Roger Edwards posted this on May 7th, 2012.
Categorized as editorial, lotro, Newbie Blogger Initiative Mind Your Language.
Full link: http://www.containsmoderateperil.com/newbie-blogger-initiative-mind-your-language/
In the UK, peoples attitudes towards profanity has radically changed over the last two decades. That’s not to say that its casual inclusion in common parlance is now de rigeur, but it has simply permeated the culture to such an extent, that it no longer has the potential to shock as much as it use to. Recently a member of the public had a conviction for swearing at a Police Officer overturned by a Judge on the grounds that “swearing at police is not a crime because they hear four letter words too frequently to be offended”. That ultimately is a separate issue, but I referenced it to demonstrate the ongoing changes in public sensibilities.
So, back to blogging. It is by its very nature a very personal and at times emotive activity. There may well be occasions when you wish to express yourself quite forcefully or feel such intense emotion, you wish to use profanity. As the master of your own destiny, you have to make that decision yourself, but it does inevitably come with consequences. Because some people really do take offence at it. In extreme cases it may lead to you losing readers. Even if you have written the most illuminating of posts, the inclusion of some colloquial Anglo-Saxon terms will upset some people and they will not be able to see beyond it. I am not saying if this is right or wrong. It’s a people issue and it needs to be considered and then offset against the old adage that you cannot please everyone. Read the rest of this entry »
The Starry Mantle posted this on May 7th, 2012.
Categorized as Battle of the Five Armies, brown, cloak, Collections, cosmetic, crafted, culture, Elf-swain, festival, Hunter, light armour, medallion, medium armour, orange, outfits, reputation, scout, seasonal, token, world drop.
Full link: http://starrymantle.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/battle-of-the-five-armies-bow-master-of-thranduil/
In late November, IIIA 2941, the dragon Smaug the Golden was slain by Bard the Bowman of Esgaroth. Smaug had been occupying the dwarf-halls of the Lonely Mountain for nearly two hundred years, and with his death his vast hoard of treasure was left unguarded. Thorin, the rightful heir to the throne of Erebor, claimed the treasure, but the Men of Esgaroth, with Bard conducting negotiations for the Master of Lake-town, also claimed a portion of the treasure as reparations for the destruction of their town and stocks and as were-gild for the townsfolk who were killed by the dragon. The Elvenking of the Woodland Realm, Thranduil, also set out to seize the treasure, believing there was no one left alive with a claim to it; but when he heard of the plight of the Lake-men, his army turned aside to aid them. When negotiations failed and an army of dwarves from the Iron Hills under the command of Dáin Ironfoot arrived to reinforce Thorin, it appeared that battle would erupt with the dwarves on one side and the men and elves on the other. Yet these three Free Peoples remembered their friendship and united once again when two further armies arrived to seize the treasure: the goblins and wargs of the Misty Mountains.
Read the rest of this entry »