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Ahahahah! Tolkien fandom trope bingo cards! My personal favourite was “Eligible Bachelor Baggins,” which we’ll be seeing a LOT of starting in December.

It’s about the 10th "fanniversary" of the Ansereg site. Ten years of sharing stories and ideas, fielding odd questions on sexuality in Tolkien, and being corrected on the % of Maia that Elladan and Elrohir have in their ancestry. I glued elf ears on my head, got kidnapped by an orc at the Return of the King premiere in Wellington in 2003, gave a talk at Tolkien 2005, and met fantastic people from around the world, both in NZ and overseas. -wipes away sentimental tear-

Moving to Wellington, NZ's Middle-Earth central, had an odd effect on my fandom output: I haven't written any fanfiction since 2007. Since then, I wrote an original novel that failed to find a publisher, there was a fiction blog for a while, and now, a style/femininity blog. But my fandom quiescence has earlier roots than that. When I finished the story Magweth Pengolodh: The Question of Pengolod, I felt, on a very deep level, that my Tolkien muses were satisfied...

The Tolkien fandom has blessed me with too many BFFs to count around the world. Some of them are still on LJ, or still in the fandom; others, not so much. Some of them I've heard from this week in private correspondence. All of them literate, fascinating, fabulous people. You are what have made it so much fun for so long. Thank you for all the friendship and feedback. Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo, y'all.

Tolkien Bestiary

Date: 2012-02-17 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edm.livejournal.com
Do you own "A Tolkien Bestiary", from somewhere around 1989? Would you like to? I'm in possession of a copy in reasonable condition (but with a badly damaged -- half missing -- dust jacket) which I saved from just being donated to the Salvation Army store. Yours if it is of interest. (Otherwise it's probably going to the Salvation Army after all.)

Ewen

Date: 2012-02-17 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] altariel.livejournal.com
Oh, happy fanniversary!

Date: 2012-02-17 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perelleth.livejournal.com
wow! happy fanniversary from here as well.

FoTR opened the year I changed continent and hemisphere, and my Tolkien fan was reawakened. Then discovered fandom around 2003 or 2004 and the amount of friends, and ideas and good conversations that I have enjoyed both in lj and writing and reading fanfiction have defintely enriched my life. It's great to look back and take stock of how things started! :-)

Date: 2012-02-17 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenbarathi.livejournal.com
Yay, happy Fanniversary! *hugs* Still proudly wearing my Ansereg T-shirt!

Date: 2012-02-20 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spes-unica.livejournal.com
Good times!!!

*hugs you*
I'm happy to have met you, and to keep hearing from you (you do realise, don't you, that you are on my flist over at DW so you should be able to see my posts either with openID or with your account over there. I don't post on LJ any more at all.).

Date: 2012-02-22 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lhun-dweller.livejournal.com
And thanks to you for expanding my reading realms into some new areas!

Date: 2012-03-10 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maureenlycaon.livejournal.com
Thank you for all the years of friendship, moral support through some very difficult times, visits to L.A., and elf sex.
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