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Last month our planned Tolkien night for International Tolkien Reading Day at the library had to be postponed, due to the head librarian having pneumonia. Tonight was the rescheduled event, and it was lots of fun.

I wanted to dress up in my hobbit lass garb, but was unable to find it, though I scoured the house. I have a feeling it may have been put away in the garage with my SCA garb. So instead I wore my "Bilbo's Adventure" T-shirt. I had promised the head librarian to bring some scones for part of the refreshments, and made a couple of dozen.

Everyone had the chance to draw a Middle-earth name for the evening, so tonight I was Camellia Underhill. I met a very nice woman who was dressed as an Elf. She was "Niniel" for the evening. An interesting fact about her was that she'd had her last name legally changed to "Arwen" several years ago. We talked about our Tolkien experiences, and since she is a big Aragorn/Arwen fan, I pulled out my iPad and showed her some of [livejournal.com profile] rs9's artwork. She loved it!

There were several cute kids there with their mom/aunt (some were her kids and some were cousins). We had some fun games: riddles, guess the Dwarves' names, find the invisible Ring on Bilbo (kind of the opposite of pin the tail on the donkey)--a black silhouette of Bilbo was taped to the wall, the player was blindfolded, and a small "Ring" was taped to the silhouette. The player had two minutes to find the Ring. I found it in 18 seconds! There were some life sized cut-outs of some of the movie characters for photo ops. I only took a couple of pics, but there will be lots of pictures on the library website next week.

There were refreshments: bread and cheese, "lembas", my scones, cheese, and beverages.

The highlight of the evening was the Periscope reading of a section of "An Unexpected Party (you have to have Safari, Firefox or Chrome to view it):
https://www.periscope.tv/Cushing_Library/1lDxLwoNwQmJm

I gave a little introductory synopsis of Bilbo and Gandalf, and then turns were taken, reading the arrival of the Dwarves. We did not quite have enough volunteers to read the entire section, but I think it came out pretty well.

There had also been a silent auction. All three of my donations were purchased, and the event raised almost $300 for the library!
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The DH found this on YouTube. I thought it was pretty cool.

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Over at [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community we are having something kind of fun and different for our fifth anniversary of MPTT!

It's a comment-fic challenge. But not the usual sort. Instead we mods are posting story starters, and asking you to continue the stories. Head over there and see if you are inspired to continue the stories. So far we have one each for TH, LotR and the Silm (First Age). There will also be a Second Age and Multi-Age starter to come.

We are also having an Art Challenge too!

I hope some of you will come and help us build the stories, or contribute some art!
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The fic I wrote for the [livejournal.com profile] hobbitstale prompt fest has been posted, and it's not anonymous, so I can post the link here:

Old Friends and New

Bag End is in for a jolly time when some of Bilbo's old friends come for a visit. (Domestic fluff, as requested! Fluffity-fluff-fluff! with some backstory and only a teensy bit of possibly angsty foreshadowing.)

It's kind of a departure for me, being a meld of movie-verse for The Hobbit:AUJ, AU, and book-verse, and it was beta'd for me by the incomparable [livejournal.com profile] shirebound, who also gave me the title! And there is a little tribute to the story [livejournal.com profile] marigoldg and I co-wrote, "Ho! Ho! My Lads!" as well.
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Hello all!

Starting tomorrow, it looks as though I will be offline at the house for a while--I am not sure for how long--it could be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. I will try to go to the library to do stuff, but I will not be as available as I have been. Emails may pile up, and any posting will be intermittent at best. I am hoping my semi-absence will be brief, but since I'm not sure, I am going to try and set things up in advance.

I am going to post the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community April challenge today, but in order to expedite things, I will make it so that you do not have to wait for me to send out prompts.

I suggest that if you have any questions you send them to Cathleen (or to Dawn if they are of a technical nature).

I'm sorry this is happening right in the middle of B2MeM. I hope to have time to catch up on your stories during Reading Week. And I may have time to finish a few stories and post them from the library.

In more pleasant news: I got to see TH:AUJ today. My son got me the DVD (It's the combo pack that includes the DVD, the Blu-ray, and the Ultra-violet whatever that is.) and he and his girlfriend and her kids came over to watch it with me and have lunch; they just left a few minutes ago. It was a wee bit more hectic than watching it at the theater, but still, lots of fun. And I am so proud of Sophie--she behaved beautifully with the kids, and we only had to shut her in the bedroom while we ate lunch. Miss Belladonna mostly hid.

I'd also like to signal boost the following community. It is having a "prompt fest" to which you can request plot-bunnies for stories set in The Hobbit. They are accepting gen prompts as well as pairing prompts, and have several of those requested already. You can post your prompt requests between now and March 26. The great part? You do not have to claim a prompt to write in order to request a prompt! (Of course, they hope you will, but it is not a requirement.) So if there is a special story you'd like to see written, but you don't think you have time to write yourself, this is a great thing to take part in!

Here's the link to check it out!
Hobbit's Tale Prompt Fest
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] children_of_lir for the link to this very interesting thread. It raises some very interesting questions.

http://fanficrants.livejournal.com/11256436.html

For example, can you spoil a seventy-five year old story?

Whose responsibility is it for spoilers--the person who's posting fic, or the person who wants to avoid the spoilers?

And the one that puzzles me most: Were the children of 1937 really more intelligent than the children of the present day?

(BTW, and totally OT: I DO NOT LIKE THE NEW POSTING PAGE!)
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This is adorable. It's called "The Hobbit Christmas Song (The Greatest Gift)" and it's very funny.

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I've updated "Eleventy-one Years: Too Short a Time"!

In Chapter 19, it's Rethe (March) and things seem to be going from bad to worse. But spring has to come sometime...

"When Winter Comes Without a Spring"
at Stories of Arda
at Many Paths to Tread
at Fanfiction.net

And speaking of Bilbo's backstory? Has anyone else seen this interview with Sir Ian McKellan?

Cut for a possible spoiler...Read more... )
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Some guy made Bag End out of balloons...

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I am so excited!

Remember a few months ago, I began collecting links to fanfics about The Hobbit?

Well, I now have a website: Off Into the Blue for Mad Adventures!

There are links to every fanfic for TH posted before the end of 2011 that I could find, from as many sources as I could collect! Please check it out and let me know what you think!

I haven't even read a lot of these stories myself, and am looking forward to browsing through them!
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I am so excited!

Remember a few months ago, I began collecting links to fanfics about The Hobbit?

Well, I now have a website: Off Into the Blue for Mad Adventures!

There are links to every fanfic for TH posted before the end of 2011 that I could find, from as many sources as I could collect! Please check it out and let me know what you think!

I haven't even read a lot of these stories myself, and am looking forward to browsing through them!
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Someone had a signed first edition of The Hobbit on "Antiques Roadshow"!

http://video.pbs.org/video/2213704018/
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Someone had a signed first edition of The Hobbit on "Antiques Roadshow"!

http://video.pbs.org/video/2213704018/
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Is technically not until tomorrow. However, our library is closed on Sunday, and so we are having it today here.

My idea, but taken up with enthusiasm by the librarian, who is by way of a friend, since I know her also from our Monday evening knitting circle. Still, I'm nervous as to whether anyone will come-- it was not terribly well-publicized. (A teeny little paragraph on the last page of our towns teeny little twice-a-week newspaper; sad to say, that's more publicity than most activities of this sort get around here.) And a flyer that I made. So I am unsure as to how many refreshments to bring: we put "refreshments at elevenses and tea" on the flyer.

I made some scones, and will be taking some little pimento cheese sandwiches and deviled eggs (which I need to go make in a few minutes: eggs are boiled already.) and some scones I made yesterday: golden raisin and dried cranberry. Taking teabags (for those who want hot tea) and picking up some lemonade at Braum's (for those who prefer something cold). Probably some cookies, too. I'd planned to make a seed cake, but discovered too late that I don't have poppy seeds. I could have sworn I had some poppy seeds among my spices...*sigh*. That's all I can do, as our budget is teensy.

Anyway, the hubby's off to work, and at 9AM I will be at the library. PLEASE send lots of hobbity vibes towards Cushing, OK today, so that many people will suddenly get the urge to go to the library and read about Bilbo Baggins' Adventure!

OTOH, this means another day of running behind on my B2Mem prompts, and I have to work tomorrow to make up for taking today off. So I will miss Palm Sunday at church...
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Is technically not until tomorrow. However, our library is closed on Sunday, and so we are having it today here.

My idea, but taken up with enthusiasm by the librarian, who is by way of a friend, since I know her also from our Monday evening knitting circle. Still, I'm nervous as to whether anyone will come-- it was not terribly well-publicized. (A teeny little paragraph on the last page of our towns teeny little twice-a-week newspaper; sad to say, that's more publicity than most activities of this sort get around here.) And a flyer that I made. So I am unsure as to how many refreshments to bring: we put "refreshments at elevenses and tea" on the flyer.

I made some scones, and will be taking some little pimento cheese sandwiches and deviled eggs (which I need to go make in a few minutes: eggs are boiled already.) and some scones I made yesterday: golden raisin and dried cranberry. Taking teabags (for those who want hot tea) and picking up some lemonade at Braum's (for those who prefer something cold). Probably some cookies, too. I'd planned to make a seed cake, but discovered too late that I don't have poppy seeds. I could have sworn I had some poppy seeds among my spices...*sigh*. That's all I can do, as our budget is teensy.

Anyway, the hubby's off to work, and at 9AM I will be at the library. PLEASE send lots of hobbity vibes towards Cushing, OK today, so that many people will suddenly get the urge to go to the library and read about Bilbo Baggins' Adventure!

OTOH, this means another day of running behind on my B2Mem prompts, and I have to work tomorrow to make up for taking today off. So I will miss Palm Sunday at church...

Fic rec!

Feb. 16th, 2012 10:29 am
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A while back, [livejournal.com profile] azalaisdep wrote a little drabble in [livejournal.com profile] tolkien_weekly; I commented with the notion that Bilbo's version of the "Tra-la-la-lally" song in TH was because he did not speak or understand any Elven languages at the time, so he simply made up words to suit what he thought he heard. (That's been my own "headcanon" for a long time!)

My comment gave her a bunny, and now she's written a lovely little ficlet about it:


Lost in Translation

It's quite fun, and very much the sort of thing I had imagined!

Fic rec!

Feb. 16th, 2012 10:29 am
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A while back, [livejournal.com profile] azalaisdep wrote a little drabble in [livejournal.com profile] tolkien_weekly; I commented with the notion that Bilbo's version of the "Tra-la-la-lally" song in TH was because he did not speak or understand any Elven languages at the time, so he simply made up words to suit what he thought he heard. (That's been my own "headcanon" for a long time!)

My comment gave her a bunny, and now she's written a lovely little ficlet about it:


Lost in Translation

It's quite fun, and very much the sort of thing I had imagined!
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Whee! [livejournal.com profile] fis_bom has posted the pattern for block number two!

This one looks to be fun and easy! The hardest part will be getting bits of all the right colors!
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Whee! [livejournal.com profile] fis_bom has posted the pattern for block number two!

This one looks to be fun and easy! The hardest part will be getting bits of all the right colors!

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