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In proud support of

ProLiteracy Worldwide

Here is your opportunity to join hundreds of other Tolkien fans and participate
in a project that will span the Ages!
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Asaranna "Time's Gift"

"Asaranna is Sindarin for 'Time's Gift', because in all truth, a time capsule is just that: a gift of time. We who open them learn about the people and culture of when the time capsule was put together, and it is well known that knowledge is a precious gift, along with the fact that everything in the capsule is in itself a gift of the past to the future."
Brittany Rash

This Time Capsule will be commissioned in 2006 and sealed on July 3, 2006 in a special ceremony
at the Banquet event at the Gathering of the Fellowship Convention in Toronto, Canada.
  Once sealed, the Time Capsule will be donated to a local museum and remain locked and secure under their care and supervision, with explicit instructions that it is to be opened by
The Gathering of the Fellowship, 25 years in the future:

75th Anniversary of the Lord of the Rings, 2030

Will you be around in 25 years to share in this wonderful experience with Tolkien Fans of the future? Here is a way that you can: leave them something from the current Age in which we are living - this wonderful time when the words of the Professor became known throughout the world as never before.

All funds generated from this fundraising project will go to cover expenses related to the Time Capsule,
and any remaining proceeds will be used to fund the Gathering of the Fellowship Convention in 2006,
which is to benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide.

Thank you for your support!

Time Capsule Status
Updated: May 4, 2005


Capsule Capacity:
12.0 cubic feet
Space Already Used:
0.5 cubic feet
Space Available:
11.5 cubic feet









4% FULL                   



Noteworthy Contributions
Updated: April 4, 2005
Contributor:
Item:
Heren Istarion, the North East Tolkien Society
www.herenistarion.org
To The Professor:
Inspirations on the Question
Why Tolkien?
One of only two copies of a collection of stories from a variety of media—from poetry to prose, sketch to painting, article to song—that would endeavor to answer the question “Why Tolkien?”
The first copy will be presented to Tolkien’s heirs in England this August during Tolkien 2005.
For more details on this collection and information on how to contribute, visit Heren Istarion's website (click here). Please note that entries for this collection must be received no later than July 1st, 2005.




How to Make Contributions to the Time Capsule

Anyone may contribute any message or item to be placed in the Time Capsule, according to the rules, rates, and size restrictions outlined below. All contributions may be shipped or delivered to the Time Capsule Coordinator, and messages or documents will also be accepted electronically via the form below or by email.

Messages and Items
Cost (USD)
GANDALF'S LETTER
Basic Message - Any text up to 2 letter-size printed pages, approximately (but not limited to) 1,000 words. Graphics or art are not allowed.
$10
SCROLL OF MINAS TIRITH
Large Document - Any text or document, up to 25 letter-size printed pages, approximately (but not limited to) 12,500 words. Larger documents must be sent as packages. Graphics may be included. There is a $5 USD surcharge if you wish colour printing. Includes a basic message.
$25
LEMBAS WAFER
Small Package - Any sealed package with a volume measuring no larger than 50 cubic inches (820 cubic centimetres).* Includes a basic message.
$50
GALADRIEL'S GIFT
Large Package - Any sealed package with a volume measuring no larger than 200 cubic inches (3,300 cubic centimetres).* Includes a basic message.
$100
SAM'S BACKPACK
Very Large Package - Any sealed package with a volume measuring larger than 200 cubic inches (3,300 cubic centimetres).* Final fee will be negotiated once exact volume, package dimensions, and package contents are known. Includes a basic message.
Not less than $100
PALANTIR
Donated Special Item - Any item that, in the opinion of the Time Capsule Coordinator and the staff of the Gathering of the Fellowship, contributes a non-monetary value to the Time Capsule.
No fee

Click here to send a contribution for the Time Capsule!

Electronic Contributions
All contributors will be allowed a basic text-only message (Gandalf's Letter). These messages will be printed and bound together, and placed within the Time Capsule.

Any larger documents (Scroll of Minas Tirith) will also be printed, and bound together (to save space), and placed along with a CD-ROM (hope they'll be able to read it in 2030!) into the Time Capsule. There is a surcharge for colour printing ($5 USD) on large documents; unless paid, documents will be printed in black and white. Large documents may include graphics. Once it is sealed, all electronic copies outside of the Time Capsule will be discarded. The large documents must be submitted to the Time Capsule Coordinator electronically (either by email or a disk mailed in) to be processed this way. Any paper documents physically sent to us will be treated as packages (Lembas Wafer, Galadriel's Gift, or Sam's Backpack) and will cost more.

*Delivered Item Contributions
Items and packages (Lembas Wafer, Galadriel's Gift, Sam's Backpack, Palantir) sent to the Time Capsule Coordinator will be opened and inspected (for security reasons). Once sealed, packages may be of any shape, as long as they take no more space than the indicated restrictions, in cubic inches. The Gathering of the Fellowship reserves the right to re-package any item submitted so that it may be better accommodated within the limited space of the Time Capsule.

To make sure your item fits within the space limitations, take three length measurements of the package in inches (or centimetres) - the length, the width, and the height. Multiply the three measurements together (length X width X height) and the result is the volume of the package, in cubic inches (or cubic centimetres). The Time Capsule Coordinator will take similar measurements of the delivered item, and the Gathering of the Fellowship reserves the right to adjust the cost of the item if it does not fall within the volume restrictions paid for.

General Rules Regarding Contributions
All contributions to be included in the Time Capsule must have one or more of the following qualities:
  • Any of the published works of J.R.R. Tolkien, including The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, or a collection of such works.
  • Any published works whose subject matter deals directly with the published works of J.R.R. Tolkien, or related to the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, or a collection of such works.
  • Any unpublished work that is inspired by the published works of J.R.R. Tolkien, or related to the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, including essays, papers, commentaries, reviews, parodies, and fiction, or a collection of such works (including works that have appeared on internet websites and private or public message boards).
  • Any items created by inspiration from the published works of J.R.R. Tolkien, or related to the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, including art (of any medium, including electronic), weaponry and armour, clothing or costumes, games (of any kind, including electronic), and audio or video recordings of dramatic performances, reenactments, comedies, etc., or a collection of such items.
  • Any promotional merchandise derived from the published works of J.R.R. Tolkien, or related to the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, or a collection of such merchandise.
  • Any published or unpublished works relating to, or items created by inspiration from, or promotional merchandise derived from, The Lord of the Rings films by New Line Cinema, and directed by Peter Jackson, or a collection of such works or items or merchandise.
  • Any published or unpublished works relating to, or items created by inspiration from, or promotional merchandise derived from, fans or groups of fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, or of the fictional world created by J.R.R. Tolkien, or of The Lord of the Rings films by New Line Cinema, and directed by Peter Jackson, including records of gatherings, moots, photographs, competitions, social relationships, and special interests, or a collection of such works or items or merchandise.
  • Contributions as listed above should have a monetary, commemorative, or sentimental value associated with them.
Legal
  • Contributions may not have any offensive or suggestive material associated with them.
  • Contributions must not be in violation of any copyright or trademark (i.e. altered or modified unlawfully).
  • The Time Capsule Coordinator and the Gathering of the Fellowship (GOTF) reserves the right to reject any contribution as inappropriate to be included in the Capsule.
  • Once submitted to the GOTF, all contributions become the property of the GOTF, and may not be returned unless agreed to by the Time Capsule Coordinator and the GOTF Board of Directors. No contributions may be retrieved after the sealing of the Capsule. Refunds will not be given for Basic Messages (Gandalf's Letter); however, refunds for large documents or items will only be given at the time of the return of the contributed message or item.
  • A third party witness will oversee the sealing of the Time Capsule, taking into account the inventory of submitted messages, documents, and items, and signing off that all submissions have been included and properly accounted for. The sealing will take place on July 3, 2006, at the Banquet at the Gathering of the Fellowship Convention in Toronto.
  • Once sealed, the Time Capsule will be transported and donated to a local museum (to be announced) for their keeping until the opening ceremony in 2030. During this time after its sealing, the Time Capsule may be placed on exhibition at the museum's discretion.
  • All persons or organizations who make contributions to be sealed in the Capsule automatically give permission for their submitted messages or items to be published, displayed, or otherwise be made available to the public by the museum, the GOTF, or the current owner(s) of the Capsule at the time, after the Capsule is opened in 2030.
  • Once submitted to the Time Capsule, no guarantees whatsoever are implied regarding the future physical condition of the contribution, and the Time Capsule owners can make no assurances that contributions will not be destroyed, unreadable, or otherwise damaged because of the passage of time or the manner of storage within the Time Capsule.

If you have any questions regarding the Time Capsule, or the rules for Contributions,
please send an email to: timecapsule@gatheringofthefellowship.org


To send us a contribution for the Time Capsule, you MUST fill out this form!
Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Last Name
*
This information identifies you, and your contribution in the Time Capsule will be represented as having been contributed by the name that you indicate here. If you indicate a pseudonym, it will also be listed. If you wish to be anonymous, your name will not be listed or included anywhere within the Time Capsule.

If you're paying by PayPal, please ensure that the email address you specify is the same one that you have registered with PayPal.
First Name
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E-mail Address
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First & Last Name, Pseudonym/Screen Name" (default)
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an anonymous donor"


Mailing Address *
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This information will be kept confidential and will be used strictly for identification purposes. We respect your privacy, and we won't call you unless absolutely necessary. No information submitted to us will be shared with any other organization, including names, pseudonyms, locations, telephone numbers, or email addresses.

We may on occasion send out mass mailings (by email and/or post) with information that we believe might be of interest to you. If you do not wish to be on our mailing list, please indicate so in the additional comments field below.
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Country *
Telephone (Daytime)
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TIME CAPSULE CONTRIBUTION DETAILS
Please enter your message and document/item details:

Please select your contribution type:
Basic Message
Enter your Basic Message here (any text up to 2 letter-size pages, approximately (but not limited to) 1,000 words:


Description
Please describe your document or item:


Volume
Please indicate the approximate volume of your item:
cubic inches

Gandalf's Letter $10 USD
Basic Message Only - Any text up to 2 letter-size printed pages, approximately (but not limited to) 1,000 words.


Scroll of Minas Tirith $25 USD
Large Document - Any text or document, up to 25 letter-size printed pages, approximately (but not limited to) 12,500 words. Larger documents must be sent as packages. Graphics may be included.
Select this button for colour printing
(add  $5 USD)


Lembas Wafer $50 USD
Small Package - Any sealed package with a volume measuring no larger than 50 cubic inches (820 cubic centimetres).


Galadriel's Gift $100 USD
Large Package - Any sealed package with a volume measuring no larger than 200 cubic inches (3,300 cubic centimetres).


Sam's Backpack Not less than $100 USD
Very Large Package - Any sealed package with a volume measuring larger than 200 cubic inches (3,300 cubic centimetres). Final fee will be negotiated once exact volume and package dimensions are known.



Palantir No Fee
Donated Special Item - Any item that, in the opinion of the Time Capsule Coordinator and the staff of the Gathering of the Fellowship, contributes a non-monetary value to the Time Capsule.
If you wish to donate a special item, please contact the Time Capsule Coordinator directly at: timecapsule@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


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