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Welcome to the Realm of Aulë the Smith
Here, you will find a smaller community within the Council of Elrond – one that is based on the traits of the Vala Aulë – one that is centered around creativity, honesty, skill, and humor. Feel free to browse through the Realm ‘Charter’, where you can learn exactly what a Realm is and does, as well as taking a look in ‘Valar Info’ about Aulë the Smith himself. If what you see strikes your fancy, you may join the Realm of Aulë and become part of a very special community! If you’re already a member of this realm, be sure to come by the Realm of Aulë forum and participate in an RP, give ideas for Realm activities, help write a parody, and just generally get to know your fellow members and leaders. Above all, have fun, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Tulcadhiel_Greenleaf, the head of this Realm.
WANTED: Simply put, fun, active friendly members. We are a small but welcoming community here on CoE that are eager for new and active members. So go ahead, don’t be afraid to click that “Join” button if you think this realm might be for you, and jump into a great realm! The Members of the Realm of Aulë would like to recognize the following April Birthdays! LOTRGek 16th And May! birthdays: pitya, 15th Edraitheru_Melannen, 19th Tulcadhiel_Greenleaf, 26th Happy birthday wishes to you all!
Current Realm Games, Contests and Discussions
|New Members–Post here!– A good place to start as a newbie and get talking to others!Religions… What path do we follow? – Tell us what religion you study/follow|
Only the Wrong Answer – GAME – This is a trivia game where wrong answers is accepted… but only wrong answers. Word Association – GAME – How we play this is one person says a word then the next posts a word that that other word made them think of. Where are we from?– tell about your hometown! Three Letter Chain – GAME – Use three letters from the previous word to write another. Auler’s Inn 2008-2009– an interesting, lively, rpg centered around Aule…join in today or have fun reading the posts. Caption Contest – CONTEST – Place your funniest caption below the featured clip from LotR LotR Trivia – Trivia in which anyone can ask Show off your Art – Have a bit of artwork you’re proud of? Show off here! Any medium accepted for showing off LotR MOVIE character Discussion – A topic in which you may say why you admire some character from the movies and why
Aulë the Smith
The name Aulë means "the smith". He was called Mahal by the dwarves.
Aulë was one of the most powerful Valar, and was counted among the Aratar ("High Ones of Arda") - eight of the Valar who held chief power and reverence. His spouse was Yavanna, the "Giver of Fruits." He dwelled in great mansions that he built in the center of Valinor.
He was given much skill and knowledge by Ilúvatar, and was Lord over all substances of which Arda was made (stones, gems, mountains, metals, and soil). He fashioned all the lands of Arda in keeping with the vision that Ilúvatar had given to the Valar.
Aulë was known for his skill, creativity, knowledge, honesty, humor, and faithfulness. He loved all works of skill, no matter how large or small, but he was never jealous of another's work. He took great pride in what he did, but did not want to keep it for himself, and never hoarded what he created. Rather, he spread the knowledge of Arda given to him, and used his abilities to help the other Valar.
Aulë was often compared to Melkor, for both were alike in their thoughts and powers. Both wanted to create things "of their own that should be new and unthought by others, and delighted in the praise of their skill." There was often great strife between the two, as Melkor would ruin many of the things Aulë created. Melkor was jealous of Aulë, for because Aulë remained faithful to Ilúvatar, his creations were accepted and praised by the other Valar. Melkor on the other hand, created only out of greed, selfishness, envy, and mockery, whereas Aulë created for the benefit of all.
The Maia of Aulë was Sauron, who eventually turned to serve Melkor. Aulë also chose the Istari Curumo to go to Middle Earth, who later was known as Saruman the White.
Aulë was also a teacher, and instructed the Noldor, to whom he was always a friend, in many things. His greatest pupil among the Noldor was none other than Fëanor, who created the Silmarils with knowledge he gained from Aulë. Even after the Flight of the Noldor, Aulë was ever their friend.
Aulë wrought the Lamps of the Valar (Illuin and Ormal) in the beginning of the world. Later, after the Lamps were destroyed by the forces of Melkor, he built the vessels of the sun and moon to give light to the Children of Ilúvatar. This way, the fruit of the Two Trees could be preserved for all time.
Among his other notable creations was Angainor, the indestructible chain that bound Melkor.
Aulë, wanting someone to teach his craft to, and unable to wait until the First Children awoke, created the race of the Dwarves in secret. When Ilúvatar confronted Aulë, Aulë offered his creation to Ilúvatar and he took pity on the dwarves because Aulë did not desire to rule them, but rather to teach them and have them too perceive the beauty of Arda. However, Ilúvatar did not want the Dwarves to inhabit Arda before the Elves, so Aulë put the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves to sleep in mountains, until such time when Ilúvatar would allow them to awake.
Information taken from J.R.R. Tolkien's Valaquenta, and The Silmarillion.
Realm of Aulë Charter
Aulë the Smith was one of the most powerful of the Valar, and was known for his unbounded creativity, faithfulness, generosity, humor, and skill. He created wonderous things in Arda, all for the benefit of others, and he took great pride in his work. In the Realm of Aulë, we hope to manifest his traits in all that we do.
The good of the Council of Elrond is what we all strive for, first and foremost. Realms are meant to be individualized communities within the Council of Elrond, each with its own traits and activities. The purpose of Realms is to provide a means for interaction between people on the site, to present new opportunities to its members, to have fun, and to help build the community. In that spirit, there will be no aggressive or untoward competitiveness between Realms, name calling, or otherwise inappropriate or divisive behavior allowed.
You may do one of the following if you wish to identify yourself with a Realm: You may either mention in your signature that you are a member of the Realm of Aulë, OR you may include a small Realm insignia in your signature. You may not do both. If you mention your Realm in your signature, you may not put down other Realms, or boast about your own being the best. You do not have to make mention of your Realm affiliation in your signature.
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All normal site and forum rules apply to the Realms. Anyone found breaking the aforementioned rules would cause their Realm to lose points, and face the possibility of being kicked out of their Realm.
The following actions can get you kicked out of a Realm:
- Breaking any of the Site/Forum rooms repeatedly
- Starting a fight/argument, either with internal Realm members, or members of another Realm
- Acting rude or offensive to any other Realm member
- Ignoring requests to follow the rules
- Excessive negativity, or unwillingness to abide by the Realm charter
- Anything else that might disrupt the Realm environment or make other members feel uncomfortable
The Admin of the Realm will make the final decision about removing a member from the Realm of Aulë.
Another unique feature of the Realms are Realm Points. For every CoE point a member earns (see 'My Account' for points information), their Realm also earns a point. At the end of a given period, the Realm with the most points will be recognized on the main page, and its members given a special insignia below their avatars. However, unlike site points, Realm points can be deducted if a member breaks any site or Realm rules.
There will be two leaders serving beneath the Admin of the Realm. One is appointed, one is elected, and both serve 3-month terms. Each leader may not serve more than two terms.
Realm leaders may be removed at the behest of the Admin for the following reasons:
- Neglecting their duties to the Realm
- Not getting things done in a timely fashion
- Trying to take the Realm in a direction not suited for its purpose
- Flaunting your authority to other members of the Realm and CoE at large
- Bragging about their 'leader' status
- Giving special treatment or showing favoritism to their friends
- Discouraging members from joining other realms
- Acting contrary to the charter of the Realm of Aulë
Realm leaders, in addition to following all Site and Forum rules, should be able to work together with their entire Realm, as well as the leaders of other Realms. They should be able to see to their Realm duties nearly on a daily basis. Members who become Realm leaders will be those who have the “for the good of the council” attitude at all times.
- Silmarillion Parody
Since Aulë was known partially for his good humor, parodying some of the great works of the Valar could prove interesting!
- Newsletter Activities
Aulë loved to share his skills and spread knowledge to all, so by helping with the Newsletter (gathering articles, finding ideas, writing editorials), we can share what we know with the rest of CoE
- Download Section
Creativity and works of skill were what Aulë was best known for. By encouraging submissions, holding competitions for a featured download, and promoting our own works, we can follow in Aulë's footsteps
If you feel like you identify with the traits of the Vala Aulë, and are looking for a wonderful Realm experience, then the Realm of Aulë the Smith is definitely for you! Feel free to join our Realm, and check out all the activities in the Realm forum. We're looking forward to having you!
Welcome to the Realm of Aulë the Smith!
November 3rd, 2008
The months seem to be absolutely speeding by! Along with the American election that a lot of people have their eyes on, Aule is going to be electing a new realm leader at the end of this month. Tell us who you'd like to see as the next leader or even nominate yourself.
Things have been a bit slow in the Aule forums as of late, but that can always change! We have had several new members recently and are always ready to welcome more. This realm page is currently getting updated and modified as well so you can know whats going on:)
September 13th, 2008
Well, the realm is running along fine. We've had some new members, and a new realm leader, Merides, as well. The months seem to fly by on here and we're already getting into fall! One thing I want you to be reminded of: Most of us (esp. Americans) will remember the events of the 11th seven years ago. 9/11 was just two days ago, and I would like to talk a moment just to remember those at the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and on flight 93. A huge thanks goes out as well to those who are fighting overseas for our freedom.
July 2, 2008
Aule has finally found it's next leader! Please welcome back Merides (for those of you who don't know, she used to go by RodwenofRohan). You'll see Merides around the forum, and I'm sure she'll do well:)
June 26, 2008
I would like to welcome to new members to the realm! We're are growing really well, and are having a great time in our forums. However, right now is that time that we start looking for a new realm leader. Wizards_Pupil has been with us since March when I came and has done a fabulous job! Her term is up now though and we need a new one. We have a thread for this in the forum or pm me and tell me if you would like to nominate anyone.
May 26, 2008
Yay! It's may. Today is my 16th birthday! I am officially the youngest in Aule, not to mention being the head. I'd also like to welcome our newest member,
In terms of activities, we need to get something going. I don't really care what, just something big and exciting. ANYONE is allowed to submit ideas! Don't be shy. We're supposed to be the creative realm, right? Let's show everyone what we're made of.
May 9, 2008
Oh my goodness. May already, and we're celebrating 2 member birthdays this month, including my own! We're having fun in the game forum...let's keep shaking things up! Also, welcome to our newest member, Passepartout!
April 17, 2008
Having a good April? We are! The realm of Aule has welcomed some awesome new members and we're having fun over in our games and rpg forum. Check out fun things such as the name game, the song parody contest, caption contest, and the game of pants (also titled The Wonderfully Fun Game of...). If you're down, just hop over there and we can have you giggling, laughing, or guffawing in mintues!:)
April 10, 2008
Wow. It seemed like I just updated, but I guess time has been going fast. Hope all members are having a great spring! Oh, and you'll notice our new banner--thanks to our awesome leader, Wizards_Pupil--now displayed on the front page. You might be wondering why the door to Moria is on it; it's because Aule "made" the dwarves, remember? If not, go click on "Info" at the top and it'll fill you in. So you see, our new image works great, and if you have any feedback please let us know!:)
April 2, 2008
Happy April Fool's Day! Just kidding--that was yesterday, and that was a really lame joke. Anyways, if you have a joke that was actually funny, stop by in the forum and tell us! Also, right now we're working on some changes to the realm--let us know what you think. Oh, and like the tunes? You'll notice our new player at the bottom of the page--it should turn on automatically but if you don't hear "Concerning Hobbits" playing, then crank up the volume:)
March 29, 2008
So far, the realm has been coming along well and we've had some new members. Also, please welcome our new realm leader, Wizards_Pupil, who you will see helping me around in the forums. Oh, and don't forget April fools day is coming up--Since one of Aule's traits is humor, let's see what our creative members come up with:)
March 13, 2008
A warm hello from your new realm leader, Tulcadhiel_Greenleaf (or Tulca, as you can call me). I'm so excited to be your new realm leader, so hop on over to the forums to learn more about me, have some fun, and keep our awesome realm alive! Please feel free to pm me with any questions or concerns you might have:
February 19th 2008
Hello from Arthwen, head of this realm. I have stepped down and am no longer head. I will still be here on occasion to see how things are but I don’t know how much longer I will stay in this realm… If you wish to become head of this realm please contact LadyCeleborn.
Please look at the forum index for the realm and there you will see that I have given those who volunteered jobs. Please congratulate RodwenofRohan, she has taken the spot as leader in place of Slina whom we have not seen in forever. There are still plenty of new games that need to be played. Come and check it out. November 22nd
A quick Happy Holidays. I say Holidays and not Thanksgivings as Thanksgiving’s not as happy for the people that were here first.
The United American Indians of New England web reminds us, "Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience."
The news of this week is I finally got around to editing the member list and this news page. Thank you for returning here after the big messup. I had to go back a ways so there’s some news not here that was a bit ago but… mistakes happen. I am going to be updating all the current events to actually being current! *gaspshock* Rock on Aule!
Hello again! Since I am too excited about getting my birthday present into my computer (2GB of Memory) I have decided to do some changes to this. I have sent out the PMs warning about the MEMBERLIST PURGE. If you are a member, I hope you have put your name there. If you are not a member and want to be, join today and you do not have to worry about getting immediatly booted. We could always use some newbies posting around here. It may seem slow and dead but it's not... thanks to a handfull of very devoted members. :o) I will keep you updated on what's going on. If you want to know where to post you're name, check your CoE mailbox! ;o)
The Realm is currently undergoing a major change. We have just reorganized the forum for better understanding of where topics go and where you can find the topic you were just involved with. Arthwen_Eruwaedhiel, the head of this realm, has been trying to get people active in this realm for over a year. "There has been some ups and down in how many times the Realm Members are on... but I will never give up!" With this statement she tries to learn HTML so that she can do the news... so far so good. Arthwen, the writer of this section, is hoping to not have to rely on others to change the news. WARNING to current members! The member's list is going to be purged. I, Arthwen, will be sending a PM to everyone with details here shortly. Please continue to look here, at the news page, for updates! I will be adding more News once I have figured HTML out. :o) Have a nice day!
It's that time again! The Realm is currently accepting nominations for our new leaders, so if there's anyone you'd like to see as a Realm leader, hurry over and turn in your nominations! You can find the link to it above, as well as here: Realm Leader nominations. January 22nd
The Realm has plenty of new activities as well as quite a few old ones that are still going on. You can find the links to everything above in the new activies section on this page. It would be greatly appreciated if you could help out with the newsletter, and if you can get a hold of the book, the book club would really like to be able to get going again. The contests are also anxiously awaiting more entries or votes, the RPGs still need players to get them going, and the other activities could stand to be faster, so pick a few activities and jump on in! November 22nd
Congratulations to our new Realm Leaders, Feouran_Malkatan and Slina! Also, we have plenty of activities going on right now. The Creativity Contest and the Inter-realm Parody Contest are still going, and could still use some entries. Also, Secret Auler and the Silly Story are both well on their way! The Caption Contest is now voting here, so stop by if you haven't voted yet. And finally, we're looking into starting a new RP, but we need more participants before we can get started. Stop by this thread if you're interested or have any ideas. October 10th
We are now having a Realm Leader Poll. Please Vote today! The poll is located here. September 28th
Contests, and lots of them!
There are many new contests going on right now. The caption contest located here, the Creativity Contest, and then on Wednesday the 4th of October starts the Inter-realm Parody Contest. There are also a couple of new Games to be played in the Smith’s Hammer section of Aule Forums. The games are Trivia, and Word Association. Finally there are a couple of PM games too such as Silly Story and soon the Secret Auler. Come have a look today! September 4th
Please welcome Arthwen_Eruwaedhiel to Aulë as the newest Realm Head. Congratulations! Please see her introductory topic here
Please welcome Arthwen_Eruwaedhiel to Aulë as the newest Realm Head. Congratulations! Please see her introductory topic here here May 6th
The Realm is currently sponsoring an Inter-Realm Parody Contest along with the Humor Section. Stop by the forum to view details of the contest and to help participate!
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