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Dec. 31, 2009
    Happy New Year's Eve!

    The Membership Page for 2010 is in progress, visible from the bottom of the Membership Page for 2009. Please let Varda know if you wish to continue your association for 2010. Many of you automatically move onto the the next year for being currently active, but mistakes are made, so please check the 2010 page for your name with an asterisk and 2010 in the "Confirmed for year:" column. The year 2010 is supposed to also show from the 2009 page.
    The News page will soon be cleared for 2010 news, with this year's archived as usual and reachable from the bottom of the new page.

Dec. 27, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Please let Varda know by email if you would like to remain associated with the Valar Guild for the upcoming year 2010. (Erase NOSPAM)
Web:
    Membership Page 2010 in progress.
Gaming:
    Dragon Age: Origins
    Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal
    World of WarCraft (WoW): servers Argent Dawn (Europe on Alliance), Lothar (Americas on Alliance), Uldaman (Americas on Horde).
    Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO): server Landroval
Tolkien:
    Round-robin on the Valar Guild Forum RP: Forum/Lord of the Rings Online/Role-play story "Scouting Ahead"/Part 6: "The Road to Rivendell", (or Will We Ever Get Past that River?).

Dec. 25, 2009
    Merry Christmas!!

Dec. 22, 2009
    Happy 36th Anniversary to Fangorn and Varda. :)

Dec. 20, 2009

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
A big Thank You!! to Ar-Pharazon-(V) for presiding over the meeting when Eonwe had to work and Varda was unable to be home.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (late)
Membership:
    Christmas vacation has started for many.
    AriehnV: Nollaig Chridheil bho Alba dhuibh a h-uile duine :-)  [Scottish Gaidhlig (Gaelic) meaning "Merry Chrismas from Scotland to everyone"]
    Ar-Pharazon-(V): PC upgrade, thanks to Fladrif-(V).
    Menelvagor-(Valar): may be reactivating WoW soon, and has pre-ordered the Cataclysm expansion.
    Meriadoc-(V) (news not in the meeting): as a small plane pilot with his own business, Merry today reached the 1,000 hours of flying mark. He is now flying his way to 5 digits. :)
Web:
    Art:
         "Viking" by DeepGroover-(V)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Arien-(Valar): "The Man in the Moon"
Dec. 19, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of DeepGroover-(T): models put together with his own modifications and painted by DeepGroover-(T):
           "Viking" model from Young Miniatures.

Dec 17-21 weekend
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Free play for Welcome Back Weekend.

Dec. 15, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:

       All servers, including our Landroval, have their hardware upgraded.

Dec. 13, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Thank you to Arien-(Valar) for presiding over the meeting when Eonwe was working and Varda was not able to be home!
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1
 Membership:
    Tulkas will be back on board ship for a month with a connection unable to work with LotRO, but he plans to be in Diablo 1.
Tolkien:
    Arien's topic: Parallels between Lord of the Rings, Ashbringer, and others.
Dec. 9, 2009
    Gaming / WoW:
       The new Dungeon Finder is making a big hit!

Dec. 8, 2009
    Gaming / WoW:
       The Patch is out!

Dec. 7, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:

       The new Haunted Inn in Mirkwood has a good storyline, a must-do.
       Continuing along the book epics in Mirkwood opens up new skirmishes.

Dec. 6, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
   AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Diacritical marks
       Helpful url for these: http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accents/codealt.html
    We are seeing long-lost members thanks to the LotRO Mirkwood expansion.
    Arien-(Valar) has a new pc.
Web
Gaming:
    Question to the group: When we discuss Gaming, what should we restrict it to so that it doesn't run overlong?
    WoW
    LotRO:
       Mirkwood expansion
       Helpful url's for locating places in LotRO are on our forum and mentioned again here:
          http://dynmap.ruslotro.com/
          http://www.thebrasse.com/lotro/
    Miscellaneous:
       StarCraft/BroodWar
       Guild Wars
Tolkien:
    Varda's topic: How were the members of the Fellowship chosen?
After-meeting:
    WoW graphic novel
    Forum Role-play discussion.

Dec. 1, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:

        The Mirkwood expansion is out!
        To go to Mirkwood, one must do Book 9. The vendors open up after completing the Foreward, and there's a handy boat for returning to Lorien before then.
        To do some of the chapters requiring skirmishes, one must pass the skirmish tutorial and pick up a soldier to help in them. The skirmish system surprised us by being very fun, although it takes a little thought and exploration to figure it out. Members have been coming back to LotRO in large numbers to investigate, so it's like a reunion.
Nov. 29, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Elemmírë-(V)!
Elemmírë met us in LotRO through Melkor, who brought her into the kin as an initiate using the name of Sulorienn, a rune-keeper. Varda tested. Elemmírë used to play Morrowind but now plays LotRO only. She's from Pennsylvania, USA in the EST. She's 66 with 2 children and is lucky enough to have grandchildren. She used to be a college instructor. Tolkien books that she's read are the H, LotR, and Sil. Her favorite two LotR characters are Galadriel (fond of mage types) and Elrond, for being both a caring father (as he was to Arwen and for taking in young Aragorn when he lost his father) and a hero in battle.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Boromhir, Eonwe Valar (presiding business), fladrifv, Indis V/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding Tolkien)
Membership:
    The name of Boromir-(V) passes to a worthy successor.
    New Full Member: Elemmírë-(V)
    Indis-(V) is visiting family in California, irregular game times.
    Fladrif-(V) is having internet problems.
    Menelvagor-(Valar) has now been in the guild for 10 years and gave a speech. :)
Web:
    Article: The First Conflict of the Battles of Beleriand by Varda-(Valar)
Gaming:
    WoW: much gaming on the Lothar server during Thanksgiving holidays.
    LotRO: Dec 1 Mirkwood expansion
    Miscellaneous:
       StarCraft
       Heroes of Might and Magic
Tolkien:
    New book: "The History of The Hobbit"
    RP catching up, RP posting together. Mixed in chat about the books and games.

Nov. 27, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
        The First Conflict of the Battles of Beleriand by Varda-(Valar). This article is research in response to a question over which is truly the first battle of Beleriand, with an explanation of where confusion might be caused.

Nov. 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 24, 2009
    Texas RenFaire pictures up, taken by Meriadoc-(V).
The pictures include Valarites, but are mostly of anyone or anything visually interesting in the crowd and area. Remember the day was overcast and shutter speed therefore slowed, and yet the pictures are quite good. This includes a parade, a play, and a dance, shows including falconry, vendors, and a very few of the people who dressed up to come to the RenFaire.
       Elwing-(V), Fangorn-(Valar) with Eowyn-(V), Fangorn-(Valar), Varda-(Valar).

Nov. 22, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
   AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Boromhir/drpepper3945@hotmail.com, Eonwe Valar(presiding starting in Gaming), fladrifv, Indis V/karakedi25, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1(presiding first part)
Membership:
    New Full Member: Gloin-(V)
    Boromir-(V)'s name. Voted to give the current Boromir one more week to respond.
    Boromhir's Few Words
    Making screen names
    Pallando-(Valar) is moving to Texas this week, not sure when he'll have internet hooked up.
    Indis-(V) is visiting family in in California so she's on PST until Dec 1, irregular play times.
    Annual inactivity Sweep (removal) check beginning.
Web
    Inactivity Sweep work beginning. Contact Varda in-game, by email, by AIM, or on the Forum for membership for next year.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    RP posts made
    Tulkas's topic: Enmity between dwarves and elves.

Nov. 16, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Gloin-(V)!
He joined today after gaming with Boromhir in LotRO, who recommended him, and passing Varda's test. Gloin comes from Pennsylvania in the US and is 31. Currently he plays only LotRO but has previously played WoW Rappelz, DDO, Flyff, Atlantica, Warhammer Online, EQ1, and Star Wars Galaxies. He's read the LotR and especially enjoyed the idea of Dwarves. His favorite characters were Gimli and Gandalf.

Nov. 15, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New member, waiting on a name to come clear. (LotRO: Grimsveld, Boromhir)
    Eonwe is at work during today's meeting.
    Arien's vacation starts this coming Saturday, hopes to be gaming more then.
    Dis is moving to Texas next week.
    Ar-Pharazon is starting his Bachelor degree essay.
    Tulkas is home for a month off the water.
Web:
    Art:
       Newly put online today:

          Cave of DeepGroover-(T): models put together with his own modifications and painted by DeepGroover:
             Knight model from Dark Swords
             Creature model from Dark Swords
Gaming:
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    Atlantica
    Left4Dead
    Chess
    Gaming Delight website flash games
    Eve
    League of Legends
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    * Forum RP post
    * Tolkien trivia game:      
        Arien-(Valar): Where in Middle Earth did Aragorn and Arwen meet before where they pledged to each other? .. to give a tip what i mean .. think ... a golden place
       Ar-Pharazon-(V): Who was the only one of the Ringwraiths to be named by Tolkien himself, and what was his rank among the nine?
       Varda-(Valar): What is the meaning of Legolas' name?
    * Tolkien discussion on a conundrum:
           Indis-(V): The elves are widely known as Eru's Firstborn, even to the Ents. However, I believe it's Gandalf who describes the Ents to Theoden as a power that walked the world before the Elves or any other sentient peoples. The ents are sentient, so how do we reconcile the inconsistency. Eru in fact made the ents in response to Yavanna's plea, so in a way, they're children of Eru as well.
            We decided that one-half of it was ok with lore, but the other half was questionable.

Nov. 12, 2009
    Membership news:
       Welcome to our newest gaming member from LotRO!
He's hoping to use the name of Boromir-(V), but has others in reserve. We are trying to contact the previous Boromir-(V) again to see if he would like to keep his name. The new member uses these names on LotRO: Grimsveld, Boromhir. He's from Quebec, Canada and is 20 years old and married. He picked up the LotRO game a few days ago and is hooked.
        He's read the LotR and Sil, and is currently re-reading LotR. His favorite LotR character is Boromir because of the idea of the Ring corrupting him for even though he had good intentions, he still craved power, but then the reader realizes that he was a good man all along.

Nov. 9, 2009
    Membership news:
       Dis-(V),
good luck on your new job and home in Texas! May you and your husband do well! For the rest of you, they'll probably have internet again Wednesday of next week.

Nov. 8, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (No daylight savings time for Europe or America today.)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar
Tolkien: trivia game
Nov. 1, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
        The Faë and Faëry in Keats' Ode to a Nightingale, and in Tolkien's concept by Turgon-(V)
         Superhuman Power and Corruption
by Turgon-(V)

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (No daylight savings time for Europe or America today.)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien chat:
    Power and corruption.

Oct. 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Witch-king Rising, by the Bohemian Weasel

Oct. 30, 2009
    Membership happenings:
        Elros-(V) says hi! He's starting graduate school now and hasn't had time to game, but is still with us. Here is his new personal page.

Oct. 25, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Europe is off of Daylight Savings Time today, but the Americas are not until next weekend.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Web:
    Stories page: "Reunion: A Story of Finwe and Indis" by Indis-(V)
Gaming:
    Eve Online
    Second Life
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Forum rp tabled mostly until next week.
After-meeting:
    Arien arrives, LotRO discussion of burglars and of the Book system.

Oct. 24, 2009
    Membership:
        Arwen will be missing from the internet for a little while. She's moved into a warmer house where everyone has his or her own bedroom, but for now her computer is behind a wall of boxes with more boxes coming.

Oct. 23, 2009
    Tolkien / Stories:
       "Reunion: A Story of Finwe and Indis" by Indis-(V). Finwe returns from the Halls of Mandos, unsure of his welcome.

Oct. 20, 2009
    Time changes coming up:
Next weekend, Daylight Savings Time ends for Europe. The Americas change the weekend after and bring us back together.

Oct. 19, 2009 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
    LotRO down for maintenance 7am - noon EST.

Oct. 18, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Gaming reports:
    WoW
    LotRO
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    Battle for Middle-earth 1 and 2
    Guild Wars
    Second Life
    Atlantica Laytonrim, Atlantica Arien
Tolkien:
    Discussion: What animals existed in Middle-earth that we no longer see that we are aware of and what role did they play in the storyline?
       Mentioned with overlapping discussions and not necessarily in this order: Fastitocalon (great turtle), Great Eagles and more birds (including swans, thrushes, ravens, crebain), dragons( including Smaug, Ancalagon, cold-drakes, and locations), Fell Beasts, Trolls as a side-comment relating to breeding, Orcs as a side comment relating to breeding, Wargs and Wolves and Werewolves, Were-bears, cats and Tevildo, dogs and Huan later, spiders (including Ungoliant, Shelob, Mirkwoodians), elephants, apes, and horses (including Mearas, elf-horses, Nahar, and Felarof)
    Eonwe Valar: Homework assignment: Everyone go find out more about Harad :}
After-meeting:
    Forum role-play: posting by Eonwe.

Oct. 15, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO
News from Turbine:
The Siege of Mirkwood trailer is now available in HD on YouTube! Click here to check it out!
Oct. 13, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO
News from Turbine:
Free game time, extra experience Oct 15-21:
During The Lord of the Rings Online™ Welcome Back Week from October 15th through October 21st, you can play your old characters for free and get a +25% XP Bonus. Plus, if you come back now and renew your subscription to LOTRO with any 3-, 6-, or 12-month $9.99/month* subscription plan by October 31st, we’ll give you The Lord of the Rings Online™: Siege of Mirkwood™ digital expansion for free! (Click here) for full details!

Harvestmath:
Oct 13, 2009 04:00 EST When the days shorten and the nights begin to cool, it’s time to celebrate the bounty of the harvest. This year, in addition to the Harvestmath events in game, you can also participate in our Pumpkin Carving Contest! There's 10 Gold up for grabs for the winning carving!

Oct. 12, 2009
    Gaming / WoW
Letter from  Eonwë:
It's official now. WoW accounts must be merged to Battle.net Accounts by November 11th.
Doing so gives you a penguin pet.
 
To read the post:
http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=20433765714&sid=1&pageNo=1

Oct. 11, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien Chat:
    Forum role-play discussion.

Oct. 7, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Malbeth-(V)!
Malbeth joined as a Full Member in LotRO this evening. He's been a guild-friend nearly as long as LotRO has been live, and is often seen in the friend channel as Etheron. He came to LotRO from Dark Age of Camelot with the Keepers of Ayrshire (Dis-V is one of the two leaders) but now plays only LotRO due to time constraints. He plays almost every evening and on weekends if the weather is bad. He's read the H and LotR. During the test he chatted a great deal on side things in LotR, and will be a lot of fun to talk with in kinship.
    His favorite characters from LotR are Legolas, Gandalf, and Fangorn. Legolas is the loner elf ranger type, and was especially fun during Helm's Deep keeping a gaming tally with Gimli. Gandalf is the crotchety old man with an attitude with a soft side shown towards the hobbits. Fangorn was the treeman who let the assault on Saruman, and was like a wrecking ball once he saw what was being done to his family of trees.

    The WoW Anniversary run pictures are now online, enjoy! Eonwe's letter:
Heya Varda,
 
I have those images from the Anniversary capital run on Lothar up now. I had to create a new stylesheet for it, and boy was that "fun," heh. Out of the screenshots I took, I picked (what I thought were) the best ones to put up. We have at least one of every city.
 
You can see the images by going to the Games Page, selecting the Guild Branches Menu, and then through either the Lothar or Uldaman submenus, select "Events." It's directly accessed through that right now, but in the future (probably not soon) it will be on an "Events" page.

Take care.
Eonwë

Oct. 5, 2009
    2004 News Archive transcript links corrected.

Oct. 4, 2009
12th Anniversary of the Valar Guild!

    Congratulations to all of you for making this day happen. A guild without people is nothing.
    Anniversary happenings page.
    Anniversary chat marathon: partial list of those who were holding the fort aka chat room open today:
       Ancalagon-(V)/Ancbeard/Joldahks, ArPharazonv, austeinm, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar, Thror-(V)/chuginchub, VardaValar1
    Annual State of Valar Gaming report by co-chair and Games Page webmaster Eonwe-(Valar).
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Directions for entering the chat room: Type your name in your buddy list. Right-click your name, Left-click Buddy Chat. At the bottom it has a box for the chat room name, with a default chat with a long number. Type over the chat number with Valar Guld Meetingplace and click Send.
The above also works for inviting other people in your buddy list.
Enjoy remembering old times, planning new times, and a few rounds of Lord of the Rings trivia.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (11)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Ancbeard/Joldahks, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Luthien-(T)/luthienathariel/luthien@vfemail.net, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presiding)

"Shadowfax", the ship Tulkas captained before his current boat. Photo below, click for its current web page.

Shadowfax the Ship

    Historical note: Turgon-(V) set up a forum message board in 2003 for Dark Age of Camelot, Tolkien, and the whole guild. This is one of the things he did that gave him recognition as a Maia today known as Menelvagor-(Valar), and he is still admin for the Forum.

Oct. 3, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
"It’s my party and I’ll disappear if I want to!" Bilbo had two parties. 200 words (double drabble). Written for the 12th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
    "My Son" by Eiladwyn-(T). Thranduil and Elrond in Valinor await the arrival of their sons. Contributed for the 12th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
    Anniversary chat marathon: partial list of those who were holding the fort aka chat room open today:
       austeinm, Eonwe Valar, karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar, Thror-(V)/chuginchub, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1

Oct. 2, 2009 (Friday)
    12th Anniversary page started. Check here for planned happenings in games and the Tolkien Site
, and let Varda know by email if you have something going or would like to start something where you are.
    Anniversary chat marathon: partial list of those who were holding the fort aka chat room open today:
    austeinm, Eonwe Valar, GwaihirValar, karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1

Oct. 1, 2009
   
Anniversary chat marathon: partial list of those who were holding the fort aka chat room open today:
        austeinm, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V) as karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1
    WoW Lothar server: gaming together.
    LotRO Landroval server: let it be known that we have people of this branch showing up daily, rain or shine!
Sept. 30, 2009
    Anniversary chat marathon: partial list of those who were holding the fort aka chat room open today:
        Arminas-(V) as cada310, arwen1, austeinm, Bombur-(V) as MrMonkey2000Blah, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V) as karakedi25, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1
    WoW Lothar server: gaming together
    Eve Online: Letter from Pallando Valar:
Somewhat new Eve trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08hmqyejCYU
Alliance Tournament 7 finals:
http://www.youtube.com/user/CCPGAMES#play/user/10838E1219A2EC16
If anyone is interested, as usual contact me somehow. I haven't much
time to be ingame recently, but I have plenty of isk(money) and
experience to share.

Sept. 29, 2009
    The anniversary chat marathon continues! Eonwe kicked it off by holding the room open from Sunday's meeting. Invite fellow Valarites that you see online, as not all are able to enter the chat room or don't remember how. Here are some of the guild mates that we noticed today helping out (sorry that I can't catch everyone who helps!):
        Ar-PharazonV?, arwen1, austeinm, Eomer-(V) as IWF519, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V) as karakedi25, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61,  VardaValar1
        Eiladwyn-(T) tried to join us as eiladwyn but had difficulty and never made it in. Thanks for trying!
    WoW Lothar server: fireworks collecting (and gaming together): Goblin Engineer Sauronv is willing to make them but requests help with materials including ore, cloth, and skins. Here's his list.

Sept. 28, 2009
    The anniversary chat marathon is on! Eonwe kicked it off by holding the room open from Sunday's meeting. Some that we noticed present today helping out (sorry that I can't catch everyone who helps!):
    ArPharazonV, austeinm, Eomer-(V) as IWF519, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1,

    WoW Lothar group had an anniversary marathon gaming together today with Elwing, Sauron, Fangorn, and Varda. The job they took on (to my surprise) was working up a priest to help with runs (Varda-Valar's Varda, the Holy Priest) and Fangorn's mage while clearing out stray Borean Tundra quests for others. Leveling, training, and craziness continued for many hours. Elwing commented at one point that we had passed six hours; she had gone to jury duty early that morning and been let off early and had been given the day off at work, blessing us with her presence in WoW. Eonwe came in late in the evening and said hello to everyone.
    The WoW Lothar and Uldaman server groups are planning fireworks with a shout-out at the major cities saying "Happy 12th Anniversary to the Valar Guild!" in major cities on October 4th. Sauron's engineer plans to make some fireworks and others of us can help during the week with materials (send to Sauronv) and buying fireworks from vendors.

    LotRO: collecting for mathoms for the October 4th (Sunday) anniversary is underway! We can have a trivia and shout-out on Sunday with prizes of resource stacks, food, drinks, tokens, scrolls, smokes, house decorations, or whatever you think up. If you can't be there Sunday, we have a kinhouse for putting goodies in. If kin chest space does not permit, send them to the overflow bank character Gilmacariel and mark in the LotROmail that they are for the anniversary and any special purpose you might also have such as trivia prize or general to any kin mate.

Sept. 27, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, pallandovalar, VardaValar1
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Tolkien chat:
    Bilbo and Frodo's joint birthday was not shown in the movies, but JRRT considered it important, why?
Marathon begins! At the end of the main chat, Eonwe kept the room open starting the anniversary chat room marathon! Everyone come help keep the room open til the end of October 4 next Sunday for the bits of time that you can aid. Our time zone spread is wide!
12th Anniversary week!
Next Sunday is the 12th Anniversary of the Valar Guild!
    Chat room: We have a marathon tradition of trying to keep our chat room open all week between one Sunday meeting and the next for anniversary week, even if we are all afk. Please help by joining in the room Valar Guild Meetingplace
Next Sunday is the actual anniversary date of October 4, where we will probably talk about old times and have triva games.
    Tolkien Site: Anniversary contributions to the Tolkien Site are also traditional, but please mark that you want them to be included. They can be photos, music, other art, stories, poetry, humor, articles, language. They can be cheerful, scary, beautiful, funny, etc and any length as long as they concern Middle-earth.
    Gaming: Let us know by email or live in the October 4 AIM meeting what you plan (or did) especially for the anniversary this week in your favorite game(s). This could be such things as fireworks and shout-outs, special gaming sessions, mailing mathoms to each other with Happy 12th Anniversary on them. In LotRO, goodies to pass around could be food, scrolls, hope tokens, drinks, smokes, house decorations, or whatever you think of.

Sept. 25, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Nimrodel-(V)!
Nimrodel came to us from LotRO, introduced by her husband, Gildor-(V). She's read the H, LotR (multiple times), and Sil. Gildor-(V) and Nimrodel-(V) gamed with Indis-(V) and Varda-(Valar) all on lowbies in LotRO. Some of Nimrodel's favorite characters from the LotR are Merry and Pippin for being amusing and gutsy, as they were in the ruins smoking and eating, as well as Eowyn the gutsy slayer of the Witch-king (with Merry's aid), and Aragorn the epitome of gutsy, and Sam the brave, loyal, practical, good guy also gutsy. Do we see a trend here? :)

Sept. 22, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Welcome to a new author for the Valar Guild site!
           "Even Now" by Eiladwyn-(T). "Set in the time when Celebrian is in Imladris, trying to recover from her ordeal with the orcs." Contributed for the 12th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.

Sept. 21, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO / Turbine:
        "Looking for more ways to stay connected with LOTRO and Turbine? Check out the LOTRO page on Facebook and show your support by becoming a fan! You can also follow @turbine on Twitter for news about all of our games as well as contests and giveaways. Check out the recently created Turbine channel on Youtube for official and fan-created videos!"


Sept. 20, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Lothiriel-(V) has recovered well from back surgery and spent the last two months with family enjoying the summer. She'll be visiting friends (also known to us in LotRO) for a week. She plans to return to LotRO for the Mirkwood expansion.
Tolkien:
    Was magic present in Middle-earth?

Sept. 19, 2009 Saturday
    International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
       LotRO says:
 
Saturday, September 19th is International Talk like a Pirate Day and we’re celebrating all weekend long! Players should visit the banks of the Brandywine River and learn all about the Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner !
Sept. 18, 2009 Friday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:00 pm Urugarth
for class questing. Let's get these out of the way, folks! Sign up on the Forum under Pippin-(V)'s posting.

Sept. 17, 2009
    12th Anniversary readiness. Creative folk
please ready your writing and art fingers for the anniversary celebration! Email your articles, humor, poetry, stories, language goodies, art, and music to Varda and mention what it's for. We'll have a special anniversary page linking everything to that as well as the usual Tolkien Site sections. It can be funny, sublime, scary, or beautiful, as long as it's Middle-earth!

Sept. 14, 2009
    Varda returned from a week out of town on family business late Monday night. Webwork catch-up begins. :)

Sept. 13, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the illustrious Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor, and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar
Tolkien:
    Forum Role-play discussion.

Sept. 7, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Turtle run
canceled due to lack of people.
        Eregion:
Indis' lore-master Alasse, Melkor's rune-keeper Passim, and Varda's guardian Timbridhil ran the Library and School in Eregion together, completing all bosses and quests in both.

Sept. 6, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership happenings:
    Games Page Mass Update should be in your email.
    12th Anniversary planning
Web:
    Stories:
       Jay of Lasgalen's Rainbow Drabbles posted today:
        (Yellow) "Torchlight" March 8, 3019
        (Orange) "Beacons" March 8, 3019
        (Indigo) "The Dawnless Day" March 9, 3019
        (Blue) "A Wind From the South" March 14, 3019
        (Violet) "Banners Before the Gate" March 25, 3019
        (Rainbow) "At the End of All Things" March 25, 3019
        (Green) "The Wood of Greenleaves" April 6, 3019
        (Red) "On Pelennor Fields the Poppies Blow" March 15, 3020
Tolkien:
    Rivendell, Mirkwood.

Sept. 5, 2009
    Games Page Mass Update (aka GPMU) in progress.
Eonwe-(Valar), our illustrious co-chair of the overall Valar Guild, has sent emails to the 108 members for which we had an address. If you didn't get one, you know there's a problem. Here's a copy of it. Feel free to contact Eonwe or Varda, use the Forum, or drop in on an AIM meeting. We are asking what games members play so they can get together. We are also finding out who would still like to be associated with the Valar Guild Tolkien Fan Club and Gamers group, even if you can't be active much this year. Maybe next year will be better for you.
    Suggestions for the upcoming 12th Anniversary of the Valar Guild now being taken.

Sept. 4, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       News direct from LotRO: Mirkwood! Increased level cap,
The Lord of the Rings Online™: Siege of Mirkwood™ launches this fall!
Sep 04, 2009 09:37 EST Siege of Mirkwood will expand the online world of Middle-earth where players will join forces to press further eastward into the dark, foreboding and treacherous forest of Mirkwood and take part in the epic conclusion to Volume II of The Lord of the Rings Online. (Click Here) For the Press Release!

[Part of the Press Release] Siege of Mirkwood will be available as a digital download this Fall with an increased level cap, a new region including the legendary evil fortress of Dol Goldur, major enhancements to combat and Legendary Items and the introduction of Skirmishes, a new system where players will train customizable soldiers and take them into battle as part of the War of the Ring.
Sept. 1, 2009
    Aug 30 meeting transcript addition of the final part of the Middle-earth word association game, emailed by Eonwe.
Aug. 31, 2009 Monday
    Gaming / LoTRO:
       Summer Festival: last day. Be sure to turn in your tokens today.
       Turtle soup. 8:30pm EDT Nornuan Turtle run in Filikul instance of the Waterworks, run by Lhee group with Valar filling in the slots. Last Monday we didn't have enough people, especially tanks and healers. This is the first time that has happened and was due to the end of summer schedule changes for many people. Our usual leader, Daegaran, will probably be unable to come tonight. We'll see how it goes tonight and if we need to make changes in day or time for turtle runs. Please sign up for today's turtle run on our forum if you think you might be available on standby. Also, we would like to do other high level runs (perhaps today, especiallyi if the raid doesn't make) and are taking suggestions for times during the week for various types of runs we can schedule, including music rehearsals, books, fellowship, class quests, radiance and other gear runs. Would we prefer weekdays, weeknights, weekends now?
    The raid made and DKP was earned. A lack of any captain debuffs on the turtle's damage over time attack seems to have been our downfall. Three attempts occurred with standbys taking the place of those who had to leave after the first run. The first run was with only 11. Tanks did well in all runs at keeping aggro away from squishies. Congratulations to Gildor for his first run versus Nornuan! Lycius led the raid. Participants were:
    Alasse (Indis-V's lore-master), Estellion (guardian), Fainan (Varda-Valar's hunter), Galadhalion (champion), Gwennair (Gildor-V's hunter), Jorgin (rune-keeper), Lhee (Amroth-V's lore-master), Lycius (hunter and leader), Naveras (rune-keeper), Passim (Melkor-Valar's rune-keeper), Shadoow (burglar), Valahn (champion), Yula (minstrel)
    DKP earned is listed on the Forum under LotRO > Raids and Quests > DKP.
    DKP explanation is listed on the Forum under LotRO > Raids and Quests > DKP (Dragon Kill Points) Information

    Links page:
       Languages:
Omentielvo: The International Conference on J.R.R. Tolkien's Invented Languages - Link to book for sale of language conference papers including a Google preview. Link recommended by Indis-(V).

Aug. 30, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar
Membership:
    For all members: The Games Page Mass Update begins. Everyone in the guild should be emailed by next Sunday. If you haven't received an email by then, please email Eonwe and/or Varda (Varda for confidential emails). Erase the words NOSPAM. This lets members see which other members are playing the same games they are so they can get together, makes sure we have the right email for guild contacts, and counts as a guild contact that shows you as active that carries over to next year, 2010, unless you request to be dropped.
    Varda: She and Fangorn are visiting Elwing this Sunday for swimming, leaving Eonwe in charge of today's meeting..
    Ar-Pharazon will be restricting his times at the meeting to one hour due to returning to college. We could use another person to help email transcripts to Varda for the later parts of the meetings.
Web:
    GPMU see above For all members.
    Links page: Google Books - free books online and downloadable as pdf. Listed on our site under News > Links > Writing > Book Sources.
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    Battle for Middle-earth
Tolkien:
    Tolkien word association game, LotR only. Challenges for questionable link or just for the fun of getting to discuss it.

Aug. 28, 2009
    Links page:
      
Google Books - free books online and downloadable as pdf. Listed on our site under News > Links > Writing > Book Sources.

Aug. 26, 2009
    Happy birthday, Khamul-(T)!

Aug. 24, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30pm EDT Nornuan turtle run
with Lhee group, as regularly scheduled. C'mon guys, Fainan needs 3 more emblems. ;)

Aug. 23, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (10)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar, Varda Valar
Membership happenings:
    Rosie-(V), new Full Member
    Elwing-(V)
    Ar-Pharazon-(V)
Web:
    Stories:
       "A Cat in King Elessar's Court" by Alcardilme-(T).
       Third chapter added to Jay of Lasgalen's "Till Death Us Do Part"
    Games page: color additions
    Article:
       Dwarves by Eonwe-(Valar)
Gaming:
    WoW Cataclysm expansion discussion
    LotRO
    Red Alert 3
    Battle for Middle-earth
    Eve Online (during After Meeting)
Tolkien:
    Linguistics conference report by Luthien-(T)
    Short RP talk
    Pallando the Blue Wizard
After-meeting:
    A word for "please" in any Elvish language, found a workaround, pronunciation.
       URL's for linquistics scattered throughout Tolkien and the After-meeting.
    EVE Online
    RP talk more in-depth

Tolkien Site / Stories:
    "A Cat in King Elessar's Court" by Alcardilme-(T).
    Third chapter added to Jay of Lasgalen's "Till Death Us Do Part", completing the AU story, an exploration of what could happen at elven death using Elladan and Elrohir's points of view.

August 22, 2009
    Happy birthday, Manwe-(Valar)!

August 21, 2009
    Welcome to Full Membership, Rosie-(V)!
Rose Cotton has been a Member of Honor of Orome since 1998. She joined the kin in LotRO last week and tested today with Varda, for a perfect 5/5 score. She's the grand-daughter of Melkor-(Valar), daughter of Orome-(Valar), and sister of William-(MoH of Orome). She's a fun person to chat with and is leveling quickly. She may be on mostly mornings as her brother often has the computer in the evenings. After school starts Sept 1, she'll probably be on weekly or monthly, but can be on much more right now. She used to play DAoC and still plays WoW sometimes, but is now with us in LotRO. She's read the H, LotR, and Sil. Her favorite LotR character is Tom Bombadil, hands down. He envelopes everything she likes: nature, relaxed living, love, and music.

    Gaming / WoW expansion: Catclysm:
       An article in GameLife tells a bit about the upcoming WoW Cataclysm expansion, including geological destruction by the Maelstrom of many known areas. Two new races are being added: Goblins for Horde, Worgen (werewolves) for Alliance. The level cap is going up to 85.

August 20, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
        Dwarves by Eonwe-(Valar): overview of JRRT's writings on Dwarves in the LotR, Sil, and the volumes of the Histories of Middle-earth series.
   
    The live orchestra and chorus concert with Howard Shore's complete music score playing along with a gigantic screen showing The Fellowship of the Ring will coincide with the display of original manuscripts done by J.R.R. Tolkien. The orchestra will be at Radio City Music Hall Oct 9-10. The manuscripts will be shown for the first time in New York, at Fordham's Library at  Lincoln Center from Oct 5 to Nov 19. The manuscripts come from Marquette University's collection. There will be talks and signing sessions, meetings and panels with special guests including Howard Shore, Doug Adams, Tolkien linguist David Salo, and illustrator Colleen Doran. Letter from Michael Regina.

August 19, 2009
    Happy Birthday to Elwing-(V)!

August 17, 2009 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30pm Turtle run
with Valarites filling in the Lhee group run. Please coordinate in the friend channel with Daegaran. Varda hopes to be there, currently not certain. (Varda was not back in town.)
       DKP have been given on the forum as so far known up to today, trying to be as generous as possible, using information from both the forum and News page. Remember that DKP cannot be used on the Turtle run with the Lhee group, as it is a multi-kin run even when we are over half of it.

August 16, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar
Tolkien:
    The character of Menelvagor
August 13, 2009
    Varda
and Fangorn will be out of town on family business Friday through the weekend. Right now it's not known if it will go into the week as well, but the plan is to be home late Sunday night. Eonwe will be chairing the Sunday meeting. If Varda does not return in time Monday, please coordinate the LotRO Turtle run with Daegaran in our friend channel. Monday turtle sign-ups for dkp points are available on the forum right now.

August 12, 2009
    Indis' LotRO launcher on her good computer is not working. She is entering on her lesser computer for some things but not able to run instances on it.

August 10, 2009
    Gaming / LoTRO:
       8:30 pm EDT Nornuan Turtle run with Lhee group.
Other running will be done as well, with folk not in the Turtle run and/or after since it doesn't take very long.
    The run went smoothly without even one death, taking down Nornuan in the first try. We used Song of Aid, Revealing Mark, Oathbreakers, and bear taunts, while wearing acid resist gear. Traits were at least at level 10.
    Members making themselves available for the run early except for Aeronwy whose work made his slightly late: Aeronwy (late, work):
Amroth, Dis (signed), Eomer, Forlong, Indis, Maedhros (signed), Melkor, and Varda.
    Participants in the actual raid were: Aeronwy (Gorlim's minstrel), Alasse (Indis' lore-master), Caedell (champion), Daegaran (leader and captain), Dagr (minstrel), Erkendan (Eomer's captain), Fainan (Varda's hunter), Jorgin (rune-keeper), Lhee (Amroth's lore-master), Lycius (hunter), Miruin (Forlong's hunter), and Valain (champion).
    The variable drops were: 3 emblems, Burglar's Filikul Sword of the Second Age. Alasse got the sword for her 60 burglar. Emblems went to Caedell, Lycius, and Miruin.
    Setting and Nornuan's head went to Fainan (head went to Meriadoc for his Hobbit hole), 40k rune went to Erkendan, mithril flake went to Daegaran, and 4k runes went to everyone else.

August 9, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (8)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, pallandovalar/orodrethV/oessala, Thror-(V)/Chugin Chub, VardaValar1
Membership happenings:
    New Full Member: Finarfin-(V)
    Arien is still on vacation
    Ar-Pharazon is set up for college classes in Earth Science.
    We have Full Members teetering on the edge of losing their primary names for lack of contact, same for Tolkien-only members who haven't sent anything in for the Tolkien Site last year or so far this year.
Web:
    Games page: new projects
    Art page: links shifting to the same server as the one for text on Alatar's valarguild.org server.
Gaming:
    WoW: Patch 3.2 and Argent Tourney dailies
    LotRO:
        Turtle run every Monday 8:30 pm EDT.
        RP event setting up with music and stories.
    Various games:
       Red Alert 3
       L.E.D. Wars: problem
       Chess
       Second Life: Faery Crossing kin 2nd year anniversary. Fladrif (Sodoi) and Varda (Fainan) are in it.
       Ghostbusters
       Atlantica: Bilbo and Sauron are in Falsetto guild together.
Tolkien:
    Characters in Middle-earth that show JRRT's ideals:
       Eonwë aka Fionwë, Indis, Thror, Varda
    Forum role-play discussion

August 7, 2009
    Happy birthday, Elladan-(V)!

August 6, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Finarfin-(V)!
Finarfin has been with us as an initiate in LotRO since July 27, 2009, picking his name today. He was scouted by his old friend from NeverWinter Nights and from a previous LotRO kinship, appropriately Indis-(V) and tested by Varda. He used to play WoW and Lineage 2. He is from Ohio in the USA, EST. He is 48 and plays just about daily, although he also has to work. He's read the H, LotR, and Sil. His favorite characters are Aragorn, Eomer, Legolas, and Gimli. Aragorn seemed like a villain at first but was actually the king. Eomer seemed like a an evil barbarian but was actually a noble warrior. Gimli and Legolas were great warriors who overcame racial prejudice to become best friends.

August 5, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       The art is moving
to Alatar's valarguild.org domain and server, as we are having continuing problems with the previous server. This means your bookmarks are changing and a lot of links are being repaired not only in the art site but illustrations all over the Tolkien Site. Bookmarks may be changed by going through normal navigation to the desired artist and picture, eventually again to the article and associated pictures. Thank you to AuSteinM-(T) for going to all the trouble he's had to bear with on the old server, and thank you to Alatar-(Valar) for the very generous amount of both web space and bandwidth added today on the text site. If you wonder why Varda wasn't gaming today, I was busily serving you elsewhere, but I'm thinking of you! Kill a monster in the name of Elbereth!

August 3, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30 pm Nornuan Turtle run
with the Lhee group.
       After the turtle run,
lets do another run and perhaps pick up a radiance and acid coin for at least two mains.

August 2, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Menelvagor and Varda.
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien:
    Romance in Tolkien's works.

August 1, 2009
    Happy birthday, Orome!


July 27, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30 pm EST: Nornuan turtle run with the Lhee group.

            This doesn't take very long and we can form other smaller groups any time of day, before, during, and after the scheduled raid. These can be pre-scheduled if Monday is a good time, and should be set not to interfere with the main Turtle raid.

       We would like to have scheduled all-Valar runs. These don't have to be raids but can be scheduled fellowship quests and book runs. We may also have a version of this for special events, such as concerts with the boss/goal being the completion of the intended music list.
       The DKP system may come under consideration for helping with drops, possibly in a bid system using a person's collection of DKP rather than a straight 1000 point roll. (DKP means "Dragon Kill Points). Points would be listed on the Forum. These would only be used in rolls for Valar runs, including our cross-guilded folk. Guild-friends do not get guild DKP. If a guild-friend joins in, he must be pre-warned that he's welcome to hope his good roll beats our DKP-hyped rolls. Failed rolls do not use up DKP. Any pre-shceduled run even with friend groups earn DKP even if we can't use it in a mixed group run . For example, our Monday run with Lhee group would earn DKP for other runs, although it could not be spent in that particular run. Cross-guilded members sush as Lhee/Amroth-(V) would still earn his DKP for guild runs. DKP would be earned by the player, not confined to one character, so you don't lose out if asked to switch to a different character partway through to help with strategy. In all cases, the dkp addition should be declared ahead of the roll. A person is not required to use their dkp.
       Any officer in LotRO including Warlords, Maiar, or Valar may set up a scheduled run. This must be listed on the Forum. It would be best to also show it in the kin message of the day (any officer can put up this message) and in the News (email Varda). It is ok to also advertise it in the kinmail.
            Points could be earned this way, but *only* for scheduled runs:
                    10 points for showing up on time, whether the group forms or not.
                     On time plus self-signed up on the forum adds another point to the 10 points for being on time.
                    In below-Moria runs: 2 points for participating in a boss attempt, 5 points for participating in a boss kill.
                    In Moria and above that level runs: 5 points for participating in a boss attempt, increasing to 20 points for participating in a boss kill.
            Using the earned points has two possible systems, and we are leaning towards a form of the bid system.
                Roll system: /roll 1000 + all dkp points. If that person wins, all dkp points are re-set to zero.
                Bid: Bid for the item out of your dkp points without using a roll. Unused dkp remains.
                Hybrid: /roll 1000 + a pre-stated part of the dkp points.

July 26, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien:
    Forum role-play discussion.

July 23, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Telchar-(V)!
Telchar joined us as a Full Member in LotRO today, after picking his name. Falathar-(V) scouted him yesterday and Melkor-(Valar) tested. He grouped with a party of Valarites who all liked and recommended him. He used to play WoW, but is no longer active there. He's read the H, LotR, Sil, and is in the 9th of HoMe, and is now at the age of 16. His favorite LotR character is Gimli.

July 20, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Dragon head trophy built and added to the Cave of Hansen.

July 19, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (12)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Lungorthin-(Valar)/sauronjag, luthienathariel, pallandovalar, Thror-(V)/Chugin Chub, VardaValar1
Membership happenings:
    Ar-Pharazon will be starting a week of vacation with no internet.
    Khamul-(T): trying to join as a writer, Tolkien-only.
    Arien's mom is back home from the hospital.
Web:
    Links page:
       Webcomics addition
    Games Site rebuild progress now showing.
Gaming:
    WoW:
        General: patch 3.2
        Servers for Valar branches:
            Argent Dawn
            Lothar
            Uldaman
       Other servers with members, be sure to also make the friend channel to find each other:
             Thunderhoof: Thror-(V)
             Shattered Hand: Gwaihir-(Valar) much less now.
             several: Eomer-(V)
    Middle-earth mod for Diablo 2 expansion
    Diablo 3
    LotRO: official server Landroval
    XBox
    Deadspace
    Eve Online
    Ghostbusters
Tolkien:
   Each of us is named for a particular character. How does that character show something about what traits Tolkien values?
    Arien
    Ar-Pharazon
    Eomer
    Eonwe: Maia version given this time. Vala version may be given at the next meeting.

July 14, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        The art server changed its policy and now requires payment for any forwarding between http://www and a domain name. This required most of the art site's links to change, including frames. Please let Varda know if any of those pages are still showing link problems.
    Gaming / LotRO:
          Congratulations to the Valarites for completing the Grand Stair instance all the way through today, accomplishing the stated mission of Boots for Fundin-(V)!

July 13, 2009
    Links page:
       The "top" links should now work.
       New section added for webcomics recommended by Valar Guild members.
    Forum Role-play:
       New thread has begun for the long-running "Scouting Ahead", On the Road to Rivendell.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30 pm EDT Nornuan Turtle raid. Lhee group (these were all guild-friends) and Valar Guild Nornuan Turtle run (about 5 minutes when it gets going, or dead by DoT). Success in one run! Other instance runs probable during and afterwards if enough people are present.
          Attending: Alrid (guild-friend, Dis' husband, hunter), Daegaran (guld-friend, Lhee group, led, captain), Fainan (Varda's hunter), FundinV (Fundin's lore-master), Hanna (guild-friend, minstrel), Hlifstal (guild-friend, guardian), Lilyblossom (Dis's minstrel), Lhee (Amroth's lore-master), Lycius (guild-friend, hunter), Miruin (Forlong's hunter), Valain (guild-friend, champion).
          Loot: 2 emblems dropped: Lilyblossom, Lhee. Heavy Shell Shield: Valain. 2nd Age Filikul Sword, Setting: Fainan. 40k rune: Lycius. Mithril flake: Alrid. Nornuan's trophy head. 4k runes: Alasse, Hanna, Miruin.

July 12, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (6)
    Members: ArPharazonV, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Guest: betulamoon
Membership happenings:
    Meriadoc visiting
    Eomer new game: WoW
    Pallando will be on duty for the next 5 weeks during meeting time.
Web:
    Stories by Jay of Lasgalen
    Art links repair progressing
    Gwaihir, Gilraen and friend's game reviews
    Humor: Things Ents are totally incapable of and why by Fladrif-(V)
Gaming:
    D&D tabletop
    Tales of Monkey Island review given jointly by Ar-Pharazon and Fladrif.
       Monkey Island site link
    Chess
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    WoW: servers Argent Dawn, Lothar, Uldaman
    LotRO: server Landroval
Tolkien:
    Forum role-play discussion
    Beorn in The Hobbit
After-meeting:
    Ways of starting a Tolkien discussion.
    Spelling "namárië"
    Irish mythology 

July 9, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Tales by Jay of Lasgalen:
        "A Wedding in the Greenwood". Thranduil suffers from pre-wedding nerves.. Thranduil, Thranduil's wife, Oropher. Drabble.
        "No Son of Mine". Thranduil contemplates baby Legolas. Legolas, Legolas' mother, Thranduil. Drabble.
        "What Was That?". Elladan and Elrohir are pursued by a mysterious creature. Elladan, Elrohir. Drabble.
        "Zirak-zigil". Aragorn travels alone through the Redhorn Pass. Drabble
        "The Clouds Burst". Rain falls after the burning of Mirkwood. Thranduil. Drabble.
        "Oft Hope is Born, When All is Forlorn". March 14, 3019. Aragorn has captured the fleet at Pelargir, but it is becalmed. Elladan and Elrohir. Double drabble.
        "On the Eve of Battle". March 24, 3019. On the eve of the battle before the Black Gate, Elladan and Elrohir are in a sombre mood. short story
        "It Comes in Pints". After the War of the Ring, Thranduil and Legolas plan for the future. Laketown. Drabble.

July 6, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Humor:
      
Things Ents are totally incapable of and why by Fladrif-(V).
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Successful Nornuan Turtle run!

July 5, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Shelter from the Storm" by Jay of Lasgalen added to the site today. Elrohir finds unexpected sanctuary when he is separated from the patrol he is riding with and becomes lost in a blizzard. Aragorn is 9 months old. Aragorn, Arathorn, Elladan, Elrohir, Gilraen
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Membership:
    Tulkas-(Valar) bought LotRO and the expansions, now loading them.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Shelter from the Storm" by Jay of Lasgalen added to the site today.
Gaming:
    StarCraft 1 gaming together planned for tomorrow. Find each other in AIM (contact Fladrifv, ArPharazonV, or AriehnV). Those interested at the meeting were in Europe and considering their morning and perhaps afternoon, so theirs is probably the realm in which the gaming will be held. Usual friend channel name.
Tolkien:
    Ending the RP thread for "Return to Mirkwood" in "Scouting Ahead" with the preparations in the rain. We are about to start the next part of "Scouting Ahead" as we try to take the bad report back to Elrond in Rivendell concerning the Fellowship's using our route.
    Gollum's learning of Bilbo's origin.

July 4, 2009
Happy July 4th!

Fireworks in the Shire


June 29, 2009
    Membership:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild as a Full Member, Landroval-(V)!
Landroval joined the kin in LotRO as an initiate with his character, Rana, after passing the test June 27, 2009 and deciding to mull over the name. Today he chose right after the Turtle raid. :)  He's been a long-time guild friend running with us from the Lhee group. He's read the H, LotR, and Sil. His favorite character is Legolas, reminding him of himself for his keen eyesight. Another character he enjoys is Gandalf for being awesome.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Turtle run
by the Lhee group with Valarites welcome. See when the run resets and we will set up a Valar run. For those who can, bring half acid, half radiance gear.
            We won in one run! Daegaran, Fainan (Varda), Fundinv (Fundin), Galadhalion (Maedhros), Hanna, Hlifstal, Isawen, Lhee (Amroth), Lycius, Miruin (Forlong), Rana (Landroval), and Valain.
            Then we put together a second group afterwards and ran the Turtle again! We were trying not to have to leave anyone out. :)  Friends who came along to help included Boronind's (Halbarad) friend from Aes Sidhe:Yvain. I don't have that list, unfortunately.

June 28, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (10)
    Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, FladrifV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Luthien-(T)/luthienathariel, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Guest: betulamoon
Tolkien:
    Marriage in Middle-earth

June 26, 2009

    The art page server is back online, huzzah and thanks to AuStein-(T)! A lot of links, however, are broken because they are no longer automatically redirected from http://www.valar.game-host.org to http://valar.game-host.org, as that has just changed to a pay service . Varda is currently working on tons of affected links, happily finding some that were already pointed correctly. Meanwhile, please reload a page to clear your cache of the old address or, on links not yet corrected, remove the www from the link in the address bar as a work-around. Thank you for your patience!

June 25, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Arth-(T)!
He offered his work to the site today and we were honored to accept it. Arth is joining us as a Tolkien-only member with original poetry set to music made by his own vocals and keyboarding.
      
Telerilindalë: The Lay of the Last by Arth-(T). This link goes to his Blogspot including his own vocals, keyboarding, and lyrics for the first part of his poem about the Teleri Elves.
       Letter excerpt from Arth-(T) on June 26, 2009:
            I recall finding "Arth" as a Sindarin root meaning "region", so it should do.   I've registered as Arth on the forum.  As soon as I feel comfortable with the style there, I'll post.  Maybe even the following.
            Second Life is different that what you describe and I saw in Luthien-T's blog entry. The area I often inhabit is about 20 regions in the main "Agni" server (not the personal only Open Sim), hosted for charity by "Builders of Arda".  The user created content there is quite rich, with many opportunities for chat and free-form based RP in several Tolkien areas and ages, including Valimar, Tanequitil and Menegroth.  We even have a community-made Tirion sim developing nicely along the same lines as Luthien-T's.
        There are non-canon Tolkien areas very nearby, as well as staged events, classes, battles, quests and PVP utilizing user-created combat systems. Check it out.  If you log into Second Life, contact Arth Karas or Aule Finesmith.  I'll show you around.

June 23, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       The Book 8 expansion is now online. It includes the Book 8 epic quest with the touch of Dol Guldur, a make-over of Bree-land, crafting system crit item change, and stacking to 100 of many things to improve storage.

June 22, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       AuSteinM-(T) tracked down the problem with the art server, huzzah! We're working on it.

June 21, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        The main art server holding most of our gallery for The Glittering Caves of Aglarond seems to be down, possibly due to their maintenance or our change of main server. Luthien brought this problem to Varda's attention today by email, read June 22, as the link to Luthien's art was not working.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV (presided over Tolkien), ArPharazonV, FladrifV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, luthienathariel, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presided over business meeting)
Tolkien:
    Being caught between two worlds in LotR.

June 20, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Warning from Turbine:
Some very convincing emails are going out that appear to be from LotRO and link to a bogus site that looks like it. Do your linking to the actual site rather than the email.
       June 23: In good news, Tuesday the Book 8 expansion comes out. Here are the release notes. On Tuesday morning, the servers will be down to apply the free expansion.
    Membership:
       Letter from Eonwe:
            "My router died, so my internet access is going to be a bit shaky until I can get a new one. Plus, I won't be able to make it to the meeting Sunday anyway because I have to work across meeting time."

June 15, 2009
    Internet went out in Varda's area for at least 108 houses during much of the morning and on to nearly midnight before repairs were completed.
    LotRO gaming: Check the friend channel for open spots for the Monday turtle raid (ok, so the News went up too late for this). Consider an all-Valar group if we have enough left after those few went with the experienced group. Perhaps we could run one during the week.

June 14, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the fabulous Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor, and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), FladrifV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Luthien-(T)/luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Gwaihir chatted in a side window, re-formatting his computer. Everytime he reloaded Internet Explorer, a host of viruses hit.
    Menelvagor plans to throw a party in the Valar Guild November 29, 2009 for his 10th guild anniversary, which comes on a Sunday. It's also his 5th anniversary as a Maia. He's the one who started up our current Forum and handled the Humor page. He is a regular at meetings and plays with the guild on WoW and has started gaming with the guild in LotRO. He has been playing Warhammer lately.
    Valar Guild 12th Anniversary party in October: suggestions being taken.
    Fladrif is back home to the Netherlands after being in Germany, has internet again.
    Ar-Pharazon's cat, Frodo, turned out to be male after all.
    Birthdays last week: Earendil and Scatha.
Web:
    Our guild files visibly moved to the new server with no connection to the old one now. Thanks to Alatar for the new server, the old server, and continuing the domain name!
       Aid in catching link and missing file problems for Games (email Eonwe), Community and Tolkien Sites (email Varda). Some of the links are twisted between the two main web workers, so a cc is a good idea.
    A new LotR Hammerfall band YouTube located by Arien concerning sacrifice for victory and being torn between two worlds.
Gaming:
    World of WarCraft:
       General: Info on the upcoming 3.2 patch: Call of the Crusade., and 3.3. Info on upcoming new battleground: Isle of Conquest.
        Lothar server
       Uldaman server. Discussion of the changing place where power comes from for Horde priests and paladins.
    Lord of the Rings Online: We have enough level 60 people to run instances and do 12-man raids and need to start doing them more frequently. Let's also work on helping folks whose mains are lower level to raise up. Crafters for raid and instance packages needed, please put materials in the kinshouse or, if full, send directly to people that you know need them or to the bank overflow character: Gilmacariel.
    Eve Online: progress on Valar Corp. Email or AIM Pallando Valar for info on getting in the game free or cheaply for a while.
    Chess: how to get together with each other in chess online. Site. Fladrif-(V)'s name there is torenpaardloper (meaning tower/rook/castle, knight, bishop). Email or AIM to Fladrifv.
Iran news in real life from Pallando, who is in the military and therefore watching the situation more closely than some. During Tolkien chat, more news. Links given:
        http://iran.twazzup.com/
        http://twitter.com/persiankiwi
        http://twitter.com/change_for_iran
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QueD9nORuY
Tolkien:
    Podcasts concerning happenings in Tolkien's works using LotRO gaming as a way to approach the subjects.
    iPhone application that has a Quenya dictionary, a course, and a Tolkienian calendar in it.
    Sindarin dictionary program being developed by Luthien-(T) building on Didier's 8-year old Hisweloke idea with his permission and suggestions.
        New language information being made available by the Tolkien Estate.
    Discussion: Sacrifice to bring victory. What sacrifices were made to destroy the One Ring?
    Discussion: Stability and stagnation - the difference between them. Elvish stagnation.
After-meeting:
    Webwork
    Honors: Maia and Vala.
June 12, 2009
    The Valar Guild pages
have moved from the old server to an upgraded one: more space, updated php. Thank you Alatar-(Valar) for providing both servers and the domain name that made the switch easy.
    If link problems are found, please email Varda to have them corrected.
    Check out the new version of the Games Site that Eonwe-(Valar) has been working on! He did all the coding on his own, using that handy Computer Science degree. :)

June 9, 2009
    Happy birthdays to Earendil-(V) and Scatha-(V)!

June 8, 2009 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30pm EDT Nornuan turtle run success.
  Lhee's group (includes some Valarites and most are guild-friends) plus Valar Guild did the run. All were experienced.
    No radiance armor coin dropped for the first time. We did have one First Age and one Second Age.
    First time that all represented kinships already had the trophy, now going to personal houses.
    Valain and Dannav were the main tanks trading aggro, with Azagrul and Erkendan taking over as needed.
    Use of Oathbreakers, Song of Aid, Snap Taunt as usual.
    The Fellowship:
        Amroth-V as Lhee
        Caranthir-V as Azagrul. Won Second Age Heavy Shell Shield
        Daegaran (leader)
        Dannav. Won Warden's Filikul Spear of the First Age
        Eomer-V as Erkendan. Won 4k rune.
        Forlong-V as Miruin. Won 4k rune.
        Hanna. Won setting.
        Lothiriel-V as Anoren. Won mithril flake.
        Rana. Won 4k rune. (Not a Valar Guild member at this time, became Landroval-V on June 29.)
        Valain. Won 4k rune.
        Varda-Valar as Fainan. Won 40k rune and the trophy head.
        Wraithlyn

June 7, 2009

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-V/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar/orodrethV/oessala, VardaValar1
Gaming:
    WoW:
       General news: Bosstiary; new cat-forms. Bear-forms were shown last week, links in last week's transcript.
        Lothar server: Tulca rank implemented, means "steadfast", for gamers who show commitment to that branch.
    EVE Online:
        Pallando said:
            another way to get in contact with me (and my main will see it too, in case I don't log onto pallando for a few days) is to join the eve ingame mailing list "Eru's List"
        Will this drawing that Pallando showed us scare you away or make you laugh and join him?  :)
        New forum posting to help members get together on Eve Online for our branch there.
Tolkien:
    The Hobbit: Main meetings that Thorin's Company had in The Hobbit.
    Hobbit movie
    Forum role-play round robin live posting.
June 4, 2009
    Gaming / WoW / Lothar server:
        Letter from Eonwe, branch master:
 
    As I planned, I have implemented a new rank of Tulca on Lothar. "Tulca" means "Steadfast" (you will notice the similarity to the name of the Vala Tulkas) and is to honor regular members who have shown commitment to our guild branch (with consideration also given to activity within the Valar Guild as a whole). This rank is strictly an honor within the guild branch, but will be no less deserved by those who earn it.
    Given that they have, throughout our four years on Lothar, been the most regularly active "regular" members within our guild branch, and stuck it out with us for those four years, I am pleased to announce that Eowyn and Elwing have been thus honored as our first Tulcar.

June 3, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Grand Stairs 6-man instance, all Valar group, made it to Igash.
       At the same time, an all Valar group ran the Library and School 3-man instances.
       Before Grand Stairs, two all Valar groups ran book quests together.

June 1, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30pm EDT Nornuan turtle run. Sign-ups are on the Forum. We won!
        We had a large number of people who didn't get to go. We should be able to run a full Valarite group in the future from the looks of that turn-out, a very good thing to see! People who don't get to go in future scheduled instance runs can still join together for questing, books, deeding, instances, playing music, or chat.
       Those who got to go on the run and their phat lewt:
            Alasse (lm) (Indis-V) Iron Coin of Fortitude for radiance shoulders
            Belleg (capt) (Beleg-V)
            Daegaran (capt) Second Age Tactical Spear of Filikul
            Dannav (wardn) 40k Rune (Simple Heritage Rune of Legend)
            Erkendan (capt) (Eomer-V) 4k Rune
            Fainan (htr) (Varda-Valar) First Age Hunter's Spear 60
            Hanna (min) 4k Rune (Faded Heritage Rune of Legend)
            Isawen (minstrel) 4k Rune, Nornuan's Head (for Third Watch kin)
            Lhee (lm) (Amroth-V) Sealed Silver Setting of Strength
            Miruin (hntr) (Forlong-V) 4k Rune
            Passim (rk) (Melkor-Valar) Mithril Flake
            Valain (champ)
May 31, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), FladrifV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, luthienathariel, pallandovalar, VardaValar1
Tolkien:
    Overview of lands between Mirkwood and Rivendell.
    RP discussion with digressions(?) into related book talk.

May 30, 2009
    Varda's back, now catching up the News page since the Sunday meeting.
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Monday June 1 around 8:30pm EDT: Nornuan turtle run. Coordinate with Lhee group's Daegaran in the friend channel. So far: Hanna, Lhee (Amroth-V), Lycius, Fainan (Varda-Valar), and Wraithlyn.
        Latest results on the One Kinship to Rule them All contest on LotRO, click Landroval, Submit, and find us listed as Valar Guild. We're not trying to do anything with it, yet Valar Guild still made it to page 3 of 17 for Landroval server today thanks to Menelvagor's hunter Menelmacare. Pat him on the back and give him some help!
    Tolkien Site:
       Mankind / Chieftains navigation improved.

May 26, 2009
  Letter from Thror-(V):

Hail!
 
long time no see old friend!! how have things been with you? i am/was Thror-V  tho it has been some time since i have talked to or seen any of the valar i still play wow from time to time but not on the guild servers i am on thrunderhorn or is it thunderhoof? i think its thunderhorn but in any case that is where i am on wow most of the time (if i am on) i am also on msn im a lot!! i have beed good for the most part and i am 22!! be 23 in october >_<" makes me feel old  anywho hope to hear from you!!
 
you forgotten friend
 
Chubz (aka Thror-V)
 To email Thror-(V), use
   In an email, Alcardilme-(T) says the website for the Radio City concert for the Fellowship of the Ring is nearly complete. We may be seeing our own own Valar Guild banner on it as well.
        For more news on the concert:
            Twitter: http://twitter.com/RadioCityLOTR
            Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Theradiocity-Lotrconcerts/848340526
            MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/theradiocitylotrconcerts 

May 25, 2009
    Happy birthday, Fangorn-(Valar)!

May 24, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    The meeting will take place as always, and it may be free-form funness. Eonwe will be at work, Varda may be away or online only a short time for out-of-town company and for Fangorn's birthday party. Most of Varda's family will be out of town from Monday to late Friday, with Bilbo house-sitting.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, FladrifV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar (presiding)
Gaming:
    Members planning to join together for Red Alert 3: Ar-Pharazon-(V), Fladrif-(V), Menelvagor-(Valar)
Tolkien:
    Sam Gamgee: quote, and the deleted epilogue
    Shakespeare kidding around, and a useful link from Ar-Pharazon-(V):
       http://www.shakespeare-literature.com/
    Opensim Valinor project by Luthien-(T) progressing well, links:
       http://img.skitch.com/20090524-ptnin341m3pkn3k9d1c6sndph2.png
       http://img.skitch.com/20090524-girieeue86d9mg9qynt1hm1yc1.png
       http://img.skitch.com/20090524-tpy479uccxdecj6m1wj2syijn3.png
       http://img.skitch.com/20090524-max4y3kwnucm6xpa9c6212dhqi.png

May 23, 2009
    Happy birthday, Forlong-(V)!


May 20, 2009 Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Instance runs intended today around 8pm EDT. If enough of us are around to run earlier, we can do them during the day as well.
            Forgotten Treasury run May 20, 2009 8pm EDT.
                Fellowship: Anoren (Lothiriel's minstrel), Fainan, (Varda's hunter) Maedhroc (Maedhros' warden), Miruin (Forlong's hunter), Passim (Melkor's rune-keeper), Shamat (Pippin's guardian),
                Anoren led with aid from Miruin. We won, congrats, although no Amber Ring dropped. This time.

May 19, 2009
    LotRO kin contest:
       If we're interested in this, we can make a group or two of new characters that run together and can choose whether to include one or more high levels with them, especially during instances. Varda will probably be gone on vacation where there is no computer during most of this time, but could help while present.
    "The contest is a leveling race. The kinships that level up the most and the fastest will win! Starting at noon EDT on May 21 and running through noon EDT on June 15, every new character created is tracked in a special database.
    "New characters earn points for their kinship by gaining levels, and you can follow your kinship’s progress via a new leaderboard in the Lorebook. Only characters added to a kinship after the contest has begun can earn points. Players will need to create new characters or recruit friends to join their kinship's adventure in Middle-earth in order to earn points – existing characters do not count toward the point totals. Points will only be awarded to the first kinship a character joins during the promotion – choose wisely."
    Here are the various ways to win:
        The kinship with the most points overall for each game world
        The kinship with the most points per member for each game world
        The kinship containing the single top character in each server world (based on total points gained by that member and how fast they are achieved in the event of a tie)
        The One Kinship to Rule Them All – The Kinship with the most points overall across all servers

May 17, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
    Today is Eonwe's birthday
Web:
    Games page
    Tolkien Site: Stories "Cell Number Eight" by Cassia-(T) and Siobhan-(T)
    Gnostic Society has some lectures on Tolkien. Brought to our attention by Luthien-(T).
    Department of Defense blocks our web page
    Mead
    Mountain Dew has an area to register in to collect WoW tokens and a new pet, to advertise their new gaming flavors.
    Arthas: Rise of the Lich King made it onto the NY Times best Seller list.
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    Chess: Fladrif is still in the tourney
    Eve Online: contact Pallando-(Valar) to join into Valar Corps.
Tolkien:
    Fladrif's topic: the world of Middle-earth started with melodies
    Forum RP
    Cuivienen

May 14, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        "Cell Number Eight" by Cassia-(T) and Siobhan-(T). Art and part of the poetry by Cassia-(T).
            Post-RotK. Five chapters, dark. "Legolas is taken from Ithilien by slavers and forced to become an arena fighter. King Elessar, wrapped up in peace negotiations with Harad, doesn't even know he's missing. In a dark and brutal world Legolas finds one small spot of hope when he befriends a little human slave child. But nothing is what it seems..."

May 11, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
          Today:
            Turtle run
(Nornuan in the Waterworks by the Rotten Cellar): 8:30pm EDT-9pmEDT. 12-man. Signed up so far: Daegaran, Hanna, Lycius; Amroth-V/Lhee, Varda-Valar/Fainan. Some who said they might be available: Forlong-V/Miruin, Maedhros-V/Maedhroc, Ulmo-Valar/Vailimo. Others likely.
         May 14: Dev message:
        "LOTRO is getting a performance boost for its servers, and you could get a performance boost for your PC just for playing on Bullroarer during our LOTRO Performance Event! You could win a super-fast solid state hard drive, a blazing CPU + 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a killer DX10.1 video card, or a signed copy of the game!
        "Where: During the event on May 14th we’ll monitor performance on the Bullroarer server and we need as many players to participate as possible! If you don’t already have it, download the Bullroarer game client now and install it to be ready for the event.
        "When: Log in and play LOTRO on Bullroarer between 9:00PM and 11:00PM Eastern on Thursday, May 14 for your chance to win great prizes. Lots of Turbine developers and staff will be playing on Bullroarer and chatting with players (look for names that start with a plus sign [+]) – and we’ll have many other cool in-game surprises too!
        "All players who log in and play between 9:00PM and 11:00PM Eastern will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win.
Be sure to stay in the game and play the entire time between 9:00PM and 11:00PM Eastern on this night to have a chance to win! (Don’t worry if you are briefly disconnected – it will still count if you log back in right away!)
        "Remember, to participate in the event, you’ll need to download and install the Bullroarer client. For more information about downloading Bullroarer, please visit our Knowledge Base. This event is open to all LOTRO players, including Trial accounts!"
       More info at this official link.

May 10, 2009
Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presided first half), FladrifV, Indis-(V)/ karakedi25, Luthien-(T)/luthienathariel, pallandovalar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presided last half)

May 7, 2009
    Story writing contest. Letter from Alcardilme-(T).
And any of us can make nominations!:
    There is a 'contest' out there in cyberspace for Tolkien fanfic writers. I've been blessed to have been nominated for the last couple of yours.
    This year - I am a promoter - which means I send out a notice to a group I belong to - I'd like to send out notices about the MEFA's to 'our' group at the Guild - perhaps in the Forum section - What do you think?  You don't have to be a member to see the stories - just login as a guest - no name or password needed.
    There are no prizes - but nice banners for winners, nominations, all kinds of stuff.... It's a 'family' type group - slash only is not accepted - but NC-17's are.
    Here's their link.... Let me know what you think.
 
    Blessings,
    Alcardilme
    http://www.mefawards.net/
    Music:
   Here's a banner from the Radio City live music concert that goes with a giant screen showing of The Fellowship of the Ring, previously mentioned May 1. Click to check out the site.

banner

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Carn Dum
run in the evening.

May 6, 2009 Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8:30pm EDT Helegorod: 24-man level 50 minimum Thorog run for the Mirdanant axe, to gain the hope buff for the next time we gather enough for a Monday Vile Maw run. Thorog locks were picked up yesterday. Bring whatever Radiant armor that you have and hope tokens. Thirty minute run if all goes as it should. The run was successful with our lowest number of people yet: only 9! The kin house now sports the dragon's head!
       Angmar: we hope to have time to run Angmar quests after Helegrod. We did run book quests and some side quests, with a full group.

    Membership:
       Dis-(V) is moving to her new and very good job in another state today. She hopes to be back online with us Friday.

May 5, 2009
    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún by Tolkien
, now available. Thank you, Eonwe, for the link.

May 4, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Nornuan Turtle run.
Completed in under 5 minutes. Daegaran led (captain), Elanaya (hunter), Hanna (minstrel), Isawen (minstrel), Lycius (hunter), Rana (hunter), Valain (champion); Amroth-V's Lhee (lore-master), Beleg-V's Belleg (captain), Forlong-V's Miruin (hunter), Orome-Valar's Perianorom, Varda-Valar's Fainan (hunter).
       Perianorom won the radiance Helm coin, Belleg won the radiance Chest coin. Miruin won the 2nd Age Champion Filikul Spear for the Valar kinhouse. Hanna won the 2nd Age Light Shield. Hanna also won the trophy, as Valar's kinhouse already had it.

May 3, 2009

    Gaming / WoW / Uldaman Server branch:
       Uldaman Server branch is proud to report
that thanks to the efforts of all and the push by our recently made Death Knights, we have opened and begun stocking the guild's bank today.
       Uldaman Server is also starting up the implementation of Eonwe's suggestion of a Veteran rank, likely to be renamed.
            In Uldaman Server branch ranks, we have Meldo for initiate, Member for Full Members (same as the overall guild honor), Veteran for the core group who've played with us a lot and proven to care about this particular gaming group (overall Full Member with an additional plus in privileges, not a rank in the overall guild but just for Uldaman. This is not the same as the Warlord rank that is just for LotRO event organizers who are not overall guild officers), Maia (the same overall guild officers expert with LotR), and Vala (the same overall guild fanatic officers expert with LotR and Sil).

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday evening: Turtle.
       Wednesday evening: Maedhros-(V) invites a group to join him clearing out Angmar quests. We are emphasizing Maedhroc's class quest.

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Glorfindel of Gondolin" Short story by Jay of Lasgalen. "While cleaning the library of Imladris, Elrohir makes an interesting discovery." Elladan, Elrohir, Erestor, Glorfindel.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Fladrifv, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Luthien-(T): in the sim that we tried during the Tolkien section as the one who did the artwork for the sim, with computer help from Fladrif.

May 1, 2009
    LotR Concerts:
     Excerpt from a letter to us from Michael Regina, Editor in Chief - TheOneRing.net:
        "I am working with a music promoter to help promote a series of LOTR concerts being held at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC. A convention will also take place that weekend."
    Take a look at this Link to the concert's information and some beautiful pictures.. The "concert" is actually a showing of The Fellowship on an enormous screen with a live orchestra. All of you lucky enough to be in New York, we hope you get to go!

    Gaming / LotRO:
      News from the LotRO Devs:
        Anniversary Celebrations Continue!
        May 01, 2009 14:04 EST To continue our 2nd anniversary celebrations, all players will continue to receive +10% bonus XP on mob kills from now through the end of June!! Have fun, and thanks for playing LOTRO!


April 30, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Languages:
      
The Tale of Tinúviel translation to Sindarin by Luthien-(T).
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Cave of Luthien-(T):
           Added table of contents.
           Updates now showing the most recent at the top.
           Mixed Media: new section to hold YouTube movies put together by Luthien-(T). [editor's note: links work, editor needs to find new pics for the link pics, won't copy in straight.]
              Beren and Luthien - high definition version added
              Song of Earendil added

April 26, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
       Middle-earth Haiku
by Indis-(V):
        Caradhras
        Eregion
        Cerin Amroth
        Fangorn
        Foray into Dunland
        Pukel-men
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(V), Ar-Pharazon-(V), Fladrif-(V), Indis-(V), Varda-(Valar) (presiding)
    Eonwe-(Valar) had to work during the meeting.
Membership:
    New Full Member Indis-(V). She said her few words, which moved into discussion of Tolkien, Latin, and a comic book series called Asterix.
       Fladrif-(V) suggested using Pidgin to speak in AIM (and other chat programs) but get around some of the problems.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       Poetry given to the guild during the meeting by Indis-(V) posted after the meeting and listed above.
       You Tube improved version of Beren and Luthien by Luthien-(T) given to the guild at the meeting. She also sent links to another of her You Tube productions and to Sindarin poetry that will all be added to the site:
          HD version of Beren and Luthien Corrected link April 30, 2009.
          The Song of Earendil - multi-language subtitles. Sung by Nick Keir of the Tolkien Ensemble
Gaming:
    Chess: Fladrif-(V) is still progressing with wins in the Chess Tournament!
    WoW reports
    LotRO reports are on the News page
Tolkien:
    Indis-(V) is considering joining our text rp, and is offering the starter of a Silmarillion rp that she had begun elsewhere before, but the site went down. We may offer it on our forum, under consideration.
    Discussion of Luthien-(V)'s Middle-earth Valinor simulation, which set off more Tolkien discussion.
       Sim-related links:
          Hippo OpenSim Viewer (a modified Second Life viewer)
          Article on Open Simulator
          Greetings from Valinor by luthienathariel. At the foot of Tuna looking east, the Calacirya.
          Instruction video pilot for the library using Open Sim by Luthien-(T)
April 25, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Indis-(V)!
Indis found us via a LotRO forum link, emailed, and then fellowshipped with a group of us in the Grand Stairs instance (which we won). She tested 5/5 with Varda. She plays a little NeverWinter Nights, mostly LotRO. She's 66 with a BA and MA in Linguistics and a doctorate in Psychology. Her consulting is anything to do with second-language acquisition, including a data analysis project is for responses on a survey given to students in a full-year study-abroad program. In other words, by day she does consulting, but by night she slaughters evil on LotRO.
    Some of her favorite characters are Gandalf for the way he talks: witty and wise; Elrond as lore-master of the Elves; and Galadriel for defying the gender norms of her people.

    Gaming / LotRO:
        Saturday and Sunday Melkorrim morning runs
will be returning now that Melkor is back with us after vacation. His family goes on runs together leveling the lowest family member, and take fellow Valarim along in empty slots. Ok, so the group never actually stopped, but now it has that fun Melkor ingredient. He was even along on the most recent Nornuan Turtle run, yay!
        LotRO crafters, you're needed. Thanks to all these major runs we've been making more and more frequently, the kin house is in need of more such goodies as food, scrolls, and hope tokens. Yes, we have a room problem, and I'll get to work on that.
        And folks, don't be shy about using things that you need out of the kinhouse to help with space problems. Also, keep an eye out as we dump Second Age drops in there every now and then. I've seen three in there at once.

April 24-April 30, 2009
   Gaming / LotRO:
    News from lotro.com:
Welcome Back Week!
It’s our birthday, it is! Come celebrate our 2nd anniversary! We'd like to welcome you back for an extended week of free gameplay from April 24th - April 30th, 2009*. In addition, there is a +25% bonus experience boost on mob kills for everyone playing on those days!**
    Play your old characters for free!
    Get a 25% experience bonus all week long**
    Defeat monsters throughout Middle-earth that will drop rare items when defeated. Exchange these items for a special gift box that will reward you with a variety of in-game items to aid you in your adventures.
    Plus! Take advantage of the special anniversary subscription offer and enjoy preciousss savings! Play LOTRO for $9.99 per month!***
Need to re-download the LOTRO client? Get the latest version here:
   Standard-resolution version
   High-resolution version
 
* Offer available only to former players of LOTRO with a paid online subscription in good standing at the time the subscription expired.
** The bonus XP stacks with rest XP as well!
***Terms & Conditions Apply
April 24, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Book runs
completed together successfully for a group of us, including help from guild-friends Dannav and Cashmere who also needed them.

April 23, 2009
   Gaming / LotRO:
    Turtle run (Nornuan) was attempted again tonight after the Thursday morning re-set, and we were successful.
    We completed the Tomb of Elendil for Pippin-(V)'s Shamat first, so it was a two turtle day! People running Tomb of Elendil were Beleg-(V), Lothiriel-(V), Pippin-(V), Varda-(Valar), and guild-friends Israhfel and Nadalle.

April 22, 2009
    Movie: The Hunt for Gollum
coming out online in May. Trailers up. Link suggested by Eomer-(V).

   Gaming / LotRO:
    Congratulations!
    First, a group of Valarites and Lhee's  folk (with whom we frequently run) got together and killed the dragon, Thorog, in Helegrod, for the hope buff item (Durin's axe: Mirdanant) to aid in killing the Watcher in the Vile Maw next Monday.
    Warmed up after doing that raid, twelve of us remained and tried out the new Turtle run in the Waterworks of Moria. Led by Daegaran of the Kindred of the Blade kinship, we killed the turtle the first try, thanks to planning, excellent teamwork, and probably group makeup. First we ate and read scrolls. In a tight bunch, we ran together out to the island directly in front of the gate. The water does acid damage. The ranged folk and healers remained on the island while the tanks went into the water on the other side of the turtle and spun him away from the squishies. Then the tanks took turns holding aggro, giving the previous tank time to heal up and remove wounds (wound, morale, and power potions help). As the turtle was nearly down, some of us died, some of those were brought back up, and enough of us remained to complete the kill. We earned a First Age Warden's javelin amongst many other good things all turtle-themed, including a Jeweler's recipe for the bracelet, Guardian 2nd Age, several purples, and a bound experience rune.
    Some of the people present for both the dragon and the turtle were Amroth-(V) on lore-master Lhee, Beleg-(V) on captain Belleg, Caranthir-(V) on champion Azagrul, Eomer-(V) on captain Erkendan, Halbarad-(V) on lore-master Boronind, Lothiriel-(V) on captain Roheisia, Varda-(Valar) on hunter Fainan; captain Daegaran, guardian Hlifstahl, minstrel Isawen, hunter Lycius, and minstrel Yula.
    So we had a make-up of 1 champion, 4 captains, 1 guardian, 2 hunters, 2 lore-masters, 2 minstrels.
    Reminders of people and items to help fill in this report may be passed on to Varda for inclusion. Thanks Beleg. :)

April 19, 2009
  Tolkien Site / Stories:
    By Jay of Lasgalen:
       Primary Sources: Young Eldarion has a new history tutor – who has a great deal to learn about his pupil’s heritage.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5) +2
    ArPharazonV, Fladrifv, Eonwe Valar (presidiing), luthienathariel, VardaValar1
    Side window contributors: Arien-(Valar), Eomer-(V)
Membership:
    New Full Members this week:
       Imrahil-(V) from Indonesia, excellent with Tolkien lore, picked his name in record time.
       Gildor-(V) picked his name at last, so he is no longer a LotRO initiate but a Full Member.
    Ar-Pharazon finished exams, hopes to have more time for his Tolkien research project.
    Elwing is visiting Varda's family, playing WoW with most of them during the meeting.
    Brand is working a lot but found time to show up in LotRO to play for a bit again.
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Stories
       "Primary Sources" by Jay of Lasgalen, put on our site today. "Young Eldarion has a new history tutor – who has a great deal to learn about his pupil’s heritage."
    Games Site:
       Programming on the new site, noticeably visible changes there.
Gaming:
    WoW:
       General: 3.1 patch implemented, comments
       Uldaur cinematic trailer link
       Lothar server
       Uldaman server
       Argent Dawn server: Fladrif!
    LotRO: our major Valarite activity
    Chess
    StarCraft II battle report: link
Tolkien:
    What would an elf coming to Valinor see?
       Luthien-(T) started a Valinor sim so a person could walk around in Valinor during the time of the Two Trees, and we discussed the subject..

April 18, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Imrahil-(V)!
Imrahil joined us in LotRO on his Beliandra character. A fellowship including Beleg, Orome, Lothiriel, and others noticed his request in public chat for a casual Tolkien lore guild, and we enjoyed his sense of humor and considerable knowledge of the books. He had played WoW and LotRO a year ago but had to be away, coming back to find both of his old guilds gone. His favorite character from the Hobbit is Beorn, and from LotRO he favors Sam and Fatty Bolger. Fatty was very brave pretending to be Frodo as a decoy.

April 17, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Gildor-(V)!
Gildor joined us in LotRO on his Gwennair character. Beleg scouted and Varda tested. He came in as an initiate April 4, 2009 while trying to come up with a primary name, and has one today. We all know how tough that choice can be! He's 52 from the USA, in EDT. He used to play WoW and EQ. He enjoys playing strategy games including Total War: Civilization. He and his wife sometimes play Guild Wars. Times he can play (usually LotRO) are daily after work and on weekends probably in the evenings.
    Gildor has read the H, LotR, and Sil, but since it's been a while he is rereading again starting with the Hobbit, and says he intends to read them more closely this time. His favorite character is Aragorn because of the mystery around him when we first meet him.

April 12, 2009
    Happy Easter!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Many today were involved in Easter activities, and we kept the meeting short.
    Initiate Gwennair in LotRO who passed his test is still considering his guild name, gaming with us meanwhile.
Web:
    Eonwe and Varda continue to keep their work updated on both old and new servers, keeping prepared for the day when the domain name is pointed to the new server without losing anything for anyone on the old server.
    New article: "Festivals after the War of the Ring" by Varda-(Valar).
Gaming:
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    Armor Games website
    Chess
    Armadillo Run
    World of Goo
    New game upcoming called Aion: The Tower of Eternity.
    WoW: 3.1 patch is being awaited. Much guild group activity on Uldaman server this past week (Go Horde!), some on Lothar (Go Alliance!). Individual activity on Argent Dawn.
    LotRO: the majority of guild activity was here in groups, individual activity, and crafting.
Tolkien:
    Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, special observed day in Middle-earth.
    After the War of the Ring:
        RotK App. D "The Calendars" p.1085: In the Reunited Kingdom by the New Reckoning that was a return to the King's Reckoning, Yavannie 30, corresponding to the former September 22, was made a festival in honor of Frodo's birthday. The leap year was provided for by doubling this feast, called Cormare or Ringday. (Only the Shire continued with Shire Reckoning, a form of the King's Reckoning adapted to their own customs, retained even when the Stewards changed the calendar p.1082.)
        The Reunited Kingdom, except for the Shire, commemorated the new year, previously March 25, for the fall of Sauron and the deeds of the Ringbearers.
        The Shire, after the War of the Ring, did not commemorate September 22 nor March 25. The hobbits of the Westfarthing, especially in the country around Hobbiton Hill, did celebrate April 6 with a holiday including dancing in the Party Field, when weather permitted. Some said it was old Sam Gardner's birthday, some that it was the day the Golden Tree first flowered in 1420, and some said it was the Elves' New Year.
        In the Buckland the Horn of the Mark was blown at sundown every November 2, followed by bonfires and feastings, in honor of the first blowing of that horn in the Shire in 3019.
    The suggestion was made by Varda and seconded by Arien that we need a section on Middle-earth holidays in our Tolkien Site, for the usual scholarly reasons and to aid in event planning in our games. Send in your information from Tolkien's books on any holiday to be added to this project. A start on this project includes the information from today's chat for "Festivals after the War of the Ring" by Varda-(Valar), written after the meeting..

April 5, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Fladrifv, VardaValar1
Membership:
    New Full Member: Thorin-(V)
    Two initiates, one in LotRO
    Gimli and Sauron
Web:
    Links section
    Games Site
    Stories Site 
Gaming:
    WoW:
       April Fools
       Upcoming patch
       Lothar server branch
       Uldaman server branch
       Argent Dawn server branch
    LotRO: Landroval server branch
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    Warhammer tabletop
    Armadillo Run
Tolkien:
   To help come up with Tolkien topics, what do you think of starting near the beginning of the Fellowship and working our way to the end of the LotR?
   Navigation helpers for the Fellowship.This session became playful, although still truthful. We seem to have left out Meriadoc's studying of maps made available at the house of Elrond.

April 2, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Thorin-(V)!
Thorin joined us in LotRO as Geldrig. He often uses Gilgamesh and recently Galish on other forums. Maedhros-V gets scouting credit, as Thorin is his online friend and Suburban Jungle reader. Thorin is 45 and married, living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, putting him in EDT. He's played on a C64 (ahh, memories). Games he's played are Gemstone 3, Ultima Online, AO, Eve Online, and some others, but now he plays LotRO only (was in the beta) He works weekends from 10 am-7pm.
    He's read H, LotR, Sil, and Children of Hurin. His favorite character is Gimli, who started his interest in dwarves with his gruff personality. The interest carried through to playing the Ice Crown Middle-earth rp tabletop game as a dwarf. For LotRO, he suggests that dwarves should have more beard skills, more quaffing (hehe), and more dwarf-only skills such as starting with special axe attacks that swing fast, choppy, and low.


March 31, 2009
    Links page:
       Links added under Computers for updating drivers and other goodies from the manufacturers' own sites.

March 29, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
    Happy birthday, Luthien-(T)!
Web today:
    Files are being rearranged and updated prior to the move to the new website server for most of the Tolkien Site and Games Site. Links may go strange here and there meanwhile, then work again.
    The Humor Site is now "Tolkien, Lite" (blame Varda). Middle-earth Vacation is in a new area. A couple of the incomplete Middle-earth vacation spots are visible and yes, we know they're incomplete.
Tolkien:
    Origin of Orcs
    Trivia game for LotR: "Who am I?" Two clues to start, one more clue if people are stumped.

March 27, 2009
    Happy birthday, Meneldil!
    LotRO/Gaming: from LotRO's news:
        Mar 27, 2009 17:55 EST To help celebrate our latest free update for LOTRO we'd like to welcome back all of our former subscribers for an extended weekend of free gameplay from March 26-31, 2009. In addition, there is a +25% bonus experience boost on mob kills* for everyone playing on those days!

March 26, 2009
    Web server news!
Alatar-(Valar) has set us up with a new server for the Valar Guild website - stronger, better, able to do the latest php at a single bound! The transition to the new server should be after the end of March. Feel free to give the super server a big welcome by sending in a new piece of your Middle-earth art or writing for any section: articles, poetry, humor, stories, languages, music, or other. The domain name will point to the new server. Email Varda about broken links or let her know at an AIM meeting. This is a great gift. Thank you, Alatar!

March 23, 2009
    Happy birthday, Morwe-(V)!

March 22, 2009
    Happy birthday, Menelvagor-(Valar)!
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        New chapter for The Battle of Erui by Barahir-(V), "Beside the Grey Waters".
    Gaming / LotRO:
       7pm EDT: Running the 6-man Urugarth instance for Pippin-(V)'s champion quest. Come aid!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, ForlongV, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Three new Full Members this week:
        Lothiriel-(V)
        Forlong-(V)  Forlong came and said his few words.
        Eomer-(V)
    Happy birthday to Menelvagor-(V)!
    Barahir is not able to come to meetings for a while, but is keeping in contact by email and sending in his latest chapter.
Web:
    Gaming Site:
        Changes becoming visible. Suggestions taken.
    Tolkien Site:
       Stories: "Battle of Erui" new chapter added by Barahir-(V), "Beside the Grey Waters"..
Gaming:
    AoC (Age of Conan) Wiccana server
    Eve Online
    Armadillo Run
    WoW:
       General news: Blizzard is setting up a new form of Battle.net that works between all it's new games including WoW, that will become the new mandatory way of entering the games.
       Lothar server
       Uldaman server
       Argent Dawn server
    LotRO: Landroval server
Tolkien:
    Ar-Pharazon's topic: What do we know of the trolls or the regions they live in? We may go into trolls again next week.
After-meeting:
    Luthen-(T)'s translation to Sindarin of the Song of Beren and Luthien, now updated and on her university blog.
    Forum RP discussion
    LotRO gaming: Full party of six Valarites aided Caranthir-(V) in his champion class quest in Urugarth. Broke up as people had to sleep, some joined up for Lorien questing, or did the enforced solo Book 7 questing.

March 19, 2009
 Gaming:
  Letter from Eonwe:
        This was too big not to share. It affects anyone who plays Blizzard games to some extent, but particularly WoW players and those who will be playing Starcraft 2 and D3.
        Long story short, Blizzard is creating a unified account for all Blizzard games. I'll let the link speak for the details. http://us.battle.net/faq/index.html

March 15, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Lothiriel-(V)!
She responded in LotRO to a recruitment message from Varda, with whom she had already gamed before, and took the test. She's 40, from Michigan, USA; EST. She mainly plays LotRO, although she has unused accounts in WoW and Warhammer. She's read H, LotR, and parts of the Sil. Two of her favorite LotR characters are Eowyn and Faramir, and was disappointed that their romance wasn't shown more in the movies.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Forlong-(V)!
Forlong was scouted by Lothiriel-(V), tested by Varda. He's 45 with a birthday soon, from Massachusetts, USA; EST. When not on his hectic work schedule, he likes to play LotRO and AoC. He previously played Eve, EQ1, and UO. His favorite character is Eowyn, caught in a struggle between being the Teutonic shieldmaiden and the king's niece.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Eomer-(V)! Eomer was scouted by Lothiriel-(V), tested by Varda. He's 25, soon to be 26, from New York, USA; EST. He can play about four days a week. LotRO is his only MMO, although he enjoys fighting and first person shooter games. He's read the H, LotR, Sil, Unfinished Tales, Lost Road, and Shaping of Middle-earth. Some of his favorite characters are Eomer, Eowyn, Theoden, Faramir; Merry, Pippin; Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, and Gimli; Haldir and Glorfindel. Eomer saw through the treason of Isengard. He stood for what he believed and did not waver.

    The previous Eomer-(V) has been dropped for inactivity. He is welcome to return, but will need a new primary name.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Feanor-(V)/IWF519, fladrifv, VardaValar1
Membership:
    New Full Members in order of entering the guild since last week:
       Halbarad-(V)
       Lothiriel-(V)
       Forlong-(V)
       Eomer-(V)
Web:
    Games page
    What's behind a name link given by Fladrif and Arien.
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO: major expansion adding Lothlorien on Tuesday.
    Gruntz
    Warhammer Online: review by Arwen-(V), who plans on a fuller review for the Games page.
Tolkien:
    Evil and good are called black and white. Some critics claim Tolkien did not use characters that had both good and evil, called grey (not to be confused with Wizards colors!) Two characters came under examination for such traits: Feanor and Turin, with a few digressions.
    Eonwe Valar: Homework assignment: Bring a topic to discuss to next week's meeting :} Tolkien topic, of course :}

March 14, 2009
    Happy birthday, Aule-(Valar)!

    Games page:
       Letter from Eonwe:
Just thought I'd let you know my background work is finally starting to come to fruition. I've updated the way my Gaming news is handled, as well as switching to a gregorian year as opposed to going from GPMU to GPMU (which concludes right before each Anniversary, so perhaps the term "Valian year" is appropriate to describe this measure of time from GPMU to GPMU :}). This means I'm less likely to shun adding news to the Games Page for fear of major Games Page changes :}
 
The next set of changes will include some improvements to the menu, as well as some organizational changes on the back end that should facilitate easier code changes/additions by me.
 
Updates to player tables will be coming soon after that, even though I haven't transferred them to the new format yet. That'll have to come afterwards with the next set of updates.
    Gaming / LotRO:
        "The LOTRO game servers will be brought offline on Tuesday, March 17 from 6:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for the latest free content update, Volume II, Book 7: Leaves of Lórien!         "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!"

March 11, 2009
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Lotro site news
on the Vol. 2, Book 7 update.
       Maedhros
asked that we get together at 8:30 pm EDT for a Tomb of Elendil run for his Maedhroc character.
       Gorlim
asked for help with his Aeronwy and Morwena characters to finish the last one and two pieces respectively for his radiant set. If we can't do it spontaneously, let's set a time, maybe before and/or after the Tomb of Elendil run. Unfortunately he couldn't make it.
       Ulmo would like to outfit his second character, Vailimo, with the radiant set and is available for any of those instance runs.

March 10, 2009
    Happy birthday, Arminas-(V)!


March 9, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Halbarad-(V)!
Halbarad found us in the LotRO forums, looking for a group that was not purely hack and slash. As the hobbit Willmot, he looked up Fainan (Varda) in LotRO, and tested 5/5. [Note to our webworkers: When looking for us, he found the Games site rather than the main website. He also mentioned that our highest levels listed are 50 rather than 60, and hasn't been updated in a long time.] He plays LotRO and dislikes WoW (sorry, WoW gang). He gamed that night as Boronind (60 LM) with Fainan in the Sixteenth Hall. Halbarad generally games around 7-11pm EST. He's from San Antonio, Texas, USA in CST. Some names he considered that were already taken were Finrod and Thingol. A day after the test he chose the name Halbarad. To him, one of the most interesting characters in LotR is Saruman. He enjoyed reading about how the mighty (in this case Head of the White Council) fell from grace and the path of wisdom, as a tragedy, and received deserved justice.

March 8, 2009
Daylight Savings Time begins in the USA.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), luthienathariel, pallandovalar,VardaValar1
Membership:
    New Full Members:
       Pippin-(V)
       Brand-(V)
Web: 
    Forum: Ballad of Maedhroc Thornhollow, to the tune of "Bilbo Baggins" the Leonard Nimoy video.
    Tolkien Site:
        Art:
             Cave of DeepGroover-(TV)
        Stories:
            "Honor is Life", by Varda-(Valar). Beregond's choice. Written for the Valar Guild drabble challenge: a heroic act.
           "The Third Bow", by Jay of Lasgalen. Can be read as a stand-alone, and is the epilogue to "With Friends Like These". Chapter illustration taken from the movie added by Varda.
    Gaming Site
Gaming:
    Eve Online
    Prince of Persia
    LotR Conquest
    WoW:
        Lothar: Beat the dragon Onyxia with three of us. Going after Onyxia again next Friday 6pm EST
        Uldaman
    LotRO:
        Transcript of a chat with the Developers of the game concerning the first big free content update to Mines of Moria: Volume 2, Book 7 "Leaves of Lorien"
Tolkien:
    RP
    Tolkien word-association game invented today by Eonwe-(Valar).
        Beleg and Maedhros tried to participate from LotRO in this new Tolkien game. Next time we play such a game in the meeting, those wanting to play from a game could be included in the alphabetical list of players. This time was our first try and we had a lot of crashing, including of Eonwe who made up the game and needed to referee. Now that we have an idea of what we're doing, it should go faster, especially if we can keep from going afk or crashing. :)
       Word-chain:
            Anduril - Aragorn - Roheryn - Elessar/Elfstone - Estel - Beren - Luthien - Doriath - Menegroth - Nauglamir - Elendilmir - Earendil - Earendil - Elros - Maedhros - Alqualonde - Grey Havens - Ringbearer - barrelrider - Mirkwood - Thranduil - Legolas - Gimli - Gloin - Nanduhirion - Dimrill Dale - Weathertop - Kheled-zaram - orcs

March 7, 2009
    Forum:
    "The Ballad of Maedhroc Thornhollow" by Maedhros-(V) about his hobbit warden in LotRO, with apologies to Leonard Nimoy.  

    Letter from Ulmo in LotRO:
To all my Valar Friends,

This is something I have been hoping and trying to work around for a long time.  I have been trying to raid informally with friends I have met in game, but it just isn't working out.  Guilds raid regularly, friend's groups do ocassionaly at best.  Some of the people I have played a lot with over the last several months have formed a raiding guild and have been trying to recruit me  for weeks, even before my comp troubles.  Anyway, it boils down to me removing Niequi from Valar to join them.  I am not leaving Valar.  All of my alts are staying.  But it is time for me to commit to a raiding kinship so that I can enjoy the high end part of the game.  I hope all will understand. 

Sincerely, Ulmo
March 6, 2009
   
Tolkien Site / Art:
      
    Cave of DeepGroover-(TV):
              
"Fighter" model
               "Wizard" model
               "Spearman" model
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Probable Helegrod run tonight  around 8 pm EST. Need to be at least level 50, bring hope tokens, food, potions.
        Helegrod is the 24-man raid in the Misty Mountains north of Rivendell. Please try to come early enough so that we can use the mustering horn slightly south of the instance and not force a captain to leave after we've started. Before we start, a hunter port to Rivendell should be available also for those who want to position their characters early and switch to an alt.
    Membership:
       Correcting a misunderstanding: Luthien-(T) is still an honored Tolkien-only member of the guild. :)

March 4, 2009
    Happy birthday, Gimli-(V)!
    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
    Cave of DeepGroover-(TV):
              
"Maximus" model. This model is based on the movie, "Gladiator", but could also be a soldier of Gondor.
               "Knight of the Holy Grail" model. This might also be used for the Rohirric custom of the stirrup cup.
               "Waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains" photos. Could be in Middle-earth.
                "Dragon Fight" model.
               Repaired the link to the "Spanish Knight".

    Gaming / LotRO:
        Lord of the Rings Online: Transcript of a chat with the Developers of the game concerning the first big free content update to Mines of Moria: Volume 2, Book 7 "Leaves of Lorien".

March 3, 2009
  Letter from Eonwe:

    Heya,
    Congrats to our new Pippin.
     A correction on a news item from the meeting synopsis: I will still be coming to meetings.
      Right now, my current job wants me to work one Sunday a month. Last Sunday was just that for March.
So, minus one Sunday a month, I'll still be coming to meetings for the undetermined future :}
     Take care and will likely see you at the meeting Sunday :}
    Eonwë
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Brand-(V)! Brand recently came over to LotRO playing the lore-master character of Culainn, dropping previous MMO's. He has played Diablo 1, Diablo 2, Asheron's Call 1, Dark Age of Camelot, Eve Online, World of Warcraft, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. He's 39, from Brooklyn, New York, USA, in the EST. He dislikes using any sort of instant messenger. He can play several times a week. Next week he's on vacation and will not be at his computer, but after that he expects to be on most weeknights for a few hours, but rarely on weekends. He enjoys role-play, but likes our freedom of also being able to talk about game mechanics. He's read the H, LotR about 7 or 8 times, and the Sil. He listed a lot of characters that he likes, but finds Tom Bombadil especially interesting for his being an enigma. Bombadil is clearly very powerful, but mysterious. He is serious but merry. He is devoted to what matters to him personally, but able to distance himself from the troubles of the world at large. What is he? Whey keep to himself? Where does his food come from? Other characters mentioned as interesting were Aragorn, Frodo, Bilbo, Eowyn, and Saruman (he's interesting although unlikable).

March 2, 2009
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Pippin-(V)!
Pippin recently picked up the LotRO game and joined us there with the hobbit character of Shamat. He came highly recommended by his rl friend of 20 years, Maedhros-(V). Varda tested and comments that Pippin is an excellent speller and pleasantly sociable; he should be a fine addition to the group. He's 40 years young and lives in Virginia, USA. He's read the H and LotR. Two of his favorite LotRO characters are Merry and Pippin.
    The previous Peregrin-(V) has been dropped for non-contact, freeing his name for the new member, but is welcome back under a new name.

March 1, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, arwenv1, fladrifv, Menelvagor Valar (after-meeting), VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Happy birthday, Aragorn-(V)!
    Eonwe will not be coming to meetings for the undetermined future since work now goes across that time-slot. [this only happens one time a month.]
    Chairperson: We now need someone willing to be gaveler #3, to take over when Varda can't make it to meetings. Volunteer is preferred. Otherwise the roster is highest-honor person present takes the gavel. If no officers are present, Full Member ArPharazon is the chairperson, since he has more experience with meetings than most officers.
Web:
    Stories by Jay of Lasgalen (updates listed on the News Feb. 29, 2009) including drabbles.
Gaming:
    Drakensang
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    Diablo 2X
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Heroic acts:
        Beregond defies all the great ones of his world to save Faramir.
        The forging of the rings.
        Writing lotr.
        Bilbo facing the spiders in Mirkwood to free his Dwarven companions.
    Challenge to the guild: Write a drabble about any action in Tolkien's books that you consider heroic, to show why it is heroic. A drabble is a story of exactly 100 words. If a partnership or team works together to make a drabble, all should be credited. Email to Varda. These will be shown online, and hopefully will go into the guild's Stories site.
    Ended the meeting early for those who said they wouldn't have time later in the week to write a drabble, to give them writing time.
After-meeting:
    Menelvagor dropped by.

Feb. 28, 2009
 Tolkien Site / Stories
    Jay of Lasgalen's Tales:
    "Jumping to Conclusions". "Elrond's peaceful afternoon is shattered when his sons decide to play a new game based on a story they heard the night before. And as usual, Glorfindel gets the blame."
    "Winter in Imladris". Elladan and Elrohir and the first snowfall of winter. Drabble.
    "Tomb Raiders". Elladan and Elrohir explore, but did they go too far? Drabble. 
    "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" also titled "A Stable Condition". "Elrohir endures his father's treatment as he recovers from a fall off the stable roof - and gets unexpected support from Elladan."
    "Cornucopia". "A double drabble to celebrate Harvest in Lasgalen. Legolas, Thranduil." Drabble.
    "Think of a World Without any Harvest". Sequel to "Cornucopia". ~ T.A. 2060.
    "The Bridal Chest". "As she prepares to leave Middle Earth, Celebrían reflects on her life." TA 2510. Drabble.
    "Fording the Greyflood". " Boromir's journey to Imladris is long and wearisome, and not without incident."
    "Narn I Hîn Elrond (The Tale of the Children of Elrond)". AU on the choice of the Half-elven. Drabble.

Feb. 22, 2009
Happy Mardis Gras!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, CaranthirV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Gilraen-(V) over-the-shoulder
Web:
    Art:
       Cave of Maedhros-(V): "Unimpressed". LotRO humor.
    Stories:
       Both by Jay of Lasgalen:
          "The Road Not Taken"
          "Messengers From the West"
Gaming:
    World of Goo
    Day of Defeat: Source
    Wheels of Salvation
    Lord of the Rings Online
    World of Warcraft: servers Lothar, Uldaman, Argent Dawn
    Favorite classes in games
Tolkien:
    Tolkien rp
    Choice of the Half-elven and how it affected Elrond's children.
    Meetings that might be possible in the Halls of Mandos.
    Equipment
After-meeting:
    LotRO: Caranthir and Varda met up in LotRO with others.
    WoW: Eonwe went in, may have seen Eowyn

Feb. 18, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
"The Road Not Taken" by Jay of Lasgalen. "Elladan agonises over the choice of the Peredhel between mortality and immortality - but haunted by a prophetic dream, he fears he has left his decision too late." Two chapters, Elrohir and Elladan.
       "Messengers From the West" by Jay of Lasgalen "From The Tale of Years: 2957-80: Aragorn undertakes his great journeys and errantries. As Thorongil he serves in disguise both Thengel of Rohan and Ecthelion II of Gondor."

Feb. 17, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:

        Cave of Maedhros-(V):
           "Unimpressed". LotRO humor.

Feb. 15, 2009

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, Thranduil-(V)/Gamatzgamatz, VardaValar1
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
    Fangorn and Varda left Saturday to visit Meriadoc in central Texas, returning from the trip just at the beginning of the Tolkien part of the meeting.
Web:
    Dwarves: Information from the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings by Eonwe-(Valar)
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    World of Goo
Tolkien:
    Discussion on dwarves using Eonwe-(Valar)'s article listed above under "Web". Another dwarf article will be coming later based on other books. There was an amazingly varied amount of dwarf information presented in these two books scattered over a large area, brought together in an easily studied form by Eonwe-(Valar).
After-meeting:
    Disagreement with forum rules and her feeling of general dissatisfaction with the chats lead to Luthien-(T)'s quitting the overall guild in an email after the meeting.
Feb. 11, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
      
Dwarves: Information from the Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings by Eonwe-(Valar)

Feb. 8, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthienathariel, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Luthien-(T) attended a concert by the Tolkien Ensemble and told about it.
    Ar-Pharazon-(V): schedule change
    Gorlim-(V) had his 20th marriage Anniversary on Feb. 4. Congrats!
    Ariehn-(Valar)'s birthday was Jan 30 and she got Spore as a birthday present. Schedule change.
    Europeans need the meetings to finish earlier as they start work and school early again. America's need the meeting to start later. We'll do our best.
Web:
    Community:
        Membership 2009 roster page is now online
    Tolkien Site:
       Art by Turgon-(V)
       Story by Jay of Lasgalen
Gaming:
    Various games:
       SC/BW
       Left 4 Dead
       Spore: review by Arien-(Valar)
    LotRO podcast up
    WoW
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moment:
        Quote from Return of the King as they go to the Grey Havens.
After-meeting:
    Elwing, Eonwe, Sauron, and Varda got together after the meeting in World of Warcraft, Uldaman server as Horde.

Feb. 7, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       
Jay of Lasgalen's Tales:
           "Red, Red Wine" "After the War of the Ring, Thranduil and Legolas look towards the future." Thranduil and Legolas. Drabble.

Feb. 6, 2009:

    Community:
        The 2009 Membership page is now online. More work will be done to it.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
      Cave of Turgon-(V):
       On the side of the Valar:
           Aule
           Fingolfin vs Morgoth 
       On the side of Morgoth:
          Drake
       Objects:
          "Shield"

    LotRO podcast. Letter from Moormur:
Hello, everyone!

My name is Moormur and I play on the Silverlode server of Lord of the
Rings Online. I have recently begun a podcast (I believe it is the
first LOTRO Podcast ever) to cover all things LOTRO related. You can
find it at LOTROCast.blogspot.com. As a regular segment of my show, I
have a rundown of the different servers. I have visited many of your
kinship's websites to try and find events to include in the broadcast
but I realized it would be much less effort to have kinships let me
know what's going on in their servers than me spend hours trolling the
Internet for a few nuggets to include.

If your kinship, server, group, friends, WHATEVER is putting on an
event, I highly encourage you contact me at this email address so I
can include it in subsequent episodes of LOTROCast.

And stay tuned to LOTROCast for the latest news, information, and
commentary about the game we all know and love. If you have someone in
you kin who would like to contribute, encourage them to contact me and
we can work it out!

Thank you so much!

Moormur

Feb. 4, 2009
    Happy 20th Anniversary, Gorlim!

Feb. 1, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Contact VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV for an invitation to the room if you don't know how to come in.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, fladrifv, luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Eonwe's working during this meeting, hoped to come in late.
Web:
    Art: Bohemian Weasel-(T)
    Book List and Reviews: Franco Manni-(T)
Gaming reports:
    Other: SC/BW
    LotRO server branch: Landroval
    WoW server branches: Uldaman (Americas, Horde), Lothar (Americas, Alliance), Argent Dawn (Europe, Alliance).
Tolkien:
    Some critics said the characters were too black and white in the evil and good sense. I would like to have us mention some of these main characters and show that they were more complex than those critics claim.
       Bad guys:
           Sauron
           Black Riders
        Good guys:
           Non-Fellowship:
                Faramir
           Fellowship: (Did not complete this. Pick it up again sometime.)
                Boromir and Frodo
                Legolas and Gimli
                Frodo
                Pippin
    Digression into movie changes and comparing some to book quotes.
    Digression into DM of the Rings

Jan. 31, 2009
 Tolkien Site / Art:
  Cave of the Bohemian Weasel:
    Added sections for Gondor , Moria, Osgiliath, and Topps Cards.
    Added pictures from a Jan. 14, 2009 email.:
    Arwen in Rivendell
        The fading of Arwen and Rivendell.
        Arwen, "There is always hope".
       Arwen with the banner.
       Arwen mourns Aragorn's death.
    Eomer
        Searching in the rain for Prince Theodred or his body.
        During the drinking game.
       At the coronation.
    Eowyn
        In autumnal Rohan.
       Eowyn, the White Lady of Rohan.
       Éowyn at Théodred's bedside.
    Haldir's last moments.
    Moria's doors.
    Rohan's Meduseld.
    Sam Gamgee, the contented gardener in the Shire.
    Sam and Frodo passing through the Shire in September.
    Shire: View of the Party Field in the Shire.
    Rivendell , the golden twilight.

Jan. 27, 2009
    The Book List and Reviews page
now has Franco Manni's review of Tom Shippey's "Roots and Branches".

Jan. 26, 2009
    Gaming/LotRO:
servers down for work this morning until around noon.

Jan. 25, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (11)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, CaranthirV, Elladan-(V)/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Luthien-(T)/luthienathariel, Menelvagor Valar, pallandovalar/orodrethv/oessala, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Recruiting work for Valar is going on in WoW Argent Dawn server and LotRO Landroval server.
    The end of February is when the 2009 page for Membership will be set with uncontactable members dropped.
Web:
    Article/Book Review written by Franco Manni-(T): "Tom Shippey, Roots and Branches, Walking Tree Publishers, Zollikofen (Switzerland), 2007, pp. 416".
    Star Wars two outside links to be added to our Links page:
       Star Wars as told by someone who hasn't seen it suggested by Eowyn-(V)
       Star Wars in ASCII animation suggested by Luthien-(T).
Gaming:
    WoW: connection issues for some after the last patch.
Tolkien:
    The topic was on the  palantiri, brought up by Menelvagor-(Valar)
    "The Song of Earendil" was uploaded to YouTube during the meeting, put together and uploaded by Luthien-(T). This link will go in her Valar author's page.

Jan. 24, 2009
    Star Wars as told by someone who hasn't seen it
but heard about it, with a fan's pictures and music to go along with it. Hilarious. Lord of the Rings has been suggested for the same treatment. Link sent in by Eowyn-(V). Caution: do not drink and watch this at the same time.

Jan. 23, 2009
  Tolkien Site / Articles / Book List and Reviews (coming)

    "Tom Shippey, Roots and Branches, Walking Tree Publishers, Zollikofen (Switzerland), 2007, pp. 416". Article by Franco Manni-(T).
        Review of Tom Shippey's book, "Roots and Branches", translated from Italian into English.
        Received by email Jan. 13, 2009. Until Arveleg-(V) adds it to the Valar Guild's Book List and Reviews section on his server, it is available from the above link from Varda on Alatar's valarguild.org server.

Jan. 21, 2009
    Gaming / WoW Uldaman server:
       Fun was had in the weekly Wednesday get-together of Horde. Fangorn, Elwing, and Varda together leveled characters and ran their three lowbies in an adrenaline rush of a run from Silverpine well into Desolace for the cookbook.

Jan. 20, 2009
  Membership:
    Ulmo's
computer is down. He hopes to build a new one and be back with us soon.
    Morwe, Alatar, and Beleg
are all experiencing health problems, so please be understanding in-game. We salute them for still coming in and playing!
    Happy Birthday to Gorlim-(V)!
  Gaming:
    LotRO news from Turbine:
       
"All LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Thursday, January 22 from 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (-5 GMT) for an update to the game. (Click here) to read about changes."

Jan. 18, 2008
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Luthien-(T)/luthienathariel, VardaValar1
Before-meeting
    WoW general and Argent Dawn
Membership:
    Bilbo-(V) needs characters re-invited to the WoW Lothar branch after remaking his account.
    Morwe-(V) is ill.
    Meriadoc-(V) is getting better.
    Activity check:
        Arveleg-(V) emailed that he is still with us.
        Franco Manni-(T) emailed a meaty Book Review as his 2009 contribution to the Tolkien Site.
Web:
    Art by the Bohemian Weasel
    Poem by Maedhros
Gaming:
    Other: (beginning and ending of gaming talk)
       Prince of Persia (review intended)
       Lord of the Rings: Conquest (review intended)
       Left 4 Dead
       Diablo 2 Expansion
       Red Alert 2
       WarCraft3
       Chess
    LotRO
    WoW:
          General
          Lothar
          Uldaman
          Argent Dawn (also general)
Tolkien:
    RP
    Upcoming new video from Luthien-(T)
    What was Earendil's role in the Silmarillion storyline?
After-meeting:
    Plans for several to go into the same game after the meeting, picked LotRO.
    Working with a potential recruit in Europe.

Jan. 13, 2009
    LotRO Gaming Poetry (should this be a new category?)  :)
       "The Ballad of Lalia".
See the priceless poetry of Maedhros commenting on Lalia, the hobbit child we try to rescue from the Barrow-downs. It was posted on our Forum under LotRO General. And for today, here:
o/`
Lalia, oh Lalia
what the heck is wrong with you?
You lost your cloak
You lost your mind
And to rescue you is a waste of time
Oh Lalia
I'm leaving you to the wights

Lalia, oh Lalia
why do you do the things you do?
You go off chasing
some dead prince
Your gullibility makes me wince
Oh Lalia
Stop cowering, help me fight

Lalia, oh Lalia
what the heck is wrong with you?
I rescued you
and your dad paid
but you're back in the Barrows the very next day
Oh Lalia
I'm leaving you to the wights...
o/`

-MaedhrosV
Jan. 16, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel:
        Boromir: "For Gondor!"
        Elrond: "looking thoughtful during the Council of Elrond."
        Eowyn vs the Witch-king: under Eowyn, Nazgul, Witch-king

Jan. 15, 2008
    Tolkien Site / Art:
    Cave of the Bohemian Weasel:
       New portal entrances to the Character and Places sections were made by The Bohemian Weasel especially for us! Thank you very much!

Jan. 14, 2009
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        The Cave of The Bohemian Weasel

       New pictures! Many are not even up on her own site yet! More are coming, but your webmaster tuckered out for the night. Enjoy the pictures under these character sections:
    Aragorn: Aragorn as Strider. Aragorn at Bree. Leading the Hobbits into the wild. Aragorn and Legolas fleeing the Paths of the Dead.
    Faramir: Faramir in plate armor (magnificent oil painting, added to the Valar Guild index page). Faramir in Ithilien in Autumn. Spying Gollum.
    Frodo: Frodo feels the influence of the Ring. Sam and Frodo upon the slopes of Mt. Doom.
    Galadriel: 2nd Age and detail. Celeborn and Galadriel
    Hobbits: Aragorn leading the Hobbits "into the wild". Sam and Frodo upon the slopes of Mt. Doom.
    Legolas: Seeing the Crebain from Dunland. Aragorn and Legolas fleeing the Paths of the Dead. Inspecting arrow fletching.
    Merry: new section. Merry lost in Fangorn Forest.
    Sam: Sam and Frodo upon the slopes of Mt. Doom. Sam vs Shelob
    Sauron new section: Annatar in the 2nd Age and detail.

    Gaming / WoW Uldaman:
       For the regular Wednesday night Horde get-together, Elwing's blood elf, Fangorn's orc, Sauron's tauren, and Varda's troll ran their little characters within the level 20's as a party in the Shadowfang Keep instance, wiping out every boss, quest, and completing Elwing's Paladin quest. And we still had time for dancing, joking, and flirting (mostly using the emotes).

Jan. 13, 2009
    Tolkien Site/ Art:
        The Cave of The Bohemian Weasel
is now open in our Tolkien art section.  Although it has a link back to her page, this collection is for her Middle-earth work only, divided into Characters and Places. Enjoy!

Jan. 11, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Ariehn, ArPharazonV, Barahir-(V)/ metarus208, Elladan-(V))/Bior the Ythling, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, luthienathariel, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:

   AWARDS: For the year 2008, here are a few of those who have contributed highly to a large number of people:
    Transcripter Extraordinaire!
        Ar-Pharazon-(V) has done the job of transcript sender for all of 2008 with great responsibility and no prompting just to help. Praise him with great praise!
    Programmer Deluxe!
       Eonwe-(Valar) has done the most difficult programming work for the guild this year against considerable odds, on the Games page. He also did the hard work of emailing everyone to request updated information.
    Server Kings!
       Alatar-(Valar) continues to reliably supply our pages with the domain name and with the server space for the majority of our pages, taking on all expense himself and keeping us ad-free.
       AuSteinM-(TV) continues to reliably supply space for our graphics that are used throughout the site, taking on all expense himself and keeping us ad-free.
    Musician Magnifico!
       Glorfindel-(V) started the guild into a whole new area for the Tolkien Site by sending his own original Tolkien-inspired music.
    LotRO High Warlord!
       Ancalagon-(V) has organized the largest number of actual runs. He scheduled and led them well, knowing the areas ahead of time. He considered all members from low levels needing book runs to the high levels before the Moria expansion.
    Special thanks:
       WoW Uldaman server: Elwing-(V) has kept the Horde presence alive almost single-handedly, with only a little help from Eonwe and Varda.
       WoW Lothar server: Eonwe-(Valar) for making and passing around the free Glyphs and for keeping up the Guild Bank, including keeping all those pages organized.
       WoW Argent Dawn server: Arien-(Valar) for effort put into the Argent Dawn branch, which would not have existed without her. (Added by Ar-Pharazon-V)
       Meetings: Eonwe-(Valar) and Arien-(Valar) have stepped in and run meetings when Varda could not be there.
       All those who regularly come to meetings! (Added by Eonwe-Valar)
       Tolkien Site: Arveleg-(V) rebuilt the Book List and Review section of the Tolkien Site and pays for the server space. He is handling the massive Timeline project with little help except our checks and links afterwards.

Membership + Web:
    Question for the guild: do we want to change the -(TV) honor extension to -(T)? TV was for Tolkien-only Valar Guild Member; T would be for Tolkien or Tolkien-only. Both mean Tolkien-only. The honor level would not change, just the name extension.
        Answer was "Yes".
    Helm-(V) moved four weeks ago and has been without internet. He expects it tomorrow, so watch for him in WoW Europe!
    Dropping members we can't contact. They can rejoin later, but primary names are not reserved. February cut-off intended.
    Changing -(TV) honor designation to -(T)
    Pallando-(Valar) has liberty on weekends. SC keys lost at the moment, but it's a game he can play. Plays WoS a little.
Web:
    Lists on the 2008 Membership page, under the table.
    In progress: Second-Age project, focusing on Numenoreans, by Ar-Pharazon. Also includes "wild men" and Nazgul.
Gaming:
    Non-main games:
       Rayman  Ar-Pharazon
       Rome: Total War  Barahir
       Madden  Caranthir
       Left 4 Dead  Caranthir
       Well of Souls  Pallando 
    WoW guild branch reports:
       Argent Dawn server
       Lothar server
       Uldaman server
    LotRO:
       Landroval server. Caranthir's first impressions of LotRO as a Hobbit Minstrel Scholar.
Tolkien:
    Good points in evil characters. JRRT did not write them as one-dimensional. Feanorians, Morgoth, Sauron.
After-meeting:
    Aredhel was also a Feanorian.
    Where did horses and Mearas first come into Middle-earth?

Jan. 4, 2009
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST
    AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace:
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5.5)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Barahir-(V)/ metarus208, luthienathariel
    Eonwe Valar came after the meeting, as he had been away earlier with family.
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon is starting back to college
    Barahir wishes all a happy new year
Web:
    Art: cartoon by Maedhros-(V): "Legolas does pest-control"
Gaming:
    Other:
       Rayman 1
       Rome: Total War
    LotrO: set off a chat on level caps in various games
    WoW Europe (all members present were from Europe)
Tolkien:
    Tolkien fans often seem to have in common a liking for history.
    Battles, Battles of Beleriand, our Tolkien web-site
After-meeting:
    History: Alexander the Great
    Physics
    Public transportation

Jan. 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Fireworks at Bilbo's party

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