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In The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Helcaraxë is an inhospitable region of perpetually shifting pack ice known in the Common tongue as "Grinding Ice" and in Elvish as "Ice Fangs." This region provided the only crossing of the great sea Belegaer that was traversable on foot. Because of this, it was used as an escape route for Morgoth and Ungoliant when fleeing the Valar during the First Age, and it was used again as a path of exodus by Fingolfin to lead his people into Beleriand.

At the end of the First Age, the War of Wrath saw Beleriand sink beneath the great sea, and the Grinding Ice came apart at this time, destroying the only method of transit across the sea other than sailing and flight. The world was sundered and made round (having previously been a single flat, symmetrical continent suspended in space) following the downfall of Numenor in the Second Age, with the sacred Undying Lands rendered permanently…

2018 has been a journey whose motif has been REFOCUS. I wanted to return to an active lifestyle, reignite my passion for writing, regain control over my BMI, and remove clutter from my electronic footprint.

The term zero player game refers to a game in which the player(s) are not necessary to play the game, and are only there for their own enjoyment. This generally means one of two types of games:

Games of Chance: Games such as Snakes and Ladders, War (the card game), Bingo, and the lottery allow for essentially no meaningful strategy. The spirit of the game is that you set up, take the knocks as they come, and have some fairly mindless fun. Some games may be treated as zero…

News for Noders

November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 22 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of Tender Lumplings Everywhere: The 2018 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

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September 7 С днём рождения, Stasik!

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

Septemaaarr 19 Talk like a pirate day.

September 25 Happy birthday Templeton!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 9 長崎

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2018 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 7: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day).

July 17-22: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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