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**Two Towers read-through - schedule and volunteers needed: could you (yes, YOU :) ) lead a chapter?
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noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 28 2015, 10:42am

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**Two Towers read-through - schedule and volunteers needed: could you (yes, YOU :) ) lead a chapter? Can't Post

In September, we are starting a "read-through" of The Two Towers (Boook III). Each week from 13 September to 22 November we'll discuss a chapter. We need 'Chapter leaders' . As chapter leader, your job is to:

* Read the chapter
* At the start of your week, write one or more posts about it, in order to get the discussion started.
* Take part in the discussion


That's basically it - it's up to the chapter leader to start the discussion in the way he or she feels comfortable with, and thinks is best. For example, some chapter leaders decide to break a chapter down into parts, starting each part with a new post. But others do it on one post. There's no one 'right way'.

You don't need to be an expert on this chapter (or on anything else) - if you've read the chapter & can make a few comments, you're good. Comment can most certainly be about your personal reactions to the chapter: they really don't have to be (for example) ultra-learned literately criticism. Being very learned is entirely optional.

You don't have to research or write a lot. In fact some feedback from our last read-through was that long initial posts could be a problem: some folks were instantly faced with more than they had time to read, & so couldn't join the discussion. Long initial posts also risk making chapter-leading look like it must always be a lot of scholarly work, which we worry will deter volunteers from coming forward in future. So shorter starter posts are definitely welcome (you can always lob further ideas into the discussion as it proceeds).

You don't have to have led chapters before In fact, it would be great to have new leaders, and their fresh perspectives. Also, Book II seemed to me to rely a little worryingly on 'the usual suspects' When fewer people are doing more, it always looks like things are becoming unsustainable.

Here is the schedule. Some chapters are already 'taken' (thanks for that), but there are plenty left. Please feel free to volunteer, or to comment or ask questions by replying to this thread. You can send me a private message if you prefer. But quite likely whatever you want to ask is what someone else is wondering - so post publicly if you feel you can.).

week beginning # Chapter # Chapter name # leader
13-Sep-15 # I # The Departure of Boromir # MirielCelebel
20-Sep-15 # II # The Riders of Rohan # Brethil
27-Sep-15 # III # The Uruk-hai # cats16
04-Oct-15 # IV # Treebeard # Mikah
11-Oct-15 # V # The White Rider # Entwife Wandlimb
18-Oct-15 # VI # The King of the Golden Hall # squire
25-Oct-15 # VII # Helm's Deep # arithmancer
01-Nov-15 # VIII # The Road to Isengard #
08-Nov-15 # IX # Flotsam and Jetsam #
15-Nov-15 # X # The Voice of Saruman # jochenkeen
22-Nov-15 # XI # The Palantir #

I'm eager to fill all 11 slots - but of course it's most pressing to find leaders for the early chapters.

I'd also be happy to hear from anyone who is willing to be 'on the bench' - that is willing to be contacted & asked to lead a chapter at short notice if one of the chapter leaders has to withdraw (e.g. because of a personal emergency).

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(This post was edited by entmaiden on Sep 14 2015, 1:20pm)


MirielCelebel
Rivendell


Jul 28 2015, 2:54pm

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I am willing to participate [In reply to] Can't Post

I will volunteer to do The Departure of Boromir if it is in fact still available. I hope you plan on doing Book 4 as well because The Window on the West is one of my favorite chapters in the whole trilogy and I'd volunteer for it also!

"The Road goes ever on..."

Writing Bliss


noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 28 2015, 6:00pm

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Kerching! Departure of Boromur sold! Thank you! [In reply to] Can't Post

We should certainly get on to Book IV in time, so there will be a chance to do "Window" then!

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 28 2015, 6:03pm

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I am overwhelmed by the subtlety of your footer there, Wizard. [In reply to] Can't Post

Hooray on signups! Cool Great to see everyone!









noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 28 2015, 8:24pm

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Subtle and understated, like me. :) [In reply to] Can't Post

If anyone wants to design alternative logos, then that's fine by me Smile

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 29 2015, 12:41am

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Goodness no. Its perfect! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 









Maciliel
Valinor


Jul 29 2015, 12:50am

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what lotr would look like if designed by atari circa 1975... // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


aka. fili orc-enshield
+++++++++++++++++++
the scene, as i understand it, is exceptionally well-written. fili (in sort of a callback to the scene with the eagles), calls out "thorRIIIIIIN!!!" just as he sees the pale orc veer in for the kill. he picks up the severed arm of an orc which is lying on the ground, swings it up in desperation, effectively blocking the pale orc's blow. and thus, forever after, fili is known as "fili orc-enshield."

this earns him deep respect from his hard-to-please uncle. as well as a hug. kili wipes his boots on the pale orc's glory box. -- maciliel telpemairo


cats16
Valinor


Jul 29 2015, 5:31am

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*wanders into room* [In reply to] Can't Post

Hullo there!

I'm going to do everything I can to make it all the way through this one, unlike FOTR. Really regrettable that I couldn't jump back in! Unsure

Could I possibly do The Uruk-hai? I think that date should work well for me, looking ahead.

Thanks for keeping this together, everyone! I'm really glad things are still moving onward, in proper Tolkien spirit.

Smile

Join us every weekend in the Hobbit movie forum for this week's CHOW (Chapter of the Week) discussion!




noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 29 2015, 10:30am

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Thanks cats16 And A Uruk- High 5 to you for taking "Uruk-hai" // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


CuriousG
Half-elven


Jul 29 2015, 1:24pm

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Is it really family-friendly to discuss a bunch of orcs stoned on drugs? [In reply to] Can't Post

We should instead consider the Uruk-low, except that might be a little too depressing.

Might I suggest discussing the Uruk-medium as a happy compromise?


noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 29 2015, 1:43pm

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You don't want to say "medium" to the Uruks.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Not after that unfortunate business of the escaped dwarf soothsayer. They're still terrified that Saruman will find out there's a small medium at large....

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


CuriousG
Half-elven


Jul 29 2015, 5:21pm

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OMG, that is classic!! [In reply to] Can't Post


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there's a small medium at large....


SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile !!!!





Brethil
Half-elven


Jul 29 2015, 8:22pm

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No, it may give them all kinds of ideas. [In reply to] Can't Post


In Reply To
You don't want to say "medium" to the Uruks....





Uruk 1: "Hmmm, Ugluk looks a bit worn down."
Uruk 2: Looks over. "Yeah. Medicine or dinner?"
Uruk 1: "I say dinner. Make my cut medium."
Uruk 2 sharpens knife.









noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 29 2015, 8:26pm

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And besides, being whacked over the head with your ouija board often offends... // [In reply to] Can't Post

What was this thread about again? Oh, yeah...

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 29 2015, 8:54pm

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Atari? What makes you think that....? [In reply to] Can't Post



Don't see it at all, myself Tongue

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


cats16
Valinor


Jul 30 2015, 4:18am

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Hahaha // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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noWizardme
Valinor


Jul 30 2015, 8:27am

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**Latest chapter leader board (30 July 2015)** [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far, we have leaders for the first 4 chapters and so Boromir will be able to Depart on schedule. There are still chapters wanting leaders from 11 October onwards, so nobody needs to feel they've come too late to join the Fellowship. It would be especially nice to get a leader for Chapter V The White Rider, as then we have a batting order up until 25 October.

week # Chapter # Chapter name # leader
13-Sep-15 # I # The Departure of Boromir # MirielCelebel
20-Sep-15 # II # The Riders of Rohan # Brethil
27-Sep-15 # III # The Uruk-hai # cats16
04-Oct-15 # IV # Treebeard # Mikah
11-Oct-15 # V # The White Rider #
18-Oct-15 # VI # The King of the Golden Hall # squire
25-Oct-15 # VII # Helm's Deep #
01-Nov-15 # VIII # The Road to Isengard #
08-Nov-15 # IX # Flotsam and Jetsam #
15-Nov-15 # X # The Voice of Saruman #
22-Nov-15 # XI # The Palantir #

Obviously I'l be pleased to have a full team of chapter leaders as soon as we can, and the recruiting office definitely remains open for further volunteers. But I do appreciate that some folks can't commit quite yet. For example, maybe someone needs to wait and see how busy they are in October/November, or wants to wait and see what character the discussion has this time. So I propose we say we'll definitely start on 13th September, and if necessary I'll re-advertise a bit later to fill those later slots.

Thanks again to the chapter leaders who have volunteered so far - Heart of course we can't do these read-throughs without people coming forward to start the conversations, and so chapter leaders deserve our gratitude.

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


jochenkeen
The Shire

Aug 2 2015, 10:39pm

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The Voice of Saruman? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd be happy to sign up for the Voice of Saruman if it is still free!

Thanks for getting this together - I'm looking forward to it.

Matthew (aka Jochenkeen)


Mikah
Lorien

Aug 4 2015, 11:51pm

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GGRREAT! [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that is great news! I am looking forward to your take on The Voice of Saruman! It is one of my favorite chapters!


Entwife Wandlimb
Lorien


Aug 6 2015, 11:43pm

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The White Rider [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll take it if it's open. Thanks!


Brethil
Half-elven


Aug 7 2015, 5:01am

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Lovely to see all the sign ups! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 









noWizardme
Valinor


Aug 7 2015, 7:52am

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Thanks for this - The Voice of Saruman is yours! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks very much! Apologies for taking some time to reply - it wasn't lack of enthusiasm, it was that i was away Wink

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


noWizardme
Valinor


Aug 7 2015, 7:54am

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Thanks - The White Rider it is! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's a good chapter, and of course it means we're in the good position of having leaders all the way to 24 October. (Sorry it has taken me a while to respond - I've been up a mountain...)

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


noWizardme
Valinor


Aug 7 2015, 8:04am

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**latest (chapter) leader board - situation on 7 August 2015 [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, this is good - I go off for a few days and come back to more sign-ups! We now have leaders all the way down to 24 October.

Chapters still free if you would like to volunteer are:

25-Oct-15 # VII # Helm's Deep
01-Nov-15 # VIII # The Road to Isengard
08-Nov-15 # IX # Flotsam and Jetsam
22-Nov-15 # XI # The Palantir


...and the schedule to date is:

week starts # Chapter # Chapter name # leader
13-Sep-15 # I # The Departure of Boromir # MirielCelebel

20-Sep-15 # II # The Riders of Rohan # Brethil

27-Sep-15 # III # The Uruk-hai # cats16

04-Oct-15 # IV # Treebeard # Mikah

11-Oct-15 # V # The White Rider # Entwife Wandlimb 

18-Oct-15 # VI # The King of the Golden Hall # squire

25-Oct-15 # VII # Helm's Deep #
01-Nov-15 # VIII # The Road to Isengard #
08-Nov-15 # IX # Flotsam and Jetsam #


15-Nov-15 # X # The Voice of Saruman # jochenkeen 

22-Nov-15 # XI # The Palantir #

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Join us for a read-through of The Two Towers (Book III of Lord of the Rings) in the Reading-Room - 13 September- 29 November 2015.
Schedule etc: http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=864064#864064


arithmancer
Grey Havens


Aug 9 2015, 5:02pm

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Helm's Deep! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd be happy to lead that chapter.


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