I just started adventuring in Middle-earth again using the dark eye's excellent travelling system.My new character is Rhûrandir which is the synonym of a dark stern Ranger of clouded origin.His companions are Thrálin, a red-bearded, green-eyed dwarf presumably of the firebeard clan and two questionable compatriots, Banaid, a rugged eriadorian rural man and Azgor, a slant-eyed ill-favoured fellow...
You can follow our newest exploits at Rhûrandir's Journey, our current chronicle...
Regards Haerangil aka Rhûrandir
changes from MERP-canon spellings and accents
As you may have noticed i have started not only changing accents and so pronunciation of many MERP and RM names and terms but i am even changing total spelling.The reason for this is not, as it might seem, to finally leave behind the MERP legacy and step into my personal fanfic, but to further adjust the Middle-earth conlangs to the customs of JRRT's non-eldarin languages.There are several unique peculiarities about many of JRRTS languages... for example the letter J- is mostly evaded.Also the ch- is rare outside of Sindarin. I could add more examples but the general idea is to make the conlang names fit in better with Tolkien-lang that may have been more influential outside the Sindarin dominated westlands.In the Southwest this is obviously Adûnaic, but in other parts of ME human languages may have been more influenced by Melkian, Khuzdul and Avarin/ primitive elvish, also the few Easterling, Haradrim and Drughu words we actually have are being taken stronger into focus for this.
One example: Aegan --> Aegân
I am very unhappy with most of the MERP names, especially those from the wild lands gazetteer.When working on those articles i usually take a look on elfdict to see if there are any tolkien-words which resemble them, on Aegawin for example i mostly used modifications of primitive quendian, orcish/black speech and drughu as stand-ins for avarin, melkian and braric , which are said to be the base for Womarin according to MERP canon.Sometimes when working on Womarin and related languages i also take a look at native american wordlists on the net, atabask or na-dene for example (which fenlon seems to have used, or in other cases what ever ICE claims to have used as liguistic base for their conlangs...), though i almost always modify the spellings to make them resemble less real-world tongues, as i generally dislike using them in a tolkien context, apart from the established tolkien-anglo-saxon,tolkien-gothic, tolkien-norse, tolkien-welsh, tolkien arthurian jrr used and the modified welsh, gaelic and finnish which have been established by too many 2ndary works to effectively get rid of them anymore.Since few people even remember old MERP i think its a good opportunity to re-adjust them to look more similar to tolkien's naming conventions.When i changed gan to gân i probably was influenced by goldogrin gân and ghân-buri-ghân, which have different meanings, but i thought would make that MERP name "look" better and a bit more close to jrrts more exotic languages, without changing TOO much.I also use to speculate what the intended pronunciation may have been... and "aye-gawn" sounds nicer than "eye-gun" .
- I support your efforts to correct/update MERP (or other non-canonical) names/terms. I may occasionally have input. Thanks, -Hlingler (talk) "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." EB Hall, "Friends of Voltaire", 1906 03:12, 13 October 2020 (UTC)
A gi suilon nathal, Le nathlam hí! Im Haerangil o Pelargir,
I have started this Middle-Earth Role-playing Wiki... as an encyclopaedia for "expanded middle-earth" the non-canonical Middle-Earth backgrounds created for pen-and-paper Role-playing games in J.R.R. Tolkien´s Middle-Earth such as the MERP (Middle-earth Role-playing Game), LOR (Lord of the Rings Adventure Game) and QUEST Games by Iron Crown enterprises as well as other games using the same non-canonical Backgrounds as the Middle-Earth play-by-mail Game by gamesystems and Iron crowns middle Earth collectible Card Game (MECCG) to some lesser extend also the Lord of the Rings Role-playing Game (LotRRPG) and the the Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Adventure Game as well as the Lord of the Rings collectible Card Game (LotRCCG) (all by decipher) and even the Lord of the Rings Table-Top (by Games Workshop) rely on the expanded Middle-Earth created for Middle-Earth Roleplaying.Note that since neither ICE´s MERP/LOR/QUEST/MECCG Line nor Deciphers LOTRRPG are continued several fan-made RGPG Systems, Adventures, fan-modules, MMORPGs and MUSHs have evolved that also make use of the "expanded-middle-earth" background world created for middle-earth Roleplaying.
Since this is only a fan-wiki there will be no game-stats and direct quotes from published game-books allowed to be posted here...
MERP and a lot of other secondary works are often a mess or directly contradict the canon (Lotr and Hobbit 1st, post-mortem releases such as the history of Middle-Earth second, all non-Tolkien work subordinate!), so it's allright (and necessary!) to set things straight and change or correct ICE and other sources where they are flawed.Another point is that even the primary sources are sometimes highly contradicting, often one has to choose between several distinctive versions if one wants to create a coherent account, which is one of the objectives of this wiki: making secondary works fit in with the canon and make them more cohesive with other secondary works.This however sometimes can not be accomplished without doing corrections and a good deal of own imagination and inventive work (or original sub-creation and lots of retconning!) by oneself, so I encourage the incorporation of fanfic and original addendum for the sake of the greater picture. -Haerangil
missing herbs from MERP Rulebook:
-Sailcha -Eorna -Arhail -Gaurthring -Rukhim -Pharaz -Klag -Canotar -Dragonskin -Alum -Kalom -Adit i Raf -Mactire -Opossums -Gophers -Ferrets -Alligators -Jackals -Kjerats -Leopards -Kalik do'Altir -Yamina -Great Hammer -Curved Axe -Long haired Cats
Hey Haerangil, been awhile since I contacted you here--but are there any characters who took up the mantle of the Witch King at Carn Dum during the events of the War of the Ring? Also, the Lady of the Blue Brooch, should that be the Last Prince of Cardolan's daughter or fiancee? Was she turned into a Wight? Thank you Moran_Half_Valar
- Hi there!well Agandaur and Mordirith were active in Angmar... but their prime policy seems to have been to distract the elves of rivendell and neither of them actually posed as the Witch-king returned...
The lady is a different matter! Now the names i putnunder textual ghosts are from various sources... and there have been several carying interpretations who or what she may have been.The only solution i couldbthink of so far is that the blue grooch did belong to several different ladies through the centuries... and only eru knows who of them Bombadil had in mind when he spoke of that one specific beautiful person.--Haerangil (talk) 06:27, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
Okay thank you, but what about Amarthiel?