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N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Mar 2 2009, 2:22am

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There are ten two-week slots available, running concurrently with our disussion of The Hobbit, for “leader’s choice” discussions on the topic of your choice. These “secondary” discussion should consist of two to four posts per week for two weeks, and are meant for a more in-depth look at topics that either aren’t being covered in the primary discussions, or can’t be covered in one or two independent posts. (As a general reminder: new threads on all relevant subjects are welcome at any time in the Reading Room, as long as those don’t overlap with or overwhelm the official discussions.) The subjects of this leader’s choice series can be anything related to the life and works of Tolkien except for chapter in The Hobbit or themes specific to that work. Here are some suggestions from Curious:


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Any work by Tolkien, such as Roverandom or Tolkien’s poetry or even his Beowulf essay or one or more of his letters… art depicting Tolkien characters or scenes, and essays or books critiquing Tolkien… discussion of Tolkien fan fiction… works that inspired Tolkien, such as Beowulf… a study of fairy-stories, or perhaps of one or more particular fairy-stories, comparing and contrasting them to stories by Tolkien… a Tolkien biography… comparison of Tolkien books to movies or plays based on those books [by other authors]… comparison of LotR and Wagner’s operatic Ring Cycle… discussion of possible historical inspirations for Tolkien’s fiction… pre-Tolkien fantasy generally, and whether Tolkien really invented the genre, heavily influenced it, or just popularized it… post-Tolkien fantasy, and what works imitate Tolkien, respond to Tolkien in a more original way, or pretend that Tolkien didn’t exist.. comparing and contrasting Tolkien’s fiction to Star Wars movies… Or Star Trek television and movies… flora and fauna in the Primary World that might have inspired Tolkien’s real and fictional flora and fauna



However, in these discussions, please do all you can to present your subject in a way that doesn’t exclude people not familiar with your material. For instance, if you discuss Tolkien fanfiction, please include a summary of the story in question. Or, if you compare LOTR to Der Ring des Nibelungen, don’t assume that your readers are familiar with Wagner’s operas. I think you may assume that most people here are familiar with The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and the broad outlines of Tolkien’s life.

If you sign up, please specify your weeks and topic in your post’s subject line. For all but the most obviously self-explanatory topics, I encourage you to describe your intent in a couple sentences in the body of your post.

1. Mar. 23-Apr. 5
2. Apr. 6-19
3. Apr. 20-May 3
4. May 4-17
5. May 18-31
6. Jun. 1-14
7. Jun. 15-28
8. Jun. 29-Jul. 12
9. Jul. 13-26
10. Jul. 27-Aug. 9

I don’t think all slots will be taken, and that’s fine.

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weaver
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Mar 2 2009, 8:20pm

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May 4-17 -- Tolkien on-line... [In reply to] Can't Post

My initial idea was to post the LOTR excerpts from a website that provides on-line summaries of literature -- just to see how accurate/on target people thought they were.

I'm not sure I can stretch that two weeks, however -- so now I'm thinking along the line of posting examples of the types of information you can get on Tolkien on the web, and making this an exploration of how Tolkien is being treated in the web world...

As I'm not all that familiar with Tolkien sites other than this one, or even with all the places you can get info on the web, I'm hopeful that others will also add sites or information they have found as well. So it might be a group project of a sort as well...

Well, it will be something along these lines, anyway -- still working on this, as you can tell.

Thanks for organizing us as always, and glad to help fill a slot.


Weaver



Elizabeth
Half-elven


Mar 5 2009, 9:31pm

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I hope someone will take [In reply to] Can't Post

..Voronwë the Faithful's book. I don't feel qualified to, and none of us knows exactly when it'll be released, so it's hard to pick a week. I have it on order, but even Voronwë reports different dates from his publisher and Amazon.





The Rohirrim, by Peter Xavier Price

Elizabeth is the TORnsib formerly known as 'erather'


Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Mar 5 2009, 10:24pm

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That's an exciting/terrifying prospect! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd probably cringe in the corner for the whole two weeks, but it would certainly be interesting to read people's thoughts (and I would be available to clarify things if necessary).

As for the release date, I'm still told by my publisher that it should be shipping by the end of this month at the latest. But even if it waited until April 30 as Amazon is still saying, that would still leave plenty of time for some of the later slots. (I don't think that I've mentioned here that I have in fact received my copies, so I know it does exist!)

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'


dernwyn
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Mar 6 2009, 3:26am

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Mine's supposed to "arrive by May 6th". [In reply to] Can't Post

Wink


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915


a.s.
Valinor


Mar 7 2009, 1:06am

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can't I just sign up for the topic "Leader's Choice"? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll volunteer to take a slot and promise to post on a subject of my choice, but didn't envision having to sign up for a specific topic in advance. In other words, I would like to volunteer to be responsible for posting something interesting, related to Tolkien, that is not under current discussion nor claimed for future discussions by another RR volunteer leader, during a two-week slot of my choice.

If all that meets the requirements Cool I would like to volunteer for weeks April 20-May 3.

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana


Call Her Emily


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Mar 7 2009, 1:13am

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I hadn't thought of that, but why not? I look forward to your discussion, Apr. 20-May 3! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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N.E. Brigand
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Mar 7 2009, 1:14am

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Thanks -- looking forward to it! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Mar 7 2009, 2:05am

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I hope and believe that you will receive it before then [In reply to] Can't Post

But we'll see!

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Mar 10 2009, 11:23pm

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You can also sign up for just one week. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've heard from one person, and suspect there may be others, who would like to host a secondary discussion but don't think they have enough material to fill out two weeks. So let's adjust the format to allow for one-week discussions. Remember that these discussions are limited to two-to-four posts per week, so as not to overwhelm the primary discussion of The Hobbit. Here is the adjusted calendar:

1. Mar. 23-Mar. 30
2. Mar. 31-Apr. 5
3. Apr. 6-12
4. Apr. 13-19
5. Apr. 20-26 ---- a.s. (topic(s) tba)
6. Apr. 27-May 3 ---- a.s. (topic(s) tba)
7. May 4-10 ---- weaver ("Tolkien on-line")
8. May 11-17 ---- weaver ("Tolkien on-line")
9. May 18-24
10. May 25-31
11. Jun. 1-7
12. Jun. 8-14
13. Jun. 15-21
14. Jun. 22-28
15. Jun. 29-Jul. 5
16. Jul. 6-12
17. Jul. 13-19
18. Jul. 20-26
19. Jul. 27-Aug. 3
20. Aug. 4-9

Of course, you can still sign up for two weeks, if you wish. You could even split your weeks.

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Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Mar 11 2009, 3:39am

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I'll take the Athrabeth for 500, Alex [In reply to] Can't Post

The week of July 27-Aug. 3.

'But very bright were the stars upon the margin of the world, when at times the clouds about the West were drawn aside.'


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Mar 11 2009, 3:59am

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Excellent! Jul. 27-Aug. 3 it is. [In reply to] Can't Post

*twitch* Barnum, Hippodrome, Garden *twitch*

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(This post was edited by N.E. Brigand on Mar 11 2009, 4:00am)


Curious
Half-elven


Mar 11 2009, 2:45pm

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May I suggest [In reply to] Can't Post

automatic points?

 
 

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