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Dec. 31, 2008

    Your Membership for 2009:

    Don't assume Varda knows you were active or that you want to be associated with the overall guild for 2009. Email varda.elentari (AT) gmail.com or come to an AIM meeting and state for the transcript, or in an aside to VardaValar1, that you wish to remain, or say so in-game. Don't assume Varda's emails will make it to you, considering all the spam filtering, especially against group mailings and those not on your list.
    Tolkien-only members are supposed to contribute a minimum of one item to the Tolkien Site per year, any size. If a person has not done even that minimum in 2008, that person is in danger of being dropped. Please contact Varda and let her know what project you have in mind for 2008, and what area of the Tolkien Site you are interested in contributing to in 2009. We would be even happier with more than the minimum, as would our readers. Those donating space to the site are contributing daily. Those who contribute their own pages to the site are contributing daily.
    Any Full Member who contacts Varda before being dropped for inactivity is ok.
    Any Full Member who has shown activity in the following areas since Sept 2008 is considered active and may be included on the 2009 membership list, unless the person requests to be dropped. Remaining lets the person keep the chosen primary guld name, and the privilege of full membership in any gaming branch of the guild, and the use of that primary name on the forum. If you wish to remain in the guild for multiple years rather than having the yearly check, please let Varda know.
        Email: to Varda
        GPMU: aka Games Page Mass Update answered (started Sept 2008)
        Meetings: even a short pop in to say hi
        11th annual chat marathon: popped in and helped keep the chat room open
        AIM: meeting or side chat and said aye to Varda about remaining. Best chance of it being remembered if it's in the meeting transcript.
        Forum: Sept 2008 and after
        Tolkien Site: any contribution
        WoW Lothar or Uldaman servers since Sept (122 days back from January)
        LotRO Landroval server since Sept (122 days back from January)
        Varda can't personally check in the other games or servers such as WoW Argent Dawn or Eve Online, so use your email or AIM!

Gaming / WoW Uldaman server:
    Varda removed inactives. This does not remove from the overall guild, just the branch, so the person may return if he so wishes in the future.:
       Turin 2 years
       Gimli 1 year, no longer has a WoW account.

Dec. 29, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Art
       Cave of Maedhros-(V)
(new)
          "Legolas does pest control." Free-hand art, colored.

Dec. 28, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace:

Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Thorin-(V)/NICKKK725, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Thorin-(V) / Kirmir / NICKKK725 seems to no longer be in the guild and is no longer playing LotRO.
    Fangorn-(Valar) is back on WoW after his usual week absence for work.
    Daddy Twofoot-(V) now has a second son, and is back intermittently in LotRO.
    Arathorn-(Valar) is staying in the overall guild. He plays LotRO with another group mostly, a little with us, and is helping Varda with a guild web programming problem.
    Meriadoc-(V) visited Varda's family for Christmas and played WoW in the same room with all of us, and with Elwing who joined us online.
Web:
  Tolkien Site / Art:
    Cave of DeepGroover-(TV)
       "Knight Hospitaller" model
       "Spanish Knight" model
Gaming:
    WoW:
       General: The Craft of War: Blind A WoW rogue video by Percula. Site 1. Site 2 (updated comments by the author).
       Lothar server
       Uldaman server
       Argent Dawn server
    LotRO: Landroval server
       More members are hitting the new level 60 cap.
    Other games:
       Red Alert 2 & 3
       Total Annihilation
Tolkien:
  Role-play text gaming by Valarites:
    Pallando/Orodreth's old rp on the Blizzard forums. Defunct.
    Guild-wide story currently on our website, done by email. Planning.
    Falathar's rp story "Fellowship of Friends" on our forum.
    Guild-wide role-play story "Scouting Ahead" on our forum, current main rp. Planning.

Dec. 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Gimli Christmas from somethingawful.com

Thanks to Gimli-(V) for finding this picture on http://www.somethingawful.com/
Also enjoy these two new models:
Tolkien Site / Art:
    Cave of DeepGroover-(TV)
       "Knight Hospitaller" model
       "Spanish Knight" model


Dec. 21, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace:
Meeting Transcript by Arien and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV (presiding for the first part), ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding starting with Membership), fladrifv.
    Varda showed up after everyone else was afk or gone
Membership:
    Happy Birthday, Elatan!
Web:
    Poem:
       To My Mother by Luthien-(TV)
    Articles:
       Tolkien and the Two World Wars by Fingolfin-(TV)
       Rest of the articles are by Varda-(Valar):
       Eldacar of Gondor
       Tarcil
       Tarondor
       Valandur
       Elendur
       Earendur
Tolkien:
    Eonwe's Christmas story

Dec. 17, 2008
    Tolkien Site:
 
         Articles:
               Tolkien and the Two World Wars by Fingolfin-(TV).

         Poetry / Languages:
               To My Mother by Luthien-(TV). Original poem written in Sindarin with an English translation, written for the author's mother's birthday and given to the Valar Guild for Christmas. Some words in the translation (Athariel, Gwendolyn, tree-woven lands) have mouse-over comments from Luthien's notes, added in by Varda.

Dec. 16, 2008
    Tolkien Site:
         Articles:
           by Varda-(Valar) to improve the Kings project flow:
              Eldacar - broke up the two Eldacars and added a new article for Eldacar of Gondor.
              Tarcil
              Tarondor
              Valandur
              Elendur
              Earendur

Dec. 14, 2008

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace:
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Aerandir, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
   
What would we like to do special for Christmas?
            Luthien offered to send a poem.
           Gamers in WoW and LotRO have special festivities including quests. In LotRO, we have a Yule tree quest prize in our kinhouse yard. Some members are also putting Yule trees in their personal yards.
    Fladrif hopes to be attending the meeting of the 21st from his homeland, near Ar-Pharazon and Luthien in the Netherlands. :)
    Ar-Pharazon should start vacation next week for the holidays, currently busy with university finals and end-of-the-year projects.
    Pallando recently moved rooms, so he's playing on his laptop. Bigger games will be later when his desktop can be set up.
Gaming:
    WoW:
        http://www.wowarmory.com/
            "The Armory is a vast searchable database of information for World of Warcraft - taken straight from the real servers and presented in a user-friendly interface. Since the Armory pulls its data from the actual game servers, it is the most comprehensive and up-to-date database on the characters, arena teams, guilds, and items of World of Warcraft in existence."
    LotRO:
        http://my.lotro.com/kinship-landroval-valar_guild/
        http://my.lotro.com/sapience/2008/12/10/mylotrocom-tips-for-kinships/
        http://my.lotro.com/faq/
Tolkien:
    Who and where were the Avari?

Dec. 7, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace:
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding Tolkien), fladrifv, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding business)
Web:
    Update of Isildur article. Suggestion during meeting that such updates should be mentioned in the News page.
Gaming:
    Much gaming in WoW and LotRO due to the latest expansions.
Tolkien:
    Discussion of rp

Dec. 1, 2008
    Gaming / LotRO:
        LotRO will be down this morning for Patch 1 on the Mines of Moria expansion, adding new content and repairs.
        Future "patches" as before will include added content. Major patches add new books to the story as well as areas. The Lothlorien area will be enlarged and Dol Guldur added.
       Wednesday Dec 3 at 6am to noon EST: LotRO will have a hotfix for some Moria crashes with the GeForce 4-series video card and for the Exquisite Black Ash Bow (a crit recipe bow) that causes a crash if equipped, and keeps a person out of his vault if it is in there.
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Nov. 30, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (9)
    Ancbeard, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthienathariel, pallandovalar/oessala/orodrethV, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Membership:
    New Full Member: Aredhel-(V)
Web:
    Stories: more letters in Jay of Lasgalen's "Letters from Elrohir" series.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    What is considered canon?
    Summary of early Sil
    Line of Kings (human)
After-meeting:
    Comments on AIM
    Unfinished YouTube presentation showing stars by Luthien-(TV)

Nov. 29, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Letters from Elrohir: by  continued:
            Letter to Celebrian". A year after Celebrían's departure, Elrohir writes to his mother. This is a draft letter as he struggles with his feelings, and wonders how much he should tell her.
           "Letter to Elladan: Choice" Elrohir agonises over the choice of the Peredhel between mortality and immortality - but he realises his decision is already made.
           "Letter to Arathorn: "Greetings, Arathorn My Brother". A letter to Arathorn celebrating the news of his betrothal - and telling of a prophetic dream ...
           "Letter to Taniquel". Elrohir writes to Taniquel with plans to return to Lasgalen.
             Navigation for the Letters has been updated.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Daily maintenance continues for about an hour a day until the 30th. Monday, taking all morning, the Mines of Moria Patch 1 goes up.

Nov. 28, 2008
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Aredhel-(V)! Aredhel joined us in LotRO today, testing with Varda as Aredhalia. She's the wife of Maedhros-(V). They play a lot of rpg tabletop games, but LotRO is her only online game. She's 43, from northern Virginia in the USA, EST. Her AIM name is Lythandra. She expects to play weekly to a few times a month. She's read the Hobbit and LotR. A favorite LotR character is Eowyn, as she is brave and beautiful, and killed the Witch-king.

Nov. 27, 2008
    Happy Thanksgiving, all USA folks!

Nov. 25, 2008
    Membership:
        Beleg-(V):
Skorbare aka Polar, guild-friend, said that Beleg's videocard burned out, but that he did buy the expansion, Mines of Moria.

Nov. 23, 2008
    Gaming / WoW:
        Letter from Eonwe:
    Today is WoW's 4th Anniversary, so everyone who plays WoW should log into their characters before this day is over according to their server's time. Check your in-game mail as well. Doing the former will get you a Feat of Strength, and doing the latter will get you a new pet.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (8)
    Ancbeard, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, fladrifv, luthienathariel, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Membership:
    Eonwe was away with family during meeting time.
    Pallando is hoping to be able to start up his Eve Online account again next year if he can interest a few friends, but for now is currently saving money to make it home for Christmas.
Web:
    Stories:
      "The Legend of the Grey Riders" by Jay of Lasgalen.
Gaming:
    WoW: Today is World of WarCraft's fourth anniversary. Log in today for a new achievement check your mail for a new pet. People are busy with the new Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
    LotRO: Members are busy with the new LotRO expansion, server population has greatly increased.
Tolkien:
    Hearing stones, water.
    What shape are dwarf ears?

Nov. 18, 2008
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Mines of Moria expansion is live! Time was 00:08 EST
           
The first glitch of the day is in the log-in servers, heh. With techs frantically working on that, those servers should be acting properly before long.
            Legendary weapons are here!
            We have two new types of characters: the spear-wielding, javelin throwing, gambit-using Warden; the healer caster Rune-keeper, who has the tricky business of being a healer or caster according to what his last spells were (don't forget your stone!) Fortunately we also get two new character slots.
             Don't forget to type /joinchannel Valar for your new characters to contact the kinship. Then click the General tab and put a check mark by the User Chats, and change the text color to something visible like hot pink. :) To chat, type the channel number such as /1.
             We have three new major areas: Eregion (Hollin), Moria, and Lothlorien. Most of the updates will be for the more distant Lothlorien. Your character can go to Eregion through the Trollshaw's Giant Valley. Stonemere with the giants is to your left, the Onodrim is to the right, so go right through those drakes!
             Many quest items now store in the quest journal instead of inventory, huzzah!
             Key rings! Click the key to move it into your Traits.
             Class-specific items such as Champion runes that were in your ranged slot will move to your inventory bags; click on the item and it will move to the new Class Slot freeing up the ranged slot and the bag space.
             New bank slots can be opened as we go past the old level cap of 50 to 60.
             New traits and skills open up with the raise in the level cap.
             Supreme crafting! NPC "crafting guilds" for improvements.
             Ettenmoors re-vamp.
             Three new places for hunters to learn to hop: Suri-Kyla in Forochel (level 48, skill training item, Lossoth reputation), Echad Dunann in Eregion (50, skill training item, class quest), and the 21st Hall in Moria (56, skill training item, dwarf miner's rep).
             Legendary weapons! Did I mention that already? Find one as a drop and train it. Add three types of goodies to it, reforge it as it trains up to open up more abilities.
             Want to know more details? Here are the Release Notes.
       Whether or not you have the expansion, you will be getting a huge update. This patch affects numerous things including the UI (User Interface), class changes, combat system, and the addition of Book 15.

Nov. 17, 2008
    Beleg
was back in LotRO today and plans on being with us in Mines of Moria.
    Ulmo's Vailimo in LotRO killed the very last guaradan for his deed literally within seconds of the world's closing down, super! 69 Guaradan in 54 minutes, solo.
    Quite a few members and guild-friends were online in LotRO busily trying to complete deeds before the expansion.
    WoW players are going like mad in their own expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

Nov. 16, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (10)
    Ancbeard, Ariehn, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar, Valandile Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Fangorn and Varda are home again, back with you on the computers.
    Ar-Pharazon is having problems with his router.
    Pallando now has internet and a computer in his room and was able to be with us at the meeting today.
    Beleg expects to return to LotRO either after Christmas or the New Year.
Tolkien:
    Compared Sauron and Eonwe's roles as right-hand men of their respective Valar. This is the first Tolkien topic to be added to the new unintendedly clean Tolkien Discussion in the forum.

Nov. 15, 2008
    Forum:
        A new section
has been made to put all Tolkien discussion, languages, and trivia together.
            First the bad news: In the process, the Discussion section was accidentally deleted and those years of discussion cannot be brought back. Advice: start new discussions. We don't expect any further moves so the error should not be possible to make again.
            Now the good news: Luthien-(TV) requested a place for Middle-earth language interests to be expressed, especially Sindarin as that is her current study. Thus we have the new special section on the Forum, and continue to have the website section on Languages.

Nov. 13, 2008
    Gaming / World of WarCraft:
       The Wrath of the Lich-king expansion is out!

Nov. 10, 2008
    Letter from Beleg-(V) in LotRO kinmail:
Hello Everyone. I hope this letter finds everyone well and I know everyone is excited for the Minds of Moria launch soon. I know I havent been on much. Lots of things goin on here atm and I wont be getting Moria when its released. Looks like I'm goin to havwe to actually stop playing altogether for awhile unfortunatly. Hopefully maybe after xmas or beginning of the new year I will be able to get Moria and rejoin the game. This is not goodbye, just a see yall later :). lol. Anyways its been a blast and I will see yall all soon in the future. Take care all and have a happy holidays. Long live VALAR!!!!!!! lol.
Nov. 9, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting transcript by Luthien and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Aerandir V/mordacil, AriehnV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, fladrifv luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Eonwe was with his family at the movies, but left us a WoW report.
    Varda and Fangorn will be out of town from this coming Monday to probably Saturday, visiting family. Monday is Varda's birthday, 55.
Tolkien:
    Arien's topic: Nature of evil

Nov. 7, 2008 Friday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Return to Carn Dum! 9pm EST. We may hit Helchgam if desired, but mainly work on the second set of bosses including Azgoth and the cargul. Ancalagon's Friday Fight.
        Carn Dum report by Varda:
In this run we took down Urro, a group of Morrovail, Helchgam, and Salvakh.
We intended a re-match with Azgoth after the masses of adds got us, but were all too sleepy.
Participants were Aeronwy (replaced Belegur when he went to bed), Ancbeard, Belegur, Fainan, Galadhalion, and Lhee.
The next day we ran Carn Dum again, some of the same people and some friends. At first it was Fainan and Lhee with friends led by Wulfhen. Then as the group started to break up, we added members Ancbeard, Fainan, Kalimacoin, and Lhee, helped by friends Lycius and Yula. We wiped out a lot of bosses including Azgoth and Avalgaith, and took home the Mirror of Mordirith, now in the Valar kinhouse.
    Gaming / WoW:
      
Friday run report by Eonwe:
This week Sauron, Eowyn, and Eonwë got together and ran two instances in Auchindoun: Auchenai Crypts and Sethekk Halls.
The trip through Auchenai Crypts went well and quickly with Sauron's Priest, Eonwë's Paladin and Eowyn's Warrior. The only rough spot came fighting Exarch Maladaar, but he only took two tries.
Sauron then switched to his Warlock and we ran Sethekk Halls, with Eonwë's Ret Paladin in the fray dealing damage and also working to keep everyone alive. It wasn't always a smooth fight, but we got through to the end. The biggest challenge was the final boss, and after seeing we could not yet take him 3-man, we called in a friend of Eonwë's to bring him down. He did go down, and both Eowyn and Eonwë completed Terrok's Legacy and got the Shadow Labyrinth key.
We had considered going into Shadow Labyrinth, but as most wanted to get some rest, we called it there.

Nov. 6, 2008 Thursday
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Extra experience weekend from Nov 6-10.  Also, returning players can come in during that time for free. "Welcome Back Weekend" is helping us put in those finishing touches so that we can head for Hollin/Eregion, Moria, and Lothlorien for the expansion Nov. 18. You can pre-order the upgrade on your account online.
    Gaming / WoW:
       Wrath of the Lich King is coming fast! Get ready! And just when we got over zombie problems, we found we were being softened/toughened up for the Burning Legion. Check your map for skulls to see where they are attacking and defend your world!

Nov. 4, 2008
    Farewell to author Michael Crichton.
He died of cancer at the age of 66. Michael Crichton wrote dozens of bestsellers, some becoming movies such as The Andromeda Strain and  Jurassic Park. Wiki article.

Nov. 2, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    USA is now in synch with Europe, having dropped Daylight savings time today.
Meeting transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, GwaihirValar, luthienathariel
Gaming:
    WoW:
        End game fun for All Hallow's and the Zombie Invasion.
    LotRO:
       Halloween Carn Dum run, wearing costumes.
Tolkien topic:
    Fladrif's topic: the economies of Middle-earth.
After-meeting:
    List of requested articles for the Tolkien Encyclopedia is rather buried. Members requested that it be added to the frame menu as well.
    Request for other Valar to join in WarCraft 3 to play some of the Middle-earth gaming maps.

Nov. 1, 20008
    Happy birthday to Alatar-(Valar), Elros-(V), and Gazarok-(TV)!

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Oct. 31, 2008
Happy Halloween!
    Gaming / LotRO:
From: Ancbeard
Subject: Halloween Party in Carn Dum!
Friday, Oct 31st, at 9pm EDT I will be hosting a Carn dum run.
This run will focus mainly on deeds, with the Boss deed being foremost. This particular run will aim at Barashal (Primarily), Urro (Incidentally), and Helchgam (Possibly).
Your troll and orc deeds will advance as well. Hope to see you there!
    Carn Dum Halloween report:
       We gathered together easily. Varda's Fainan at the Tarmann Sursa camp used the Mustering Horn to call in the group, where they picked up quests, sold, and repaired. Rumil's Tagmyre then Guided us to the camp just outside of Carn Dum. Ancbeard came as Blackbeard the Pirate, Kalimacoin came as Redbeard the Pirate (both were dwarves, on whom pirate costumes look quite natural), Fainan came with a pumpkin head and jester's hat plus matching green clothing including a rabbit on the back of the cloak. Others wore "civvies" such as a robe or whatever dropped as we traveled through CD.
        Urro and Barashal fell to us, (literally, as he knocked out the bridge between us but was aggroed into the hole, unfortunately not dying), and we knocked off a few side quests and deeds along the way.
       Participants at the start were Ancalagon's Ancbeard (50 guardian), Gorlim's Aeronwy (50 minstrel), Melkor's Belegur (50 hunter), Meriadoc's Kalimacoin (50 guardian), Rumil's Tagmyre (50 hunter), Varda's Fainan (50 hunter). Well inside, Melkor needed to leave for the night and was replaced by Maedhros' Galadhalion (46 champion).
    Note from Varda: Bring your funny hat or costume to the run!

Oct. 30, 2008
    Happy birthday, Lindir!

Oct. 29, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
       "Concerning Goblins (Orcs) in The Hobbit"
by Arien-(Valar).

Oct. 27, 2008
    Happy Diwali, Barahir!

Oct. 26, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Europe is no longer on Daylight Savings Time, but the USA still is, so our agreed on Eastern time for meetings is EDT.
Meeting transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Aerandir V/mordacil, Ancbeard, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Barahir-(V)/metarus208, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Luthien-(TV)/luthienathariel, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien:
    Two new movies are coming out covering the Hobbit, then the time between the Hobbit and the LotR. How can we as Tolkien scholars with a Tolkien Site be of the most service for them? What would we like to see included in the movies?

Oct. 24, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:

         Mellon Chronicles series:
                "The Cave Story Trio" with Aragorn, Arwen, and Legolas. Illustrated for all three parts by Cassia-(TV). Humor. "To escape royal duties and wedding preparations, Aragorn, Legolas and Arwen go on a little side-trip in Gondor." Each of the three chapters is written by a different author, Cassia-(TV), Siobhan-(TV), and Katie, all three of whom journeyed into a cave together. (How's that for research?)
                "Only the Beginning" by Cassia-(TV). "Vignette. My slightly extended and appended version of part of the Coronation scene near the end of ROTK. Decidedly Aragorn & Legolas centric." Movie-verse.

    Gaming / WoW Lothar server:
        Continued gaming from Thursday's list, 5-7pm EDT. Next time will be after the Sunday meeting.
     WoW general Zombies letter from Eonwe:
Greetings all!

The Wrath of the Lich King Pre-Event has begun! The Scourge Invasion has started in earnest!

In this event, players are able to become zombies by:
1.) Eating bad grain found in Booty Bay and in Alliance and Horde Capitals.
2.) Being attacked by a zombie.
3.) Standing in a zombie's infectious cloud.
4.) Attacking a plagued critter in the cities.

This is a disease, so any player who can dispel (cleanse, purify, cure/abolish disease) diseases can remove it, or you can seek the healing of an Argent Healer found all over major cities.

If you attempt to remove the disease through effects such as Stoneform, Divine Shield, or Ice Block, however, you will instantly be converted into a zombie.

As a Zombie, you get the following perks:
1.) You are now a member of the Scourge faction, which includes many Undead across Azeroth, and perhaps some not-so-obivious members. Seek them out and tell us what you find!
2.) All members of the Scourge faction can communicate, whether or not they were Alliance or Horde "in life."
3.) Zombies are less powerful (at least right now) alone, but scary in numbers (as they typically are in modern zombie lore). However, they get a unique set of abilities.
4.) Zombies can pass the undead plague on to others, both players and NPCs, so you *could* convert a town if you were feeling evil enough and could survive the defenders.

The price of being a Zombie is:
1.) Your life slowly drains away, so you have to have something to attack constantly. Zombies have an ability to help them regenerate hp for a while though, but be careful. Once you die as a Zombie, you of course go back to being your normal character.
2.) No one who isn't Scourge likes you while you are a Zombie, so be prepared to be attacked by just about everyone.
3.) You're slow (You are a Zombie after all) so that people who want nothing to do with you can get away.
4.) If you keep your armor on while a zombie and you die to an NPC, you will still pay the durability penalty.

In this event, there will be people spreading the plague, and people curing the plague, though the latter will become harder as time goes by. There will be zombies attacking normal characters, and normal characters attacking zombies. None of these are considered by Blizzard to be griefing, so don't get too angry if it happens to you. It's exactly what should be going on during this event.

I've been inspired to write a story from the perspective of my Paladin Auros for this event. I've given it the title of the patch to reflect its connection: Echoes of Doom. My intention is to add to it as the event progresses. You get two parts since it started Wednesday and I didn't get the first part up Wednesday. You can find it here if you're interested:
http://valarguild.proboards22.com/index.cgi?board=WoWRP&action=display&thread=812

Since I am a Paladin and do generally enjoy the surrounding lore, and some of you are bound to be Zombies at some point, it's possible you'll find yourself at the wrong end of my exorcism whether intentionally or not (It's not all that easy to tell one Zombie from another, or a PC Zombie from an NPC Zombie), and I'm fully expecting to be surrounded by Zombies at some point, and perhaps absorbed into their ranks a few times if the numbers are great enough or the event progresses such that they become strong enough. In light of this, I'd like to say up front no hard feelings :}

Finally, just remember that this is a one-time event, and after Wrath of the Lich-King is released it will quite likely be done with. Whichever side of the giant zombie fight you find yourself on, please try to have fun. :}

Oct. 23, 2008:

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Celebrian's Special Day" by Jay of Lasgalen. PG 13
             "A short story to celebrate Mother's Day tomorrow in the UK. Celebrían also has a special day, and Elladan and Elrohir plan a surprise for her. Rating is for hinted at marital activities."

    Gaming / WoW Lothar server: Letter from Eonwe:
On Thursday, October 23rd, starting at 5pm server time (EDT), Eonwë will be taking his level 70 Paladin Auros through the following list of dungeons to complete his achievements. All members with a character able to enter a dungeon on the list is welcome to join him in what dungeons they can visit, whether for quests or just to get a quick run.  Any dungeons not run on Thursday will spill over onto Friday.
 
Wailing Caverns
Shadowfang Keep
Blackfathom Deeps
Scarlet Monastary
Zul'Farrak
Dire Maul
Stratholme (Starting from the front gate and clearing the Scarlet Crusade side first)
 
To test the abilities of the new Calendar feature, I have created an event for that day on the calendar and sent a mass-invite to the Guild, so all you should need to do is accept or decline. Let me know how it goes.
 
For those wishing a more sporting chance for the inhabitants of these dungeons (and for other dungeons), runs can be arranged next week with my lower level characters of approximately appropriate level for the dungeons.
 
In addition, any members with characters of level 65 or above are welcome to meet Auros every weekday between the hours of 5pm and 7 pm server time from now until October 31st (the last day) for an attempt on the Headless Horseman, if we can get enough together to give him a go. Saturdays I will likely be unavailable, and Sunday's availability will be after meetings.
Oct. 19, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting transcript by Eonwe-(Valar), Luthien-(TV) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: ()
    Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, GwaihirValar, luthienathariel, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, VardaValar1.
Membership:
    Elrond is back, and brought his wife as new Full Member, Celebrian-(V).
    Menelvagor is starting his month without internet during a move.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Short story by Jay of Lasgalen, with Thranduil trying to raise young Legolas after the death of his mother. Young Legolas tries out some ideas from books to his father's dismay.:
            "The Librarian"
Gaming:
    WoW patch discussed
       Valandil is back from vacation
       Arien transferred a character back to Argent Dawn
    LotRO folk doing a lot to get ready for the expansion.
Tolkien:
    Image of the sunrise in Valinor by Luthien-(TV)
    A possible Sindarin word for goodbye as in "be well".
    Balrog wings
    Surfing, some of the folk found these YouTubes of The Hobbit with the Bard's Song, and an English language version of the Bard's Song using clips from the animated Hobbit movie.

Oct. 18, 2008
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Some members helped Lindir-(V) complete Book 12 and start into Book 13. Some of the helpers were Amroth-(V), Ulmo-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar).

Oct. 17, 2008
    Community / New member:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Celebrian-(V)!
Celebrian is from Georgia in the USA, EDT time zone. She is married in real life to Elrond-(V) and they share a website: Star & Moon - game reviews. She is 33 and plays many games, with LotRO as her current main. She will continue playing WoW until her subscription is up, plays RvR on Warhammer Online, and EQ2. She sometimes plays Star Wars Galaxy and Guild Wars. More rarely she plays Vanguard, Age of Conan, and Tabula Rasa. She has read the Lord of the Rings and has the Hobbit and Silmarillion, planning to read them as well. She and Elrond also have seen the movies and own the Extended edition, as do most of us. She was scouted by Elrond-(V), gamed with Elrond, Maedhros, and Varda in Forochel, and tested a perfect 5/5 score with Varda. Her favorite LotR character is Samwise, for his complete loyalty to Frodo. He had a good heart and all he cared about was taking care of his friend even before himself.

    Gaming / LotrO:
       Carn Dum 9pm EDT
, "Anc's Friday Run" set up by Ancalagon as Ancbeard. Meet at Gath Forthnir; Fainan can port you there.
       Folk who showed up: Ancalagon-(V) as Ancbeard, Beleg-(V) as Belleg, Celebrian-(V) as Delandriel, Elrond-(V) as Apophos, Gorlim-(V) as Morwena, Lindir-(V) as Coriss (late), Maedhros-(V) as Galadhalion, Meriadoc-(V) as Kalimacoin, Morwe-(V) as Taleth, Sauron-(Valar) as Tevildo (early), Varda-(Valar) as Fainan (very late).
          Kin mail from Ancalagon:
    Hey all. This Friday, Oct 17th, I'm going to start the first of three runs to Carn Dum. The main purpose of all three is to complete the 'Champions of Carn Dum' deed. This involves eventually defeating all of the bosses in the dungeon.
    This week, our main target will be Barashal. If we have time we'll also try for Urro and Helchgam, depending on if anyone needs them.
    Meet in Gath Forthnir at 9pm EDT.
        Varda had to be away, visiting a friend in the hospital. Folk showed up for the run but were too tired to do it, socialized a bit. Varda showed up late and Elrond's wife joined the guild, then most everyone went to sleep. We may try again Saturday when we are more awake. Galadhalion hopes to be back Sunday.

       Gaming / WoW:
          Eonwe and Alatar ran Deadmines. Eonwe, Sauron, and Fangorn ran dailies together. Bilbo also joined in.
~*~

Oct. 16, 2008
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Impromptu Forochel run
by Maedhros-(V) as Galadhalion, Elrond-(V) as Apophos, Delandriel (Elrond's wife), Meriadoc-(V) as Kalimacoin, and Varda-(Valar) as Fainan. Ancalgon and Lindir were also on. :)

Oct. 14, 2008
    Community:
       Welcome back to Elrond! He's planning on coming to LotRO with us and bringing his lady wife as well!

Oct. 12, 2008 Sunday
    Community:
        Menelvagor
is moving to a new home and will probably not have internet for a month. Then he plans to be back on AIM and in LotRO.
    Gaming / LotRO:
          Report paraphrased from Ulmo in chat: Today, a group killed the Goblin King in Goblin Town four times so four different people could get the necklace. They had to kill him, leave the instance, disband, and start again. Participants were Ulmo as Vailimo, Melkor as Belegur, Aratan as Aaratan, Falathar as Lorelana, and Angrod as Aungrod.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (11)
    Aerandir V, Ancbeard, Ariehn, ArPharazonV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando-(Valar)/OrodrethV, VardaValar1
    Eklasia

Oct. 11, 2008 Sat:  (See below on Oct 10 for the Friday Sarnur run report and Mines of Moria expansion; Oct 9 for the report on the State of Valar Gaming by Eonwe)
    Gaming / LotRO:

             Beleg-(V) planned to do a Rift run at 8pm EDT with as many Valarites as he can find, then fill in the rest.
             We decided not to do the Rift as Beleg, Ulmo, and Melkor were not present. Instead we did two groups: one ran Angmar and one ran Misty Mountains quests. We also welcomed Rumil-(V) back when he came in looking at the changes to Angmar. We also did some crafting resulting in yet more Grand Masters for the guild.
       Angmar: Melkor-(Valar)'s family destroyed many of the Witch-king's minions in East Angmar.

    The Children of Húrin Paperback Release Party is an online event to celebrate the publication of The Children of Húrin Paperback Edition by Houghton Mifflin, the new book by J.R.R. Tolkien, first released on Tuesday 17th April 2007 in hardback edition.
    The event will take place online on October 14, 2008 and is being organized by TolkienLibrary.com and Houghton Mifflin.
    Next to chatting there will be giveaways and a Q&A with special guest Alan Lee.
    Chat schedule:
Starts: noon EDT. (EST is one hour earlier)
Alan Lee chat session: 5:30pm to 6:30pm EDT.
End event: around 7:30pm EDT.
    Log-in to the chat here. Directions below:
    To connect to the Chat Forum and chat with other web site visitors, make sure the Connect Tab is visible then:
    Enter the Username you wish to use into the Chat Username box. This must be at least 3 characters and a maximum of 15 characters, no spaces.
    If you have a Password associated with this Username (Registered/Staff/Admin users only), enter it into the Password box. 3-15 characters, no spaces. If you do not have a password leave this box empty.
    If you would like to add a few details about yourself that other Chat Forum users can view while you are connected, you can add an optional Profile via the Profile Box. Maximum 200 characters. If you do not wish to add a Profile leave this box empty.
    Click the ENTER Button to connect to the Chat Forum. The Applet will connect to the Chat Forum Server and log you in. You are now ready to chat!
~*~

Oct. 10, 2008 Fri:
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Sarnur
9pm:
           Ancalagon-(V) says:
Ancbeard will return to Sarnur Friday, Oct. 10 at 9pm EDT to enact vengeance for last time! Anyone who wishes to join him is welcome.
       We had a fun run in the Sarnur instance. We killed a lot of trolls, then moved deeper into an instance within the instance to go after bigger trolls. Ancbeard is within 25 of his Valour trait after tonight, and others of us are also moving very well along on that, whether we need it or not! Most importantly, we picked up a much improved sense of teamwork in strategy and in nailing conjunctions. Participants were all level 50's: Ancalagon (guardian Ancbeard), Beleg (captain Belleg), Melkor (hunter Belegur), Ulmo (loremaster Vailimo), and Varda (hunter Fainan). We had to break up for sleep around the time we encountered the drake, Brullug. We plan on finding a better way to approach him, after learning that he goes into exploit mode when we try to lure him up the ramp away from all the other monsters.

       Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Expansion:
            Expected release date in North America is Nov. 18. A Sweepstake entry code will be available in any specially marked retail box, Pre-order, Complete Edition, or Collector's Edition  and without purchase at http://www.lotro.com/moria.
Prizes include:
    *  $10,000 Cash (U.S. Dollars)
    * Two Alienware® Gaming Media Entertainment Packages
    * Logitech® Z-5500 THX Speakers
    * NVidia® GeForce™ 9600 GT cards
    * Logitech® G15 Keyboard & Logitech® G9 Laser Mouse
    * Alienware® Ozma 5 Headphones
    * Alienware® Orion Backpack
    * The Lord of the Rings Online Lifetime Memberships
    * The Lord of the Rings Online 30-day game time cards
    * The Lord of the Rings Online T-shirts
    * 2GB Flash Drives
    Mines of Moria Digital Early Upgrade Program Details:
        Current and former players of The Lord of The Rings Online who purchase an early digital (before Nov. 18) upgrade to Mines of Moria qualify for the following special early upgrade benefits:
            Early Upgrade Pricing
                Only $9.99 per month when choosing a multi-month subscription plan!
                OR
                $199 for a Lifetime Membership!
            Early Upgrade In-game items
                The Cloak of Sunset, a unique cloak emblazoned with an image of the Hollin Gate which will be available to players upon upgrading
                An exclusive in-game Moria character title - “Moria Expeditionary” which will be available to players upon upgrading
                3 in-game tokens, which allows players to choose 3 of 8 unique in-game items after Mines of Moria launches

    WoW Lothar:
       Sauron, Varda, and Bilbo showed up for the usual Friday, even if briefly.
~*~

Oct. 9, 2008
    State of Valar Guild Gaming:
report by Eonwe-(Valar)

Oct. 5, 2008 Sun:

    Gaming / WoW Lothar server:
report from Fangorn-(V)
       Elwing, Fangorn, and Sauron's level 70's teamed up for "dailies" in Quel"danas, and chat. Sauron had to leave since he had an early morning (university), but Elwing and Fangorn continued on to other areas to finish up dailies together.

    Chat room marathon participants today
(before the meeting):
        Ancalagon-(V)/Ancbeard, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Luthien-(TV)/luthienathariel, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, VardaValar1
        The motion was made by Fladrif-(V) that we continue the open chat room in normal times, seconded by Luthien-(TV).
        Luthien found this cute Sil humor page: The One Thousand Word Silmarillion, which was originally posted on Camwyn's live journal.

    Community / Histories:
        Eonwe: The Herald's Tale

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the fabulous Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif, and Varda
Attending: (12)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V))/Ancbeard, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen-(V)/arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Luthien-(TV)/luthien@vfemail.net, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Thranduil-(V)/Gamatzgamatz, VardaValar1
    Guild-friend: the loser emu
    Side-window: Hello's and happy anniversaries from Manwe and Dior-(V).
Chat:
    The transcript includes a taste of the chat that went on between the two meetings during the marathon.
Membership:
    Individual anniversary speeches were given by these attendees:
       Varda, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Fladrif, Luthien, Farmer Maggot, Ancalagon, Arien, and Gwaihir.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Valinor by Luthien-(TV). One of these has a small version included in the rotating images for the home page.
    Games:
          "Spore" game review by Fladrif-(V)
          Player gaming information updated from emails and AIM meetings. Is yours updated?
    Community / Histories:
       Eonwe: The Herald's Tale
Tolkien:
        Australia and Numenor, somewhat jokingly.
        The Silmarillion in only One Thousand Words link
        Middle-earth lakes: discussion starting with a link to art by Luthien-TV
        Miriel, elf. Actual discussion.

~*~

Oct. 4, 2008 Sat.:
Happy Eleventh Anniversary to the Valar Guild!

    Chat room today:
       ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Luthien-(TV)/luthienathariel, Lungorthin-(Valar)/sauronjag, VardaValar1
       Speeches of reminescing given by Varda, Eonwe, and Ar-Pharazon. New art, new History, and new Review.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Luthien's new cave in the Glittering Caves of Aglarond! Enjoy the tree photos and the video of Beren and Luthien! She's added Valinor artwork too!

    LotRO Gaming:
       We ran epic Book 5 in a 6-man completing it, including the runs with Legolas and Gimli. Participants were Aaratan (Aratan-V) 38 elf hunter, Aungrod (Angrod-V) 47 human captain, Fainan (Varda-Valar) 50 hunter, Lorelana (Falathar-V) 46 elf loremaster, Melko (Melkor-Valar) 47 minstrel, and Tauronvala (Orome-Valar) 47 elf guardian. Other folk showing up at the time were Aeronwy (Gorlim-V) 50 human minstrel and Vailimo (Ulmo-Valar) 48 elf loremaster.
    Then Ancalagon-(V) came in with Ancbeard dwarf 50 guardian. We then went into Book 6 until Aratan required a level to continue, got him that level, and broke up for the day.
    Then we took advantage of the extra experence being offered Oct 2-6 on our lower characters. Amroth-(V) as Lhee, Ancalagon-(V) as Ancwyn, Ulmo-(Valar) as Vailimo, and Gorlim as Aeronwy.

    WoW Gaming:
       Lothar server:

       Fangorn-(Valar) went to every major city and proclaimed the anniversary. He had to explain a few times, since WoW has not been up for 11 years, how we could have an eleventh anniversary, and sent some folk to our site. Thanks, Fangorn!

Oct. 3, 2008 Fri.
    LotRO Gaming:
       Sarnur run in Ered Luin 9pm EDT:
            Participants: Ancbeard (Ancalagon's level 50 guardian dwarf), Niequi (Ulmo's 50 human minstrel), Belegur (Melkor's 50 elf hunter), Aungrod (Angrod's 47 human captain), Lorelana (Falathar's 46 elf lore-master), Aaratan (Aratan's 37 elf hunter). Varda was a bit late to get in, as was Gorlim's Aeronwy, but we were present. Ulmo's Vailimo lore-master and Varda's Fainan hunter duoed Sarnur afterwards. Aeronwy did festival fun.

    Chat room helpers today:
       Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Luthien-(TV)/luthienathariel, VardaValar1
       Fladrif is back from Paris.
For Oct. 14:
    The Children of Húrin Paperback Release Party is an online event to celebrate the publication of The Children of Húrin Paperback Edition by Houghton Mifflin, the new book by J.R.R. Tolkien, first released on Tuesday 17th April 2007 in hardback edition.
    The event will take place online on October 14, 2008 and is being organized by TolkienLibrary.com and Houghton Mifflin.
Oct. 2, 2008 Thurs.
    Chat room helpers today:
      
Ancalagon-(V)/Ancbeard, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, Luthien-(TV)/luthienathariel, VardaValar1

Oct. 1, 2008 Wed.
    11th Anniversary Chat Room marathon:
       Helpers today:
       Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, arwenv1, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Luthien-(TV)/luthienathariel, VardaValar1
          Bombur shared this link: http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/02/28/one-does-not-simply-tank-cat-into-mordor/
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Sept. 30, 2008 Tues.
    11th Anniversary Chat Room marathon:
       Helpers today:
       Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, arwenv1, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Luthien-(TV)/luthienathariel, VardaValar1
    Poem by Arwen-(V)
To Valar Guild!
Ivory towers fading fast
Yet sunset's light doth last
For a glory-shining night
People come together
To conquer dark forever
And bask in morning's light
Eleven years a-tenure
T'honor Tolkien's treasure
And all that he did write.
Sept. 29, 2008 Mon.
    11th Anniversary Chat Room Marathon continues:
        Helpers today:

        Members: Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, arwenv1, ArPharazonV, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, VardaValar1.
        Friend: arandomchickshi (Aerandir's friend, first time on AIM, read LotR and saw movies. Writes and draws about Middle-earth.)
    Fladrif is making his own computer, currently wrestling the sound card and pre-amp. He hopes to send pictures when he's finished.
    Eonwe is still working on the Games page reprogramming, a very long job.

    Gaming / LotRO announcement:
From October 2-6, 2008, we're offering free LOTRO access to our former players, and +25% bonus experience gain for everyone who logs in and plays. Returning players are invited to patch up, jump in, and start playing on their old characters to get them ready for Moria!
Sept. 28, 2008 Sun.
    11th Anniversary Chat Room Marathon begins!
Please come and help us hold the chat room open until the next Sunday meeting. The anniversary is Oct. 4. Feel free to send in items for the Tolkien Site for it, and say in the email that the item is for that. Also, if you do something in-game either solo or group, let Varda know to help coordinate and to add to the festivities!
    Helpers seen today:
AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen-(V)/windofhyperia, Bombur-(V)/MrMonkey2002Blah, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthien@vfemail.net, VardaValar1.
    Eonwe and Varda worked on programming for the Valar Guild splash page. Try refreshing it a few times now. http://valarguild.org/
    Eonwe is working hard on the Games page reprogramming.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the illustrious Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen-(V)/windofhyperia, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Luthien-(TV)/luthien@vfemail.net, VardaValar1
Summary:
Membership:
    New Tolkien-only Luthien-(TV) says her few words!
    Ar-Pharazon's 5th anniversary in the guild.
    11th Anniversary of the Valar Guild. Event suggestions:
       All members: Chat room remains open from this meeting through the next one. Anyone may aid! (Now in progress.)
       All members: Add to the Tolkien Site with a special new item for the anniversary: humor, poem, story, article, art, music, language, or other. Email it to Varda with a mention that it is in honor of the 11th Anniversary.
       Programmers: Change the splash page picture for each refresh. (Done, and continuing to add to it.)
       Gamers:
            Get together in StarCraft, WarCraft3, Diablo, Diablo2, other games. Send desired times to Varda if interested, or join in with folks staying in the AIM chat all week to coordinate.
           Fireworks to be shot in WoW and LotRO on anniversary day, solo and in groups, with a call out saying Happy 11th Anniversary, Valar Guild!
          WoW only: questing Friday.
          LotRO only: Join up at the kinhouse, Prancing Pony, or Party Tree as preferred to play music, preferably Middle-earth related, can email abc files, use ones we already have together, or post desired group play abc's to the forum. Saturday morning and/or afternoon group questing likely. Sunday group questing likely.
Web:
    Languages: translation of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to Sindarin plus pronunciation by Luthien-(TV).
    Art: YouTube of Beren and Luthien by Luthien-(TV).
Gaming:
    LotRO: Mines of Moria beta underway. Fall Festival underway.
Tolkien:
    Arien-(V)'s Tolkien moment: Sam and Frodo comparing life to an ongoing story. Quote.
    Fladrif-(V)'s topic: How did Ents learn the Common Tongue?
After-meeting: the 11th Anniversary chat room marathon begins!
    Varda-(Valar)'s Tolkien moment: Finrod (fulfilling his oath and for friendship) and Luthien (for love) save Beren.
    Luthien-(TV)'s Tolkien moment: The fundamental difference in nature between Man and Elf according to Finrod (elf) and Andreth (human).

Sept. 27, 2008
Happy birthday to Sauron-(Valar)!

September 25, 2008
   
Varda's back, some intermittent power loss. Hi there. :)

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Luthien-(TV)! Luthien joined us from the Netherlands as a Tolkien-only member with her translation from English to Sindarin of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Her favorite character from Tolkien is Luthien. She enjoys Tolkien's languages and is a member of the newslist for the Elflings Elvish Linguistics List. Besides Sindarin poetry, she also enjoys doing art. She is hoping to find in us a place where she can get and give inspiration, discuss and create things. Her personal website is lúthien tinúviel.
    Tolkien Site / Languages:
       Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star  translation to Sindarin by Luthien-(TV).

Sept. 24, 2008
Happy birthday to Bilbo-(V)!

Sept. 22, 2008
Happy Birthday to Bilbo and Frodo in the books! May the Party Tree take delight.

Sept. 21, 2008

Report by Eonwë.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwë, Fladrif, and Pharazon
Summary:
Attending:
(6)
   
ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1
Before-Meeting:Varda and family, Gimli, and Elwing are ok after Hurricane Ike came through their area. Elwing and Gimli have power; Varda, Fangorn, and the family are still waiting.
Membership:
    Varda visiting Elwing, joined us for meeting. Membership news also in Before-Meeting.
    Gwaihir and Gilraen are still around.
Web:
    Eonwë is keeping the News page going while Varda is without power. The Tolkien site will be updated as Varda is able, so continue to send stories, poetry, articles, and art to her, but it may be a while to get on the Tolkien Site.
    Games Page Mass-Update still underway. Please send in your gaming info to Eonwë by September 30th.
Gaming:
    WoW: 3.02 patch is on the PTR. Wrath of the Lich-King will be out November 13th.
    WoW Americas:
       Lothar server: Elwing and Arwen were on during the week, Eonwë was on Friday.
       Uldaman server: Eonwë popped in and got a level on his Hunter.
    LotRO:
       Landroval server:
          Ancalagon reports this week's run was cancelled due to only having two members show.
    Other games:
       Tasty Planet: Pharazon
       Spore: Fladrif;     Games Reviews: Fladrif is working on a Spore review for us. Thanks, Fladrif!
Tolkien:
    Forum RP discussion: Geography around Thranduil's Halls, and some posting.

Sept. 18, 2008
Report by Eonwë.
In Varda's absence, I (Eonwë) have taken up the News page to keep the Guild updated on everything going on. Please send news and such with a CC to me until Varda is able to take up the News page once again, so that Varda doesn't have a ton of work to do when she gets back. News items I've added will note as much, so when you see that disappear, you'll know she's back, but the announcement that she's back will probably indicate that as well :}
You can continue to send artwork, articles, stories and such to Varda, and she will sift through them when she gets back, so don't be concerned if no stories etc are put up until then.
Thanks for your help :}
Eonwë

Sept. 14, 2008
Report by Eonwë.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwë
Summary:
Attending:
(6)
   
Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, Arwen/arwenv1, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv
Pre-Meeting:
    Quote of St. Crispin's Day Speech from Shakespeare's Henry V
Membership:
    Hurricane Ike passed over the Laytonrim's (Varda and family) area, so she may not have power right now.
    The storm passed further east of Eonwë than predicted, so I'm still here.
    Games Page Update still underway. Please send in your gaming info to Eonwë by September 30th.
Web:
    Nothing new for the the Stories or Art pages for reasons stated above. You can continue to send Varda stories, art, articles, etc, and she will get them up as soon as she can when she gets back.     GPMU updating still going.
Gaming:
    WoW: 3.02 patch (the pre-expansion patch) going onto PTR soon, also going to be available on background downloader to get a head start.
    Starcraft/Broodwar and Warcraft 3/Frozen Throne can now be played without the disks, thanks to relatively recent patches.     LotRO: Mines of Moria Dev Diary, focusing on the Runekeeper.     WoW Americas:
       Lothar server: Bilbo, Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron
    LotRO:
       Landroval server: most of us.
          Carn Dum Tower Prep run.
    Other games:
       Tasty Planet: Pharazon
       Warhammer Online: Arwen
       Diablo: Arwen;     Games Reviews: Could always use more :} Tolkien:
    Discussion on Yavanna's creations and Melkor influence on them.

Sept. 8, 2008
    Gaming/LotRO:
Anc's Carn Dum Tower Prep Run

On Friday, September 12th I plan on leading a group into Carn Dum to retrieve the key necessary to open the shortcut to the tower. The main goal is to locate Azgoth and slay her. Anyone who wishes to join me may meet me at Gath Forthnir starting at 830pm EDT. I would like to move out by 9pm!
-Ancalagon
    Games Page Mass Update by Eonwe-(Valar).
        If your email for this mass update hasn't reached you for whatever reason, you can read it at the beginning link. Please email Eonwe with your latest gaming info, including if you aren't gaming this year but would like to remain associated as a member. Eonwe's email is included in the link above. Here's a link to the Games Page itself.

Sept. 7, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda coming here soon.
Summary:
Attending:
(6)
   
Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    GPMU (Games Page Mass Update) begins. Some told Eonwe their gaming info in the AIM meeting.
    Melkor-(Valar)'s birthday was Sept. 5.
Web:
    GPMU coding has started.
    More stories will be going up this week, but we'd like to see more stories, poetry, articles, art, music, reviews etc from our Full and Tolkien-only Members, from the very short to the extremely long. Articles are the most wanted but all additions are a joy.
Gaming:
    Darkfall Online beta signup
    Raving Rabbids: Ar-Pharazon
    Pharoah's Curse Gold: Ar-Pharazon
    StarCraft BroodWar: Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif; Bilbo, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, Varda.
    Spore, a new game recently out. Creature creator for the trial, quite a few of these can be found on YouTube. Fladrif now has the game.
    D&D tabletop: Dirhavel. Gimli, Sauron, Varda
    WoW Europe: Arien, Helm, Valandil, Menelvagor
    WoW Americas:
       Lothar server: Bilbo, Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, Varda
       Uldaman server: Elwing, Fangorn, Varda
    LotRO:
       Landroval server: most of us.
          Goblin Town run last Friday. Carn Dum next week.
Tolkien:
    Hobbit archers, moving on to how they handled food and government.

Sept. 6, 2008
Saturday
    Gaming/LotRO:
       The Goblin Town run started at 10 AM EDT. Ancalagon set this up by kinmail, with additional help by word of mouth and from Varda with the Kin Message of the Day and general News on the website.
        Folks who ran were all Valarited and all level 50's: Ancalagon (Ancbeard guardian), Angrod (Angrodir), Beleg (Belegwulf?), Gorlim (Morwena), Melkor (Melcor), Orome (Atanorome), Ulmo (Niequi minstrel), and Varda (Fainan hunter).

September 5, 2008
Friday
    Membership:
        Happy Birthday, Melkor!
    Gaming/WoW/Lothar server:
       Bilbo, Elwing, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, (Varda earlier)

Sept. 3, 2008 Wed
    Gaming/WoW/Uldaman server:
       Fangorn, Elwing, and Varda came to the Horde side and made a little money towards the guild bank.

September 3, 2008
    Gaming/LotRO:
Subject: Anc's Goblin Town Takeover

On Saturday, Sept. 6 I will be launching a takeover of Goblin Town. Anyone who wishes to join me can meet me there or at Vindurhal. I will probably show up by 10 am Eastern.
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August 31, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending (4):
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New initiate in LotRO: Aeragen. Name not yet chosen.
    Ar-Pharazon starts back to college tomorrow, MT.
Web:
   
Tolkien Site/Stories:
       "Night on a Bare Mountain" by Jay of Lasgalen. 6 chapters and an epilogue. "While travelling home across the Misty Mountains, Elrohir encounters unexpectedly severe weather. Injured and alone, he discovers just how strong his link with Elladan is." Added to the site today.
    Games Site:
       Next week is the start of the Games Page Mass Update. Please email your current gaming info to Eonwe or let him know at an AIM meeting.
        Information requested:
            Games currently played
            Character names or account names depending on game type.
    Eonwe asks:
        "What do you think of the layout of the Games Page, and if you could, what one thing would you change?"
Gaming:
    LotRO:
       Festival ends midnight Sept. 1.
       The 6-man Urugarth run on Friday went well, ending after the Warg cages due to fatigue as many of our folk had had a full day of work and/or college.
       The Mines of Moria expansion is now in the second round of Beta invites.
    Guild Wars: Ar-Pharazon
    StarCraft/BroodWar: Fladrif and Ar-Pharazon
    TA:Kingdoms: The Iron Plague. Ar-Pharazon is nearly done with Iron Plague and will probably be returning to Red Alert.
   
Rayman Raving Rabbids: Ar-Pharazon completed it.
    WarCraft 3: Fladrif lost this CD-key during the move, as well as others, so he only has SC/BW.
    Darkfall Beta:
       Forum post by Gimli-(V) today:
FINALLY the time has come, Darkfall is now accepting Beta Applications, for those of you that are interested here is the link to the site to sign up
http://www.darkfallonline.com/beta/
hope to see yall in there
Tolkien:
   
Where would ents be now if they are still around?
After-meeting gaming:
    BroodWar get-together by Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif, and Eowyn on a low money map. Phar had to go to bed partway through, so Fladrif used his Dark Archons to take over Phar's characters and continue. They won. :)

August 29, 2008 Friday
   
Gaming/LotRO:
        The 9pm EDT Urugarth run went off well, set up and led by Warlord Ancalagon.
        Thanks for coming on the successful run to Ancalagon (guardian Ancbeard), Beleg (captain Belleg), Dis (burglar Gherkin), Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), and Varda (hunter Fainan).

August 25, 2008
   
Gaming/LotRO:
        Planned: Urugarth run Aug 29, 9pm EDT, meet at Gath Forthnir in Angmar. Run set up by Ancalagon. Please sign up on the forum to let us know if you plan to come or would like to be on standby.

August 24, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending (6):
    AriehnV, arwenv1, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Pallando Valar/OrodrethV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Eonwe is at the movies with his family.
    Dis has a second LotRO account now and put a character in the Valar kinship again.
    Pallando: "On Friday, 22 August, 2008, I graduated from MCRD San Diego as a United States Marine. :D"
Web:
    AIM allowed people in the room to talk, but no one could put in web addresses.
    Games page: update work is ongoing such as crit items for LotRO crafting, table programming.
    Tolkien Site: Art
       "Templar Sergeant". Model assembled and painted by DeepGroover-(TV).
Gaming:
    Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a new game coming up at the end of the year, unrelated to LotRO. One can play a character from the story either good or bad such as Aragorn or the Witch-king.
    D&D tabletop (not online) played by Dirhavel, and by Sauron, Gimli, and Varda together in another state.
    Guild Wars
    TA:Kingdoms: The Iron Plague expansion
    Rayman Raving Rabbits for the pc
    Starcraft: Broodwar played by Ar-Pharazon and Fladrif together.
    WoW:
       Europe:
            Argent Dawn server: Ar-Pharazon
            Bloodhoof server: Arien, Helm
       Americas:
            Lothar server: Bilbo, Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Sauron, Varda
            Uldaman server: Elwing, Eowyn
    LotRO:
        Planned: Urugarth run Aug 29, 9pm EDT, meet at Gath Forthnir in Angmar. Run set up by Ancalagon. [Note: learned this after the meeting in-game from kinmail.]
       Summer Festival has been re-done and will be running to Sept. 1.
Tolkien:
        Ancalagon asks where we should be able to find helmets with horns in Middle-earth.
          Sources:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_helmet
            http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mhornedhelmet.html
          Horned helmets were not generally found among Vikings and were most likely not used in battle, although some may possibly have been used in war dances and/or religious ceremonies. These may have come down from Celtic ceremonies associated with the antlered god, Cernunnos. Ancient Celts wore other things on helmets, including wings, and even nearly whole animals, reminiscent of American Indians using headgear and cloaks to make dancers/priests represent animals. By the time the idea reached the Scandinavian area during the Migration Period, the antlers were changing into two snakes and dragons.
          900-1100 BC: a pair of bronze horned helmets were found near Viksø, Denmark.
          ~800 BC: a figurine of a man wearing a horned helmet was found in Zealand, Denmark.
        484 BC–c. 425 BC: "Herodotus reported that the Thracians, the prototypical steppe barbarians to the ancient Greeks of his day, wore horned helmets."
          ~100 BC: a pre-Roman celtic bronze helmet was found in the River Thames, England. This differed from earlier finds in that the horns were straight and conical.
          ~1 or 2 BC: the Gundestop cauldron, a silver bowl covered with depictions of Celtic(?) deities and rituals including the leaping figure of a man in a horned helmet holding a wheel that is also being held by a bearded god, was found in in a peat bog near the hamlet of Gundestrop, in the Aars parish of Himmerland, Denmark. This is the largest example of European Iron Age work. The style and workmanship suggest a Thracian origin, the imagery suggests Celtic.
          ~55 BC: late Gaulish helmets with small horns adorned with wheels were found in Orange, France, the style reminescent of the depiction on the Gundestrop cauldron.
          5 AD (Migration Period 1st phase between AD 300 and 500, 2nd phase between AD 500 and 700): a metal die depicts a warrior with a helmet adorned with 2 snakes or dragons arranged similary to horns. This type of helmet seems to have fallen out of use after the Migration period. Found in Öland, Sweden.
          600 AD: a decorative plate on a helmet in the Sutton Hoo burial sites, the ship burial showed a helmet like the one on the above die. The burial mounds were near near Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.
          700 to 1066 AD (Viking Age): amulet found in Uppland, Sweden shows a figure with two snakes or dragons on its head.
          ~800 AD: Oseburg ship seems to have been interred in the burial mound in Vestfold county, Norway about 834 AD, parts of the ship seem to be from 800 AD, and the ship itself is even older. On it was found a tapestry with an illustration of what may have been a Viking Age horned helmet.

August 22, 2008
    Tolkien/Gaming/LotRO/Meeting:
        Ancalagon asks where we should be able to find helmets with horns in Middle-earth.

August 21, 2008
    Gaming: Lord of the Rings: Conquest 
(nothing to do with LotRO)
       Email from Eonwe-(Valar):
I heard about this game (Lord of the Rings:Conquest) fairly recently, and thought now was a good time to mention it.
 
It's being developed by Pandemic Studios through EA's LotR license, which means they for to use alot of stuff from the movies as well, and is slated to come out by the end of the year.
It's not going to be canon, but may or may not be as bad as "The Third Age" (also by EA) in that respect. I can't comment on gameplay, as it's supposed to be similar to Star Wars:Battlefront (also developed by Pandemic), which I've never played.
There's going to be both good and evil campaigns, and mages as a playable class.
 
Web site is www.pandemicstudios.com/conquest/.
In an effort to find a press release of some sort, I dug out this interview from theonering.net:
http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2008/05/08/28812-what-is-the-lord-of-the-rings-conquest-pandemic-studios-eric-%e2%80%9cgiz%e2%80%9d-gewirtz-tells-us-about-it/
 
Take care.
Eonwë
August 18, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
"Templar Sergeant". Model assembled and painted by DeepGroover-(TV).

August 17, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, VardaValar1
Meeting begins:
    After the meeting was underway a while, old versions of AIM started acting up. The only suggestion AIM and the forums give is to update. Apparently the problem accumulates over time after a room comes on. Individual side windows had no problem.
Membership:
    Ancalagon hopes to have a new computer and be able to join us in AIM.
    Amroth is having computer difficulties due to the heat in his house. No air conditioner.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
        New stories this week:
          The latest chapter of "To See a World" by Nightwing is online: Ch. 48 "In Dreams".
          "Wedding Woes" by Jay of Lasgalen.
    Games page:
        Mass update preparatory coding work is going on behind the scenes.
Gaming:
    WoW:
        Olympics extras at the Battlegrounds: tabard and unknown pet rewards.
    LotRO:
        World event opened thanks to collecting 70,000 Ring-lore on our server allowing completion of Book 14 plus extras:
            New battle instances are up at Gath Forthnir with marks and barter tokens.
            Barter marks are now available at the Reflecting Pools for re-doing instances from earlier in the books, encouraging helping others with them.
        Tonight at midnight is the end of the Summer Festival.
    Other games played:
       Guild Wars
       TA:Kingdoms: The Iron Plague
       Rainforest Adventure
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moment given by Eonwe-(Valar).

Aug. 12, 2008
   
Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Wedding Woes" by Jay of Lasgalen.
            "Summary: The message was simple and straightforward, if rather brief: 'I have news. Meet me at the Prancing Pony in Bree before the next full moon. Arathorn.'

Aug. 11, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Update: The latest chapter of "To See a World" by Nightwing is online: Ch. 48 "In Dreams".

Aug. 10, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    140 total members, 118 are gamers, rest are Tolkien-onlies.
    Ar-Pharazon returned from vacation and is unpacking.
    Gilraen and Gwaihir moved into their new house.
Web:
    More entries needed from actual members for the Tolkien Site.
Gaming:
    Total Annihilation Kingdoms, expansion called The Iron Plague.
    Guild Wars
    WoW:
       Lothar server: runs in Blood Furnace and the Ramparts.
    LotRO:
       Revisions made in some practices to handle the increase of instance and raid running.
          Crafters are now helping load the kinhouse chests with items to help running instances such as hope tokens, morale and power potions, stat food, scrolls.
          Special Warlord officers are now helping people get together to complete the books, deeds, and fellowship instances among other fun things such as group chicken sessions and concerts.
        Beleg joins Ancalagon in Warlord status.
Tolkien:
    How Tolkien's "notes" of history showed up in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
    Members recited some of Tolkien's poetry by memory.
After-meeting:
    In LotRO, Beleg organized runs helping people in the Book quests all over, including chapters 5 and 10. Various members joined in so that we had a full or nearly full group for the many hours played.

Aug. 9, 2008
  Gaming:
    LotRO:
      
Warlords: Today the title of Warlord was given to Beleg-(V) for LotRO, joining our other Warlord, Ancalagon-(V). Warlords are responsible for organizing or helping organize group events including instance runs, raids, deed runs, festival runs, concerts, and even chicken sessions. The Warlord title is an office currently used only in our LotRO Landroval server branch.
    WoW:

       Continued Ramparts run in Hellfire Peninsula: Elwing, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron.

Aug. 8, 2008 Friday
    LotRO:

       Changed up the use of the kinhouse to be more of an aid in instance runs, less for crafting and housing items. Crafters are asked to help keep us stocked with Hope tokens, morale and power potions, scrolls, and foods including stat foods. If you can think of anything else to add to help instance running, feel free to add that too. Varda has been clearing space and several GM crafters have already contributed, notably Miriel, Irmo, Beleg, and Meriadoc.
    WoW:
       Ramparts run in Hellfire Peninsula by Elwing, Eowyn, Fangorn, and Sauron.

Aug. 5, 2008
    LotRO:
       Congratulations and thank you to Irmo and Miriel!
They brought the balrog trophy home to the kin house. Check out the gigantic blade in our yard since it's too big for inside the building. :)

Aug. 3, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, Bard-(V)/meepodmaim, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New Full Member Bard-(V) says his "few words".
    Fladrif-(V) had a family member who passed away today.
Web:
    Art: "Monk Warrior" by DeepGroover-(TV)
Gaming:
    Links to freeware games located by Fladrif-(V):
       Adventure Game Studio
       Wiki list of graphic adventure games
    Chess: Fladrif
    SC: Fladrif
    D&D tabletop: Bard, Gimli, Sauron
    WoW:
       Europe:
            Argent Dawn server: no report, since Ar-Pharazon and Menelvagor are traveling and Valandil is having trouble with AIM.
            Bloodhoof server: Arien, Helm. Attack on Tarren Mill.
       Americas:
           Uldaman server: Elwing, Eowyn, Varda
           Lothar server: Arwen, Bilbo, Elwing, Eowyn, Sauron, Varda
    LotRO: (most of the guild, including some above)
       Summer Festival
       Trophies and loot from the two biggest raids currently available: Helegrod and the Rift.
Tolkien:
    Bard-(V)'s topic: What signs do we see in the LotR of the elves' fading?
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July 31, 2008:
    LotRO:
       Mines of Moria
expansion news.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "Monk Warrior"
model by DeepGroover-(TV).

July 30, 2008
    Membership:
       Welcome to Bard-(V), new Full Member from LotRO!
He currently plays only LotRO, and has read both the Hobbit and LotR. His favorite characters are Sam and Faramir for their nobility of character.

July 27, 2008:
    Membership:
       Welcome to Mablung-(V), new Full Member from LotRO!
This is currently his only game and he has read LotR. His favorite character is Aragorn as the lone tough guy with a good heart, unafraid to go on his own or to join a group for a good cause.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Arwen and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV (presiding), arwenv1, fladrifv, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon is traveling on vacation.
    Eonwe is with family at the movies.
    Eowyn is able to sit up for short times and is back to playing WoW on Lothar server.
    Menelvagor is traveling on vacation.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
        Book List and Reviews section, handled by Arveleg-(V),  has moved to a new server and has a new look.
       Art section: new model by DeepGroover-(TV): "Wounded Knight: Agincourt".
Gaming:
    WoW:
       The Argent Dawn server Valar branch is now being led by Valandil-(V), the gavel handed over by Arien-(Valar) as she is no longer present enough to serve.
    LotRO:
       Much activity. During the meeting, some members were running the Carn Dum instance, having finished off Helchgam (much like the watcher in the water) near the beginning of the meeting, and wading through the other bosses, and were still in the Witch-king's castle by the end of today's meeting.
Tolkien:
    Fladrif-(V) showed us art done by nature: the Crab Nebula picture, article.

July 21, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Encyclopedia:
       The Valar Guild Book List and Reviews for Tolkien Subjects
section of the Tolkien Encyclopedia has moved to a new server. Arveleg-(V), who handles that part of the site, located a server that would suit the needs better. He was not on the valarguild.org server but has been using other servers.
       He warns that "I did encounter one technical difficulty. I noticed on some other computers that when the text size is larger than the "medium" setting in Internet Explorer, it makes the book reviews home page's text kind of distorted."

    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
Cave of DeepGroover-(TV):
           "Wounded Knight: Agincourt". Model assembled and painted by DeepGroover-(TV).

July 20, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon will be gone on vacation for the next two weeks. Another transcript helper is needed for that time.
    Valandil is back playing WoW Europe, after having computer problems. He's still having difficulties using AIM.
    Menelvagor visited Gwaihir and Gilraen.
Web:
    Art page problem?
Gaming:
    WoW general
       Wrath of the Lich King expansion coming, link.
       Achievements being added, link, somewhat like LotRO's Deeds but without the stat improvements.
    LotRO general:
       Book 14 expansion arrives Tuesday. Pre-loader available. The kinship is working hard to get members positioned to jump into Book 14 together.
Tolkien:
    Middle-earth has a lot of humanoid races. How could we expect the ordinary Gondorian or Lakeman to act meeting the other races?

July 19, 2008 Saturday
    WoW:
       Beta invitations for Wrath of the Lich King are now going out!

July 18, 2008
    Gaming/LotRO
       6pm EDST:
Running group instance choke points for Book 2 and 3. Meeting at Ost Guruth.
        If you wish to attend, kindly post at our Forum link. Miriel set this up, and she and Irmo will be bringing their level 50's to help; midnight for them, so please post.
            Book 2.8 The Red Pass (Radagast Instance)
            Book 3.4 Freeing Dori
            Book 3.5 Tending the Glade
            Book 3.6 Defence of Trestlebridge
    The LOTRO game servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, July 22 from 6:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for the latest free content update, Book 14: The Ring-forges of Eregion! Visit the LOTRO Lorebook to view the full release notes. If you'd like to pre-patch your game, please click here for more information ! We'll see you in the game when the servers come back up with Book 14!

July 13, 2008
    Gaming/LotRO:
        Morning: Book 13 epic run (completed); evening more Book 13 plus other group questing.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    rp discussion
    Menelvagor's visit and pictures
Membership:
    More on Menel's visiting Valar in real life and pictures.
    Helm and Valandil are still active in European WoW.
Web:
    Bibliography how-to
Gaming:
    LotRO
    WoW
    Grid: review
    Age of Conan: review
Tolkien:
    Role-play: considering how to rp with the characters in the chat room, alternating with discussion of the forum rp "Scouting Ahead".

July 9, 2008
   Membership:
    Menelvagor
flew this afternoon from Varda's place to see Eonwe.

July 8, 2008
   Membership:
    Ugluk emailed
and said he is interested in trying the upcoming Diablo 3.
    Photos from Menelvagor's trip
to see Varda and family and friend:
       People:
          Image 1:
Sauron, Elwing, Menelvagor, Varda, Eowyn
          Image 2:
Sauron, Elwing, Fangorn, Varda, Eowyn
       Clouds over Montreal as seen from the plane:
          Image 1
          Image 2
          Image 3
          Image 4
          Image 5
          Image 6

July 6, 2008 Sunday
    LotRO:
       Goblin Town run 11 am EDST/ 1700 GMT-1,
headed by Miriel-(V), for levels 44 and up. All who came were level 50. Mahamiriel (Miriel) loremaster, Irmogar (Irmo) guardian, Hiurred (Hurin) captain, Niequi (Ulmo) minstrel. Fainan (Varda) hunter, Dirco, a burglar friend from the Palantiri kinship, and later Lhee (Amroth) loremaster) joined up in Urugarth. The original group joined up at the Rivendell bard's location and left at 11:09am.  The following report is from Irmo starting with Goblin Town:

     At 11:09 PM EDT Miriel (Mahamiriel LM) started leading Hurin (Hiurred CPT), Ulmo (Niequi MNS) and me (Irmogar GRD) through the hollows of Goblin-town.
In perfect straight lines Maha guided us to all places and buttons we needed, doing an occasional quest for those who wanted any along the way.
    More or less precisely when we got that all done, Varda logged on. Not having the pleasure of a potential full fellowship to do things with very often, we discussed possible other things we could do, and agreed on doing an Urugarth run. We got company of Kent (Dirco BRG) from the Palantiri, so we had a fellowship of 6.
    Although it had been a year since Maha and I last were in that instance, Miriel led us through a nigh perfect Urugarth run, successfully finishing all the quests, bosses (e.g. the dragon Lhugrien, the warg-keeper and the Urugarth end-boss Lagmas) and class items we needed. Varda had to go soon [after the Drake Matron, Lhugrien], but we found a pleasant replacement in the person of Amroth (Lhee LM) to keep a fellowship of 6 (and help Maha with the routing now and then). Having two loremasters mezzing annoying adds makes for very comfortable questing by the way :D.
From this experience I would say that this combo (LM/LM/BRG/CPT/MNS/GRD) is very much recommendable for nasty dungeons!
    About 6 hours of high-end questing, not one casualty (!), not once we got lost, all objectives fulfilled. Kudos to Miriel for initiating and leading this, and thanks to those who attended this very nice event.

    Membership:
       Menelvagor flew into the Houston area today, met by Sauron and Varda, and stayed in a room at Varda's house. Elwing came over to visit (and stay with Eowyn while Varda was away) and Fangorn came in briefly from a drilling rig. Much fun was had by all, including talk and some music.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT July 6
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Eonwe presiding.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Eonwe
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding)
Role-playing a Tolkien dwarf - excellent link. Written by Jason Tondro, found by Eonwe.

July 4, 2008
    Happy July 4th!

July 3, 2008
    LotRO:
      
11am EST on Sunday, Irmo plans a Goblin Town run for kin members 44 and up. More than one fellowship can go, so none are left behind!
       Monday morning LotRO is expected be down for maintenance.
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June 30, 2008
    LotRO:
       Previously listed as the last day for the anniversary low prices for lifetime subscription of $199 or monthly 9.99, the popular offer has been extended to July 31.
       The Book 14 preview is now up on the Roheryn test server. It's best to uninstall your old Roheryn test server and download the new one. Patience's discussion is here and includes the download link. Don't forget to type /joinchannel Valar.

June 29, 2008
Happy Birthday to Amaranth-(V)!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meetings are open to any courteous person interested in Tolkien's books such as the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion, our gaming, and/or the Valar Guild as well as to any type of Member. Whisper VardaValar1 or Eonwe Valar for an invitation, or click on your own name in your buddy list, invite yourself to buddy chat, and type over (or copy/paste over) the funny chat room number with the room name Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcrip
t by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Amaranth's birthday
    Menelvagor is traveling to the USA now
    Suggestions for events and recruiting upcoming this year:
       Events:
            LotRO: Event listing on Turbine forums with calendar.
           (Any game) Trivia with prizes (Arwen's suggestion)
           (Most games) Scavenger hunt with prizes (Arwen's suggestion)
           (Character games) LotRO: hobbit-tossing. Since this is a type of humorous role-playing, it can be adapted to any game that uses characters.
           (LotRO) Concerts with dancing, story-telling and poetry (can lift from our site with credit to the author, wonderful if told by the author), drinks, and food.
           (Character games) Story and poetry-telling with drinks and food. Might do short ones in spaces between songs or before and after concerts.
           (Any game) With enough people gathered together after events, we may go questing or raiding afterwards.
          Crafting
          Questing, Books (LotRO), Raids.
          Help everyone level at least one character to the top for raiding.
       Recruiting:
            Mention our name in conjunction with events.
            One daily message in-games so as not to spam.
            (LotRO) Go to recruiting fairs.
            Recruit in upcoming games.
            Remember that any member or friend can scout, and any Maia or Vala can test and bring in a new member. If you can't find a tester, then take your friend to the AIM Sunday meeting where officers are available. We now have an initiate level for people who have not completed the books but are working on them.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Messengers from the West drabble by Jay of Lasgalen. Elladan, Elrohir, and Aragorn. Put up today.
Gaming:
    Our main game is still Lord of the Rings Online, on Landroval server.
    New games coming out:
       Diablo 3
       Darkfall Online
Tolkien Discussion:
    Did Feanor forfeit his right to retain the Silmarils that he created?

June 28, 2008 (Saturday)
    Diablo III !
Link sent by Eonwe-(Valar).
    LotRO:

        Varda's back. Some of the things I've seen with the LotRO Valar in this short time:
            We had a fun run this morning in Dun Covad of Angmar today with Melkor, Orome, Angrod, Falathar, and Varda, completing the "Lords of the West".
            Team runs by Irmo, Miriel, Hurin (and lately Varda) have been regular on weekday mornings and/or afternoons.
            Gimli is back in the evenings and leveling well, some duoing with Varda.
            Merry is back running at odd times and duoing with various members.
            Amroth duoed with Varda.
            Aided some friends to reach the solo part of Book 11.
    LotRO general:
       Forum for Turbine's official place to post in-game LotRO events to which we invite the public such as concerts, tale-telling, obstacle races, or hobbit-tossings. This is a forum thread of Turbine's, not a passing group. Explanation of use by Patience. Set this up with Varda and/or Irmo to help coordination. Post location, date, time, time zone, and server at least a week ahead of time. This should also be posted to Turbine's official calendar. Log in to the forum to post or to view the calendar.

June 22, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Eonwe presiding.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (8)
     AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, GwaihirValar, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3
Tolkien topic: The role of spiders in the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings.

June 20, 2008
    Tolkien / Stories:

       Drabble stories by Jay of Lasgalen:
          The Fall of Gondolin Young Elladan and Elrohir have been listening to Glorfindel's history lessons.
          Namarië "Elrohir's final farewell to Celebrían."

June 16, 2008
    Eowyn-(V)
was operated on for cancer today. Right now it looks as if all the cancer has been removed.
Varda is staying with her at the hospital, taking a few hours off at home every few days, so feel free to continue sending news and email, but expect lag.

June 15, 2008
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting transcript: Menelvagor's computer crashed and therefore no transcript is available at this time.
Menelvagor presiding.
    Ariehn, Fladrifv, Gilraen-(V), Menelvagor Valar

June 10, 2008
    LotR segment in a webcomic found and suggested by Fladrif-(V): "User Friendly" by Illiad, in which the Ping must be destroyed. Enjoy!
    Photo of DeepGroover-(TV)'s awards for modeling on his Valar Guild art site.
    Varda took a one-night break from the hospital and is catching up on news emailed in.

June 8, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Eonwe presiding.
Attending: (7)
    Members: arwenv1,  Eonwe Valar (presiding), FladrifV, Gil-galad-(V)/ Xseanzee disco, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Menelvagor Valar
    Friends: Srekal86
Tolkien:
    Answer the Forum question on Forlong the Fat.

June 3, 2008
    Eowyn-(V) had to go to the hospital and Varda-(Valar) is staying with her for an unknown length of time, possibly a couple of weeks.

June 1, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending:
    AriehnV, Finrod-(V)/ TH0R0NGIL, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Gwaihir-(Valar)/ GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Turin-(V)'s characters seem to have disappeared from Lothar.
Web:

    Gaming:
       LotRO: updated table on crafting mastery items, info from Melkor and Orome. Crafting items have been changed on LotRO. Exchange your old ones for the new type at the Bree crafting area.
    Tolkien Site Articles:
       New article put up today: Discovering the Inspiration behind Tolkien's Lord of the Rings by CuChullaine O'Reilly FRGS
Tolkien:
     Discussion of the new article.
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May 30, 2008
    The website was on hold while Varda got another computer (used) and reformatted it, after returning from vacation on the other side of the state far from computers. Retroactive additions will be coming. (See meeting notes since May 11 for the latest.)
    Different website program in use, buggy. Trying several alternatives including combinations.

May 25, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, Eonwe Valar, Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, Menelvagor Valar (aftermeeting), Oropher-(V)/MJKeenan1234, Pallando Valar/Oessala/OrodrethV, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Oropher is still with us.
    Sauron is back from college.
    Fangorn and Varda are back.
    Fangorn's birthday is today, 55.
    Ar-Pharazon is in Spain.
    Finrod is back from Iraq, probably for a year.
    Pallando is heading for San Diego for boot camp for about the next 3 months.
    Pallando and Menelvagor will be in Texas.
Web:
    Backlogged especially in Stories. Main Tolkien and Membership websites will be transferred to Varda's new computer once it is set up.
Gaming:
    Age of Conan
    StarCraft 2's Baneling
    WarCraft3/TFT and TFT2
    D&D tabletop. Not happy about the upcoming release of the new system before the Eberron books are completed.
    WoW General: more info released on the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
       Lothar: Join up for Blackrock Depths after the meeting.
Tolkien:
    Middle-earth military: rivalry, equipment.

May 18, 2008 (in progress)
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, fladrifv
Membership:
    Finrod came back from Iraq this morning.
    Eonwe graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science
Tolkien:
    Story idea from Arien-(Valar) about Galion the Cellar master from The Hobbit.
    RP

May 11, 2008
Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Ar-PharazonV, arwenv1 (after the meeting), Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Alatar mentioned again that he hopes to move our site to a larger server that can handle the new version of php, maybe in a week or two.
Gaming:
    "Other": StarCraft, Guild Wars, D&D tabletop, UFO: Trilogy, UFO: Aftershock, Lost Odyssey
    WoW: Argent Dawn, Lothar, Uldaman
    LotRO: main stomping grounds for the guild
Tolkien:
    Trivia questions, sparking discussion.
    1. Where was Arveduil shipwrecked? (Varda)
    2. How many Palantiri were there? (Ar-Pharazon)
    3. How did Ecthelion of Gondolin die? (Menelvagor)

May 5, 2008
    The website is on hold while Varda gets another computer (used) and reformats it, after returning from vacation on the other side of the state far from computers. Retroactive additions will be coming.

May 4, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the fabulous Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor, and Varda
Attending: (9 of 138 members)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Elwing V, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    A wee bit of Dutch at the start, pretty cool, see if you can follow it. Time shown is for them also.
    We learn that AIM invitations fail if someone else invited the person aleady.
Membership:
    New Full Member: Peregrin-(V)
    Return: Legolas-(V) has had a lot of real life problems, but hopes he is back in LotRO much more now.
    Birthdays: Ar-Pharazon (in 2 days will be 23), Eonwe (will be 26, one week after Fladrif), Fangorn (May 25 will be 55), Fladrif (May 10 will be 26)
    Graduations: Lots including Arwen (yesterday), Eonwe (next week)
    Marriage: Gimli (yesterday)
    House moving: Fladrif, Gimli
Web:
    Art:
        "Viking Warlord". Model assembled and painted by DeepGroover-(TV).
    Stories:
       Trouble Follows by Cassia-(TV)
       The Love of One's Life by Elwing-(V)
Gaming:
    "Other":
       Ar-Pharazon-(V) played StarCraft:BroodWar, War Wind, Warzone 2100, and downloaded Guild Wars (during the meeting).
    WoW: Argent Dawn, Lothar
       Children's Week is going: escort a war orphan around town! Gain a new pet (sorry, not the orphan).
       WoW Event Calendar
    LotRO:
       Our Carn Dum 6-man instance ran from Saturday morning well into the afternoon. All were Valarites with extra Valarites on stand-by to fill in for those who might have to leave.
       Fishing and more fishing, fishing trophies in the kinhouse and personal houses. Irmo claims he will not fish.
       Much Valar grouping in the new Forochel area this week. Some like Irmo and Miriel completed it during the week, a major feat with over 100 quests mostly in chains, but they have Book 13 to do next. Some of us have started on Book 13 (Elrond in the Last Homely House will send you on this mission.)
Tolkien:
    Fladrif's Ent news:
        Ent one-panel webcomic address.
        Two guild ents with birthdays this month.
    Varda's topic: Aging in different folk of Middle-earth: Ents, Dwarves, Men, Hobbits, Elves, continues in After-meeting.
After-meeting (continued aging topic since we just couldn't stop):
    Elf sleepwalking: memories and sleep may also affect quality of life as they age.
    Orcs
    Istari

May 3, 2008
    Congratulations, Gimli-(V), on your wedding!
Gimli was married today, cheered on by Sauron-(Valar) as his usher and by Varda-(Valar) and Eowyn-(V). Happy honeymoon!

May 2, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Lessons of Life series:
             The Love of One's Life by Elwing-(V). ""During a rare idyllic day in Mirkwood, Legolas meditates on his surroundings." Vignette written for Earth Day and Arbor Day.

May 1, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Mellon Chronicles series:
            Trouble Follows by Cassia-(TV). A day in a rather confusing market place goes a little bit askew for the elf and ranger. Humorous vignette.
       This is the first story with any Valar editing by someone other than Varda, all hail pre-editor Gilraen-(V)! She also kindly honored the request to use her CSS programming expertise, so this is also the first story to use CSS for styling and is rigged to keep the same look as before. Slight tweaking by Varda made the Story style sheet available for all stories that are set up for it.
April 29, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       
Cave of DeepGroover-(TV):
           
"Viking Warlord". Model assembled and painted by DeepGroover-(TV).

April 28, 2008
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Peregrin-(V)!
Peregrin is a long-time friend who, at work, has been helping Varda's family (and some friends) build, repair, and upgrade their computer network. He has often gone beyond the call of duty and has been fun company. WoW players may have seen him on Lothar as a guild-friend, and he retains his account there. But his current seventy-hour work-week leaves little time for play and could wreck his health if he isn't careful. (Of course I said that, Pippin, I'm Varda!) He has a ten-day account on LotRO (starting today or tomorrow) and, with luck, hopes to be able to take advantage of the LotRO anniversary life-time membership and be around for a long while. His favorite LotR character is the little hobbit, Pippin, the one who gets in trouble all the time. (Meriadoc-V, take note!)

April 27, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (11)
    ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, GwaihirValar, Lungorthin-(Valar)/sauronjag, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar/Oessala/OrodrethV, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon will be going to Spain. Help needed for a new person to send in transcripts of meetings.
    Menelvagor is still on track to go to the US in summer and hopes to drop by a number of Valarites on the trip.
    Varda's family's main computer keeps blue-screening and having to go back to the shop.
Web:
    Web help: more editors and writers needed.
        Menelvagor volunteered to help work on the Humor page again and finish a story.
        Gilraen volunteered to help edit in the Stories section and has her first assignment. She is also considering working on the html and css for the story as an experiment.
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO: Forochel expansion is live. Fishing is live. Anniversary sale on lifetime membership at only $199.
    Other games: Ar-Pharazon made a request for others to join in
Tolkien:
    Continued with the topic of LotR characters whose pride brought them down.

April 20, 2008:
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Lindir-(V)!
Lindir joined us on LotRO as Coriss, a level 50 minstrel and teaches music, perfect for a name like Lindir. He's from California, USA.

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Bonds Without Hope by Arien-(Valar). In this short story set in the Second Age, Numenoreans capture a woodman.
       Arien's story author's page has moved to here.
3rd night of the Rift Raid: 6pm EDT.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif, and Varda
Attending: (10)
    Members: Amaranth-(V)/ Hobbitlass19, AriehnV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, Olwe-(V)/ FallenGlory, VardaValar1
    Friends: LaurealasseHelka
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon (see Before-meeting)
    Eonwe and the storm: two days of no power.
    Menelvagor's summer vacation: coming to Texas and hoping to drop in on some of us there.
    New member: Lindir-(V)
Web:
    New transcripter needed during the summer while Ar-Pharazon is on vacation.
    Pidgin might be a good cross-platform program for those of us whose OS can't handle the new AIM update. Recommended by Fladrif-(V) who uses it.
    Article: Helge Fauskanger:  Tolkien-linguist Extraordinaire by Amaranth-(V).
    Story: Bonds Without Hope by Arien-(Valar)
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    StarCraft
    War Wind, War Wind II
Tolkien:
    Glorfindel's topic: Who's more beautiful: Arwen or Galadriel
    Eonwe's topic: Pride in LotR. Who exibits it? Why is it that person's downfall?

April 16, 2008
   
Tolkien Site / Papers:
      
"Helge Fauskanger:  Tolkien-linguist Extraordinaire" by Amaranth-(V). The article includes an interview at the end with Mr. Fauskanger, the author of the excellent Ardalambion site for all Tolkien languages.

April 13, 2008
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Hurin-(V)!
Hurin ran with Irmo in DAoC helping him run the guild there, and is now playing with the Valar Guild LotRO kinship.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by  Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    Amaranth-(V)/Hobbitlass19, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Before-meeting:

    AIM problems. Problem with AIM updating versions, and Varda's usual meeting comp has an incompatible operating system with the new version. Meetings will continue. AIM versions are currently causing difficulties with invitations as they are not seen between each other.
    Forum had a record number online.
    StarCraft 2
Membership:
    New members:
       Hurin-(V)
       StarLight-(TV)
Web:
    Story
    Games page
    Forum: new category for StarCraft 2.
Gaming:
    StarCraft 2
    WoW:
       General
       Lothar server
       Uldaman server
       Argent Dawn server
    LotRO general
    Other games played:
       Diablo 2 X Middle-earth mod
       StarCraft
       Zuma Deluxe
Tolkien:
    The most ancient trees still living
    Ents and glaciers
After-meeting:
    RP on the Forum plotting ahead

 April 7, 2008
   
Tolkien Site / Stories:
       New author and new Tolkien-only member. Welcome to the Valar guild StarLight-(TV)!
          Of Snowballs and Changes.
4th Age, post LotR. "Legolas feels that his mortal friends have changed too much, and he is the only one who had stayed the same. But there is something he fails to realize." Legolas pov; Aragorn, Eldarion, Gimli

April 6, 2008

Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by  Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (10)
    Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, Amaranth-(V)/Hobbitlass19, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presided over part of Tolkien), Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding over business and part of Tolkien)
Membership:
    Beleg reinjured his back and may have to have surgery.
    Amaranth-(V) came to her first meeting and said her "few words".
Tolkien:
    Those in the heavens.
March 30, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Never Cold in Your Shadow by Siobhan-(TV) and Cassia-(TV).
    Happy birthday, Gwaihir!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT. Today Europe also went on Daylight Savings Time.
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Fladrif, Menelvagor, and Varda
Attending: (9)
    ArathornValar, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Tolkien Topic:
    Arien-(V)'s topic: What do we know about Helm Hammerhand and the place he left behind after his death?

March 29, 2008
   
Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Midnight Musings revision, by Elwing-(V)

March 25, 2008
    Our LotRO kinship branch of the Valar Guild is now listed on LotRO-Wiki.com. Thank you goes to Amroth-(V) for suggesting it.

March 24, 2008
     Welcome to the Valar Guild, Helm-(V)!
Helm joined us from WoW in Argent Dawn server, testing with Arien-(Valar). He is making a special AIM account for us although he has to work early on Monday mornings. When we know his new AIM name, we'll post it so that we can chat at times other than the regular meeting.

March 23, 2008
    Gaming / LotRO:
         Rift run
6pm ESDT with the Black Lions, led by Elliphaz. Killed Fruz, Zogtark with his Elder Drakes, and Narnulubat. We hit the end of our planned time and stopped. Valarites present today were Amroth, Ancalagon, Dis, Ulmo, and Varda.
    Happy birthday Morwe-(V)!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Varda will be presiding today, as Eonwe Valar will be out with his family during most or all of that time (mother's birthday). Send AIM messages to VardaValar1.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda (Previous meeting's link is now live.) 
Attending: (11)
    Aerandir-(V)/mordacil, ArathornValar, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, Pallando Valar/OrodrethV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership news:
    Fladrif-(V)'s business art site is online! Have a look!
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Stories from Branwyn-(TV) and Jay of Lasgalen.
Special News:
    Gary Gygax, one of the creators of D&D, passed away a couple of weeks ago. Blizzard decided to dedicate the 2.4 patch to him.
    Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction author, passed away.
Gaming:
    Official StarCraft 2 movie: 133 MB
    WoW
        Argent Dawn: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor, Valandil. Aragorn's rl too busy right now. Galadriel has never been seen.
        Lothar: Eonwe, Bilbo and Sauron with two others slew a rare spawn dragon near Ogri'la. Also members have been getting flying mounts and epic flying mounts. Others who were on were Elwing, Eowyn, Fangorn, and Varda.
        Uldaman: Elwing, Varda, Theodwyn-V-ex.
    LotRO: most of us. Much questing and crafting, some horse-collecting, plus a two night Rift run by a few of the high levels. Rift is the highest raid in the game for loot, needing only 12 people so not as many as Helegrod.
Tolkien:
    Eonwe's topic: Characters who were unsure of themselves, but carried out what they knew to be right anyway.
 
March 22, 2008
     Gaming / LotRO:
       Rift run
9pm ESDT with the Black Lions, led by Elliphaz. Killed Barz and Zurm while learning the changes made during the Book 12 update.
    Happy birthday Menelvagor-(Valar)!

March 21, 2008
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Rift run 9pm ESDT with the Black Lions, led by Elliphaz. Didn't have enough people by one person.

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Greetings, Ori son of Gorin! by Jay of Lasgalen. Follows A Large, Bold Hand. Elrohir writes to Ori to wish him luck as he travels to Moria.
       A Time to Embrace by Jay of Lasgalen. Normal tough parenting decisions become exaggerated when one is a king dealing with his heir. Thranduil and Legolas.

March 20, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      Friendship (mostly) stories by Branwyn-(TV), from her collection "A Handful of Valentines":
        Bedazzled - Aragorn, Finduilas. Also includes Ecthelion, Denethor.
        The Token of the Second Son - Young Boromir and Faramir. Also includes Denethor.
        Outlander - Eowyn, Boromir. Also includes Eomer.
        Horse Sense - Bill the Pony, Gimli. Also includes Boromir, Elrond, Legolas, the four hobbits and unmentioned Aragorn.
        Restoration - Aragorn, Faramir. Also includes Beregond.

March 16, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Varda will be presiding today, as Eonwe Valar will be out with his family during most or all of that time (mother's birthday). Send AIM messages to VardaValar1.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    ArathornValar, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, ThainPaladinTook, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New members this week:
       Daddy Twofoot-(V) joined from LotRO.
       Paladin Took-(V) rejoined from AIM during today's meeting.
Web:
    In AIM, we discovered that at least one and maybe more members with the new AIM cannot see the invitation from the old AIM. We don't know if the reverse is true, but suggest that we have two inviters, one with each version, for future meetings.
    Tolkien Site: New art this week:
        "Germanic Warrior" by DeepGroover-(TV)
    New Link:
        National Archives officer service record for JRRT. from Branwyn-(TV)
Gaming:
    Outpost 2, StarCraft original: Ar-Pharazon
    Half Life2 episode 2: Arathorn.
    Chess: Fladrif
    Eve Online: probably Pallando
    D&D Eberron tabletop: Gimli, Sauron, Varda
    WoW Argent Dawn: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor
       Valar and cross-guilding with High Guard
    WoW Uldaman: Elwing, Varda.
        Valar only.
    WoW Lothar: Arwen, Bilbo, Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, Varda
       Valar and cross-guilding with Cold Rage Knights for Bilbo and Sauron. Arwen is also cross-guilded as she has been for a long time, but cross-guilders also show up in Valar channel to chat and join together for questing as a "shadow guild". This is our term for a guild that crosses through other guilds but remains together.
        Much activity including elite flying mount, dailies, and all the usual fun. Some high level running with Cold Rage.
    LotrO: most of the guild is here. Much activity.
        Rift run planned this Friday 9pm, Saturday 9pm, and Sunday 6pm, all times ESDT. Joining up with Black Lions and Keepers of Ayrshire. Elliphaz running the raid proper whilst Genessa and I organize people. Please sign up on the Forum. It is possible that we may have to have more than one raid group. Cross-guilders, to aid communication please remember to type /joinchannel Valar
       First new area expansion coming up, has to be bought. It contains three zones: Eregion, Moria, and Lothlorien. Experience cap raises to 60. Two new classes. Fishing.
Tolkien:
    Were stones starting to come to a form of speaking life as the trees had, because of the elves?
    General concept of using and shaping versus harmony with, and examples.
    Teamwork that allows for individual brilliance. Examples.
    What JRRT said would have happened if Frodo had kept the Ring despite Gollum. (This has to do with teamwork preventing original brilliance from destroying itself.) Gollum saved Frodo, not the world.

March 16, 2008
    Welcome back to the Valar Guild, Paladin Took-(V)!
Paladin first joined us December 22, 2003, losing contact so that he was dropped for 2006. He rejoined testing with Varda on AIM as ThainPaladinTook with a perfect score, as one would hope from an old member. :)  Two full-time jobs and a child on the way prevents him from being active with us right now, but he hopes things will slow down in the future. His favorite character from LotR is Aragorn for overcoming everything and becoming king; he was a great leader while Gandalf was mainly an advisor.

March 15, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Links
       New section just on Tolkien.
          New link:
National Archives officer service record for JRRT. From the National Archives: UK government records and information management. Link suggested by Branwyn-(TV).

March 14, 2008
    Happy birthday Aule-(Valar)!

March 13, 2008
     Welcome to the Valar Guild, Daddy Twofoot-(V)!
Daddy joined us in LotRO as his previous kinship was on European time so that he was effectively alone. They parted amicably, understanding the problem. Daddy really is the father of a young son, is 36 years of age, and lives in Missouri, USA in the CST zone. He's read the H, LotR, and Sil. Daddy Twofoot tested with Varda and gained bragging rights with a perfect score of 5/5. He's quite fond of hobbits and has been using the name Haffle for years, including for AIM and for the hobbit he was playing when we met. His favorite LotR character is Samwise as the true hero of the book, noble, knew right from wrong, did his duty, and knew good food when he saw it.

March 12, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Art
       "Germanic Warrior"
. Model assembled and painted by DeepGroover-(TV).

March 9, 2008
Daylight Savings Time moves the meeting one hour earlier. Europe hasn't changed yet, so the meeting will be literally one hour earlier for them.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm ESDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Eonwe Valar will be presiding today, as Varda will be out with her family during most or all of that time. Send AIM messages to Eonwe Valar.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Elwing V, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Proposal to add Tengwar to Unicode.
Web:
    Proposal to add Tengwar to Unicode. (in Before-meeting)
    Stories
Gaming:
    Outpost 2, StarCraft, WoW, LotRO
Tolkien:
    How did Tolkien came to know horses so well, and how did it show in his writing?
    How a ring of air could raise the Bruinen River. Continued on to other rings of power both Greater and Lesser.
    Sauron's form.

March 10, 2008
    Happy birthday Arminas-(V)!

March 9, 2008
    Happy birthday Dwalin-(TV)!

March 8, 2008
     Happy birthday Beren-(Valar)!

March 6, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      Drabble stories by Branwyn-(TV):
       The Sharpest Vinegar - Lobelia.
       A Near Thing - T.A. Feb. 25, 3019. A/U, written in memory of the anniversary of the First Battle of the Fords of Isen. Grimbold, Theodred.
       Swimming Lesson - Imrahil teaches young Boromir and Faramir swimming. Imrahil, Boromir, Faramir.
       Salt Caravan - A/U Boromir, if he had survived Amon Hen.
       Blackest Fate - Two prisoners from Rohan, on their way to the Nazgul.
       The Horses of Eorl - A/N: Credit goes to Annmarwalk for the idea of Radagast as horsey therapist. Radagast, Eomer.

March 4, 2008
    Happy birthday, Gimli-(V)!

March 2, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Eonwe Valar will be presiding today, as Varda will be out with her family during most or all of that time. Send AIM messages to Eonwe Valar.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory, VardaValar1 (late).
Tolkien:
    Eonwe's topic: How loyal was Sauron to Morgoth?

March 1, 2008
    Gaming/LotRO:
       Carn Dum continued, 8pm EST
    Membership:
       Happy birthdays to Arathorn-(Valar) and Aragorn-(V)!
How is that for a coincidence? :)
       Finduilas-(V) and Borin-(V), husband and wife team, left the overall Valar Guild to devote their time to helping set up a new non-raiding LotRO kinship with a group of friends who have not read LotR and therefore can't join Valar.
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Feb. 29, 2008
    Happy Leap Day!
    Gaming/LotRO:
       Ancalagon's Friday gaming kicks off today with a Carn Dum run at 8pm EST.
          Those on the run were: Amroth's Lhee loremaster (subbed in when one had to go), Ancalagon's Ancbeard guardian, Beleg's Belegwulf and Belleg, Morwe's Morwe hunter, Orome's Orom captain, Ulmo's Niequi minstrel, Varda's Fainan hunter.

Feb 24, 2008 
S
unday Meeting
: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00

    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (10)
    Ancalagon-(V)/ Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, AuSteinM-(TV)/austeinM, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, FarmerMaggot-(V)/ thesirg3, Meneldil-(V)/ JMVfromLV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien:
    How do death and immortality play a part in Tolkien's world?
    Fastitocalon
    Goldberry's nature
    Dumping the Ring in the sea

Feb. 22, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Articles / Papers:
       Death in Tolkien's Legendarium by Amaranth-(V).

Feb. 21, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Gift of the Evenstar: new artwork by Elwing-(V).
       Elwing's Cave's art now loads much faster as it now uses thumbnail pictures for all art offerings. Enjoy!

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      Drabbles and short stories by Branwyn-(TV) with more to be uploaded later.
        The Lesson - Faramir's thinking during a battle. Drabble.
        An Unexpected Party - Thorin had other dwarven choices for the company. With abject apologies to Tolkien. Drabble.
        Stopping by Woods - Old Faramir out riding. Written as a companion piece to "The Road Not Taken"  Short story.
        Plain Delight - Sam and Rosie having a meal after the War of the Ring. Written for the “Plane” challenge at Tolkien_weekly. Drabble.
        Full Complement - Faramir sets out with what is left of the cavalry. Drabble.
        The Road Not Taken - Boromir on his way to Imladris, before the loss of his horse. Short story.
        Area of Study - Radagast knows something that Saruman doesn't. Drabble.

    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
       Burning Your Bridges - by Branwyn-(TV). Faramir and Boromir leave Osgiliath. A 100 word drabble that crossed the line into poetry.

Feb. 20, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      Drabbles by Branwyn-(TV) with more to be uploaded later. A drabble is a challenge form for a story that must be complete and exactly 100 words.
        Current - Aragorn at Rauros Falls.
        Ride Light - The Rohirrim heading for Mundberg.
        The Tide - Imrahil brings news to Denethor.
        The Beacon of Erelas - two Gondorian soldiers.
        Hearts Entwined - Treebeard presides over an Entish marriage.
        Lord of Gifts - Sauron speaks with a future wraith.
        "The Guest" and "The Gift" - An elf lady and two farmers.
       The Conjuror - Denethor and Gandalf discussing Sauron.
        Meddlesome - Servants talk about Denethor and the injured Faramir.
       Under the Linden - Faramir, foresight, and a linden tree.
       The Waves' Song - Arwen after Aragorn's death.
       Geometry - Faramir and Denethor after Boromir's death.
       Too Many Adverbs - Young Boromir with his writing tutor.
       Reading the Signs - Faramir reads signs in Denethor, after Boromir's death.
       Hook, Line, and Sinker - Deagol goes fishing.

Feb. 18, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Articles / Papers:
        Real and Imaginary History in Lord of the Rings by Franco Manni-(TV)
        Translation by Jimmy Bishop for Franco Manni.
        Received by email Feb. 17, 2008, written much earlier.


Feb. 17, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (10)
    Members: ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Pallando Valar/OrodrethV/Oessala, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friend: Srekal86
Membership:
    New Full Member this week: Amroth-(V)
Tolkien topic:
    Some of the creatures in real life that we think of as not having speech do have speech in Tolkien's world. Can you name any?

Feb. 13, 2008 Wed.
    Gaming/LotRO:
       Book 12 update today!
Regular servers scheduled downtime to do it is 6am-noon EST. Roheryn test server should be up for the whole time, and we have a small branch there as well.

    Movies/Hobbit and "Prequel":
       More delays. The Tolkien Estate is suing New Line Cinema for not paying. The suit seems to be for quite a bit less than they are actually owed, but I wish New Line would pay what they contracted to pay to all these people.
        Here's a link to an article in Cinematic.

    Links:
       New links:
          Movies/Lord of the Rings:
             Journey of the Ring - a LotR fan film now online, benefitting their fire station. by Andrew Gnagy.
             Hobbit Central - fan site for the upcoming Hobbit movie. by Andrew Gnagy
          Movies/Movie and Book Merchandise, Collectibles:
            New Line Cinema's shop for all its movies, including a large Lord of the Rings section. The link was sent in by the shop's Senior Affiliate Manager, Gary Decker.

Feb. 12, 2008 Tues.
    Tolkien Site/Music:
      
New music: "Luthien's Spell" by Marc Fawcett aka Glorfindel-(V). This link plays directly on your browser's player or may be downloaded using "Save As" in the menu at the top of your browser. 7.2 MB.
    We are having a space problem and may need to use a different server (s) to host the music files. Links from these pages will be changed if we do, so you can still find the music.

    Gaming/LotRO:
       Carn Dum: 7pm EST.
A fellowship of Valar is planning to take down the two named Merrovals needed by several classes for their class quests.  Contact Niequi (Ulmo-Valar). Latest info is on the kinship message of the day. Already volunteering to go are Niequi, Fainan, and Ancbeard.
       Trophy hunts: After the update, we will be going on the special Trophy hunts for the kinhouse and personal houses. Contact Ancbeard (Ancalagon-V).

Feb. 11, 2008 Mon.
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Amroth-(V)!
Amroth has run with us in LotRO in both Book questing and Rift raids, yet was still willing to join. He passed his test earlier but only today chose a name and became a Full Member. He has read H and LotR. His favorite LotR character is the Gandalf, because he is powerful. He considers AIM to be nearly a virus, so he uses MSN for his instant messenger.

Feb. 10, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Ancalagon-(V)/ Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presided 2nd half), Fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presided 1st half).
Membership:
    Dirhavel's birthday was Feb. 5.
    Fladrif's birthday is May 10; the birthday on the Forum is for the previous Fladrif.
Web:
    New music by Glorfindel, including lyrics about Saruman aka Curunír, the Villain of the Wizard's Vale: Nan Curunir
    He also sent in the beautiful and spooky Luthien's Spell, but the webmaster is currently having difficulty with the upload.
Gaming:
    WoW: Quote of hope for us from the WoW US Forums, PTR=Public Test Realm.:
"With the 2.4.0 PTR, we will be allowing US, EU and Korean players to access all available PTR realms. Players will be able to choose which test realm they wish to play on without being restricted by region.
We currently plan to make all PTR realms available in this way for all future patches.
    LotRO: Book 12 update:
        Wednesday 6am - noon is the planned time that the regular gaming servers will be down for the update.
        Roheryn test server, where we also have a Valar Guild branch, should be up meanwhile.
        Rift raid with the Black Lions day 3 at 6pm EST. Passed fumaroles but were stopped on Thrang, only time for one run at him. Valarites were Ancbeard (Ancalagon), Fainan (Varda), Lilyblossom (Dis), Morwe (Morwe), and Niequi (Ulmo).
Tolkien:
    Eonwe's topic: What do we know of Hobbits' impact on Arnor?
    Lots of quotes from the books included.

Feb. 9, 2008 Sat.
    Gaming/LotRO:
        Rift raid with the Black Lions day 2 at 9pm EST.
        Report by Varda:
        We took down The two flying Elder Drakes and N---. Then we moved on and took out the fumaroles. Then we did a perfect run against Narnulabat and the seers and darklings. Then we had time for one run against Thrang, but were wiped after the 4 shamans came out. That was a lot of progress in only 3 hours.
        Valarites early and lucky enough to join the run were Ancbeard, Belegur, Freyah (Dis), Fainan, Morwe, and Niequi. Lhee (Amroth) and Aeronwy (Gorlim) almost made it, but were a tad too late. Dis's husband would have been willing to go as well, but we ran out of space.
        Kalimacoin (Meriadoc's Guardian) hit level 49 while we were in the rift, running with Borin and Finduilas.

Feb. 8, 2008 Fri.
    Gaming/LotRO:
        Rift raid with the Black Lions day 1 at 9pm EST.
        Report by Varda:
        We took down Barz, Zurm, and Fruz.
        Valarites present were Aeronwy (Gorlim), Ancalagon (Anbeard), Belegur (Melkor), Fainan (Varda), Morwe (Morwe), Niequi (Ulmo). Lhee was also with us; he formally joined the Valar Guild as Amroth-(V) on Feb. 11.

Feb. 7, 2008
    Tolkien Site:
new section for Music! Send in your original, Tolkien-related music to Varda to be included.
       Latest music: "Fall of Nargothrond" by Glorfindel-(V), instrumental mp3.

Feb. 6, 2008
    Links:
       New links under Movies: Hobbit and the "Prequel". Feel free to email more.

Feb. 5, 2008
Tuesday
    Happy birthday, Dirhavel-(V)!
    Gaming/LotRO:
       Next Rift run
will be with the Black Lions this weekend for 3 days, about 3 hours each run. Elliphaz is leading. Looting policy and Valar sign-up on our forum. Stand-bys are welcome to sign up.
        Schedule:
            Fri 2/8 9pm EST
            Sat 2/9 9pm EST
            Sun 2/10 6pm EST

Feb. 3, 2008
    Gaming/LotRO:
        Rift raid with Keepers of Ayrshire day 3 and last day:
             Killed Zurm. Valarites were Ancbeard, Belegur, Aeronwy (Gorlim), and Niequi. Dis was present on her Keepers character.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Glorfindel-(V)/VegetableMannn, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Tolkien:
    We all know the importance of music: creating Arda, song fights, and such fun. How was it used in the Lord of the Rings?

Feb. 2, 2008
    Gaming/LotRO:
        Rift raid with Keepers of Ayrshire day 2:
            Called off since we did not have a full group of 12.

Feb. 1, 2008

    Gaming/LotRO:
        Rift raid with Keepers of Ayrshire. Rift raiders in our mixed kinship groups meet at West Bree, just outside the gate. This is Boudica's first time to run a raid, so be supportive.
          Schedule:
            Feb 1, 2008 Fri: 7pm EST
            Feb 2 Sat: noon
            Feb 3 Sun: noon
        Feb. 1: Killed Barz and came up to Zurm. Valarites were Ancbeard (Ancalagon), Belegur (Melkor), Niequi (Ulmo), Fainan (Varda). Dis was also present on her Keepers character: Astarte.
Jan. 30, 2008
    Happy birthday, Arien-(Valar)!

Jan. 27, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (11)
    Members: Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel-(V)/VegetableMannn, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Friend: Srekal86
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Tolkien:
    Gregory Bassham says that after studying Tolkien, he found six important lessons to being happy.

Jan. 25, 2008
    Happy birthday, Beorn-(V)!

Jan. 23, 2008 Wednesday
    Happy birthday, Dis-(V)!

    Gaming/LotRO Raid: Rift of Nurz Ghashru
        9pm-12 EST
       We needed one more person to do the run, so rather than bring in a stranger or going in to make a huge repair bill, we did not start. We did wait a while to see if anyone would show up, perhaps confused by the time zone, but no one able to run showed. We plan to run again probably in two weeks.

Jan. 22, 2008 Tuesday
    Gaming/LotRO Raid: Rift of Nurz Ghashru
        9pm - 12 midnight EST.
       We came very close to killing Thrang and should be able to next run. Pulling the Summoners to opposite sides of the terrace where they came in at the door works well. We learned not to have the dedicated healer on the bottom floor with the tank on the Giant, but to heal from up high.

Jan. 21, 2008 Monday
    Gaming/LotRO Raid: Rift of Nurz Ghashru
       7-10pm EST.
        Please sign up on the forum. Even if you don't sign up, at least be present, preferably 15 minutes early. If Valarites are not available on time, we have many people from the other guilds on standby, but we'd rather have you.
        Fainan (Varda's hunter) can port you directly to the Rift camp, as can Melkor if he's on, as his hunter Belegur.
        Contacts/guild leaders on the Valar side are Fainan (Varda) and Niequi (Ulmo); on the Black Lions side are husband and wife team Elliphaz and Genessa/Emerelle; and on the Keepers of Ayrshire side are husband and wife team Boudica/Alrid and Lilyblossom (Dis-V).
       Report by Varda:
    We killed Stone-Eater and Bone-Biter and their minions, by keeping them well-separated. Ancbeard tanked Biter while we brought Eater down to almost dead as he had the most hit points. Then we tried to kill them at about the same time. Eater went down slightly ahead spawning Darklings which we killed. If they had made it to Biter, they would have become elites. This was our objective for the day.
    We went on to see about Thrang. Ancbeard tanked the giant with Niequi as his dedicated healer. The rest of the monsters came down the steps possibly from near the door we had come in. We took out everything until the two Summoners arrived. One died but the other did not go down so well. Fumaroles showed up on the ground floor to which we were supposed to kite Thrang. But since the second Summoner was not down yet, the kiting was tried too early by at least one member. We expect to do better after this scouting run.
    Valarites present were Ancalagon's Ancbeard, Dis's Lilyblossom, Ulmo's Niequi, and Varda's Fainan.

Jan. 20, 2008 Sunday
    Membership:
       Today is Gorlim-(V)'s birthday
. Have a happy one! (We took him with us for his first time LotRO raiding in the Rift of Narz Ghashru.)

     Tolkien Site/Stories:
        Lost and Found by Branwyn-(TV). Gandalf and young Faramir in the library of Minas Tirith.

    Gaming/LotRO Raid: Rift of Nurz Ghashru
          8-11pm: Next set of bosses, all new to us. We killed the fumaroles and their guards, then killed the Over-seer and his seers and his darklings, then made it to Stone-Eater and Stone-Biter, killing Stone-Eater, but he respawned and we had to stop for the night.
        Valarites present today were Lilyblossom (Dis), Fainan (Varda), Gorlim (Aeronwy), and Niequi (Ulmo).
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Arwen-(V)/windofhyperia, Fangluin-(V)/MelchiahAC, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Tolkien:
    How hobbits learned survival.

Jan. 19, 2008 Saturday
    Happy birthday, Dior-(V)!

     Tolkien Site/Stories:
        A Large, Bold Hand
by Jay of Lasgalen. Elrohir and Ori. Drabble.

    Gaming/LotRO Raid: Rift of Nurz Ghashru
          6pm-9pm, also 10pm - 1 if enough interest. Next two bosses planned.
          Report from Ulmo (Niequi):

Saturday raid one was canceled but the late one went off as scheduled. I was low roller and thus designated to wear the arrow as official raid scapegoat. The evening went so smoothly finding stuff to blame on me was difficult. Boss 3 is highly bugged, but we killed him on first try anyway. Boss 4 has flying dragons as minions, was a very cool fight script. It took 2 tries to kill him.

The schedule continues tonight as posted. First dibs on slots goes to those who have been coming already to this round, but there will likely be a slot or 2 open to newcomers. So far only Varda and I have been attending, I really hope more try to come. It is a lot of fun, and the graphics are amazing. Our raiding allies are some very courteous and fun people to play with. Come see flying dragons and much more! 

Jan. 18, 2008 Friday
    Gaming/LotRO Raid: Rift of Nurz Ghashru.
       9pm-12. First two bosses planned. Sign up on the Forum.
        Black Lion contacts: Genessa, Elliphaz.
        Valar contacts: Niequi, Fainan.
       We slaughtered Barz and Zurm in record time. From our guild were Niequi, Fainan, and Dis in her Lilyblossom persona from Keepers of Ayrshire.

Jan. 17, 2008
    Happy birthday, Indis-(TV)!

Jan. 13, 2008
    Letter from Pallando-(Valar):
I won't make it to the meeting, but would like to let you know (and
announce for me) that as of yesterday at 11am central I swore in as a
delayed enlistment recruit to the United States Marine Corps.
If all goes well, I ship on May 27th.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (9)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Star of Phaet, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Tolkien topics:
    1. Who is someone we normally hear very little about from Lord of the Rings?
    2. Neekerbreekers

Jan. 11, 2008
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
        "Letters from Elrohir" series by Jay of Lasgalen:
            "Letter to Elladan"
: the just-in-case letter of comfort to Elladan that Elrohir hopes his brother never reads.
            "Letter to Elladan; Lothlorien"
: Elrohir's impressions of Lothlorien. Elrohir and Elrond are in Lorien without Elladan.
       "Thoughts from Home" by Jay of Lasgalen. Sequel to "Far from Home".

Jan. 9, 2008
    Happy birthday Meriadoc and Maeglin!

Jan. 6, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5), GMT 22:00
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (11):
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, GilraenV, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Menelvagor Vala, VardaValar1
    Ar-Pharazon is back from Belgium.
    Fladrif is back in Sweden and able to attend meetings again.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda

Jan.
4, 2008
    Tolkien Site/Stories:
       "First-born" by Alasse Merenrel-(TV) who's on a roll. In Rivendell, Denethor's first-born son, Boromir, writes in his log concerning his first impressions of the elves he has met. Companion piece to "Second-born" in which Denethor's second-born son, Faramir, compares First-born elves and Second-born humans.

Jan. 3, 2008
    Happy Birthday JRR Tolkien, who still resides in our hearts!

    Tolkien Site/Stories:
        "Another Day" by Alasse Merenrel-(TV). Helm's Deep, from an orc's point of view. Movie-verse. Written for the 10th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.

January 1, 2008

    Happy New Year!



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