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by Udwin
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Ranger's Pantry
Replies: 12
Views: 393

Re: A Ranger's Pantry

Wonderful! So compact but no space is wasted. Love it, and wish my own kit could be so pared-down. (Just out of curiosity, what are the approximate dimensions of the stuffed tube?)
by Udwin
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: All plants, animals, food, etc. mentioned in The Hobbit
Replies: 29
Views: 8541

Re: Cotton, Coffee, and Chocolate

I'm late to the party, so here are a bunch of responses to earlier points: -Sierrastrider, where did you find reference to sunflowers, oranges, and cadamom? Those don't ring a bell for me. -Chocolate, for reasons I can't quite pin down just yet, feels wrong. As far as I can tell, there is not so muc...
by Udwin
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Water Canteen
Replies: 10
Views: 1777

Re: Water Canteen

Someone was playing with the stuff though a couple years ago - Taurinor? Udwin? Hmm...from what I can tell, there seem to be a few things going by 'brewer's pitch'. I got a few pounds of Townsend's brewer's pitch in '14 for lining my large gourd canteen. They don't advertise the actual composition,...
by Udwin
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Winter in Wilderland
Replies: 13
Views: 1829

Re: Winter in Wilderland

What an ADVENTURE! The MERS guys and I have been on a fair amount of treks (7???) over the years, but none so far have been in conditions this extreme before. A couple of considerations, takeaways, and things I tried out will find their way into our next newsletter I'm sure! ; ) Sierrastrider, the b...
by Udwin
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: Morgul Blade.
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

Re: Morgul Blade.

"And more deadly to Frodo was this!' He stooped again and lifted up a long thin knife. There was a cold gleam in it. As Strider raised it they saw that near the end its edge was notched and the point was broken off. " LR I:12, Flight to the Ford
by Udwin
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: Twelve Silver Pennies: coins of the Breelands
Replies: 15
Views: 2777

Re: Twelve Silver Pennies: coins of the Breelands

Ahhh, these are Incredible! It's been a long road, but I think you've really hit on something that looks and feels like authentic M-e currency, with research and logical extrapolation to back them up. Well done!!!
by Udwin
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin
Replies: 12
Views: 1363

Re: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin

You better get a drinking-bowl, Udwin! For on the trail use, I made this little birch kuksa some years back. It holds I think ~5 ounces, but is nice to have for drinking from springs, or broth, or one of the exotic beers that Odigan tends to bring on the trail. It's not from burl though, just twist...
by Udwin
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: The Garments of the Lake-men.
Replies: 19
Views: 2414

Re: The Garments of the Lake-men.

Lovely sketches! I can definitely imagine them en masse, forming up in front of the Lonely Mountain.
(Maybe it's the ink-and-watercolors, but I feel like they have a very Tolkien feeling to them!)
by Udwin
Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin
Replies: 12
Views: 1363

Re: The Architecture of the Vale of Anduin

Great to see all these observations in one place! (also great that you have the wider European perspective which is more familiar with the styles JRRT is emulating.) In one of our earlier MERS newsletters I also concluded that thatched roofs was a common Northman trait. Off the top of my head, I can...
by Udwin
Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Question for Loremasters
Replies: 6
Views: 947

Re: A Question for Loremasters

There's nothing in the text that directly mentions such a function in the area, but it is logical that any town had some sort of 'watch' or guardsmen. The language attests to it as well, as we know the Westron word "tud" meaning watch or guard, as well as "tudnas": "guard&qu...
by Udwin
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:47 am
Forum: Human Culture(s)
Topic: The Garments of the Lake-men.
Replies: 19
Views: 2414

Re: The Garments of the Lake-men.

Excellent stuff, darnok! I've peered at the Professor's Lake-Men drawing far too long for a past newsletter, so I'm really digging what you're putting out. It's especially fun to see that there's already a norse precedent for pointy hats!
by Udwin
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Autumn 2019 available now!
Replies: 5
Views: 2209

Autumn 2019 available now!

Greetings all! The contributing members of the Middle-earth Reenactment Society are proud to announce that the latest issue of their online periodical, Edge of the Wild, is now available for download HERE . As always, please share freely among your circles, and we hope you enjoy reading. Send us you...
by Udwin
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!
Replies: 30
Views: 3677

Re: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!

Tolkien _does_ say in Letter 211 (IIRC) that males (presumably all races) at Shire latitudes would wear "breeches, whether hidden by a cloak or long mantle, or merely accompanied by a tunic."! He goes on to presume that there was likely also a lot of local/racial cultural styles, but that'...
by Udwin
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Tolkien Rangers
Topic: The Gwelf Survival Guide!!
Replies: 5
Views: 3675

Re: The Gwelf Survival Guide!!

Very interesting! LotR meets Wind in the Willows.......sooooooo.....Redwall, yes? ; )

Looking forward to seeing some future updates.
by Udwin
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Elvish Culture
Topic: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!
Replies: 30
Views: 3677

Re: The Elves! The elves! What are we going to do with the Elves!

Was literally just discussing this with my partner earlier this week. I was also drawing a blank, aside from colors (chiefly "grey" and "white") there isn't much to go on. Haldir's scouts have fur-cloaks, and that might be about it as far as specific details. I'm becoming fond of...

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