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Would anyone be interested in a Reading-Room style discussion of an Off-Topic book?

Curious
Half-elven

Mar 12 2007, 8:09pm

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     Would anyone be interested in a Reading-Room style discussion of an Off-Topic book?  

If so, please respond here.


(This post was edited by Kimi on Mar 13 2007, 12:05am)


FarFromHome
Valinor


Mar 12 2007, 8:45pm

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     If we could agree on a book [In reply to]  

I'd certainly be interested in taking part. We couldn't expect to get the same depth of discussion, though, since people presumably wouldn't be familiar with the book beforehand. But that might be a good thing, for a change!

...and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew,
and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth;
and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore
glimmered and was lost.


a.s.
Valinor


Mar 12 2007, 9:11pm

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     yes, but not as prolonged [In reply to]  

except maybe for a few "classics", I can't imagine doing a chapter by chapter "analysis" as we do for LOTR. But I would definately be interested in doing this.

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Everybody's wondering what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worried 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
No one knows for certain, and so it's all the same to me:
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
~~~~Iris DeMent


Curious
Half-elven

Mar 12 2007, 9:22pm

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     Which classics? [In reply to]  

 


Moriel
The Shire


Mar 12 2007, 9:42pm

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     Beowulf or some other medieval writing? [In reply to]  

I having been in here for a while, so forgive me if it has been done already, but Beowulf seems like a logical choice since it is both a classic and is very Tolkien related.

Or how about Icelandic sagas? Many of them can be found in translation online which would allow everyone easy access to the same text. http://omacl.org/language.html

And there are always Tolkien's translations of Pearl, Sir Orfeo, and Sir Gawain and the Green Night.

Moriel - the Daughter of the Dark
Serving your wiseacre needs since the blooming of the Trees.


Moriel
The Shire


Mar 12 2007, 9:45pm

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     Stephen Donaldson's "Lord Foul's Bane" [In reply to]  

It is a very good fantasy that owes a lot to Tolkien. Indeed many of the concepts in the book are taken directly from LOTR (magic ring, fiery mountain, immortal evil being regaining his power, etc) but Donaldson manages to create a world and a story that is unique and wonderful in it's own right.

Moriel - the Daughter of the Dark
Serving your wiseacre needs since the blooming of the Trees.


Curious
Half-elven

Mar 12 2007, 9:50pm

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     Please respond in the Off Topic Board, as originally requested. [In reply to]  

The admins asked me to keep the discussion on that board. I know, I contributed to the problem by replying to a.s. on this board, but I will not do so in the future. I would appreciate it if everyone who responded on this board could do so again on the Off Topic Board. Thanks.


Stapper
Lorien


Mar 12 2007, 10:01pm

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     Beowulf's Old English [In reply to]  

Which I find very hard to read.Middle English's a bit easier (one advantage of a mandatory Middle English literature course where texts are set which do not have a modern English translation).
But then, I won't be the only one being too good reading older texts. Which brings me to translations into modern English. We'd all need the same translation on order to be able to compare properly... different editors might translate or phrase things differently, after all. Yes, they are available online -- but is the quality any good?

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Stapper
Lorien


Mar 12 2007, 10:06pm

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     Something (post-)Shakespearean? [In reply to]  

Then it's easier to all find copies with little to no variety in the text. The older (or rarer) the text, the higher the odds people will have very different varieties of the same basic text. This could make discussion fun in terms of comparison, but also complicate things because different wording can alter people's perception of what they read.

Just a suggestion...

Belinda's law: The chance a computer crashes is proportional to the importance of the document you're working on

FOTR:50 links / Samwise's cookbook / TORn birthday calendar / 'Things you never (want to) hear people say' list


FarFromHome
Valinor


Mar 12 2007, 10:13pm

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     I didn't notice [In reply to]  

that 'here' in your post was a link! I thought you actually meant here.

...and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew,
and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth;
and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore
glimmered and was lost.


Foe
Lorien


Mar 12 2007, 10:35pm

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     I would go for this discussion perhaps [In reply to]  

I've tried to get into "Lord Foul's Bane" a few times and lose it around the same part each time. This might help me out. Good choice!

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Kimi
Forum Admin / Moderator

Mar 12 2007, 11:05pm

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     I've locked this thread [In reply to]  

so that no one else accidentally replies here rather than on Off Topic (that looks odd). Anyone who's responded here and hasn't yet re-done their response on Off Topic might like to do just that, then I can do a tidy-up.

I'm also going to ask Altaira if links can be made more visible :-)




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