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Oct 26 2017, 5:58pm

Post #26 of 27 (312 views)
Yep [In reply to] Can't Post

The tragedy of territorial geeks is that they found the wonderful world of fantasy, then missed its point.
-Luke McKinney

"Extractor fans" and "territorial geeks" totally miss Tolkien's message of fellowship, brotherhood, love, understanding, honor, nobility, and tolerance. That is the real reason for any sort of spinning taking place in Tolkien's grave.

The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.

The Shire

Nov 4 2017, 12:23pm

Post #27 of 27 (248 views)
Great Times! [In reply to] Can't Post

It was a great time! Pre-internet "fandom" was better in every way. I can tell you there was enormous diversity and acceptance in that world - we really were the outsiders bound by common interests. Everything was DIY. Tolkien was definitely a "secret handshake" and it was great!!! Finding someone who had actually read LotR's or Dune or Foundation or Martian Chronicles etc. was always exciting. Yeah there were some movies of some things but you just didn't have to deal with a large group of "fans" who had never even cracked the original book. It was pure. I get misty thinking about it. I miss those days!

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