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Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 Banner I Completed My Path

March is over and so is this year's Back to Middle-earth Month. This year's theme was a gameboard, with several paths to the center in order to "win" the game; I chose the Purple Path, and managed to complete it. Below is a round-up of my entries. Most are fanfic, but there is some non-fic, one artwork, and a recs list thrown in, as well as my "Act of Kindness", in which I offered to answer questions for people.

Full Moon The Man-in-the-Moon visits an old friend at a Merry Old Inn in Bree, while his doggy friends worry at home. (A Roverandom/LotR crossover, with a hint of Silm thrown in.)
The Rise and Fall of a Tyrant Lotho Sackville-Baggins was destined to grow up to rule the Shire...for a while. (A twelve drabble set)
The Advantages of Insomnia Bilbo spends a sleepless night in literary endeavor.
Concerning the Shire, Part One Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine. (Part 1/?)
Concerning the Shire, Part Two: Education Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine. (Part 2/? It will be continued.)
"Ungoliant and the Two Trees" Ungoliant attacks Laurelin and Telperion. (Art, mixed media)
Beyond the Dreams of Avarice "Bilbo went to sleep with that [song] in his ears, and it gave him very uncomfortable dreams. It was long after the break of day, when he woke up."-The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"- A drabble.
A Night By the High Hay Merry and Pippin take their sons on a camping expedition, and have an encounter.
Oldies But Goodies Rec list. These are works from authors who are either no longer in the fandom, or no longer write in the fandom very often.
Good husbandmen must moile & toile... Sam discovers much of the Gaffer's folk wisdom actually comes from a very old book.
Fruit and Flower Of the Sun and the Moon, in fifty-five words. (A dribble)
She Who Watches Adamanta knows that her time with her great-grandchildren will come to an end one day, and she must make the most of her time.
Rainy Day at Bag End Young Merry and Pippin are visiting Bag End, and face a dark and stormy morning.
Day After Day a Good Day Each part of the day has its own special blessings. (A four drabble set)
How May I Help You? I'll answer any question I can that will be helpful to the questioner in regards to the fandom. (This offer remains open even after B2MEM is over.)
The Perils of Perfection An essay on getting past the idea that your fanwork has to be "perfect."

Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 Banner I Completed My Path

I also found time to write and post a story for the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community March Challenge, which was h/c with a particular herb assigned as the prompt.


Now I hope to find time to look at all the [livejournal.com profile] b2mem entries I didn't have time for during the month.

But first I have to get some seedlings out in the garden this afternoon, plus write up the minutes for the Friends of the Library, to which I somehow ended up as secretary. Also need to find today's Lent post and go to Knitting Circle this evening.

I hope everyone's having as pretty a day as we are!
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This is so cute! I love how enthusiastic these little kids are:

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"Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


From the United Church of Christ, Prayers for Justice
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B2MeM Prompt and Path: Purple path; Prompt--Act of Kindness, "Answer a question"
Format:Personal post
Genre: Act of Kindness
Rating: G
Warnings: n/a
Characters: n/a
Pairings: n/a
Creator’s Notes (optional): I thought and thought about what my act of kindness would be. It seemed this one might be the most useful.
Summary: I'll answer any question I can that will be helpful to the questioner in regards to the fandom.

One of the prompts for the Acts of Kindness on the 2017 Gameboard was "Answer a question for someone".

Or several someones. I don't claim to know everything, but I have 13 years of experience writing fanfic, and I do have a pretty good knowledge of hobbits and of The Lord of the Rings from years of reading. I do not have much knowledge of The Silmarillion, though I can perhaps point someone in the direction of an answer, if I don't have it.

So, if you have come upon a stumbling block in a story or simply need an answer to a question about canon, or hobbits in general, have at it.

This post will remain open as long as I continue getting questions!

ASK ME A QUESTION.
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This is such a lovely rendition. I have never heard this instrument before, but it sounds so beautiful.

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This is something a little different than my usual post. [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen is on my friend's list, and yesterday she wrote a beautiful poem and posted it in her LJ. With her permission, I am linking to it for today's Lent post:

The Mathematics of Heaven and Hell

I thought it was a very profound statement of the difference between Good and Evil. If you like it, please let her know!
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A little child shall lead them...

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Something to think about:

Growing in Sanctification

I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be, I am not what I hope to be. But I thank God I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”—John Newton
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A reminder of all the small blessings of life, to notice them every day:

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Extraordinarily ethereal and uplifting, the Benedictines of Mary:


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2017 lent spring

Proverbs 27:25

When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
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I was so glad to have a Sunday off work, and be able to attend this morning. We sang this lovely song during the service, one which I was unfamiliar with, but I like it very much:

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Humans helping animals in need:



True kindness!
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The Piano Guys are always worth listening to. This arrangement is so beautiful:

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