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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Who, who, who would you like next in the Reading room?
Poll: Who, who, who would you like next in the Reading room?
Gaffer Gamgee
the Witch King
Tom Bombadil
Someone else?
View Results (26 votes)

Ethel Duath

Apr 18, 10:46pm

Post #1 of 23 (14766 views)
Who, who, who would you like next in the Reading room? Can't Post

 We've been doing LOTR (book) character explorations and are on Denethor currently.

Is there someone you've been hankering to delve into? Insights you're dying to share? A favorite you've been longing to highlight?

Let us know! It doesn't mean you'll be tapped to lead a discussion. It's just an idea to see where the most interest lies.

Please name anyone else you would like to see discussed in replies to this post.

(This post was edited by dernwyn on May 11, 9:35pm)


Apr 19, 1:33am

Post #2 of 23 (14675 views)
Um, Eomund? [In reply to] Can't Post

At first I thought that was a little too obscure a character for even the Reading Room, but then I looked at the list and thought, just maybe, that a mistake had been made.

Thanks for doing this!

Ethel Duath

Apr 19, 2:12am

Post #3 of 23 (14671 views)
Ah yes, I did mean Eomer. Too much in a hurry between [In reply to] Can't Post

2 new students. Perhaps I should have included Theodred!
I'll put Eomer in a reply to my initial post.
Thanks for the catch!

Ethel Duath

Apr 19, 2:14am

Post #4 of 23 (14669 views)
Adding Eomer. Vote in replies to this post. // [In reply to] Can't Post



May 3, 4:59pm

Post #5 of 23 (14287 views)
I voted 'Saruman' [In reply to] Can't Post

We could dust off this suggested programme.

In recent discussions we've used the last week to view the character as they appear from texts outside the LOTR story itself (e.g. Appendices, and in this case the UT Istiri chapter, and other places Tolkien might have written something relevant about Saruman). That could simply be added as a fifth week.


May 11, 12:52am

Post #6 of 23 (14098 views)
Did we do Frodo? [In reply to] Can't Post

if so, can someone link me the discussion? Thank you!

Ethel Duath

May 11, 2:06am

Post #7 of 23 (14093 views)
Not Frodo yet. [In reply to] Can't Post

We've just started on these character discussions. It was always the books in general, or the Hobbit, etc. before this. Smile


May 11, 2:23am

Post #8 of 23 (14097 views)
ok thanks! Frodo should be added in the poll then. :) [In reply to] Can't Post


Ethel Duath

May 11, 4:05pm

Post #9 of 23 (14080 views)
Yes, you're right! I actually intended to include him. [In reply to] Can't Post

Off the ask the admins! Smile

Forum Admin / Moderator

May 11, 9:36pm

Post #10 of 23 (14075 views)
There he is! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not sure if you can vote for him, if you've already voted, though.

Ethel Duath

May 11, 11:47pm

Post #11 of 23 (14071 views)
Thanks so much!! [In reply to] Can't Post



May 15, 2:04am

Post #12 of 23 (13988 views)
Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

but alas, i have voted already.
Do you know when we will know the result of the poll and when the next character discussion will take place? Thank yoU!

Ethel Duath

May 15, 4:41pm

Post #13 of 23 (13968 views)
You can vote just by sticking it in the subject line, and [In reply to] Can't Post

I know that's a definite vote for you.
I'm hoping anyone that wants to add their vote for Frodo, or anyone that wants to add a name will juts stick it in a subject line on here. Smile

Ethel Duath

May 15, 4:45pm

Post #14 of 23 (13971 views)
Oh, and I'm not sure when the next one is--not sure who [In reply to] Can't Post

might want to take the leap to organize it either. I think a week or 2 break would be good to clear the air a bit, and also see if anyone else would like to take a turn to organize the next one. I'll be happy to keep up with the voting, and coax some more responses, if necessary. Smile


May 18, 10:37am

Post #15 of 23 (13862 views)
Notes from an ex-organiser [In reply to] Can't Post

Firstly, it is important to say that the character discussions so far have been a triumph.Heart Everyone who has been actively involved deserves the congratulations and appreciation of the forum. Heart

Anyone who thinks about what has been achieved will realise that the long, through, knowledgable, non-dogmatic and insightful starter posts which have been so enjoyable here -- and so different from much online Tolkien fandom these days -- are not something that can done in an hour, or even an afternoon. It's a wonderful achievement by very talented and generous people.

And of course everyone is a volunteer.

So it is entirely natural that we tire the small group who are willing and able to organise things at any one time, or to act as chapter leaders.

These projects should keep on being fun for organisers and chapter leaders -- as well as people who reply to any discussion, or just lurk and read what is provided -- because the fun is the healthy motivation for doing it.

So I think it is a good idea to take a break whenever needed.

And for new people willing to help organise or otherwise contribue to come forwards, if they were hesitating to do so or didn't realise that would be useful.


May 18, 6:08pm

Post #16 of 23 (13856 views)
Fanarchy in the UK [In reply to] Can't Post

while we sort his out democratically, I hope you don't mind a proposal to 'do' Saruman
My thought is that it would be a decent stop-gap, and the advantage of this forum being a fanarchy is that anyone can just get something started.

Ethel Duath

May 18, 10:35pm

Post #17 of 23 (13845 views)
Not a bad idea! If we get enough post-ers, I say go for it. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm dying to do Treebeard, though, sometime--although I'm sure it wouldn't be a very long set of discussions. He just is one of my favorites. Evil


May 19, 12:06am

Post #18 of 23 (13843 views)
Two for Treebeard [In reply to] Can't Post

That makes two of us. I'm all for reading Treebeard after Saruman and am going to work up a tentative schedule. I'm thinking two or three sections should do it.


May 19, 3:51pm

Post #19 of 23 (13819 views)
Or Frodo and Sam together as nearly a BOGOF? [In reply to] Can't Post

Frodo and Sam are almost always interacting, and if we 'did' Frodo without Sam, I think it would feel artificial and be difficult to do Sam afterwards without lots of repetition.

But if we do them together we can naturally and efficiently cover what is arguably LOTR's most important relationship.

No less a writer and critic than Urslua LeGuin has suggested that Frodo and Sam are like two aspects of one character -- it would be interesting to see if we agree. She's bound to have had an interesting insight there, even for any of us who don't end up agreeing!

I don't think doing the two together would add all that much to the work of doing just Frodo (or, of just doing Sam).

But on the other hand it would be a long study anyway. How long exactly it isn't possible to say without working out a breakdown of the story into weeks of discussion. But I'm going to guess it is 12-15 weeks. I expect it would need people who don't normally lead discussions to give that task a go.


May 20, 11:13am

Post #20 of 23 (13787 views)
That sounds good to study them together. [In reply to] Can't Post

That'll be a great discussion! I would take them on definitely and try to lead. Would that be after Saruman and Faramir?


May 25, 1:44am

Post #21 of 23 (13654 views)
Really like this idea // [In reply to] Can't Post



Jun 26, 2:10am

Post #22 of 23 (13043 views)
Whos' next in Reading Room? [In reply to] Can't Post

Is it Treebeard or Faramir? :)

Ethel Duath

Jun 26, 2:44pm

Post #23 of 23 (13031 views)
I believe it's Treebeard next, because of [In reply to] Can't Post

his link to Saruman.


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