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Tales from the perilous realm
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Curious
Half-elven


Jul 16 2012, 2:43pm

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That's how The Hobbit was meant to be read. [In reply to] Can't Post

Preferably at bedtime. Out loud is not mandatory.


DanielLB
Immortal


Jul 16 2012, 3:18pm

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Yeah, the ones with batteries, which no-one in ME had ;-) / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


squire
Valinor


Jul 16 2012, 4:55pm

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If we stretch our definition of 'flashlight' far enough we could call the stars flashlights, too [In reply to] Can't Post

The magical lamps of the Elves' and Dwarves' cavern-dwellings are no more the equivalent of a modern flashlight (electric torch, in Britain), than lembas is a processed and vitamin-fortified carbohydrate ration in a natural foil (the word means 'leaf') wrapper. To compare the two types of solutions to mankind's imagined needs, one being technological and real and one being magical and unreal, is fair; to say they are the same thing is to flatten Tolkien's fantasy until there is nothing left of it.



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Curious
Half-elven


Jul 16 2012, 5:02pm

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Okay, okay. [In reply to] Can't Post

Spoilsport.


squire
Valinor


Jul 16 2012, 6:50pm

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No trouble at all [In reply to] Can't Post

We live to annoy nitpick.



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dormouse
Half-elven


Jul 20 2012, 1:11pm

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Not a silly question.... [In reply to] Can't Post

... and I think there is something special about Lord of the Rings, which is what draws so many of us back to the books time and again. It touches your imagination in a very special way, I think, and that stays with you and affects your response to other things. I've read and loved a lot of books but I've never read anything else that I so passionately wanted to be true - if that makes sense.

Oh, and to your other question, 'Tales from the Perilous Realm' is worth having if you like Tolkien - not least because it gives you so many things in one cover. Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham; Leaf by Niggle and Smith of Wootton Major; the collection of poems that was published under the title The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (that's the only part of 'Tales' that relates to Middle Earth) and Tolkien's Essay on Fairy-Stories, which is an insight into his way of thinking. And some editions have pencil drawings by Alan Lee as well. But if you're not certain, why not do as geordie says and try a library, or look at a copy in a book shop.


Morok Cloudkeeper
Rohan


Jul 20 2012, 1:51pm

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Well, I actually bought a paperback edition of LOTR [In reply to] Can't Post

But since everything was so crammed together, I didn't have an urge to read it. So I gave it to a friend, who wanted to repay me by buying a proper version of LOTR. The illustrated one by Alan Lee. I also have The Hobbit illustrated by Alan Lee and it's so gorgeous. I highly recommend it.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.



HappyHobbitess
Rohan


Jul 20 2012, 7:49pm

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I'm not sure that it's made me smarter or wiser... [In reply to] Can't Post

...but it's definitely enriched my life, has given a reference point and inspiration in situations where I need courage, and has made me want to be a better person.

Even if it doesn't have this effect on you, I hope you enjoy it!

"Yes, but what about SECOND breakfast?"


Morok Cloudkeeper
Rohan


Jul 20 2012, 11:01pm

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Oh I'm sure it will. [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.



(This post was edited by Morok Cloudkeeper on Jul 20 2012, 11:01pm)


vexx801
Rivendell

Nov 11 2012, 11:23pm

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It has mine [In reply to] Can't Post

I grew up reading Tolkien and watching adaptations of some of his works. I am currently reading Tales from the Perilous Realms, Children of Hurin, and Unfinished Tales. I have read The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit is actually my favorite work of literature and I read it once or twice every year, so the upcoming film trilogy has excited me to no end. Anywho, I purchased Tales from the Perilous Realm because it contained material related to Middle-Earth, and although there is not much I still enjoyed it, and I found myself enjoying Roverandom and Farmer Giles of Ham.

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