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Dec. 27, 2015

Tolkien Site / Art:

    Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       "Éowyn decapitates the FellbeastWitch-king

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, PallandoValar, and VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Art (see above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Eowyn is one of the characters often mentioned by readers that I've met as a favorite character. What does she do in the books, and what makes her interesting?
After-meeting:
    Arien's gaming news
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Dec. 25, 2015
Merry Christmas!

For your enjoyment, a Bohemian Weasel-(T) re-run of proper responses to receiving unwanted Christmas presents.




Dec. 20, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Paths" Éomer - ‘The horses grow nervous in the shadow of the mountain. 'None who venture there ever return.'
          "The way is shut." Legolas - ‘The way is shut. It was made by those who were dead, and the dead keep it…’

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
  Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, LenweV/perseid28, PallandoValar, and VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting
    Membership
    Chat about Cirdan and the Grey Havens.
    Mounts in LotRO, including links.
Membership:
    Vacations
    Elladan-V
Web:
    New Artwork from:
       The Bohemian Weasel-(T)
       Marigold-(V)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:
       Paths of the Dead, that we were just seeing pictures of, was treated differently in the movies than the books. Can you think of any differences? I'm trying to think why they even made a number of the changes, can see why for a few.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Dec. 17, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 17.1.2 Hotfix:
From Frelorn:
We have fixed an issue that could cause The Defence of Minas Tirith instance to either not complete, complete early, not award credit, or not unlock Hammer of the Underworld.
Hammer of the Underworld – We have resolved an issue that was causing the instance to get stuck at 73.3%, with Grond at the gate.

       Yule Festival begins!

       Elatan-(T), long time member, posted a movie he made in honor of his European LotRO world server of Snowbourne's closing down. It's on our forum where you can make comments. Enjoy!


Dec. 14, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New artist and new art!
        Cave of Marigold-(V):
            "Frodo - The Moment of Truth"
            "Fire Drake" sneak peek of a work in progress

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Yule festival is coming December 18th.


Dec. 13, 2015

    Membership news:
       Last night Nimrodel-(V)'s mother passed away. Our condolences. This is extra hard so soon after the death of her father. Thank you to Galdor-ex for letting us know.
 
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
         
"Grond" - the battering ram of Mordor, named after Morgoth's mace.
          "Let him go, you filth!" Sam using the phial of Galadriel.
          "Warning" Pippin to Gandalf: "Gandalf! Denethor has lost his mind! He’s burning Faramir alive!’

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
  Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, LenweV/perseid28, PallandoValar, and VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting
    Lively chat
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon
    Elladan
    Nimrodel
Web:
    Art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) See above.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topics: 
       Topic 1: What was that battering ram named in honor of by those of Mordor?
       Topic 2:  Pippin had a surprising lot of use, even beyond the ent march, which was huge. In Gondor, how did he change things? At the Black Gate?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Dec. 7, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update patch 17.1 official notes. The patch is now live.


Dec. 6, 2015

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Unofficial Bullroarer patch notes for tomorrow's update.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Aiya Eärendil" Frodo using the phial of Galadriel in Shelob's lair, saying "Aiya Eärendil Elenion Ancalima!" "Hail Eärendil brightest of stars!". This is found under Frodo.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
  Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, PallandoValar, and VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Art (see above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  In Shelob's lair, Frodo brings out the phial of Galadriel and calls out in Quenya, ‘Aiya Eärendil Elenion Ancalima!’
  At this point, he brings on a battle between very high level forces, all with one item in the hand of a hobbit. What's going on? To him, it's not much more than a really good torch to worry back a huge spider.
  Is there anything more than that on either side?
After-meeting:
    Arien: a friend's artwork showing their WoW characters.
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.
    Arien: gaming news.


Dec. 4, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       News from the Devs:
          Scheduled Server Downtime: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) Monday, December 7th. Patch notes will be available during the downtime.


Dec. 2, 2015
       Gaming / LotRO:

          News from the Devs:

            On Monday December 7th we will open transfers off of Vilya.
            At this time we will also be closing free transfers off of Brandywine and Evernight and switching to Arkenstone and Gwaihir.
            Tuesday Dec 8th we will be opening transfers off of Meneldor completing the US closing worlds.
            We are holding off on opening Snowbourn for a week or two as we add hardware capacity to our larger EU worlds to handle the load. It is possible this world may not be opened for transfers until we are in the new data center.
            Work is coming to a close on this project and we hope to have a launch date for you soon once we have worked though the final testing of the environment.

            Thank you for your continued patience!
            Athena "Vyvyanne" Peters
            LotRO forum link


Dec. 1, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Silverlode server is available for transfers to other worlds.


Nov. 30, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Withywindle server is now open for transfers to other worlds.


Nov. 29, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
    "A mortal life" Aragorn sees Arwen in the palantir, an attempt by Sauron to demoralize him.
    "Aragorn surveys the battlefieldAragorn surveys the battlefield at the Pelennor Fields.
    "Mumak" Oliphaunt aka mumak in the the Battle of Pelennor Fields in Gondor.
    ‘Éowyn!Éomer finds his sister, Éowyn, by the fallen body of his uncle Théoden.
    "Sam carries Frodo" Sam
    "Glad to be with you" Sam and Frodo
    "At the end of all things" Sam and Frodo

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AnarionV/Anarion House of Elendil, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, and VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Thanksgiving
    RenFaire
Web:
    Art
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  In the books, a character or even a people may have to reach the absolute end of the rope before receiving help. Where do we see this?
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues.
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon including flashgaming reviews.


Nov. 28, 2015
    Texas RenFaire: Second Valarite meet-up for the Celtic Christmas, smaller with early rain and chill but fun was had anyway: Fangorn, Meriadoc, Sauron, and Varda.


Nov. 24, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving!
Eruhantalë!

Gaming / LotRO:
    Dwarrowdelf server is open for transfers to other worlds.


Nov. 23, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Vanyar is open for transfers to remaining worlds.


Nov. 22, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
    "The Ring is taken to Rivendell" reworked version. Rivendell, Frodo
    "The Ring is taken to Rivendell" framed version. Rivendell, Frodo
    "Shire Bridge" framed version. The Shire, Frodo, Sam
    "Treebeard sketch". Fangorn
    "You bow to no-one". at Aragorn's coronation. Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Arwen, Gondor.
          Interview with the Bohemian Weasel by the LotR Club.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AnarionV/Anarion House of Elendil, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, PallandoValar, and VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Lenwe's "few words"
Web:
    Art (see above for Tolkien Site)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  The first of the LotR books is called "The Fellowship of the Ring". What is meant by a fellowship, especially as referred to here?
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon including flashgaming reviews.
    Samwise's being a batman, discussed in a couple of spots.


Nov. 21, 2015
    Texas RenFaire:
All went as planned for the Valarite meet-up, except the detail that the Honey Lodge is defunct and the spot is now the Hive Mead so that it was interesting to locate our meeting place.  Much fun was had. :)


Nov. 20, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       The Landroval server was restarted today.


Nov. 19, 2015
    Texas RenFair plans:
Saturday November 21, some Valarites (including our tabletop Pathfinder group) plan to meet up for the Highland Fling. Dis-(V) and her husband, guild-friend Alrid, Gimli, Sauron, and Varda are in the group. After the inevitable scattering about, we hope to all meet up at the Honey Lodge aka Meading Place around 12:30pm. If any of the rest of you plan to be at RenFaire then, you'll know where to find us! Feel free to send Varda an email.


Nov. 18, 2015
    Varda's back and playing catch-up. I was traveling with Fangorn and Sauron to visit Eowyn, Faramir, and our grandbaby. This was Sauron's first time to get to meet his only nephew.
    As we started back, we learned that Fangorn's 94-year old father had broken his hip, so we went over there for a few days. Yes, the traveling was across several states for all this.
     Enjoy the Sunday meeting minutes for November 15.

    Alasse's Memorial: pictures from Suzia: http://is.gd/InfNsi 

    Think kind thoughts for Nimrodel-(V). She's back from Ohio, having gone there because her dad became ill and died in October. Nimrodel was at the memorial service for him on November 7.


Nov. 17, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Imladris server is open for transfers.


Nov. 16, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Maiar server is open for transfers.


Nov. 15, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AnarionV/Anarion House of Elendil, Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3
Membership:
    Varda is traveling
Web:
    Poetry by Marigold-(V)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Hobbit Poems in LotR either written by Hobbits or referring to them
After-meeting:
    Continues the Tolkien topic and includes several poems.
    Tolkien-related YouTubes and images.
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon including flashgaming reviews.


Nov. 11, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       "Brandywine is now available as a transfer destination for the closing worlds that have been opened for transfer.
        Maiar will open for transfers on Monday November 16th.
        Imladris will open for transfers on Tuesday November 17th."
       World Transfer Status Update link.


Nov. 8, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
       "Frodo Baggins" by Marigold-(V)

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "A vision of Barad-dûr" in Mordor, by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
       "Is there any hope?Pippin asks Gandalf while looking towards Mordor.

    Valar Guild Forum:
       Log-in problems, slow loading. The Pro-Board people (who give us a free board, so they deserve many thanks and much patience) said this today (over 2,000 were looking at it at the same time as I was):

"We're aware of issues with logging into forums on several forums. We're currently working to fix the issue causing this and will let you know within this thread as soon as it's resolved.
Apologies for the inconvenience in the meantime."

"We're also aware that forums are intermittently becoming slow or inaccessible and are working to resolve that issue alongside the aforementioned login issues."

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AnarionV/Anarion House of Elendil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien's pictures of Comiccon in Belfast
    Memorial for Indis-(V) done.
    One new member this week: Marigold-(V).
Web:
    Poem
    Art
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Grey characters.
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon including flashgaming reviews.


Nov. 7, 2015
    Memorial for Alasse-(V).
This was held in LoTRO today. All times in Eastern (/servertime).
       11:45 am Duillond (near Celondim). Slow ride from Duillond to Celondim's elven docks. Dark clothes, dark horse or dark caparison, cat pet were used by many.
       12:00 am Celondim. We went to the statue area up the hill south from Celondim stable, taking the fork to the left (not to the crafting area). Main event. Music by The Remediators, memories, trivia questions.
       Afterwards. Slow ride from Bree West Gate to the Cat-lady's house/apartment on the Scholar's Stairs. Music and memories, hoisted a /drink. Mostly outside the house due to numbers, band.
       Many came out, thank you! Some of the kins represented were Remnant, Courserrim, and the Valar Guild. Among our group were Bofur, Bregalad, Dis, Falco, Findis, Gorlim, Mirabella, Nar, Nob, and Varda. If you were left out of the list, please let Varda know.


Nov. 6, 2015
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Marigold-(V)!
She's 26, from Minnesota, USA, in the Central Time Zone. She recently movied into a new home and is having some internet connection problems that may continue for the next month, but she expects to be around once a week for the next month or two. until settled  She's read the H, LotR, and Sil. She has BoLT 1&2 mainly for reference. She's a writer by trade and artist on the side, and has sent us a poem that she made a few years ago. Her stand-out character was difficult to choose but she went with Eowyn. "


Nov. 1, 2015
    The USA joins Europe in the change from Daylight Savings Time.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Haldir-(V)! He joined us today in LotRO, scouted by Anarion, tested by Varda. His outstanding character was Boromir: "Boromir. All he wanted was to save his city. Even though
that drive was his downfall, the need to save that which is most important to you is something I can very much admire. He recognized the ring as a gift. He thought that moving it to the last great stonghold of men would be the best course of action. Confront Sauron straight on, rather than skulk about in the shadows."

    Indis-(V):

Kin mail sent in LotRO for the Valar Guild, please pardon typo:

Aiya
Indis died of cancer Oct 24, 2015. After beating it once, it came back.
She was in more than one kin, so we joining for the memorial
Nov 7
11:45 am /servertime EST start from Duillond stable on a slow ride, wearing dark clothes on dark horses or dark caparisons
Ride to Celondim statues 29.4 S - 92.7 W Up the Hill south of the docks
Music and memory speeches.
Go to Celondim docks, see the orange cat unofficially named Alasse. Stable or port to go to W. Gate of Bree.
Slow ride to the cat-lady's house. Play Amazing Grace, hoist a drink.

Email from the kin, Remnant, where Indis was an officer named Alasse;

Music by The Remediators

11:45 - Slow walk to Celondim from Duillond bring your in-game cat, dark
clothing
12:00 - Start Memorial- 29.4 S - 92.7 W Up the Hill south of the docks.
        • Starting song - Last Good Bye
        • words from kin leaders and Longstride
        • Rhovanael song with info IC about Alasse's character
        • Band music 10-12 mins
        • anyone else wanting to speak
        • Longstride - Trivia 5 questions
        • Final song: Into the West
After go to the cat lady house in Bree and have a drink- Amazing Grace
song (doesn't have to be the band)

Suzia

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
          Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AnarionV/Anarion House of Elendil, ArPharazonV, Falco-V/CM Anderso or cmanderso, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien
    Memorial for Indis-(V) planned.
    One new member this week: Haldir-(V). He finished his test during the After-meeting.
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Some say a major theme of the Lord of the Rings is death, as in how it's faced, and what happens to various beings afterwards.
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon including flashgaming reviews.


Oct. 31, 2015 Halloween

    Indis-(V) has passed into the West, day before yesterday.
She was 73 years old. Nob-V told us the news in LotRO today.
    Here is the post from another of her kin's: Remnant: link.
    Her Facebook page.
    Obituary.


Oct. 27, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 17 The Siege of Minas Tirith is up now. Three new areas: Pelennor Fields, Anor, the White City. Two new Epic Battles (Big Battles): Defense of Minas Tirith, Hammer of the Underworld. Over 70 new level 100 quests.


Oct. 25, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Arwen at Aragorn's Tomb"

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
    European Daylight Savings time changes today, caution!
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AnarionV/Anarion House of Elendil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Falco-V/cmanderso, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Three new members this week (see Oct 24)
Web:
    New art (above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Neo-Sindarin YouTube that can help pronunciations.
    Map with annotations by JRRT discovered and being sold.
    Entry question suggestions.
    Discussion topic:  What are some of the ancient evils in the deep places of the earth?
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Arien for SWTOR, and from Ar-Pharazon including flashgaming reviews.



Oct. 24, 2015

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Findis-(V)!
She joined us in LotRO (currently her only game) as Belathriel, a musician kindly helping out with today's multi-kin recruiting fair. She's from Florida, USA, so her time zone is EST. She read the H and LotR. Her stand-out character is Legolas for his quick decisions to cover his friends backs in times of threats and danger, his loyalty as shown to Gimli and Aragorn.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Lenwe-(V)! Lenwe joined the guild in the LotRO branch as Doctior. His stand-out character was Tom. In his own words live:
    Tom Bombadil was one of the strongest characters for me, and I think it was due to 3 primary facts. 1) even the ring had no power over him (and he did not even care about it); even Gandalf was afraid of temptation by the ring. 2) He knew a deep magic, and could sing songs that spoke to the ancient trees and could topple wights. 3) Despite his power, or perhaps because of it, Bombadil did not worry, and was an overwhelming lighthearted character. It is this last trait that I think is also most admirable in him.'

    Welcome back to the Valar Guild, Amlaith-(V)!  Amlaith played with us as a Full Member back in the early days along with his sister, but we lost touch after they moved to a new home. This is his third rejoin but now in a stable game for us Tolkien fans. We met at the kin recruiting fair held today by Isoldwyn of the Heedless Tosspots. Amlaith came to provide entertainment on his hobbit, Flunko, which he did admirably, helping bring attention to the kin fair. While chatting, we discovered that he had been in our kin back in Diablo days. Although his characters were mostly in other kins, he dissolved his own Pelargir-themed kin (mostly inactive) for two characters to let them join us: Amlaithion (yes, named after his old character) and Wellin. He has a rare gift for telling tales and answered his test questions (he requested to take the test for fun for this third time) while channeling the Old Gaffer. The first question for an outstanding character came while chatting before he started that:
    I think Eomer & Faramir hurt my heart most, for the same why: both long for a father (figure)'s love, and the defense of what they stand for...But are denied it, tragically--yet they never stop.'


Oct. 23, 2015
    Tolkien:
       Middle-earth ap found that was annotated by JRRT: Link.


Oct. 22, 2015
Hmm, ok, that didn't work, showing at first nothing but blank space, then later a black box.. Aha! The link started working Oct. 25.
This is from an experiment to see if the Razer widget would work.
Razer is a form of raid/instance messaging for gamers still in beta, being tried out by a group of LotRO kins that we run with. We had hoped that by using it, we wouldn't have to jump between so many programs for every run. While in beta, it is free of charge.

Our own Ventrilo (thank you, Irmo!) is a mature program taking less space and far less invasive, with the ability to raise or lower another person's voice level, and will continue to be used for our own gaming between all games. Irmo has been paying for the Ventrilo server, but anyone coming onto it can come in free.
 For members needing the Ventrilo info, email Varda, Miriel, or Irmo (see Membership page for contact info). For branch leaders that would like their branch to have a special section or modification, same thing.

[Erased the Razer widget that was preventing any copy/paste on this entire page.]


Oct. 20, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       World transfers off of Windfola are available.
       Status update link on the LotRO forum.
       After Morthond and Windfola, "we will be pausing in opening any more closing servers for transfer until we are on the new hardware which will be able to handle the increased populations. We are already seeing great increases in load on the remaining servers and do not wish to put further strain on them and the players on them. This should only be a matter of a few weeks at this point though, so we appreciate your patience."


Oct. 19, 2015

    Tolkien / Languages:
       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbwTkdD4Id4
       Link from Anarion-V for Neo-Sindarin.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       World transfers off of Morthond available.


Oct. 18, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
         
"Gondor's finest" Boromir, as remembered by Denethor
          New page for Denethor, including new art:
             "Denethor grieves for Boromir"
             "Denethor's wish"

  Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AnarionV/Anarion House of Elendil, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Three new members this week: Anarion, Bregalad, and Cirdan
Web:
    New art including a new page. (see above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  In the LotR times, life was rough and scary. But some folk continued looking forward to a future and tried to build that future. Can we think of any of those examples?
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon, including flashgaming reviews.


Oct. 17, 2015

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Anarion-(V)!
  He's from Alberta, Canada, so he's MST. Formerly of Brandywine server, he's working on becoming a good tanking champion with the next goal to tank The Ruined City at tier 2. He's read the H, LotR, and Sil. His stand-out character from the LotR was Gimli for the back and forth with Legolas with the famous 43 moment and when they visited the caves and woods together. Anarion also found Tom Bombadil a stand-out because of his other-worldliness and the song he gave Frodo to sing.

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Bregalad-(V)!
  He was looking for a mature group, he likes crafting, and is tired of end-game grind. He's read the LotR and Sil. His first choice for a name was Gil-galad, but since it was taken, he chose the ent, Bregalad aka Quickbeam. He endured the movies, enjoying the scenery. His stand-out character was Meriadoc: "faithful, adventurous when needed, clever to organize the conspiracy ... rider of rohan!'"

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Cirdan-(V)!
  He's been doing pvmp, and has been seen by Gorlim there for a few days prior to joining. He's read LotR and at least part of the Sil. His stand-out LotR character is Gandalf for having secret knowledge. He's a frail, old man but is also the most powerful member of the Fellowship. His resurrection including the relationship with Galadriel hinted at that greater power across the sea.


Oct. 16, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       The LOTRO Game Servers were brought down on Friday, October 16th from 8:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT) for a hotfix.


Oct. 15, 2015
    Gaming LotRO:
       Server transfers off of Morthond begin Oct. 19th,
       Server transfers off of Windfola begin Oct. 20th.


Oct. 13, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Server transfers begin for Nimrodel (US). Link.


Oct. 12, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Server transfers begin for Anduin (Eu)


Oct. 11, 2015
    Last day of the chat room marathon:
       Hurray for today's marathoners: ArPharazonV, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar

 Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
   
    Can't make it to a meeting? Feel free to email Varda with news from gaming or a Tolkien Moment or a chat suggestion that you would like to see brought up.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Gwaihir Valar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    Tail end of the chat marathon.
Membership
Web
Gaming:
    LotRO:
        From Gorlim-(V) came the suggestion that we players should be doing some special saving, as he learned from the Bullroarer test server:
           U17 Beta 2: Anfalas Scrolls of Empowerment and Star-lit Crystals have been added to the Merit Commitee barter NPCs for 75 and 150 Star
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moments concerning interactions of the Valar with the beings of Middle-earth. Discussed: sub-creation, Time, Rings, Bombadil.
After-meeting:
    We just couldn't leave.


Oct. 10, 2015
    Chat marathonering:
       Hello to  AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Farmer Maggot/thesirg3, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar


Oct. 9, 2015 Friday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       From the launcher:
           The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Tuesday, October 13th from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) to launch the new in-game store. You can read more about the new store by clicking here.

    Chat marathon continues! *puff*
       AriehnV, ArPharazonV, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar


Oct. 8, 2015
    Chat gang spotted today:

       AriehnV, ArPharazonV, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar


Oct. 7, 2015
    The chat marathonites march on:

       AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Farmer Maggot/thesirg3, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar


Oct. 6, 2015
    The chat room marathon continues!
      
AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Farmer Maggot/thesirg3, Gilraen-(V)/Iyrenth, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar

    Gaming / LotRO:
       World transfers begin for Firefoot.


Oct. 5, 2015
    The chat marathon holding the chat room open for the anniversary continues with the efforts of these that have been spotted:
          AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar
    The Anniversary page is online.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       World transfers begin for Eldar.


Oct. 4, 2015

18th Anniversary of the Valar Guild

We've been online since October 4, 1997. :)

    Wherever you're gaming today, please set off anniversary fireworks even if it appears to be for no reason!
    Thank you to Ar-Pharazon for setting off fireworks in the middle of a raid. :)

    The AIM chat marathon has started today and continues through next week's Sunday meeting.
       Partial list of names spotted so far:
          AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, Varda Valar

    18th Anniversary of the Valar Guild page by Varda is now up. Please email content for it to Varda. (Current emails are on the Membership and Contact pages.)

    State of Valar Gaming
report by Eonwe-(Valar) from your responses to the Games Site Mass Update for 2015. Please check for mistakes and email corrections to Eonwe.

    Tolkien Site / Art:

Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
    "The Burden GrowsFrodo: "I'm sorry, Sam. I don't know why I said that."
    "A Gardener's ConcernSam: "It's the Ring."
    "Aragorn EntombedAragorn: ‘..an image of the splendour of the kings of men, in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.’
    "A Vision of Barad-dûr"  in Mordor
    "Gollum Takes the Ring"  Smeagol on his way to becoming Gollum after killing Deagol for the One Ring. ‘…My Prrrreciousss…!’
    "Minas Tirith, City of Kings" in Gondor
    "The White Tree" withered in the courtyard of Minas Tirith of Gondor.

    Thank yous for responding to the Games Site Mass Update go to:
        Ugluk, Sauron, Nerdanel, Pharazon, Miriel (responding also for Irmo), Gelmir, Fladrif, Celebrian (responding also for Elrond), Bofur, Arien, Pallando, Fangorn, Varda, Mirabella (responding also for Nar), Scatha, Gil-Galad (via forward from Varda)

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, PallandoValar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    18th Anniversary of the Valar Guild today!
    Personal nifty news from Arien during the After-meeting.
Web:
    Artwork from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Quality is a comment made fairly often in the LotR, even if not the exact word. Quality in people. What might be some spots that point that out?
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Arien and Ar-Pharazon, including the ever-popular flashgaming reviews.
    WoW Pony cross-over art.
    LotRO Anniversary Event report right after it completed.
    The chat marathon continues into next Sunday's meeting, although not put in a transcript.
 

Sept. 30, 2015 Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update today.
       Transfers :
        Transfers off of Gilrain (Eu)server begin Sept. 28
        Transfers off of Riddermark (Americas) begin Sept 29
        Transfers off of Eldar (Eu) server begin Oct. 5
        Transfers off of Firefoot (Americas) server begin Oct. 6.
       New crafting recipes are being worked on for Update 17. - +Vyvyanne's post Aug. 13


Sept. 29, 2015 Tuesday

    Gaming / LotRO:
      
World transfers from Riddermark have begun.
       News fresh from the game launcher:
            The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, September 30th from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game.


Sept. 28, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       World transfers from Gilrain begin.


Sept. 27, 2015

    Games Site Mass Update:

        From Eonwe-(Valar):
        We're 3 days from wrapping up the GSMU, so this is last call for anyone who has not responded, and I ask those who have to check their gaming info now. As of September 27th, 2015, everyone who has responded so far should have their gaming info on the Games Site (assuming they gave gaming info). If for some reason they do not see it, or something about it is incorrect, please e-mail me and let me know.
       (Email and other contact info is on the Contact page and Membership page.)

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          New page with new art: Easterlings:
              "Easterling" Portrait of an Easterling. Easterlings march into Mordor. The Black Gate is shut.
          New page with new art: Elf-lord:
             "Elf-lord"  This was not intended to be put in with the Tolkien elves and the artist requested that he be removed, so away he goes.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, PallandoValar, Varda Valar
Web:
    Art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Gandalf comments that sending even a great elf-lord along on the Fellowship wouldn't help. Why did they say that and why did they take an elf-prince?
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from  Arien and Ar-Pharazon, including flashgaming reviews.
    Amusing gaming art link.
    Super-moon lunar eclipse info including comments by Ar-Pharazon who was watching it live.


Sept. 22, 2015
    Huzzah!
  Today is the book birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo! Enjoy food, drink, and fireworks!


Sept. 20, 2015
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Falco-(V)!
Falco joined us in LotRO. He came over from our long-time friend kin, the Keepers of Ayrshire, members of which mostly moved to other games, scouted for us by Dis-(V). Falco made a perfect 5/5 entry test with Varda.  He currently works in IT that takes most of his time, is retired from the military, and has a wife and son.   He and his wife are 1870's Re-enactors and spend free time on the weekends doing that at their local museum.  He read LotR about twenty years ago and since then listened to it on audio books; he and his wife have watched the LotR movies quite a few times. His stand-out book character was Pippin, who has "hidden bravery yet playful".

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Varda Valar
Membership:
    Bert-(V), new member (see last weekend)!
    Falco-(V), new member today (see above)!
Gaming:
   
More info on the Games Site from members' emails. Thank you!
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Is Tom's singing and dancing an indicator of being a bit crazy? (suggestion from Falco-V)
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon, including the ever-popular flashgaming reviews.


Sept. 13, 2015

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Bert-(V)!
Bert joined us in LotRO.  He is coming over from the Nimrodel server when the transfers start. He made a temporary character, Mugwump, to contact us and will probably delete that character before his main Mugwump transfers to the Landroval server. He made a character that is staying with us: Aethyldreda. He made a perfect 5/5 entry test with Varda.  For stand-out characters in the LotR, he picked Samwise "possibly because he was pretty much a witness to everything."

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Aragorn, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Pallando Valar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:

    Responding to Eonwe-(Valar)'s GSMU (Games Site Mass Update) is enough for the yearly contact requirement to keep your Full Member name. A cc to Varda is helpful for this as she handles Community/Membership.
    Didn't get the email? Here's the letter. Please send an email to Eonwe at NOSPAMdeneltir (AT) hotmail (dot) com
Bert-(V) joined during After-meeting in LotRO.
Attending: (5)
    Aragorn, AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Pallando Valar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Web:
    Art:
       From the Bohemian Weasel-(T), posted here today:
          "Annatar and Celebrimbor at the forge" Sauron in his fair form as Annatar, giver of gifts, teaching Celebrimbor to make Rings of Power that just happen to have that added back door for the One Ring.
          New page made for Celebrimbor including the above art.
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moments by Varda and Arien.



Sept. 10, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Latest news on World transfers from +Vyvyanne, Executive Producer. Sept. 14th is the planned date to begin transfers from Elendilmir of the US, and Estel of the EU. The transfer button should show up on the launcher at that time. Transfer to our kin on Landroval server. :)


Sept. 6, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Pallando Valar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Web:
    Art:
       The Bohemian Weasel-(T) aka Soni Alcorn-Hender's art will be in the "Evil in the Shining Light" Tolkien art exhibition at the "Opening Up the Book" festival in Sheffield September 2 - 26. Here's her name in the list of participating artists.
       Art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
    Arwen on Arwen's page
    Melkor new page:
       "The Face of Melkor" aka Morgoth
       "The Seduction of Sauron" Melkor and Sauron's pages
       "Melkor and Sauron" Melkor and Sauron's pages
    Games Site:
       GSMU mails are planned to go out this week
. Acronym is for the "Games Site Mass Update". Please reply to Eonwe's mail or send him one if you don't receive the mail; cc to Varda is helpful but not
         required.
Gaming News
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Villains and potential pictures of them.
After-meeting:
    More villainy
    More gaming news from Arien, Ar-Pharazon, and Varda
    Art put online during this time, links are above under Web/Art.


Aug. 30, 2015
  Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Varda Valar (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            Haldir:
               "Allegiance"  ‘Men and Elves once fought and died together’
               "No mercy"  'Show them no mercy, for you shall receive none.'
    Tolkien Site / Book List and Reviews for Tolkien Subjects:
       The Search Everything by Arveleg-(V), who handles the Book Review page, is now working from this part of the Tolkien Site (top right), covering large sections of our Tolkien Site rather than just the articles.              Arveleg's email has changed, updated on the Book Review site. Please feel free to email to Arveleg with your review of a Tolkien book, adding a cc to Varda so we may mention it on this News page.
        The Search for Articles by Eonwe-(Valar) is unchanged, doing fine, and is completely unrelated.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  What did the normal people of various races see during the War of the Ring?


Aug. 26, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Patch notes. corrected In general: Auction House bug repaired. Transfers open between worlds that are not shutting down, partly to test. Bingo Boffin's staff and satchel now respawn more quickly.


Aug. 25, 2015 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Game servers will be brought down Wednesday, Aug 26th from 8 am - 11:00 am Eastern (-4GMT) for an update. Patch notes should be available during the downtime.


Aug. 24, 2015 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Thanks to Gorlim for this workaround:
          There's a bad AH exploit, where the word "current" has the "t" covering the thousands spot in the price, so it appears to be 100 when it's really 1100 for instance. Using a different skin can fix the problem, such as Extended and Enhanced Panels.  Gorlim tried it and says "that also expands the dialogs so you can see more than 5 entries and fixes the dressing room to a much larger and better window. About the only annoying thing i found is that the map is smaller but that can be adjusted and it tells you how."
            The player, Yopockets, Ulricson, Vilify and others are known to be doing the exploit, so we recommend not buying from them. Some fake accounts are doing these exploits, so far all are transfers.


Aug. 23, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
    Arwen:
       "Take her to the Grey Havens" (movie)
       "Arwen's Choice" (movie)
       "Foresight" (movie). Arwen suspects Elrond of not telling her the whole vision.
       "A long-awaited reunion".  Arwen and Aragorn.
    Éowyn:
       "The men have found their Captain" ‘The men have found their Captain… ..they will follow you into battle, even to death.’
       "Courage, Merry" "Courage, Merry. Courage for our friends."
    Galadriel:
        "Namárië" This artwork was not yet uploaded by error from July, now up.
    Faramir:
       "My son!"  Denethor laments the loss of his first son, and the failings of the second. Boromir and Faramir
       "In his stead" ‘Since you are robbed of Boromir, I will do what I can in his stead.’
       "Already burning" ‘The house of his spirit crumbles.. He is burning. Already burning!’
       "Under shadow" ‘You and I have both passed under the wings of the Shadow..’ Faramir and Éowyn at the Houses of Healing.
    Gandalf:
        "‘As poison is drawn from a wound.’"
    Théoden: new page. The new art placed here is:
       "The sickness of Théoden"  "You have no power here, Gandalf the Grey!"
       "‘Your fingers would remember their old strength better if they grasped your sword..’"
       "‘Hail the victorious dead!’"
       "The mustering of Rohan"  ‘Summon every able-bodied man to Dunharrow’

  Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien  (more in Before-meeting). Welcome back from four weeks in the hospital!
Web:
    Tolkien Site: New art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic:  Romances in Middle-earth
After-meeting:
    LotR Project link
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon


Gaming / LotRO:
    Some transfers worked, done at the launcher, but so many problems occurred that the coding is being revisited. Transfers will begin again later.


Aug. 20, 2015 Thursday
    Letter from LotRO:
 
Good Adventurer,

New comrades (and fearsome foes) are coming to this world!

The new transfer process is now available via the game launcher. A number of other worlds will be closing and their inhabitants will be moving to the worlds that will remain, including this one. At the same time, the servers that power our worlds are moving and being upgraded. As a result, the remaining worlds will be able to host more players with improved performance.

We hope that you will extend a warm welcome to the newcomers and help them feel at home here. Some small gifts have been placed in your inventory in thanks for your patience during this transition.

While no action is required of you during the server consolidation, all transfers are free during the event. If you wish to transfer your account:
1. Detach any items from your in-game mail that you wish to keep
2. Choose a remaining world or worlds for your move (see the list below)
3. Open the game launcher and click the drop-down arrow at the top right of the window
4. Follow the instructions in the transfer wizard.

For more updates and information, please visit the Lord of the Rings Online website and follow us on social media.

Here is the list of worlds that will remain after the server consolidation is complete.

US:
Brandywine
Gladden
Landroval
Crickhollow
Arkenstone

EU:
Laurelin
Gwaihir
Sirannon
Evernight
Belegaer


Aug. 19, 2015 Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       World transfers are now beginning. Our Landroval server is not one of those closing, but a popular destination world. Post by +Vyvyanne.


Aug. 18, 2015  Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Server downtime Wednesday Aug 19 from 8 am to 11 am Eastern (-4 GMT) for a game update.


Aug. 16, 2015 Sunday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Hall of Meduseld" Éowyn at Meduseld in Rohan.
          "The White Lady of Rohan" "Like a morning of pale Spring still clinging to Winter's chill" Éowyn
          "I told you to take the wizard's staff!" GrimaWormtongue
          "Your friend took a little tumble..." Orc brags to Legolas
          "These are no soldiers.Aragorn hears Legolas' warning at Helm's Deep and takes offense.
          "‘There is nothing for you here, only death.’" Arwen hears Elrond's warning about marrying Aragorn.
          "Arwen's farewellArwen
          "Rivendell" "Our people are leaving these shores..."  Rivendell

  Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    ArPharazonV, PallandoValar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: New art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T). See above.
    Leithian project: new work from Pallando-(Valar)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Several topics discussed during Before-meeting.
    Discussion topic:  In the books, some people (any race) give discouraging words (sometimes professionally) and others give encouraging words (sometimes professionally). Can we come up with some examples?
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon


Aug. 9, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Articles
       Updated articles: "Names of Ungoliant", "Ungoliant's Origin"

 Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien: traveling.
Web:
    Article updates, see above.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic: Easy to forget that the Valar did indeed deal directly with Middle-earth at times. Ulmo's warning to Nargothrond, and his warning to Gondolin.
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon


Aug. 8, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       List of worlds (servers) closing. Landroval is a destination, not closing, so now is a good time to really start scouting for potential new members, plus individuals and kins to run with. Servers remaining will be new hardware, upgraded. Testing for transfers is underway on the Bullroarer test server.


Aug 3, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8am to 11am the world servers will be brought down for an update to the game.
       World Transfer info.
       World Closure announcement.


Aug. 2, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            "Ent WatersPippin in Fangorn's "house".
            "Hobbits in FangornMerry and Pippin in Fangorn Forest with Treebeard aka Fangorn.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    ArPharazonV, PallandoValar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien and Indis: traveling.
Web:
    New art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic: "What service could a Hobbit offer such a great lord of men?"
After-meeting:
    A lot more on the above Tolkien topic. What indeed!
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon


Aug. 1, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Article from the Devs (Game Developers) on naming and server closings. Take special note under "Naming Priorities" that if your character (including your alts) have not been on for a year at the time of people being given transfers that your name may be given to someone else transferring in, changing yours to one with a number and needing a rename to get rid of it. What does that mean? Drop into LotRO on all your characters, even the least-used alt, to keep your accustomed names. If your account hasn't been open in a while, expect updates. (Also, we now have cosmetic weapons.)


July 27, 2015 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Game and account servers were down 3am to 12pm Eastern for maintenance.


July 26, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar,  GwaihirValar,  PallandoValar, Varda Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien and Indis: traveling.
Web:
    New art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see July 25)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic: Elf dwarf relationships, not just whether they would have had romantic types.
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon and Pallando


July 25, 2015 Saturday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
        "Plains of RohanLegolas. Éomer asks, ‘What business does an Elf, a Dwarf, and a Man have in the Riddermark?’

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Weatherstock starts today on our Landroval server - enjoy the bands on Weathertop!
       July 27 from about 3 am to 12pm Eastern time, game and account servers will be down for maintenance.


July 21, 2015 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       The adventures of the Hobbit, Bingo, begin in Michel Delving, with a new episode coming every week, open to everyone including free to play and level 8.


July 20, 2015 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 16.2 today. Cosmetic weapons, pvmp love. Festival time!


July 19, 2015 Sunday
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    ArPharazonV, Farmer Maggot-(V)/thesirg3, Varda Valar (presiding)
Web:
    Art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see July 18)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Discussion topic: Eomer's role in the Lord of the Rings
    Forum rp
    Book
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon
    Review of The Witcher 3 by Farmer


July 18, 2015 Saturday
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
        "Éomer bears Théodred before himÉomer
        "Éomer and Éowyn, brother and sisterÉomer and Éowyn
        "‘Everywhere his spies slip past our nets..’"  Éomer
        "Hope has abandoned these lands.Éomer
        "Éomer and Éowyn before ThéodenÉomer and Éowyn before Théoden

    Music link:
       Links to Tolkienesque music by Peter Hollens.


July 17, 2015 Friday
    Message from LotRO on the Launcher:
       Scheduled server downtime: Monday July 20th 8:00am-11:00am Eastern (-4GMT) for an update to the game. Update 16.2 article.



July 14, 2015
Tuesday
    Mae govannen, Pluto!



July 12, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (2)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV
Membership:
    Arien: LARP weekend for her next weekend.
Web:
    Games Site
Gaming News
Tolkien:
    Trivia game.
    1. AriehnV: Before Bilbo went on his second final adventure to leave Bag End he planned something special for his party .. why was this party so special and what things in the organnisation of the party made it clear that it was special indeed?
    2. ArPharazonV: Name 5 hobbit families mentioned in Bilbo's speech as he addressed them!
    3. AriehnV: why did Strider tell Frodo to stop Merry and Pippin tellling stories in the Prancing Pony and how did he do that exacty :-)?
    4. ArPharazonV: Related question again; what four names did the hobbits give to Butterbur as they checked in?
    5. AriehnV: what Pipeweed was found amongst Sarumans flotsam?
    6. ArPharazonV: My bonus question, under what circumstances did one of the hobbits give their pipeweed up to another person? :-) [Note: Question slightly altered here; original in the transcript. Tolkien Moment given as well.]
After-meeting:
    More gaming news.


July 5, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
        "The Pillars of the Kings"  The Argonath, river entrance to Gondor.
        "I would have gone with you to the endAragorn says goodbye to Frodo.
        "Be at peace, son of GondorAragorn says goodbye to Boromir.
        "AlasLegolas sees that Boromir has died. ‘We came when we heard the horn, but too late it seems.’ ‘Alas,’ said Legolas. ‘We should have been of more use here.’
        "The bracers of BoromirAragorn wears Boromir's bracers. ‘Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light.’

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien's having problems with her internet connection.
    Indis will be on her laptop from the West Coast for the next two weeks.
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see above)
       The art generated Tolkien discussion.
    Games Site: news
Gaming
Tolkien:
    LotROCon IV
    Forum rp
    Most of the Tolkien chat happened during Web.
After-meeting:
    More on the rp
    Gaming
    Farmer Maggot-(V) came on very late and chatted.


July 1, 2015
    Tolkien:
       LOTROcon IV will be in Ohio, July 25. Thanks to Benjimir, leader of The Sons of Numenor on the LotRO Landroval server for the information.


June 29, 2015 Monday
    Gaming / LotRO:
        "The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down Tuesday June 30th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for a hotfix."


June 28, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Lothlorien - tree city of the elves."
          "The mirror of Galadriel - will you look?"
          "The parting gifts of Galadriel"
          "Galadriel - ‘Namárië.’"

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see above)
    Games Site: news
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: What happened in the 4th Age, after Aragorn became High King and Elrond left Middle-earth?
After-meeting:
    More on the Tolkien topic
    Gaming


June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

    Tolkien Site / Art:
        "The loss of Gandalf the GreyMerry and Pippin grieve for Gandalf outside Moria.
        "Their friend and guideBoromir and Gimli grieve for Gandalf outside Moria
        "who fell in fire and shadowFrodo grieves for Gandalf outside Moria
        "You bring great evilLegolas in Lorien looks back at Frodo after they are stopped for bringing great evil.
        "Caras Galadhon, Realm of the Lord Celeborn"  In Lothórien.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien: new job (After-meeting)
    Varda: new internet  (After-meeting)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
    Games Site: news
Gaming:
    WoW:
If you haven't logged in in a while, your character name may be in jeopardy. Name reclamation is coming.
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moment 1: What is a fell beast?
    Tolkien Moment 2: Sauron's form after the Ring hit the lava.
    Tolkien Moment 3: How Samwise says he's feeling fine.
    Tolkien Moment 4: Legolas telling in the main text about his plans for Ithilien.
After-meeting:
    An unauthorized new Tolkien biography
    Gaming (including flashgaming links, Heroes of the Storm's Abathur the Evolutionist video guide)



June 18 Thursday
     Gaming / LotRO:
        Today and through Sunday is bonus experience "weekend".


June 14, 2015 Sunday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "The Pass of Caradhras" The Fellowship.
          "Fool of a Took" Pippin.
          "You cannot pass!Gandalf confronts the Balrog.  New page for the Balrog.
          "Wielder of the Flame of Anor!Gandalf
          "‘The dark fire will not avail you..Flame of Udûn!’Balrog.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see above)
    Games Site: new review for Heroes of the Storm; news for games
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Christopher Lee aka Saruman in the movies.
    Topic 2: Tolkien Site trivia FAQ. A few comments by us.
    Discussion Topic: The rise and fall of Saruman.
After-meeting:
    Gaming


June 13, 2015

    Games Site:
      
Check out the new review of Heroes of the Storm by Eonwe-(Valar)..


June 11, 2015 Thursday

    Namarie, Christopher Lee.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Lee


June 8, 2015 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       The Update today includes the Spring Festival,  delayed until now to fix some problems such as lack of rewards, and extended to June 23. Avery Crabapple needs your help with gifts to court Fern Coppersmith. The Hedge Maze is back with a new layout and beware the center. Horse-racing is back for both the Shire and Bree-land. Duillond has Stomp-a-Shrew; add to your pet collection if you're fortunate. The rivalry is going again between the Inn League and Ale Association, another chance to complete deeds. Enjoy!


June 7, 2015 Sunday

    Tolkien Site / Art
      
Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "The Ring..."  movie-only: Frodo realizes the Ring is missing while they're in the snow. It's retrieved by Boromir. Not book canon, but the picture could also illustrate Frodo showing the mithril shirt after Moria.
          "Give the Ring to Frodo."  movie-only: Aragorn warns Boromir.
          "So small a thing..."  movie-only.  Boromir considers the Ring: ‘It is a strange fate we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing.’
          "Come and help an old man...Gandalf stopping a blaming argument between dwarf and elf in front of Moria.
          "The water stirs..." Boromir outside Moria.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    News from both Arien and Ar-Pharazon
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T). See above the Sunday Meeting title for today.
    Games Site news for games
Gaming:
    News from Eonwe and our attendees.
Tolkien:
    Topic: There are those that argue about whether the Hero's Journey is an actual thing that happens in myths, folklore, or major storytelling.
    Tangent topic: Legality of having the One Ring
    Extra: YouTube of JRRT reciting "Namarie"
After-meeting:
    Gaming news from Ar-Pharazon and Arien


June 5, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       News fresh from the game launcher:
            The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, June 8th from 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game. Patch notes will be available during the downtime.


May 31, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "This is no mine. It is a tomb."  Boromir

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
    Games Site: news for games
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Perseverence in the LotR
After-meeting:
    Gaming


May 24, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
         
"The Ring will be safe in Rivendell."  Frodo and Sam in Rivendell.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Fladrif sighting
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
    Games Site news for games, updates for player tables
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Authors influenced by Tolkien
After-meeting:
    More authors influenced by Tolkien
    Gaming


May 18, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New link for Aerandir's cave. I apologize that it had not been uploaded earlier as believed, but it works now.


May 17, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            "The House of Elrond" Frodo looks out over Rivendell
            "Do you remember when we first met?" Aragorn and Arwen in Rivendell
            "You said you'd bind yourself to me." Aragorn and Arwen in Rivendell
            "And to that I hold." Arwen

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
    Games Site news for games, see Gaming
Gaming
    LotRO: Includes tips for the new instances from Indis-(V).
Tolkien:
    Topic: In the LotR, what leadership styles do we see?
After-meeting:
    More Tolkien and gaming, including flashgaming, Heroes of the Storm


May 16, 2015 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 3am - 2pm Eastern game servers and account will be down for maintenance.


May 15, 2015
    Grats to Nar-(V) for getting to attend a Medieval Conference.


May 13, 2015

    IRCon, the Italian Ringers Convention, happens December 5-7 this year in Milan, Italy in the Hotel Sheraton. It's an unofficial Hobbit and LotR fan convention sponsored by Let Love In Events. For more information, here is the Facebook page and the Italian and in English. Guests include Craig Parker (Haldir), Dean O'Gorman (Fili), Graham MacTavish (Dwalin), and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast).
    Victoria of the IRCon staff sent us a letter, and here is an excerpt:
        Middle Earth is coming to Italy next December. From 5th to 7th the first Italian Convention on Tolkien’s world will take place; it will be possible to meet some of the actors of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and to live Middle Earth through exhibitions, display of “tolkienian” dresses, elfish writing workshops, conferences from renowned Italian scholars and much more.


May 10, 2015
Happy Mother's Day!
Arwen, Evenstar of her people
Arwen, the Evenstar of her people.
Artist: The Bohemian Weasel-(T)

Tolkien Site / Art:
    Cave of The Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       "In Weathertop's Shadow". Aragorn with the four hobbits.
       "Arwen, Evenstar of her people". Arwen (above)
       "The Nine cross the Ford". Nazgul. (Added to the rotating images of the index page http://www.valarguild.org/)

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, PallandoValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Birthdays: Ar-Pharazon has just turned 30 this last week, and Fladrif's birthday is today.
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)  (see above)
    Games Site news for games, see Gaming
Gaming:
    Also included LotRO's Update 16 comments.
Tolkien:
    Topic: We tried to name female characters according to the books starting with the Hobbit, then LotR, then Sil and beyond.
    RP discussion
After-meeting:
    Among other news:
       flashgaming: Decision 3, a zombie game



May 8, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Hotfix for Update 16, servers down 3:30pm - 6pm Eastern, back up now. Have fun!
 

May 4, 2015
    May the Forth be with you. (Hey, you were expecting it.)
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 16: Ashes of Osgiliath, is live (long patch!). Official Release Notes. New areas, new instance cluster. They listened to our cries and gave us a hard raid including three tiers. The 5 slotters are tier 2 rewards. Imbuement is available for level 100 Legendary Items from the Forge-master, but don't do it until the LI is ready; it's not a forced imbue. Now go find Faramir; rumor has it that he's in the sewers, so cover your nose.


May 3, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art from DeepGroover-(T)
    Games Site news for games, see Gaming
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Corsairs of Umbar. What do we know about them from the books?
After-meeting:
    More gaming news
    Heroes of the Storm: comments from Pallando who tried the beta.


May 2, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday Update 16: Ashes of Osgiliath. The game is expected to be down between 8am and 1pm Eastern.  Links to Update 16 (including new areas), new instance cluster, and imbuement.


April 29, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of DeepGroover-(T):
          Painted model of an orc riding a wolf, aka "Warg Rider". At the bottom of the page are links to the work in progress and other angles of the finished work.


April 28, 2015
    Gaming SWTOR:
       Big ol' update today: Update 3.2 "Rise of the Emperor". Be sure to start up the game well before gaming time today, if you can. There's also a one-time log-in password for this particular time.  Patch notes here. Among the changes are: new Imperial planet Ziost and a new outfit designer, season 5 is starting on the Ranked Arena. Relics of the Gree event is back from May 12 - May 19. Bounty Contract week returns from May 19 - May 26.


April 26, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25
    Varda comes in late.
Membership:
    Arien will be absent next meeting.
Web:
    Games Site news
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moment: travel song
    Topic: The Old Forest
After-meeting:
    More gaming news from both Arien and Ar-Pharazon.


April 19, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Web:
    Games Site news for games, see Gaming
Gaming:
    Games Site news
    During After-meeting, some new games:
      Schlock Mercenary game link
       flashgaming link (more about these games in the transcript in After-meeting):
          Glow Path on One More Level or on Kongregate
          Kill the Plumber on Kongregate
          Treadmillasaurus on Kongregate
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Movie Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug
    Topic 2: How magic can affect the nature of warfare. Shows up in Middle-earth!
After-meeting:
    Gaming reports from Pharazon and Pallando
    Arien installs EVE Online and joins up with Pallando Valar


April 12, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "To Rivendell, Master Gamgee" - Aragorn

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, karakedi25/Indis-(V), VardaValar1 (presiding).
Membership
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Art
    Games Site news for games, see Gaming
Gaming
Tolkien:
    RP
    Topic: Aragorn's names, why he had those.
After-meeting:
    Gaming, comics, and more Tolkien.


April 5, 2015
Happy Easter!

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Iryenth/Gilraen-(V), VardaValar1 (presiding).
Membership:
    Easter, so quite a few people are away from the games enjoying family and friends.
Web:
    Games Site news for games, see Gaming
Gaming:
Tolkien:
    RP
    Topic: Earendil, what is significant about him?
    Topic: Warcries:
        Elendil
        Grond
        Elbereth
    Born of Hope fan video movie comments, You Tube link.
After-meeting:
    Gaming continued.
       Flashgames links on Kongregate, reviews: Reactance, Crush the Castle, Brain Builder
       SWTOR: guild branch gaming time was set today for 3:30pm Tuesdays Republic, server The Ebon Hawke, other days about the same time when fortunate. (update, Monday got together too). From Republic, the group can then switch to Empire if they want to do the jump together.


April 2, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Hotfix today, correcting an issue that was causing several instances to not function correctly.
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March 30, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 15.3 release notes. Includes new sounds for a good number of musical instruments.


March 29, 2015

    European Daylight Savings Time changes, now in synchrony with Eastern and Valar Time.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
           Two sketches of Elrond strongly reminding Isildur, even commanding him, to throw the One Ring into the fires of Mt. Doom:
             "Cast it into the fire!"
             "Isildur! Cast it into the fire!"

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Iryenth/Gilraen-(V), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Pallando Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Membership:
    Frodo and Melilot will be traveling next week, reason they will not be available.
Web:
    News: dwarf info from Meriadoc-(V)
    Tolkien Site: new art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming:
Tolkien:
    Forum group story aka rp discussion. (keeps mixing in during the topic below)
    Topic: Elrond's role in the overall storyline of Middle-earth.
After-meeting:
    Gaming continued


March 28, 2015

    Dwarves and Directions
   
    Thanks go to Meriadoc-(V) for sending this dwarf info. The original source may be read free on the Gutenberg Press:

    Here we have, from ‘Myths of the Norsemen’ by H.A. Gruber, circa 1909:

    “To support the heavenly vault, the gods stationed the strong dwarfs, Nordri, Sudri, Austri, Westri, at its four corners, bidding them sustain it upon their shoulders, and from them the four points of the compass received their present names of North, South, East, and West.”

    And now you know – when heading one direction or another, you’re heading towards those strong Dwarves.    Evidence suggest that they’re still standing strong, since the cardinal directions haven’t changed since then.
    And now you know – the First of the Story!


March 27, 2015 (Friday)

    This Sunday, Europe's Daylight Savings Time
will once again be at the normal ratio with Eastern Daylight Savings Time. That should help us get together more easily again, especially on AIM.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       News posted on the LotRO game launcher:
          "The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, March 30th from 8:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern (-5 GMT) for Update 15.3. Patch notes will be available during the downtime. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back in the game soon!"


March 23, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
"To See a World" by Nightwing. Chapter 52 "What Tomorrow May Bring" is now up. The novel is still in progress and may be started here. It's set between the Hobbit and LotR when Aragorn and Legolas are making a trip together. "Injured and alone, Legolas and Aragorn are forced to seek refuge in a wintry foreign land. But when darkness encroaches from within and without, they learn that refuge can become a deadly trap."


March 22, 2015

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Melilot Brandybuck-(V)!
She heard about us from her husband, Frodo-(V) and decided to leave her previous kin to be with him.  They have a four-month old baby. Melilot, who is 23, joined us in LotRO as Suelle, and also plays Civ V. She has AIM, not used in quite a while, and plans to look for it. She may be able to play about four hours a day from 8-10 pm, and 12-2, doing a good bit of crafting while taking care of the baby. They currently are living in Germany, although Melilot hails from Florida originally.
    She's read the H, LotR, and Sil (her favorite of the books), and started CoH.  The stand-out character for her in LotR is Eowyn for the strong conviction (which is also found in JRRT's other female characters), willingness to take risks, and be the protector instead of just the protected.

    Tolkien Site / Art:

      Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
        "How about very old friends?" Gandalf
        "Bag End: ‘No visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations!The Shire
        "Bilbo's 111th Birthday Cake" Bilbo
        "Ferret in Bree" Bree. A WEASEL (ferret) in Bree!
        "Strider" The man in the corner of the Prancing Pony, known as Strider. Aragorn

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Membership:
    New Full Member: Melilot Brandybuck
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Forum group story aka rp discussion.
    Topic: What made Bree an unusual town even for Middle-earth?
After-meeting:
    Gaming continued


March 15, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
   
Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       "What service could a Hobbit offer such a great lord of men?" Pippin speaking with Denethor in Minas Tirith, Gondor. Made for the 2014 Calgary Expo. See the Pippin page for more info.
       "Chances of turning back" Sam "". Made for the 2014 Calgary Expo. Sam page for more info.
       Added actor-autographed copy links for Haldir, Pippin, and Sam under the main picture.
       "Dori" for new page for Dori. 2014 Calgary Expo.
       "Fili" for new page for Fili. 2014 Calgary Expo.
       "Nori" for new page for Nori. 2014 Calgary Expo.
       Thorin's Company page now links to the new dwarf pages, and now shows the company's image enlarged since it's alone and nearly disappeared.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, PallandoValar, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming
Other Comments:
    Sir Terry Pratchett (see also: March 12, 2015)
Tolkien:
    Forum group story aka rp discussion.
    Topic: We've had some folks wondering about our guild name. How would you answer them when they ask about what the Valar Guild name means, and who the Valar are in the books?
    Topic: Sam said that he and Frodo had plenty of chances to turn back. Was this true, or only for Sam, perhaps?
After-meeting:
    Gaming continued


March 12, 2015
    Sir Terry Pratchett,
English author of the Discworld series and other fantasy novels including for children and young adults, to the tune of two books a year, died today. He poked comically at the tropes of the fantasy genre, played jokes on cliches, and poked what he saw as hypocricies in society. He was 66. Google will give a wealth of details, or try Neil Gaiman's article.


March 10, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       The Bohemian Weasel-(T) kindly sent us a special scan for a larger version of "They will never stop hunting you". Thank you! It's now clickable from the thumbnail versions on her pages for Frodo and for Sam.


March 8, 2015

    Daylight Savings Time
begins for Valar Standard time, with "spring forward". The meeting will be an hour "earlier" today.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "They will never stop hunting you." Found under Frodo, Sam.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New members this week:
       Gil-galad-(V)
       Frodo-(V)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Forum group story aka rp discussion.
After-meeting:
    Gaming continued


March 7, 2015
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Gil-galad-(V)!
Gil-galad is 27 and comes to us from Brazil, time zone -3GMT (so Eastern 11:30pm is 1:30am for him). He joined us on LotRO as warden Alembicus, dropping his personal kin house to bring all his characters over to Valar, a strong commitment he made on his own. He is looking for other people to play with on flight simulators such as Prepar3d, X-plane, and on Elite: Dangerous. He hopes to go back to Dragon Age someday, had just started it.
    He's read the LotR, Sil, and UT. The stand-out character in the LotR books for him was Tom Bombadil, because that section had a dream-like, prophetic quality with a person seemingly displaced in the narrative.

     Welcome to the Valar Guild, Frodo-(V)! Frodo is 25 years old and joined us from England, time zone GMT. He lives not far from Oxford so he's definitely in Tolkien territory. He came into the LotRO kin as warden Dylas. He's married to a fellow Tolkien fan. He's in the military going in for training next week, and will be deployed probably in May. He hopes to play a lot when he's around. He also plays Puzzle Pirates, GW2, and Counterstrike.
    He's read the H, LotR, CoH, with the Sil on his shelf waiting for a rainy day. The stand-out LotR character for him was Frodo. For him, Frodo is a hero who isn't flashy the way Aragorn is or even as Sam is towards the end of the book. He has great honesty and plenty of heart giving extraordinary resistance to the Ring. Because he can't imagine himself as a great leader or vanquisher of evil, the Ring has little hold over him.


March 1, 2015

    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
           "Éowyn ‘icon’ style painting" found under Éowyn.
           "Frodo icon style painting" found under Frodo.
           Don't forget, she sells paintings too.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3):
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T). See above.
Gaming:
Tolkien:
    Trivia game
After-meeting:
    Gaming continued


Feb. 27, 2015
    Goodbye, Leonard Nimoy.
He was 83 when he passed on. Article.


Feb. 22, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV(presiding), ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, ArPharazonV, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Report: Ar-Pharazon's report on the first official Dutch MLP convention: Hearth's Warming Convention
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien loved the countryside. How did that affect his writing?
After-meeting:
    Gaming continued


Feb. 18 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
15.2.1 hotfixes. Info from +Frelorn.


Feb. 15, 2015
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending (2):
    AriehnV(presiding), ArPharazonV
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon
    Arien
    Varda
    Menelvagor
Web:
Gaming:
Tolkien:
    Trivia game:
       1. Frodo and Bilbo had several things in common. Can you name them?
       2. Among the free peoples, I can think of 2 races where we expressly don't see females from. Which are they, and why is that for each of the races?


Feb. 14, 2015
Happy Valentine's Day!


Feb. 8, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       The Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            "I think we should get off the road." The Ring makes Frodo senstive to the approach of the Nazgul.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New member: Beregond-(V)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: art
    Games Site: news
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Frodo is sensitive to things happening on the other side because he wears the One Ring. What other things does Frodo sense or do that shows he's not the ordinary, home-brewed Hobbit?
    RP forum story
After-meeting:
    More gaming news


Feb. 3, 2015
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Beregond-(V)!
Beregond is from West Virginia and has one child. He responded to Varda's recruiting call, after coming in from another server.
    He's read the H, LotR, Sil, and part of the UT. The stand-out LotR character for him was Tom Bombadil because of the mystery that surrounded him. Tom had strange powers, the Ring didn't affect him, and he saved Frodo twice.


Feb. 1, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       The Bohemian Weasel-(T)'s art is included in the Cryptozoic Entertainment TM card set for the Hobbit trading cards; here's a trading card preview link. One of her pieces is now in a new section on our cave for Eagles, showing the eagles carrying Thorin's Company, shown below:
    Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
        New section: Eagles, with new art
           "Eagles carrying Thorin's Company". Done for Cryptozoic EntertainmentTM 's Hobbit trading cards.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, PallandoValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    New member: Finglas-(V) aka Leaflock
Web:
    Games Site news
    Tolkien Site: art (see above)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: During Membership: Do the dwarves seem at all Scottish in the books or movies? Asked of Arien-(Valar) who lives in Scotland.
    RP forum story
    Topic: What do we think folks in Middle-earth did for fun? And let's not leave out Valinor.
After-meeting:
    More gaming news
    More on the RP.


Jan. 29, 2015
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Finglas-(V)!

        Leaflock is the human translation for this ent's name, like a nickname, and he answers to either.
        He saw the recruting message, checked the website, then sent a tell to Varda. He's in his mid-30's, back in LotRO after an absence. He used to live in the UK in Oxford, and is now in Pennsylvania in the USA. He's an archaeologist who also enjoys bird-watching and has a fun, humorous way of chatting. He's married. He's been playing daily although he may have to change to weekly for work, but should be around.
        He first read the LotR when he was around 12 or 13. His favorite characters in LotR at first were elves like Glorfindel and Legolas for their ancient perspective on everything. As he got older, he found other characters interesting: Gandalf, Aragorn, and then Boromir who seemed more real and tragic. He likes characters with depth.


Jan. 25, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:

      Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       In narrative order, Frodo and Sam in the LotR:
          "Leaving the Shire" Sam and Frodo walking in the field past comfort represented in the background by a house.
          "Campfire" Sam and Frodo camping on the way out of the Shire.
          "Weep" Sam after the fall of Gandalf
          "Remembering" Frodo after the fall of Gandalf
          "Dealing" Sam and Frodo dealing with the loss of Gandalf.
          "Osgiliath" Frodo follows the Nazgul's call to the Ring (movie only).
          "Into Mordor" Frodo and Sam entering the Emym Muil bordering Mordor.
          "Passing By"  Frodo, Sam, and Gollum try to go past the Watching Stones.
          "Phial" Sam uses a weapon vs Shelob: the phial of Galadriel
          "Sting" Sam uses Sting vs Shelob
          "Exhausted" On the slope of Mt. Doom, Frodo is exhausted from lack of sleep, food, water, and the weight of the One Ring.
          "Carry" Sam can't carry the Ring, so he carries Frodo.
          "Claim" Frodo claims the One Ring at the fires of Mt. Doom.
          "Eye and Mt. Doom" The One Ring is destroyed in Mt. Doom and the effect travels to Sauron and his works, destroying them (movie version). Mordor.
          "Goodbye" Frodo and Sam can't make it back from Mt. Doom on their own.
          "A ride home". Eagles.
          "A happier goodbye". Frodo and Sam at the docks.
          "Goodbye to Frodo". At the docks: Pippin, Merry, and Sam say goodbye to Frodo. Sam will not have to ride home alone.
          "Rewarded" Frodo at the dock about to go to Valinor for healing and happiness.
          "Sailing Away" Ship leaves to Valinor with Frodo aboard.
       Many of these were used as the end credits in the fan-made and acted You Tube musical "Let it Go", with Sam asking Frodo to let the Ring go at Mt. Doom. It's called a parody but is actually a tribute, pretty straight except for the amusing Gollum actor. Enjoy.

       Thank you to Meriadoc-(V) for the link to this wonderful archery video, with techniques used back when they actually had to use it to eat and in wartime. Enjoy!

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, PallandoValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Games Site news
    Tolkien Site: art, link
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Heroism
After-meeting:
    More gaming news



Jan. 18, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
           New section with new art up:
             Isildur section: "No." Click to enlarge the artwork.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Games Site news
    Tolkien Site: art (see above: Isildur art)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Sometimes in Middle-earth, someone backs away when he has the chance to the heroic thing for whatever reason. We saw an example in the picture of Isildur, when he could have destroyed the One Ring. Did anyone else that you can think of miss his/her/its chance for heroism?
After-meeting:
    Gaming news continued.
    Hearthstone YouTube video guide url.


Jan. 11, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Now up: "To See a World: Chapter 51 'Where You Lead'", by Nightwing. The story is still in progress.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, PallandoValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Games Site
    Tolkien Site: art, story
Tolkien:
    Topic: Hope: How is this idea handled in Tolkien's stories? There's a lot of fading and war and sadness, but there's always hope in there. Topic also available on the Forum for comments.


Jan. 7, 2015
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
         
"Melian", the Maia who married an elf-king and protected his kingdom. In new section for Melian.
          "King of Angmar". The Witch-king, leader of the Nazgul, before becoming a wraith.
          "Éomer, Horse Lord"
          "Rosie Cotton with ribbons in her hair". In new section for Rosie.
         

Jan. 6, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Tomorrow: "The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, January 7th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) for a hotfix. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back in the game soon!"


Jan. 5, 2015
    Community site pages
are being brought into 2015. Enjoy your faster load times here on the General News! Specialty News should be easier to see at the bottom of this News page. Even the 17th Anniversary page came in for some work. The full image list is now on the randomly generated picture for the site's starting page.


Jan. 4, 2015

Tolkien Site / Art:
    Art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       "Gil-galad" at the Battle of the Last Alliance.
       "Sauron was defeated" in the Battle of the Last Alliance.
       "Éowyn, Shield-maiden"

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/Scott92027, Hamson-(V)/HamsonV/Hamson Gamgee, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arwen-(V) emailed
Web:
    Games Site
    Tolkien Site: Art for earlier this week and today. (Today's are listed above the meeting notes on this News page)
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    D3
    SC2
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    SW:TOR
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: J.R.R. Tolkien's Birthday
    Topic 2: Why didn't the eagles fly the One Ring to Mordor?
    Topic 3: Whose are the five armies in the Battle of the Five Armies?
After-meeting:
    Free chat
    WoW
    Hearthstone
    flashgaming
    War in the North
    other mentions


Jan. 3, 2015
 J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday: January 3, 1892.
    In his honor, the Tolkien Society started "The Toast". At 9pm your local time, the Tolkien fan stands, says "The Professor", and takes a drink (does not need to be alcohol).
    In LotRO starting at 4pm Eastern, mulitiple bands gathered on The Hill behind Bag End in the Shire (not the Party Tree) and played the Music of Middle-earth. This link includes sources for more Middle-earth music.


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