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Having grown up in a small town (Before Television took hold)

Kangi Ska
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May 28 2010, 11:35pm


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There were only one or two sets in town when I was in second grade and they only got two rather snowy channels. The big event was a community movie projected on a screen strung up on the outside of the meat market and benches assembled from sawhorses and planks on the empty lot next door. This happened each Saturday night. The High School band would play from 7:30 till dark and then the silver screen lit up. I saw King Kong my first time there on that wall under the summer stars with all of my friends and neighbors. Everyone knew everyone else by name and personal history. It was a lot like Hobbiton with electric lights and telephones (Long distance was expensive so rarely was anyone out of town contacted) All of the problematic things you listed were there and much more but so were many many good things. This is probably why I identify so heavily with Hobbiton and the start of LotR. When Tolkien took me off on the big adventure I was enthralled. By the time he brought me back. I had returned home from Viet Nam and things had changed. Some of the problems I came back too were different than those of the Shire others were the same. Misuse of the land, greed, corruption, drugs an endless war that was taking my friends lives or destroying their sanity. We tried to revolt. We grew our hair long and marched against segregation and the war. We got clubbed, gassed and arrested and at last things looked like they were going to change for the better. But my little town was gone. It was part of the world now.

Kangi Ska

There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...There is no place like the Shire...

At night one cannot tell if crows are black or white.


Man on Fire

(This post was edited by Kangi Ska on May 28 2010, 11:39pm)

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In the first chapter, we learn some disturbing facts about Bilbo's fellow hobbits. Curious Send a private message to Curious May 28 2010, 4:30pm
    Very interesting Lord of Magic Send a private message to Lord of Magic May 28 2010, 5:19pm
    Humorous mischief CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG May 28 2010, 5:27pm
        Yes, "disturbing" might be too strong. Curious Send a private message to Curious May 28 2010, 6:25pm
    I live in a pretty isolated rural area... weaver Send a private message to weaver May 28 2010, 7:20pm
        I remember visiting a small town Curious Send a private message to Curious May 28 2010, 8:25pm
            Heh, it's like AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Jun 1 2010, 11:38pm
                Or like Oxford, where Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 2 2010, 2:04pm
                I often think I grew up in a Hobbit-like village Twit Send a private message to Twit Jun 8 2010, 1:48pm
    "I do nothing but steal umbrellas. I am so very sorry!" N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand May 28 2010, 7:44pm
    I love your last paragraph: Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath May 28 2010, 10:51pm
    Having grown up in a small town (Before Television took hold) Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska May 28 2010, 11:35pm
        Wow. Curious Send a private message to Curious May 29 2010, 11:42am
    Why was I not disturbed? squire Send a private message to squire May 29 2010, 12:34am
        Tolkien does not resent the simple hobbits. Curious Send a private message to Curious May 29 2010, 11:18am
            Is it simplicity, or sinning, that makes us vulnerable to evil powers? squire Send a private message to squire May 29 2010, 12:00pm
                Sinning makes us vulnerable. Curious Send a private message to Curious May 29 2010, 6:09pm
                    If you need the Higher Powers FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jun 9 2010, 7:51am
                        Not true in Middle-earth. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 9 2010, 11:15am
                            Even in Middle-earth FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jun 9 2010, 2:06pm
                                I think that's one reason Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 9 2010, 4:03pm
                                    Tolkien didn't delay FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jun 10 2010, 1:19am
                                        Once LotR achieved success, Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 10 2010, 7:42am
                                            It's hard to say FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jun 10 2010, 1:12pm
                                                Tolkien as perfectionist delaying Silmarillion CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jun 10 2010, 2:44pm
                                                    Quite true. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 10 2010, 4:10pm
                                                I don't Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 10 2010, 4:02pm
                                                    You may be right. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jun 11 2010, 10:45pm
                                                        It's letter 153. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 12 2010, 6:47pm
            Hobbit Habits PhantomS Send a private message to PhantomS May 31 2010, 3:41pm
    Let;s try again sador Send a private message to sador Jun 2 2010, 9:13am
        Millers bullied Tolkien in real life CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jun 2 2010, 12:27pm
        Good point about Bilbo. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 2 2010, 2:26pm
    That's interesting dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jun 2 2010, 6:07pm
        Elsewhere in the thread Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 2 2010, 6:19pm
            Yes, sorry dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Jun 2 2010, 6:35pm
                Good point about Lobelia. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Jun 9 2010, 7:39am
                Lobelia paid a terrible price. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jun 9 2010, 12:06pm

 
 
 

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