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A Conspiracy Unmasked
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entmaiden
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Sep 22 2007, 8:10pm

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RosieLass says "She hates it!"

OK, not really; in fact, not at all. Altaira can't stand up because her knees are shaking and for the first time in memory, she did indeed "SQUEEE!". She says she'll never trust anyone of us again.

She's so afraid she'll drip tears on her Map, but she can't stop looking at it and finding something even more amazing. We haven't gotten much more out of her than "Wow", and "Squee".

She's still collecting her thoughts and will post soon. Right now all she says is she loves TORN and everyone on the message boards. She is really overcome.

We have video of the event will post it when we can.

We've been her for an hour and she hasn't left her map. BG is equally overwhelmed.

Annael adds:
None of the conspirators who are in/came to Colorado for this got much sleep last night! We were all too excited! Entmaiden & I had butterflies driving to Altaira's. Aunt Dora, Uncle Baggins, Rosielass, and May Gamgee parked in front, while we parked around the corner and peeked until we saw everyone had gone in. Then we brought the map to the door and knocked hard on it; Aunt Dora shouted "no thank you! We don't want any visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations!" and we yelled "What about very old friends?" Altaira opened the door and stared at us for about five minutes in disbelief. Then we gave her the card we'd gotten, thanking her for all her hard work on the new boards (and BG's). She thought that was the thank-you and was completely unprepared for the map itself. Uncle Baggins recorded her reaction, which I can't do justice to in words, but it was everything one could wish for. We all feel privileged and that to be part of the gift-giving was in itself a gift. None of us have ever been part of such an extraordinary thing before. This was truly a work of love in every way.

Each cloak was fastened about the neck with a brooch like a green leaf veined with silver.
`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.


NARF since 1974.
Balin Bows


entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 22 2007, 8:16pm

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to explain to those who weren't in on the conspiracy [In reply to] Can't Post

Last February, some of us began talking about how to thank Altaira and BG for the new boards. There were many ideas floated, but eventually we settled on a map of TORN with all the elements of TORN included, based on the map of Middle-earth. We contacted Daniel Reeve, who did the maps for the movies, and he agreed to do it. Many months of discussion ensued with people making suggestions for what should be included and where. There were several drafts before the final product, which is absolutely beautiful with many wonderful little features that you have to look at the map for a long time to see. We'll be putting pictures up soon.

If you are interested in a copy, stay tuned; we're working on that and will let you know!

(Annael)

Each cloak was fastened about the neck with a brooch like a green leaf veined with silver.
`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.


NARF since 1974.
Balin Bows


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Sep 22 2007, 8:16pm

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Well done! [In reply to] Can't Post

And very well deserved to Altaira and BG.

Thanks for all your hard work, Entmaiden, Annael, Rosie, Aunt Dora and all the rest of the conspirators!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Discuss The Children of Húrin in the Reading Room, June 11-October 14.


Magpie
Immortal


Sep 22 2007, 8:26pm

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I <3 all of you! [In reply to] Can't Post

Aunt Dora shouting "No Thank You!" and all... You guys know how to have fun!

This was sure the Long (on our part) Unexpected (on Altaira's part) Party.

I can't wait for more reports.

We are all far too eager and curious for Hobbits.



RosieLass
Valinor


Sep 22 2007, 8:28pm

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She didn't really hate it! I was just kidding! [In reply to] Can't Post

Here's a picture of the map. You may not be able to see all the details, but it is amazing how much stuff there is. It's absolutely stunning.









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

http://mallika.vox.com/

(This post was edited by RosieLass on Sep 22 2007, 8:31pm)


Altaira
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Sep 22 2007, 8:43pm

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YOU ALL ROCK!!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

BG and I are truly, truly speechless. I was already crying just reading the card. Little did I know what was yet to come. Smile

I really am speechless right now; HAPPY, but speechless, (and very shaky). I need to gather my breath and my thoughts and post a proper thank you to all you excellent friends and Hobbits.

Until then THAG YOU VERY BUCH seems like a pretty good start.

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

SmileHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartHeartSmile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"All we have to decide is what to do with the boards that are given to us"



"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase

TORn Calendar


Elizabeth
Valinor


Sep 22 2007, 8:47pm

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Great report! But what we want to see [In reply to] Can't Post

...is The Look On Her Face when it was revealed!

Keep those pictures coming!

Love you all!!!




Son of Elizabeth in Frodo's tree
March, 2007


Elizabeth is the TORnsib formerly known as 'erather'


Patty
Immortal


Sep 22 2007, 8:59pm

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Wonderful! I'm glad they liked it! [In reply to] Can't Post

We knew they would!

Beautiful house there, Altaira! This serves as a house-warming, thank you, and you're the best, present!

For Gondor!


Smeagirl/Girllum
Gondor


Sep 22 2007, 9:04pm

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Squeee! Hey, why is this in Off Topic? [In reply to] Can't Post

There's never been anything more On Topic in the history of the boards, the topic being the boards themselves and thanks therefor and all. None of which would have existed if not for the good Professor's brilliant works. Can someone move this to Main? (Not Altaira if you're still shaking! :-)

I've been dying of suspense all day waiting for the big moment! Thank you so much to those who made the trip to give the map in person. The "what about very old friends?" bit was brilliant! I wish I could've been there to hear that exchange and see Altaira's reaction!

Yay! *throws confetti* This is the best conspiracy I've ever been a part of! :-D


Kyriel
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Sep 22 2007, 9:04pm

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Hooray! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm so glad you guys got pics and video. I wish I could have been there, but this will be the next best thing. I can't wait to see the look on Altaira's face when she first sees the map!

Those left standing will make millions writing books on the way it should have been. --Incubus


Silverlode
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 22 2007, 9:08pm

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Agreed. [In reply to] Can't Post

I moved the thread to Main, and left a "moved post" marker in OT.

Party on, everyone!

Silverlode

Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
The genius and the plan thus inspired
Depart me and I, entering a room,
Find myself on the threshold, stand still
And wonder what I came to do there.


Altaira
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Sep 22 2007, 9:17pm

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it was well documented (Annael replies) [In reply to] Can't Post

Rosie and Uncle Baggins & I all had the cameras going.


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"All we have to decide is what to do with the boards that are given to us"



"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase

TORn Calendar


Ataahua
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Sep 22 2007, 9:22pm

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:) [In reply to] Can't Post

You deserve it, Altaira.

And kudos to the conspirators for their style - that entrance was pure genius!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Ataahua's stories


Eledhwen
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Sep 22 2007, 9:26pm

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Hurrah! [In reply to] Can't Post

So glad you liked it. Cool And thank you very much back.

Fox Glacier

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Silverlode
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Sep 22 2007, 9:26pm

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I love your stylish entrance! Well done, fellow conspirators! This project has been such fun from beginning to end. Only on TORN!
I can't wait for more pictures and video! LaughLaughLaugh

Silverlode

Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
The genius and the plan thus inspired
Depart me and I, entering a room,
Find myself on the threshold, stand still
And wonder what I came to do there.


Silverlode
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 22 2007, 9:32pm

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She likes it! [In reply to] Can't Post

 *cheers and throws confetti*

It IS just amazing, isn't it? And you're VERY welcome! Cool

Silverlode

Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream:
The genius and the plan thus inspired
Depart me and I, entering a room,
Find myself on the threshold, stand still
And wonder what I came to do there.


drogo
Lorien


Sep 22 2007, 9:39pm

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So glad [In reply to] Can't Post

you and BG like it, and thanks for the work on the new boards! The planning of it was an adventure in itself!


Altaira
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Sep 22 2007, 9:50pm

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Credit where credit is due: [In reply to] Can't Post


In Reply To
Aunt Dora shouting "No Thank You!" and all... You guys know how to have fun!

This was sure the Long (on our part) Unexpected (on Altaira's part) Party.

I can't wait for more reports.

We are all far too eager and curious for Hobbits.


Aunt Dora here. That little exchange was Annael's idea. Smile

Uncle Baggins took video, so we'll have to convert it to digital and then upload it somewhere. It may take a day or two. I'll try to get some photos up by tomorrow. We're taking *lots* of photos.

Uncle Baggins is asking BG lots of questions about cricket, and getting a detailed reply.Tongue


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"All we have to decide is what to do with the boards that are given to us"



"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase

TORn Calendar


Reera the Red
Rivendell

Sep 22 2007, 9:59pm

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Good work! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wonderful job on the presentation, entmaiden & fellow conspirators. And the map looks beautiful. Glad it turned out so well!

"People accuse me of being cross, and crabbed, and unsociable, and they are quite right." --Red Reera, the Yookoohoo


Kimi
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Sep 22 2007, 10:05pm

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Wonderful! What an excellent report! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for being such wonderful representatives for those of us who could only be there in spirit.




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


WhiteLadyEowyn
Rivendell


Sep 22 2007, 10:23pm

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Oh My [In reply to] Can't Post

I had butterflies all day just thinking about it, and now that I am home from work I cannot stop smiling.

I know we were ALL there in spirit, but I really wish I could have been there for real.

Altaira and BG, I'm glad you like the map.

Very well done to those involved in getting it to you


a.s.
Valinor


Sep 22 2007, 10:23pm

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yes, hear hear!! [In reply to] Can't Post

You were all such wonderful representatives! Thanks so much.

I'd love to see the map "in person", so to speak, but the picture is amazing. Altaira, I'm so pleased you were pleased.

You deserve it.

a.s.

"an seileachan"

"I can manage it," said Frodo. "I must."


River Woman
The Shire

Sep 22 2007, 10:51pm

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I knew I would hear that 'SQUEEE' in London ... [In reply to] Can't Post

and I wasn't disappointed!

Well done, fellow conspiritors ... we kept it under our hats very nicely ... and the map really is awesome. Daniel has done us proud.

RW

**** Far over the plain Éowyn saw the glitter of their spears, as she stood still, alone before the doors of the silent house. ***


Elven
Valinor


Sep 22 2007, 11:02pm

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Awesome! [In reply to] Can't Post

That was a great entrance! What a fabulous bunch of conspirators you are all!!!
The Map is drool-worthy fantstic!!
I cant wait to see the video!!
Big Smiles here!!!!
Sounds like a wonderful time!!!

Elven x


The Road Goes Ever On and On ...
Happy 70th Birthday to The Hobbit!!



Tolkien was a Capricorn!
..*sing & sway* "All we are saying ..Is Give Pete A Chance" ...
"Your friends are with you Peter"
Let the Hobbit Happen!!!


CAhobbit
Rohan


Sep 22 2007, 11:30pm

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

Everything fell into place perfectly!! Yay!!!!

Do not meddle in the affairs of hobbits for we can bite your kneecaps off!



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