ARCA 2006 --- an invitation to play
- [The following post falls outside the usual purview of this list, but is
being allowed in the spirit of Christmas. It does not represent any
change in list policy. Happy Holidays to all our members! CFH & PHW]
We (Ninniach and myself) would like to invite you all to have some fun
Do you dread the long days between Christmas and New Year? Are you
waiting for the moment when the last relative finally leaves your house
and at last you have some time to idle away? Can't you face yet another
repeat of Home Alone on the telly?
Come and play ARCA on Aglardh. ARCA is the Annual Riddle Contest on
Aglardh, and is presented this year for the first time, a little fun
and diversion from the serious study of Eldarin languages and the
search for those missing words and rules. The contest is very simple:
three separate riddles/puzzles have been posted in this thread:
All you have to do is save them/print them and resolve them... The
answer to each riddle is one attested word/name, so the full answer
will be 3 words. The person who gets them right and first posts these 3
words in a comment in the riddle-topic wins ARCA 2006 and deserves the
prizes, which are...
- an actual/real/material prize, in a true Hobbitish mathom-like
fashion, mailed to the address of the winner (if revealed to us)!
- the winner will be entitled to wear the title of Lady/Lord of Riddles
for the rest of her/his life:)
- will be invited to the making of the riddles next Christmas, as if
the contest is a success, we would like to make this a tradition
The winner will also be asked to post an explanation how the riddles
had been resolved. To resolve them you will need to have a fair
knowledge of the main Eldarin languages (or some good dictionaries:)),
a little knowledge of Middle-Earth's history, some imagination,
brain-racking and head-scratching, and love for puzzles.
Warning: the riddles may contain coinages and traces of other mishmash.
All the coinages (which are not numerous) are believed to be easily
decodable. Please do not flame us for historical accuracy etc. as it was
not an intention, the riddles were created for fun. We are happy to
discuss any problems or questions in a private message on Aglardh or
No animals were harmed during the process of riddle-making.
The riddles/puzzles were _meant_ to be tough, so there is no deadline
(although by next Christmas would be nice:)) --- but it is perfectly
possible that we have underestimated your genius and they will be
solved withing 2 hours of their posting... I only hope that you will
enjoy fiddling with them as much as we enjoyed concocting and making
I would like to wish you all Merry Christmas, peace and happiness, and
to thank you all for the interesting and highly enlightening
discussions on Aglardh, EldarinWiki, Elfling, Lambengolmor and across
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