Today in Middle-Earth: Gandalf and Pippin, riding on Shadowfax to Minas Tirith, see the war-beacons of Gondor lighting. (March 8th, 3019 T.A.).
'What is that?' cried Pippin suddenly, clutching at Gandalf's cloak. 'Look! Fire, red fire! Are there dragons in this land? Look, there is another!'
For answer Gandalf cried aloud to his horse. ‘On, Shadowfax! We must hasten. Time is short. See! The beacons of Gondor are alight, calling for aid. War is kindled.’
Today in Middle-Earth: Ents complete the destruction of Isengard (March 3rd, 3019 T.A.)
’We have worked hard; we have done more stone-cracking and earth-gnawing today than we have done in many a long year before. But it is nearly finished. When night falls do not linger near this gate or in the old tunnel! Water may come through – and it will be foul water for a while, until all the filth of Saruman is washed away. Then Isen can run clean again.’
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In addition to the great tools linked above, I’d recommend The New York Times' interactive feature on the Kepler Tally of exoplanets, which I’ve featured before.
Want more exoplanet goodness? I did a two-part video series for It’s Okay To Be Smart on YouTube: