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How do you reread?

The Shire

May 7 2018, 12:52pm

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How do you reread? Can't Post

Ive been thinking about rereading Tolkien and I was wondering how you guys did it? Do you just do one book? The entire LOTR trilogy? Hobbit+LOTR? Silmarillion too?


May 7 2018, 5:24pm

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Welcome to the Reading Room, Erethen! [In reply to] Can't Post

I suspect there is no one right answer - you can do what you think will be most entertaining for you. I think they can be seen as free-standing stories rather than a book series.

I have just proposed a 'read through' of The Hobbit (in which we read a chapter a week together, and discuss - see http://newboards.theonering.net/...i?post=944603#944603 ). I've found that a great way to benefit from all the things that other people know/notice. So that might be a factor in your decision.

Where's that old read-through discussion?
A wonderful list of links to previous chapters in the 2014-2016 LOTR read-through (and to previous read-throughs) is curated by our very own 'squire' here http://users.bestweb.net/...-SixthDiscussion.htm


May 8 2018, 8:44pm

Post #3 of 8 (2082 views)
Im a browser [In reply to] Can't Post

So I go back and re-read my favorite parts, which sometimes leads to reading several chapters, or maybe just one. (And my favorites can shift a little over the years.)

And welcome to the Reading Room, Erethen!


May 9 2018, 8:48am

Post #4 of 8 (2043 views)
Wow, these AI programs are getting convincing then! ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd always assumed you were a person (not a browser) CuriousG! Alan Turning wins his 'imitation game', then*.Wink

My Toliien-reading process has varied.

At first (aged maybe 11 and for a few years after) I read The Hobbit and LOTR like this:
(The image that follows is an animated gif of a boy taking up a cycle of contorted positions in and across an armchair, while he is totally lost in his reading. The images are by the cartoonist Gluyas Williams, and the animated GIF is the work of 'boristhebelligerant' http://boristhebelligerent.tumblr.com/post/17873731324 )

I recall keeping that up for hours, so that on one occasion reading about the Uruk-hai forced-arching across Rohan turned my hands (appropriately, perhaps) into useless claws....

I went through a browsing phase, and a read-through phase. These days my bookmark slowly advances through LOTR then cycles back.

*Alan Turning proposed that if, after as reasonable time, you couldn't tell whether you were communicating with a human or a computer, you ought to call the computer intelligent. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test

Where's that old read-through discussion?
A wonderful list of links to previous chapters in the 2014-2016 LOTR read-through (and to previous read-throughs) is curated by our very own 'squire' here http://users.bestweb.net/...-SixthDiscussion.htm


May 10 2018, 10:54pm

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Just call me Chrome. // [In reply to] Can't Post


uncle Iorlas

May 11 2018, 2:28am

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with unruly children [In reply to] Can't Post

I am currently bookmarked in four different places in LOTR with three different kids. This has made for some jarring juxtapositions at times; at one point I killed Gandalf with my seven-year-old and Frodo with my eleven-year-old in the same night (the younger still seems to believe she has been given accidental advance warning of Frodo's death). On an earlier night, same two kids, I got to end two chapters with a pair of Frodo's best moments: breaking the silence at the end of Elrond's council, and exhaustedly confessing his errand to Faramir. That was a good night.


May 11 2018, 5:30pm

Post #7 of 8 (1909 views)
I go "I need to look that up". [In reply to] Can't Post

Then the next thing I know I'm re-reading the whole dang thing!

Tolkien is insidious.

Did you say 'You Shall Not Pass' or 'You Shall Not Sass'?" asked the Balrog.

"I said 'You Shall Not Pass,' replied Gandalf; "and I wish you wouldn't keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly: you make one quite giddy."

"All right," said the Balrog; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of its wings, and ending with its shadow, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.

'Well! I've often seen wings without a Balrog,' thought Gandalf; `but a Balrog without wings! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!

-The Adventures of Gandalf in Middle-earth Land


May 14 2018, 5:53pm

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Tolkien is like an addictive drug. [In reply to] Can't Post

There should be laws restricting usage of him.


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