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Mar 15 2017, 6:22pm

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Introduction and Explanation of TIME & BS posts for our newbies and lurkers :)

TIME (Today in Middle-earth) & Google Calendar BS (Book Spoiler) and TORn's Geeky Observation Lists

...I started posting TIME in March, 2002. As I've read The Lord of the Rings for over 46 years (since 1971), I had always wondered what was going on with the other members of the Fellowship when I was reading about Sam and Frodo in Ithilien or Merry and Pippin after they were split apart from the others. I started keeping a file on what was happening to them on any given day based on the timeline in APPENDIX B: THE TALE OF YEARS (CHRONOLOGY OF THE WESTLANDS): Third Age (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, pgs. 459-472 RotK).

...During the final days of the War of the Ring, I got the brainy idea to share my madness and post them on TORn; hence, Today in Middle-earth (TIME).

...I've built my TIME posts based on the APPENDIX B Chronological Dates; so if there was something going on during any given day and/or year (in 3018, 3019, etc.), I listed them all together with excerpts from the book and a note (from the appendices). If there's an entry that says (not from the appendices), that means the event wasn't listed in the Appendix B list of dates, but may appear in other places in the appendices found in RotK. If it says (not from the appendices-no text) but there's something there, it's my fanfic... just a smidge.


March 30, 2942 (S.R. 1342)
1. Bilbo and Gandalf rest at Beorn's house.
(determined from text-no text)

...Some TIME posts are short, some get long... depending on events. When there were slow spots in the story, I started posting my BS (Book Spoilers) to fill in the gaps of Rohan... I mean... TIME. Later on, I began to add entries from The Hobbit following the mileage charts and references from Karen Wynn Fonstad's "The Atlas of Middle-earth" that we use for TORn's Walk to Rivendell. However, these mileage charts end at The Lonely Mountain; so I have completed my own versions of mileage charts following Bilbo, Gandalf and Beorn on their journey back home. These can also be found in The Walk to Rivendell's weekly post.
...I clump my posts together in one thread, adding to it each day until it drops off the page, and I try to remember to note each one with a little buggy icon so they're easy to find. You'll notice they're chopped up a bit with these "... ..." That's to honour copyright laws and not have too much of the Professor's text displayed without breaks. I'm not posting the books... just snippets of them to commemorate the timeline of Bilbo's and the Fellowship's Quests.
...I don't always list something for every year if there's nothing going on; just occasionally for a point of reference. HOWEVER, if you're seriously trying to keep track of the exact dates according to the Shire calendar, these are not accurate dates. The Shire calendar has 30 days in each month (including February), so this would affect the actual date of an event. There is around a 10-day difference between our Gregorian calendar and the Shire calendar. I am no good at conversions. It hurts my brain to do math(ish) things, so I work with our modern/Gregorian calendar, which I personally find comforting and easier to follow throughout the story.

Geeky Observation Lists

...Also, if you'd like to look at the lists of movie observations TORn sibbies have discovered and shared since the moment the films were released, you can go to the link in my footer that will take you to the lists for Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, and Return of the King and The Hobbit lists. Each film has a set of lists (which I'm updating) that are more factual/subdued and a geeky list filled with details that will either leave you in awe or rolling your eyes in disbelief. Well, we're geeks... what'd you expect ;)
...There's also another set of lists that contain tidbits and more detailed observations called "There's Room For a Little More" that includes observations on music, costumes, gifts for the cast, etc. I'm adding new lists as I complete them, so watch for updates in the "News From Bree" page. Even if it's been a LONG TIME since I've updated the pages, I'm still working on them... so hang in there! Have a look and let me know if you have anything you'd like to add.

So there you are. Enjoy!



We have been there and back again.

TIME Google Calendar

6th draft of TH:AUJ Geeky Observations List - November 28, 2013
4th draft of TH:DOS Geeky Observations List - May 15, 2014

5th draft of TH:BotFA Geeky Observations List - January 30, 2015

TORn's Geeky Observations Lists for LotR and The Hobbit

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