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demnation
Rohan

Apr 3 2014, 3:48pm

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A house divided against itself cannot stand! Can't Post

Emotions run high in this fandom, and TORn is not exempted from that. I've noticed a somewhat "angry" trend in the boards (and the front page) lately, and that has sadly made some areas of TORn a bit unpleasant. But we are not here to talk about any of that! (and sorry for mentioning it!) We are here to talk about what makes you HAPPY. To be more specific: Whether you love the books, the films, both, or Richard Armitage, you are obviously here for a reason, and I am curious as to what exactly that reason might be. A thought or two about what you love about being a part of this fandom would be great, too! The only rule: be positive!Smile

"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule." Gandalf, "The Last Debate."


Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Apr 3 2014, 4:05pm

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I took a long break from TORn and came back for two reasons [In reply to] Can't Post

First is that I've come to enjoy and respect a number of the people here and I missed them. I chose to stay off the Hobbit board when I came back and stick to the parts of the board that are still enjoyable for me. Whether it's SCOD on the Movie - LOTR board or the weekly movie thread on Off Topic or the caption contests on Main, there's a lot here to talk about and, more importantly, people here I want to talk about those things with.

And second is that whenever I hear LOTR music, I still get chills. When I catch a glimpse of the movies it on TV, I still stop in my tracks and turn to watch. When I hear someone in real life make a reference to LOTR or use a line from the books or movies, I still get that geeky glow of excitement.

I read the books shortly before the movies came out, but PJ's movies are still my anchor to the world of Middle Earth.



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Elarie
Grey Havens

Apr 3 2014, 4:57pm

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I've loved the books for a long time [In reply to] Can't Post

and was thrilled with the movies and love watching them over and over. Discovering such great actors that I hadn't previously heard about was just an added bonus, and I've enjoyed looking up some of their other work and watching it. I didn't really discover TORN until last year, and being able to connect with other people who also love these books and movies has been very nice, simply because nobody else I know really cares enough about Tolkien to have discussions.

Hop to it, Radagast, we've got dark powers to sleigh.


arithmancer
Grey Havens


Apr 3 2014, 6:21pm

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All of the above! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love Tolkien's books, PJ's Middle Earth films, and Richard Armitage. Wink

I've been a lifelong Tolkien fan since I was six, and I was blown away by the LotR films. But I was never an active online fan of Tolkien before I joined here - mostly because while I might have been interested in participating in a place like this when the LotR movies were being made, this type of acivity was not on my radar. I got pulled into Potter fandom a few years after, and when that started winding down, it occured to me that there must be a Tolkien fandom online, and as it was my first and greatest love, it seemed natural to seek it out. I am glad I did.

What I have enjoyed most here are the people, the fun (fangirling, games, April 1, etc.) and speculative discussion of the upcoming films and what adaptation choices the filmmakers might make. I find that's an interesting way to engage my knowledge of the text, ideas about storytelling, and love of Jackson's films. The discussion about where DoS would end, for example was a lot of fun.



grammaboodawg
Immortal


Apr 3 2014, 7:35pm

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Tolkien is my alternate universe ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

And has been since 1971. I actually can't imagine what my days would be like without Middle-earth whispering in my ear ;)

I love the books and I love the films, too. Though my affection is different for each, it makes my connection multi-layered. The books are more intimate and the films take me for an emotional and full-body ride!



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3rd draft of TH:DOS Geeky Observation List - January 2, 2014



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"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West."

I'm SO HAPPY these new films take me back to that magical world!!



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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Apr 3 2014, 7:44pm

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*hugs* Me too at all of those points, m'dear :) [In reply to] Can't Post

The music, the shows, the references, and the Boards. I have to admit to avoiding The Hobbit Board more than I care to. *sigh*

I'm so very happy you came back :) You are a joy!



6th draft of TH:AUJ Geeky Observation List - November 28, 2013
3rd draft of TH:DOS Geeky Observation List - January 2, 2014



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"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West."

I'm SO HAPPY these new films take me back to that magical world!!



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TORn's Geeky Observations Lists (updated soon)


Donry
Tol Eressea


Apr 3 2014, 8:49pm

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I do tend... [In reply to] Can't Post

to stay out of The Hobbit boards as well....just seems to get a bit unruly in there...I do venture in as a lurker quite often, but rarely post in there...There are a few folks whose opinions I look for and if I don't see any of them, I bolt. I hang in here quite a bit...Main is fun also...pollantir can be fun...

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"

@DonryFetor


Brethil
Half-elven


Apr 3 2014, 8:50pm

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A long standing love [In reply to] Can't Post

As Gramma says, ME has been my alternate universe for a long time - over twenty years for me. The books simply captured my imagination like nothing else I had ever read. So as a book-firster and ahead of the films, just the site as a discussion site attracted me, way back in 1999-2000. I didn't even see FOTR until it was out for almost three months - I was afraid to. Then I found myself loving it, and have been enjoying the visual ME trip ever since.

So I sometimes I feel like my love of the film version undermines my credibility as a textual fan in the eyes of others, because of the amount of negativity one hears on a regular basis (if you look for it.) So I choose not to look for it! Back in the FOTR days, I signed on as a highly enthusiastic film fan, fresh to the Board after FOTR had been out for a while and the die of Lovers and Haters seem to be rigidly cast. At times it was rough, especially in relation to Liv Tyler, and I ended up staying in Greenbooks instead of the film board.

This time 'round I seem to be doing the same thing; as Magpie so eloquently wrote the other day about one's 'blanket' and the pleasure in enjoying something you truly love with like minds, it can be hard to have the joy rather fizzled on. Yes, yes, I know people have different opinions, and that's fine...its just not my nature to rain on anyone else's parade especially if the parade is deeply personal and one never knows how much that connection to something joyful means to another person. OffTopic, Main and the RR are where I spend my time nowadays...sadly I simply love TH too much to spend time there - one has to pick one's battles after all, and I have enough in recent RL to worry about them in cyberspace.

The positive though is that for me the fandom to me is far beyond the films, since it started with the texts and has extended to include the many, many clever, warm and wonderful people I know here. So thanks to all for that. Angelic

Have an idea relating to the world of JRR Tolkien that you would like to write about? If so, the Third TORn Amateur Symposium will be running in the Reading Room April, 2014. *The Call for Submissions is up*!





**And Rem, you are doing that CoH chapter. Don't forget. **


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Apr 3 2014, 9:05pm

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Thank you for a nice post! [In reply to] Can't Post

I mostly visit Off Topic and Main these days, and the Reading Room and Pollantir sometimes. I've stayed away from the Hobbit board. I was very excited about LotR when it came out, but I kind of overdosed at the time, so now what I enjoy most here is the friends I've made. On the boards I frequent, people are pretty sweet.


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Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Apr 3 2014, 10:13pm

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A Few of my Favorite things (about TORn) [In reply to] Can't Post

Bombadil's poems about Tolkien and Peter
Daniel who thinks talking purses are neater
Brethil who quotes letters by the good Prof
These are a few of my favorite things

Kim and a few more have RA and his hair
Dernwyn pops in to untangle a snare
Grammaboodawg has art up on the roof
These are a few of my favorite things

When real life aches
When one needs breaks
When we're feeling down
We simply remember to log on to TORn
and then we donít need to frown.



(Feel free to add your own verses. I'm still thinking of more. I've got loads to sing about here!) Cool

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings







demnation
Rohan

Apr 3 2014, 11:29pm

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Ha! Great Stuff! [In reply to] Can't Post

 

"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule." Gandalf, "The Last Debate."


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Apr 3 2014, 11:31pm

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Haha! Love it! Here's mine. [In reply to] Can't Post

Words that spin worlds and swords made of Mithril,
Fabulous names like Darkstone and Rembrethil.
Filk songs and parodies, Mathoms and Pants,
Passionate essays and scholarly rants!

(Fa la! ---- Fa La!)

Screencaps and scribbles in Runish and Quenya,
Singing and chants by Torrini and Enya,
Modars and Morder and Balrogs with wings,
These are a few of my favorite things!

When the warg bites, when the troll sings,
When the world's a pain
I enter the world of the Tolkien-obsessed,
And camp out for daaaaaays on Main!


Kim
Valinor


Apr 3 2014, 11:44pm

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Whether you love the books, the films, both, or Richard Armitage, you are obviously here for a reason Laugh



I read the books a long time ago and they've always been there, at least in the back of my mind. When the LOTR movies came out, I was a big fan and did pop in here out of curiosity, but it didn't stick, I think because there were a lot of book readers that didn't like the changes for the movies. When the Hobbit was finally being made, and I saw the first teaser trailer, I really started looking forward to it. I got more and more interested in it in the year before it came out, what with the vlogs, becoming an RA fan, and seeing the live WW premiere in NZ. And after it came out, I started looking for more and more info online until it occurred to me to come back here for news. One of the front page posts that re-caps the forums caught my eye, and I started lurking here, mostly on the Hobbit board as I loved reading all the discussions on the movie.


After the first month or two after AUJ came out, I started exploring the other boards, and really liked the friendly community. I still post to the Hobbit board, but Off Topic is probably my second favorite as I love talking about other movies and tv shows too, along with all the other random stuff that comes up. So for me, it was partly the opportunity to discuss the movies I love as much as I want (my friends and family can only take so much discussion Tongue), and partly the opportunity to talk about other random stuff with a diverse group of people. This is the first and only forum I belong to as I feel I can pretty much find someone to discuss any topic.


P.S. When I joined, I had no idea I would be discussing Thorin's hair so much. Blush But I'm glad I'm not alone! Laugh

ďAs such, you will address His Majesty as His Majesty, the Lord of Silver Fountains, the King of Carven Stone, the King Beneath the Mountain, the Lion of Erebor, the High King of the Dwarves, the True Treasure of Erebor, the Face that Launched 10,000 Sighs, or Thorin the Majestic..."

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Kim
Valinor


Apr 3 2014, 11:47pm

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Excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love this and Ethel's response too. I think that's the thing I forgot to mention on my response: I get so many laughs and enjoyment from reading the creative posts here. Smile

ďAs such, you will address His Majesty as His Majesty, the Lord of Silver Fountains, the King of Carven Stone, the King Beneath the Mountain, the Lion of Erebor, the High King of the Dwarves, the True Treasure of Erebor, the Face that Launched 10,000 Sighs, or Thorin the Majestic..."

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Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Apr 3 2014, 11:53pm

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Excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post

I LOVE it!

Everybody sing!

Cool

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings







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Brethil
Half-elven


Apr 4 2014, 12:15am

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This is great! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Have an idea relating to the world of JRR Tolkien that you would like to write about? If so, the Third TORn Amateur Symposium will be running in the Reading Room April, 2014. *The Call for Submissions is up*!





**And Rem, you are doing that CoH chapter. Don't forget. **


Brethil
Half-elven


Apr 4 2014, 12:15am

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This is great too! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Have an idea relating to the world of JRR Tolkien that you would like to write about? If so, the Third TORn Amateur Symposium will be running in the Reading Room April, 2014. *The Call for Submissions is up*!





**And Rem, you are doing that CoH chapter. Don't forget. **


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Apr 4 2014, 2:02am

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

Lovely and this just mentions a few of the awesome things that makes TORn great!!

Call me Rem, and remember, not all who ramble are lost...Uh...where was I?


Rembrethil
Tol Eressea


Apr 4 2014, 2:10am

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I'm Fabulous!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

And one of the few people whose SN rhymes with Mithril, I bet!!!Cool

Call me Rem, and remember, not all who ramble are lost...Uh...where was I?


cats16
Valinor


Apr 4 2014, 2:11am

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This is fantastic! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Kim
Valinor


Apr 4 2014, 2:32am

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Did someone mention Thorin's hair? [In reply to] Can't Post

Majestic Thorin with lion's mane of hair
Thranduil's eyebrows and gown worn with flair
Put them together and hear angels sing
These are a few of my favorite things

Magpie on viewing and Lily on reading
Daniel on weather and admins with greeting
Brethil and DI go adventuring
These are a few of my favorite things

When the snow falls, when the ground shakes
When Mother Nature makes us sad
We simply chat with fantastic TORn folk
And then we don't feel so bad!


Cool

ďAs such, you will address His Majesty as His Majesty, the Lord of Silver Fountains, the King of Carven Stone, the King Beneath the Mountain, the Lion of Erebor, the High King of the Dwarves, the True Treasure of Erebor, the Face that Launched 10,000 Sighs, or Thorin the Majestic..."

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Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Apr 4 2014, 2:39am

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Thorin's hair... heh... I love this! Cool

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings







sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Apr 4 2014, 3:01am

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I remain in the shadows [In reply to] Can't Post

and I avoid the Hobbit board.... too much emotion... I immigrated to TORn from the Netscape boards a long time ago.

The friends I made there and spent ten years deep in fanfic writing with (go visit burpingtroll.com there's some really good stories there) have moved away from the fandom.

I found Tolkien way back in 1972 .... junior high... I've read the covers off three sets of LOTR.... though my Hobbit never got as much wear and tear. I've managed to get through the Silmarillion three times and have used pieces of it and Unfinished Tales and The Book of Lost Tales as well as Fonstad's Atlas as basis for adventures in Middle Earth.

I nibble around the edges of TORn and probably will continue to do so... it's a pleasant forum...much nicer than many others I've visited in LOTR fandoms and others.... (the secret is in the moderators' good sense)

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Kim
Valinor


Apr 4 2014, 3:26am

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Well, you knew I couldn't resist, right? And now I can't stop: [In reply to] Can't Post

Dark chocolate tresses that wave in the breeze
Long flowing blond locks and a crown of leaves
Both of them have some fabulous rings
These are a few of my favorite things

One longs for gold, the other for jewels
The result of the dwarves who are handy with tools
Both also have some skill with a blade
What will they do when they meet in a glade?

When the wind blows, then the hair flows
Majestic or Fabulous?
I simply remember my favorite pose
And then I just feel so glad!

ďAs such, you will address His Majesty as His Majesty, the Lord of Silver Fountains, the King of Carven Stone, the King Beneath the Mountain, the Lion of Erebor, the High King of the Dwarves, the True Treasure of Erebor, the Face that Launched 10,000 Sighs, or Thorin the Majestic..."

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Annael
Immortal


Apr 4 2014, 4:18am

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I came here 15 years ago [In reply to] Can't Post

because I'd just heard that someone was making a live-action film of my favorite book, and I wanted news. What I found was a community of people who loved that book as much as I did - something I had no idea was out there!

There has always been vehemence around the movies. We had some wild times those first years before we got admins. When we got the new boards, I pretty much decided to avoid "Movie" as it was then, just because it seemed to be where most of the fires started, and I've mostly kept to that. From the sounds of your post that was a wise move, because I've managed to keep the sense of belonging to a community of like-minded souls.

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

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