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Dec. 31, 2010
    Congratulations
to Gimli-(V) and his wife for the birth of their daughter today!

Dec. 29, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EST
: Thror's Coomb.
       Participants: Indis, Malva, Tulkas, and Varda.

Dec. 27, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EST:
Grand Stairs.
       Participants: Galdor, Gildor, Melkor, Nimrodel, Orome, and Varda.

Dec. 26, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Sigurd and Gudrun
    Favorite scene from any of Tolkien's books about Arda

Dec. 25, 2010
Merry Christmas!

Dec. 22, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EST:
Annuminas boss wing.
       Participants: Gildor (minstrel Fairmaiden), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (hunter Astald), Ulmo (warden Wingilot), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).

Dec. 19, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, and VardaValar1
Membership:
    Varda
    Eowyn
Web:
    Gaming Site: Eonwe's external hard drive died, problem being handled.
Gaming:
    Battlenet 2.0 is about to include StarCraft2 to allow chat capabilities.
    Christmas-style festivities began in WoW and LotRO.
    LotRO: considering afternoon runs on Monday for small groups, due to time difficulties. Monday 8pm EST 6-mans will be run when we have sufficient numbers. Wednesday 8pm EST is for high level instance runs.
Tolkien:
    RP
    Magic, sub-creation spun off from the RP talk and went enjoyably long. Tolkien discussion continued into the After-meeting.

Dec. 15, 2010
    LotrO / Gaming:
       Wednesday 8pm level 65 instance:
Annuminas.
          Participants: Galdor (hntr), Melkor (rk), Nimrodel (hntr), Pippin (wrdn, champ), Ulmo (min), and Varda (grd).
       Annuminas is also planned for next Wednesday with the same group (change, Melkor can't come). Monday's instance is not yet decided due to uncertainty of who can come.

Dec. 14, 2010
    LotRO / Gaming:
       Yule Festival begins.
Your mail tells of the new stable hands next to the main city stablehands who can send you to the festival. This time we have a new region like a short-term mini-expansion including a plot (help versus the greedy mayor after having seeing the problems), an eating contest where you're the one eating, theater (where three of the audience are randomly chosen as actors and the audience throws flower petals or rotten fruit), and snowball fights. New items are available for barter.

Dec. 13, 2010
    LotRO / Gaming:
       Monday 8pm EST level 65 instance.
We didn't have enough people who could stay long enough to run a 6-man, so we ran some smaller groups including the 3-man School and Library for marks. Participants of the "official" run were Gildor (minstrel Fairmaiden), Tulkas (hunter Astald), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil). Other questing and book runs were also happening.

Dec. 12, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Ancbeard, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (co-presider), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (co-presider).
Membership:
    Eowyn and Faramir-to-be are moving to Arizona starting their trip Monday, and intend to read more of the The Hobbit to each other during the long drive. Now there's a good use of a book.
Gaming:
    WoW:
        The group is very busy with Cataclysm, and the Lothar guild branch is already nearly to level 3.
    LotRO:
        Reorganization of instance nights now in progress, taking suggestions, taking volunteers for running book and lowbie log-jam quests. Mon/Wed 8pm EST nights need to be for level 65 6-mans as that is hard to get during the week. Two 3-mans run starting at the same time are also fun.
        Help wanted: member volunteers needed to help with picking a time and running the log-jammed instances for books and regular quests.
Tolkien:
    Help wanted for the Tolkien Site's Encyclopedia section.
    Forum Role-play discussion: what we do as we leave Mirkwood.

Dec. 8, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EST run:
        Book 2.5.5's first part, "Battle of the 21st Hall", was completed and is now updating properly, thank you Devs for fixing that!
        Thanks to this run, a problem was pointed out of needing our Monday and Wednesday runs to be for high level instances that we can't normally do during the week. We need to have a regular time for book and regular questing log-jam spots to aid progress of the membership's main and alts, run by members who can come regularly.
        During the week we heard from volunteers willing to help with such runs including Eomer, Galdor, Indis, and Pippin. No special nights have yet been chosen, although Pippin did suggest to call out in the kin and they'll see about setting up runs. We're also asking people to add the number of the book quest into the note: 1.2.3 would mean Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 3, but please keep your name at the start of the note..

Dec. 7, 2010
    Gaming / WoW:
       Much questing going on in the new area, Hyjal seems to be the more interesting of the two directions so far. Old areas look quite different after Deathwing flew overhead, trainers and portals are in new places. We're starting to try out the new Worgen race. Guild rep goes up with quests and quite a bit with cooking repeatables.

Dec. 6, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Monday morning game
update, Patch 1 to the November update. Servers were down from 6am to 10am EST. Official release notes.
        Afternoon runs
for some folk unable to run later:
            Library, School: Indis (lore-master Alasse), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).
            Thror's Coomb: Eomer (captain Erkendan), Indis (lore-master Alasse), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), and Varda (hunter Fainan).
        Instance run 8pm EST. 6-man canceled due to lack of people, so we ran in duos instead.
    Gaming / WOW:
       Cataclysm expansion
comes out at midnight. Deathwing awaits. Urgent last-minute questing is going on.

Dec. 5, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Indis-(V)/ karakedi25, VardaValar1
Gaming:
    WoW: Tuesday of the coming week is the release of Cataclysm.
    LotRO: Monday the November Update came out.
    Eve: war
    Guild Wars
Tolkien:
    Arien's topic: Dragons. What do we know about them? Where did they come from?And special importance for our special friends Bilbo and company.
After-meeting:
    WoW Cataclysm.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Regular Sunday 7pm EST WoW run. Report from Eonwe-(Valar):
The scheduled run is ICC, if we have enough, but first, the plan is to finish the AQ40 run from Friday night.

Attending: Eonwë, Sauron, Fangorn, Bofur, Nob, Gimli, Dracxil, Rayearth

We finished Ahn'Qiraj 40 fairly quickly, but didn't have enough to try ICC.

Eonwe, Rayearth, Fangorn, Bofur, and Sauron went into Blackrock Spire and got those of us who need it attuned to Blackwing Lair. We then went into Blackwing Lair, and with virtually no problems took the place apart.

Dec. 3, 2010
Gaming / WoW:
    Report from Eonwe-(Valar):
Our scheduled run was Molten Core, but we had time so went into Ahn'Qiraj 40 as well. Attending were Eonwë, Gimli, Bofur, Sauron, and Rayearth.

First we popped into Blackrock Depths to get the Molten Core attunement for a couple of us, then went into MC. We cleared the area easily, defeating all bosses. The whole trip took about 1 and a half hours.

Having some time left, we went into Ahn'Qiraj and fought to the Twin Emperors. Unfortunately, we couldn't kill them before they enraged, and so that's where we stopped for the night. The plan is to finish them Sunday night.

Dec. 1, 2010
Gaming / LotRO:
    Instance: The Wednesday 8pm EST scheduled run was held in the level 65 Annuminas instance: Valandil's Tomb where we collected the Annuminas instance mark and Superior Third Mark.
    Participants were Fundin (60 lore-master FundinV), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (warden Illiardo), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), and Varda (hunter Fainan).
    Suggestions for a smoother run were to have quicker interrupts for Dolvaethan, such as from a champion, and to trait Tolerance.

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Nov. 29, 2010
Gaming/ LotRO:
   
The November Update is being added today, so the servers will be down in the morning. Official Release Notes.
    Instance time at 8pm EST was in the Great Barrows level 65 instance, two runs for Superior Third Marks.
        First run participants were Eomer (captain Erkendan), Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Indis (lore-master Alasse), Melkor (Passim), Pippin (warden Illiardo), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).
        Second run participants were the same except that Dis (hunter Laurel) substituted in for Eomer who had to leave.

Nov. 28, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Ancalagon-(V), AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    WoW
       WoW video short
    LotRO: Nov update Monday
    Guild Wars
    Eve Online
Tolkien:
    Topic: LotR: The two main sides have very different philosophies. Sauron's side is mostly into monolithic activity, while the free peoples operate in small ensembles, duos, and sometimes even alone yet work together. Can we come up with examples of these two opposing philosophies? One operating solely under the boss, the other with a lot of individual and small group activity?
    RP discussion

    Gaming / WoW:
        After the meeting, the Lothar World of WarCraft branch met for a raid, Ahn'Qiraj 40-man, and successfully completed it all the way through the final boss C'Thun (a huge eye on a tentacle, with tentacles and damaging shadow edges that can swallow players whole), taking out optional bosses along the way and collecting new mounts. Some swapped out characters for parts of it, such as Gimli changing to successfully go for new pets for his hunter.
        Participants were all level 80: Bofur (paladin Atesia), Eonwe (paladin Auros), Fangorn (mage Treebeerd), Gimli (death knight Jimuri, hunter Suzuuka), Nob (death knight Peralt), and Varda (priest Varda). Also helping in the early part was a real life friend of Eonwe and Dracxil's: Rayearth (dranei shaman, druid).
        WoW Report from Eonwe-(Valar):
We intended to go to ICC, but didn't quite have enough so we went to Ahn'Qiraj instead. Attending this run were Eonwë, Varda, Fangorn, Gimli, Nob, Bofur, and a rl friend of mine who we'll call Rayearth, after his Shaman.

Our run went mostly smoothly, except for some snags while we were trying to help Gimli tame two of the three bug bosses grouped together. He got Vem and Lord Kri, but Princess Yauj proved too much of a pain.

We also had a bit of trouble with the Twin Emperors, but we eventually prevailed. C'thun was easy after those two :}

Nov. 21, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Membership
Web:
    New story posted today: "The Hands of the King" by Branwyn-(T). "'The Pyre of Denethor' with a different twist. Alternate universe, inspired by a visit to a huge exhibit of medieval reliquaries and relics this afternoon."
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    Guild Wars
    Eve Online
Tolkien:
    Forum RP discussion and posting.

Nov. 18, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Next expansion announced for Fall 2011: "The Rise of Isengard". Trailer. Press release. The current game will continue developing as we head that way.

Nov. 17, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Orome-(Valar)
was installed as Heir for the LotRO kinship.
       Wednesday 8pm EST runs:
            Helegrod drake, spider, and giant wings in order to pick up Helegrod marks, ran successfully.
                Participants for drakes and spiders all 65's: Galdor (hunter Andwe), Landroval (hunter Rana), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (warden Iliardo), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), and Varda (hunter Fainan).
                Participants for giants: same as above plus Gildor (65 minstrel Fairmaiden).
             Volume 2 Epilogues: Cucheron's Bow, Barvessain (including Gath Ulunn) completed.
                Participants: Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Pippin (warden Illiardo), and Varda (hunter Fainan).

Nov. 15, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Library run, other small runs, but we had a good turn-out.
    Membership:
      "Valoh" is now an initiate in our LotRO kin, brought in by Melkor. He's re-reading the books and choosing a name to become a Full Member.
       Sigurd-(V) is now belatedly on the Membership page. My apology for the delay. His write-up is on Oct. 29, 2010.
       Tulkas is back to sea but should be back in December.
       Eomer passed the test for the New York State Security Guard and Firewarden.
       Malva will be in surgery Nov. 30, but expects to feel better afterwards.

Nov. 14, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Indis-(V)/karakedi25
Membership:
    Today, Eowyn and her husband are back from their honeymoon.
    Festival in the Shire event.
    Sinterklaas visited the area of our Netherland members.
Web:
    Nothing new.
Gaming:
    StarCraft patch.
    WoW: pre-Cataclysm elemental invasion.
    LotRO: no LotRO gamers gave a report.
    Guild Wars: Ar-Pharazon
    Bible Online: Ar-Pharazon
    Eve Online: Arien
Tolkien:
    RP mention.
    Arien-(Valar)'s topic:  Was there a kind of Christmas or Sinterklaas or some figure of that sort in Middle-earth? Additional note on the subject from Varda at the end of the transcript.

Nov. 7, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (9)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
    Membership:
       Daylight Savings Time in the USA ends.
       Varda is traveling this week. Back Thursday night. Gone during next Sunday's meeting.
    Web:
        Tolkien Site / Stories:
           "Beruthiel's Kittens" by Branwyn-(T). "During the Siege of Minas Tirith, the healers are not the only ones tending to the wounded."
    Gaming:
       WoW
       LotRO
       Bible Online
    Tolkien:
        Good and evil.
        Overall guild RP (not the forum RP). Email Varda if you wish to add to the discussion or say aye or nay.

Nov. 3, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT instance runs:
          Mirobel: Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (warden Illiardo), Landroval (hunter Rana).
          Bounties starting from Esteldin, did all of them: Galdor (hunter Andwe), Melkor (60 champion Melcor), Nimrodel ( hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (55 minstrel Tinwetari).

Nov. 1, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT instance run: level 65 Great Barrows.
          Participants: Galdor (hunter Andwe), Gildor (minstrel Fairmaiden), Indis (lore-master Alasse), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (65 hunter Astald), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).
       Steeds of Middle-earth: Page of LotRO horses with real horse information too. Link suggestion by Indis-(V).
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Oct. 31, 2010
    Daylight Savings Time in Europe ends. Next weekend it ends in the USA.
    Happy Halloween!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
    Attending: (5)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar
        Varda was absent, going with the remaining wedding guests and family to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Valarites present for the festival (as well as the wedding), were Arwen-(V), Elwing-(V), Fangorn-(Valar), Meriadoc-(V), Sauron-(Valar), and Varda-(Valar). Yes, we went in costume.

Oct. 30, 2010
    Eowyn-(V)'s marriage.
Eowyn and her husband

Oct. 29, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Sigurd-(V)!
Sigurd is from Texas, USA, in the Central Time Zone. He now games only in LotRO and has put each of his characters in different kins, so we should see him as Tinuariel weekly. His favorite character is Faramir

Oct. 27, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT run: Thror's Coomb Nar's quests, lots of gold tokens. Oh yeah!
          Participants: Belladonna (lore-master Wraithlyn), Landroval (hunter Rana), Tulkas (hunter Astaldovalar), and Varda (hunter Fainan).
         

Oct. 25, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT instance runs:
        Great Barrows, picking up Superior Third Marks that time! No, they don't always drop.
          Participants: Galdor (hunter Andwe), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (warden Illiardo), Tulkas (hunter Astaldovalar), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).
       Book 1.7.8: The Gates of Carn Dum, and on to Sara Oakheart when we had to stop for sleep.
          Participants: Galdor (hunter Andwe), Landroval (hunter Rana), Melkor (59 champion Melcor), Nimrodel (56 lore-master), Pippin (warden), and Varda (55 minstrel Tinwetari).

Oct. 24, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
     Attending: (10)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gil-galad-(V)/Xseanzee disco, Menelvagor Valar, mimvalarguild, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presiding).
    Tolkien: the three Kin-slayings.

Oct. 22, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Guide t
o the Haunted Cellar made by fans and suggested by the LotRO launcher news.
       We ran the Haunted Cellar and other Harvest Festival events.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Eonwe-(Valar), head of the WoW branch said:
Heya all,

We haven't done the Friday Lothar grouping too strictly for the last bit, understandably due to real life and the like. With the coming of Cataclysm, I'd like to revive it.

If some of us can't make it on Friday, and anyone would like to add another day during the week, let's talk about that. Right now I'd strongly recommend against Monday and Wednesday, since several of us play LotRO on our grouping days there, and I wouldn't want them to have to choose between LotRO and WoW.

Oct. 19, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Harvestmath begins. New: Haunted Cellar of Hobbiton, with new rewards including decorations.

Oct. 18, 2010
    Screenshots
from the Anniversary fireworks run in LotRO taken by guild-friend Lycius.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT instance run. We ran the high level GB (first two parts before we needed bed) to make a lot of us eligible to go straight to Sambrog and to pick up goodies.
          Participants: Galdor (hunter Andwe), Gildor (minstrel Fairmaiden), Indis (lore-master Alasse), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (hunter Astaldovalar), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).
    Gaming / WoW:
       Hallow's End begins.

Oct. 17, 2010
    Forum:
        New trivia games started!
Try your luck at the Name Games!
        Silmarillion and LotR trivia:
new question time, since it's been so long since the last person was supposed to post. Ask one!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Menelvagor, and Varda.
    Attending: (10)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv/alwin0, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, mimvalarguild, pallandovalar, VardaValar1
    Tolkien: the land and people between Mirkwood and the Misty Mountains.

Oct. 14 2010
    Gaming / StarCraft 2:
       Patch 1.1.2 is out.

Oct. 13, 2010
    8pm EDT Wednesday LotRO run: Thror's Coomb
in Enedwaith. We ran all of Nar's quests, setting up some characters so that these can be run together without having to go back to the cave half-way. A plus to this run is that we can take a lot of hunters at once; happily they proved their quality leaving aggro to the excellent tank all the way through.
    Participants were Galdor (hunter Andwe), Indis (lore-master Alasse), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (warden Illiardo), Tulkas (hunter Astaldovalar), and Varda (hunter Fainan). This was Tulkas' first time leading a Valar Guild 6-man, and it was very successful, with thought taken for both those who had never been and those who had been before, and completion of all objectives.
    Other folks were on and we tip the hat to them! We've been having more than we can take every instance night, a healthy sign, so we give preference to those who need the run most and are ready to go on time. The rest are welcome as stand-bys and to start another run of any kind together or do their own thing.

Oct. 12, 2010
    Gaming / WoW:
       Patch 4.0 is out, major. Time to get used to the class changes.

Oct. 11, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm EDT Monday LotRO run
, regularly scheduled instance. Carn Dum: Four of the group members had class quests there: Galdor, Gildor, Landroval, and Nimrodel.
          Participants were: Eomer (captain Erkendan), Galdor (hunter Andwe), Gildor (52 guardian Marella), Landroval (53 minstrel Tulamarth), Nimrodel (56 lore-master Wildwyn), and Varda (54-55 minstrel Tinwetari). A special thanks to Indis and Melkor for bowing out of the fellowship to let two members come in their places for class quests.
          Afterwards some of the kin went on a Helegrod run: Bofur, Dis, Indis, Nob, and Pippin among them.

Oct. 10, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
        8pm EDT LotRO CD
run put together by Landroval-(V), started a bit late since two that needed their class quest, Gildor and Nimrodel, needed to be away to tend to their cat who's been with them 22 years and may be dying. We went ahead and worked for Tulamarth's class quest.
        Participants were Aungrod, Khori, Mirminuial, and Tinwetari (54 minstrel).
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda.

Oct. 7, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Beregond-(V)!
Beregond is 38, from Nottingham, UK and has a degree in Religion and Philosophy. He's currently interested in ancient Anglo-Saxon studies. He joined in LotRO as Akanlor, a 31 elf hunter, leveling that fast in only a week of starting LotRO. He's played other MMO's before including WarHammer, DDO (and books), SWG, EQ1 and 2. He left EQ2 since the last expansion seemed to be just a money-making scheme. He's read H, LotR, Sil and picked up a copy of Children of Hurin for more light reading ;) .  He was scouted and tested by Varda, 5/5. In the books, he found the book Beregond to be an outstanding character because he had hope during a time of little or no hope, showed determination, and seemed more human than the other, larger than life characters. He had a son and was willing to sacrifice himself for Faramir.

    In other great news, Malva-(V) is still with us in the overall Valar Guild and has learned after surgery that she does not have cancer. Rejoice, all ye folk!

    Belladonna Took-(V) has gone from initiate status to Full Member! Congratulations!

Oct. 6, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT instance runs. Fil Gashan, Forges. FG was bugged, unfortunately.
            Participants were: Gildor (64 minstrel Fairmaiden), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Ulmo (warden Wingilot), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).

Oct. 4, 2010
Happy 13th Anniversary, Valar Guild!
13th Anniversary of the Valar Guild, by Elwing-(V)
Art by Elwing-(V). Click it to see the full-sized version.

    Chat marathon! Our AIM room remains up from yesterday's Sunday meeting to the next Sunday meeting as a marathon and way to get together from all over.
    WoW: Fireworks planned to be shot in World of Warcraft starting on Lothar server around 7pm EDT/ 6pm CDT. [Side note: Cataclysm is officially Dec. 7.]
    LotRO: Fireworks were shot in LotRO, using the start of the regularly scheduled Monday event/instance time of 8pm EDT. Bring your mains! Bring your fancy party duds!
    Tolkien Site: Send in your bit for the Tolkien Site to Varda, marked that it is in honor of the 13th Anniversary. This might be an article, art, poetry, humor, translation, music, or anything else your creative minds do!
          Art (see that picture just above? :)
          Articles: Elendilmir by Varda-(Valar), The Kinstrife in Gondor by Arien-(Valar)
    Forum: lift a glass of good cheer in the 13th anniversary thread!
    13th Anniversary Page.
    State of Valar Gaming 2010: annual report by Eonwe-(Valar).
    Fladrif-(V) won a months-long chess championship today!

Oct. 3, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.

Oct. 1, 2010
    Membership:
        Scatha-(V) says that Makar-(Valar)-ex is a daddy now!
        People responding to the Games Site Mass Update (GSMU) automatically have membership for 2011! These cool people are:
            Angrod, Arathorn, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Bofur, Elwing, Eonwe, Falathar, Indis, Irmo, Landroval, Melkor, Menelvagor, Merry, Miriel, Sauron, Scatha, Thorondor, Thror, Tulkas, and Varda.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       20% off shared storage and deed accelerators at the LotRO store now through Oct. 8.       

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Sept. 30, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Mim-(V)!
Mim is 30, from Ontario, Canada in the Eastern Time Zone, and his wife is a Linguistics professor. Mim plays LotRO and can be on a couple of hours in the evenings on weekdats and some on weekends. He was scouted by Nimrodel and tested by Varda, with a 5/5 in LotRO on his Borodoin character.
    He's read H, LotR, Sil, and UT. He enjoyed the Gimli and Legolas relationship and that they journeyed together after the War of the Ring through the Glittering Caves and Fangorn Forest. Mim also enjoys characters that span across the Silmarillion into the LotR, such as Galadriel and Glorfindel, and enjoys reading about how the characters developed in JRRT's mind over time.

Sept. 29, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT instance run: Skumfil left side for the minstrel quest against Crackjaw, successful!
       Participants, all 65 except 62 Fairmaiden: Eomer (captain Erkendan), Galdor (hunter Andwe), Gildor (62 minstrel Fairmaiden), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Varda (guardian Timbridhil). This was Eomer's first time leading a Valar Guild 6-man; congratulations on a successful completion of the mission!

Sept. 27, 2010
    Membership:
       
Happy birthday to Sauron-(Valar)! (Did we just say that?)
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday morning downtime
for servers for an update and repairs.
       Monday 8pm EDT instance run:
"A New Devilry" epic book 6-man, completed. Indis' Alasse won the Singed Cloak.
         
Participants were all 65 except Gildor's: Eomer (captain Erkendan), Gildor (minstrel Fairmaiden), Indis (lore-master Alasse), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (hunter Astaldovalar), Varda (guardian Timbridhil).

Sept. 26, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (13)
    AriehnV,  ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Ecthelion-(V)/BFIIShotgunner, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Luthien-(T)/luthienathariel,  Rory-(V)/cipher nemo, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Bilbo-(V)'s birthday
    Arien-(Valar): death of a monitor
Web:
    GSMU
    13th Anniversary of the Valar Guild Oct. 4
    AIM shortcut
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    SC2 and others
    Ventrilo for laptop problem solved
Tolkien:
    Luthien's topic: composer for "Born of Hope" is looking for aid with translations of Quenya and Sindarin for a choir to sing, Luthien is helping.
    Varda's topic in honor of Sept 22's joint Bilbo and Frodo birthday in the books: Why Bilbo adopted Frodo and how that worked out for the both of them
After-meeting:
    More Tolkien chat:
       Eonwe's topic 1: Noldor still considered themselves Amanyar (Elves of Aman) after the Exile.
       Ar-Pharazon's topic 1: Let's say Feanor and his own had gotten the Silmarilli back. Like, within a few years, and no major casualties. Would they have returned to Aman if they had permission?
       Ar-Pharazon's topic 2: We know Beren got away with a Silmaril (though it cost him his hand). What if he (or someone else) had gotten away with all 3? What if all 3 were returned to the Noldor (dead or alive Feanor) through stealth instead of war, and Morgoth's forces as it stood remained undefeated?
       Eonwe's topic 2/tangent: While we're on the subject, way to help Huan save face. Huan doesn't die to any "normal" evil wolf of Morgoth's, he dies to a Berserking evil wolf of Morgoth.

Sept. 24, 2010
    Happy Birthday to Bilbo-(V).  :)

Sept. 22, 2010
    Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern Time instance runs.
          Annuminas level 65 re-match.
              Participants: Eomer (captain Erkendan, for first part), Galdor (hunter Andwe), Indis (lore-master Alasse), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina, subbed in for Eomer), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), Varda (guardian Timbridhil).
          Grand Stairs: completed hard mode.
                Participants: Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), Tulkas (hunter Astaldovalar), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), Varda (guardian Timbridhil).

Sept. 20, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern Time instance run: Annuminas 65 scaling.
            Went a long way but needed an actual tank to complete.
            Participants: Eomer (65 captain Erkendan), Indis (65 lore-master Alasse), Nimrodel (65 hunter Ardisian), Pippin (65 champion Avengelina), Tulkas (65 hunter Astaldovalar), Ulmo (65 minstrel Niequi)

Sept. 19, 2010
    Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5) Sept. 19
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership News:
    Malva-(V):
LotRO mail from Malva-(V):
       I regret to say that I must resign my position in the kin.  I find that I have little time to devote to both Valar and arda.  Since I am not active it seems ingenuous of me to stay. with Valar.
I love you all and I wish I could do both.
Malva [Note: Oct. 7, 2010 In conversation, she explained that she meant she was pulling out her LotRO character from the kin branch, but would like to remain in the overall Valar Guild. She's having surgery and is not well enough for everything she wanted to do.]
    Arien-(Valar)
    Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Pallando-(Valar)
Web:
    13th Valar Guild Anniversary coming up Oct. 4. Please start gettting your Tolkien Site contributions ready and send them to Varda.
    Games Site Mass Update is underway. Send your current gaming info to Eonwe.
Gaming:
    LotRO
    WoW
    SC2
Tolkien:
    Varda's topic: How did pirates (Corsairs) affect the Lord of the Rings storyline?
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues
    RP talk
    Forum bookmarks and how to re-set for email notifications, editing your Profile info.

Sept. 13, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern Time instance run.
         Pre-instance instance runs:
             Sword Hall: Indis (65 hunter Tinirian), Malva (65 minstrel Tulipan), and Pippin (65 warden Illiardo).
             Tham Mirdain Library: Melkor (65 rune-keeper Passim), Ulmo (65 lore-master Vailimo), and Varda (65 hunter Fainan).
         Main instance:
             Carn Dum in Angmar for class quests for three kinmates: Gildor, Nimrodel, and Varda.
                Participants: Gildor (57 minstrel Fairmaiden), Indis (65 lore-master Alasse), Melkor (56 champion Melcor), Nimrodel (54 lore-master Wildwyn), Pippin (65 warden Illiardo), Varda (52 minstrel Tinwetari)

Sept. 12, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (8)
    ArathornValar, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
Membership:
    New Full Member: Rory Brandybuck-(V)
    Arathorn-(V) returned after the loss of internet for a year.
Web:
    Stories:
       "Guarding the Heedless Folk" by Branwyn-(T) posted today. "When a man disappears, the Breefolk reluctantly enlist the aid of an untried ranger."
    Forum revamp and suggestions.
    GSMU: Games Site Mass Update
Gaming:
    LotRO:
       Free to Play has begun, In-game store, new area for level 64-65's Enedwaith.
    WoW:
       Pre-Cataclysm events have begun, including calls to save Gnomeregan and the Echo Isles.
    SC2
Tolkien:
    Galdor-(V)'s topic: other battles going on during the War of the Ring.
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues

Sept. 11, 2010
     9/11. We remember.

Sept. 10, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Free to Play begins for people who've never paid for LotRO before.

Sept. 8, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Rory Brandybuck-(V)!
Scouted by Indis, tested by Varda for 5/5, he's 35, a software writer, and lives in Pennsylvania, USA, in EST. He plays LotRO, Age of Conan, and Star Trek Online and is waiting for Star Wars: The Old Republic.A character in the LotR that stands out for him is Frodo, for volunteering to take the Ring to Mordor.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern Time instance run: Grand Stairs.
       New servers up. Beta and paid subscribers can try out the new content.

Sept. 7, 2010
  Gaming:
    LotRO:
        The worlds
will be down today to put in the free expansion containing free to play, the new Enedwaith area for level 64-65, and the in-game store. This will be available to beta players and subscribers on the 8th, free on the 10th. Imladris server was chosen by the players to be the second rp server after our Landroval server so, if you're visiting, please remember to use our friend channel to find each other.
    WoW:
       Pre-Cataclysm event: At long last, The High Tinker calls us to retake the surface area of Gnomeregan!

Sept. 6, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern Time instance run.

Sept. 5, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
          Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
           Attending: (7)
                AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25
Web / Tolkien:
    "Report: Festival in the Shire, Friday 13th August 2010" by Arien-(Valar)
    Games Site Mass Update
Gaming:
    LotRO
    WoW
    SC2
Tolkien:
    Indis' topic: Why didn't Pippin recognize Sindarin after being at Elrond's house so long?
    Tolkien Trivia game

Sept. 1, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT instance run: Urugarth for class quests, deeds, quests. We went alllll the way through. Congratulations to everyone for having plenty of people available early so that we started on time!
       Participants: Indis (65 lore-master Alasse), Melkor (60? captain Melkus), Nimrodel (65 hunter Ardisian), Pippin (65 warden Illiardo), Tulkas (65 hunter Astaldovalar), and Varda (50-51 minstrel Tinwetari).
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Aug. 30, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT instance run: Fil Gashan.
    Tolkien Site / Art:

      Cave of Luthien-(T): new art, revamped area.
       Menel Forodhren section added with art done in watercolor and crayon of subjects mostly found in the Silmarillion and Histories of Middle-earth. New art there:
          "Aule's Dwellings"
          "Elbereth, lady of the stars"
          "The elves are concerned about Telperion."
          " Pond in a forest under rising full moon"
          " Company walking  up a hill outside Alqualondë"
          "Nost-na-Lothian in Gondolin"

Aug. 29, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv/alwin0, galdorandwe, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien-(V) is back from her holiday.
    Ecthelion-(V) is moving, so he'll be out of LotRO for a bit.
Web:
    Art: Luthien-(T)
    Games Site Mass Update: Eonwe is about to start emailing.
Gaming:
    SC2
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Arien-(V)'s report: the Festival in the Shire
    Menelvagor-(Valar): LARPing.
    RP: discussion tabled due to some RP'ers not present or just leaving.
    Varda-(Valar)'s topic: JRRT had certain ideals that were naturally a part of his creative work. Topic kept to just LotR for brevity.
After-meeting:
    More concerning the Elessar stone worn by Aragorn in the LotR.

Aug. 25, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm Wednesday instance gaming: Fil Gashan. The main purpose was to complete Gorlim's captain's class quest, quite a hoot! An additional parameter was that Gorlim had a limited time in which to play. This quest starts right after getting past the potential pan-searing of the chef and picking up medallions, but in the same room. The captain started the quest then, and we handled wave after wave of orcs until we finally killed enough. We had at least one more wave to complete after that, as it started up during the time that the number needed was hit. This is a great way to help handle the orc deed in there! Although our objective was complete, we continued on for the fun of it (more medallions and deeds didn't hurt either) since it wasn't quite time for Gorlim to have to leave. When he did have to go, Tulkas came in as his replacement. We made one try at General Talug, not quite succeeding, and then we had other members whose time was up and had to stop.
    Participants: Gildor (65 hunter), Gorlim (Athyn 59 captain), Malva (Tulipan 65 minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian 65 hunter), Pippin (Avengelina 65 champion), Tulkas (Astaldovalar 65 hunter), and Varda (Timbridhil 65 guardian).

Aug. 23, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Morning: The three high population servers, including our Landroval server, are down for maintenance this morning.
      
8pm Monday instance gaming: Forges. The group went through the first boss before some of the people needed to leave. Participants were Eomer (Khori 65 champion), Galdor (Andwe 61 hunter), Indis (Mereniel 65 lore-master), Melkor (Passim 65 rune-keeper), Nimrodel (Ardisian 65 hunter), and Ulmo (Wingilot 65 warden).

Aug. 22, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
The meeting is held in the AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace. AIM, Pidgin or Trillian are programs that all work for joining in.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    ArPharazonV, AuSteinM-(T)/austeinm, Eonwe Valar (presiding Tolkien), fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding business)
Web:
    Art: new art from Luthien-(T) incoming.
    Forum (ours) and how to use the skins. The old one is still available.
Gaming:
    WoW: Cataclysm Collector's edition can be ordered
    LotRO: Free to Play's new content available for those in it already Sept 8, Free to Play is available Sept 10.
    StarCraft 2 Patch 1.0.3; character renaming
    AIM: can be used to talk between games like our old Bnet. Eonwe is making himself available more in AIM for folks looking for a tester.
Tolkien:
    Menevagor's topic: Valar and the Greek pantheon.
    Galdor's topics: Loss of Silvan language, Oropher's rash charge, Fangorn and Celeborn on boundaries.
    RP
    Upcoming articles

Aug. 19, 2010
    Elwing-(V)
, have a happy birthday today!
    Indis-(V)
is traveling today but taking her newly repaired laptop, so we should still be seeing her in LotRO.

Aug. 18, 2010

   Gaming / LotRO:
    Free-to-play LotRO is now planned to come out on September 10 next month.
    Wednesday 8pm EDT instance time: we ran Dark Delving to successfully finish Pippin's class quest for the warden in killing the Mad Captain, incidentally collecting Moria medallions, DD quests, and deeds. Participants were Finarfin (Gilothalion 65 hunter, replacing Tulkas after he crashed and could not return), Indis (Alasse 65 lore-master), Pippin (Illiardo 65 warden and, for the part after the warden quest, Avengelina 65 champion), Tulkas (Astaldovalar 65 hunter), Ulmo (Niequi 65 minstrel), Varda (Timbridhil 65 guardian).

Aug. 16, 2010
   Gaming / LotRO:
    Monday 8pm EDT instance get-together time. Not enough people showed up to run an instance, so some of us worked on the deed of killing trolls in the Foundations of Stone together. Troll-hunters were Indis, Ulmo, and Varda.

Aug. 15, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace. AIM, Pidgin or Trillian are programs that all work for joining in.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (6)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon's grandmother has passed away.
    Landroval's wife is now an initiate in LotRO.
    Arien is missing this week while traveling.
    Fladrif is traveling, probable reason for his connection problems during the meeting.
Web:
    Forum revamp for the Valar Guild. Send comments and suggestions to Eonwe.
           The RP section moved from the LotRO area to the Tolkien area of the Forum.
Gaming:
    LotRO
    WoW
    StarCraft 1 & 2
Tolkien:
    Indis' topic: RP chat only, no Tolkien discussion. Forum unavailable for posting at the moment.

Aug. 11, 2010
    Membership:
       A hearty welcome to Landroval's wife, on her Isawen character, who joined in LotRO as an initiate. She has read LotR and will be taking her test and picking a name to gain her Full Membership. [Note: chose Belladonna.]
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT scheduled instance grouping: book instance 2.6.8. Will the cloak ever drop?
       For some reason some scheduled participants showed an hour late as if we had time zone confusion.
       Participants: Isawen (60 minstrel), Landroval (Rana 65 hunter), Pippin (Avengelina 65 champion), Ulmo (Wingilot 65 warden), and Varda (Fainan 65 hunter).

Aug. 9, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT scheduled instance grouping: book instance 2.6.8.

Aug. 8, 2010
Mail suggestions for changes to the guild's Forum to Eonwe-(Valar).
All emails are listed on the Membership page.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace. AIM, Pidgin or Trillian are programs that all work for joining in.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Ecthelion-(V)/BFIIShotgunner, Eonwe Valar (presided Tolkien), Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presided business)
Membership:
    Arien-(Valar) is on holiday, will miss the next two meetings.
    Fladrif-(V) is traveling.
    Tulkas-(Valar) is going on leave in ten days.
Gaming:
    SC2
    WoW:
       Gwaihir-(Valar) requests Real ID Bnet info from other members who are willing to trade it with him.
    LotRO:
       The ban against talking about the LotRO beta was lifted August 2nd.
Forums:
    Facebook - some of us are friending each other. Most of those at the meeting were against us going as far as having a Valar Guild page or putting our Facebook info on the Membership page of our website.
    Forum for our guild: Complaints were made about the colors and format, which are now being addressed and will be worked on during the week, hopefully with the major changes completed by next meeting.
    Forum for MyLotRO: Complaints were made about some of the text, fixed during the meeting.
    Forum for LotRO Kinships on Landroval: Since the format was changed for that, we got dropped out of sight. A new page was made that day, but it was not made exactly  according to the template given and will probably have to be remade.
Tolkien:
    Several different discussions.
    Tulkas' quote for a Tolkien Moment: of bliss and glad
    Eonwe's topic: Aule and Yavanna's argument over the woods and their use suggests that everything and everyone has its use. It also suggests why some relations are not as cordial as they might be in Middle-earth such as for dwarves and ents. Manwe and Varda are like the opposite side of the coin, more complementary to each other. Morgoth - excessive pride, greed; he could not attract the Valie of his choice.
    Galdor's topic: Palantiri size
    Arien's quote for a Tolkien Moment: Who deserves death?
    Galdor's topic: Galadriel and Celeborn's different stories in Unfinished Tales are not resolved in UT.

Aug. 6, 2010
    Gaming video funness: WoW gnome + "Big Iron"
       Meriadoc-(V), who just incidentally plays a gnome on WoW, suggested this YouTube link as proof that gnomes rule. Enjoy!

Aug. 4, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT regular instance time: we ran the epic book instance 2.6.8 a couple of times. The first group did very well, the second had horrible Link Deadness and had to call it a night. We will be doing it again, don't worry. Participants today were all level 65.
            Group 1: Gildor (Gwennair hunter), Indis (Mirminuiel captain), Nimrodel (Ardisian hunter, winner of the Singed Cloak), Pippin (Avengelina champion), Ulmo (Niequi minstrel), and Varda (Timbridhil guardian).
             Group 2: Finarfin (Gilothalion hunter), Gorlim (Aeronwy minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian hunter), Pippin (Illiardo warden), Ulmo (Wingilot warden), and Varda (Timbridhil guardian).

Aug. 2, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm regular instance time: Sixteenth Hall. Having three hunters meant we shot through fast; we also had a very large number of Fellowship Maneuvers. Gemsin, a friend of Nimrodel's, aided as minstrel for the first part before he had to leave, and is welcome to run with us again. Valar Guild participants: Gildor (Gwennair 65 hunter), Gorlim (Aeronwy 65 minstrel) replaced Gemsin as we came to the first boss, Malbeth (Etheron 65 hunter), Nimrodel (Ardisian 65 hunter), Pippin (Illiardo 65 warden), Varda (Timbridhil 65 guardian).

August 1, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace. AIM, Pidgin or Trillian are programs that all work for joining in.
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe, Menelvagor, and Varda
Attending: (10)
    AriehnV, Arwenv, Ecthelion-(V)/BFIIShotgunner, Eonwe Valar, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Lalwende-(V) is our new member this week.
    Eilenel-(V) has made contact again.
Gaming::
    StarCraft2 came out Tuesday. Send your review to Eonwe to publish on the Games Site.
    Sacred 2
    EverQuest 2 is getting a free to play option, but on different servers than for the main population.
    World of WarCraft
    Lord of the Rings Online
Tolkien:
    Ring of Gyges
    Politics that might have been discussed around the dinner table or campfire during the time of the Lord of the Rings in the Shire, Gondor, and Mordor.
    Role-play story discussion and posting.
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July 30, 2010
    Membership:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Lalwende-(V)!
Lalwende is a long-time friend of Indis', who scouted her, and tested with Varda in LotRO. She's from California in the USA, PST. She's 43 with a husband who read LotR and a 10-year old son who's had it read to him. A favorite character in the LotR for her is Eowyn, the only woman who did much, including killing the Witch-king.

July 29, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT scheduled instance time: Skumfil run. Participants included Indis (Alasse 65 lore-master), Maedhros (Galadhalion 65 champion), Nimrodel (Ardisian 65 hunter). Pippin (Illiardo 62 warden), and Ulmo (Niequi 65 minstrel)
    Tolkien:
        Galdor-(V) commented that there is a possibility that a story called "Ring of Gyges",  XII-Glaucon in Plato's Republic, may have influenced Tolkien, a suggestion also given by others online since it predates the Lord of the Rings and was very likely part of Tolkien's reading. In it is a ring that turns the wearer invisible (no retaliation for anonymous behavior), that Glaucon insists to Socrates would corrupt even the just if they had an opportunity to use it.
        Perhaps Tolkien's answer to how to handle the problem is in Faramir's comment: "Not if I found it on the highway would I take it", and in Gandalf's refusal to take it.
        Playing anonymously online lets us show our true quality.

July 28, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Skumfil run both sides, stopping at the spider Hwandrith.
       The run went a long time so we had a few people who had to leave and were replaced. Thanks go to our patient guild-friends Isawen (60 min) and Vandred (65 ). Participants included Indis (Mirminuial65 capt), Maedhros (Galadhalion 65 champ), Malva (on both Necta 65 grd and Tulipan 65 min), Nimrodel (Ardisian 65 hntr), Pippin (Illiardo 62 wrdn), and Varda (Timbridhil 65 grd).

July 26, 2010
    Gaming / StarCraft 2:
       StarCraft 2 is now out. Please email Eonwe to let him know if you are playing.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT scheduled run (as opposed to whim runs all during the week): We ran 2.5.5 in all three parts successfully, requiring some substitution as some had to leave due to work the next day.
        For aid in healing, we had the level 65 rune-keeper, Keshin, known to Indis-(V) who is now a welcome guild-friend in the friend channel. Valar participants included Gildor, Indis, Maedhros, Nimrodel, Pippin, and Varda.
       The Wednesday run is expected to be for Moria medallions, with requests so far for Skumfil (class quest included), Grand Stairs quest mode, and Dark Delving.

July 25, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace. AIM, Pidgin or Trillian are programs that all work for joining in.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (10)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Ecthelion-(V)/BFIIShotgunner, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Ecthelion-(V) is our new member this week.
    Ar-Pharazon will not be here next meeting.
Gaming:
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    StarCraft 2 pre-orders
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    RP: Forum RP discussion and posting continues through the rest of the meeting. The Gilraen chat is during a wait. The Spider digression is sparked by the RP talk.
    Gilraen and Aragorn's experience compared to other sons of chieftains.
    More RP
    Spiders in the books: Ungoliant, Shelob, Mirkwoodians
    Yet more RP.
    We collapse after a four-hour meeting.

July 23, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Ecthelion-(V)!
Ecthelion joined us in LotRO today after responding to a call from Varda. He has bragging rights from testing 5/5! He's been in LotRO since 2007, and was recently off for three months. Some of the games he's played or still plays are LotRO, Titan Quest, and Sacred 2. He used to play StarCraft and looks forward to SC2 and Diablo 3. He's played a lot of Bioware games including Baldur's Gate 2, NeverWinter Nights 1 and 2, Mass Effect 1 & 2, Dragon Age, Knights of the Old Republic, and Jade Empire.
    Ecthelion has read H, LotR, Sil, and parts of HoME. His favorite character is Gandalf, whose sacrificial bravery to save the group made him feel safe.

July 22, 2010
    Membership and Gaming / WoW:
        Menelvagor-(Valar) transferred a level 76 character to our Lothar server branch group in World of Warcraft.

July 21, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday night 8pm EDT instance run: Grand Stairs Hard Mode, ran twice, both successfully, and both times the Insidious Cuff dropped.
       Participants: Gildor on the first run (Gwennair 65 hunter), Indis (Mereniel 65 lore-master), Melkor (Passim 65 rune-keeper), Nimrodel on the second run (Ardisian 65 hunter), Pippin (Illiardo 60-61 warden), Ulmo (Niequi 65 minstrel), Varda (Timbridhil 65 guardian)

July 19, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday night 8pm EDT instance run: Grand Stairs Quest Mode, went through Igash on quest mode and wiped out a lot of quests, gathered all possible medallions.
       Participants: Indis (Mereniel 65 LM), Maedhros (Maedhroc 65 wrdn), Melkor (Passim 65 rk), Nimrodel (Ardisian 65 hntr), Pippin (Illiardo 59-60 wrdn), Varda (Timbridhil 65 grd)

July 18, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace. AIM, Pidgin or Trillian are programs that all work for joining in.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Fladrif-(V)/fladrifv/alwin0, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar
    VardaValar1 (After-meeting)
Membership:
    Gilraen and Gwaihir are going to Blizzcon this fall.
    Arien is going to The Festival in the Shire in Wales this August.
    Indis is heading to California late August.
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    StarCraft 2 pre-ordered by Ar-Pharazon.
Tolkien:
    Link to "The Tolkien Professor"
    Role-play on the forum.

July 12, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       For the Monday 8pm EST get-together, we ran Fellowship quests in Gathburz of Mirkwood, doing a few dailies on the side.
       Participants were: Indis (65 rune-keeper), Maedhros (65 warden), Malva (65 guardian), Varda (65 guardian).
       Melkor and Aratan ran together working on leveling Aratan's level 60 hunter so that he can run the higher level areas too.
       Other folks were present but had characters too low-level to come.

July 11, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (10)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Voted to keep meetings in AIM even after LotRO goes free to play.
    Galdor-(V)'s Few Words.
Web:
    Link: Born of Hope online movie
Gaming:
    WoW Realid
    Second Life: Fladrif's one year anniversary party.
    Master of Orion
Tolkien:
    Menelvagor's topic: How did the Doom of the Children of Húrin affect the Doom of the Noldor? (and possibly vice versa?)

July 6, 2010
    Links:
       "Born of Hope": LotR-based movie, link suggested by Eomer-(V).

July 5, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Epilogue instance run.

July 4, 2010
Happy July 4th!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    July 4th.
    Indis' birthday.
    Eowyn's engagement.
Gaming:
    WoW beta for Cataclysm may now be talked about and Arwen gave us some cool info.
Tolkien:
    Arwen-(V)'s topic concerns the Archetype of the Hero's Journey, and how Frodo didn't follow it in the usual way. A related url brought up was on TV Tropes with the Hero's Journey.
    Forum role-play story discussion and posting.
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June 30, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Fil Gashan: we successfully completed hard mode, taking down General Talug.
       Participants: Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Maedhroc (warden Maedhroc), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (hunter Astaldovalar), Ulmo (minstrel Niequi), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).

June 29, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Summer Festival begins! Details.

June 28, 2010 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm instance time, to be determined by who shows up. I'm hoping for a Moria instance to grab medallions and/or slipping into the Warg Pens long enough to complete some of the quests we started..

June 27, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
    Pallando-(Valar) in Gmail-chat.
Membership:
    Two new Full Members this week: Frodo-(V) and Galdor-(V)
Web:
    New stories this week:
       The Robin's Tale by Branwyn-(T)
       Meals on Wheels by Jay of Lasgalen
Gaming:
    "LotR: Aragorn's Quest" coming out probably later this year.
    "LotR: War in the North" coming out probably early next year.
    "Starcraft 2" coming out in about one month from today.
    "WoW" Patch 3.5.5 is out including Real ID that might be useful to someone.
    "LotRO" free to play is coming out this fall and several members have said they may be able to join us then who can't now.
Tolkien:
    Eonwe's topic: Legitimacy of Sauron's claim to the Ring, and should he get it back according to other Middle-earth precedents.
    Forum role-play discussion and posting together. Check out a lot of new stuff!
After-meeting:
    A little more rp talk, Pallando said hi from Gmail-chat and may join us in the free to play LotRO this fall.

June 25, 2010
    Membership:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Galdor-(V)!
Galdor joined us today in LotRO after locating us on his own and emailing Varda. He's played Diablo, Baldur's Gate, NWN, and Icewind Dale. He's read the H, LotR, Sil and UT and tested 5/5. He's 41, from New York State in the USA, EST, and married to a fellow Tolkien fan. A stand-out character from the LotR for him is Gandalf, the counselor who could also fight.

June 24, 2010
    Tolkien / Stories:
       "Meals on Wheels" by Jay of Lasgalen. A dwarf is spotted by orcs that have never seen one before. Drabble.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday instance running: Warg Pens. We tried two three-man groups and got a good start on the quests. One team was of Nimrodel (Ardisian hunter), Ulmo (Niequi minstrel), and Varda (Timbridhil guardian). The other team was of Gildor (Gwennair hunter), Landroval (Rana hunter), and Maedhros (Maedhroc warden).

June 23, 2010
    Membership:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Frodo-(V)! Frodo joined us today in LotRO. He's 16, from the USA, in the Central Time Zone. He's read the H, LotR, Sil, UT, and Children of Hurin. He likes to game daily. One of the most stand-out characters in the LotR for him was Elrond. A difference between the book and movie versions was that he reforged the sword for Aragorn right away, and certainly didn't go to Rohan while wearing his Ring and leaving Imladris undefended by it.

June 22, 2010
    Tolkien / Stories:
       "The Robin's Tale" by Branwyn-(T): "How the least of Lord Denethor's servants came to his defense." This short story includes Denethor, Faramir, and Gandalf.

June 21, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm EST: instance time. A group of us ran in Mirkwood in the Gathburz area that needs fellowships to complete.

June 20, 2010 Sunday
Happy Father's Day!

Elrond and Estel, young Aragorn. by Cassia-(T)

Elrond and Estel (young Aragorn), art by Cassia-(T)
The origins of Father's Day.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    Chess:
       Fladrif has moved into the chess finals in Second Life.
    Star Trek Online:
       STO is now out of beta and some members are trying it out.
    WoW:
       A new upcoming Cataclysm area was unveiled: Grim Batol.
    LotRO:
       LotRO Beta started and some of our members are in it. Don't forget to use our usual friend channel to find each other!
       We learned that the ctrl \ command to move items in the interface is different on the European keyboard where the command is ctrl # although this part of the meeting is not in the transcript. Differences like this make it difficult for Europeans doing programming in the US.
Tolkien:
    In Middle-earth, who are some of the fathers we can think of?

June 16, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EST Dark Delving. This is in the Foundation of Stone, nearest stable is at the Shadowed Refuge.
       We completed two class quests: guardian and warden, which was the main intention. We also learned for sure that we couldn't swap and run another guardian or warden back in the same run for a class quest. Today Ulmo's Wingilot warden and Varda's Timbridhil guardian completed their class quests, and our group made it up to Gurvand to take a look at the last boss fight. We also completed or made progress on quests and deeds.
       Participants were all level 65: Gildor (Gwennair hunter), Indis (Alasse lore-master), Nimrodel (Ardisian hunter), Pippin (Illiardo warden and Shamat guardian), Ulmo (Niequi minstrel and Wingilot warden), and Varda (Timbridhil guardian and Fainan hunter). Shamat, Wingilot, and Fainan were present only for short sections. Other folks showed up as well, but did not get to make it into tonight's run.
       Pippin will be working during the upcoming.Monday instance.
             lotro-wiki walkthrough of the Dark Delving, a little dated as it refers to the old style coins.
             A successful Gurvand boss fight.
                Shouts might cause attacks such as "Shut Your Mouth" and "Bleeding Ears".

June 14, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday instance day!
       First we successfully ran as two groups of three people through the Library in Eregion, near Echad Mirobel: Ulmo (Wingilot warden), Nimrodel (Ardisian hunter), and Gildor (Gwennair hunter); Maedhros (Maedhroc warden), Finarfin (Gilothalion hunter), and Varda (Timbridhil guardian). For some members, this was the first time through.
       Then we ran the Sixteenth Hall Moria instance (in the Foundations of Stone, with a stable at the Shadowed Refuge) all the way through with Indis (Tengwarien rune-keeper), Finarfin (Gilothalion hunter), Nimrodel (Ardisian hunter), Pippin (Avengelina champion), Ulmo (Niequi minstrel), and Varda (Timbridhil guardian). The main purpose was to complete Indis' rune-keeper class quest, but we continued on and cleared all the way through the Lost One. This was the first time into this instance for a couple of the participants.
       Wednesday we hope to do the Dark Delvings Moria instance and pick up class quests for wardens and guardians.

June 13, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
   Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv/alwin0, Eonwe Valar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Indis-(V) is back from Egypt with her repaired computer.
    Ar-Pharazon-(V) is back from Spain temporarily before heading to England for a WoW gathering.
    Dreamlord-(T) recently had a birthday.
Web:
    Art: Ryan Lovett repaired the Rolozo site which is now working again, and also happens to be the main source of illustrations for our Tolkien Encyclopedia.
    Games Site: now hugely revamped by Eonwe-(Valar).
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Does it seem to you folks that J.R.R. Tolkien used blond hair as something special in Middle-earth or perhaps as a plot device? Did any villain have blond hair?
After-meeting:
    Afterwards, Fladrif showed Varda around his beautiful homes and garden in Second Life, and showed some of the costumes he's made including a tree, tree-man, and tiger-man.

June 11, 2010
    Tolkien Site:
       Ryan Lovett, who does the Rolozo Tolkien art site that is our main source of Tolkien Encyclopedia illustrations, has repaired the coding. We have art again!

June 9, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
        For Wednesday instance night, Varda and Dis, with Dis' husband Alrid, joined Lhee group for a quick Watcher run.  (Lhee is Amroth-V, Lhee group includes a good number of guild-friends and is a mixed kin group that raids and whom we've run with at times since LotRO went live.)
        Afterwards, we had enough Valarites to make a full fellowship and did Drowned Treasury, the epic book quest in which we find where the Watcher went after it blocked the doors to Moria. Some members used the pool to enter the instance, and aided Nimrodel's Ardisian and Varda's Timbridhil to complete the quest. Thank you! Participants were Dis (Freyah), Gildor (Gwennair), Nimrodel (Ardisian), Pippin (Avengelina), Varda (Timbridhil) and guild-friend Alrid (Dis' husband).

June 6, 2010
    Tolkien / Stories:
       "Refuge" by Branwyn-(T). "The White City lies becalmed in the summer heat. Set after the Ring War."
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (9)
   Ancalagon-(V)/Sarujil, AriehnV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/ karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Tolkien:
    The Hobbit movies and directors.
    Did Feanor still have rights to the Silmarils that he crafted?

June 4, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       This fall, LotRO begins a Free-to-Play set-up going to level 50. Paid and Lifetime subscribers have a lot more privileges. http://www.lotro.com/betasignup/ includes how to sign up for those who haven't played and info on paid, plus the new perks added to the game. That info and more is also on the regular LotRO forum.

June 2, 2010, Wednesday:
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm EST: Forgotten Treasury. Come finish deeds and help Ulmo's warden with this 6-man instance.
    Humor YouTube:
        
Bruce Lee vs Iron Man, suggested by Meriadoc-(V) for the cameo at the end.
    Hobbit movies:
        May 30: Guillermo del Toro is no longer directing the movies, although willing to continue helping with some duties, due to MGM Studios foot-dragging. He was signed for a three-year contract, after which he had a lot of other projects lined up, but MGM wanted to drag it out to six years. Already done: script, choreography for battle scenes, costumes, sets, at least partial casting.
        His statement is on the OneRing.net.
        Peter Jackson is already committed to directing other movies, but there's a chance he might do it if no one else can be found. See The Dominion Post.
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May 31, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EST: Forgotten Treasury run planned, to aid Ulmo's young Warden and to complete deeds. Not enough people could make it at that time.
    Tolkien / Art:
       New model photos from DeepGroover-(T): Evil Wolf; Grand Master of the Teutonic Order.

May 30, 2010:
Happy Memorial Day!
Aragorn

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) May 30, 2010
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Indis and Varda
Membership:
    Fangorn's birthday was May 25.
    Indis will be out of the country on a business trip between the 2nd and the 12th of June.
    Arien has her vacation days set and is trying to get tickets to be our reporter for the Festival of the Shire Convention.
Gaming:
    World of WarCraft (WoW)
    Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO): Monday Forgotten Treasury is the planned instance.
Tolkien:
    In honor of Memorial Day, name one battle from any Tolkien book, with at least one participant and what that person did.

May 27, 2010
    Varda, Fangorn, and Sauron will not be available as they are going overnight camping and leaving this morning.

May 26, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm regular Moria run
: Fil Gashan
       We ran Fil Gashan and completed it, then went back to clear trash mobs for deeds. At least two people finished up enough medallions for radiance items. We want to hit it again to complete the deeds and improve our smoothness.
       Participants: Gildor (Gwennair 65 hunter), Indis (Tengwarien 61 rune-keeper), Nimrodel (Ardisian 64 hunter), Pippin (Avengelina 65 champion), Ulmo (Niequi 65 minstrel), and Varda (Timbridhil 64 guardian)

May 25, 2010
    Happy Birthday, Fangorn-(Valar)!
    Gaming / WoW Lothar:
        Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, Schlep, and Varda got together in WoW Lothar server and did a couple of old world instances for Fangorn's birthday: Stockades and Gnomeregan. Gnomeregan will probably be gone with the Cataclysm expansion, so we went completely through it.
    Gaming / LotRO Landroval:
       Free weekend starts today, for the Memorial weekend holidays, May 25-31. Free stable rides and extra experience. Details.

May 24, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
        8pm Fil Gashan run. We worked more on clearing some questing and deeds this time and still picked up a few Medallions of Moria.
        Participants were: Gildor (Gwennair hunter, had to leave for work near the end), Indis (Tengwarien 65 rune-keeper), Melkor (Passim 65 rune-keeper, connection problems and had to bow out early), Nimrodel (Aridisian hunter), Pippin (Avengelina 65 champion, took Gildor's place), Tulkas (Astaldovalar 65 hunter, took Melkor's place), Ulmo (Niequi 65 minstrel), Varda (Timbridhil 64 guardian).

May 23, 2010:
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) May 23, 2010
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe and Varda
Attending: (8)
   AriehnV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Gaming:
    World of WarCraft (WoW)
    Across games: Eonwe intends to be more available to both WoW and LotRO and to general chat by being in AIM more often, sort of like our old Battlenet days.
    In WoW, Eonwe got with some of the members in-game on the Lothar server and discussed how to use the guild bank best.

    WoW Guild bank summary by Eonwe:
In June I intend to do some "spring cleaning" of the Lothar Guild Bank. Today, I posed to the Lothar membership present in World of Warcraft a series of questions concerning the layout and organization of the Guild Bank. Of the discussion that ensued, we generally agreed on a few things:
 
1.) That the guild bank should focus on collecting rare or generally harder to obtain items, with a preference for items from the current expansion. For example, armor, weapons, and crafting recipes should be of rare (blue) quality or higher, glyphs should focus on the more useful ones, and consumables should be from the current expansion.
 
2.) That a single bank tab should be allocated for items encompassing the experience from levels 1-60. Whatever falls between this level range is to be put here, but once it's full, it's full until something out of it is used. There is to be no spillover into other bank tabs. Anything falling beyond this level range can be stored normally, with respect to the above.
 
3.) That items used to gain reputation with a faction were generally given a pass.
 
4.) Profession-specific items (i.e blacksmith keys, leatherworking drums) should not be stored in the Guild Bank, as they are not universally usable. It's better to store these in one's personal inventory.
 
More detailed (though not necessarily comprehensive) notes will be put into the info tab for each bank tab once the cleaning is done. For anything that will not be found in the guild bank after the cleaning, members are welcome to seek these items from other members either in person, or through the WoW Trading section on the Forum.

    Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO)
       Monday and Wednesday night 8pm EST group instance running has had very good attendance, possibly needing a second group running soon.
    Chess
       Fladrif is moving into the last section of the chess matches.
Tolkien:
    Festival in the Shire conference, first one. Anyone who can attend in Wales should have a great time. Arien (from the Netherlands) hopes to go with her husband and bring back a report. Music demos are on the site under J.R.R. Tolkien Inspired Music, and small, rolling demos of art under Artists.

May 21-23
    Varda was out of town only until Saturday night. Work called us back to town earlier than expected.

May 19, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday instance night: Fil Gashan
completed.
       All Valar run. Champion on Talug the whole run. Guardian on the Fang-caster for the whole run, during the first part bringing it to the middle since it drops fire traps. First part: The champion drags Talug into the fire traps making him vulnerable, and then the dps goes after Talug. Second part: Then drag the Fire-fist next to Talug and when it dies, the splatter damages Talug.
       Participants: Gildor (Gwennair hunter), Indis (Alasse 65 lore-master), Nimrodel (Ardisian hunter), Pippin (Avengelina 65 champion), Ulmo (Niequi 65 minstrel), Varda (Timbridhil 63 guardian).

May 18, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday instance night: Fil Gashan
as planned. Varda was late due to being unable to get home in time, so we got a late start. Most had to leave because the time needed would run over sleep time ahead of work, and some were at work and could not pay close enough attention for an instance. We did run Fil Gashan 5-man up to General Talug, when we added one more person, but did not bring down Talug. We did pick up some Medallions of Moria and had a mithril flake drop.
    We partnered with friends from Keepers of Ayrshire for this run and enjoyed their company.
    Participants: Dis-V (Lilyblossom 65 minstrel, Keepers of Ayrshire co-leader), Pippin-V (Avengelina 65 champion), Varda-Valar (Timbridhil 63 guardian); Alrid (65 hunter Keepers leader and Dis's husband), Connaver (63 burglar Keepers, now in our friend channel), Litesha (65 hunter Keepers, Connaver's wife, came in to help with Talug).
    Suggested: take wound potions vs fire (waterfall helps too), be sure hunters have fire oil vs Talug, lore-masters are good for fire damage spells. A minstrel is required to Distract sentries for hard mode. A champion is good to Clobber interrupt Talug's helper, the Fangcaster, who otherwise hits the party with powerful fire arrows. The Fangcaster is immune to being Riddled by a burglar.
   

May 17, 2010
    Letter from Faramir-(V)-ex
        I decided to move my characters to a kin that some of my old friends recently started that's going to focus a lot on raiding.  I hope there are no hard feelings.  I enjoyed my time with Valar Guild, but have lately felt that perhaps I don't quite fit in the way I would like.  I would still like to keep in touch with you guys if possible, so feel free to ask me for help if you need it.  Your friend, hopefully, always ...
Faramir

May 16, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) May 16, 2010
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon-(V): one month field trip starting tomorrow
    Fladrif-(V): birthday
Web:
    Links
    News page
Gaming:
    Guild Wars: Ar-Pharazon
    Second Life: Fladrif
    Chess: Fladrif
    Armadillo Run: Arien, Fladrif
    World of WarCraft (WoW)
    Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO)
Tolkien:
    RP discussion. The plot is hung on getting a message from Calaron.
    How much information would the Avari pick up from the Silvans?
   
May 14, 2010
    Links:
    "The Tolkien Professor". Recorded lectures from Dr. Corey Olsen, a tenured English professor at Washington College, whose PhD is in medieval literature and a long-time Tolkien fan. Link recommended by Daddy Twofoot-(V).
    "Festival in the Shire Journal". An online magazine discussing Tolkien and Tolkien-related works.

May 12, 2010
    Gaming/LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm was for our scheduled instance run. Some who had come earlier were running the Dannenglor book skirmish instance together. The group running the scheduled instance completed Forgotten Treasury in the Flaming Deeps, one that several of us had quests for and that we had tried previously but run out of time. For Monday's 8pm EST run,  we will probably do Fil Gashan, its neighbor, which has medallions.
       The group  started as a five-man, adding the sixth when Indis was able to come online, despite a case of the flu and a bad internet connection. Those running were Gildor (63 hunter), Indis (Mirminuial 65 captain), Nimrodel (Ardisian 62 hunter), Pippin (65 champion), Ulmo (Niequi 65 minstrel), and Varda (Timbridhil 63 guardian).

May 11, 2010
    Gaming/LotRO:
    The gang tried out Skumfil, a Moria radiance instance. (Varda was out of town.) According to Gildor's report in chat (which he didn't expect to be on the News):
        "did Skum for the first time last night with fellow Valar. Unfortunately it was bugged and and we to leave. Kept resetting.
        "the main baddies in the Hive Nest kept respawning. You would kill one boss, then another, but 30 seconds later they would appear again and again and we kept dying. No medallions."
       Some of the participants were Dis, Gildor, Melkor, and Pippin. I'm guessing Nimrodel was there.

May 10, 2010

    Happy Birthday Fladrif!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Planning to do an instance 8pm EST. We'll see which one when we see who comes. :)
       Next planned instance Wednesday 8pm EST.
       Other instances will be done spur of the moment as usual.
       We are trying out Mondays and Wednesdays as planned instance times, and by in-game discussion found that 8pm was best due to work schedules. This will not replace spur-of-the-moment runs, but add to them.
       First scheduled run since Turtle days:
          8pm EST may be too early. Most showed up around 9pm. For that hour, Nimrodel, Gildor, and Varda (as Timbridhil) knocked out a few Moria quests to clear quest room for instances and to level Nim's and Gildor's mains. Faramir's Celebrandt was already on pugging in Sammath Gaul, a successful run.
        When enough of us came online at around 9, we joined up for Forges, a Moria radiance instance in the Flaming Deeps. Fil Gashan is right next to it allowing a few of us to complete the exploration deed. The instance seemed bugged according to several members who had done the instance many times before, but we still picked up Moria medallions, a first for some of our characters and some folks leveled. The problem was that despite any varieties of aggro, the two trolls kept getting back together.
        Participants were Faramir (Timbenzedrine minstrel alt), Gildor (Gwennair 63 hunter main), Gorlim (Sprain 62 guardian alt), Indis (Mirminuial captain alt), Nimrodel (Ardisian 63 hunter main), Pippin (Avengelina 65 champion main, subbed in when Gildor had to go to bed), and Varda (Timbridhil 63 guardian alt). The company was great! Fun was had by all.
          One suggestion generally agreed on was that we all need to get our mics working.
          Dis brought in a new alt to the kin during the same time: Disvandl (vandl means staff).
          Eonwe was also on but his main was not quite up to the Forges yet. Give him just a little more time and he'll be in the thick of it.
       Next planned instance is on Wednesday at 8pm.

May 9, 2010

    Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) May 9, 2010
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, VardaValar1
Tolkien topic: mothers in Tolkien's works, their children, and their husbands.

May 6, 2010

    Happy Birthday Ar-Pharazon!

May 2, 2010

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Nob-(V)!
Nob, aka Elenrandir, joined as a Full Member in LotRO today, then in WoW transferred his level 80 Peralt from another server and joined our guild branch on Lothar. He's been gaming with us in LotRO for months, finding us through Indis. Varda tested 5/5. He's 24, from Texas, USA in CST. He has training in web design. His favorite character from LotR is Sam the awesome, brave and clever, who was able to resist the One Ring.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Bofur-(V)! Bofur, aka Eldwin and Dagr, joined as a Full Member in LotRO, then had a playful contest with Nob to see which of them could transfer their WoW character faster. He, too joined our WoW Lothar branch and the two gamed with Bilbo and Eonwe there. As Dagr in LotRO, he is the leader of the kin Goldtaggers Anonymous, with his friend, Nob-(V) above and a couple of other people rarely seen, and they will be keeping their kinhouse. He too has been gaming with us in LotRO for months with Elenrandir, finding us through Indis. Varda tested 5/5. He's 24. One of the characters he finds most interesting in the LotR is Sauron. "Conquering the whole world via jewelry? Genius."

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Bard-(V)! Bard, aka Anglaf, joined as a Full Member in LotRO where he's been gaming with Varda (5/5), and is fairly new to LotRO. He's played many MMO's before this but now plays exclusively LotRO. He's 19, from Ohio, USA in EST. Bard is going for his degree in Information Systems Management with a minor in Computer Science. He works in IT at college, where he's in R.O.T.C., and will be going into the military for eight years. Bard has read the Hobbit (favorite book), the Lord of the Rings, and the about the first one-hundred pags of the Silmarillion. His favorite LotR character is Aragorn for plot development and archetype, and is the one he can relate to the most for himself and for his struggle. Bard is also a softy for love stories.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) May 2, 2010
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gilraen-(V)/ Iryenth, Indis-(V)/ karakedi25, VardaValar1
Tolkien:
    Peter Jackson knighted.
    In-game trivia with prizes.
    Badguys in Tolkien: Redeemable or not?
       What the free people would do if they had the Ring.
       Eonwe's illustration: Different moralities for mankind shown in LotR and Wheel of Time.

April 28
    Peter Jackson knighted.
This article was brought to the guild's attention by Meriadoc-(V). As he points out, this brings the Lord of the Rings movies up to four real knigts: Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Ian Holm, Sir Christopher Lee, and Sir Peter Jackson. A quick Google search confirms the news with a very great many posts. :)  The title is Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
       Video interview after being knighted.

    The Hobbit. According to Peter Jackson, the two movies for The Hobbit are now scripted, but not expected to come out until 2013. The only three actors expected to be returning are Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen), Elrond (Hugo Weaving), and maybe Galadriel (Cate Blanchett).

April 26
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Third anniversary of LotRO celebration begins.
       Log in all your characters no matter how small to pick up the Writ of Virtue: 20% off on traiting with a Bard. This will be available until the end of the celebration, probably to June 30..

April 25, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
    Fladrif is unable to enter the chat room again, but now only his alwin0 name works at all now. Please make sure that name is on your friend list.
Membership:
    DeepGroover-(T)
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Forum role-play discussion
After-meeting:
    Above discussion continued a little longer.

April 22, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Patch notes for April 26.

April 21, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
    Happy Third Anniversary to Lord of the Rings Online!
    Update on the anniversary celebration by LotRO, moved slightly:
       Starting on April 26th and running throughout the celebration, a token of appreciation will be placed in your bag when you log in and join the party: The Writ of Virtue. Log into the game between April 26th and June 30th. The Writ grants a passive skill that gives you a 20 percent discount with Bards all across Middle-earth. In order to receive your Writ of Virtue, you must have a free bank slot at the time of your character log-in. If you have not received your gift and fully expected it to arrive, your inventory was most likely full when delivery was attempted. Please empty a space in your inventory, log out of the game and back in, and your Writ should be delivered.
       Sign up for any 3, 6, or 12 month subscription plan, and play LOTRO for only $9.99 per month!
       Monsters of all levels will drop tokens when you defeat them! You can exchange these tokens for Anniversary Gift Boxes brimming with level-appropriate party favors to aid in your adventures. Available for players of all levels
      

April 20, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       News from the LotRO site:
            "Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced today the acquisition of Turbine, Inc., the largest privately-held online gaming studio in North America, further strengthening Warner Bros.’ position as one of the industry’s fastest growing, full-scale games publishers." Press release link.

April 18, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the magnificent Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Fladrif was unable to enter the chat room.
Membership:
    New member: Malva-(V)
Gaming:
    LotrO:
        Ulmo-(Valar) offered help with LotRO raids. Help him plan by putting your interest and info on our forum under LotRO/Raids and Quests.
       Other folk who are willing to help run quests or raids are Indis-(V) and Malva-(V).
    WoW
    StarCraft beta
    Second Life
    Dragon Age
    Warhammer
Tolkien:
    "Children of Hurin"
    Christopher Tolkien: does he have an opinion on LotRO, the various movies? What would JRRT's feelings have been?
    How JRRT worked on setting up the world for the free people if they could defeat Sauron.
    Segued into: What could have gone into the sequel if JRRT had gone ahead and written "A New Shadow" as he started to.

April 16, 2010
    Links page:
        Tolkiendil: A French Tolkien site recommended by Indis-(V), listed in our links under Tolkien/"Tolkien Encyclopedias and Articles".
    Gaming / LotRO:
       April 21st is the third anniversary of LotRO. Monsters will be dropping level-appropriate barter tokens. A Writ of Virtue will be given to any player who logs in between April 21st and June 30th, giving a 20% discount at any Bard in Middle-earth. Three, six, or twelve-month subscription plans will be available for $9.99 per month.

April 12, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Malva-(V)!
She's been gaming with us for quite some time as her minstrel, Tulipan, and honored us by deciding to put her young Guardian, Necta, in our LotRO kin, taking the test from Varda and Eonwe.
    Malva has a degree in Botany and worked in the Biotech field. She's 63 and lives in southern California, USA, so her time zone is PST.
    The full name of her character is Malva "Headstrong" Brandybuck, chosen because "Headstrong" plus hobbit felt like a comfortable fit.
    She first read LotR in 1966 and has been re-reading it every two or three years since. She also read the Silmarillion once.In LotR, the friendship between Legolas and Gimli was a favorite part. Malva tends to like parts evoking sympathy for the worthy, such as the ents losing all of the entwives. Another was Frodo who volunteered to take the Ring to Mount Doom. Fighting the evil of it left him marred. He had lost his parents and came home to find his village taken by the wizard. He never got his peace back in Middle-earth.

April 11, 2020
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the fantastic Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
  Times some members will be away from the guild:
    Arien-(Valar) - May 2 Sunday
    Indis-(V) - 1st half of May intermittent
    Ar-Pharazon-(V) - May 17 - June 9. Another transcripter will be needed at that time.
Tolkien: Writing systems

April 4, 2010
Happy Easter!
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Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the fabulous Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (7)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1
Membership:
    New member: Tar-Palantir-(V)
    Daddy Twofoot-(V)
    Tulkas-(Valar)
Web:
    Search Everything engine repaired.
    Timeline will be continuing and will need your proof-reading and aid with link-out articles and pictures.
    Easter egg on the News page for today. Find and click it.
Gaming:
    WoW:
       April Fool's jokes
       Noblegarden
       New lore/story forum
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    There are moments in Tolkien that stand out. Some for beauty, some for amazement, some for horror:
        The Glittering Caves of Aglarond was found during the battle of Helm's Deep.
        Beren's payment. Quote.
        Galadriel's near-"transformation" when Frodo offers her the Ring.
        Fingon on eagle-back rescuing Maedhros. Quote.
    For next meeting, Indis requested that we discuss writing systems.
    RP discussion

April 2. 2010
    Tolkien Site:
       The Search Everything search engine is now much more usable. A sudden server change hadn't accepted his old coding, now modified. He also updated several links that it was searching. Give the new Search Everything a test-drive and let Varda or Arveleg-(V) know how it did for you. (The Search Everything is not to be confused with the Search Articles, programmed by Eonwe-(Valar) to work on just the articles for research purposes.)
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March 31, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Tar-Palantir-(V)!
Palantir joined us in LotRO this evening, tested by Varda and greeted in the wee hours of the morning by Morwe-(V) and Gwindor-(V). A character from LotR making a strong impression on him was Gandalf, since Palantir always likes the wizened old wizards who know what's going to happen, and still deal with fate and all that entails.

March 30, 2010
Letter from Tulkas-(Valar):
 
Hello Varda,  our vacation was cut short when we received news of the unexpected death of our son at home.  would you consider posting this link on our news page http://www.tompkinsfuneralhome.ca His name is cory mccarthy and he was 23 years old. my wife kelly and i are brokenhearted. I just came into the game to escape for a bit. 

Letter from Daddy Twofoot-(V):
hello,
Wanted to let you know, Daddy Twofoot is back for good. My wife and I are both officially lifetime subscribers now. I have been playing an alt named Creighton to help her level. Drop me a line if you see me on. Talk to you soon.

March 28, 2010
    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
       My Immortal by Alcardilme-(T). Faramir's lament for Boromir.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Nimrodel's birthday
    Menelvagor's birthday
Web:
    Poetry:
       "My Immortal" by Alcardilme-(T)
    A-Z Encyclopedia:
        Links added for the non-articles.
        A-Z links repaired.
    Games Page:
        New header.
        Gaming News links repaired for all of 2010 retroactively, will probably not be done for 2009.
    Links Page:
       New webcomics added suggested by Ar-Pharazon-(V).
Gaming:
    Diablo 2:
       1.13 patch up
    WoW:
       3.3.3 patch up
    LotRO:
       Spring Festival
       Welcome Back Weekend
    Dragon Age
    Mass Effect 1
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    Guild Wars
Tolkien:
    Tolkien trivia showdown: Whoever gets the answer first asks the next question.
   
March 25, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Welcome back weekend started today, a little early maybe, but we're not going to argue with the free stable runs and extra 5% experience.

March 23, 2010
    Happy Birthday to Nimrodel-(V)!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Spring Festival began today. New games!

    Gaming / WoW:
       Patch 3.3.3 went live.

March 22, 2010
    Happy 29th birthday, Menelvagor!

March 21, 2010
    Tolkien Site / Articles:
       Raft-elves
by Varda-(Valar).

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Joldahks, AriehnV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    New article: Raft-elves by Varda
Gaming:
    Misc:
       Second Life: Fladrif, Varda
       Diablo 2 patch coming
       Oblivion: Pippin, Ar-Pharazon
    WoW:
       Pre-Cataclysm event
    LotRO:
       Bullroarer Day
       Spring Festival
Tolkien:
    Ted Nasmith, the artist.
    Fell beasts and dragons.
    Forms of Sauron. Also, did he use the form of Annatar while in Numenor? How would the Numenoreans know he was a Maia?
    The evil magician Kuruki.
    Forum Role-play discussion:
       Side Tolkien bit: Is the Forest Path in Mirkwood enchanted?

March 19, 2010
    Hobbit movie
to start filming in July. Article recommended by Elatan-(T).

March 17, 2010
    Letter from OneRing.net:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theoneringnet/2010/03/21/theoneringnet-radio-show-episode-12 

TheOneRing.net Radio Show Welcomes Ted Nasmith this Sunday, March 21st at 2pm Eastern.

We’re pleased to have internationally acclaimed artist Ted Nasmith on the show this weekend! Tune into TheOneRing.net Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio at 2pm Eastern for your chance to chat with Ted and ask him questions about anything from his love of LOTR, to his long history on the Tolkien calendar and more! Be sure to check out our BlogTalkRadio page and set yourself a reminder for this Sunday at 2pm!
http://tinyurl.com/ybw7bfx

About Ted Nasmith

Ted Nasmith is best known as an illustrator of J. R. R. Tolkien's works — The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

In 1972, Nasmith mailed photographs of some of his paintings to J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkien responded by letter a few weeks later, both praising the work and making the comment that the rendition of Bilbo Baggins seemed a little too childlike. Still a teenager at the time, this early feedback from Tolkien encouraged Nasmith to strive for a more literal interpretation of Tolkien's works.

Nasmith is also considered a Tolkien scholar, well-read in ancient history, religion, and other areas. He is a prominent member of several Tolkien-related organizations (such as The Tolkien Society, the Mythopoeic Society, and Mensa's Beyond Bree).

Nasmith is a musician, guitarist and tenor. Much of his musical work is likewise inspired by Tolkien's writings. His first commercial album, The Hidden Door: Songs in the Key of Enchantment, was released in 2007. He has also worked on a musical project entitled Beren and Lúthien: A Song Cycle, with his friend Alex Lewis, and has a close friendship with the founders of The Tolkien Ensemble.
http://www.TedNasmith.com  

All the best,
Michael Regina
Editor in Chief - TheOneRing.net
xoanon@theonering.net

March 14, 2010
    Daylight Savings time starts Sunday.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
AIM seemed pretty well settled.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Grimbold-(T)/HearNoEvil80, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Grimbold-(V) is back. Lots of news.
Web
Gaming
    WoW: pre-patch
    LotRO: Pi(e)
    Other: SCBW, GuildWars, SC2, D3
Tolkien:
    Indis' topic: In honor of Pi(e) Day, I thought I might bring up the role of food (and perhaps drink) in Tolkien's Legendarium.
    Forum Role-play discussion.

March 7, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
AIM's team repaired a lot of what caused the problems during this last week, huzzah!
Meeting Transcript by the illustrious Ar-Pharazon, Arwen, Indis, Eomer, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Gilraen tried but was unable to enter the chat room.
Membership:
    A death in Arien's family.
    New members this week: Gwindor-(V) and Nellas-(V)
Web
Gaming:
   
A request was made for our gamers from all games to please communicate more using our Forum. Let us know what game you're in and under what name so others of us can join you, even without any formal branch.
Tolkien:
    Topic requested by Landroval-(V): Information from the books about the Great Eagles, especially as a help to role-playing.
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Feb. 28, 2010
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Gwindor-(V)!
Gwindor is a friend of Melkor's who scouted him, and was tested by Orome this morning. We were happy to see him this evening in LotRO and enjoyed meeting his Lore-master Baragrod and Champion Gwindor-(V). He used to be a member of the Valar Guild in Dark Age of Camelot enough years back that he has forgotten the previous name, but is enjoying Gwindor, whom he finds an interesting character in the Silmarillion.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild to Nellas-(V)! She responded to a call from Varda, and wanted a stable group that has screening of members. She and her family have all read LotR, although only she plays LotRO. She has also read the Hobbit and part of the Silmarillion, which seemed too much like a reference book for her to read straight through. Her level 65 hunter, Nimromiel, is now with us in the LotRO kinship branch. Sometimes she also plays the Diablo 2 Expansion. Nellas is a college student in Canada studying Biology, which can eat into her time as it should. She also shares one computer with her family, so that also can limit time. Her favorite LotR character is Aragorn. She would have liked the movie to have also included Elladan and Elrohir.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
    For the first time we could not hold a proper meeting in AIM. It has updates and a beta going on that might have caused the bugginess. Among those clawing their way into the room or a side window for at least a short time were Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif, Gilraen, Indis, Menelvagor, and Varda. We think others tried but couldn't get that far.
    The planned Tolkien topic was on the Great Eagles, suggested by Landroval-(V) who would like to hear more about them.

Feb. 27, 2010
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of DeepGroover-(T):
          "Aragorn" model put together, modified, and painted by DeepGroover.
    Membership:
      8.8 Earthquake and tsunami.

        An email has been sent to Dwalin-(T) of Brasil and we look forward to hearing that he is well.
        An email was attempted to Beren-(Valar) of Argentina but was undeliverable. We hope he is well. Beren, o Lord of Lag, a note on the Valar Guild forum would be appreciated to let us know you're ok.
        Friends in Hawaii seem to be ok except for a scare, as the tsunami didn't go as high there as predicted.

    Letter from Dwalin:
Hail Varda,
    Thanks for your concern. I´m very fine because I live very, very far from the earthquake area. Most preciselly the other side of the south american continent, on Atlantic coast. The earthquake strikes on Chile and I live in Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil (http://images.google.com.br/images?hl=pt-BR&source=hp&q=recife&oq=recife&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi)
             If you see at Google eath or google maps, you will see that we are completely safe here (for a while)...  Thank you very much for ask, Varda. It´s very kind of your part.
   I hope you be fine too and thanks for updatting the cave. That´s all fine to me. 
   May all Valinor put their eyes on your head and your heart.
Dwalin - Dwarf of the Far South Coast
   
Feb. 25, 2020
    Gaming / LotRO
       Announcement quote:
        The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, March 1 from 6:00AM – 10:00AM Eastern (-5 GMT)
        to launch the latest free content update, Volume III: Allies of The King, Book 1 Oath of the Rangers.
        (Click here) for the release notes.

Feb. 23, 2010 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       LotRO gaming will be down from about 4am to 4pm EST while the last information from the database shifts to the new servers.
       Melkor is on vacation far from computers, even LotRO gaming, until May.

Feb. 21, 2010
    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
       "Fall of the Similarill" by Peregrin-(V). The end of the elves.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Arwen, Gilraen, and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Gwahir-(Valar) over-the-shoulder
Web:
    Links - new
    Art - new from the Bohemian Weasel-(T), plus repairs.
    Humor - new from the Bohemian Weasel-(T), plus repairs.
    Poetry - new from Peregrin-(V)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Request for short quotes usable as messages of the day in our various gaming branches.
    Quotes (not necessarily short) and discussions firing off of them, including Ulmo's appearance and actions in Middle-earth, other Ainur affecting Middle-earth.

Feb. 20, 2010
    Links page:
        Link: this gentleman makes what anyone can see is a hobbit house.
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            New art: Aragorn, Arwen, Aragorn and Arwen at the coronation, Boromir, Celeborn (new Celeborn section made), Eowyn, Frodo, Galadriel, Haldir, Haldir and Legolas (movie), Frodo, Lorien flets, Lorien boat, A Weasel's LotR Guide to receiving unwanted Christmas presents politely.
    Tolkien Site / Humor:
       Frame linking repaired. Please email Varda when you find something not working.
       The Weasel's Christmas Guide from above is included here.

Feb. 19, 2010
    Happy birthday to Eowyn-(V)!

Feb. 15, 2010
    Website news:
        Varda's new computer is running. The website was loaded back into her computer from a flash drive backup, but some items were not current and were updated from the online website.
        Turgon's and Ulmo's art sites should now open much more easily, as thumbnail pictures were added today instead of using the temporary constrained images.
        Meeting transcripts for Feb. 14 were kindly sent by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Gilraen-(V), now put together and online.

Feb. 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!
Arwen and Aragorn in Rivendell, art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Arwen and Aragorn in Rivendell
Art by The Bohemian Weasel-(T)

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace

Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Gilraen, Eonwe, and Varda.
Attending: (10)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eomer-(V)/IWF519, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory, VardaValar1
    Fladrif-(V)/fladrifv tried to enter the room but AIM wouldn't let him in. He participated in a side window.
    Olwe-(V)/FallenGlory chatted in a side window, but was unable to join the meeting chat, so he participated in a side window. He's in college trying not to play any MMO's for now so that he can study, but would like to indulge his interest in Tolkien's Middle-earth, so he is interested in the Tolkien Site.
    Gwaihir-(Valar) is working during meetings.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Valentine's day game
    RP: Sindarin language discussion, story posting.

Feb. 7, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Rangers of the North.
After-meeting:
    Forum Role-play discussion and postings.
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Jan. 31, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
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
Membership:
    Arien's birthday
    Ar-Pharazon and a discussion of terms for tests in different countries.
    Menelvagor's progress on stopping smoking.
Web:
    Humor page:
        New link to Sauron's Blog.
Gaming:
    LotRO:
       Amongst much other running, skirmishing, and crafting, two main runs mentioned at the meeting were Sword Halls for the high levels and Dol Dinen for the low levels.
    WoW:
       Lothar server: Zul Gurub run after the meeting. (note: The instance was utterly owned by Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, and Varda. Varda's family arrived home just in time for the run.)
       Authenticator
    Miscellaneous:
        Gruntz, Guild Wars
Tolkien:
    Menelvagor's Tolkien moment: Gandalf discussing with Frodo of deserving death or life. Mercy, Pity, free will.
    Art links to ROLOZO Tolkien's full-sized pictures are down due to coding problems on their new server, outside our control. Emails have been sent.
    RP: posting.
Jan. 29, 2010
    Tolkien Site / Humor / Links:
        Sauron's Blog
            Found and recommended by Elatan-(Valar), also recommended by Indis-(V). Middle-earth history from Sauron's point of view! Some language may not be suitable for young children, as might be expected from the Dark Lord. Enjoy!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Traits and Deeds Guide
now on the official LotRO forum.
          Game Info in the official LotRO Forum, which include links to the official LotRO Lorebook presented differently:
              Traits --> Lorebook Traits
              Deeds --> Deeds
              Virtues --> Virtues
              Racial Traits --> Racial Traits
              Trait Sets --> Trait Sets
              Legendary Traits --> Legendary Traits
       LotRO Epic Story continues soon in Volume 3 "Allies of the King: Book 1: Oath of the Rangers".
           It will include one new skirmish, four expanded skirmishes.
           Also, the entire Volume I epic story will become soloable.

Jan. 24, 2010

    Tolkien Site illustration problem:
       The majority of pictures our Tolkien Encyclopedia uses for illustrations are not currently available due to a change in the server coding where the Rolozo Tolkien Site resides. Emails are now passing around and we hope the issue will be resolved. Fortunately we have our own art site, although not nearly as extensive. Anyone wishing to add their artwork to aid our Tolkien Encyclopedia or for particular stories or poems, please contact Varda.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (7)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Joldahks, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Art:
       "Dwarf" by Deep-groover-(T)
    Stories:
       "The Art of Diplomacy" by Jay of Lasgalen.
Gaming:
    Miscellaneous
    WoW:
       Argent Dawn server branch was dissolved by Arien-(Valar) for non-attendance. Arien's WoW account was trojaned earlier in the week, but the items and gold were recovered by the Devs.
       Lothar server branch: added Menelvagor-(Valar) from the Argent Dawn group.
       Uldaman server branch: becoming more active again.
    LotRO:
       Landroval server: very active.
Tolkien:
    RP (mixes into the Tolkien discussion).
    The Black Numenoreans (King's Men) and where they settled in Middle-earth. Nazgul. Sorcery. Swords. Legolas.
Jan. 21, 2010
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Free welcome back weekend: Jan. 21 - Jan. 25.

Jan. 18, 2010
    Tolken Site / Art:
           Cave of DeepGroover-(T):
                "Dwarf: Drunegar Runekeeper" model from Andreas; put together, modified and painted by DeepGroover-(T).
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
                "The Art of Diplomacy" by Jay of Lasgalen. "Elladan and Elrohir find their skills of diplomacy and tact stretched to the limit when Estel asks for advice." Aragorn is 13 years old.

Jan. 17, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (7)
    Ancalagon-(V)/Joldahks, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, TulkasValar61, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Daddy Twofoot will be missing from LotRO starting February and plans to return later with his wife as well.
    Pallando contacted Ar-Pharazon saying that he would miss the meeting.
    Eonwe-(Valar) will be working through the next few meetings.
Web:
    Stories pages: formatting
Gaming:
    Miscellaneous:
       StarCraft/Broodwar
       Gruntz
       Diablo 1
       Wii fitness with the balance board
       Second Life
       Chess
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Indis-(V)'s topic: Linguistics, especially Dwarvish.

Jan. 10, 2010
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, pallandovalar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    Some rp discussion.
Membership:
    Meriadoc-(V)
    Arien-(Valar)
Web:
    Membership Page:
        Varda's question for the membership (email answers welcome also): How would you feel about adding links to our Facebook pages onto the Membership page?
    Art:
        "Maedhroc" sketch by Maedhros-(V)
    Forum:
        Arien's question about finding new posts on the Forum and changing the order of the posts.
Gaming:
    Miscellaneous:
        Tales of Monkey Island
        Total Annihilation expansion called Core Contingency
        Second Life
    WoW:
       Servers: Argent Dawn (European Alliance), Lothar (Americas Alliance), Uldaman (Americas Horde).
    LotRO:
        Server Landroval
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moment from Eonwe-(Valar) with discussion: Faramir learns that Frodo has the One Ring.
    Forum Role-play discussion and posting.
After-meeting:
    A little continuation of the rp.
Jan. 9, 2010
    Happy Birthday, Meriadoc-(V)!

Jan. 7, 2010
    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
Cave of Maedhros-(V):
          Black and white sketch of Maedhroc, a hobbit warden character played by the artist in the Lord of the Rings Online game.

Jan. 3, 2010
It was a Happy Birthday that brought J.R.R. Tolkien to us, on this day in 1892!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
AIM room: Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript contributed to by Ar-Pharazon and Menelvagor who sent raw transcripts of different parts of the meeting, and by Varda who did the webwork.
Attending: (7)
   Ancalagon-(V)/Joldahks, ArPharazonV, AriehnV, Eonwe Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New Full Member: Faramir-(V)
    Menelvagor-(Valar) has gone 78 hours without smoking. Good luck!
    Aragorn-(V) is working on his Civil Engineering degree, but is still with us.
    Arth-(T) is still with usand asks to have his poetry actually on the Valar Guild site, not just linked, as a back-up.
Web:
    Games page: automatically updates for the viewer's personal New Year.
    Membership and News pages are set for 2010.
Gaming:
    Miscellaneous:
       BroodWar, Second Life, Tales of Monkey Island
    WoW: the activity this week was on Lothar server. Fangorn is now up to joining in on Heroics.
    LotRO: the major guild activity. :)
Tolkien:
    In honor of JRRT's birthday today, Eonwe's topic was: How do we see birthdays celebrated by the peoples of Arda?
    Forum Role-play discussion and posting.

January 1, 2010
Happy New Year!!

Fireworks over the Shire

   
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Faramir-(V)! Indis scouted Faramir in LotRO, and he tested with Varda. He's 43 from San Antonio, Texas, in the CST. He's read the H, LotR, and Sil. His current game is LotRO, and he joined our kin on Landroval server. He plans to play Star Trek Online later this month. His favorite character is Boromir as a heroic man, fatally flawed, who redeemed himself. And he has a big horn.

    Activity drops:

    Please let Varda know if you wish to continue your association with the Valar Guild 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 News page has been cleared for 2010 news, with 2009's archived as usual and reachable from the bottom of this new page.

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