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Tolkien Reading Day is March 25: What should the RR do to celebrate?

a.s.
Valinor


Mar 12 2009, 9:11pm

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Tolkien Reading Day is March 25: What should the RR do to celebrate? Can't Post

No, now listen, honestly people: we are the READING room. You know, "reading". Get it? And there is an actual verifiable Tolkien READING Day, as in the day the world stops everything and reads something by Tolkien (right? isn't that what happens in your part of the world???)!

So all right, I guess we don't have time to plan a MOOT or anything. Maybe we can teleconference....hmmm, I am trying to imagine my tech person not breaking into hysterical laughter when I ask him to set up a tele-room for me to conference so I can read Tolkien with my friends.

HAH, that will be a cold day in, ahem.

Well, maybe we can all pause at 12 noon in whatever time zone we're in and read the first chapter of Hobbit?

For serious, here is the link to the Tolkien Society's page about Tolkien Reading Day. I seriously cannot tell if this was only in 2003, or if this is supposed to be a yearly thing. Can someone who celebrates or has celebrated this day comment?

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana


Call Her Emily


sador
Half-elven

Mar 12 2009, 9:21pm

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Probably take a day off [In reply to] Can't Post

To relax a bit, after the beating we receive down at Feedback:Pirate
As for myself, it being a couple of days after my wife's birthday, I will probably still be wondering what to buy her

"They always wished to talk to everything, the old Elves did" - Treebeard


a.s.
Valinor


Mar 12 2009, 9:46pm

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**sings: "she drinks a lager drink, she drinks a cider drink" [In reply to] Can't Post


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Probably take a day off to relax a bit, after the beating we receive down at Feedback




We get knocked down, but we get up again, they're never going to keep us down.

Seriously. Or, not.

Cool

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana


Call Her Emily


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Mar 12 2009, 9:46pm

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Hey, it will be a couple of days after my husband's birthday, too! [In reply to] Can't Post

But I don't have to wonder what to buy him. He always buys himself train stuff.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Mar 12 2009, 9:50pm

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For serious [In reply to] Can't Post

maybe we could invite people to post their favorite Tolkien quotes, and see how much independent overlap there is. Or maybe ask people to post their favorite Tolkien quotes that they think nobody else will post, and see how much overlap there is in that. We might find some great obscure stuff.

I can't read the first chapter of the Hobbit at noon, though, because I'm going to be in class talking about conic sections. Which aren't nearly as funny as the comic section. Sorry, babbling again...

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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leleni at hotmail dot com
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Curious
Half-elven


Mar 12 2009, 10:17pm

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I propose that we discuss what day the Ring was *really* unmade, [In reply to] Can't Post

and the significance of March 25 or lack thereof, and the importance of the Appendix on calendars or lack thereof, and whether Tolkien's obsession with calendars distracts from the profound message of LotR, or whether the hobbits were obsessed with calendars, or whether some Gondor scribe added that appendix, or -- wait, I guess we've already done that! I guess I'll go back to my usual, lying half naked on a volcanic rock waiting for a giant eagle to rescue me, like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Smile

Sorry, I actually like the idea of reading the first chapter of The Hobbit, but I'm afraid I'm otherwise occupied at noon. Maybe you can just start a thread at noon with the post "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Then we can each add a sentence to the thread. But wait, that might violate copyright restrictions.

Hmm, perhaps we can each recall the first time we read something by Tolkien? That might be fun, although my memory is quite fuzzy. Or maybe we can just trade Tolkien anecdotes, including things that happened on this board -- but not movie anecdotes, book or Reading Room anecdotes. Like the first time we posted in the Reading Room, or memorable Reading Room denizens who are no longer here, or the first time we read something by Tolkien, or the last time we read something by Tolkien, or a time when Tolkien moved us to tears, or our favorite "aha!" moment involving Tolkien's books, or our favorite obscure Tolkien quote, or, well, you get the idea.

But again, I won't be available at precisely noon. I think we should make it an all-day thread, whatever we do. Or a collection of threads, if people have ideas for different threads.


cloudland
Bree


Mar 12 2009, 10:34pm

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I like this idea [In reply to] Can't Post

Not everyone thus far can be reading during the noon day hour. But if we all posted our favorite quotes, I'll be we'll have a wonderful collection from many different sources. This is easy and everyone can participate.

Lucky me though, during that hour is my lunch break. Smile My tradition is I read the Ainulindale, Valaquenta and Of the Beginning of Days from The Sil. Most times I end up reading the whole book after that.

Does anyone else have a traditional reading? And if so what is it?

cloudland (kloud'land'), n. 1. the sky. 2. a region of daydreams, imaginations, etc.; dreamland.


Dreamdeer
Valinor


Mar 12 2009, 11:25pm

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Virtual party? [In reply to] Can't Post

I know, this isn't a role-playing site. But we could let our hair down for one day. Whatever we do, it should be fun!

Life is beautiful and dangerous! Beware! Enjoy!


Dreamdeer
Valinor


Mar 12 2009, 11:50pm

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Beating? Or a thumping hard massage? [In reply to] Can't Post

I would consider what's happening more therapeutic than punitive, personally. I think that we will come out the better for it in the long run.

Although I disagree with much of the original post that started the whole "Network(s) of exsisting friends " thread in "Feedback", I think some important points have surfaced regarding the Reading Room, that don't come from the original poster. I do want to see the same sorts of discussions continue, as they have a lot to offer. I just wish to see the repertoire expand to include other kinds of book discussion as well. The consensus that seems to be rising is not that there is anything wrong with the more scientific kinds of discussion, but that we have been conveying the impression that it's the only "right" way to discuss a book. I've been missing a broader spectrum, myself. I have a voracious brain that wants a varied diet. And when so many good people step forward to express a feeling of having been driven away, I think we need to look at that.

I didn't even notice that we had a Feedback forum until this came up. I'm glad I looked there. I think that everyone here should at least read the thread and make up their own minds as to what does or does not apply here.

Life is beautiful and dangerous! Beware! Enjoy!


entmaiden
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Mar 13 2009, 3:34am

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I can try [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll put a note in my calendar, and I'll read the first chapter during my lunch break. Great idea, a.s.

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`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.


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Luthien Rising
Lorien


Mar 13 2009, 8:42pm

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You could always try for noon -- [In reply to] Can't Post

-- in Fiji time. Preferably in the shade.

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a.s.
Valinor


Mar 15 2009, 11:12pm

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Before it drops off the board, a wrap-up and suggestion [In reply to] Can't Post

It seems there is at least some interest in celebrating Tolkien Reading Day in the RR. Several good suggestions, here and in another thread.

I'd like to simply start a "celebrate Tolkien Reading Day Today" thread on Weds morning, March 25. It's a Wednesday, so that means I'll be posting one of my weekly book review threads in OT anyway. I will mention and crosslink to our celebration, and ask for people to contribute thoughts or plans, such as:
  • invite people to post their favorite quotes
  • first, last Tolkien readings
  • "ah-hah" Tolkien moments
  • what is your favorite? questions
  • how are you celebrating? questions
  • a "read a page in honor" reminder
  • and stuff like those there (all right, it's Sunday night, my brain is tired)


OK by all in the RR?

There is no reason to only have one post, although it might be fun to see how many we can get to "read a page" and say what they are reading on that day.

Unless I hear otherwise, I will plan to do this on the am of March 25 (Eastern US Time).

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana


Call Her Emily


simplyaven
Grey Havens


Mar 15 2009, 11:53pm

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Umm... Are the non-regulars who are on the other side of the baricade... [In reply to] Can't Post

allowed to celebrate Tolkien in the RR that day? I would love to somehow celebrate it, whatever is decided, I'm all for it! Smile

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Curious
Half-elven


Mar 16 2009, 12:54am

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Okay by me.// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Dreamdeer
Valinor


Mar 16 2009, 12:57am

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Allowed? [In reply to] Can't Post

What barricade? People have expressed feeling uncomfortable, and the regulars have quite humbly asked how they can make others feel more comfortable. We're still working out the details, but I don't see this as a barricade issue. I spoke up because I had confidence that if I did, it would turn out that those who had made me uncomfortable had done so inadvertantly, and would much rather have me talk about it than have me slink away without any discussion. I have that confidence because they really are nice people.

Life is beautiful and dangerous! Beware! Enjoy!


Dreamdeer
Valinor


Mar 16 2009, 1:00am

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It sounds terrific! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm cutting paper lanterns for the party tree even as we speak. (Virtually, anyway!)

Life is beautiful and dangerous! Beware! Enjoy!


a.s.
Valinor


Mar 16 2009, 1:10am

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"...ask for people to contribute thoughts or plans..." [In reply to] Can't Post

In a virtual world, there are only virtual barricades, so just walk right through them, they are not real.

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I'm really hoping by cross-posting in an OT thread, we will get a good response. The more, the merrier.

(**note to self: check that we have enough kegs on order**)

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana


Call Her Emily


dernwyn
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Mar 16 2009, 2:18am

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Sure, go for it! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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entmaiden
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Mar 16 2009, 2:53am

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Sounds great a.s. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm hoping I can join in! Thanks for pulling this together.

Each cloak was fastened about the neck with a brooch like a green leaf veined with silver.
`Are these magic cloaks?' asked Pippin, looking at them with wonder.
`I do not know what you mean by that,' answered the leader of the Elves.


NARF since 1974.
Balin Bows


simplyaven
Grey Havens


Mar 16 2009, 8:23pm

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Sorry, I was kidding! Just my wicked sense of humour :( // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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simplyaven
Grey Havens


Mar 16 2009, 8:25pm

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Great! I'm in, I'm in! :))) Hugs {a.s.} // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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