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Emperor of the East

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Building Costumes from Scratch

27 September 2020 - 09:56 AM

Hello, folks!


I happen to be preparing for Halloween by building as many different Lord of the Rings costumes as possible before Halloween, starting with Dain Ironfoot (as King Under the Mountain) first, followed by Sauron, and then... who I create a costume of 3rd and beyond remains to be seen. Plus, I have no clue whether or not I feel like doing all of Sauron's different physical forms... yet.


Who else on this forum build costumes from scratch? And no, they don't have to be LotR costumes, but they certainly can be. :thumbsupcool:

Which news outlets do you trust and why?

23 September 2020 - 08:22 PM

Hello, everyone!


I thought I'd drop this topic here and begin with my own answer to this question.


The two most trustworthy news sources, in my opinion, are ThoughtCo and Pew Research.


I trust these two because they have never failed a fact-check, they are devoid of partisan talking points, there is no appeal to any stereotype in either outlet, and in similar ways both of them succeed where both right-wing and left-wing outlets fail me.


Just ask Media Bias Fact Check about these two outlets, and you'll learn more of why I trust them so much. But which outlets do you trust and why? By the way, these aren't the only ones I trust, but they are my top two.

Changing my MacBook Pro's Battery

20 September 2020 - 12:29 PM

Usually, I come here to talk LotR lore, Battle for Middle-earth, and/or Games Workshop's Middle-earth game.


But occasionally, I will talk of something Non-LotR.


So... on roughly September 3rd of 2020, I took on a Do It Yourself project: Replacing the battery of my Mid-2014 MacBook Pro with a new battery from Late 2020. And I was a success with it! The only problem is that no charger cable I bought so far will refill it! But I will be solving that problem on the 25th of this month.


Here is some backdrop: my MacBook Pro's battery it came with... fried itself in Early 2020, but don't ask how or why as nobody could possibly know the answer, not even me. So, I made it my mission to replace my MacBook Pro battery and it's charger cable.


Anyway, the message of this post is I followed a 5-minute tutorial on YouTube on how to replace a Mid-2014 MacBook Pro's battery to the letter and now my MacBook Pro has been resurrected.


Has anyone here ever done something similar to this?

Rhûn & Easterling Lore

02 November 2019 - 03:49 PM

Hello, people of Revora!


Today, I have decided to gather all of the lore I know about Rhûn and the Easterlings into a new Revora Forums topic.


So, here is what I know, starting with the Land of Rhûn

  1. Rhûn is mostly a flat land of forests and plains, according to Chapter 10 of the Fellowship of the Ring.
  2. Across the entire Lord of the Rings book trilogy, Rhûn has inland bodies of seawater like the Sea of Rhûn.
  3. In The Silmarillion, it is noted that the Red Mountains run like a spine down the land of Rhûn.
  4. Bilbo Baggins mentions in The Hobbit book that there is a "Last Desert" east of the Red Mountains.

Next, here is what I know about Life in Rhûn.

  1. Kine of Araw are huge white bulls living around the Sea of Rhûn, which we learn in the Return of the King book.
  2. Even though I haven't read Adventures of Tom Bombadil personally, I learned that this book says Rhûn is filled with "man-eating felines". In real life, this typically means Lions, Tigers, Cheetahs, and Cougars.
  3. Were-worms in Rhûn are almost nothing like the Were-worms in the 3rd Hobbit movie. Instead, they are basically Tartar Sand Boas in that epic size. And as The Hobbit book notes, they live in the "Last Desert".

Lastly, we get to talk about the Easterlings.

  1. While the Easterlings in the movies have bronze armor and steel weapons in the Lord of the Rings movies, the Easterlings in the books use iron for both armor and weapons, according to the Third Age chapter of The Silmarillion.
  2. Easterling architecture was made fully out of stone, according to the same chapter of the same book, from their walls to their houses to their other buildings, too.
  3. Chapter 10 of Fellowship of the Ring also describes Easterling armies as "swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots of chieftains and laden wains."
  4. The Battle of Pelennor Field chapter of Return of the King mentions "Easterlings with Axes", meaning that Easterling armies also contain axemen.
  5. Also, in the same chapter, it says "the Easterlings were strong and war-hardened and asked no quarter", meaning they're the only Army of Mordor that relentlessly fights to the death instead of fleeing.
  6. Oh, and not to mention: their master is Sauron's 2nd deadliest minion, a Nazgûl named Khamûl the Black Easterling.
  7. Lastly, the deeds they did to earn fame consist of breaking Gondor's Line of Kings, trying and failing to wipe away Rohan at least twice in just the first half of Rohan's history, and being Sauron's armies for the War in the North; all according to the appendices in the back of the Return of the King book.


So, here's all of the Easterling lore in Tolkien's works, all in one place. That's all for today!