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Shadows of the past

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Nov 12 2012, 12:48pm


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But I do remember (and have links to) some really brilliant responses to recurrent Tolkien questions. What's the proper response when one comes up again? Is it really a bad thing to post them, or should we just leave those brilliant insights buried? To me, it's a tribute to TORnsibs of the past to keep their insights alive. And some of these brilliant responses generated lengthy threads of discussion that are (to me) fascinating to follow. Mightn't newbies enjoy them? I certainly hope so!


Oh, I absolutely agree! I didn't intend to imply that these links should be avoided, and in fact, there are real gems from the way back machine and not so way back machine of TORn, if you'll forgive the mechanical analogies from my mind of metal and wheels. Wink

For example, in the recent thread Goldberry and similar historic examples (very interesting thread, btw; I hadn't thought about The Adventures of Tom Bombadil for eons), squire recently brought up a discussion from 2007 that addressed another read-between-the-lines interpretation. It was fascinating to read the varying takes on that bit in The Lay of Leithian, and yes, there were brilliant responses therein, e.g. the poetic form of aubade.


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On the Hobbit Movie board, folks do get a little tired of recurrent questions or "discoveries" that have been discovered many times before. We had this issue with the LotR movies, and never found a really satisfactory solution.


I definitely see the issues from The Hobbit and LOTR movie forums. I'm thinking that with regard to the RR, that when a "we have discussed this previously" link is provided, framing it up so that said link might engender new discussion is something to keep in mind. Generally, I think folks here do that (see example from the Goldberry thread). Personally, I am not at all put off by "we have discussed this before" posts, but it is possible that a newbie might be if the post with the link doesn't contain text that invites the newbie to further participate.


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One of the joys of Tolkien is that many things are not fully explained, but left open for interpretation, and we can interpret them for a long time without exhausting the topic!


As Obelix would say, Zigackly! I'm just throwing this possibility out here in the interest of ways to fan the flames of lively discussion.



A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~~ Henry David Thoreau



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What's next for the Reading Room? Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 10 2012, 7:09am
    Arda Reconstructed! Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Nov 10 2012, 5:49pm
    I'd love to... mandel Send a private message to mandel Nov 10 2012, 8:55pm
    It would be a good excuse to read it finally SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Nov 11 2012, 2:49am
        I wonder titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Nov 11 2012, 5:59am
        Participation in the Reading Room... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 11 2012, 7:25am
            I'm in the same boat as SirDennisC DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 11 2012, 10:17am
                A suggestion to get general chit chat in the RR DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 11 2012, 1:17pm
                    Some chapter discussions work that way. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 12 2012, 7:21am
                        Would it be more effective if it wasn't so structured? DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 12 2012, 8:54am
                    I think this is the way to go imin Send a private message to imin Nov 17 2012, 9:41am
        suggestion... Demosthenes Send a private message to Demosthenes Nov 11 2012, 11:02am
        An honest appraisal Tweezers of Thu Send a private message to Tweezers of Thu Nov 11 2012, 8:29pm
            10 Ways To Get More Posters into the Reading Room... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Nov 12 2012, 3:13am
                Heh, not sure Orlando is the carrot he once was SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Nov 12 2012, 4:34am
                    This is exactly the problem for me--not Orlando! But this: Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Nov 13 2012, 5:04am
                Some great ideas, some not so much. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 12 2012, 7:16am
                [Captain Picard] Engage! [/Captain Picard] Tweezers of Thu Send a private message to Tweezers of Thu Nov 12 2012, 12:22pm
            As a serial offender, I feel called to respond! Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 12 2012, 7:40am
                Shadows of the past Tweezers of Thu Send a private message to Tweezers of Thu Nov 12 2012, 12:48pm
                Old posts and new CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Nov 14 2012, 8:15pm
                    Very true... Morthoron Send a private message to Morthoron Nov 15 2012, 2:19am
                    A technical issue that might be relevant as well Rolfina Send a private message to Rolfina Nov 15 2012, 9:19am
                        The best place to discuss this issue is the Feedback Forum. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 15 2012, 7:37pm
    Well... Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Nov 11 2012, 2:03pm
        Personally, I love the idea of doing "The Fall of Arthur" Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Nov 11 2012, 2:14pm
            What's kept me out... Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Nov 11 2012, 2:27pm
                That's is a good thing to keep in mine for next spring! Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 12 2012, 7:53am
        I like this idea too DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Nov 11 2012, 2:56pm
    Why not Character profiles/ discussion? malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Nov 13 2012, 12:36pm
    Excellent Discussion Finwe Send a private message to Finwe Nov 17 2012, 4:52am
    thoughts here --> batik Send a private message to batik Nov 23 2012, 7:49pm
    Unfinished Tales elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Nov 26 2012, 5:55pm

 
 
 

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