DREAMS OF ANOTHER LAND – INTRODUCTION

My uncle, Fortinbras Proudfoot:

I recall that when I was young, I would sit with other children and listen to my uncle’s stories, and at night I would lie in my warm bed and imagine myself adventuring to strange places with him. When sleep finally came to me I would dream of his adventures as though I was my uncle himself.

My uncle, Fortinbras Proudfoot, is a scholarly person. In his humble home he has many bookcases filled with books from all over. There are books in Elvish, and Dwarvish, books from far away lands and some from closer to home. There are books of poetry, and others of history, some on geography and some on cooking. There are many on the old tales of family heroes, and all their friends and their adventures! For they are his favourite tales of all.

In his youth he was a teacher, and many of the people in his village and the nearby towns knew Mr Proudfoot from their days at school. As such, wherever he went there was always someone keen to catch up, to share a meal and a chat with their wonderful friend Fortinbras.

He has, unlike many people of his village, travelled quite far from his home. He has been on journeys in his own land and has even travelled across the encircling seas to visit many places of legend and history.

My uncle is now quite old but he still entertains us with many tales from his adventures of long ago to strange exotic lands. He has kept a journal of his adventures and within there are many stories in poetic verse form.

This book contains a collection of many of his writings. They include tales of heroic people, wizards, dragons, elves, and dwarves. There are also some tales of the smallest of people, who lived in a peaceful far away land of pastures, small villages, and green rolling hills.

I hope you enjoy reading these tales as much as I have enjoyed revisiting them once more to collate them for publication.

This collection of my uncle’s work I have called “Dreams of Another Land”.

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BTF at SUPANOVA, GOLD COAST, APRIL 9-10, 2016

Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship will be attending Gold Coast Supanova for the fifth consecutive year.

We are now officially recognised as a Supa Supporter.

We are a Social Club for all fans of “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings” and all things Middle-earth. Not only fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings but our members are also fans of Peter Jackson’s Movies and all other adaptations of Tolkien’s World.

At Gold Coast Supanova 2016, we have two Booths, one for photographs and one for sales of Middle-earth Fan created items. Don’t miss our Hobbit Raffle, including a Hobbit Wall Clock as one of three prizes.

Our Photo Booth gives you the opportunity to take your photo sitting in front of Bag End or riding a Barrel in the Rapids. Each scene is $2:00 per customer. All proceeds from the Photo Booths go towards the Pyjama Foundation, our nominated charity. (See picture below)

Our sales table has some great Middle-earth items for sale. (See picture below)

  • Tolkien themed book bags
  • Fellowship note books
  • “Dreams of Another Land” books
  • Middle-earth characters book marks
  • Hobbit slogan badges
  • Fellowship brooches on chains
  • Hobbit characters Chibbies on chains
  • Fellowship pens
  • Frogs from Frogmorton
  • Middle-earth themed Greetings Cards

Visit our Booths and find out more about our Social Club Gatherings including;

  • Second Breakfast Book Club
  • Film Noldor Club
  • An Evening in Middle-earth annual Dinner Dance
  • Costume Events

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BTF TOLKIEN READING DAY 2016 – REVIEW

The date of the 25th of March is known to many Tolkien fans as the day of victory, the day the Dark Lord Sauron was vanquished, however this date has taken an alternate significance; International Tolkien Reading Day.

Since 2003, enthusiasts from around the globe have gathered to share their passion for the works of Tolkien; Year after year, flocking to events to cultivate the public’s interest in the world of Middle Earth.

Since the publication of The Hobbit in 1937, the wonders of Middle Earth have brought joy to generations of children and adults alike. A unique creation unlike any the world of literature had seen, Tolkien’s universe breathed new life into the fantasy genre, captivating readers with a sense of wonder and intrigue. The lore of his universe spans over decades of writings, from the widely recognised Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, to works such as The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and the collective writings of the History of Middle Earth.

With such a wide breadth of accounts, enthusiasts of Tolkien, however, often find the origins of certain characters and traditions to be shrouded in mystery. These mysterious topics of debate often form the basis of Tolkien reading discussions, thus was apparent in the 2016 Tolkien Reading Day theme of Life, Death and Immortality.

Among the many stories relating to this topic, the focus of the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship’s reading days on the 19th and 20th of March, centred around questions of Gandalf’s ‘resurrection’ and Arwen’s choice, among many readings involving characters such as Beren and Luthien, Idril and Tuor and the descendants of Numenor.

Our own Peter Kenny led this discussion, using his extensive knowledge and research to bring light to some of these more controversial topics. Opening with the origins and genesis of the world, Peter led the audience on a thrilling account of the First Age of Middle Earth, from the creation of Arda (the Earth) through the song of the Valar, to the feuds between the elven kindreds and the Dark Lord Morgoth. Accompanied by stunning visuals by renowned artists such as John Howe, Ted Nasmith and others, the intricate web of Tolkien lore was woven.

Within this account of the ages of Middle Earth, questions concerning mortality and immortality as well as life and death arose. Referring to The Letters of Tolkien, extracts from the Return of the King Appendices and the unfinished chronicles of the History of Middle Earth, these questions were answered.

From writings to publications, from publications to the screen, no stone was left unturned. The complex lineage of Arwen and the Half-Elven was explored, as well as her relation to the Line of Kings and the choices granted to the descendants of Earendil.

The origins of Gandalf were examined in full, from his life as the Maiar Olroin, to his doings as Gandalf the Grey and finally his ‘resurrection’ into Gandalf the White. Further, the tragic recount of the Luthien’s Choice was told and the true price of immortality revealed.

Received by an enthusiastic audience of all ages, through the means of this Tolkien Reading Day, the flame of passion was passed into the hearts of all in attendance, marking the month of March, as an essential and joyous period for enthusiasts of the renowned author’s works, once again.

Contributor: Brianna Merriman

Peter Kenny is Fortinbras Proudfoot Esq.

PETER KENNY
IS
FORTINBRAS PROUDFOOT ESQ.
TOLKIEN SPECIALIST AND PRESENTER

INTRODUCING
PETER KENNY

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THE WORLDS BIGGEST TOLKIEN FAN

Peter Kenny is a retired teacher based in Brisbane who possesses one of the most significant personal collections of Tolkien memorabilia in Australia and the world. He has become a recognized authority in the field of Tolkien, and has shared his knowledge and love of Tolkien’s writing with adults and children around the world through a series of talks and presentations.

FILM NOLDOR CLUB

Film Noldor Club meets on the first Saturday of every second month to discuss a sci-fi or fantasy movie chosen by the group for that particular month.  The movie chosen is generally older and is readily available so that all attendees have an opportunity to watch the film.

Although it is run by the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship, it’s not just Middle Earth movies that are chosen.  May’s Movie was Star Wars: A New Hope.

We discuss actors, story-line, costumes, special effects, cinematography – everything that goes into making a good movie.  It’s a great conversation.

At our last meet on March 5, our Movie of choice was “The Fellowship of the Ring”. Fifteen members and friends met for lunch at “Lord of the Wings”, Carindale, followed by a friendly discussion.

Come along, have something to eat and a cuppa, and chat about the biggest and most popular sci-fi and fantasy movies ever released.

Film Noldor – The next movie and location – TBA. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

Contributor: Amanda Reimers

 

TOLKIEN READING DAY – 2016: Life, Death and Immortality. 5

Earendil and Elwing  – The third union of elves and men.

Following is a brief outline for fans of Middle-earth

Tuor and Idril became the leaders of the exiles at the Havens of Sirion where they welcomed the refugees of Doriath led by Elwing, the granddaughter of Beren and Luthien. Elwing had with her the Silmaril which Beren and Luthien had taken from Morgoth.

In the same year that Tuor and Idril departed, Eärendil married Elwing, the third union of Elves and Men. To them were born two twin sons, Elrond and Elros.

When no news came of Tuor and idril, Earendil prepared a ship, Vingilot, and set out to seek them.

News of the existence of the Silmaril came to the sons of Fëanor that were still living, and they attacked the people living in Arvernien, and slew most of them. Their sons Elrond and Elros became captives of the sons of Feanor.

But Elwing, rather than be captured, threw herself with the Silmaril into the sea. The Silmaril was not lost, however:

For Ulmo bore up Elwing out of the waves, and he gave her the likeness of a great white bird, and upon her breast there shone as a star the Silmaril, as she flew over the water to seek Eärendil her beloved.”

The Silmarillion, “Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath”

Elwing flew to her beloved Earendil and brought the news of the tragedy that had befallen in Arvernien. Eärendil then sought after Valinor, and he and Elwing found their way there at last.

Eärendil then went before the Valar, and asked them for aid for Men and Elves in Middle-earth, to fight against Morgoth; and the Valar accepted his plea. The following War of Wrath saw the final overthrow of Morgoth.

Because Eärendil had undertaken this errand on behalf of Men and Elves, and not for his own sake, Manwë forbore to deal out the punishment of death that was due; and because both Eärendil and Elwing were descended from a union of Elves and Men, Manwë granted to them and their sons the gift to choose to which race they would be joined (a gift that was further passed to the children of Elrond, who became known as the Half-elven). Elwing chose to be one of the Elves. Eärendil for the sake of his wife also chose to be one of the Elves.

*For more information go to Tolkien Gateway… http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Earendil

* Read: The Silmarillion, “Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath”

Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship will be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day at the following

  • March 19, Saturday – Logan North Library, commences at 11:00 am (Southside)
  • March 20, Sunday – Chermside Library, commences at 1:00 pm. (Northside)