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July 14, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

July 7, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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June 30, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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June 28, 2024 Friday

    Gaming / Lord of the Rings Online:
        News from the Launcher: Mordor Server Preview: Monday July 1st w/Special Preview on Tuesday July 2nd. July 1 through July 3. Enter the Bullroarer test server first to access the Mordor server for a stress test and ringwraith spawning event. This is testing for the intended Mordor server (EU) and Angmar server (US).

June 26, 2024 Wednesday

    Gaming / Lord of the Rings Online:
        News from the Launcher: Tales of the Kindred: Week 5 is now available. The story of the Kindred of the Coins continues with new quests unlocking every Wednesday for two months! Speak to Rothog located in Dar Laja, the Meeting-hall to continue the story of "Tales of the Kindred!"

June 25, 2024 Tuesday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:

        "No End To Toil" by Eonwe-(Valar) for his Narn I Auros series. Emailed June 23, 2024, posted today.


June 23, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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June 16, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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June 9, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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June 8, 2024 Saturday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:

        "To Show One's Quality" by Eonwe-(Valar) for his Narn I Auros series. "What are friends for?"


June 5, 2024 Wednesday

Gaming / Lord of the Rings Online:

        Update 40.1 release notes.
        Includes Midsummer and Yuletide festivals June 6 through June 25.

June 2, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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June 1, 2024 Saturday

Gaming / LotRO

    Official schedule of events for the year.


May 26, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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May 22, 2024 Wednesday

Gaming / LotRO

Update 40.1 release notes.


May 19, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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May 15, 2024

Gaming: Lord of the Rings Online

    Update 40: Beneath the Surface. The epic story continues beneath Umbar Baharbêl, inside the Umbar-môkh, also called the Neaths.


May 12, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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May 5, 2024 Sunday

Namarie to Bernard Hill, who played Theoden in the movies. He died this morning, at the age of 79.

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Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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April 28, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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April 21, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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April 14, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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April 13, 2024 Saturday


April 9, 2024 Tuesday


April 8, 2024 Monday

Welcome to the Valar Guild, Léod-(V)!

In the books, Léod was the Lord of the Éothéod and father of Eorl the Young.

Some of Leod-(V)'s favorite characters are Glorfindel, Bombadil, Radagast, and the rangers. He's read the H, LotR, Sil, BoLT1, Tolkien Companion, and Smith of Wooten Major. He's read part of Roverandom. He has Histories of Middle-earth as reference books. As a gamer, he has been playing daily in STO and LotRO. He sometimes plays BDO, ESO, Star Trek Online, and New World. The kin he used to play in on LotRO Landroval became empty so he did his homework looking up other kins and found us interesting. He's 55 and lives in Kentucky, so his time zone is Eastern. He is in our kin on Landroval and in our Discord server, so you should probably have a chance to meet him. He passed his test very well in LotRO (as Tyriah, a Gondorian Guardian) and Discord with Varda.

He also made the following article for the Tolkien Site:


April 7, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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April 1, 2024 Monday

Gaming: Lord of the Rings Online

    LotRO has re-opened.


March 31, 2024 Sunday

Happy Easter!

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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Gaming: Lord of the Rings Online

The gaming worlds are still all down. The company is investigating the problem.


March 30, 2024 Saturday

Gaming: Lord of the Rings Online

The gaming worlds are all down. The company is investigating the problem.


March 28, 2024 Thursday

Gaming: Lord of the Rings Online

Update 39.1.1 is live. Here are the release notes


March 24, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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March 17, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

Meeting Transcript


March 13, 2024 Wednesday

Gaming news: Lord of the Rings Online:
Update 39: Arenas of Conflict went live today.
Discover the 12-man raid entrance just east of Khutra along the small southern road towards the beach, going to the cave entrance.

March 10, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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March 9, 2024 Saturday

Tolkien Site / Stories:

    "Until It's Gone" by Eonwe-(Valar) for his Narn I Auros series, set after "First Impressions". You don't know what you have...


March 3, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

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Feb. 29, 2024 Thursday

Tolkien Site / Stories:

    "First Impressions" by Eonwe-(Valar) for his Narn I Auros series, set after "Saying Goodbye". Dinmir inspects her new shop and meets her neighbor.


Feb. 25, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

Meeting Transcript

Put up by Varda using a very similar version of Eonwe's previous transcript code, so don't blame Eonwe for any mistakes.
Feb. 18, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".

Meeting Transcript

New version of the transcript programmed and done by Eonwe-(Valar)

Tolkien Site / Stories:

    "Saying Goodbye"" by Eonwe-(Valar) for the Narn I Auros series.


Feb. 11, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and typed): (6)
            Discord:  Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Pallando, Sandalf13, Varda (presiding)
        Web:
            Tolkien Site / Stories:
                "Bravado" by Eonwe-(Valar). "Some things take great courage." Stand-alone short story for Valentine's Day (not related to any series).
        Gaming:
            Eve Online, World of Warcraft, Diablo 4, Diablo Immortal, Overwatch 2, Lord of the Rings Online
        Tolkien:
            Topic: Heroes are often associated with rescuing others. What rescues or rescue attempts can we think of in Tolkien's works?
        After-meeting:
            (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.


Feb. 7, 2024 Wednesday

    Gaming / Lord of the Rings Online:
        Update 38.3
            Includes: The 9th Legendary Items Reward Track begins at 10:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) on Wednesday, February 14th.


Feb. 4, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and typed): (6)
            Discord:  Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Pallando, Sandalf13, Varda (presiding)
                (Sightings of Fladrif and Nob.)
        Before-meeting:
            Skiing
            Groundhog Day
        Membership news:
            Ar-Pharazon is now Uncle Phar. :)
            Mastering a skill, how long does it take?
        Gaming:
            World of Warcraft, WoW Classic, Hearthstone, Diablo 4, Diablo Immortal, Overwatch 2, Lord of the Rings Online, Eve Online, Vanguard (Eve spin-off), more Eve
        Tolkien:
            Topic: What motivation kept the Fellowship members going against so much set against them? Especially Frodo?
        After-meeting:
            Tolkien chat continues.
            (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.


Jan. 28, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and typed): (8)
            Discord:  Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Eowyn/Cenedra, Fangorn/Treebeard, Pallando, Sandalf13, Varda (presiding)
        Web:
            New story by Eonwe put online Saturday: "Opportunity Cost: Second Age 3215, Imladris", by Eonwe-(Valar), in his Narn I Auros series.
            RP group story on the forum has new posts this week and during the meeting.
        Gaming:
            World of Warcraft, Warcraft Rumble, Diabo 4, Diablo: Immortal, Lord of the Rings Online
        Tolkien:
            Topics:
                Elvish calendar notes by Eonwe. (Also posted below, because it's so helpful.)
                RP postings.
        After-meeting:
            (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.

The Elvish year calendar notes by Eonwe:
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Elvish Year:
Quenya --- English --- Sindarin --- Number of Days

Yestarë -> First day of the year
Tuilë --- Spring ---  Ethuil --- (54 days)
Lairë --- Summer --- Laer --- (72 days)
Yavië --- Autumn --- Iavas --- (54 days)
Enderi -> Middle Days (3 normally, 6 every 12 years)
Quellë --- Fading --- Firith --- (54 days)
Hrivë --- Winter --- Rhiw --- (72 days)
Coirë --- Stirring --- Echuir --- (54 days)
Mettarë -> Last day of the year
---------------------------------------

More notes from Eonwe:
Names for "Fading": Q. Lasse-lanta S. Narbeleth.


Jan. 27, 2024 Saturday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      "Opportunity Cost: Second Age 3215, Imladris", by Eonwe-(Valar), in his Narn I Auros series. Arandil brings furs to Dinmir, but is interrupted. Arandil, Dinmir, Aldawë.
 

Jan. 21, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and typed): (5)
            Discord:  Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Sandalf13, Varda (presiding)
            (Side chat from Pallando re webwork.)
        Gaming:
            World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo 4, Diablo Immortal, Warcraft Rumble, Lord of the Rings Online
        Tolkien:
            Topic from Varda:  Tolkien Moment: In The Hobbit, Beorn describes his version of Mirkwood to Thorin's Company before they enter.
                Some tangents during discussion included:
                    trade
                    what food and drinkable water might have been in Mirkwood (potential article for Mirkwood waterways)
                    (during After-meeting): what mithril might be (scroll down from the joke question about the mithril gavel that started it),
                    things that disappeared from Middle-earth such as mithril and lembas (longish section on lembas).
        After-meeting:
            Tolkien Chat continues (see tangents above).
            (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.
 

Jan. 14, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and typed): (5)
            Discord:  Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Sandalf13, Varda (presiding)
        Web:
            Games Site player levels include LotRO updates now.
        Gaming:
            World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo 4, Diablo 3, Diablo Immortal, Overwatch 2, Lord of the Rings Online
        Tolkien:
            Topic from Arien:  A few islands in Middle-earth hosted historical events. Let's try to get the islands and events together.
        After-meeting:
            Smaug the Dragon sculpture photos, model made for Sandalf by his daughter, Elicia.
            (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.
             Trilobite photos.

Jan. 10, 2024 Wednesday

     Gaming / Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO):
        Update 38.2 arrives.
        The Ill Omens Skirmish Event starts January 11. For top levels, this includes an advance opportunity to win the Cloak of Conflict with essence slots. Special essences for those cloaks will show up after the end of the Ill Omens event. See Nedda Pinleaf at a skirmish camp for the wrapper quest (Bree outside the South Gate works). Set the skirmish camp at difficulty Tier 3 within 8 levels of your character (green mobs).
            Ill Omens guide on LotRO wiki.
            Ill Omens guide on FibroJedi


Jan. 7, 2024 Sunday

Sunday Meeting

    When: 5 P.M. Eastern Time
    Where: The Valar Guild's Discord server in text channel "meeting_place".
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and typed): (7)
            Discord:  Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Pengolodh (Before-meeting), Sandalf13, Shelob/Ungwetari, Varda (presiding)
        Web:
            Games Site for the Valar Guild, now completely re-coded by hand by Eonwe-(Valar)!
        Gaming:
            World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo Immortal, Diablo 3, Overwatch 2, Lord of the Rings Online
        Tolkien:
            Topic: One way to look at Tolkien's work is through the principles of journalism, a useful tool in any sort of writing including making a video game. Who, what, why, when, where, how?  How would we figure it out and then succinctly say what happened in The Lord of the Rings using those six questions?
        After-meeting:
            (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.


Jan. 3, 2024 Wednesday

Happy Birthday to JRR Tolkien!


/toast to The Professor!


January 1, 2024 Monday

    Happy New Year!

    The newly recoded and rebuilt Games Site, done by Eonwe-(Valar), is now up and running!


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