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Anyone on TORn from Newfoundland?

Kilidoescartwheels
Gondor

Nov 28 2013, 6:05pm

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Anyone on TORn from Newfoundland? Can't Post

If so I'd love to chat about your country. I'm writing a fiction set in Newfoundland, and could use info on weather, seasons, terrain, etc. Would appreciate anything you could tell me, hope to hear from you soon!Smile


Meneldor
Tol Eressea


Nov 29 2013, 12:22am

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Not from there, [In reply to] Can't Post

but I've been there. Before I retired from the Air Force 4 years ago, we usually stopped at St Johns, Nfld for fuel before we crossed the Atlantic on the way to the desert. It was almost like going home for me because I actually grew up in New Brunswick, not far west of Newfoundland.

Weather is fairly cold there, somewhat moderated by the ocean all around it. Like most of the North Atlantic, there's lots of rain and fog. Terrain is impressively rocky and rugged along the coast, with lots of pine forestland inland.

Can you share anything about the story you're writing? Time period, genre, characters?


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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 29 2013, 1:54am

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I visited there one summer a long time ago. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was fourteen. It's lovely in a rugged way. We mostly kept to the rocky coastline. It reminded me a lot of the tundra in the high mountains here in Colorado.

I spent a lot of my time there with my nose in a book, which led to a family saying we still use today: "Put down your book and look at Newfoundland."


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Loresilme
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Nov 29 2013, 2:16pm

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lol [In reply to] Can't Post


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I spent a lot of my time there with my nose in a book, which led to a family saying we still use today: "Put down your book and look at Newfoundland."


That made me smile. I love how those types of sayings get started. I may use that phrase, if you don't mind, although I think for today's generation I would modify it to, "Put down your [*insert name of electronic device here*] and look at Newfoundland."

Thanks for that, Aunt Dora Smile.


Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 29 2013, 4:36pm

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I'd be honored :-D [In reply to] Can't Post

The time that amused me the most was just a few years ago when my brother and his Turkish girlfriend were out for a visit. We were driving up over Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, and Uncle Baggins was studying a park newspaper, and she said to him "Put down your book and look at Newfoundland!" I didn't even know she'd heard the expression.


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Donry
Tol Eressea


Nov 29 2013, 10:53pm

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Well... [In reply to] Can't Post


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If so I'd love to chat about your country. I'm writing a fiction set in Newfoundland, and could use info on weather, seasons, terrain, etc. Would appreciate anything you could tell me, hope to hear from you soon!Smile



Not to be too picky....but Newfoundland isn't a country, it is a province within a country....hope that helps!

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Kilidoescartwheels
Gondor

Nov 30 2013, 5:43pm

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Question about my story [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, it's about a Viking colony about 1,000 years ago. I noticed one day that if you crossed the Atlantic ocean straight west from Ireland, you'd find Newfoundland. And there were Viking colonies in Ireland from about 800 - 1000 AD. I keep trying to find topographical maps of Newfoundland and have had no luck so far, things like terrain and weather. I realize, since this is total fiction, that I could write pretty much whatever I want, but I still want to keep it within the realm of reality (like the fact that there were no horses in North America then, so travel is by dog sled).

Now, if I can only figure out WHY the Mods keep MOVING MY POSTS!!!Unsure


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Nov 30 2013, 6:10pm

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Map distortion [In reply to] Can't Post

Keep in mind that map projections are flat surfaces, representing a sphere. Left and right, on a map, are not the true cardinal directions, West and East, respectively, due to the curvature of the Earth. To determine the land that is truly West of Ireland, you need to follow the same line of latitude across the globe. It is called a Great Circle, and is actually the shortest distance between two point on a sphere.

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Ataahua
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Nov 30 2013, 8:08pm

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Hi Kili. [In reply to] Can't Post

We move a post when we think the topic is more applicable to another discussion board; however we leave a post-pointer on the board it was first posted to so that the originator (you, in this case) can still find it.

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Elizabeth
Valinor


Nov 30 2013, 10:04pm

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They were there, all right! [In reply to] Can't Post

See this article! And for an actual contemporary account, see The Saga of Erik the Red. These sagas were written down in ~1200, but had been in the oral tradition for a good while earlier.








elaen32
Gondor


Nov 30 2013, 10:48pm

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Well, I'll have to check the latitudes, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm pretty sure that much of the UK and Ireland are on a similar latitude to Newfoundland. The only reason that our climate in the UK is warmer than Newfoundland, is down to the weather systems from the Atlantic. One example of this is how early it gets dark in the winter here- I am in in southern England and it is dark at around 4 pm at the moment. Conversely, in June, in Scotland, it can still be light, although getting dark, at 11pm. So, we are pretty far north!


Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!



Kilidoescartwheels
Gondor

Dec 1 2013, 4:04am

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They were there! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the articles - very helpful!!!Cool


Donry
Tol Eressea


Dec 1 2013, 7:29pm

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There are Viking [In reply to] Can't Post

settlements in Newfoundland most definitely. They are part of the tourism trap for Newfoundland. I believe they some of the nationally protected parks in Canada. Here is a link for 'The Viking Trail' in Newfoundland & Labrador...

http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/...sToGo/TheVikingTrail

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Salmacis81
Tol Eressea


Dec 3 2013, 1:40pm

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Never went there... [In reply to] Can't Post

...but I did know a really sweet girl from there, and had chats with her about it. She was from a boating community called Botwood, but also lived in the capital St. John's for a while as well. I remember she showed me pictures of this park in Newfoundland (can't remember the name of it), looked like a hikers' heaven. Gorgeous scenery (and girl Wink)

Anyway, IIRC, she mentioned that there is a bit of a secessionist thing going on in Newfoundland. I could see that, as Newfoundlanders seem like pretty unique bunch.

 
 

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