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The Silmarillion and Letters from Father Christmas – Discussion Schedules

N.E. Brigand
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Aug 23 2009, 5:31am


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In the Reading Room, there are two kinds of discussions.

First, there are the subjects of this thread: one or more official, organized discussions (scheduled but not stuffy!) in which participants sign up in advance to discuss a particular subject in depth over the course of a week. Usually the subject is a chapter from one of Tolkien’s best-known full-length books, and these are discussed in order. Two such lists appear below; the first is for The Silmarillion, our “primary” discussion. Typically the leader of a primary discussion posts from one to three threads daily with questions about passages from the text. Sometimes, as here, there is a “secondary discussion” that runs concurrently with this chapter discussion. The subjects of these discussions are usually more obscure, and are discussed in fewer threads, typically two to four each week. In this case, Letters from Father Christmas will be discussed over three weeks in December.

Second, there are independent discussion threads, which anyone may post at any time – with two caveats. First, one shouldn’t post new threads about the chapter or subject currently under (scheduled) discussion; and second, no one person should post so many threads as to singlehandedly overwhelm the scheduled discussions. Otherwise, as it says in the welcome message above, if you have a question about Tolkien, this is the right place to ask it!

Here is the nearly final schedule for our discussion of The Silmarillion. “Nearly” because five weeks remain open for volunteers to lead. If you wish to lead a chapter, or have questions about either discussion schedule, please post them here, or send me a PM.

>> Aug. 10-16 – Arwen’s daughterAinulindalë
>> Aug. 17-23 – N.E. BrigandValaquenta
>> Aug. 24-30 – Hamfast GamgeeQS 1-2: “Of the Beginning” and “Of Aulë and Yavanna”
>> Aug. 31-Sep. 6 – squireQS 3-4: “Of the Coming of the Elves” and “Of Thingol and Melian”
>> Sep. 7-13 – N.E. BrigandQS 5-6: “Of Eldamar” and “Of Fëanor”
>> Sep. 14-20 — LEADER NEEDEDQS 7-8: “Of the Silmarils” and “Of the Darkening of Valinor”
>> Sep. 21-27 – dormouseQS 9: “Of the Flight of the Noldor”
>> Sep. 28-Oct. 4 – weaver – QS 10: “Of the Sindar”
>> Oct. 5-11 – Voronwë the FaithfulQS 11-12: “Of the Sun and Moon” and “Of Men”
>> Oct. 12-18 — LEADER NEEDEDQS 13: “Of the Return of the Noldor”“
>> Oct. 19-25 – PryderiQS 14-15: “Of Beleriand” and “Of the Noldor in Beleriand”
>> Oct. 26-Nov. 1 – MorthoronQS 16: “Of Maeglin”
>> Nov. 2-8 – ElizabethQS 17: “Of the Coming of Men into the West”
>> Nov. 9-15 – SaelindQS 18: “Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin”
>> Nov. 16-22 — LEADER NEEDEDQS 19: “Of Beren and Lúthien” I
>> Nov. 23-29 – Beren IVQS 19: “Of Beren and Lúthien” II
>> Nov. 30-Dec. 6 – sadorQS 20: “Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad”
>> Dec. 7-13 — LEADER NEEDEDQS 21: “Of Túrin Turambar” I
>> Dec. 14-20 – Boromir’s baneQS 21: “Of Túrin Turambar” II
>> Dec. 21-27 – (Break)
>> Dec. 28-Jan. 3 – (Break)
>> Jan. 4-10 – batikQS 22: “Of the Ruin of Doriath”
>> Jan. 11-17 – drogoQS 23: “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin”
>> Jan. 18-24 – SaelindQS 24: “Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath”
>> Jan. 25-31 – acheronAkallabêth I
>> Feb. 1-7 – MenelwynAkallabêth II
>> Feb. 8-14 – sadorOf the Rings of Power and the Third Age I
>> Feb. 15-21 – FarFromHomeOf the Rings of Power and the Third Age II
>> Feb. 22-28 — LEADER NEEDED — Forewords, Tables, Note, Index, and Appendices
>> Mar. 1-7 – Free Discussion

(The abbreviation QS stands for “Quenta Silmarillion”.)


And here is the final schedule for our discussion of Letters from Father Christmas.

>> Dec. 7-13 – visualweasel – Letters for 1920-1931
>> Dec. 14-20 – Elizabeth – Letters for 1932-1935
>> Dec. 21-27 – GaladrielTX – Letters for 1936-1943


Thanks to everyone who signed up (or will sign up), and enjoy the discussions!

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We're discussing The Silmarillion in the Reading Room, Aug. 9 - Mar 7. Please join the conversation!

This week: "Valaquenta".
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The Silmarillion and Letters from Father Christmas – Discussion Schedules N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Aug 23 2009, 5:31am
    I am so happy... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Aug 23 2009, 7:07am
    'Of the Silmarils' etc Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Sep 11 2009, 11:17pm
        Thanks for taking on QS 19: “Of Beren and Lúthien” I, Nov. 16-22! N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Sep 14 2009, 5:07am
    I've got the Precious, and it's beautiful! GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX Sep 18 2009, 12:49am
        Good news! I'm glad you're enjoying it. // N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Sep 18 2009, 1:14am
    QS 13: “Of the Return of the Noldor”“ JTM Send a private message to JTM Sep 28 2009, 9:05am
        That's great -- thank you! N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Sep 28 2009, 6:11pm
    Updated scheduled for "Silmarillion" discussion. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Sep 30 2009, 5:01pm
        Beren and Luthien Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 9 2009, 10:34am
            Apologies Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 10 2009, 12:12am
                There are many options. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 10 2009, 3:20am
                Yes, you can start on the 15th or 17th. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Nov 14 2009, 2:35am
                    Thanks, next question! Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 14 2009, 1:18pm
                        Yes, that's right. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Nov 14 2009, 4:48pm
                            Spam Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 23 2009, 12:01am
    **Volunteer needed for next week's "Letter from Father Christmas" discussion.** N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Dec 2 2009, 5:05am
        Dear RR squire Send a private message to squire Dec 5 2009, 5:34pm
            What, no more Bored of the Rings threads? sador Send a private message to sador Dec 6 2009, 6:46am
                Ah, so you're the culprit! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 26 2010, 11:34am
                    Guilty as charged, yer honor. // sador Send a private message to sador Jan 26 2010, 12:01pm
        I've been jotting down questions and thoughts GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX Dec 6 2009, 2:33pm
        Thanks, squire and GalTX, but N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Dec 6 2009, 9:51pm

 
 
 

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