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by Udwin
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Middle-earth Reenactment Society
Topic: Winter in Wilderland
Replies: 13
Views: 232

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: 561

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: 13
Views: 1456

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: 1099

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: 1955

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: 1099

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: 782

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: 1955

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: 1998

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: 27
Views: 2831

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: 2656

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: 27
Views: 2831

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...
by Udwin
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: On Oiled Silk
Replies: 20
Views: 3346

Re: On Oiled Silk

Fascinating insights! Would you mind sharing the composition of the dressing? What kind of oil did you use? I'm not surprised that light of linen was nearly useless for tarpage...what was the weave like on? The handkerchief linen I've seen that's that light is fairly loose and not tight like heavier...
by Udwin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Gatherings
Topic: Fall 2019 MERS Moot
Replies: 9
Views: 2144

Re: Fall 2019 MERS Moot

Looks like it was a great gathering, sorry I had to miss it (next time tho!)
by Udwin
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: the "Loch Glashan" - Iron Age leather satchel / haversack
Replies: 9
Views: 1964

Re: the "Loch Glashan" - Iron Age leather satchel / haversack

Excellent discovery! I'd not heard of this example before, either, but I like the look. To me, the bag in the third picture with the flannel'd wearer fairly screams 'iron age'--due not only to the background but especially to their use of a period-appropriate tanning method...it looks to be made of ...

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