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Nevertheless she persisted … in Quenya

Nevertheless she persisted in Quenya

NEW sentence translated into Quenya!

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Due to my strong link with Brazil I needed to post this! I got friends there, I have visited the places several times, my girl is from there (she’s in Belo Horizonte now), etc… I’d like to share it, contribute with my Quenya and dedicate it to the Brazilian riots happening in there now.

We have already occupied Mordor here, and even though I’m not that political riot person, I have an empathy with the people there! It’s a valid situation. Things suck and they are fed up with it. I don’t know exactly where the process gonna lead them, but if you’re not happy DO something! Make your voice heard and change what needs to be changed!

Today, I recommend all of you who are not aware what’s going on in Brazil, to read the news, to spread the cause, to share it! Bad governments are there simply to be disposed of! Egypt had its time, Libya did too recently, Argentina in the 2000’s, now wakie wakie Brazil!

And don’t forget, don’t get mislead….

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Sorry if this is not the most Tolkienian post ever and sorry if you hate political stuff (I do too), but sometimes we all need to wake up a bit and face the real world! Á mahta, Hrasil!

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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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US States – Part I (an etymological trip in Quenya)

And here it is! As promised on the previous post, let’s have an etymological trip around the 50 states of Onórë Américo! Their origin, their history, it’s all there in their names! You can also check why certain state has been given its Quenya name and the process involved.

Alabama

  • From: Choctaw Albaama (the Alabama person)
  • Meaning: Alma = herbs, plants / Amo = to trim, to gather
  • Quenya: Laiquehostaro (laiquë+hostaro = herb+gatherer)
Alaska
  • From: Russian Аляска which is derived from Aleut Alaxsxaq & Alyeska.
  • Meaning: Mainland, great land
  • Quenya: Alatenor ([alat-]+{-nor} = [great, large in size prefix]+{land suffix})
Arizona
  • From: Spanish Arizonac derived from O’odham alĭ ṣonak.
  • Meaning: Alĭ ṣonak means small spring
  • Quenya: Tittehtelë (titta+ehtelë = tiny+fountain)
Arkansas
  • From: Quapaw Akakaze.
  • Meaning: Land of downriver people
  • Quenya: Síremar (sírë+[-mar] = river+[home, land suffix])
California
  • From: Possibly Spanish fictional story about an island paradise
  • Meaning: Unknown but related to fictional Queen Calafia
  • Quenya: Californya (Quenya orthographic equivalent)
Colorado
  • From: Spanish Colorado given as name to the river
  • Meaning: Red
  • Quenya: Carnë (red)
Connecticut
  • From: Algonquian Quinatucquet
  • Meaning: Upon the long river (Connecticut river)
  • Quenya: Anduinessë (Anduinë+[ssë] = Long River+[locative case suffix])
Delaware
  • From: Old French De La Warr which was the surname of the Baron Thomas West
  • Meaning: Of the war
  • Quenya: Ohto (ohta+[o] = n. war+[genitive case suffix])
Florida
  • From: Spanish La Florida
  • Meaning: Flowery
  • Quenya: Lótëa (flowery)
Georgia
  • From: Feminine form of Greek name Γεωργιος  (Georgios)
  • Meaning: Farmer, earthworker. More details here
  • Quenya: Cemendurië (cemen+{ndur}+[ië] = soil, earth+{servant}+[feminine names suffix])
Hawaii
  • From: Hawaiian Hawai’i derived from Proto-Polynesian Sawaiki
  • Meaning: Homeland
  • Quenya: Nórë (land, dwelling place)
Idaho
  • From: Made up as a practical joke by George Willing
  • Meaning: None
  • Quenya: Aitaho (Quenya orthographic equivalent)
Illinois
  • From: Miami-Illinois verb irenwe·wa, modified by Ottawa dialect into ilinwe and borrowed to French where the word was shaped into illinois
  • Meaning: (S)He speaks the normal way
  • Quenya: Quetis (he, she, it speaks)
Indiana
  • From: Latin INDIA+ANA (place name suffix)
  • Meaning: Land of the Indians
  • Quenya: Indanor (India+[nor] = India+[land])
Iowa
  • From: Dakota  ayuhwa
  • Meaning: Possibly asleep
  • Quenya: Lorna (asleep)
Kansas
  • From: Kansa kką:ze (the tribe name)
  • Meaning: People of the south wind
  • Quenya: Súrelië (súrë+[-lië] = wind+[people suffix])
Kentucky
  • From: Iroquois (cf. Mohawk kenhtà:ke)
  • Meaning: Meadow
  • Quenya:Resta (field)
Louisiana
  • From: French La Louisiane named after king Louis XIV
  • Meaning: Land of Louis
  • Quenya: Alcarohtanor (Alcarohtar+[-nor] = Louis in Quenya+[land suffix])
Maine
  • From: French province name Maine
  • Meaning: the French province with possibly Gaulish origins
  • Quenya: Mén (Quenya orthographic equivalent)
Maryland
  • From: English Mary land
  • Meaning: Land of Mary
  • Quenya: Eärarenor = (Eärarë+[-nor] = Mary in Quenya+[land suffix])
Massachusetts 
  • From: Algonquian Massadchuset 
  • Meaning: Near the great little mountain (identified as the Great Blue Hill, southwest of Boston)
  • Quenya: Lúnorontissen (Lúnorontë+[ssen] = Blue Mountain+[locative case plural suffix])
Michigan
  • From: Ojibwa Mishigamaa
  • Meaning: Large water, large lake
  • Quenya: Alatailin ([alat-]+ailin = [great, large in size prefix]+pool, lake)
Minnesota
  • From: Dakota Mnisota 
  • Meaning: Sky-tinted water, cloudy water
  • Quenya: Fanyanen (fanya+nén = cloud+water)
Mississippi
  • From: Ojibwe Misi-ziibi
  • Meaning: Great river
  • Quenya: Tussírë (túra+sírë = great+river)
Missouri
  • From: Miami-Illinois Wimihsoorita
  • Meaning: Those who have dugout canoes (refering to the tribe)
  • Quenya: Venarwa (venë+[-arwa] = small boat+[in control of, possessing suffix])


To be continued…

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Famous people who like Tolkien

We are all anonymous. I mean..,we’re not famous, we’re not artists, celebrities on TV. We’re all  everyday regular boys and girls, right? If you’re reading this, then we got one BIG thing in common: Tolkien. Well, how about get to know famous people who share the same passion? Interesting, huh? Read below this article found on the spectacular site of Tolkien Library and get to know them:

We have a small planet and on it live an incredible amount of people. Many do share a strong love for the books of Tolkien and even more so have a deep love for The Lord of the Rings movies. Many celebrities do love books or movies and while most of the time we don’t know for sure, there are many famous Tolkien fans out there. Here is a list of famous Tolkien fans and celebrities who like The Lord of the Rings. if you know any others, please feel free to send over the info and we can add them to the list. Probably with The Hobbit movies coming there will be many more that will come out and tell us all about their passion!

Queen Margrethe II, is the queen regnant of Denmark. She is also an artist, whose works have been inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s literature from a very young age. Her works of art are examined in the film documentary J.R.R.T. : A Film Portrait Of J.R.R. Tolkien. 

In the eary 1970s, the Queen was inspired to illustrate The Lord of the Rings. She sent her illustrations to Tolkien, who was struck by the similarity to the style of his own drawings. In 1977, Queen Margrethe’s drawings were published in the Danish translation of the book (Ringenes Herre, edition by publishers Gyldendal; one illustration for each chapter), redrawn by the British artist Eric Fraser. 

Under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer her illustrations were also featured in a British edition of The Lord of the Rings, published by HarperCollins and The Folio Society. Queen Margrethe gave permission to use her illustrations in the CD layouts for the musical interpretation of the poems and songs from The Lord of the Rings by the Danish music group The Tolkien Ensemble.  

Stephen Colbert, the host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, is an American comedian, satirist, actor, and writer known for his ironic style, particularly in his portrayal of uninformed opinion leaders and deadpan comedic delivery.

Stephen Colbert developed a love of science fiction and fantasy novels, especially the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, of which he remains an avid fan. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings story will often show through in the Report. However, Colbert tries to limit references to The Lord of the Ringsbecause he says, as a fan, he does not want to “debase” Tolkien’s work by having his character like it. One thing is certain he loves to show his amazing The Lord of the Ringscollectables.

James Franco is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, painter, performance artist and professor at New York University.

During James Franco’s appearance on The Colbert Report he managed to get into an intense argument with Stephen Colbert over who had been the bigger fan of The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien growing up.

Film actor Christoper Lee is next to Saruman in The Lord of the Rings movies also a huge fan of Tolkien. 

He has a huge respect for the author Tolkien as you can read in the following quote:

“What Professor Tolkien achieved is unique in the literature of my lifetime. Indeed, in my opinion, he had reached the peak of literary invention of all time. Nothing like it has ever existed, and probably never will.”

Christopher Lee had met Tolkien once (making him the only person in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to have done so) and makes a habit of reading the novels at least once a year.

Next to this Christopher Lee became an active participant, both as narrator and singer, at the album and concerts ofThe Tolkien Ensemble. Of all famous people Christopher Lee is probably the biggest Tolkien fan of all!

Megan Fox has admitted to being a huge fan of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and regularly uses internet forums dedicated to the films. According to PopEater, the 24-year-old star displayed an extensive knowledge of J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary classics and revealed that she is frustrated by fans that criticize Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning adaptations. 

She said: “[Fans] complain that Frodo is eating the Lembas bread outside of Mordor instead of the in the Mines of Moria. And they get really mad. You cannot focus completely on pleasing them because you’ll never win. They’ll never be happy no matter what you do.”

Another person who for sure loved The Lord of the Rings but will probably not claim it with too many words is James Cameron. In Empire magazine we could read about his favorite scene in the movie:

“I think the scene that blew me away and was probably a causal link to Avatar getting made, at least in the short term, was the scene where Gollum debates with himself what he should do. His schizophrenic fugue state was so beautifully realised, not only as a concept for a scene, but in terms of the execution and the fact that it was such a milestone in performance-capture CG. I was blown away by that scene and when there was talk about Andy Serkis getting an Oscar nomination for that role, I thought it was completely valid. It’s a great performance.”

During some interviews at several cons we learned that is was this exaxt scene that pushed James Cameron to work further on Avatar. He has also stated that with Avatar he wanted to compete with Star Wars and Tolkien. While we know James Cameron has an enormous respect for Peter Jackson, we can probably add him to the list of Tolkien fans, while he will probably never say this himself. One thing is certain he sees the current work on The Hobbit movies as an extra push to work harder and take our cinema experience to the next level!

In sports we can find several The Lord of the Rings fans, like for example Ruud van Nistlerooy.

Of course football players are never interviewed about their passion for Tolkien and so we have to learn it from other sources. 

On fourfourtwo Dominic Monaghan says 

“I’ve become a good friend of Ruud van Nistlerooy, too, who was a big fan of Lord of the Rings, and when Elijah and me turned up at United’s U.S. tour last year, he asked to meet up with us and we went with the players to a party at Venice Beach. I’ve kept in touch with Ruud since then and we exchange e-mails from time to time, so it doesn’t feel like I’m so far away.” 

Dominic Monaghan even owns a Manchester United shirt with “Hobbit” printed on the back, which was presented to him by former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Probably the best known Tolkien fan in footbal is Fernando Torres. On his left arm he has “Fernando” tattooed in tengwar, which is a constructed script invented by J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings.

He is not the only soccer player with an Elvish tattoe like this, for example Argentinian Sergio Agüero has his nickname Kun Agüero written in Elvish on his right arm.

Isaac Asimov was a prolific science fiction author and polemic. As such, some of his writings discuss J.R.R. Tolkien’s thematics, especially the One Ring. 

In a letter written to Charlotte and Denis Plimmer in 1967, Tolkien said that he seldom found any modern books that could hold his attention. One exception though was the science fiction of Isaac Asimov, which Tolkien said he enjoyed. 

In an interview conducted in 1988, Asimov said that he “likes” Tolkien and that he has “read it five times” (likely referring to The Lord of the Rings).

The Beatles were Tolkien fans, and in the 1960s, they wanted to make their own adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

  As strange as it sounds, John Lennon was once pushing for a Beatles version of “Lord of the Rings.” McCartney said, “John wanted us to buy the film rights to Lord of the Rings. It was very much his idea.” The Beatles version would have had John Lennon playing the grasping, thieving creature Gollum, Paul McCartney as the hero Frodo, George Harrison as the wise wizard Gandalf and Ringo Starr playing Frodo’s devoted sidekick Sam. The Beatles plan fell flat when the author J.R.R. Tolkien, who still had the film rights, rejected the idea of the Beatles doing it.

Led Zeppelin is well known for their Tolkien inspired lyrics. It can also be noted that one of Robert Plant’s dogs was named Strider. 

Robert Plant was so much influenced by J. R. R. Tolkien’s books that it inspired lyrics in some early Led Zeppelin songs, most notably “The Battle of Evermore”, “Misty Mountain Hop”, “No Quarter”, “Ramble On” and “Over the Hills and Far Away” contain verses referencing Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

There are always discussions whether Robert Plant did really read a lot of Tolkien but I know some other people who named their dogs or even children after characters from Tolkien’s books and they all share one common thing: a love for Tolkien.

Long long list! There are more!!!! Check the Tolkien Libraryand see for yourself! Maybe one day, who knows…you get famous and be part of this list, huh? 😀

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Elvish (?) heraldry

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Every you look on the internet, you can find elvish heraldry. It’s easy to find a lot of important Silmarillion characters’ heraldry. They are pretty cool, well designed (it’s Tolkien’s baby!) and full of meaning.

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If you don’t know them all yet, that’s a good research and reading you should do as soon as you can. Wait….am I not talking about elvish heraldry in this post? NO!

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I wanna make something quite different. I wanna fuse the world’s emblems, coat of arms, flags with the elvish style of presenting ensigns!

So…as I have already drawn maps from some countries here, I extended the tribute to each nation by creating an “elvish” coat of arms! And here they are:

Aranië Telpina

Aranië Látiva

Aranië Rávosto

I Aranië Andúnëo

Aranië Finnórë

Hostaina Aranië Hrasilo

In time, the posts with the countries’ maps will be updated to include their elvish coat of arms!

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The United Kingdom of Great Beleriand

Read below…just read it! (No matter how crazy it sounds)

The United Kingdom of Great Beleriand is a tiny, socially progressive nation, remarkable for its burgeoning nightingale population. Its compassionate, intelligent population of 12 million enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people’s right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Social Welfare, Education, and Religion & Spirituality. The average income tax rate is 32%, but much higher for the wealthy. A healthy private sector is led by the Furniture Restoration, Tourism, and Arms Manufacturing industries.

Tourists from around the world come to visit the country’s famous rainforests, the death penalty has been reintroduced, a well-funded social safety net protects the unfortunate, and organ donation rates are among the lowest in the region. Crime is relatively low. Great Beleriand’s national animal is the nightingale, which frolics freely in the nation’s many lush forests, and its currency is the Elen.

Great Beleriand is ranked 3rd in Arda Unmarred and 46,772nd in the world for Most Dedicated Public Healthcare.

Future Frequently Asked Questions:

What the heck is that?

It’s a GAME! Yes, it’s a political game where you are the governor of your nation and you decided issues that will mold the nation the way you want it!

How does it work?

Like this: You create your nation, the name you want, the flag you want (once it’s already created) and then political issues pop up to you so you choose the best alternative your government will take.

Politics? Really? Why is THAT fun?

Well, I hate Politics! I deeply do! But as you can see in this game you can create YOUR nation. (read: your Arda nation) This is irresistible! I couldn’t help myself when I saw that. Besides, if you wanna be a dictator (“my way or highway”) or implement a fair society with your own political views (if you have any) this is an excellent exercise!

How do I join? Where is this game?

The site is http://www.nationstates.net . It’s a very simple game, no fancy graphics (none at all) no action here and there. NONE! You can play that like 5 minutes a day and that’s completely enough! It’s an adult game. Tweens and kids will simply hate it!

May I join your region?

Sure! If you create a nation based on Tolkien, Middle-Earth, Arda…anything the like, you may join my region! It’s called Arda Unmarred and it’s only for Tolkien fans! We’re gonna recreate the whole map of Arda with Nation States! 😀

So,

Be creative, join and have “political” fun!

If you need any help in the game, talk to me through reply here!

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