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Grey Havens

Feb 9 2013, 9:38am

Post #1 of 61 (719 views)
Has it really been eleven years? Can't Post

Well, eleven (!!!) years ago, sometime right around now, I'd fallen in love with a movie that had brought to life I book I loved in a way I'd never dreamed possible. I barely knew how to use the internet, thought messageboards were suspect at best (though not having ever seen one, this opinion wasn't based on much), and didn't know what "google" meant. Somehow I found my way here. And *gasp* suddenly I'd discovered a whole treasure trove of people who not only loved Tolkien -- many of whom knew way more about his works than I did -- but who were just as obsessed (or more so!) with the new movie as I was. My story really isn't too different from any other Second Ager's...well, that part of it, at least.

What finally got me posting after lurking...oh, say a week...was the fun with Figwit, and grammaboodawg's infectious enthusiasm. I just had to join in! Anyways, I didn't know it then, but that was a lifechanging day. TORn's given me so much over the years that I'm actually embarrassed to try to mention it all. I've never had so much fun in all my life as I've had sharing in so many adventures -- Expected and Otherwise -- with TORnsibs, many of whom are now dear friends. And, of course, I have TORn to thank for my family.

And here we are again, sort of like coming full circle: a new movie to love and geek out over, the anticipation for the next two movies, sexy dwarves to swoon over...oh, wait, we didn't have that last time...yes, yes, on to the mathoms.

I'll share three TORniversary mathoms: first, a list; second, a limerick (yes, I know I'm slacking with only one); and lastly, a picture. I'd love it if you added your own contributions to the List!

Top 11 Things I’ve learned from TORn
(yes, this list goes up to 11)

11. Whatever you love about [fill in any aspect whatsover of Tolkien or the movies], you can find someone else here who will happily geek out with you about it.
10. When bad things happen, TORnsibs care. When good things happen, TORnsibs share!
9. Balrogs may not have had wings, after all.
8. Limericks are funny. Pants are even funnier.
7. Don’t feed the trolls…or at least if you do, run and hide afterwards.
6. If it’s 10 pm in California, it’s 7 pm (usually) in New Zealand, tomorrow.
5. Virtual parties can be just as fun as real parties. Not only do you not have to worry about what to wear, but there’s also no hangover (usually).
4. “Bad Assery” is not only a funny phrase, but useful.
3. You can always find someone to share in the…erm…appreciation…of sexy Dwarves, Men, Elves, and even Hobbits. In a pinch, I’m sure there’s some Ent or Orc fanciers out there too.
2. People that post on message boards are not in fact all axe murderers and psychopaths. In fact, some are very good friends.

1. No matter how geeky you think you are, there’s someone more geeky than you. (gramma, you might be the exception Wink. )

A limerick:

While TORn is a fangirl’s delight
Some posters are quite erudite;
The bookishness here-in
Is rather endearin’
So let’s toast our TORnsibs tonight.

And a picture:
(without TORn, these three wouldn't exist!)

Forum Admin / Moderator

Feb 9 2013, 12:57pm

Post #2 of 61 (460 views)
Happy Torniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

The kids are so cute! And so grown up now it's scary, when I think of playing in the autumn leaves with Eldarion all those years ago now. Smile Here's to the next eleven years.

Storm clouds


Feb 9 2013, 2:04pm

Post #3 of 61 (440 views)
Happy tORNiversary!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's amazing to think about, isn't it? Great Top 11. It's so wonderful to know that this family is here. Your family is looking beautiful! Anyway, congratulations on 11 years.

P.S. I could send along some saltines as a tORNiversary gift!Smile

Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” TTT, Book III, Chapter 2
And Éomer answered: “Since the day when you rose before me out of the green grass of the downs I have loved you, and that love shall not fail.” RotK, Book VI, Chapter 5


Feb 9 2013, 2:13pm

Post #4 of 61 (492 views)
News of the World, Online Edition: [In reply to] Can't Post

Internet use results in pregnancy

(NW) The Institute for Safer Social Networking (ISSN) warns that use of so-called "safe" Internet sites may lead to pregnancy.

Researchers are baffled by the mechanics of it all [ed. we're talking nerds here] but are convinced that popular Tolkien fan site, theonering.net (TORn), with its "femine" nature and relatively high number of female users, is more likely to experience pregnancy among its members than the typical male dominated fan site.

And this has the ISSN concerned. "People need to be aware of connection between Internet use and pregnancy. This is not only the tip."

"I have TORn to thank for my family," says Internet user Roheryn aka Ro, "without TORn these three wouldn't exist."

An Internet insider tells us that in Ro's case (not her real name) the children were welcome and a blessing, but wonders if others might be susceptible to pregnancy.

According to another long time user "there's islands of estrogen and pics of hot dwarves all over TORn. I'm not surprised something like this can happen," our source adds "in Ro's case, three times. But oh, aren't they lovely."

Our panel asks: Are you sure your pregnancy was not the result of Internet use?

more >>>

Sir D says: congratulations on all points Roheryn... thanks for the mathoms! Thanks too for going all the way for this one.

(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Feb 9 2013, 2:17pm)


Feb 9 2013, 2:25pm

Post #5 of 61 (474 views)
Happy TORniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

And many, many more. Heart

A friend designs her own cross-stitch patterns and showed us these two the other day... and for some reason I thought of you Cool

Would you like one to hang in your office? As a TORniversary present of course WinkLaugh

*and I am talking about the cross-stitch dear!* LaughEvilAngelic

Bag ENZ Home of the Hobbit *with thanks to cameragod ;D*

One by one they faded, and fell into shadow...

One book to rule them all
One book to find them
One book to bring them all
And in TORn bind them
In the land of TORnadoes...where the brilliant play

Lily Fairbairn

Feb 9 2013, 3:59pm

Post #6 of 61 (435 views)
Happy TORniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

Your eleven points are dead-on, especially number 1. Every time a friend or relative rolls his/her eyes at my geekery I can say, "If you only knew...." (And yes, gramma deserves the title of Geek-in-Chief if only because she's so good-natured about it.)

What a lovely family you have Heart

Yes, a toast to TORnsibs world-wide!

Lily Fairbairn

Feb 9 2013, 4:00pm

Post #7 of 61 (437 views)
Thank goodness... [In reply to] Can't Post

...some of us are past child-bearing age. Cool


Feb 9 2013, 4:41pm

Post #8 of 61 (441 views)
Happy TORniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

Love the limerick & the pic of your adorable kiddies. I started posting sometime in January 2002 after lurking for a loooong time. I've enjoyed following your story over the years. There are a great bunch of people here who have enriched my life over the last eleven years. Cheers to you & many more years of fun here at TORn!


Feb 9 2013, 5:17pm

Post #9 of 61 (433 views)
Eleven very eventful years in your case! [In reply to] Can't Post

We've had several TORn marriages but I think yours set the bar.

The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.

- James Hillman, Healing Fiction

* * * * * * * * * *

NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967

Grey Havens

Feb 9 2013, 6:32pm

Post #10 of 61 (440 views)
ROFL! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's hilarious, SirDennis! Thanks for that, and for the nice words. Smile

After reading that, maybe I should rethink the amount of time I spend here...three really is enough...


Feb 9 2013, 7:52pm

Post #11 of 61 (421 views)
Congratulations! [In reply to] Can't Post

I lurked here for 11 years before I posted, so we went in the exact reverse! You were smarter than I (although I definitely didn't need anymore kids...).

Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens

Feb 9 2013, 10:11pm

Post #12 of 61 (401 views)
Happy TORniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

Lovely pic of the kiddies, there! My daughter (and husband of course!) have now provided me with two grandsons, too young yet to be initiated into the world of Middle Earth, but I can wait...Wink My time onTORn must be getting on for eleven years - wish I could remember exactly when I joined! I know I'd been on the boards for a while before that Edinburgh Fringe Figwit Moot; that was the first time I'd met people from TORn.

Here's to the next eleven years!

Superuser / Moderator

Feb 9 2013, 11:33pm

Post #13 of 61 (409 views)
A very happy TORNiversary, dear Roheryn! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love how each of your children has exactly the same smile - and cheeky eyes! :D

I'm really glad you and NZS have a bit more time to join in the fun on TORN these days. So ... at least another 11 more years of TORN madness ahead?

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 beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.

Ataahua's stories


Feb 10 2013, 3:29am

Post #14 of 61 (402 views)
Happy TORNiversary Ro! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was not sure if i could agree completely when one expounds on a subject, but my doubts were for naughtLaugh

Yes RO, the commonality is uncanny and it is a beautiful thing. And those beautiful rascals you two have brings a massive grin to me.

I hope you are having a fine time this day reveling on, so many happenings over the years!Smile. It is good to have you here:)

Forum Admin / Moderator

Feb 10 2013, 3:44am

Post #15 of 61 (393 views)
Oh, I love the picture! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's been just over 11 years for me, too. I joined in January, 2002, after seeing the most incredible movie. Like you, I was astonished and thrilled to find people who love Tolkien as much as me and had read the books every year for umpty-million years. The joy of that discovery makes me smile to this day.

It's been so excellent to have you back on the boards again, and your wonderful husband. Happy Torniversary, and here's to many, many more Smile

To add to your Top 11, I would say to all the lurkers: join us! We were all nervous once, but my life is so much better once I got over that and started participating here. I have so many wonderful memories both on the boards and in real-life meetups.

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 5:31am

Post #16 of 61 (375 views)
Wow - happy TORniversary, Ro! [In reply to] Can't Post

What a story! And thanks for all the laughs; here's to many more in years to come!

Walk to Rivendell: There and Back Again Challenge - traveling through Middle Earth with thirteen rowdy Dwarves, one grumpy Wizard, and a beleaguered Hobbit

Join us, Thursdays on Main!

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 8:24am

Post #17 of 61 (371 views)
I love those pictures [In reply to] Can't Post

I have of you playing in the leaves with him. That was a fun visit! And no, we can't quite believe how fast he's growing up...where did the time go?!?

Thanks, Eledhwen. :-)

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 8:29am

Post #18 of 61 (372 views)
Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

Saltines -- funny, not too long ago I was trying to find the closest thing to those here and they're called something that looks like "Salad". I forget the actual name. Thanks for the nice words. :-)

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 8:45am

Post #19 of 61 (373 views)
Oooooh, pretty! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes please, I'll take the fur-draped long-haired one in the middle...either middle...I promise I'll keep him secret and safe and feed him well...

Oh, wait, you meant *cross-stitch*. Those are gorgeous! Er, yes, I mean the cross-stitch is gorgeous. Dwarves are too, of course; that goes without saying...Wait, you keep distracting me. I actually enjoy doing cross-stitch when I have free time, which hasn't been for the last 7 years or so! Your friend's got a lot of talent to design those!

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 8:50am

Post #20 of 61 (371 views)
"Geekery"...there's another word I've learned from TORn! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks, Lily.

I get those eye-rolls too, but at least I don't get them from my husband! Smile

(This post was edited by Roheryn on Feb 10 2013, 8:51am)

Forum Admin / Moderator

Feb 10 2013, 8:54am

Post #21 of 61 (371 views)
Happy TORNiversary, Ro! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for all the great mathoms, especially that last one! Could there be any better argument for a message board community than that picture? Cool

It's been a great 11 years, and it's also such a pleasure to see you around here regularly again. Cheers!


Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 8:55am

Post #22 of 61 (374 views)
See, you clearly showed self-restraint... [In reply to] Can't Post

...in lurking for a long time first! Self-restraint is clearly not my strong suit.

Glad you've found enrichment here too, and thanks for the nice words. Cheers back atcha, sherlock! Smile

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 9:00am

Post #23 of 61 (370 views)
Yup. [In reply to] Can't Post

So eventful that...well, I was just lucky, I guess; most of it had to do with being in the right place (Los Angeles) at the right time.

I know I'm horribly biased, but our wedding was the most fun I've ever had at a wedding (well, counting the whole weekend). I suppose that's the proper thing for a bride to think, though, sort of like mothers always thinking their own kids are the cutest!

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 9:05am

Post #24 of 61 (376 views)
Well, if SirDennis is right... [In reply to] Can't Post

those of us of a femine persuasion ought to be a bit more careful! "Just one more" is fine when we're talking about AUJ viewings or chocolate or dwarves, but not kids!

You sure took your time to delurk, but I'm glad you did! Smile

Grey Havens

Feb 10 2013, 9:09am

Post #25 of 61 (380 views)
Thanks, GH! [In reply to] Can't Post

How neat that you get to look forward to sharing Middle-earth with your grandsons. Is your daughter sympathetic? I've really enjoyed reading The Hobbit to my boys, and sharing with them what I can of the movie without them having seen it. I've managed to get them pretty interested in it, and they're looking forward to watching the bits of the movie that I'll let them see once we've got the DVD.

It was fun getting to meet up with you in Edinburgh...my first trip to the UK! Such an amazing time. Still can't believe that was nearly 11 years ago!

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