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Can it really be 14 years?


Jul 25 2013, 3:19pm

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Can it really be 14 years? Can't Post

My mind boggles at the fact that it's been 14 years since, looking online for information about the new live-action version of "The Lord of the Rings," I came across theonering net and never got away again. None of us had heard of Peter Jackson, so we all ran out and rented everything we could by him. No horror fan, I was terrified of what he'd do to my favorite book until I rented "Heavenly Creatures."

We didn't even know who was going to be cast in the movie yet, and the next year was rife with rumors and vehement debates over Uma Thurman as Galadriel, Ethan Hawke as Faramir, Sean Connery as Gandalf, and Bruce Willis as Boromir. When a casting was confirmed the debates were hardly less spirited; while everyone agreed that Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, and Cate Blanchett were inspired choices, many feared that the young Americans Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Liv Tyler would fall down on the job, and most of the rest of the cast were people we'd never even heard of. Orlando Bloom had had only a walk-on part in one movie at that point. I myself felt that Stuart Townsend was too young and too short for Aragorn.

I don't have time to compose a mathom, but I read an article this morning about how singing in and listening to a choir is good for your mind and body in just about every way, and so I thought I'd offer up this recording of my choir singing Eric Whitacre's "Seal Lullaby." The recording quality is not great (sorry - we're never hiring that guy again!) but the song itself is.


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Jul 25 2013, 4:59pm

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Wonderful Mathom! Happy TORniversary, Annael!! [In reply to] Can't Post

FOURTEEN YEARS! Mercy! What a ride.. and what a great collection of memories. You're so right about the music, too. That was lovely. It's so thrilling to be a part of one voice :)

*raises glass* Here's to another 14 years, m'dear! Happy Days!

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Jul 25 2013, 5:25pm

Post #3 of 24 (193 views)
Happy 14th TORniversary Annael :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

What a ride you have been on. Here's to a happy 14 more years.


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Jul 25 2013, 6:00pm

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Happy Anniversary :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Hope you celebrate somehow!

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Jul 25 2013, 7:00pm

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Happy TORNiversary to a most admirable and excellent Hobbit! [In reply to] Can't Post

Those years do fly by, don't they? And what a great 14 years it has been. :)

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Jul 25 2013, 7:55pm

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Happy TORniversary Annael [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow, 14 years, that's a long while.

Congrats and to many, many years more to come.


Jul 25 2013, 7:57pm

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Haapy Anniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

And a Merry Mid Year!

Seems so much has happened, Dr. Annael.

Thank you for the warm welcome when I was a newbie!

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Jul 25 2013, 8:37pm

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Happy TORniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

And thanks for that beautiful mathom. I've listened to a video of that song that you posted in the past, I think. It's so lovely.

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Jul 25 2013, 8:54pm

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Happy TORniversary [In reply to] Can't Post

And thank you, not just for the beautiful mathom, but for all your thoughtful posts. (14 years ?!? But I'm coming up on 11...)

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Jul 25 2013, 9:05pm

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Happy Torniversary! [In reply to] Can't Post

Where has the time gone?

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Jul 25 2013, 10:01pm

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A joyful Tornniversary wished for you Anneal! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am glad you are here among us, and yes that piece was lovely indeed. I truly enjoyed that:).

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Jul 25 2013, 10:06pm

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14 years, and we've enjoyed every minute of having you here! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congrats, Annael.Heart

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Jul 25 2013, 10:35pm

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Wow - here's to fourteen more! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's been quite a ride, and all the better because of you! Happy TORniversary, dear Annael Smile

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Jul 26 2013, 12:06am

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So many good memories... [In reply to] Can't Post

and so many great people like yourself to share them! Happy TORNiversary, ritergrrl!


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Jul 26 2013, 1:06am

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Many Happy Returns of your TORniversary, Annael! [In reply to] Can't Post

What a lovely, peaceful song that is, thank you!

And thank you for being an important member of our Fellowship here for all those years! Cool


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Jul 26 2013, 1:08am

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Happy TORniversary Annael :) // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jul 26 2013, 2:55am

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Amazing where time goes doesn't it? [In reply to] Can't Post

I still remember your original nick. I'm glad you're still here after all this time. =)


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Jul 26 2013, 11:20am

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Happy TORniversary, Annael! [In reply to] Can't Post

Love the song!


Jul 26 2013, 11:54am

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Bruce Willis? [In reply to] Can't Post

Well that's an eye-opener and no mistake. Laugh

Happy TORniversary. I'm so glad you're here. I always enjoy your contributions.
And here's to another 14 years and more. Smile

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Jul 26 2013, 12:08pm

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Here's to another 14 years and more! // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Jul 26 2013, 6:36pm

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Mind-boggling indeed [In reply to] Can't Post

and wonderful! Fourteen years ago I had neither read LotR nor an inkling that it was to be filmed, and not even an internet connection, and you were already in the thick of things, as it were! What a rich fourteen years they have been for you, TORn-wise, and I hope otherwise as well (having only been around for the last two of them so I don't really know)! May there be many more of them! Smile

Thanks for letting those of us who are comparative newbies have a glimpse at those long-ago days (and especially rumours --- those casting possibilities now seem totally unreal, the worst of them certainly being Bruce Willis, dear me!).

And thank you for your music mathom, it's now in my laptop and I can listen to it whenever I need soothing Smile --- merci bien!

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Jul 26 2013, 7:56pm

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Happy TORniversary, Annael! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for the reminder of those days when it all began. I'm glad to be still sharing the boards with you, an astonishing 14 years later.

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Jul 26 2013, 8:21pm

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A very Happy TORniversary, Annael! :) [In reply to] Can't Post

And thank you for that beautiful mathom!!

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Jul 29 2013, 9:31pm

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Just a blink of an eye...in geologic terms! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hard to believe it's been that long! So much water has flowed under the proverbial bridges since then, yet TORn keeps on going unchanged (almost! -- new board format aside) and continues to keep us all connected. Here's to many happy returns of your TORniversary!


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