's story, "Roverandom" for the guild, in 2004 when he was only ten years old. What will he be like in a few more years! Here's a kind word he sent that includes us all, saying that he: "would like to rejoin the guild as it is one of the only true lotr websites".

Jan. 24, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Beleg-(V) and Telchar-(V)!
    Telchar joined just ahead of Beleg, although we were all playing together.  They and Varda were trying to catch up to Melkor in quests, and he helped the rest along. Hey Melkor, after you left we finally caught up! The two had gamed with Varda and others in a PUG the day before, running through a series of instances, and enjoyed teaming up again.
    Telchar was using his usual character name of Corrakkas. He's 24 and has read LotR, although it's been a while. He's read H, LotR, part of the Sil, and part of BoLT. He is currently playing only the game in which he was recruited.
    Beleg was gaming as Thorumoth. He's 33 from South Carolina, USA, EST, and left Nottingham, England at the age of 7. We can meet him on AIM as Bigdadd363cook. He's recently stopped playing WoW although he's considering jumping back in to see us. He also plays other FPS's. He's read LotR, Sil, and part of UT, and may write something for us. His favorite LotR character is Boromir as he seemed more human. Although flawed, Boromir made up for his mistake.

Jan. 21, 2007
    Tolkien Site: Articles:
        "
Finduilas, Daughter of Orodreth" by Finduilas-(V), giving the two versions of the story of the elf maid as they are given in the Silmarillion and Book of Lost Tales 2. This is Finduilas' first article for us, but she has also given us short stories and humor.
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending (14):
    Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, Arwen V1, Elladan-(V)/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, Oropher-(V)/MJKeenan1234, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Guests: Srekal86
Membership:
    New Full Member: Tar-Aldarion-(V)
    Finduilas' car and ice and heather
    Gwaihir is not working on Sundays now and may be able to come to meetings more often.
Web:
    New article by Finduilas-(V): "Finduilas, Daughter of Orodreth" put up today.
    Forum:
        WoW questing is now by server.
        Trivia threads going for LotR and Sil
    A-Z menu for the Tolkien Encyclopedia updated and should be current.
Gaming:
    LotRO
    D2X
    Eve Online
    WarCraft3
    WoW:
       Lothar splitting by Blizzard? We expect Blizzard to move our characters as a guild and will probably go where we are placed. We will certainly announce it on the News if this happens. Blizzard might not include the ones whose characters have been inactive for a long time, but we're not sure what a long time is, so you might drop in on your guild character for a few minutes at least.
       WoW: Argent Dawn
       WoW: Lothar Friday night
       WoW:  not reported but Uldaman has been busy with the new blood elves, some need invitations.
    Vanguard
    NeverWinter Nights
Tolkien: (link corrected)
    Varda's topic: We know Maiar were in Arda. I wonder how wide-spread that was.

Jan. 19, 2007
    WoW Lothar Friday:
      
Sauron (SauronV lvl 60) and Bilbo(Valtocolindo lvl 60) partied together for a look at the new continent available with Burning Crusades, did quests and found great loot. Arathorn (Harana) joined in. Varda came in on Bilbo's computer when he had to leave. Auros' brother Dracxil/Beline joined us as did Arwen's Undomiel warrior. For those who did not yet have Burning Crusades, we finished Rakkalaith (wrong spelling) in the Blasted Lands for the end of the Fallen Hero quest needed by Auros and Beline. Then we killed Araj in Andorhal in the Western Plaguelands for Undomiel's Scholomance key. Bilbo came back in while Sauron and Varda headed for 1am sleep (2am EST). For the rest, we'll have to ask Auros. :)

Jan. 16, 2007
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Tar-Aldarion-(V)!
Aldarion found our website while researching ancient backgrounds for Middle-earth. He enjoys writing stories and may be sending some our way. He is on AIM a lot as OneMatthus and his email is on our Members Page. He also likes to game and plays WoW and Eve Online. He intends to buy LotRO when it comes out. He's 22 and is in the California Highway Patrol. He's read the H, LotR, Sil, UT, and is working through BoLT 1. His favorite LotR character is Thain Peregrine Took because he can be so simple, such as a hobbit should be, yet he can be one of much courage.  Shown strongly in his worry for Meriadoc at Fangorn when they plan the escaping from the Uruk hai, and also earlier on in Moria. He's fun, funny and yet has an outstanding ability to outlast anything that comes his way with more ease than even he thought.

    Ulmo-(Valar) is bringing his Member of Honors back in with him for 2007: Elanor-(MoH) and returning Gothmog-(MoH). Ulmo no longer has a WoW account, but plans to go into LotRO when it comes out.

Jan. 15, 2007
    Forum WoW News from Eonwe-(Valar):
       "I've divided the WoW section's Hunting, Grouping, Questing board into sub-boards for each of the official Guild servers in WoW. Guild Questing reports for each server will now be put in that server's sub-board. See the board for more."
    LotRO News:
       Watch for the first wave of new beta 2 invitations.

Jan. 14, 2007
Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending (12):
    Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Arathorn Valar, ArPharazonV, AuSteinM-(TV)/AuSteinM, Eonwe Valar, FinduilasV, Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory, Orodreth V/Oessala, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Visitor: Hyarion/Srekal86
Membership:
    Sweep of disinterested members still going.
    Orodreth-(V) will be working during most meetings (after-meeting)
    Recognition of member accomplishments (after-meeting)
Web:
    rp: "Scouting Ahead"
Gaming:
    BfMe2: War of the Ring
    Populous: The Beginning
    Discworld II
    Eve Online (after-meeting)
    WoW:
       NeverWinter Nights
       WC3: The Frozen Throne
       D2X
       WoW Lothar server
       WoW: Burning Crusade Expansion
       WoW Argent Dawn server
       WoW screenshots
Tolkien:
    Ar-Pharazon-(V)'s topic (started during Web News): Do we have any instances in Tolkien's stories of possession?

Jan. 12, 2007
    WoW:
Lothar Friday gathering:
        Quests: Alas for Andorhal (Araj), Battle of Darrowshire.
        Gamers: Arathorn, Auros (Eonwe), Beline (Dracxil), Eowyn, Deathiscommin (outside guildie of Beline's other guild).

Jan. 7, 2007

Sunday Meeting  5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending (16):
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArathornValar, ArPharazonV, Dior-(V)/MyCantalopeH8tsU, Elladan-(V)/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar (presiding), FinduilasV, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Idril-(V)/Narthais, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Menelvagor Valar, Oropher-(V)/MJKeenan1234, VardaValar1
    Visitors: Hyarion/Srekal86 (guild-friend), oladys 123 (guild-friend), Russ82275 (unknown but peaceful lurker)
Membership
    Happy first meeting of 2007 :)
    oladys 123 is taking her entry test in installments due to a time problem
Web
    Article: "The Seven Structural Wonders of Middle-earth" by Barahir-(V).
Gaming
    Request by two members for Battlenetters to get together for D2X, SC/BW. Remember to use East and channel Valar.
    Dungeon Siege
    Battle for Middle-earth 2: Rise of the Witch-King
    World of WarCraft:
       Lothar Friday get-together
       Argent Dawn
Tolkien
    Dior-(V) (Varda mistakenly said Oropher in the meeting): Classes in History and in International Relations for students in Middle-earth.

Jan. 5, 2007
    WoW Lothar Friday get together:
       We have a group working on the key for Scholomance, most of whom had characters ready to start killing Araj in Andorhal of the West Plaguelands. It's convenient for everyone to have a Scholomance key. Valarites so far are Eonwe, Eowyn (going to work, will switch out comps with Varda), Fangorn, and Merry. Come on in, say hi, and slay monsters! Other questing will be done according to who needs what, and instance running is very probable.

Jan. 4, 2007
    Links:
       Universities -
these provide course lectures and other materials free online. No credit, but tons of info.

Jan. 2, 2007
    Tolkien Encyclopedia
       New article by Barahir-(V)! "The Seven Structural Wonders of Middle-earth"

Jan. 1, 2007
Happy New Year!

If you haven't already, let Varda know that you would like to help continue the existence of the Valar Guild by being counted as a member for 2007.
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