Minas Tirith Evening-Star
A Tolkien fanzine founded in 1967, possibly by the Tolkien wargaming club, Neo-Numenor. It had a lot of club- and real-world political discussion (this was the height of the Vietnam War era) which did not sit well with the editor, Phil Helms, who was a conscientious objector). He broke away from Neo-Numenor and founded a new club, Eldila, taking the Minas Tirith Evening-Star with him. He hoped that he could leave the politics behind.
One of the writers for the Minas Tirith Evening-Star was Frank Goddard, a college student who argued against having an organized club with officers at all. This caused a ruckus, but then it was announced that Goddard had been killed in an auto accident. But then it was rumored that he was still alive and a teen-aged actor was brought to a meeting as him, but few were fooled. It was later admitted that "Frank Goddard" had been a hoax all along.
When Phil Helms left for college he resigned the editorship.
The zine was later published by the American Tolkien Society continuing at least into the mid-2000s. Appendix was included in some issues and there were at least two issues of Letter-Zine containing a separate letter column. In 1987, Steven Deyo's fanzine Mythos was merged in.
|1.4||January 3, 1968|
|1.5||January 29, 1968|
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