We hope this reaches you all well. Within this newsletter we
would like to address three matters of importance within the
Northeast Tolkien Society community. The current crisis Heren
Istarion is in, Award nominees (two names noted on TCG.com and a certain calendar guy ,
Heren Istarion is in crisis
As many of your know, Jessica and I have been running the society almost
single-handedly for the past 5 years. We have always managed to keep the
society afloat, and have always managed to keep things running smoothly—if
sometimes a bit behind schedule: until now. Heren Istarion: The Northeast
Tolkien Society is in crisis. Jessica and I have never pretended that we
envisioned a society with over-flowing coffers. Yet, we had hoped that
the society would be able to make its own ends meet even halfway.
However, if we cannot manage a solution, Jessica and I may have to close
In an attempt to save Heren Istarion, we have opened our closets,
ransacked our attic, put needle to thread, and re-opened our Marketplace
on herenistarion.org. We have also had gracious donations from
individuals and organizations with which to add to the kitty. We will be
offering items for direct purchase and for raffle. All items for sale or
raffle are open to members and non-members alike.
Raffles are $5 per chance. Each item listed for raffle will have a target
fundraising goal indicated in the item description. We will also indicate
how far along our goals have been met with a raffle goal meter. Currently
the meters note “No Raffles Sold” but as we progress we will note that on
each meter. Please note, if we don’t meet our target fundraising goal by
the closing date of the raffle, we do reserve the right to extend the
closing date until the goals are met.
Currently we have back issues of our journal, “Parma Nölé,” for direct
purchase only. Jessica has agreed to open up her sewing box, donate and
create several embroidered pillows, which I can attest are marvelous. I
was the first recipient of one of her embroidered eye-pillows, and I can’t
sleep without it. Time permitting, she has plans for several larger
pillows which we hope to post for raffle later this year.
We will be adding to our current raffles, so please check the site for
updates—especially all of you LotR collectors out there. We have quite a
LotR collection, which we’ll be putting up for raffle. Much of what we’ll
be parting with is LotR film memorabilia. Where else can you get a chance
to win some amazing LotR collectibles for just $5?
We are also open to donations, and every little bit will help us to keep
the society running. All proceeds from the raffle of these items will be
utilized to help in the operational costs of Heren Istarion: The Northeast
Tolkien Society (i.e. publication, printing, & shipping of the journal,
website services, etc.).
Donations and raffle purchases can be sent via check or money order made
payable to Jessica Burke & sent snail mail to 110 Patten Street, SI NY
10307. We will also be accepting Paypal, sent to HerenIstarion@yahoo.com.
If sending via Paypal please note “Heren Istarion Fundraising” in the
subject or purchase notes.
Please visit our Marketplace for complete details.
2) 2nd annual Northeast Tolkien Society Awards:
The Imperishable Flame
Thank you to everyone who voted for the three winners of the 2005/06
Imperishable Flame Awards. These awards are designed to recognize and
honor the leaders in Tolkien/Inklings Studies, Inspired Creativity, and
Fan Community Achievements. All winners are voted by readers of
To begin the 2nd Annual Award Nomination process we spoke with last year's
winners to get their thoughts on who should be nomintated for the 2006/07
See what each of the 2006/07 award winners had to say in a special section
entitled "Catching up with..." plus the nominees for the 2006/07 awards
THE POLLS ARE NOT YET OPEN WE ARE STILL ROUNDING OUT OUR NOMINEE LIST--IF
YOU FEEL SOMEONE SHOULD BE NOMINATED SEND YOUR VOTE TO:
NOMINEES FOR THE 2006/07 IMPERISHABLE FLAME AWARDS:
Category 1: Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship:
Michael Drout (Tolkien Encyclopedia,The Modern Scholar)
Diana Pavlac Glyer (The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien as
Writers in Community)
Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
Category 2: Tolkien/Inklings Inspired Creativity
Carvin Knowles/Jon Anderson "In Elven Lands"
James Dunning: 40 Years of Tolkien Art
Category 3: Tolkien/Inkling Fan Community Award
Neil Holford, TolkienBooks.net
Jeremy Edmonds "The Tolkien Collectors Guide"
Pieter Collier and Hyarion (Organizers Children Of Hurin Release Party)
Phil Goss "The Compleat Gyde to Tolkien Calendars"