About the Glittering Caves of Aglarond


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History of the Glittering Caves art gallery
History of the Glittering Caves in the Lord of the Rings

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    If you would like to contribute an original work or works to the Glittering Caves, contact Varda . (Erase the words NOSPAM.) AI art is not accepted.
    Please be specific as I do many other pages as well. Works must have to do with Tolkien and will be linked into the Valar Guild Tolkien Encyclopedia, viewed world-wide. This is a working art gallery, not just a collection.
    Please send files as jpg. I prefer them on separate emails, but together can be handled at need. If they must be compressed, please use WinZip as I have that program. I do not have .rar.

    No money can be exchanged, as that would require licenses from the Tolkien Estates and those companies to whom they have already licensed many rights, usually exclusively. We may no longer take maps, due to lawyer warnings by these folk, since a book of Tolkien maps is coming out and they believe online maps would hurt sales. What we think is irrelevant to their belief, of course.

    Any contribution to the Valar Guild Tolkien Encyclopedia makes you eligible to join the Valar Guild as a Tolkien-only member. We list these members on their own page, separate from full members who do both this and game honorably online together. The list contains contact information and country, along with your guild name. You may also participate in the Forum, using your guild name under Displayed name, and come to our weekly online meetings including business and Tolkien chat. See the News page for each Sunday for current information on reaching meetings, along with summaries and transcripts of previous meetings.

History of the Art Gallery:

    The Glittering Caves began December 12, 1998, created by Amillo-(Valar) aka Elatan-(Valar), as a collection of original and linked art chosen by members of the Valar Guild. He placed it on GeoCities.
    GeoCities merged with Yahoo and lost Amillo's access to the page, despite repeated emails and tech support. The page remained up in exactly the state he was forced to leave it.
    Amillo found other hobbies, such as making his own bows for archery and playing World of WarCraft. Around this time, his guild name changed to Elatan-(Valar). He passed the pages on to Varda-(Valar), current webmaster and fellow World of WarCraft player. (We still play together, although our different time zones cause problems.)

    Varda lacked sufficient web space but kept searching. The server space offered by Alatar-(Valar), who has his own computer business and talks on radio, filled to the brink, and we were being careful with what remained. I was already using my GeoCities space for the Folklore & Mythology site. I dropped the Plants site when another server changed to pay. Meanwhile, new original art from members scattered around various places in the Valar Guild web sites.

    Farmer Maggot-(V) offered server space on a spare personal hard drive to handle the various image problems. Unfortunately, the server went down just as the sites started being built. After it was up again, he went on a seven week camping vacation with his family, and we ran into difficulties.

    With great good fortune, while Farmer was still on his long vacation and during the Valar Guild's July 17, 2005 AIM meeting, a new Tolkien-only member of the Valar Guld, AuSteinM, creator of DoorMan Bot for AIM, offered a part of his own server space for the guild's image collection problem.  This included screenshots from games for the gaming pages, as well as for this art gallery.

    Eowyn-(V) intends to create a new graphic for the title. Elatan-(Valar) allows the use of his wonderful shields for links, and his images for the cave. Many members contributed their original work to this page, allowing us to show it even after they've moved on to other pursuits.

    Member names with -ex are those honorable folk who can no longer be active in the guild. The ones still in the guild have often been in it for many years and are good friends with each other. Those with V or Valar ending their names have played online games with other members. Those with (TV) endings now work on Tolkien web pages exclusively; some used to be gamers before time constrictions or other problems stopped them.

History of J.R.R. Tolkien's Glittering Caves of Aglarond:

    During the Battle of Helm's Deep, battle swept Gimli apart from his friends and he went with some of the Riders into the caves below the fortress.
-"Helm's Deep:, The Two Towers.

    Gimli told his friend, Legolas, of his unexpected find.  He spoke for many long paragraphs, his longest speech of all the books, in his excitement, trying to convince a woods-loving elf of the magnificence of the vast and beautiful caverns, "one of the marvels of the Northern World", used by the Rohirrim only for refuge and storage. "The torches pass on into another chamber and another dream." He tells of his great wish to bring other Dwarves with him to tend the caves, cautiously opening and lighting new caverns without harming any of the beauty of the ones already discovered, not destroying by mining it, the same as one would not "cut down groves of blossoming trees for firewood."
    Legolas makes a pact with Gimli that after the War, they will go together to visit the great marvel the other wishes to see again, these caves and Fangorn Forest. Gandalf calls the place "the Glittering Caves of Aglarond".
-"The Road to Isengard", The Two Towers.

    "Then Legolas repaid his promise to Gimli and went with him to the Glittering Caves; and when they returned he was silent, and would say only that Gimli alone could find the words to speak of them. 'And never before has a Dwarf claimed victory over an Elf in a contest of words."
-"Many Partings", Return of the King

    "After the fall of Sauron, Gimli brought south a part of the Dwarf-folk of Erebor, and he became Lord of the Glittering Caves."
-"Appendix A", Return of the King