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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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