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silneldor
Half-elven


Sep 22 2007, 11:46pm

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Dernwyn, Lossefalme, Misty, and me [In reply to] Can't Post

are in Tuxedo (New York - not in tuxedos!) after a day at RenFaire, on my satellite laptop, just aching to see what happened! What a happening! We're glad that Altaira is thrilled to tears. All you guys did a fantabulous job in surprising her and BG.

We all think the Map is beyond description, it is just a fantastic input by artist and TORnsibs!

"Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that, through story, the real world would become a more magical place, full of meaning. We see its patterns and colors in a fresh way. The recovery of a true view of the world applies both to individual things, like hills and stones, and to the cosmic - the depths of space and time itself. For in sub-creation, in Tolkien's view, there is a "survey" of space and time. Reality is captured on a miniature scale. Through stories like The Lord of the Rings, a renewed view of things is given, illuminating the homely, the spiritial, the physical, and the moral dimensions of the world."

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis- The Gift of Friendship -Duriez


May the grace of Manw let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manw Slimo
By El~Cugu

From the website: 'The Realm of Manwe'



(This post was edited by silneldor on Sep 22 2007, 11:47pm)


hatster
Rohan


Sep 23 2007, 12:05am

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aww, we only rock because you folks [In reply to] Can't Post

gave us a place to rock. You (and Inferno) and all the admins make this place what it is. I'm just glad we found a way to make you squeee :=)

I have lost the dwarves and I have lost the wizard, and I don't know where I am; and I don't want to know, if only I can get away.


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 12:29am

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*sobs* too perfect for words.... [In reply to] Can't Post

except thank YOU for everything you've done and continue to do for us.

{{Altaira}} {{BG}} {{Conspirators}}


im so happy..


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Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."


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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 12:34am

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When I read that [In reply to] Can't Post

I whooped out loud and the tears started! I hadn't even thought of what would happen to get you to the door. You people are brilliant... and Annael gets a gold star. I didn't think this could get any better.

Shouting out the door and screaming back at it. Cripes... awesome!!

I wish i knew what to say..


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Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."


TORn's Observations Lists


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 12:38am

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oh my..... sstunning! Lookit you all! // [In reply to] Can't Post

what great pictures! And the map... that's the best yet!


Now... tell Altaira and BG to go back and look at Fiesta chatter from yesterday


cripes I wish I was there!


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Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."


TORn's Observations Lists


Elizabeth
Half-elven


Sep 23 2007, 12:42am

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Not just the Fiesta chatter... [In reply to] Can't Post

Check out the drabbles on Main, too!

We were just so excited we couldn't restrain ourselves!




Son of Elizabeth in Frodo's tree
March, 2007


Elizabeth is the TORnsib formerly known as 'erather'


Shadowfaxfan
Rivendell


Sep 23 2007, 12:54am

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That is a gorgeous house and it [In reply to] Can't Post

looks like that map is going to blend in with the color scheme and decor perfectly. I hope you get to spend many moments gazing at it and that it brings a special element of peacefulness to your days. I am so glad it remained a surprise, now you will have to go back through some of the posts and read all the corny map jokes! Best wishes, Karen


Look for your friends, but do not trust to hope,
it has forsaken these lands. Eomer to Aragorn~TT~Film


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 1:05am

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Altaira's face. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm in the process of uploading a bunch of photos to show you, but I figured this one was the most precious of the bunch, so I'll put it here now. More later!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

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"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." --Terry Pratchett
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hatster
Rohan


Sep 23 2007, 1:07am

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Perfect!!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Now I can't stop grinning. Perfect shot. Thanks so much!

I have lost the dwarves and I have lost the wizard, and I don't know where I am; and I don't want to know, if only I can get away.


Elizabeth
Half-elven


Sep 23 2007, 1:13am

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Yep, that's what we were all waiting for! [In reply to] Can't Post

Perfect.

You guys have done an awesome job with this. Thank you a million times for letting us all share the experience as much as it's possible from thousands of miles away!




Son of Elizabeth in Frodo's tree
March, 2007


Elizabeth is the TORnsib formerly known as 'erather'


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 1:15am

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*holds breath as picture slowly loads* [In reply to] Can't Post

 
GOTCHA!


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Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."


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Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


Sep 23 2007, 1:22am

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Boy, a picture is worth a thousand words! [In reply to] Can't Post

That certainly tells the story!!!!


Ginger
Lorien

Sep 23 2007, 1:22am

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Excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the reports and the photo. I've been looking west south westerly and smiling all day.

What a perfect way for Annael and entmaiden to come in. Kudos to you, Annael, for thinking of it.

Thank you to all who made it happen. I'm looking forward to more pictures.

I'm going to go raise a hard lemonade to everyone! Here's to all of you!


Daughter of Nienna
Grey Havens


Sep 23 2007, 1:26am

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Oh! How Wonderful! [In reply to] Can't Post

No time to read this whole thread. Just the essentials for now... I have tears streaming down my face.

Altaira... It has been really fun... giggly fun planning and plotting, though I mostly just read the plotters on our own private group board... I feel very much a part of it. I kept up with it all since June, anyway. Can't wait to see the surprise party images and more picts of the map itself.

I have to get ready for my own Bilbo Bash... going as owyn. running late. I'll come back and read this thread more thoroughly afterward, during the wee hours for all of you... it's 3:30 pm Hawaii time.


Have wonderous joy and laughter tears and hugs.

Happy Birthday to Bilbo & Frodo!

Daughter of Nienna
samshopestar

**Tribute: Lt. J.G. Robert Sterling, WWII Pilot MIA, by Gramma & DoN**
Art Gallery Revised, Aloha & Mahalo, Websites Directory

Nienna: those who hearken to her learn pity, and endurance in hope . . . All those who wait in Mandos cry to her, for she brings strength to the spirit and turns sorrow to wisdom." Valaquenta


Kimi
Forum Admin / Moderator

Sep 23 2007, 1:27am

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Perfect! [In reply to] Can't Post

You captured the moment beautifully!




Promises to Keep: a novel set in 19th Century New Zealand.

The Passing of Mistress Rose

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Smeagirl/Girllum
Gondor


Sep 23 2007, 1:32am

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Yay! Exactly the desired effect! *does happy dance* /NT [In reply to] Can't Post

 


hatster
Rohan


Sep 23 2007, 1:34am

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notice her left hand is a blur? [In reply to] Can't Post

Can't you just feel the excitement in it? cooooooooool cooooool pic. and yes, just what we've all been waiting to see Cool

I have lost the dwarves and I have lost the wizard, and I don't know where I am; and I don't want to know, if only I can get away.


Eledhwen
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 23 2007, 1:36am

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Fantastic! [In reply to] Can't Post

That made me laugh out loud. Just the reaction everyone had hoped for, I think. Thanks, Aunt Dora - and the rest of the conspirators for carrying out the surprise so well.

Fox Glacier

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Magpie
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 2:04am

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What those of us know... [In reply to] Can't Post

...who have had a closer (albeit digital) look is: the mouth won't close for a long time. You cannot begin to imagine the depth and delight of this map until you look at it over a prolonged period of time. I have grown to really admire Daniel's work.

You know, I made a comment about Howard Shore on my website. Let me go find it.


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Howard Shore is most certainly gifted, experienced and well trained in music and film scoring. Having little formal musical training, I am not a good one to discuss those attributes. And actually, I don't believe those fine attributes are what elevates this music beyond 'good', or even 'great', to something indescribable. I honestly think there's something in Howard Shore's spirit which, provided with the fodder of Tolkien's Middle-earth, shone through all the brighter. I wrote this to a friend:

I'm beginning to think that Howard Shore has woven something magical into the score. And part of me would like to believe that for all his talent, for all his gifts, for all his conscious intentions, in the end there's a bit of Tolkien magic that possessed him and elevated the work past that of an ordinary score.


I'm also beginning to think that Daniel has woven something magical into this map. I have enjoyed the intrigue and the planning and the brainstorming and the updates. But, honestly, none of that explains what I feel when I look at this map. There's something in the map itself, aside from all the wonderful camaraderie of the project. If Daniel were here, I'd raise a glass and call for a toast.

Altaira, you give so selflessly to these boards and this community. And always with grace and patience. You deserve all of this.

To Altaira (except... my bottle is almost empty.) well... to Altaira with my last splash of Moose Drool Ale.



Smeagirl/Girllum
Gondor


Sep 23 2007, 2:26am

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I did notice . . . and am I the only one [In reply to] Can't Post

who is feeling somewhat disturbed by all this talk of shaky hands, with photos showing various drinks being held in close proximity to the map?!?!? I keep wanting to reach into the screen and move the drinks away.

I'm sure everyone was careful, but man, you guys are braver than I am. I'd have moved all liquids and anything "dangerous" out of the house beforehand! Er . . . well, I guess that would have been difficult without spoiling the surprise. And I guess that's just me being a worry-wort as usual. OK, carry on . . .


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 2:27am

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Here's the photo album. <3 [In reply to] Can't Post

A conspiracy unmasked (Note that there are four pages.)

I hope this works. If not, maybe someone here can help me with it. Anyway, the first thing is a short movie clip of Entmaiden explaining to Altaira and BG how we were following the package as it was shipped. The first photo is an enhanced version of the 'Altaira's face' photo, which Elizabeth sent me after fixing the color and lighting.

We took lots more video, but it's all on VHS, and we have to transfer it to DVD. Once that's done, I may ask for help from someone more savvy than I am about how to share it. I think I can send the file via e-mail using "yousendit", if someone has ideas about how to share it from there.

There's something I've been wanting to say through all of this. I was only a very small bit player. Beyond a few very minor suggestions about the map, my part mostly consisted of casually suggesting to Altaira that we get together after my writers' group as we often do. That and learning my lines for when Entmaiden and Annael knocked on the door.

There were others who did a huge amount of work on this wonderful project, and are continuing to do so. I won't name names for fear of leaving someone out, but I think most of us know who they are *cough*Entmaiden*cough*. And the person who first had the idea for this journey has asked to be anonymous, and I will honor that request, but we owe her a debt of gratitude for a wonderful, generous idea.

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." --Terry Pratchett
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(This post was edited by Aunt Dora Baggins on Sep 23 2007, 2:33am)


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 23 2007, 2:29am

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"There's something in the map itself..." [In reply to] Can't Post

THAT'S IT Magpie! The map is staggering! It's evolved from a fantastic idea with many voices shooting SO many ideas and comments that he sorted through and incorporated as much as he could... but this piece that he's captured has such a warmth and home-like to it. Someone said it before, and it struck such a chord. When I look at it, I feel homesick...

It's all the beautifully special things that has been born from all of the people who have populated the boards... but it's grown into a life of its own. How he could have gathered all of TORn board's history and the magic of the films and meld them into the amazing piece is phenomenal!

You're so right to compare Shore's weaving magic into the films with his music to Reeve's artwork! We're so lucky!


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Trust him... The Hobbit is coming!

"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."


TORn's Observations Lists


Morwen
Rohan


Sep 23 2007, 2:34am

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It sounds like the plan went through without a hitch [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks to all the Party Conspirators for the excellent reports and pics. I'm not sure anything quite like this has ever happened in the history of the internet. I was at work at the critical moment, but I was certainly in Colorado in spirit.

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I've heard your anguish, I've heard your hearts cry out
We are tired, we are weary, but we aren't worn out
Set down your chains, until only faith remains
Set down your chains--Jewel


hatster
Rohan


Sep 23 2007, 2:48am

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uh huh.. exactly the same thought crossed my mind / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

I have lost the dwarves and I have lost the wizard, and I don't know where I am; and I don't want to know, if only I can get away.


RosieLass
Valinor


Sep 23 2007, 3:07am

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It's not actually as close as it looks. [In reply to] Can't Post

Believe me, everyone was being very careful!

Oh Moon, lovely moon, with thy beautiful face,
Careering throughout the boundaries of space,
Whenever I see thee, I think in my mind,
Shall I ever, oh ever, behold thy behind.


--Edmund Gosse's house maid

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