About the Glittering
Caves of Aglarond
History of the Glittering Caves art gallery
History of the Glittering Caves in the Lord of
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would like to contribute an original work or works to the Glittering
Caves, contact Varda . (Erase the words NOSPAM.)
Please be specific as I do many
other pages as well. Works must have to do with Tolkien and will be
linked into the Valar Guild Tolkien Encyclopedia, viewed world-wide.
This is a working art gallery, not just a collection.
send files as jpg. I prefer them on separate emails, but together can
be handled at need. If
they must be compressed, please use WinZip as I have that program. I do
not have .rar.
money can be exchanged, as that would require licenses from the Tolkien
Estates and those companies to whom they have already licensed many
rights, usually exclusively. We may no longer take maps, due to lawyer
warnings by these folk, since a book of Tolkien maps is coming out and
they believe online maps would hurt sales. What we think is irrelevant
to their belief, of course.
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to join the Valar Guild as a Tolkien-only member. We list these members
on their own page, separate from full members who do both this and game
honorably online together. The list contains contact
information and country, along with your guild name. You may also
participate in the Forum, using your guild name under Displayed name,
and come to our weekly online meetings including business and Tolkien
chat. See the News page for each Sunday for current information on
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the Art Gallery:
Glittering Caves began December 12, 1998, created by Amillo-(Valar) aka
Elatan-(Valar), as a collection of original and linked art chosen by
members of the Valar Guild. He placed it on GeoCities.
GeoCities merged with Yahoo and lost Amillo's access to the page,
despite repeated emails and tech support. The page remained up in
exactly the state he was forced to leave it.
found other hobbies, such as making his own bows for archery and
playing World of WarCraft. Around this time, his guild name changed to
Elatan-(Valar). He passed the pages on to Varda-(Valar), current
webmaster and fellow World of WarCraft player. (We still play together,
although our different time zones cause problems.)
lacked sufficient web space but kept searching. The server space
offered by Alatar-(Valar), who has his own computer business and talks
on radio, filled to the brink, and we were being careful with what
remained. I was already using my GeoCities space for the Folklore &
Mythology site. I dropped the Plants site when another server changed
to pay. Meanwhile, new original art from members scattered around
various places in the Valar Guild web sites.
Maggot-(V) offered server space on a spare personal hard drive to
handle the various image problems. Unfortunately, the server went down
just as the sites started being built. After it was up again, he went
on a seven week camping vacation with his family, and we ran into
great good fortune, while Farmer was still on his long vacation and
during the Valar Guild's July 17, 2005 AIM meeting, a new Tolkien-only
member of the Valar Guld, AuSteinM, creator of DoorMan Bot for AIM,
offered a part of his own server space for the guild's image collection
problem. This included screenshots from games for the gaming
pages, as well as for this art gallery.
Eowyn-(V) intends to create a new graphic for the title. Elatan-(Valar)
allows the use of his wonderful shields for links, and his images for
the cave. Many members contributed their original work to this page,
allowing us to show it even after they've moved on to other pursuits.
names with -ex are those honorable folk who can no longer be active in
the guild. The ones still in the guild have often been in it for many
years and are good friends with each other. Those with V or Valar
ending their names have played online games with other members. Those
with (TV) endings now work on Tolkien web pages exclusively; some used
to be gamers before time constrictions or other problems stopped them.
History of J.R.R. Tolkien's Glittering Caves
Battle of Helm's Deep, battle swept Gimli
apart from his friends and he went with some of the Riders into the
caves below the fortress.
-"Helm's Deep:, The Two
his friend, Legolas, of his unexpected
find. He spoke for many long paragraphs, his longest speech of
all the books, in his excitement, trying to convince a woods-loving elf
of the magnificence of the vast and beautiful caverns, "one of the
marvels of the Northern World", used by the Rohirrim only for refuge
and storage. "The torches pass on into another chamber and another
dream." He tells of his great wish to bring other Dwarves with him to
tend the caves, cautiously opening and lighting new caverns without
harming any of the beauty of the ones already discovered, not
destroying by mining it, the same as one would not "cut down groves of
blossoming trees for firewood."
a pact with Gimli that after the War,
they will go together to visit the great marvel the other wishes to see
again, these caves and Fangorn Forest. Gandalf calls the place "the
Glittering Caves of Aglarond".
-"The Road to Isengard", The
repaid his promise to Gimli and went
with him to the Glittering Caves; and when they returned he was silent,
and would say only that Gimli alone could find the words to speak of
them. 'And never before has a Dwarf claimed victory over an Elf in a
contest of words."
-"Many Partings", Return of
fall of Sauron, Gimli brought south a
part of the Dwarf-folk of Erebor, and he became Lord of the Glittering
-"Appendix A", Return of