Welcome to our collection of TORn’s hottest topics for the past week. If you’ve fallen behind on what’s happening on the Message Boards, here’s a great way to catch the highlights. Or if you’re new to TORn and want to enjoy some great conversations, just follow the links to some of our most popular discussions. Watch this space as every weekend we will spotlight the most popular buzz on TORn’s Message Boards. Everyone is welcome, so come on in and join in the fun! 

This past week marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.  On the Off Topic Discussion Board, Christchurch resident and long-time TORn member Starling marked the day with one of many letters she’s shared throughout the year of life after the quake.  Always poignant and inspiring.

Have you ever wished you could tell one of the cast members Happy Birthday face to face?  Well, TORn poster belleferret found a way to do that for Sean Astin, who just celebrated his 41st birthday.  Weeks ago, belleferret asked us if we’d like to send her a picture telling him just that.  She’s compiled everyone’s well wishes to share with Sean, including one very special greeting!!  It’s not too late to wish Sam/Sean a Happy Birthday!  Click here  and join the party!

TORn is always up for a game of 6 degrees of separation (otherwise known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon).  Here at TORn we play it a bit differently.  Over on The Hobbit Movie Discussion Board, malickfan found a whole new degree to explore by asking if “Anyone else noticed all the links between the different cast members?”  Let the fun begin!  Check it out and tell us who we may have missed!

We’ll share more topics next week and hope you can join in on the conversation!  Don’t forget, TheOneRing.net’s message boards have over 7,400 registered Tolkien fans, just like you.  Let your voice be heard!