Apr 16 2013, 7:55pm
I am in the same boat as you CG
I really don't make a very good Tolkien fanatic (the origin of the word "fan," I am reminded) since I haven't read HOME, but I've tried, and it just became a dry journey through "And then my father scribbled this note in a margin and crossed out that." I confessed the weakness of my faith to a literature professor who was also a fan(atic), and he confided that he too couldn't plow through "Tolkien's unpolished prose," that it seemed to detract from the published, polished writing that we enjoy. And the Tuor part in particular, while filling in some gaps for me about a character I like and wish I knew more about, seemed a little odd with those Noldorin lamps in the tunnels that sounded more like a science fiction device than anything that belonged in Middle-earth. I got distracted by things like that that didn't seem to fit very well or seemed rough in the description, because JRR, of course, was excellent about describing things, and finding him less so was dismaying. I didn't go so far as wailing and gnashing my teeth, but I was dismayed.
But, I have to say that your post on Miriel, Ardamire, really inspired me to tackle HOME again, because there are just too many good things I've missed out on. And with so many well-educated people to discuss them with, I think I'll do a lot better.
After reading LOTR at light-speed two decades ago I voraciously bought and read EVERYTHING else I could find by JRRT...but hit a bit of a wall. I think at the time I was simply so enamored of LOTR that the other works were too distant to enjoy fully, especially as you say with difference of style as well. Within the last ten years Sil has become so close to my heart and I simply 'get' more out of it, possibly because of the time that has evolved since absorbing LOTR, absorbing the films, and thus as a result wanting more of the ME world. Of course just when I wanted to read them all again (Letters, HoME and CoH) - out of storage they came, all ruined with water! Rrrrrgh. Am now replacing and have been loving Letters (which used to seem dry, not so anymore) will be rereading the others...
.... and on that note I agree with you and with our many well-read friends here on TORn I think the perusal will be much more worthwhile this time around, considering how much depth and uniqueness of ideas we have seen so far just in the Sil discussions. More grokking all around... which sounds like passing orc-liquor around or belching frogs, really.
Hell hath no fury like a Dragon who is missing a cup.
(This post was edited by Brethil on Apr 16 2013, 7:58pm)