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Emerald Rose will premiere new music at ELF and Dragon*Con

New CD to be released at Evening at Bree party!

Emerald Rose has announced the completion of their newest cd, “Archives of Ages to Come”, and they plan to release the cd at TORn’s Evening at Bree party at Dragon*Con. The band will be premiering selections of the new material this weekend for audiences at the ELF gathering in Orlando. Emerald Rose has performed for TORn fans at many LOTR events, including post-Oscar parties in Hollywood. This is the band’s fifth cd, and their most musically diverse, ranging from traditional Celtic ballads and instrumentals to driving rock songs inspired by world mythology.

ELF audiences will be some of the first to hear the new music when the band performs this Friday night in Orlando. The concert will include “Come to the Dance”, which was used in the film “Ringers: Lord of the Fans”.

The Evening at Bree party, the first of several celebrations the band is performing at DragonCon, will be held in the Hyatt’s Centennial 1 from 8 – 10:30 pm on Friday, Sept 2. After Bree, the band will move across to the Regency ballroom for a late-night concert party from midnight until 2 am. They will perform on the Hyatt concourse throughout the weekend.

The band has a web page all about the new cd, which can be found at [EmeraldRose.com].

Posted in Old Special Reports

Costuming Panel Leaders

There’s always great interest in Lord of the Rings related costuming, and we have the best of the best costumers here with us once again this year. I’d like to thank Laura Bradway for stepping in to lead this year’s panels when Quimbie had to unexpectedly drop out of Dragon*Con this year.

The schedule is not showing the actual panelists for costuming (just not enough room), so here’s who’s going to be doing what: [more]

Posted in Old DragonCon News

Costuming Panel Leaders

There’s always great interest in Lord of the Rings related costuming, and we have the best of the best costumers here with us once again this year. I’d like to thank Laura Bradway for stepping in to lead this year’s panels when Quimbie had to unexpectedly drop out of Dragon*Con this year.

The schedule is not showing the actual panelists for costuming (just not enough room), so here’s who’s going to be doing what:

Beginning Sewing Friday 9/2 @5:30
Laura Bradway (Moderator) – AOME
Suzanne “Dolfinna” Daley
Mindy Dupler-Singer – AOME

Creating & Realizing Your Own LOTR Costume Saturday 9/3 @ 1PM
Laura Bradway (Moderator) – AOME
Jessica Duncan
Jules Kelly – Staff Editor at ACS
Judy Mitchell – From ACS

In-Depth Look at LOTR Costume Reproduction Part 1 Sunday 9/4 @11:30
Mindy Dupler-Singer (Moderator) – AOME
Suzanne “Dolfinna” Daley
Judy Mitchell – From ACS
Bonnie Humphrey – AOME
Laura Bradway – AOME

In-Depth Look at LOTR Costume Reproduction Part 2 Sunday 9/4 @1PM
Mindy Dupler-Singer (Moderator) – AOME
Judy Mitchell – From ACS
Bonnie Humphrey – AOME
Laura Bradway – AOME
Jules Kelly – Staff Editor at ACS

If you’d like to get a taste of costuming before the con, please visit [AlleyCatScratch.com] and [ArmsofMiddleearth.com]

Posted in Old Special Reports

BarliBash ’05: CHICAGO! Hotel details and survey! Please fill out now!

Ever since last year’s wildly successful Bash in Boston, folks have been clamoring for information about this year’s Barlibash. After informal surveys and discussions in Barliman’s, we decided to revisit Chicago for BarliBash ’05. I’d like to thank Balin, Maegwen, JPB, and Corvar for all their efforts and input into choosing a rocking hotel and beginning a list of possible ‘Things To Do’ during Bash : ) Huzzah! 3 Cheers!! WOOT!!!

We’ve got a survey for folks to fill out, detailed information about the hotel, and FAQ already online. Pages on Transportation, Itinerary, and Sights will be added soon. So please, take a few moments and visit our Barlibash 2005 page!

Posted in Barliman News

Tom Shippey & Douglas Anderson on “The Lord of the Rings at Fifty”

Award-winning J.R.R. Tolkien scholars Tom Shippey and Douglas A. Anderson will participate in a panel on “The Lord of the Rings at Fifty” at Illinois Central College’s Performing Arts Center, East Peoria, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

The presentation, sponsored by the college’s English department, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Mike Foster.

Posted in Old Main News

The Power of Song in Tolkien: This Weekend’s Hall of Fire Chat

“Then Ilúvatar said to them: ‘Of the theme that I have declared to you, I will now that ye make in harmony together a Great Music… But I will sit and hearken, and be glad that through you great beauty has been wakened into song.'” (AINULINDALË)

In all of Tolkien’s created world, no power is greater or more evident than the power of music and song. [More]

Posted in Barliman News

The Power of Song in Tolkien: This Weekend’s Hall of Fire Chat

“Then Ilúvatar said to them: ‘Of the theme that I have declared to you, I will now that ye make in harmony together a Great Music… But I will sit and hearken, and be glad that through you great beauty has been wakened into song.'” (AINULINDALË)

In all of Tolkien’s created world, no power is greater or more evident than the power of music and song. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

The Power of Song in Tolkien: This Weekend’s Hall of Fire Chat

“Then Ilúvatar said to them: ‘Of the theme that I have declared to you, I will now that ye make in harmony together a Great Music… But I will sit and hearken, and be glad that through you great beauty has been wakened into song.'” (AINULINDALË)

In all of Tolkien’s created world, no power is greater or more evident than the power of music and song. Through it Ilúvatar and the Valar created the world. Through music Tom Bombadil controlled nature. Through songs the Children of Ilúvatar rejoiced and mourned and recalled their histories. Even the Enemies such as the goblins had their own songs.

Did Tolkien envision music as a power of itself, or was it merely the outward sign of the deeper powers within each being, or a reflection of the power of Ilúvatar? Who made the best music, and whose music had the most power? What are the most profound instances of the power of music? Join us this weekend in #thehalloffire when we will add our voices to the Music of the Ainur as we discuss “The Power of Song in Tolkien”.

Upcoming topics:
1/16 and 1/17/05: The Silmarillion – Ainulindale & the Valaquenta

Place:
#thehalloffire on theonering.net IRC server. Need instructions? Go [here].

Chat Times:
Saturday Chat:
5:30pm EST (17:30)
[also 11:30pm (23:30) CET and 7:30am Sunday morning AEST]

Sunday Chat:
8:00 pm (20:00) CET
[also 2:00pm (14:00) EST and 4:00am Monday morning AEST]

EST = Eastern Time, USA’s East Coast
CET = Central European Time, Central Europe
AEST = Australian East Coast

Posted in Old Special Reports

‘Twas the Night before Yule

Got this li’l poem in the mail as a holiday greeting from our good friend, Michael Martinez, and with his permission, we share it with you!

‘Twas the night before Yule…
‘Twas the night before Yule, when all through Bag End
No Hobbit was stirring, not even a Baggins;
The teapot was hung in the kitchen with care,
In hopes that Gandalf the Grey soon would be there. [More]

Posted in Old Main News

‘Twas the Night before Yule

‘Twas the night before Yule, when all through Bag End
No Hobbit was stirring, not even a Baggins;
The teapot was hung in the kitchen with care,
In hopes that Gandalf the Grey soon would be there.

Bilbo and Frodo lay all snug in their beds,
While visions of mushroom-pies danced in their heads;
And Gaffer Gamgee next door, at Sam’s behest,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s rest,
When out on the Hill there arose such a clatter,
Sam sprang from his chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the garden he flew like a flash,
Fell in the potatoes and rolled on his back.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to all Bagshot Row,
When what to his wondering eyes should appear,

But a train of ponies, loaded with Dwarves and gear,
With a little old wizard, so lively and quick,
Sam knew in a moment it must be old Mith.
More rapid than Eagles his Dwarf-friends they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, called them by name;
“Now, Bombur! now, Dwalin! now, Bifur and Bofur!
On, Gloin! On, Gimli! on, Nori and Nar!
To the top of the road! Don’t trip and do not fall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves before the hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to Bag End the Dwarves rode on through,
With a wain full of gold, and dragon-jools too!

And then, in a twinkling, Sam heard a loud “Oof!”
As Dwarves tumbled and ponies stomped on the hoof.
As Sam rose up to stand, and was turning around,
Through the round door Gandalf the Grey went with a bound.
“Now that won’t do!” Sam cried as he stamped his foot,
The Dwarves all chuckled, and Sam sighed with an “Oh, shoot!”
A bundle of gold Gandalf had on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, and his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as grey as they go;
The stump of pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He was known for fireworks and a little mischief,
But, Great Goblins, now he seemed no more than a thief!
He was grimy and gruff, unlike Bilbo’s High Elves,
And Sam wept when he saw Gandalf knock off a shelf.
But a wink of an eye, a twist of the head,
Soon told Sam he had much, much worse things to dread!
Gandalf spoke no word, but went straight to his work,
And ripped all the clean socks, oh! what a jerk!
And laying a finger aside of his nose,
He said, “Give ’em Hell, Sam! These rags have to go!”
And he sprang out the door, to the Dwarves he whistled,

And away they all fled like they sat on a thistle.
And Sam had to exclaim, ere they were all out of sight,
“No more Miruvor for you! Oh, what a long night!”

By Michael Martinez

Posted in Old Special Reports

The Hall of Fire Focus: Samwise Gamgee

One of the most beloved characters in Tolkien’s trilogy is without question, Samwise Gamgee. That ordinary hobbit, representative of all that’s sound and sane against a background of darkness and despair, who was able to do the extraordinary, even the impossible, and live to tell the tale. Join us this weekend in #thehalloffire for a wonderful discussion. [More]

Posted in Barliman News

The Hall of Fire Focus: Samwise Gamgee

‘Why, Sam,’ [Frodo] said, ‘to hear you somehow makes me as merry as if the story was already written. But you’ve left out one of the chief characters: Samwise the stouthearted.’ “I want to hear more about Sam, dad. Why didn’t they put in more of his talk, dad? That’s what I like, it makes me laugh. And Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?”

One of the most beloved characters in Tolkien’s trilogy is without question, Samwise Gamgee. That ordinary hobbit, representative of all that’s sound and sane against a background of darkness and despair, who was able to do the extraordinary, even the impossible, and live to tell the tale.

Do you see Sam as a faithful friend and kind hearted companion, or the dim-witted klutz and comic-relief, sort of Sancho Panza to Frodo’s Don Quixote? Or is he the “everyman” of Middle Earth, the character Tolkien himself said he most related to? Or is Sam the true, courageous hero of Lord of the Rings? Was Sam just an ordinary hobbit? Was he tempted by the Ring? Was he the cause of Gollum’s ultimate damnation? These questions and more will be explored as we look at this amusing, confusing and delightful character.

Come join us and our special guest moderator, SamGamgee7, this week in #thehalloffire as we discuss “Samwise Gamgee, Hobbit Hero”.

Upcoming Topics:
Sept 4-5: The Hobbit: Chapter 13: Not At Home
Sept 11-12: Middle Earth’s Greatest Hero
Sept 18-19: The Hobbit: Chapter 14: Fire and Water
Sept 25-26: The Downfall of Numenor
Oct 2-3: The Hobbit: Chapter 14: The Gathering of the Clouds

Place:
#thehalloffire on theonering.net IRC server. Need instructions? Go here: [here]

Chat Times:
Saturday Chat:
5:30pm EST (17:30)
[also 11:30pm (23:30) CET and 7:30am Sunday morning AEST]

Sunday Chat:
8:00 pm (20:00) CET
[also 2:00pm (14:00) EST and 4:00am Monday morning AEST]

EST = Eastern Time, USA’s East Coast
CET = Central European Time, Central Europe
AEST = Australian East Coast

Posted in Barlimans, Events, Fans, Fellowship of the Ring, Hall of Fire, Hobbit Book, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, LotR Movies, Old Special Reports, Return of the King, The Hobbit, The Two Towers