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Tolkien Astronomy

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One question we might ask ourselves when embarking on a critical study of Tolkien’s work is “are we just reading too much into a story?” Christopher Tolkien argued for the authenticity of such analysis: “Such inquiries are in no way illegitimate in principle; they arise from an acceptance of the imagined world as an object of contemplation or study valid as many other objects of contemplation or study in the all too unimaginary world.”

What we are doing is no less than the good professor did to himself. Tolkien wrote in a 1957 letter, “Naturally the stories come first. But it is, I suppose, some test of the consistency of a mythology as such if it is capable of some sort of rational or rationalized explanation.” Tolkien was ever mindful of the inner consistency of his universe, and that it was not utterly exempt from the rules of the mundane world in which we live. In fact, Tolkien stated emphatically that Middle-earth is solar-system-in-quenyaenvisioned as our world, in a time far before all recorded history: In a letter to Rhona Beare in 1958 he wrote, “I have, I suppose, constructed an imaginary time, but kept my feet on my own mother-earth for place.” In an earlier letter to his publishing company, he explained, “Middle-earth, by the way, is not a name of a never-never land without relation to the world we live in…. It is just a use of Middle-English middle-erde (or erthe), altered from Old English Middangeard: the name for the inhabited lands of Men ‘between the seas’. And though I have not attempted to relate the shape of the mountains and land-masses to what geologists may say or surmise about the nearer past, imaginatively this ‘history’ is supposed to take place in a period of the actual Old World of this planet.”

In shaping his vision of Middle-earth, Tolkien sometimes ran into “difficulties” of a scientific nature. One he frankly and openly admitted was in the area of biology: “Elves and Men are evidently in biological terms one race, or they could not breed and produce fertile offspring – even as a rare event: there are two cases only in my legends of such unions, and they are merged in the descendents of Eärendil.” Given his mindfulness of natural laws, one may ask did Tolkien incorporate astronomical lore and fact into his universe? The answer is, in far more ways than can possibly be explored in a talk of this length. Astronomy helped, and haunted, Tolkien as he set out to develop his universe – or Eä, as the Elves would say.

Inspired by the excerpt above, I wanted to dedicate an image of my own mind. Planets as we know and as elves knew when they walked on Middle-Earth. The universe fascinates me and they have a special place in my heart. I know very little but love it very much. Perhaps, just like the elves did.

Elvish Starmap

If you share the same love for the twinkling beauty from above, you can continue to read the excellent article written by Dr. Kristine Larsen, Professor of Physics and Astronomy of Central Connecticut State University here and check the starmap in full details here.

May Eärendil shine upon your path

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Vinya Eärnor (New Zealand)

This map is dedicated to my new neighbors from New Zealand, the Marshalls. It’s more than appropriate too as we all know New Zealand is the living Middle-Earth in our own planet. The names were quite easy to compose etymologically into Quenya, as most of them come from English. Some come from Maori, but that didn’t pose any hardship too as the language is kinda Quenya friendly in its orthography what makes it pretty easy to adapt.

New Zealand

New Zealand is the #1 place I’d like to visit in the near future! Let’s see what future holds to me! I must touch that lovely land with my own feet!

New Zealand Quenya

Noteworthy are the etymologies of same names there. Take a look at Northland for instance. That’s exactly what Forostar in Númenor meant! The adaptation couldn’t be more perfect! Also Arfanyarassë which is basically one of Taniquetil’s names. That’s what Taranaki means! Great discoveries that map brought to my attention! New Zealand IS Middle-Earth! There’s some cosmic coincidence pointing to it! No one can deny it!

New Zealand Tengwar

If you like this map, you can check much more here. Click on some countries names there and you’ll see their maps composed into Quenya. If your country is not there, you can request me and I’ll be glad to help you with your map! Have in mind that it’ll take some time and depending on your mother tongue, I may need serious help to make it. Anyway…be my guest and enjoy for now….Vinya Eärnor!

Vinya Eärnor

Vinya Eärnor

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The Stars by the Elves

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Today I had the biggest relief EVER. I was about to check Lindefirion wiki (which is super cool full of features and extra stuff made by fans) and it is simply GONE! Unrecoverable is what they say and damn…..they had it all. The only thing I could save from them (and I did a long time ago) was a starmap as you can see above, which they made pretty accurately and as you may know, elves and stars are connected! The mere name of the race is based on the word “star” and literally “elves” mean “star-people”. Why?tumblr_inline_mjr1mxlxAu1qz4rgp

When they were born (and you can read that in The Silmarillion) the very first thing they beheld and were astonished by their beauty, was the stars of Varda Elentári, the creator of all stars.

You know by now that I love maps and oddly enough I’ve been too concerned with earthly maps and elves are not about Earth. They are children of the Stars! For the first time, a most appropriate map presented by this half-elf to all humans, elves, dwarves, hobbits and perhaps even orcs. An elvish STARMAP:

Elvish Starmap

The names shown in this map follow closely the ones created by Lindefirion site. I kept them all even though some are not that good in my personal opinion. The overall works is excellent and I’d certainly give 4.5 out of 5 stars to it!

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The Desolation of Smaug is upon us!

This is a very good teaser, WB & New Line Cinema developed for the anticipation of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug who will première in the beginning of next month. I’m almost with my ticket in hand for the première and we all can begin our journey through Middle-Earth right now with the link below:

Check by yourself the Middle-Earth experience: http://middle-earth.thehobbit.com/map

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And the Award goes to….

YOU CHOOSE!

White Tree Awards III is almost here, and you’re the one who’s gonna choose the best post among the last 100 from Quenya101. We want to hear you! We wanna know what you enjoyed the most here so we can continue to make it better and better FOR YOU! If you’re a new fan around here, take some time and check the options below. If you’re with us for some time now, vote for that singular post which delivered to you everything you like the most: 101% Tolkien material right on!

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Ilyalma Hyarmenórëo (Commonwealth of Australia)

And the Elvish Cartographer (a.k.a. Quenya101) attacks again! After we completed the maps for North America why shifting the compass and head a little bit south? Birds migrate every year heading south and this year it seems to me, I’ll take this route too! South it is!

Australia map below was extremely easy to compose into Quenya. States got simple names, all in English so quick and painless, I present to you: Hyarmenórë!

Australia

 

The only name which took me a little research was Tasmania. It’s based on the name of the first one who discovered it and due to the sm cluster, Tasmania was adpated to Tammanya following the phonetic evolutionary rules of Quenya, i.e. SM > MM in medial clusters.

Australia Quenya

 

Hyarmenya Hyarmenórë seems TOO MUCH souths involved but, well that’s really what it means “South Australia”. It’s English/Latin redundant, so let it be in Quenya too!

Australia Tengwar

 

I hope enjoy the land of Oz and don’t forget to check other countries as well here. If yours is not there, just ask it here and it’ll be a pleasure to compose it for you!

Ilyalma Hyarmenórëo

Ilyalma Hyarmenórëo

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Can you face the RISK in LotR?

Resuming our Top 10 LotR board games, now we have….

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Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition

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Risk

A new version of Risk, with the following differences:

The map is of Middle Earth, and the tokens represent armies of that fictional world.

You play either good or evil.

Leaders, missions and sites of power have been added.

The One Ring acts as a timing mechanism, when it leaves the board, the game ends.

  • Gameboard
  • 4 Complete armies in different colors:

– 40 Elven Archers/Orcs
– 12 Riders of Rohan/Dark Riders
– 6 Eagles/Cave Trolls
– 2 shields per color

  • 42 Territory Cards (9 Good, 9 Evil, 24 Neutral)
  • 2 Wild Cards
  • 40 Adventure Cards
  • The One Ring
  • 3 Red Dice
  • 2 Black Dice

And in this expanded Trilogy Edition, there’s also:

  • The detailed gameboard reflects a complete map of Middle-Earth including the Gondor, Mordor, and Haradwaith territories.
  • Includes materials from the entire Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
  • Additional Territory cards.
  • Additional Battalions.
  • Additional Adventure Cards.
  • Alternate ways to play including special rules for alliance team play.

If you’re a wargames fan like I am, this one should bring some hours of fun to your table. After all, it’s RISK we’re talking about! Risk+LotR! It couldn’t get better!

to be continued…

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Aranië Hyarmenya Afarico (Republic of South Africa)

AFRIKAThe very first African country Quenya map debuts today in Quenya101! Daviyd requested this country and I thought it would be pretty hard as South Africa has many official languages (11) and perhaps many and many provinces, states or regions…well, I wasn’t aware of South Africa’s province divisions, but to my surprise; it was easy easy! Few states, most of them, simple names in English. Phewww, I dodged the bullet!

Without further delay, I present to you South Africa!

South Africa

Sweet! We got three capes, one state, one with just compass directions and four that deserved some research! South Africa was gentle and nice to me!

South Africa Quenya

Just for the record: Afarica was based in the supposed derivation of the Latin word AFRICA from the Arabic word afar “dust,  earth” even though this line of thought is easily arguable.

South Africa Tengwar

Here we got Afarico due to the genitiva case suffix -o. So, Hyarmenya Afarica = South Africa, but Republic of South Africa = Aranië Hyarmenya Afarico.

Aranië Hyarmenya Afarico

Aranië Hyarmenya Afarico

If you wish to check other countries and their maps already converted to “elvish geography” check the Eldar Ambaressë page and click in some countries’ names there.

If you wish to request a specific country, be my guest! As long as you have tons and tons of patience and willingness to help me in case the regional words are beyond my linguistic skill, you’re welcome to ask anything! I’m here to serve you!

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Masto (Canada)

For the first time, we have a continent! North America (or should I say Formenya América) is complete! Canada, the big icy brother, was the missing map, but now it’s no more.

Canada map was very easy, unlike other maps already made here. Few provinces, most of their names were English based, a little bit of native languages, and the results were quick and easy to get.

Canada

One or two names may be debatable (Québec was a hard one for instance). I was very tempted to let the name of the country as Canata or something like that, but etymology spoke louder and I chose to follow what the word kanata has to offer.

Canada Quenya

Don’t forget to check the whole maps collection at Eldar Ambaressë page. Click the links below the countries flags and follow the elven path. Maybe you’ll be granted the sea road to Valinor!

Canada Tengwar

Masto

Masto

Formenya América (North America)

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War Of The Ring Board Game

Are you a fan of Lord of the Rings? Are you a fan of board games? If both answers are yes, then War Of The Ring was made for you! I bought my copy of the first edition in 2006 and had had excellent long matches with my nephew. Oh, I remember too well. Great games they were. But I have a word of caution for you. If you don’t like long games, you won’t enjoy this one! You need to be prepared if you wanna embark in such gaming experience and adventure. Below a summary about how the game works, if it’s good for you and some photos to help you decide if you wanna give it a shot.

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In War of the Ring, one player takes control of the Free Peoples (FP), the other player controls Shadow Armies (SA).

Initially, the Free People Nations are reluctant to take arms against Sauron, so they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by Gandalf or other Companions, before they start to fight properly: this is represented by the Political Track, which shows if a Nation is ready to fight in the War of the Ring or not.

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The game can be won by a military victory, if Sauron conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or vice-versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies with the quest of the Ringbearer: while the armies clash across Middle Earth, the Fellowship of the Ring is trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intention of his enemies but is looking across Middle Earth for the precious Ring, so that the Fellowship is going to face numerous dangers, represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring. But the Companions can spur the Free Peoples to the fight against Sauron, so the Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm, against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow, so that they do not overrun Middle Earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest.

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Each game turn revolves around the roll of Action Dice: each die corresponds to an action that a player can do during a turn. Depending on the face rolled on each die, different actions are possible (moving armies, characters, recruiting troops, advancing a Political Track).

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Action dice can also be used to draw or play Event Cards. Event Cards are played to represent specific events from the story (or events that could possibly have happened) that cannot be portrayed through normal gameplay. Each Event Card can also create an unexpected turn in the game, allowing special actions or altering the course of a battle.”

The game is well structure and it respects a lot the theme. Basically, if you’re the Shadow Armies, you’ll use your full force to hammer all Free cities, conquer them as fast as you can. Hunting for the Ring is definitely something you should do too. The Nazgûl are awesome with the ability to fly, pretty useful. If you’re the Free Peoples…run! Run, Forrest, Run! You gotta be quick and cautious with the Fellowship. It’s hard to balance that but there’s where the golden ticket lies. Frodo must be protected at all costs and meanwhile, you gotta resist as best as you can all the attacks from the armies of Sauron.

Well, if you have already played this game, you know what I mean and all the electricity that flows within the game. I’m a lover of board games! I’m really into them when I’m playing and I don’t care if one match’s gonna take 30 minutes or 8 hours! I go for it!

War of the Ring is THE ultimate experience if you wanna relive all the action of Lord of the Rings, but not only that….you can interfere, you’re the one who’s changing the fate of Middle-Earth depending on our strategies and actions. Cool game, awesome fun! DO TRY IT!

This article was created thanks to boardgamegeek.com

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Onórë Mehyinórëo (Estados Unidos Mexicanos)

Eso es mi regalo para todo el amable pueblo Mexicano!

This was top wanted map I’ve been asked for quite some time, but honestly I was a little bit afraid to do it. All this Nahuatl names posed a real hardship for me and I’m not sure if I got those right, (sorry!) but I tried the best I could with the etymologies I researched. Spanish names, when they were referring to people, were left untouched and some others were pretty cool in their orthographic equivalents (Huaxiacca, Tyapan, etc.)

I’d like also to thank deeply Eruyome who commented on the US map about the New Mexico composition and thanks to her, I stuck here with Mehyinórë.

Bien…entonces….mirad el gran y bueno México!!!

Mexico Regular

Well, nothing new so far. Those are the real names. Some look like Quenya (Querétaro), some sound like Quenya (Sonora) and some might even mean straightway Quenya (Sinaloa). Spanish is definitely a key language that helps Quenya studies!

Mexico Quenya

A place for stones and a place for trees, a place for fishermen and for warriors; Mexico got pretty good names for its states.

Mexico Tengwar

Check all the countries that had their maps already made in Quenya at the Eldar Ambaressë list.    Click on their links there.

Onórë Mehyinórëo

Onórë Mehyinórëo

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Aranië Italyanna (Repubblica Italiana)

A long long time ago, someone asked me this map. I was digging up some old comments last month while in vacation and found request. Here, in Quenya101, everything is done for the fans and if something is asked, I’ll personally strive to achieve it (be it difficult or not) provided it’s not an impossible feat. It may take a long time, but in the end, you’ll have it! The Italian guy who asked me is a living proof of that and it serves as a gift for all Italian Tolkien fans! Benvenuti in Italia!

Repubblica Italiana

I don’t know Italian yet (I’m saving it to learn as my 7th language) but the names were not THAT hard as I expected.  Everything was Latin related and mostly came from names of ancient tribes.

Italia Quenya

You can check all the previous maps already “converted” to Quenya by clicking all the links available in Eldar Ambaressë section! Check if your country is there! If not, well don’t be shy, just ask!

Italia Tengwar

 

Aranië Italyanna

Aranië Italyanna

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