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Founder's Day - Of Times and Fellowship

One Ringer
Tol Eressea

Apr 26 2012, 4:22pm

Post #1 of 13 (1229 views)
Founder's Day - Of Times and Fellowship Can't Post

Thirteen years is quite a time when you really start to think about it. It’s the length of a childhood, to put it simply (and I think we can all agree that here on TORn a part of our inner child thrives, if only a part). What can be said of TheOneRing.net? Active news, in-depth discussion – it’s all here. But I think what keeps making us come back is the fellowship that has been established here over all these years. Even those who have only joined in the last while, heck, the last day, can surely appreciate what bond is to be found in this place. This is no place of harsh, opinionated debates that you might find on regular forums, but perhaps that’s why I don’t even recognize TORn as a forum. On TORn we can find welcoming conversations, shared perspectives, reasoned alignments, and goodwill attitude in which we can all consider each other friends and family.

Above it all, we are left to thank four people who are a direct result of having made this virtual paradise as we know it today – Xoanon, Tehanu, Calisuri and Corvar. Without their goal to share Tolkien news and the efforts of Peter Jackson’s production, we might not be where and who we are today.

For that, I ask you to take time to acknowledge the strength of their fellowship, and what effect it has played in the paths of ours. Your fondest memories and greatest laughs are most welcome.

----- and if you’re in need of a bit of inspiration, here’s a little blast from the past of last year’s Founder’s Day extravaganza: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy2J_Jpr0nE

Happy Founder’s Day!

FOTR 10th Anniversary Music Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33xJU3AIwsg

"You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain."


Apr 26 2012, 8:07pm

Post #2 of 13 (1078 views)
I never get tired of watching that :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

It's kind of fun to play Where's Gramma.

It's like she's in every other picture. ;-P

And for some reason, I especially like the two folks mimicking the Argonath - (L.Ron and Greendragon)

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Tol Eressea

Apr 26 2012, 9:44pm

Post #3 of 13 (1053 views)
Happy Founder's Day, folks! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm late to the party, as usual - tsk tsk. Must've been around on and off for pretty much ten years now; wish I could remember when I actually joined TORn, but I can't! Happy days, anyway; to share these boards, which give enduring pleasure to so many, is a privilege. Cheers!


Apr 26 2012, 9:54pm

Post #4 of 13 (1052 views)
Happy Founders' Day.... [In reply to] Can't Post

I wish I knew lots of folks round here in real life - but I glad I know them at all.

Memories? The knitting comments in the Hobbit forum last year - also the long-running cheese sandwich joke of the year before. Or was it two years before...... Just being around here really and starting to recognise names.


Apr 26 2012, 11:54pm

Post #5 of 13 (1048 views)
Glad you reprised this! [In reply to] Can't Post

You know, you just can't watch that video montage without smiling yourself silly by the end of it...what a great cast!

I have some pretty fond memories of this place -- the first Founders Day especially...we had the day all carefully planned out to run a certain way and then the boards just exploded and things got out of control, but in a good way, and most importantly we floored the Founders. It was one of our best hours, I think.

I have been away for a bit -- it's nice to be back! And how great to come back on a party-day organized by a great party-team. Thanks for the memories and thanks for the fun!



Apr 27 2012, 1:48am

Post #6 of 13 (1042 views)
I love seeing these videos [In reply to] Can't Post

with all the smiling faces. Makes me grin. This is history.
Thanks One Ringer for such a continuing delight.
One note, both videos are cutting out and will not finish even after many 'reloads'

''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are one in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."
— J.R.R. Tolkien

May the grace of Manwë 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 Manwë Súlimo

"The original sin is to limit the Is. Don't" - Richard Bach

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Apr 27 2012, 1:56am

Post #7 of 13 (1043 views)
That's a "smiler", fer sure! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for that walk back down memory lane, One Ringer! And others are right, that's one video that you can't help but smile all through watching it.

Thank you! Smile


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915


Apr 27 2012, 2:21am

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Happy Birthday TORn! : ) [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't believe it's been 3 years since I first started getting involved in the boards. Helping with the tenth anniversary was one of the first things I did as a newbie. There is no end to the amount I love this website, as I sit here wearing my TheOneRing.net shirt I remember all the great memories I've had on this site. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this amazing website, especially to the founders for whom this day was named!
Happy Founder's Day!! Smile


Apr 27 2012, 4:02am

Post #9 of 13 (1031 views)
Congratulations and thank you for everything. // [In reply to] Can't Post



Apr 27 2012, 6:07pm

Post #10 of 13 (1055 views)
JRRT...saved me more times than.. [In reply to] Can't Post

...I count

45 years ago
I got a real Education
from our Fondest

In the crazy biznessss
(Riddle Game?) of Life

when a troublesome
Troll tries to EAT any
of you

You know the Professor
never did die.

Bomby...Goldberry's EX?

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Apr 28 2012, 2:54am

Post #11 of 13 (1025 views)
Thanks again, One Ringer! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love watching this! I hope you post it every Founder's Day. It's perfect. SmileHeart

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"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

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

Tol Eressea

Apr 28 2012, 3:40am

Post #12 of 13 (1041 views)
Congratulations and many thanks to all of those responsible for this incredible site! [In reply to] Can't Post

I only wish I'd found it sooner.Smile


Apr 28 2012, 10:23am

Post #13 of 13 (1063 views)
*mods up* Well said One Ringer [In reply to] Can't Post

When I found TORn 10 years ago, I had just joined my first on-line site for the "official" Lord of the Rings movie fanclub December 25, 2001. Within a couple of weeks there, one of the links in a poster's message led me here... and I've stayed here ever since. I didn't know there were so many people who loved Tolkien's Lord of the Rings as much as... if not MORE than... I did!! The acceptance, humour, and intelligence of everyone was so incredible!

If Tehanu, Corvar, Calisuri and Xoanon had just bantered between themselves at whatever sites they were already a part of and hadn't followed their creative and curious spirits to create TORn, I would have never found a place and a collection of people who inspired me to reach out... to start writing again, and sketching, and to dare to travel and attend conventions and moot with the most amazing people I've ever met. And most of all... to find people who accept me as I am.

TORn has sincerely changed my life. Made it richer and empowered me more than I ever thought possible. All my life as I went through many lonely, challenging years, I always felt like something incredible was going to happen... like a miracle or high-point that would eclipse anything that had ever happened. And it has happened because of TORn. For a long time I thought it was being a member of this wonderful community and the travelling I have done... attending the Oscars, ORC, LotR Exhibition of props and artwork... but it was going to Wellington NZ that has filled me to overflowing with joy... all thanks to our Founders and thanks to TORn.

Thanks to one and all :)


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

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