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    Chronology and Gandalf decoy plan

    First, regarding the discrepancy between the main body of the text and Appendix B, Gandalf says Frodo bore the splinter for 17 days, while the journey from Weathertop seems to have taken one day less than that. Could it be possible that his treatment lasted long enough to cross a date boundary...
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    Solstice Poetry Followup

    Having just realized that I completely flaked out on the solstice poetry reading (I appreciate that another reader stepped in to present my submission anyway, and I apologize for the inconvenience) I wanted to offer to give the introduction I was going to give at the reading here instead. My...
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    Series idea: Writer's Toolbox

    I posted this in the "Special Interests" forum already, but that area is fairly unfrequented now so I thought I'd repost it here. I also recognize that I may not have done a great job explaining my idea or how it would actually work, and I'm happy to clarify/explicate as needed. Would anyone...
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    Series concept: Writer's Toolbox

    Would anyone else be interested in a seminar series on smaller pieces (songs, short poems and perhaps ocassional excerpts from longer ones) from a writer's perspective (i.e. with a view to the use of techniques and the creative process as well as ways other writers might repurpose said methods...
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    Of Orc counting and incomplete knowledge

    I feel obliged to mention, in connection with the orc question, that human pilots fighting other humans have gleefully counted kills since the beginning of combat aviation (which was in WWI, and thus potentially within Tolkien's knowledge). Neither I nor Tolkien am completely comfortable with...
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    Orcs and the cycle of abuse

    While Corey is right that there is no perfect solution to the orc problem, here is the one I've settled on, which, as far as I've seen, has yet to be brought up. Basically it comes down to the difference between redemption being a theoretical possibility and a practicable reality. While, in an...
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    Possible Paper Topic: Tolkien and the Beats

    The Christopher Tolkien memorial symposium has re-inspired me to think about comparisons between Tolkien and the Beat writers, specifically because I think they are the closest example we have of another author for whom there is possibly as much documentation of the creative process as there is...
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    The Baggins Uncertainty Principle

    This may be venturing too far into areas of the text we haven't reached yet, in which case, feel free to repost it in the General area. I had never thought about it before but Ijust realized that Sauron may never actually know that the "Baggins" he heard about from Gollum and the "Baggins" the...
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    Expanding to other genres?

    So I've finally just accepted that MMOs/RPGs in general aren't my thing. While I enjoyed playing through the Shire and some of the other early areas, the actual meat of the gameplay (particularly combat) became steadily more of an annoyance until I eventually decided it wasn't worth slogging...
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    Garth Agarwen Instances

    I've made it up to the big spate of Garth Agarwen Fellowship Quests (Grimbark etc.) Anyone have some appropriate alts that could benefit from running through it? Time Zone-wise I'm in EST but also currently free of serious schedule obligations, so I can probably accommodate most people...
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    Errantry beats

    Here are my suggestions for possible beats to rap "Errantry" to 1: The closing monologue of Kanye West's "Power Remix" (about 2:20 on this vid) 2: One of Tech Nine's "Choppers" tracks (One is called "Worldwide Choppers" but I know there are at least 1 or 2 others) 3: One of The Game's "x00...
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    Fellowship quest/instance cleanup

    Here are the various Fellowship quests and instances I have on my plate at the moment Thadur (Great Barrow( to get second half of skull key Heading West (Great Barrow) Kill fell spirits locked behind skull door (hence Thadur) A Call to Dwarves: Rescue Dori from Dourhands Call to Men: Defense...
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    Hit a wall

    I don't know if this is just cause I'm underequipped (I tend to just use whatever the best gearI pick up from quest rewards is. I never buy gear) or bad at the game or what but I've finally run out of low level quests to do and can't seem to make a dent in the on level ones. If anyone could use...
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    How to recover lost skills.

    Several of my most useful skills have mysteriously dissappeared from my quick bar (Ok, one of them I know was my fault. I dragged it off by accident, but still.) I assume there must be some way to recover skills you lose this way (I doubt they're permanently destroyed, like items) but I can't...
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    Get Out You Old Wight.:Haudh Iarchith run?

    I have found that Haudh Iarchith, despite being involved in a solo quest, is clearly not designed for soloing. I am level 23 and both of the quests (Prey On the Darkness and Collecting Grave Moss) are level 20, but that's clearly not enough of a gap to make it soloable. Anyone have an alt that...
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    Lore Implications of Chicken Play

    I realize 90% of you may prefer to just ignore chicken play since it doesn't really seem to fit, but I prefer my own head canon explanation that the PCs are all simply Chicken-form skinchangers (if there can be Beornings, why can't there be a chicken equivalent)? I realize this subforum is...
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    Of Belleriand And Its Namesake

    found randomly in an RPG sourcebook on Cornwall The ancient name of this headland [Now called Land's End] was Bellerian, named after the giant who built the first castle here ." I have no inkling of the provenance of this bit of folklore, but it doesn't seem implausible that Tolkien could have...
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    Where/How to find in-combat healing items

    Are there any NPCs that sell Athelas Essence or similar? Being a completionist, I'm usually thoroughly over-level for quests so this is rarely an issue, but I am down to my last one now, having only ever found the ones I got as quest rewards. It's easy to find people to buy food from, but that's...
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    Why does Gandalf fear the Yellow Face?

    Ok, I could save this until Exploring the Lord of the Rings finally gets to "The Ring Goes South" but, since that will take at least a year I decided to ask now instead. I put it here cause I don't want to clutter up the "Exploring" forum with something so far ahead. The Fellowship's decision...
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    Introduction

    Hi all, I've been a faithful listener for years now. I think I initially caught up right around the end of the Dracula class or the beginning of the Disposessed, but I've never had a chance to participate in the live sessions cause I'm in college and could never spare the time. I will say...
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