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Elizabeth
Valinor


Nov 10 2012, 7:09am

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What's next for the Reading Room? Can't Post

We're wrapping up an excellent discussion of The Hobbit, just in time for the movie!

Before this discussion, we had discussed doing a detailed discussion of Unfinished Tales. Do you want to do that next?

I don't believe we'll be able to start a new discussion till January (we usually take a break for the holidays). We could start UT then, or something else (suggestions welcome!), or take a more extended break.

Please post your thoughts here!






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Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Nov 10 2012, 5:49pm

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Arda Reconstructed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Just kidding. Tongue Although it would boost my sales.

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mandel
Rivendell


Nov 10 2012, 8:55pm

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I'd love to... [In reply to] Can't Post

...do the Unfinished Tales. Some Tolkien criticism seems like it would be fun as well: e.g. Shippey's "The Road to Middle-Earth" (I'm not familiar with Arda Reconstructed - yet!)


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Nov 11 2012, 2:49am

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It would be a good excuse to read it finally [In reply to] Can't Post

But I must confess that I find the lack of participation in the Reading Room perplexing. I've mostly been a reader here so I'm the last person who should comment on the posting habits of others. I'm just wondering if there's something we need to talk about, to clear the air perhaps, in order for the Reading Room to get back to a place of robust discussions.

We went through a bit of a readjustment on the LOTR board when SCOD participation fell off. After discerning the expectations readers and posters alike had for that series, we were able to tweak it. Not only did the series revive but the board is more active in general.

That aside, starting a new series in January makes sense to me. Also I support the choice of Arda Reconstructed but I wonder if one has to have read the Silmarillion first?

Smile


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titanium_hobbit
Rohan


Nov 11 2012, 5:59am

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I wonder [In reply to] Can't Post

After seeing the participation in the LOTR read through, I was very excited about a Hobbit read through- I was bit a disappointed, and contributed (or not, really) to the lack of participation. My excuse is that I began a demanding course of study, but perhaps also there aren't as many hobbit fans as there are LOTR fans?


Hobbit firster, Book firster.


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Elizabeth
Valinor


Nov 11 2012, 7:25am

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Participation in the Reading Room... [In reply to] Can't Post

...is hard to evaluate. As you say, "I've mostly been a reader here..." and there are a lot like you. Most of the recent Hobbit threads have 2-4 responses, but there are several hundred views!

It would certainly be nice if more people responded, but that doesn't mean the discussion is being ignored or irrelevant. Many of us have busy lives, and can't always find the time to respond even to very interesting questions or challenging discussions, but they are still worthwhile.

As for Arda Reconstructed, I have this book and love it, but it's really a commentary on how CT assembled the Sil from the many disparate versions of the stories that Tolkien wrote over the years, not an assembled narrative. It's a valuable resource document, but most valuable as a companion to the Sil.






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DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 11 2012, 10:17am

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I'm in the same boat as SirDennisC [In reply to] Can't Post

I read all the threads and posts in the Reading Room. And I enjoy it. But I rarely (if at all) contribute to the discussions. Mainly because someone has said what I want to say, but a lot more eloquently (and are also more thorough in their analysis). The second reason being that I feel like I don't know enough to contribute, compared to some other posters.

Discussing Hobbit spoilers and speculation is a lot different from discussing the books. I don't normally have a book handy to re-read passages, and it's been a while since I've read any of the books.

I am grateful for all the work that goes into making these discussions though. Like I said, I do enjoy them, even if I do just lurk.

As for getting more people to contribute - I'm not sure what to suggest. Perhaps the format needs to be changed? Threads in which people just ask a question about the books always get more responses than the discussion threads. Perhaps being more general might help? Perhaps others feel like they can't contribute anything? I don't know - I'm just thinking out loud.

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Demosthenes
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Nov 11 2012, 11:02am

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suggestion... [In reply to] Can't Post


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But I must confess that I find the lack of participation in the Reading Room perplexing.


If it would be helpful, I'm happy to regularly (on perhaps a weekly or fortnightly basis) publicise upcoming RR discussions.

I've been wanting to put more scholarly Tolkien on our front page for quite a while now, and I think this would be one way to share our deep collective Tolkien knowledge with other readers of all levels ... and perhaps draw some of them into the discussion as well.

Happy to discuss/throw round ideas to give you guys more profile.

From my own point of view, I would dearly love to participate, but it's hard to find the time between operating chat, posting front page and having a real life to do much more than dip into the boards now and then.

But there are smart cookies here, and I enjoy when I do get a chance to read the discussions.

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DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 11 2012, 1:17pm

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A suggestion to get general chit chat in the RR [In reply to] Can't Post

Like all the other discussions, people put themselves forward to lead a discussion. Instead of it being an analysis, people just post about their favourite chapter, sentence or paragraph, and invite people to talk about it? That might lead to some general chat, rather than an in depth discussion?

I'd certainy put my name forward for that.

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Malveth
Rivendell

Nov 11 2012, 2:03pm

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Well... [In reply to] Can't Post

There's "The Fall of Arthur".

Have you guys done:

Roverandom
Father Christmas Letters
Sigurd & Gudrun?

And there's all 12 Vols. of The History of Middle Earth!


Voronwë_the_Faithful
Valinor

Nov 11 2012, 2:14pm

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Personally, I love the idea of doing "The Fall of Arthur" [In reply to] Can't Post

It would likely be the first time that a Reading Room discussion occurred in real time, so to speak, discussing a book when it was first published. That is one that I would certainly attempt to participate in. But I'm not sure how many others would.

(The rest of this post isn't specifically in response to Malveth's post)

I was joking about Arda Reconstructed, in case that wasn't clear. As Elizabeth pointed out, it isn't really the type of book that would be amenable to the type of group discussions that have taken place here. Although of course I would love to hear any and all opinions about it from anyone who has checked it out!

As for Reading Room participation, there have been several discussions about that in the time I have been around here. I think part of the lower participation rate is simply the fact that the discussions have been done before. There have been several Hobbit discussions, and several LotR discussions. Of course, there are always new people to come in and make new observations, but I've noticed that a lot of the old stalwarts have largely fallen by the wayside.

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Malveth
Rivendell

Nov 11 2012, 2:27pm

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What's kept me out... [In reply to] Can't Post

...is I'm never in sync with the RR. I'm always into something else and too busy to re-read specific chapters when the discussions are happening. TFOA would be timed perfectly, I could jump in with everyone else. That would be exciting.


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DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 11 2012, 2:56pm

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I like this idea too [In reply to] Can't Post

But again, apart from 2-3 people, not many people are going to contribute. I'm busy reading academic stuff to read this as well, but I would definitely be interested in the future.

Smile

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Tweezers of Thu
Rivendell


Nov 11 2012, 8:29pm

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An honest appraisal [In reply to] Can't Post


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But I must confess that I find the lack of participation in the Reading Room perplexing. I've mostly been a reader here so I'm the last person who should comment on the posting habits of others. I'm just wondering if there's something we need to talk about, to clear the air perhaps, in order for the Reading Room to get back to a place of robust discussions.


Likewise, I'm right there among the last who has any right to comment on the posting rate in the Reading Room (RR), given that I am more often inclined to quietly read the discussions rather than participate. But I'll offer my personal take on this.

Frequently, when a poster new to the RR poses a question, a veteran Reading Roomer provides a link to the effect of "We have discussed this before." Such links can be enlightening and quite interesting to peruse, but sometimes this type of response can be chilling. That is, the original poster may have the impression of "Well, we've discussed already, so let's not reiterate the subject." That, I am certain, is not the intention of providing said links, but some folks (particularly new blood in the RR), may perceive it this way.

As pointed out, analyses of the text are often quite thorough here. Presumably, some participants may know Tolkien minutiae so well that they needn't flip through pages and pages of text and have the gift of being able to quote or paraphrase accurately right off the top of their head. Others, like myself, may have a number of volumes at their disposal, so when they have that glimmering of "Hmmm, I think I recall this tidbit, but I had better verify it before I open my yap," they scour the texts. The latter approach is time-consuming, and thus, a fully engaged discussion with proper references can wind up becoming a significant time sink. At least in my case (please to note that I signed on in May 2008 and have a whopping 214 posts), that gives me pause and makes me more inclined to lazily read than actively participate.

Also, there's the aspect of the subjective versus the objective. Literary analyses strike me as being considerably more subjective than the objective analyses that make up my day-to-day way of thinking. Such subjectivity is fine, even freeing, but it does mean that each and every one of us reads Tolkien through the lenses of our experience, just as we perceive any form of art. Not that there's anything wrong with disagreements over interpretation, but occasionally (occasionally, mind you), I can't help but think "This ain't rocket science, folks!" By that I mean our interpretations of art are not easily quantifiable, so one probably shouldn't be too dogmatic when it comes to interpretation of Tolkien's legendarium, and sometimes, I do get a whiff of dogmatism in the RR.

Speaking for myself, although I love Tolkien's legendarium, I do not lionize the author. I wonder if that is a minority viewpoint here. Also, I have a tendency toward irreverence and might be more inclined to engage when, for example, Morthoron holds forth.
Wink

So, it's with massive self-consciousness from all the caveats above that I'll say a discussion of Unfinished Tales is an excellent suggestion, even if I just read such a discussion like the nasty parasitic lurker that I am.



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Morthoron
Gondor


Nov 12 2012, 3:13am

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10 Ways To Get More Posters into the Reading Room... [In reply to] Can't Post

10) We can spam the other sub-forums with male growth enhancement ads.

9) We can offer Orlando Bloom Pirates of the Caribbean posters.

8) We can offer posters of Orlando Bloom as Legolas in The Hobbit shield-surfing down Smaug's back.

7) We can just offer Orlando Bloom.

6) We change the name of the "Reading Room" to "Movies - Hobbit".

5) We can change the name of the "Reading Room" to "Movies - Silmarillion" and pretend that Christopher Tolkien is keen on the idea, and is partnering with Saul Zaentz.

4) We place a huge banner at the top of the page that states "DO NOT POST HERE!" Naturally, people will post.

3) In any case, we don't mention the word "reading" whatsoever, as that has a pejorative connotation in this modern era of acronymal Internet postings, Twitter and texting.

2) In regards to eschewing the word that we cannot say, we instead infuse the forum with intermittent flashing lights, short random sequences of violence, explodey things, brief flashes of nudity, dangling string and gold fish swimming in a bowl. We may not capture youthful posters, but we just might catch the attention of their cats!

1) We can make an app for iPhones.

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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Nov 12 2012, 4:34am

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Heh, not sure Orlando is the carrot he once was [In reply to] Can't Post

Just some rambling thoughts --

What I see here is that people put a great deal of effort into crafting excellent lead posts only to be met with very few replies. (Which seems a shame, and I feel bad for efforts that fall flat as such.) Again, I'm as guilty as the next person for lack of participation.

In my defence many of the threads seem to require readers to draw on a store of knowledge that I simply do not possess. On the other hand, when it appears that observations about a text are welcome, that do not require support of say Tolkien's letters or The Tale of Beren and Lúthien for instance, I'm more than happy to make such (subjective) observations. But I've noticed a lack of willingness to engage with such original content -- that is to say content not based on the existing Tolkien scholarship.

A model that seems to work well on discussion boards is one in which people share ideas with each other and evaluate each other's ideas. I hardly think any of us are the sort to be interested in one way communication, otherwise we would deposit our writings elsewhere.

tbc


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Elizabeth
Valinor


Nov 12 2012, 7:16am

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Some great ideas, some not so much. [In reply to] Can't Post

10) We can spam the other sub-forums with male growth enhancement ads.

Might excite all the female Tornsibs. We're a majority, you know.

9) We can offer Orlando Bloom Pirates of the Caribbean posters.

Nah, Pirates is so over.

8) We can offer posters of Orlando Bloom as Legolas in The Hobbit shield-surfing down Smaug's back.

Been there, seen that.

7) We can just offer Orlando Bloom.

Now you're talking!

6) We change the name of the "Reading Room" to "Movies - Hobbit".

It's been done.

5) We can change the name of the "Reading Room" to "Movies - Silmarillion" and pretend that Christopher Tolkien is keen on the idea, and is partnering with Saul Zaentz.

Hmmm, might work, but Voronwë_the_Faithful might explain why that's not possible and spoil it all.

4) We place a huge banner at the top of the page that states "DO NOT POST HERE!" Naturally, people will post.

They'll certainly read, at the very least!

3) In any case, we don't mention the word "reading" whatsoever, as that has a pejorative connotation in this modern era of acronymal Internet postings, Twitter and texting.

Or even relax our disdain of text-speak spelling!

2) In regards to eschewing the word that we cannot say, we instead infuse the forum with intermittent flashing lights, short random sequences of violence, explodey things, brief flashes of nudity, dangling string and gold fish swimming in a bowl. We may not capture youthful posters, but we just might catch the attention of their cats!

I have it on good authority that cats love Tolkien.

1) We can make an app for iPhones.

Ding ding ding ding, we have a winnah!






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Elizabeth
Valinor


Nov 12 2012, 7:21am

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Some chapter discussions work that way. [In reply to] Can't Post

That is, the leader just posts quotes or moments from the chapter and invites discussion.

It's true, sometimes the questions that aren't related to the chapter discussion generate long, fun, threads. And such posts are always welcome! No need to schedule them!






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Elizabeth
Valinor


Nov 12 2012, 7:40am

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As a serial offender, I feel called to respond! [In reply to] Can't Post

Frequently, when a poster new to the RR poses a question, a veteran Reading Roomer provides a link to the effect of "We have discussed this before." Such links can be enlightening and quite interesting to peruse, but sometimes this type of response can be chilling. That is, the original poster may have the impression of "Well, we've discussed already, so let's not reiterate the subject." That, I am certain, is not the intention of providing said links, but some folks (particularly new blood in the RR), may perceive it this way.


I'm not a "first ager", I've been here only since 2003. But I've enjoyed all but one of the LotR discussions, several passes through Sil, The Hobbit, Letters, and other works. It's always fun, though like many of you, I don't have as much time here as I'd like due to pressures of RL.

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!

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.

The reaction here is a little different, I think. Yes, balrog wings have been debated before, but they remain an unsolved problem... we may share insights from the past, but new ones may be equally interesting! 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!






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Elizabeth
Valinor


Nov 12 2012, 7:53am

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That's is a good thing to keep in mine for next spring! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sigurd and Gudrun: We thought of discussing it when it first came out, but no momentum really developed.

Father Christmas Letters: We discussed those Christmas 2009 (but I won't post links for fear of intimidating someone Wink We can certainly do it again, but if we want to do it this Christmas we need to get busy organizing!

AFAIK Roverandom is uncharted territory!






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DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 12 2012, 8:54am

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Would it be more effective if it wasn't so structured? [In reply to] Can't Post

The threads run from chapter to chapter, which would be the most normal way to discuss a book. But would it make a difference if one week we were discussing a quote in The Silmarillion, and the next a completely different topic from the ROTK?

I'm just throwing ideas out there. I don't mean to criticise the discussions that currently take place. Smile

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Tweezers of Thu
Rivendell


Nov 12 2012, 12:22pm

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[Captain Picard] Engage! [/Captain Picard] [In reply to] Can't Post


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10) We can spam the other sub-forums with male growth enhancement ads.


That's a splendid notion! Lots of choices of drugs to advertise, too: silmarillifil, avarafil, mirrormerifil, vardafil, udûnafil...

[If Bored of the Rings (or The Silmarillion equivalent) were written today, surely the actual name of a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor could be used for a character.]


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8) We can offer posters of Orlando Bloom as Legolas in The Hobbit shield-surfing down Smaug's back.


Posters, shmosters. I want a life-sized cardboard standup of the above to place by my cubicle. I'm sure it would be a hit amongst my orc-scribe cronies. Plus, I could hide behind it in our newfangled open space set-up.


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6) We change the name of the "Reading Room" to "Movies - Hobbit".


A sorting hat to bin those who enter might be useful, i.e., Serious Tolkien Scholar, Giddy Tolkien Scholar, Book Firster Who Likes the Movies, Book Firster Who Goes Into Anaphylactic Shock When the Name of Peter Jackson is Uttered (have epi pen handy), et cetera...


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5) We can change the name of the "Reading Room" to "Movies - Silmarillion" and pretend that Christopher Tolkien is keen on the idea, and is partnering with Saul Zaentz.


Is it wrong of me to indulge in a heretical fantasy in which C. Tolkien exacts his revenge on Peter Jackson by doing this very thing?


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1) We can make an app for iPhones.


Brilliant!

And thanks, Morth! Smile



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




Tweezers of Thu
Rivendell


Nov 12 2012, 12:48pm

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Shadows of the past [In reply to] Can't Post


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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.



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Ethel Duath
Valinor


Nov 13 2012, 5:04am

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This is exactly the problem for me--not Orlando! But this: [In reply to] Can't Post

"On the other hand, when it appears that observations about a text are welcome, that do not require support of say Tolkien's letters or The Tale of Beren and L�thien for instance, I'm more than happy to make such (subjective) observations. But I've noticed a lack of willingness to engage with such original content -- that is to say content not based on the existing Tolkien scholarship.

A model that seems to work well on discussion boards is one in which people share ideas with each other and evaluate each other's ideas. I hardly think any of us are the sort to be interested in one way communication, otherwise we would deposit our writings elsewhere."

As a former lurker, I loved visiting the RR because of the wide range of discussions, and types of people involved in them. I couldn't wait to join in. But right around the time I joined, several people were apparently already in the process of leaving, for various reasons. I noticed that posts of a less scholarly variety began to receive few if any responses or discussion. I have always felt that opinions by "amateurs" (in the best sense of the word) can often be as insightful or interesting as those of serious scholars and researchers. Not all the time certainly. But I think any thoughtful post should be worthy of some kind of relatively polite response. People are very seldom rude here. It's just the deafening silence that is very discouraging.

I really think that part of the problem is the small number of people who post. A wider variety of people posting and discussing would make a wider variety of new and departed people feel more welcome. It's pretty much a conundrum, and I'm not sure what the solution is (although it's definitely not Orlando!Smile).
I think a few of the suggestions made here might help to draw in folks, especially some new ones who haven't had the chance yet to feel intimidated or ignored.

Just some thoughts.



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malickfan
Gondor

Nov 13 2012, 12:36pm

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Why not Character profiles/ discussion? [In reply to] Can't Post

i.e. Discussion and Exploration of Tertiary or 'Minor' characters in the Lengendarium-it would provoke alot of debate and be A useful reference point (I've lost track of the Tom Bombdail Posts).

Many Moons Ago I posted a long essay about Cirdan the Shipwright (recently updated and cited in my signiature...hint..hint) and I had planned on doing follow Ups on Dain Ironfoot and Elrond but never got around to it.

I haven't been a member of the forum for that long so I'm not sure if this has been done before...anyway just a thought.

Smile

‘As they came to the gates Cirdan the Shipwright came forth to greet them. Very tall he was, and his beard was long, and we was grey and old, save that his eyes were keen as stars; and he looked at them and bowed, and said ‘All is now ready.’

Perhaps the most fascinating Individual in Middle Earth


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