Archive for November, 2010

Ales and Tales at Aerlinnbar

The Lonely Mountain Band’s kin house has a name: Aerlinnbar, the Home of…er, Hall of…oh bother, I can’t remember what it means, nor can I find it on the forums just now, but something about Song, fittingly enough. Is it just Hall of Song or am I missing something? Why can I never remember this? Apparently it is time for me to take an Elvish crash course. 🙂

Anyway, it was a hall of songs indeed as Ales and Tales gathered at the homestead this week.

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LMB Book Club: The Hobbit, Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party

The book club met at Bag End last night to discuss chapter 1, “An Unexpected Party”. We had a wonderful discussion with Kaetilly, Muiran, Gaiagil, Lindorieh, and Lennidhren.


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Windfola’s new weekly event

Just a heads up for any Windfolans reading this blog: Cithryth has been hard at work getting the Windfola RP community off the ground lately, and to that end has planned a weekly gathering, something along the lines of an Ales and Tales or Elevensies, for Saturday nights starting next week. Go read about The Finer Things in Life and, hopefully, stop by next Saturday!

Ales and Tales in the Greenhouse

Thorin’s Gate is a land of perpetual snow and cold. (As evidenced by this post of Linett enjoying the summer festival…with snowflakes on her sunhat.) So it’s a good thing those Dwarves have finally installed a spacious greenhouse, in which you can find a handful of trees, a whole lot of dirt, and some rather muddy looking floors. We tried not to get our feet too muddy dancing in there at Ales and Tales last night!

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A Not Unexpected Party: The LMB Book Club’s First Meeting

The Lonely Mountain Band’s new Tolkien Book Club gathered for the first time today at Bag End. Lennidhren hosted the meeting (with cookies!) and guests included Astleigh, Byrdie, Gaiagil, Lindorieh, Samwisse (Godwineson) and a friend from the Bounders of the Shire, Nelco.

We launched our read-along of The Hobbit by establishing a reading and discussion plan, as detailed here on the LMB forums.

Bag End’s library made a wonderful spot for a book discussion. We admired the paintings of Smaug the Dragon, the forest Mirkwood, and Bilbo’s map of Eriador. And we surmised that the book-covered writing desk in the corner must be where the old Hobbit penned the very story we are about to read!

After we established the reading schedule, Samwisse started us off by reading aloud the first paragraph of the chapter. What a delightful performance!

So, grab a copy of The Hobbit and The Silmarillion and join us this week as we begin our literary travels! Watch for the first discussion post Wednesday in the Tolkien category of these forums.

Ales and Tales at Home

This week’s Ales and Tales took place at its new home, the Ales and Tales tavern in the LMB neighbourhood of Raglan!


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The Tinnu Take on the Giants

Sounds like a sports headline or something. Well, some of those giants do have a mean *kick*…

So anyway, over on Landroval, Lennidhren is still working her way up through the levels and generally just has to cheer on her fellow Lonely Mountain Banders from a distance whenever there is a kin run of any sort of end-game instances. But Linett’s new kinfolk on Nimrodel, the Tinnu uin Galadhrim, have begun to venture into the stronghold of Helegrod, so finally I can say that I have experienced a raid. 🙂 Last Friday was our first attempt (well, I think so. First I took part in, anyway) and it went well enough that we did it again tonight. It went a good bit smoother with experience this time, although we only did one quest in each wing to collect the Helegrod marks, instead of completing the whole raid. I do hope someday we’ll do the whole thing, just so I can see it, but it would certainly be a time-consuming endeavor!


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Ales and Tales at Bag End – and Horazio’s tale of the Mice of Evendim!

What I learned at Ales and Tales this week:

There is nothing cuter than a Hobbit sitting in a chair.


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Round 2 of the Story Prompt Game

It was such fun the first time, let’s do this again!

First, congrats to Gaiagil, Harperella, and Luxbra, whose comments were selected by the magic generator of random numbers to provide the framework for a story including Barliman Butterbur, a Haunted Mirror, and Dragons. Which made for a great combination, and a tale with which I am very well pleased, posted earlier as In the Mirror.

Everyone’s welcome to play again in this round. If you didn’t win last time, you may either submit your previous suggestion again or go for something different – if you won, then you have to come up with something new. 🙂 A repeat of the rules:

  • * ** Comment on this post with ONE thing you want me to include in the story.
  • * ** It could be an object…a person (perhaps a game NPC?)…a place…just about anything.
  • * ** Maybe you want to suggest something that you would just love to see a story about – or maybe your suggestion is as silly as “A mean-spirited slug” with the goal of making the story more interesting as I have to work to fit it in. 🙂
  • * ** IT MUST BE LORE APPROPRIATE. I have to be able to use it in a story that sounds right for telling in Middle-earth. It doesn’t have to be all Hobbits and Elves – it could be ants, slugs, and spiders, after all, for Middle-earth lacks none of those! But I shall have to disregard any suggestions such as elevators, or Death Stars, or hippogriffs – anything that could not reasonably be found in Middle-earth.
  • * ** I’ll give it a week or so for comments to be made, then pick three at random and use those three in a story.
  • * ** If I use your comment in the story, I’ll have a prize for you in-game! (Though I’m still working on sending out prizes from last round…but it’s coming!) This’ll work best if you have a Landroval or Nimrodel character, as my alts there are more established and better able to come up with a nice prize, but if you’re on another (North American) server, chances are VERY good that I already have an alt there (because Blogmoots can happen on any server and I have to be ready!) and can do something for you too. But it probably won’t be quite as nice as you’d get on Landy or Nim.

Okay, there you go…let’s hear those suggestions!

The Minstrel Mash

Ales and Tales this week presented a spooky special edition: the annual Minstrel Mash at the Great Barrow! Before the usual A&T time slot we had some special games, and throughout the night the music and tale-telling were augmented with three rounds of costume contests. This year’s new Fall Festival masks and other cosmetic rewards made for many a fun costume on those who showed up this week. Lennidhren’s costume was among the most unoriginal there, but with the raven mask and cloak in gold she looked great with Byrdie’s bluebird and Gaiagil’s cardinal. (Although I did see someone else in the crowd with the same thing also in gold, so…exactly. Lennidhren loses ALL originality points!)


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Blogger Gatherings!



Click the button for reports from the 2010 Spring Blogger Gathering, hosted by Linett of Nimrodel!

Berethron of Brandywine hosted the 2010 Summer Blogmoot.

The Winter Blogmoot was held on December 4, 9 p.m. EST at the home of Telwen of Silverlode.

Next up: The Spring Blogmoot of 2011 shall return to Nimrodel with Tuiliel (Whart, aka user-1027520) hosting! Linett is looking forward to another local moot!

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