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TORn Amateur Symposium - November 2013. Call For Submissions Thread.
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TORn Amateur Symposium
Bree


Sep 22 2013, 9:55am

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Following on from the success of the first TORn Amateur Symposium, we are pleased to present the Second TORn Amateur Symposium (TAS2), this November! Thank you to everybody who contributed to TAS last time - we've included links at the bottom of this post to everyone's essays. It is never too late to join in. Our committee of 3, (Brethil, elaen32 and DanielLB ), and judging by all your feedback, really enjoyed the first Symposium. So without further delay, here are the details you need to know for TAS2:

Overview:

TORn Amateur Symposium is an opportunity for us to share our written ideas on Tolkien-related subjects, in a more detailed way than the usual posts on the boards.
Some general categories to consider writing topics within are:

- Flora/Fauna of Middle Earth
- Art, Literature and Philosophy
- Natural Science, Geology and Weather
- Peoples and Cultures of Middle Earth.

These are just some suggestions based on the last symposium. But remember, your ideas are limitless! Geography, history, ethnology, linguistics, botany, mythology and onomastics ... if you can write an essay about it, we'd love to read it!

Below is our proposed schedule for the TAS2:

Submission and deadline dates:

Sunday 22nd September- Introductory thread/Call for submissions thread

That’s this one!

Don’t panic yet! All you have to do is express interest in writing an essay for TAS. Either respond to this thread, or alternativel PM Brethil or DanielLB. And of course, get those thinking caps on! Through the symposium process, we will stay in contact with anyone that expresses interest in writing an essay for TAS.

Sunday 6th October - First reminder thread

This will be a reminder thread for everyone, and we will repeat the details and answer any question you might have. You can express interest in submitting an essay all the way until the closing date. So we want to make sure everyone has had a chance to think about writing an essay.

Sunday 20th October - Second reminder thread

This is the last reminder thread and not the closing date. Between this thread and the first reminder thread, we would like to confirm with you your proposed topic and possible title (via PM). These will all be included in this thread. People are welcome to express interest all the way up until the closing date.

Sunday 03rd November – Submission closes thread

By this date, all submissions will have been sent to us (see “How To Submit Work”). Another summary of all the entries (and provisional dates) will also be posted.

Saturday 09th November - Anything after this date will, unfortunately, not be accepted.

The week period between this allows us to check all submissions, order all essays into appropriate sessions, and allow for last minute editing. If you are unable to submit before then, not to worry, there is always the next TAS (March/April time). We will accept late submissions, but only if you let us know ASAP.

Sunday 10th November - First TAS threads

All those hours of hard work from everyone will be presented on this date, and the following days!

TBC November - Feedback thread

As part of the symposium structure, we are always interested in ideas on what can (or should) be done, and what may or may not have worked. Feel free to tell us what you thought about the structure of the symposium, and any problems you experienced through this process. We will also tell you about the next TAS and provisional dates. The date for the feedback thread will be confirmed once we know how we are going to stagger each of the essays.

Some Guidelines for the TORn Amateur Symposium:

We're not looking for flawlessly polished, professionally cited work. This is for fun and enjoyment, and to share our common love of the JRR Tolkien universe: thus the title! We would like to see your original ideas, which tie in somehow to the works of Tolkien; they can be written from an academic, opinion or real-world perspective. Citations and references, although not required, may be helpful at times to readers, and feel free to use them as appropriate to support your writing. Discussion of the work is most heartily encouraged, keeping in mind both the "by the fans, for the fans" nature of the creations, as well as the dual spirit of fun and inquiry which we would like to promote in this Symposium series. We expect to have a Symposium 3-4 times annually. So if you miss a date, don't worry overmuch; you can always submit at the next round.

We have great regard for the creativity of our members, and very much look forward to reading your thoughts, TORn brethren!

Some changes from the last symposium:

The first TAS had a a word limit of 2,000 words for each essay. For this TAS, we have removed the limit altogether. As a result, your piece can be as short or as long as you like. However, we do recommend not writing too excessively, due to the short time-frame of TAS, and the limited time of potential readers and responders to your essay. We think a word count of 2,000 - 3,000 is a good length.

We have also altered the way in which essays will be posted when the Symposium officially starts. Previously, essays were grouped into similar categories, and a new session was posted each day. From the feedback thread, it was suggested that too many essays were posted too often. So we will confirm when (and how often) essays will be posted, once all the authors have submitted their work. Depending on the number of essays, we will stagger them over a 1-2 week period.

We would also like all authors to submit a short (100-300 words) abstract of their essay. This is simply to provide an overview of your essay to potential readers. Keeping in mind of the guidelines above, this only has to be very short. These will be posted in the session thread with the link to your essay. An abstract might cover: what you are writing about, why you are writing about it, what evidence/details/points you make, and what conclusions you come to.

We will happily answer any questions you might have about these changes. Feel free to ask!

How To Submit Work:

It starts with an idea (doesn't it always!) You can describe your idea in the Call for Submissions thread (that's this one!). Feel free to PM DanielLB or Brethil with any questions or concerns that you may have. We ask that all essays are submitted by Sunday 03rd November. Of course earlier submission is fine, feel free to submit your piece when you feel it is ready. And if Real Life interferes, just let us know - expressing interest isn't a commitment, and if you need to, you can post in the next Symposium - or just read along with us!

Please submit your pieces via the TAS email address, which is tornamateursymposium@gmail.com. If possible, submit your pieces as Word or other document format attached to your email, rather than in the body of the email. If possible, please submit your abstract within the body of the email. Brethil, DanielLB and elaen32 all have access to the email account and to the TAS account and will be reading and responding to emails/postings and queries as soon as we can.

We will do a quick look-over of the piece for any potential editing concerns (like those troublesome, sneak-attack typos) and to make certain that all pieces comply with TORn's ToS guidelines. (We can't post anything in that may be in violation, but if questions arise we will contact the author to resolve any issues.) All finished pieces will then be posted for display and discussion on a given date.

Queries:

If you have queries or concerns, please send a PM via the TAS id- it will be read by Brethil, Daniel or elaen32, depending on who gets there first. Please try and give us a little time to respond, since we may be at work or not otherwise in a position to give an immediate answer. If, however, you think that your query would be of more general interest to others, then you can also post it as a reply to this, or subsequent TAS threads.

July TAS essays:

The links below will take you to the TAS threads. All links to the original essays can be found in the respective original post.

The Physics of The Hobbit: Part 1 & 2, by DwellerInDale
Models of Dragon Ontology, by Nordwharf
On the communication between animals and the free peoples of Middle Earth, by Rembrethil
Sentient Animals in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, by Elizabeth
Falling into untended age: Ithilien as a post-pastoral land, by squire
Sudden climate change or anthropogenic interference? An evaluation into the loss of a vast forest in Lindon and South Eriador, by DanielLB
The Real Villain of The Hobbit - An Analysis on Greed, by Cirashala
The Battle of Five Armies - An analysis into the size of the armies involved, by Arandir
Would You Destroy It? A Look at the Corrupting Nature of the One Ring, by Rangerfromthenorth
Concepts of healing in Middle Earth as illustrated in The Lord of the Rings, by elaen32
Intuition in The Lord of the Rings, by Lothwen
The Silmarillion as Awakening to the "Real World" and Adulthood, by Telain
Who was the original owner of Orcrist?, by DarkJackal

We are incredibly excited about TAS2, and look forward to the wonderful essays that will be submitted. Happy scribbling!

Elaen, Brethil & Daniel

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DanielLB
Immortal


Sep 22 2013, 2:18pm

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Fog on the Barrow-downs. [In reply to] Can't Post

That's my essay this time around!

I'll be writing about why the fog formed on the Barrow-downs, mainly through Tolkien's description of the weather. My conclusion isn't that different to my last essay, but you'll have to wait and see. Wink



noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 22 2013, 4:10pm

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My working title is "Narrating Middle-earth" [In reply to] Can't Post

Tolkien uses a variety of narrators to convey his story, well aware that his choices will have a fundamental influence on how we see the events, and those relating them or being described. His range covers:

1) First person character narration ("Long time I fell...")

2) Omnipotent narrator (like - "Gandalf and the Balrog plummeted together...")

3) Free indirrect style, in which we are given a particular character's perspective (like - "As Gandalf fell from the bridge, he felt the Balrog's fire about him...)...

4) In in the Hobbit, we also get a first person narrator (which would be something like - "Now I suppose you are wondering how Gandalf, who we last saw falling off a bridge, could possibly have survived...")

I want to pick out examples, discuss his choices and the effect they have on the audience.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimë I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 22 2013, 6:52pm

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Sounds great! [In reply to] Can't Post

Look forward to reading it!

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Demosthenes
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Sep 24 2013, 2:37pm

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My submission: Galadriel: political animal of Middle-earth [In reply to] Can't Post

I propose to submit an essay outlining how Galadriel worked as much, if not more, within the temporal/political sphere in Middle-earth as she did in the spiritual/magical realms.

If I have time, I may also submit a piece on Luthien's key role in the quest for the Silmarillion, and how, imho, her heroism outshines Beren's. Tentatively titled "Luthien, the real hero of the quest for the Silmaril?"

TheOneRing.net Senior Staff
IRC Admin and Hall of Fire moderator


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 24 2013, 3:28pm

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Great to hear from you Demosthenes! [In reply to] Can't Post

Both titles sound like very promising topics. Keep us posted, and very much look forward to seeing one or both of them!

Smile

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








swordwhale
Tol Eressea


Sep 24 2013, 3:42pm

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I have several pieces already written.... [In reply to] Can't Post

...that I had done for hoots and giggles.

A Musing on Elves, Dwarves, Archetypes and Favorite Characters.

Faithful Sidekick: a musing on an obscure Tollkien character without whom many things in Middle Earth would not have come to pass (Voronwe ... what... who???)

That Darn Elf: stuff you may have missed about Legolas, and Elven archetypes in general, especially if you only watched the films...

To the Sea: a meditation on the Sea Longing and the potent archetypal imagery of water found in Tolkien's works

Go outside and play...


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 24 2013, 4:16pm

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You've been busy! [In reply to] Can't Post

Have a fondness for one or two you may want to submit? All of your ideas certainly sound like Symposium material!

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








rangerfromthenorth
Rivendell

Sep 24 2013, 4:18pm

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If I can find the time... [In reply to] Can't Post

I am considering writing on the often maligned Eru. That is daunting even just writing that sentence... We shall see!

Not all who wander are lost


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 24 2013, 4:21pm

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Looking to boost your karma? [In reply to] Can't Post

LaughLaughLaugh
That sounds quite intriguing Ranger! If you have the time, we should love to have another piece from you this time around! (Maybe Eru will make sure you find that time...Wink )

Do keep us posted!

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Ninrandir
Registered User


Sep 24 2013, 5:40pm

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Revealed in this Wrath: The Matter of Glorfindel [In reply to] Can't Post

I will hopefully be submitting a piece by the above name--"Revealed in his Wrath: The Matter of Glorfindel"--and hope to explore not only the origins of the character of Glorfindel, but to rectify the connection between the two instances of the name, why it's important to connect them, and offer a characterization comparison between Glorfindel and Denethor II.

Lurker, broken silence. Feels good to breathe again.


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 24 2013, 5:52pm

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Fantastic! Looking forward to it! [In reply to] Can't Post

Love the historical tracings.

And a very hearty Welcome to TORn, Ninrandir!

AngelicSmile

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Ninrandir
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Sep 24 2013, 6:08pm

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I hope to do the community justice! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you kindly! Thank you for the opportunity to get involved.

Lurker, broken silence. Feels good to breathe again.


DanielLB
Immortal


Sep 24 2013, 6:28pm

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It sounds great :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

And I hope to see you in other parts of the forum. Smile

Thanks for the interest in TAS!



Greater Smials
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Sep 25 2013, 2:11am

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TORn Amateur Symposium [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd like to submit two essays: one the geology of Middle-earth, and another on the overall population of Middle-earth.


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 25 2013, 2:43am

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Welcome Greater Smials! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sounds promising - two very interesting and rich topics.

Keep us posted on your progress!

And a Welcome to TORn and the TAS!

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Greater Smials
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Sep 25 2013, 2:53am

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Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks Brethil . . . looking forward to it. :)


(This post was edited by Greater Smials on Sep 25 2013, 2:53am)


Lothwen
Rivendell


Sep 25 2013, 3:30pm

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Sadly, I can't... [In reply to] Can't Post

...write a piece for this TAS; I'm so busy with school, and this is right in the middle for exam time. Frown I barely been on TORn at all, lately.

I have several topics in mind, (mostly on the Elves of Silm) which will have to wait 'til next time. I'm looking forward to reading and discussing the essays in TAS2; sounds like there're going to be some cool pieces. Smile


Followed by that awkwarder moment when you realize that you think this is awesome...


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 25 2013, 3:36pm

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Good luck with school Lothwen! [In reply to] Can't Post

And all that tiresome RL work. Wink

We all so enjoyed your contribution last time. I hope you have time read along with us in November, and maybe you can catch us next time around, or for the special LOTR themed TAS next July.

Angelic

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








Lothwen
Rivendell


Sep 25 2013, 3:46pm

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Thanks Brethil! [In reply to] Can't Post

LOTR themed! :D I'll look forward to that.


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all that tiresome RL work.


*Groans* Laugh


Followed by that awkwarder moment when you realize that you think this is awesome...


Ida
The Shire

Sep 25 2013, 4:14pm

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Music and race in the movie adaptations [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw your CFP on Facebook, and thought it would be quite interesting to give it a try, so I've joined this site purely for this purpose.. Time will tell, if this was a good idea ;)

Anyway, seeing as I'm a music student, I was thinking of doing an essay on how music is used to portray race in the LoTR and Hobbit films :)


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 25 2013, 4:18pm

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Welcome Ida! [In reply to] Can't Post

Glad to see you, and hope you stick around - it is really a very fun place!

The music idea sounds great, and something we haven't explored yet, though there is great interest on the soundtracks all around TORn.

So great idea, and a big Welcome! Smile

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!








DanielLB
Immortal


Sep 25 2013, 4:22pm

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*Waves to Ida* Hello! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad you were encouraged to join the forum and write for TAS. We've not had an essay on music portrayal in the two trilogies yet, so I'm sure many will be interested.

If you have any questions about TAS (or the forum in general) feel free to PM TAS, Brethil or myself. Smile



Ida
The Shire

Sep 25 2013, 4:43pm

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Thanks for the warm welcome! [In reply to] Can't Post

And thanks for the encouragement, I shall probably need it at some point! :)


Brethil
Half-elven


Sep 25 2013, 5:11pm

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Feel free to PM the TAS or one of us if you have any questions Ida!

Is there a Tolkien topic that you have wanted to look into more deeply, and write about your thoughts on it? If so, we'd like to hear from you for the next TORn Amateur Symposium- coming in November. Happy writing!







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