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Anyone seen Tommy anywhere lately, she's disappeared again.
I don't mind, the most important thing is that I can talk with you guys again!
Still, most curious, for I didn't re-register... hmmmm....
As I appear to be your newest member, I guess I should introduce myself, and a tavern seems as good a place as any.
I'm from Lincolnshire, England. I first read Tolkein about twenty years ago (actually a quick glimpse at someone's copy of Unfinished Tales - the bit where Tuor is making is way into Gondolin. That fateful passage was enough to hook me, and I've never been quite the same since...)
Once I discovered "fantasy", I got into AD&D and a few years later Middle Earth Role Playing and Rolemaster. Roleplaying in Tolkein's world kept a fair sized group of us off the streets for 12 years (God is it that long?) before work/family committments forced me to break up the group.
Happily, I've now made a full recovery, and no longer see elves hiding behind every tree!!!
Sorry. Am I boring you all?
My favourite bits are when the eagles arrive at the Battle of the Five Armies, Aragorn arriving on the Battle of Pelinor Fields, and Fingolfin's fight with Melkor.
Apologies for if I start posting things in the wrong places, but I haven't managed to plough through all the posts yet (there's a lot isn't there....)
If anyone can give us any guidance on no-no's or whatever, before I go and commit any number of cardinal sins it would be appreciated.
Time permitting, I'll keep in touch
As you will see, I run a fairly loose ship here (with more stringent sanctions by Taz); however, we try to keep on topic everywhere except in the taverns where most anything goes. We are supposed to keep our non-tavern discussions Tolkien related and to keep our language clean and civil. If you disagree with what some one has written, don't make it personal. That doesn't preclude the occasional jibe or poke, but it should be done in fun with no malice, and should stop if requested. Posting images and using HTML is outlawed, just use the text and smilies provided.
The main point is to have fun by joining in the conversations and games, asking or answering questions, and making comments as you deem fit. Other than that, what more can I say?
The name's taken from three Sindarin derivitives; Val (power), edhel (elf), gwath (shadow). He was an old roleplaying character who took the name after becoming corrupted.
Where ya from, Val? (just trying to keep the conversation going...)
I haven't trod this land quite as long as you, Tom. I was born in Gondolin, where I was orphaned during the sacking of the fair city. The brave Tuor led us children by secret ways out of the city and through the mountains. At one stage we were beset upon by a fiery Balrog, and were it not for Glorfindel's sacrifice, I would not be here now.
I was known in those days as Nelwyn, and spent my youth with the people of Cirdan on the Isle of Balar and later in the havens of Mithlond. Apart from the occassional march inland, chasing various bad guys around the countryside, I spent the better part of three ages building ships and fishing.
Maybe I should have stayed there. Thirsting for adventure, I eventually sought my fortune with a band of heroic Dunedain, who are now sadly all dead. They wished to seek out the evil brewing in the dark caverns of Dol Guldor, and much against my better judgement, I joined them.
I shall not discuss what befell us in that terrible place, for the memories still haunt my dreams. And that was not all that disturbed my dreams.... voices... dark voices, telling me to do things.
I slew an innocent herbalist in Minas Tirith, and then was arrested for starting fires in Laketown. It was a period I would rather forget. Taking my two chetmig kittens, I sought refuge with the Woses in a quiet forest in the foothills of a tall mountain.
There I found peace once more and the voices could not find me..... Long I lived there, and one of the tribe I became. That is until the evil men came. The evil men and their ghosts from the mountains. They slew my friends and took away the children....
That is when I restrung my bow and changed my name... Valedhelgwath is coming!
Well, you did ask, Tom. So tell me now, what is your origin?
What happened to your kittens?
He used them to play poker! Ha ha ha.... um, no Buffy fans here then? Well, never mind...
Once they matured, however, they became loyal friends who more than once saved my hide (who wants to argue with a pair of pony-sized mountain lions?)
Once the problems settled down for the Woses I was able to put away my bow once more and the years quickly passed. The original two cats lived to ripe old ages before both eventually died one winter. They did leave me with many other kittens, however, and at one stage twelve Chetmig of various ages were living with me in the woods and the mountain foothills. Feeding this many became a problem though (they were something of an ecological disaster), so eventually I took on the task of reintroducing them to the wild.
Most of them live in the mountains now, where they have their own territories and litters, but on occasion I still get a visit from one or another of them.
[Edited on 16/5/2002 by TomBombadillo]
[Edited on 19/6/2002 by TomBombadillo]
Well that's it really... Just that she doesn't know anything about Tolkien, but she is a Star Wars and Spiderman fan. So there you are then...
Fortunately for me I have Windows'98 to remember my password for me. At work I keep it under my blotter. If I put some effort into it I probably could come up with an acronym to help me remember.
Hope to see you around the forum.
After you log in with it, click 'My Account' to the upper left of here under 'Main Menu', click 'Change your info', go to the bottom of the page and type in a new password twice, write your new password in your password log book (you do have one don't you, either computerized or better yet on a steno pad in your locked desk drawer), and finally click the 'save changes' button. Next session when you return here, your new password should be operational.
Passwords should never be less than six characters in length; the longer the better when security is a major priority.
You and your password logbook Grondy, ingenious, really must remember to do something like that one day....
Hope to see you all soon on the chat, lett me know when you guys are here, because when I come it's mostly very quiet in here :-(!
Want to say, Tazz, like the site very much!
See you all!
greetzzzzzz and huggies
Glad you're here now! And my password seems to be the only one not hard to remember. And I didn't change it!
hi cirdan this out of thread but am sooooooo lazy at reading past posts...
sos question! R U the cirdan cirdan who wrote the
Secret Diaries of the Fellowship?
[Edited on 8/6/02 by ProgHead777]
Eryan first had some problems getting internet acces and now she is enjoying holidays. I think she will be back in September.
[Edited on 6/8/2002 by gnampie]
I'll query Ungoliant on how she's doing, last I heard she was starting another job and was still having computer problems.
I just got back from Abu Dhabi. A short project - designing a vapour recovery unit for naptha at one of the refineries there. Didn't feel like working, but the job was gentler this time (design office work with air-con on at full blast & no running around with camels in the middle of the desert this time!), and besides, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse....yay!
I'll be off to Abu Dhabi again tomorrow, but I'll be coming back to Dubai on weekends (that's Thursdays & Fridays here) so hopefully I'll catch up with you guys then.
*wipes tear from eye*
Thanks people! Don't worry Proghead777, Eryan (hopefully) & I will be back & giving you a hard time pretty soon. Will be finishing up work at the end of the month, can't wait to get back to my pc full-time again.
There's nothing much to tell about the Yanks at the bar either, they just mistook me for a hooker. Easy enough mistake I guess. Er...well, maybe not - but at least I know that I have something to fall back on should my engineering skills become obsolete.
I've been away for quite a while myself, so h*ll it must have been quiet in here! But I always come back...
Abu Dhabi is soooo . And the The worst thing is that I have to go back there tomorrow...
I DON'T WANNA GO TO WORK....waaaaaahhhh... sob.....booo hoooo.!!!!!!!!
[Edited on 15/8/2002 by Ungoliant]
See you guys next weekend!
[Edited on 16/8/2002 by Ungoliant]
I'm new here but I have a feeling I know you all quite good 'cause I've been reading these posts for about four months or sth. So I decided to join you guys.
Anyway, I'm from Croatia, I'm fourteen years old and so on. I read both LOTR and Hobbit, not to mention Silmarillion. I like these books very much and I hope that the second film will be as good as the first was... I presume we all hope so
I must admit, I spent several months reading the posts myself before I plucked up the courage to reply to one. Keep the posts coming in, everyone. It's great to hear everyone's opinions on things.