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Wednesday, July 26, 2000
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Hall of Fire Topic For the Weekend!
Tookish @ 19:55 PST

Here comes the latest from the Hall of Fire topic think tank:

Music and Middle-earth

From its creation down to the last chapter of Middle-earth's history, music is a powerful and significant presence in the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien. Music and song is a common theme not only to the passage of time in Arda, but also to all the peoples of Middle-earth. We find singing orcs, hobbits, dwarves, goblins, ents, elves, humans, gods, and demi-gods. I'll wager Sauron himself hummed a dark ditty as he crafted the One Ring at Mount Doom.

What does Tolkien achieve and evoke with all of this music and song? How is music used as metaphore, image, emotion, magic, or even substance? What resonnates with you and the music of Middle-earth?

On another note, do you ever listen to music while reading Tolkien? What kind and by whom? I have spoken with many people who enjoy playing a favorite composer as they read The Professor.

There are many bands who have been inspired by JRRT; one famous example is Led Zeppelin's Misty Mountain Hop, and Barliman's chatroom old timer Mongvar's favorite Blind Guardian. Enjoy any of that? Have you ever written any LotR-inspired music or lyrics?

We'll also explore music in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings adaptation. The mucic on New Line's internet preview certainly caused a stir; what are your comments? What are you looking for in the score of the movies themselves? Do you want to see poems and songs from the text, or would you prefer they were left out? What appeals to you, a Braveheart-type score or something with more a more robust, operatic lean? Or perhaps you'd like to see something more modern, like the soundtrack to the film The Matrix.

Warm up those fingers and vocal cords and come join the throng. This chat is scheduled for Saturday, July 29, at 5:30 p.m. EDT [10:30 p.m. GMT]. If this time doesn't work for you, come to our European-time session, which is on Sunday, July 30, at 6:00 p.m. GMT [7:00 p.m. Central Europe Time and 1:00 p.m. EDT].

Your comments and ideas are welcome, so send 'em in here! Thanks.

Monday, July 24, 2000
Barlimans News

Tolkien Fun Section
Gamgee @ 20:33 PST

Hello again all! I hope you all have been brushing up on your Tolkien trivia! Our last winner was LadyWolf!!! Good job LadyWolf!!!! The answers were:
1) Guthwine
2) Tar-Ciryatan
3) Frodo
Here are the questions for today:
1) "During the riddle game between Gollum and Bilbo, what was it that Gollum remembered teaching his grandmother to do?"
2) "waelkotw" (Scrambled Tolkien person. place or thing)
3) "They did not die!" (Who said this?)
As usual, Mail me with your answers, the 1st person to send all 3 correct answers in one mailing will be posted here next time! Good luck.........Gamgee

Sunday, July 23, 2000
Barlimans News

No answers yet!
Gamgee @ 12:03 PST

Is there a Tolkien convention somewhere I haven't heard about? I haven't received any correct answers for the fun section yet! Wake up fans!! Cheers!......Gamgee

Thursday, July 20, 2000
Barlimans News

Tolkien Fun Section
Gamgee @ 22:17 PST

Hello again all! Gamgee here with another edition of the Tolkien fun section! You guys are going to have to be quick! Morden has bested you all again! The answers were:
1) Fram
2) Mithlond
3) Bombur
Here are the questions for today:
1) "Whats name translates to Battle-friend?"
2) "iyraantcart" (scrambled Tolkien person, place or thing)
3) "Wouldn't an orc have suited it better?" (Who said this?)
As always, Mail me with your answers, the 1st person to send all 3 correct answers in one mailing will be posted here next time! Good luck!..........Gamgee

Monday, July 17, 2000
Barlimans News

New HOF Session Added!
Jincey @ 23:14 PST

We have added a new session time and day for our weekly Hall of Fire homepage chats, beginning this Sunday, July 23. That's right! You now have a choice of sessions: our regular chat held Saturdays at 5:30 pm EDT, or our NEW EuroHOF on Sundays at 1800 GMT (1900 CET, 2:00 pm EDT). Frode and Leo will be your moderators on Sundays. The topic will be the same for both sessions each weekend, so pick the one that's most convenient for you! (Diehards are more than welcome to attend both, lol!) As always, Hall of Fire chats are held in #thehalloffire.

Legolas Up for Discussion in the Hall of Fire
Tookish @ 21:46 PST


The Hall of Fire is readied again with a Tolkien character topic. This time 'round we'll be taking a close look at another of the Nine Walkers, Legolas.
Legolas Greenleaf: Elf of Mirkwood

A fast friend to dwarf, human, and hobbit, Legolas is a character to warm the heart. Quick and deadly with knife or bow, this good elf was also a keen lover of all things forest. What details are known of this great elf? Do you have any favorite Legolas quotes, scenes, or deeds from LotR? What is his fate at the end of Middle-earth's history?

Date: Saturday, July 22, 2000
Time: 5:30 p.m. EST [ 10:30 p.m. GMT]
Location: #thehalloffire on theonering.net server
Directions: come to our chatroom Barliman's and then type /join #thehalloffire

Comments? Feedback? Topic suggestions? Email your thoughts to the Hall of Fire Staff please.

Saturday, July 15, 2000
Barlimans News

Tolkien Fun Section
Gamgee @ 11:33 PST

Hello everyone! Welcome again to the Tolkien fun section! Our last winner was Morden! Good job man! The answers were:
1) Sun on the daisies
2) Ungoliant
3) Hirgon
Here are the questions for today:
1) "Who was it, that stole the Horn of the Mark, from the hoards of Scatha?"
2) "nholimtd" (Scrambled Tolkien person, place or thing)
3) "And pork pie and salad!" (Who said this?)
As usual, Mail me with your answers, the 1st person to mail me all 3 correct answers, in one letter will be posted here next time! Good luck.......Gamgee

Wednesday, July 12, 2000
Barlimans News

Baby Took has finally arrived!
Gamgee @ 01:49 PST

Guess what folks! I'm an Uncle! I am proud to announce that my good friend, and TORN staff member, Tookish, has just told me, that he has been handed a beautiful baby girl!!! All of us here at TheOneRing.net are very happy for the Tookish family, and we send them our warmest wishes! Welcome to Middle Earth Halle Took!
Name: Halle Took
Date of Birth: July 11th, 12:24 p.m.
Weight: 9 lbs. 14 oz. (a proper hobbit size eh?)
Length: 19 inches
Again, congratulations to Tookish and his family!!!!

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