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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.
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.


Aug. 26, 2015
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Patch notes. 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.
top


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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