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My story update will be a few days late. But it's not my fault. It is the fault of [ profile] blslarner. I've been engrossed in her story Murder Most Foul. She retells a famous real-world murder investigation using post-Ring War Gondor as the setting. A disturbing story that is even more disturbing when you consider that it is based on real events.
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The tenth anniversary of the premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring is next month. Is anyone aware of any fannish anniversary celebrations?

I clearly remember watching the teaser trailer on the computer. "This could be good or very, very bad," Lord Branwyn remarked. Due to recent advances in CGI, we were cautiously optimistic. When the trailer ended, I felt stunned and then wildy excited. We both took the day off from work so we could see it on the opening day. [Edit: Lord Branwyn reminds me that we went to the midnight showing, slept in the next day, and then went to see it a second time. Those were happy times.]
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I plan to post the next update to "More Things in Heaven and Earth" on about the 24th. I need to do some research and the ever-important timeline development. *rubs hands together gleefully*

Lord Branwyn and I hauled the duvets and flannel sheets out of storage today, so we are now officially ready for winter. We are celebrating with hot chocolate spiked with rum.
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Lord Branwyn and I had a hobbit breakfast this morning at the local First Watch restaurant--sauteed mushrooms topped with cheese, eggs, hashbrown potatoes, and English muffins. Nom.

I was discussing "A Game of Thrones" with Lord Branwyn (who bought it in an airport years ago, started reading it and never finished). When I said the author's name, it came out something like "George Arrrarrrhh Martin" which made me laugh because I sounded like a pirate. Then Lord Branwyn pointed out that Martin's name was no funnier than "J. Arrrrarrrh Tolkien." Though those two initials are about all the two authors have in common. Martin is the anti-Tolkien.
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Title: More Things in Heaven and Earth
Source: LOTR
Rating: G
Characters: OCs, Boromir, Faramir
Warnings: None
A/N: Now we return to the ghostly visitor. MiddleEarth is Tolkien's sandbox; I am just playing.'
Part 4 )

Here are links to the earlier sections
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
Title: More Things in Heaven and Earth
Source: LOTR
Rating: G
Characters: OCs, Boromir, Faramir
Warnings: None
A/N: This section and the previous one really should have been done as a prologue. Apologies--I will soon get us back to the ghostly visitor.

Part 3 )
lady_branwyn: (Default)
Title: More Things in Heaven and Earth
Source: LOTR
Rating: G
Characters: OCs, Boromir, Faramir
Warnings: None
A/N: This section and the next really should have been done as a prologue. Apologies--I will soon get us back to the ghostly visitor.
Part 2 )
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Title: More Things in Heaven and Earth
Rating: G
Source: LOTR
Characters: OCs, canon characters
With apologies to Shakespeare and Tolkien.

Part I )
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(This was posted over on [ profile] greatpoets today.)

The Mewlips
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Shadows where the Mewlips dwell
Are dark and wet as ink,
And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.

You sink into the slime, who dare
To knock upon their door,
While down the grinning gargoyles stare
And noisome waters pour.

Beside the rotting river-strand
The drooping willows weep,
And gloomily the gorcrows stand
Croaking in their sleep.

Over the Merlock Mountains a long and weary way,
In a mouldy valley where the trees are grey,
By a dark pool´s borders without wind or tide,
Moonless and sunless, the Mewlips hide.

The cellars where the Mewlips sit
Are deep and dank and cold
With single sickly candle lit;
And there they count their gold.

Their walls are wet, their ceilings drip;
Their feet upon the floor
Go softly with a squish-flap-flip,
As they sidle to the door.

They peep out slyly; through a crack
Their feeling fingers creep,
And when they´ve finished, in a sack
Your bones they take to keep.

Beyond the Merlock Mountains, a long and lonely road,
Through the spider-shadows and the marsh of Tode,
And through the wood of hanging trees and gallows-weed,
You go to find the Mewlips - and the Mewlips feed.
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Time for some shameless self-promotion. :)
The following are eligible for nomination. I wasn't planning to publish a list, but I am overwhelmed and astounded by how much I wrote over the last year. Very prolific for me.

The Deserter's Just Deserts
When a deserter from the army of Rohan is captured in Ithilien, Faramir finds that his wife is strangely troubled by the Rider's plight.

The Hands of the King
"The Pyre of Denethor" with a different twist. Alternate universe, inspired by a visit to a huge exhibit of medieval reliquaries and relics this afternoon.

Beruthiel's Kittens
During the Siege of Minas Tirith, the healers are not the only ones tending to the wounded. OCs and unconscious Faramir.

Guarding the Heedless Folk
Written for the 2008 "Six Days of Spooky Challenge" at the Spooky_Arda LiveJournal Community. When a man disappears, the Breefolk reluctantly enlist the aid of an untried ranger. OCs, Halbarad, Aragorn. PG for violence.

The Robin's Tale
How the least of Lord Denethor's servants came to his defense. Written for the "White Tree" challenge at the LiveJournal lotr_community. Many thanks to just_ann_now for beta-reading.
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
For anyone in the US, the trilogy will be showing in selected theatres in June.

I am not sure if these are simply the "Extended Editions" or special "Extended Extended Editions." Each film will be introduced by Peter Jackson from the set of The Hobbit, and the films will include "nearly 3 hours of additional feature footage."
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My heart was all aflutter when I heard that Bret McKenzie (AKA "Figwit") would be appearing in the upcoming Hobbit movie(s). We now have more details. According to Variety, McKenzie is slated to play Lindir the elf, a character who has a brief conversation with Bilbo in the FOTR.
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
According to the Dominion Post, Bret McKenzie--known for his smouldering onscreen performance as Figwit the elf--may have a role in the Hobbit movie.
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
In 1967, the New York Times posted a cringe-inducing interview with Tolkien entitled The Prevalence of Hobbits. I hope that Tolkien didn't read it, lol.
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
*Cues the James Bond theme music*


Long-classified documents reveal that JRR Tolkien trained as a British spy. Shortly before the outreak of the Second World War, Tolkien and a number of other academics were contacted by the top-secret Government Code and Cypher School.


With his genius for linguistics and knowledge of many languages, Tolkien was a logical choice for either translation or code-breaking. In fact, he had studied cyphers as part of his training as a signals officer during World War I.

Not surpisingly, he passed the Government Code and Cypher school's entrance exams and was offered a job. Though notes indicate that he was "keen" about the work, he did not sign on for reasons that are not known.


Or perhaps he did enlist, but his work was so secret that it is still classified...


Dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . .
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Does anyone know what happened to the travelling exhibit of LOTR movie props and costumes? According to the website, the exhibit is closed. If so, then where are all the goodies being stored? I recall that the exhibitors wanted to create a permanent museum, but that plan seems to have fallen through.

[ profile] lord_branwyn and I saw the exhibit in Boston back in 2004. It was well worth the trip.
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
You people seemed to like that last quiz, so here's another one. When you first read the LOTR, did you stumble over the dozens of characters with strange names? For the longest time, I read "Aragorn" as Aragon (as in Catherine of Aragon). Sometimes I would give up trying to sound out the name and just go with very crude character recognition--I would think of the character as "the guy whose name starts with F and has fifteen vowels and ends with R." If you've ever mangled a character's name, then take a stab at

[Poll #1723322]

Note: "Boomer" and "Farmer" is how Microsoft Word's spellchecker tries to correct the names of the sons of Denethor. Kind of appropriate, isn't it? :D
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
Gary Gygax, the creator of the "Dungeons and Dragons" roleplaying game, claimed that Tolkien was only a minor influence on its development, despite the fact that the original game included rangers, wizards, ents, orcs, dwarves, elves, half-elves, and hobbits. At the insistence of the Tolkien Estate, the hobbits were renamed "halflings" and the ents became "treants."

DM of the Rings is a webcomic that follows the adventures of a group of gamers who are loot-crazed and clueless about Tolkien as they play through the plot of the LOTR. The artist, Shamus Young, uses stills from the movies to illustrate the epic campaign. My favorite line is when Eomer says, "I would cut off your head, Master Dwarf, but it would require me to look up the mounted combat rules." :D

(But I never had the patience to play D & D. I was the person who would look up and say "What?," having totally lost track of the game, when it was finally my turn to roll.)
lady_branwyn: (Niphredil)
In honor of "Tolkien Reading Day," I present the

[Poll #1722599]

How to score the test )
lady_branwyn: (typewriter; picowrimo)
Back in the early 2000s, it was announced that Tolkien's own translation of Beowulf had been discovered (though, apparently, it was never lost, just sitting in a box of papers), and scholar Michael Drout had been chosen to edit it for publication. Years passed, and there was no further news. Drout deleted the content on his own webpage that referred to the Tolkien Beowulf because other parties were quoting him out of context. Then, in the mid-2000s, rumor was that the manuscript would not be published. In an interview, Drout confirmed that the Tolkien estate had decided that the project "should go on hold" (his words).
I admit to being puzzled and saddened by the delay. Perhaps the Tolkien Estate was concerned about the literary merit (and salability) of the translation?
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