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I would like to tell you


Apr 26 2009, 4:52pm

Post #1 of 18 (1540 views)
I would like to tell you Can't Post

I would like to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that 10 years is too short a time to know such excellent and admirable hobbits, so I am just going to have to stretch on for at least a hundred and one more years. I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and as for the rest you have given me more than I deserve.

For me, TheOneRing.net started out with a conversation with Calisuri. He is a dreamer, a glass half full type of guy, and at the time I was mired in reality and a glass half empty type. He had a dream to do for Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings movies what TheForce.net did for Star Wars. In my mind, I thought, "No way kid" but he was a friend so I decided to give him a hand. Little did I know he was handing me the key to change my life. And Xoanon, Tehanu, and so many others slammed that key home, turned it and through open the doors to a wonderful world.

Of the founders, I am probably the one with the fewest tales of brushes with the rich and famous, but I am blessed enough with the many encounters I have had with fans, scholars, ordinary hobbity folk that make Tolkien fandom so great. I have had no trips to New Zealand or Cannes, no visits to the sets or symphonies, but I have gotten to go to fan conventions and Tolkien meetups and barbeques. I have seen a handful of close friends (friends that I know only because of TORn) get married, and know that more will come. And if I would have to choose, I would pick the path I have taken again.

So my fondest memories of TORn are all of you. The times we have had, and will have. So stop on by the next time you are on a walk through the Shire, and I will put tea on for us.

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Apr 26 2009, 6:22pm

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{{Corvar}} [In reply to] Can't Post

Now I know how truly moved you must be: that's the most I've even seen you write at one time, lol! Laugh

Seriously, it's exactly those grass-roots, salt of the earth experiences that makes the collective TORn experience so wonderful. We all come away from conventions excited about the celebrities we've seen, but it's the friends we made and re-connected with that gives true satisfaction: exactly what you were saying, in other words.

Little did I know he was handing me the key to change my life

That's really what this weekend celebration (and TORn) is all about. Sometimes in small ways and sometimes in very big ways, this website gave us all the key to life-changing life-events. So now you know, from experience, exactly how we feel about you and the other founders.Smile

As Alassea's Valequenta said, you wrought something wonderful here. And, you never abandoned us no matter how many times your phone rang in the middle of the night when the old server went down (which happened a lot), or when the old boards froze (which happened even more).

It's nice to know that we Hobbits and Elves (and some Orcs) here at TORn have provided you as satisfying an experience as you've provided for us. (And, of course, I'll be reminding you of that the next time I need something LaughWinkCool).

*Hugs* to you, my friend. Smile

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(This post was edited by Altaira on Apr 26 2009, 7:36pm)


Apr 26 2009, 6:42pm

Post #3 of 18 (1260 views)
What I think I'm most grateful to TORn for... [In reply to] Can't Post

is that it has sustained. So much of the net and fandom is ephemeral. People are all passionate and ready to do totally massive, obsessive things and then... interests wane... life changes... other things grab our attention. And before you know it... a community has just evaporated into the ether.

That hasn't happened here. The people who keep coming to the message boards had a part in that, I think. But without some commitment from our four Founders, we could easily have lost our home. The old boards (bless their heart) were getting so creaky and harder and harder to access over time. You guys gave us a new home. But what I'm really trying to say is.. yes, the fans help sustain a site but it's the managers/owners of the site that determine how enduring it will be. Through your commitment, we are sustained.

I suspect that your role in that was huge and that matters way more than any party you've been to or celebrity you've met.

Love the Wisconsin cow, btw. I'm in Minneapolis and we vacationed near Kenosha in 2004. While we were there, we swung up to meet my good friend in Tolkien who lives near Milwaukee. Minneapolis is actually ripe with Tolkien fans, quite a few who are members of this forum, more who read the front page. And I know there are some in Wisconsin. Let's get ourselves a Midwest Moot going, hey? ;^)

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Apr 26 2009, 7:09pm

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The Shire, you say? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll swing by next Tuesday and bring a wagon of Old Winyards with me. :)

Cheers to you Corvar, and thank you for helping create a home for Tolkien fans everywhere.

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
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Apr 26 2009, 7:23pm

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Thank you [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for your dedication to this site- and I honestly cannot fault you for being disbelieving! This website is an enigma among websites; this community is amazing. While the members come and go, the founders have stayed, and many members stay as well.

Thank you for your leadership! *salute*

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Apr 26 2009, 7:31pm

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Lovely, Corvar! [In reply to] Can't Post

We're so lucky to have all of you TPTB, and I'm especially lucky to count you as my friend.

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Apr 26 2009, 8:09pm

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Hi! [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
(and some Orcs)

You rang? <;<p

I hadn't realised that it was the ten year anniversary until Annael gave me the heads up. Although I'm not around much anymore, it was TORn that first introduced me to the idea that there were websites which had communities that were worth spending time at. And through the trolls and the fangirls, and the people who wanted help with their book report (all hail Queen Beruthiel!) it was really rather fun, and I've met some people here who it is an honour to know.

Thanks, you lot <:<D

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"I the hell am Harry," I said.
He pulled out his own gym bag and slammed the car door closed. "You always a wiseass?"
"No. Sometimes I'm asleep."

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Apr 26 2009, 8:14pm

Post #8 of 18 (1236 views)
maybe something a bit stronger...?? [In reply to] Can't Post

Or is tea all you're offering?! Tongue

Corvar, you are a star and a dear friend. Thanks for your kind words, and for all you do for TORn. We wouldn't be here without you - glad you decided to humour The Mysterious Calisuri! Blessed be good sir - here's to our next merry meeting! Heart

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Apr 26 2009, 8:46pm

Post #9 of 18 (1260 views)
Well now.. [In reply to] Can't Post

Of the founders, I am probably the one with the fewest tales of brushes with the rich and famous, but I am blessed enough with the many encounters I have had with fans, scholars, ordinary hobbity folk that make Tolkien fandom so great.

I don't know much about the rich and famous myself. We all can't be one of them. Wink I come here because of the ordinary hobbity folk and fans. Can't be a bad thing. Smile


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Apr 26 2009, 10:11pm

Post #10 of 18 (1229 views)
Still hoarding the Ol' Winyards, I see.... [In reply to] Can't Post



Thanks for helping to create a place where I can spend countless hours having pointless meaningful discussionswith such dysfuntional wonderful people.

Cheers! Smile

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For they are the ones who let in the light!


Apr 26 2009, 11:30pm

Post #11 of 18 (1225 views)
*breaks out her secret stash of 1420* [In reply to] Can't Post

And passes a few down the table. I'll add to this. My thanks and blessings too, Corvar--to the one behind the scenes.
Live long and prosper...ooops, wrong fandom, but right sentiment!


Apr 26 2009, 11:59pm

Post #12 of 18 (1220 views)
Oh man... well said! [In reply to] Can't Post

*cuts, pastes* Though you may be the least travelled, you are certainly cherished for everything you bring to TORn... whether it's just keeping the server's heartbeat going and keeping our screens lit, or sharing in good times, good stories and lots of laughter... you are irreplacible. I'm so glad you took pity on that very excitable friend and that you both responded to the other two collaborators who came on board. What a great stroke of luck for us all that Tolkien brought y'all together... and that you let the rest of us come out to play :D

Here's to you, sir... and the wonderfulness of yourself. 10 years! Go figure. And now on to 30 more! :D

*warm hug*


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Apr 27 2009, 12:03am

Post #13 of 18 (1222 views)
This celebration was TORn's most memorable [In reply to] Can't Post

event for me. Actually festival is the right word.
I believe it is because of this small thought:

Life is a celebration of beauty.
A festival to the spirit.

All of you did good and the proof of that is the legion of smiles pointing your way.

Thank you all againSmile

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Patrick Curry-Defending Middle-Earth-Tolkien: Myth and Modernity - chapter: 'The Sea: Spirituality and Ethics.'

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Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
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In all the realms this is where I stay
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Apr 27 2009, 1:41am

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Through open doors [In reply to] Can't Post

"It's a dangerous business, Corvar, going through that door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Many thanks for delighting us all with your webmaking creativity - and for letting yourself become part of this grand Adventure! Smile

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Apr 27 2009, 6:53am

Post #15 of 18 (1210 views)
Thank you for that lovely post [In reply to] Can't Post

And thank you for all you do here.

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Apr 27 2009, 7:10am

Post #16 of 18 (1203 views)
The heart [In reply to] Can't Post

of TORN and LOTR fandom is the people, as you so rightly say. You are certainly deserving of our deepest gratitude for all you have done to keep this place not just running but thriving. The amazing community that has grown up here has done so on the basis of your work! You've made all of our myriad experiences possible by all your behind the scenes work to keep the website running smoothly - and picking up after us when we "broke" it on many occasions. You are greatly appreciated, even by those of us who have only the smallest understanding of what you do. Many, many thanks!


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Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else [make something new], may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds. The gems all turn into flowers or flames, and you will be warned that all you had (or knew) was dangerous and potent, not really effectively chained, free and wild; no more yours than they were you."
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Apr 27 2009, 3:37pm

Post #17 of 18 (1222 views)
Aw, you sound a lot like Bilbo... [In reply to] Can't Post

...without the encounter with a dragon, of course...unless you left that part out!

Glad you were able to spend so much time here this weekend and that there was so much to enjoy. And thanks for your thoughts from the heart here...I bet you make a nice cup of tea, too!



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...In honor of
......TORN's annual
......Founder's Day Celebration
...........Established 4/26/09

...Corvar, Xoanon, Tehanu, Calisuri.....LARGER IMAGE


Aug 30 2009, 11:29am

Post #18 of 18 (1205 views)
*mods up* Well said... and so true // [In reply to] Can't Post



"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West."
~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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