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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    A LOTRO Engagement

    It all started with a few simple words. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” At the age of nine, that sentence was the magical start to an adventure that would capture my imagination for a lifetime.

    At the age of forty, I passed along that adventure to a child of my own. Looking for a safe online game for my teenage son, I stumbled on a way to combine my son’s love of computer games with our love of great books. I started my LOTRO adventures on Nimrodel and spent a lot of time checking out the community to find friends and kin that would be appropriate for a younger player (I can’t thank A Shortcut to Mushrooms and The Last Alliance enough for their patience, kindness, and loads of fun). Eventually my son went on to newer shinier toys, but in LOTRO I remained. I found a roleplay kin, discovered the MyLOTRO blogs, and began writing my own fan-fiction. LOTRO became a wonderful way for me to connect with creative people from around the world, and it inspired me to tap into my own creative instincts.

    But I hadn’t raided. This big mysterious ‘you are not awesome enough to do this’ thing that I thought I couldn’t possibly ever do. But there was a DRAGON in Helegrod, and I wanted to see it! I asked my kin to help me figure this out, and we gathered a group to start with the drake wing. The night arrived, and we needed a leader. A pretty blonde guard claimed knowledge of the instance and agreed to lead. ‘Her’ first words in voice chat were in the most beautiful deep southern voice I’d ever heard, and by the time we made it through the wing, I was thinking I’d follow this guardian anywhere.

    And so I did. Over the next few years Ellewyn led us through everything from the Rift through ToO. But while we were raiding our way to glory, my writing was starting to take off, and I needed an in-game inspiration for a storyline I was developing. I asked to borrow an Elf hunter of Mirkwood, and Ellewyn obliged with his alt Eluridan. We spent many hours getting to know each other—for the creative process of course. Eventually we realized that the game and the stories were just the beginning of our connection.

    We have survived many adventures over the three years since that first encounter, and this Christmas Eve, we decided to continue those adventures in marriage. We’re aiming for a wedding date of February 2015 in New Zealand (where else?).

    To all those who have befriended us along the way, who have said a kind word about my little stories or poems, who have played with us on Nimrodel or Landroval, who have chatted or RPed or otherwise sent happy vibes our way, I thank you for your friendship. You have changed lives in ways you probably never imagined. To those who created this game, we will never forget that it was your vision that brought us together.

    Best wishes to all of you in this new year.

    --Tuiliel and Eluridan
    Last edited by Whart; Jan 07 2014 at 07:56 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    4 Chalk Road, Nettlevale

    Thumbs up

    Wonderful! Congratulations and best wishes

    Landroval: Kibilturg (Watchers of Elendil); Taurunion, Erohtar (Taters and Traders)
    Crickhollow: Kibilturg (Tarciryan Knights); Zigilturg (Forever Notorious); Nuncle (Casual Wanderers)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Many congratulations! That is a beautiful story!
    That starts I guess with people respecting others points of view. I did try and put it tongue-in-cheek and only semi-serious but I guess that's lost on you.- A forum poster

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Congratulations and thank you for sharing May you have many wonderful adventures ahead of you together.
    Retired. My LOTRO projects will no longer be maintained.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    New Zealand
    Congrats!! It's always to great to hear about others who met and fell in love in LOTRO

    And you'll love New Zealand! I lucked out in that my kinleader that I fell in love with lives in NZ... so now I do too!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Lond-en-Aur, Falathlorn, Landroval

    Red face

    Wishing you many happy years together!
    Watchers of Elendil ~ Landroval ~ Crickhollow ~ Tarciryan Knights
    ~~~~ Imladris in the Forgotten West ~~~~

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    P.S. I shouldn't neglect the credits (Nimrodel, Landroval, and old MyLOTRO posters):

    The Muses, though long gone: Battlemaiden, Pumyra (I'd never have written a word of my own fiction had I not seen your work. I am forever grateful.)

    Friends and Fellow Adventurers: Osskin, Talechaser, Finadon, Monlew, Digger, Mericc, Vinnie, Maradon, Neath, and Blu

    The Great Minds: Linett, Gaiagil, Henglaf, and Whisperwulf

    The Bestest of Bestest of Best Friends: Sniff, in all your incarnations

    We wouldn't be where we are without any of you.
    Last edited by Whart; Jan 07 2014 at 07:53 AM. Reason: typing mangled by phone again

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Central Victoria, Australia
    Congratulations and jubilations! What a lovely story. May you continue your adventures together, happily and safely, in Middle Earth and in life.

    And the minstrel sang to them……”and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.”

  9. #9
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    Dec 2011

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Decatur, AL
    Congratulations! Make sure you take lots of time for New Zealand
    If you give away gold bars, someone will complain they're too heavy.
    .: Dannach, 118 WDN :.: Totes, 118 HNT :.: Sunhawk, 110 RNK :.
    .: Taika, 29 WDN :.
    I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.
    Might as well face it, I'm addicted to WDN

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    What a lovely story! Best wishes to you both. Not many people can say they met their spouse fighting a dragon in Middle-Earth! Are you going to add any related touches to the wedding?

    New Zealand is gorgeous and the people are wonderful. I met my husband in an MMORPG as well (not this one, though LotRO voicechat is where we made our couple status official). We honeymooned in NZ, and I can heartily recommend it

  12. #12
    Lovely story. I wish you all the best on your future adventures! Much happiness to you both!
    C O S M E T I C * L O T R O

    a blog about Middle-earth outfits

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Awesome and congrats! Great story and best wishes to you both!

    The Order of The Silver Flame - A fun, mature, helpful and friendly kin. Come join us on Silverlode!

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    what a beatyful twist of events, an epic story..
    congratulations and god speed.
    may light shine on your paths in the future

  15. #15
    Congratulations to the both of you - and may your way always be full of happiness
    ~ Huntress reincarnated ~

  16. #16
    Congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors. Life is a fascinating phenomenon indeed.

  17. #17
    A great positive read, and just by reading i will live an extra 10 mins, as reading good positive things makes us live longer, Congrats to you and the future wife.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    superb. congratulations and good luck!
    Elendilmir - 95 Hunter Berenthalion - 80ish Burg Berendybuck - baby warden Berenion.

    Worst Reaver on the server BerendyBash - R4

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Memory of Laurelin
    To your shared future! May it be long and full!

  20. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2011

    Congratulations, and felicitations

    to you both.

    May you never run out of ale or pie!
    LilyRose of Gladden, Mistress of the Rangers of the West Kinship. Come check out our kin at rangerswest.guildlaunch.com.

  21. #21
    Congrats! That's a beautiful story!

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Awesome! Congratulations. I'm very happy for both of you.

    And what a pleasure it is to finally read a forum thread today that didn't make me cringe.
    Mandelbaum, 115 Champ; PeabodySherman, 115 LM, House of Mooters, Landroval
    Rembandor, 85 Champ, Penquanta Periannath, Laurelin

  23. #23
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    ChickyChicky is offline Hero Of the Small Folk 2013
    Crosser of Roads
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Congratulations to you both on finding love through LOTRO and for allowing yourselves to be open towards meeting friends and more with each other in LOTRO. New Zealand sounds like a nice place for a wedding and honeymoon.

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    East TN
    Congratulations and best wishes!
    "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." - Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

  25. #25
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Congrats on your marriage and best wishes for your future together. Enjoy every moment of your love life.
    Main Godhroran (Hunter) lvl 100 ~ Leader of Thorns of Telperion~

    Moving from Windfola to Crickhollow


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