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26th Anniversary of the Valar Guild

October 4, 2023 Wednesday

Magic Cloaks
          Make Sleepy Dark Lords

"Magic Cloaks Make Sleepy Dark Lords"

by Ar-Pharazon-(V)
1 October 2023
Luthien, Morgoth, and Beren

Theme: Magical object, person, place, or a combo.
Marathon Chat
Forum anniversary greetings
Gaming Screenshots of anniversary events:
    Lord of the Rings Online
Tolkien Site anniversary contributions:
Games Site Mass Update letter
State of Valar Gaming 2023

More entries will be taken for this page through October and November. Please email it to Varda (NOSPAMvarda.elentari (AT) gmail (dot) com)  including a note that it is for the anniversary, using your name in the guild (such as Anarion-V) for credit. Thanks!

Please note that all of these entries are presents from the Valar Guild folk for all folk to enjoy made especially for this wonderful time, but not intended to be taken without permission. Thank you to the contributors from all of us who are fortunate enough to receive them. Yay!



This year's theme is "magical object, person, place, or a combo".

These can be: screenshots from your favorite games, real life pictures, stories, poems, songs, and articles. Take your choice or try your hand at multiples!


Suggestions being taken for next year's theme, to be voted on in December 2023. Email, Discord, or in-game welcome.
So far:

A. The Eternal Optimism of J.R.R. Tolkien as Revealed by his Concept of Estel. (Themed suggestion from Sandalf13-T. Varda suggests that it can be shortened to "estel").

B. Olvar (plants). As seen in Tolkien and in-game weird plants (including WoW's mushroom forest, as a place in which Hobbits could rejoice). Perhaps it could include plant references, such as an essay on Belladonna Took's name, for instance. (From Varda-Valar)

C. Architecture. (From Eonwe-Valar)


Marathon Chat:

When: October 1st meeting through the Oct 8th meeting.
Where: The marathon chat is in the Valar Guild's Discord chat program in "meeting_place".
What: Free chat including fun chat and fun safe links. Also we enjoy Tolkien Moments and url's related to Tolkien and the anniversary.
Who: all the same folks that are welcome at meetings such as members, polite family and friends and fellow Tolkien fans.

    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Fangorn/Treebeard, Pallando, Sandalf13-(T), Shelob/Ungwetari, Varda



Forum thread. Feel free to post your comments/cheers about the anniversary on our forum thread!


Gaming Screenshots of Anniversary events:

    How do I take a screenshot?
        In LotRO, F12 removes quickslots etc from the display. N toggles names on and off. F11 makes a screenshot that goes into your computer's Documents folder under Lord of the Rings Online.
        In WoW, use your keyboard's version of PrintScreen (PrntScrn on the top row on mine) to make the screenshot. The image goes into the game's folder under Screenshots.
    If you can't join a group, feel free to take solo screenshots in your game of choice.
    To send the image for this page, do it by way of sending to Varda's email (and let her know your guild-name for credit!): NOSPAMvarda.elentari (AT) g mail (dot) com.

Lord of the Rings Online Anniversary screenshots:

    Oct 4 at noon and at 5 P.M. Eastern time (which is /servertime) to give everyone a chance to come. If you still can't come at those times, show up when you can, do the same thing, take screenshots for this page, and maybe coordinate with friends in-game or in Discord.
    The plan:
        Ride into the four main towns and shoot fireworks, /shout Happy 26th Anniversary, Valar Guild!  We may also dance, hand out pipeweed, drinks, food. Take screenshots for you and for this page.
        Happened: We rode into Bree, Michel Delving, Thorin's Hall, and Rivendell for both runs!

Riders of the Nooning!
    Fangorn (Fangbark) and Varda (Fainan) from the guild. Guild-friends Xaviervonhoot, Kelliewyn, and their friends Majella, and Shillelaghh joined in for the ride, trumpets, /firebreath, and explosives. We also handed out drinks and pipeweed to folks attracted by the ruckus.

Fangorn, Varda, Xaviervonhoot, and Kelliewyn start.

Michel Delving:
Screenshot by Fangorn. Fireworks in front of the statue.

Thorin's Hall:
Screenshot by Fangorn. Riding the path through the snow to Frerin's Court.
Screenshot by Fangorn. Fireworks in front of the statue. Majella and Shillelaghh (friends of Kelliewyn) watched and cheered, then joined the group here for the jump to Rivendell.

Screenshot by Fangorn. Bridge over the river. Most are mounted. This shows the UI (user interface with a sample of the chat going on).
Screenshot by Fangorn. Fireworks on the bridge over the river.
Screenshot by Fangorn. Fireworks with two stars.
Stairs: (ok so it's a ramp! Elves, what can we say?)
Screenshot by Fangorn. The group on mounts on the ramp. Shows the front porch of the Last Homely House. Left to right: Fangorn (with elk), Shillelagh, Majella (with boar), Kelliewyn (with moose), Eonwe, and Varda.


Evening Riders!
    Arien (Arriehnn), Eonwe (Auros), Fangorn (Fangbark), Nar (Findollos) and Varda (Fainan) from the guild did the same ride. We had aid from innocent passersby, some of whom danced and cheered. Nar had to leave after the Thorin's Hall run, in case you wonder if he was shot off as a firework and lost in the later pictures.

Bree Fountain, in front of the Prancing Pony:
(We were also screenied by Aedon's alt. Aedon has brought musicians and dancers to our island home where they can play in peace.)
Screenshot by Arien. Fireworks.
Screenshot by Arien. Fireworks including the green dwarf candle light done by Eonwe's Auros.
Screenshot by Fangorn. Fireworks at night.
Screenshot by Fangorn. Firework star.

Michel Delving:
Screenshot by Arien. Arrived at the statue and lined up on horses in front. From left to right: Varda, Arien, Nar, and Fangorn.
Screenshot by Arien. Fireworks. From left to right: Varda (dancing), Arien (taking screenie), Nar (fireworks), and Fangorn (fireworks).
Screenshot by Fangorn. Mounted in front of the statue.
Screenshot by Fangorn. Fireworks including a star.

Thorin's Hall:
Frerin's Court:
Screenshot by Fangorn. Ride to Frerin's Court. Left to right: Varda, Arien, Fangorn, and Eonwe. (Nar is present but just outside this shot behind Eonwe.)
Screenshot by Arien. Arien takes the screenie while Varda, Nar, and Fangorn set up fireworks in front of the statue. After this point, real life took Nar away.

The Bridge:
Screenshot by Arien. Arien is on the horse. Fangorn is the blond elf. The other two are Eonwe and Varda.
The Stairs:
Screenshot by Arien. Horses jostling for room on the stairs of the Last Homely House. From the left: Arien, Varda, Fangorn, and Eonwe.
Screenshot by Fangorn. The horses have settled down on the stair. The greenery in front of the porch is showing off, however.
Screenshot by Fangorn. Fireworks in front of the Last Homely House, high angle.


Theme screenshots, real life pictures, art:

Magical object, person, place, or a combo.

Tolkien Site Contributions for the 26th Anniversary!


    "Magic Cloaks Make Sleepy Dark Lords" by Ar-Pharazon-(V). Luthien, Morgoth, and Beren. This is also the header for the Anniversary Page.

    "Valar Aniv Party Prep" by Elwing-(V). Firework collection.



    "Eregion" by Eonwe-(Valar).



    "Poem" by



    "A Queen's Sacrifice" by Eonwë-(Valar). "Oh, the sacrifices a queen must make for her king and for her people!"

    "Musings" by Arien-(Valar). After the War of the Ring, what do the trees of Lothlórien do?

State of Valar Gaming 2023:

The State of Online Gaming 2023.  (On the Games Site). This is Eonwe-(Valar)'s annual report on current gaming by members, as sent in by members, for the Games Site Mass Update 2023 (GSMU 2023).

The Letter for updating the Games Site but also including the year's news by Eonwe-(Valar)

Feel free to update any time by emailing Eonwe (NOSPAMdeneltir@hotmail.com).