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  1. mindstalk

    Blue Rose and Tolkien

    I've been thinking recently -- spurred in part by various Silmarillion fanfics -- that Blue Rose (first edition, I don't know the AGE one[2]) would make a decent system for moderately high magic (like the Silmarillion) Tolkien-esque (as in actual Tolkien, not D&D) gaming. Mostly it's that the...
  2. Varyar

    🎨 Creative [Setting Riff] The second millennium of the Fourth Age of Middle-earth

    It is the year 1057 of the Fourth Age. More than a thousand years have passed since Sauron was defeated and the Dark Tower laid waste. Queen Lairësúrë Telcontar, direct descendant of the Great King Elessar, sits upon the throne in Minas Cîl, Minas Tirith of old. The Kingdom of the West...
  3. Particle_Man

    When *did* Saruman exchange wisdom for madness?

    Is there a definite time or period of time that Saruman got corrupted? I assume he was pure at the beginning, but how early did evil get its hooks into him?
  4. S

    The Lovecraftian Tolkienesque, or At the Misty Mountains of Madness

    So a passing comment in a recent thread reintroduced me to an essay about Tom Bombadil, and reminded me of some vague one-shot ideas I had once toyed with. But in a more general sense, I'm finding myself pondering what themes and elements of horror (of a specifically Lovecraftian bent), and...
  5. Outremer

    If another adaptation of LOTR were to be made...

    ...how do you think it would be possible to surpass (or at least equal) the Jackson movies ? New LOTR movies are not going to happen anytime soon, especially since Jackson and his team have set the bar pretty high. But in 10 or 15 years, it seems likely (to me) that the possibility of a new...
  6. T

    Other Minds Magazine - new Issue published!

    Hi all, Other Minds Issue 16 has just been published and is available for free download. In this Issue we have the following contributions: Middle-earth in Miniature, Chapter II: Dwarves: An exhaustive discussion how a Middle-earth dwarf should look like and what is on the market and whether it...
  7. D

    [Alt-History] [Middle Earth] Present your alternate Middle Earth campaigns

    A thread for sharing places where history has gone differently or the universe is completely changed (cyberpunk Middle Earth) just to go from playing in the shadow of the Fellowship. I'll start us off. I once ran a Middle-Earth campaign which I think might be relevant to the main poster. In my...
  8. J

    Unique Tolkien plot hooks (TOR)

    I have been planning to start a TOR game for a while now and towards that end have been digging for ideas that could be used help me jumpstart my imagination by pulling from the deep well of history and legend that Tolkien created but were only touched on in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit...
  9. Dr. Doom

    The One Ring: Is it worth it for the casual Tolkien fan?

    I've heard lots of good things about the One Ring RPG, but was wondering how it holds up as a game for those of us who read the Hobbit a couple of times and the trilogy once. Would players who never read the books be interested? Are wizards playable? When does the game take place, and how...
  10. E

    [ISTTOKO] Tolkien Question: Leaves of Lorien design

    The leaf brooches given to the Fellowship by Galadriel are often depicted in a very specific way, but there is no textual description of them looking that way that I can tell. What is the origin of this design? Textually the brooch is described as "Each cloak was fastened about the neck with...
  11. Old DiceMan

    [Online]Player looking for The One Ring game

    Flexible on day of the week. Available evenings, and afternoons on Sat-Sun. Not going to spam the chat blog with fanfic, but I am very knowledgeable in all things Tolkien and I can turn a pretty phrase or two.
  12. Anatosuchus

    [LOTR] Is there a current Tolkien/Middle Earth game?

    Hi, I modest web search suggests that there isn't a currently-active licensed Middle Earth game, but I was interested in checking so have a couple of questions for those considerably more plugged-in to the industry gossip than my remote self... 1. Is there actually a currently-in-print game...
  13. V

    When Christopher Tolkien dies...

    … will anything change as far as the middle earth license goes? In other words, perhaps the Silmarrillion and other works becoming available for games, movies, et al. I'm not necessarily saying that would be a good thing, but I've always had the feeling that he was the primary road block to that...
  14. S

    The Arkenstone is what?

    I ran across these articles recently, and they pose some interesting questions about Middle Earth and The Hobbit in particular. They also set the stage for some truly epic adventuring. The first article has a bit of bad language, so NSFW/NSFC...
  15. G

    [necro]MERP vs. The One Ring, which would you use?

    If you wanted to roleplay in Middle Earth which system would you choose between Middle Earth Roleplaying and The One Ring, and why?
  16. Eudaimic

    Sell Me On Middle-earth Roleplaying Games

    Has anyone ever gotten it right? Over the course of the annual "eat things and throw away your responsibilities" AKA Xmas, I've been trawling through various incarnations of Tolkien-based RPGs, including: MERP/Rolemaster. So much I love about that system (the wealth of world material, crit...
  17. austenandrews

    [spoilers] The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition

    I haven't seen a thread about the Extended Edition of The Hobbit. We bought it last weekend and have been enjoying all the new stuff. We're nowhere near finished with all the BTS features, but so far they're pretty fun. The added scenes in the EE are, as usual a mixed bag: (spoiler space...)...
  18. T

    Tolkien Moot IX Aug 2-4, 2013

    TolkienMoot IX Just Days Away. Just a few days left to RSVP. Tolkien Moot is an annual convention founded in 2005 by the Eä Tolkien Society, an official smial of the U.K. Tolkien Society, created by and for enthusiasts, scholars, and gamers inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It includes...
  19. C

    Whence D&D-style Dwarves?

    Just (finally) got around to watching the first installment in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. It got me thinking about Dwarves. I go back and forth on these guys. When I'm world-building for a campaign or some fictional enterprise of my own, I am very strict about allowing non-humans in...
  20. W

    If Tolkein never existsed, what would Dnd be like today?

    I can't help but ponder this question. I know Tolkein was one of the sources that Gygax mentions in Appendix N. But if he never existed, would Dnd be all that different today? The first thing I can think of is that we wouldn't have Halflings in the game. I'm prepared to be wrong on the...
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