Done with the Silm notes. Or are we?

old-forest-road-ben-zweifelWhen I started on the Silm notations, I mentioned that I was following the schedule of the read-along happening on tumblr to help keep me on track. But, unlike the read-along’s exclusive focus on the main text, I had intended to go book cover to book cover, starting with the foreword and preface, and concluding with my own map of the story flow in the Silm. I expected to have a notation post, and at least one content discussion post every week of the read-along. And it seemed like I had all the time in the world to make the schedule, and keep to my plan. But if there’s one thing to learn from the book, it’s that things do not go according to plan, no matter one’s station. Universal entropy is the greatest existential equilizer.

With Friday’s post, the main text notations are completed, two months behind schedule, but at least they’re done.



jrr tolkienBefore diving into “What’s Next?”, I would like to say “thank you” to followers of the blog. I expected my blogging to be a monologue the world passes by for the most part, so it has been an amazing thing to have followers at all.

Interactions are certainly at a premium, but as a habitual lurker myself (yes, the irony), I understand and totally get it. And perhaps some followers even forgot why they had this blog on their follow list anyway, which is understandable too.



Alan-Lee-Supper-With-The-Elves-In-Woody-End-ForestNow I find myself at a cross-road junction. There’s still plenty in the Silm to wonder and poke into, and definitely there are objectives I started with that’s yet to be completed, but perhaps it’s time to review the blog, and change things a bit.

As mentioned, I had intended for at least one analysis/discussion post accompany every weekly chapter notation. Clearly, it’s turned out to be a chronic deficiency.

To be honest, sweatingtomordor‘s the kind of blogging I wanna grow up to do.  I won’t have that depth of analysis and thought, but one can dream.

It’s been a real TREAT, an experience to read and follow (though I do think I should reset and make a proper go of it and start at the start with my start of the LotR re-read).

My notations were meant to serve as the re-education process before I start shooting my mouth off about my personal thoughts and ideas. In consideration of the world’s safety and my lack of depth, my ambitions shall stay small and manageable (hopefully), for now.


Post Frequency & Content

For a number of reasons, three posts a week is a bit much to manage going forward, at least for the next months. Not for the lack of content or ideas, but the lack of time to do the topic any rambly justice.

tolkien_wallpaper__the_one_by_mcnealy-d5xrl3ySo the plan for now is to scale back, until things let up in Real Life and I can once again focus on my ME adventure.

Content-wise, things may get iffy for a while, but if the inconveniences of Real Life cooperate, the blog should settle into a two-post-a-week cadence, with

  • Sundays for ambling rambling posts about Middle-earth
  • Wednesdays for the once-a-week book notation posts of LotR, UT, and CoH. (Some, at least a part of it, may follow other read-along schedules of the aforementioned tumblr, just to keep me on the straight and narrow.)

Or maybe vice versa. What’s certain is posts in the next weeks will continue to be Silm-focused.



Incidentally, I’ve been playing around with sharing content across platforms, not from delusions of grandeur (or at least that’s what I tell myself), but for the fun and experience. Besides, what use are tech toys if they’re not played with?

I’ve got posts from the blog automatically set up to be shared on tumblr for a while now. With this post, the blogging’s going twitter and google+ as well.



Looking Forward

Without the luxury of Galadriel’s Mirror, nor would access be particularly helpful given its track record, I have no idea what might become of this blog.

But come what may, I intend to continue on this path my admittedly hairless feet were set on. It may be slow, and it will certainly be long, but at least I will have fun and enjoy myself.

And for anyone still willing to come along and stay for the ride, I hope you will enjoy yourself too.

Thank you.

8 thoughts on “Done with the Silm notes. Or are we?

  1. Eruvandi

    waves Hi Lurker! I thought I’d let you know that although I haven’t commented, I have read several of your blog posts and I think it’s great that you’ve taken the time to really interact with the Silm like this. Best of luck with any future blogging and I hope you keep having fun and enjoying it. 🙂

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    1. lurkerinthemirk Post author

      Hey there, Eruvandi! Thanks for dropping by. Appreciate it. I will continue having fun. Just got to pick and choose the playgrounds to wallow in. By all evidence, I’ve made the right choice where it mattered. 🙂 See’ya!


  2. Eric

    So what are the objectives you haven’t met yet?

    And really, what I do isn’t incredibly difficult. Mostly it comes from the need to justify to myself having so many books. At least I get to use them!

    I’m really excited to see the ramblings! And if you’re worried about not being able to post often enough, why not just split up a post. I usually like to keep mine between 1,000 – 1,500 words. Yours have been much longer and could have been cut up a bit (had you not been doing a chapter per post – I mean, it’s understandable why you didn’t do that, but since you’re not doing the chapter-per-post anymore, you can write all you like and chop chop chop away!).

    buckles in

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    1. lurkerinthemirk Post author

      Unmet objectives = the ramble in the scribble 😛 I’m beginning to think your Silmmie slow cook‘s gonna help in making the rambles work actually. Because with the chapter notes done, I can follow distractions with impunity now.

      No, what you do isn’t difficult, just insane with the connexions you see and thread through across all those books you got (short supply on my shelf). But you’re right, I should go out and get them, then I’ll have the best reason to justify them 😀

      Oh, definitely! Thanks for the note! I’m really taking that snipping suggestion to heart, especially after seeing how you do it. Plus, as you noted, I’m DONE with chapter notes. I’ll still do LotR notes, but not by the chapter if I can help it. Putting myself once through the wringer was experience enough.

      And much thanks for the vote of confidence. 🙂 Getting the rambles on should be good for some trippy rides at least. 🙂 hands out helmet


      1. Eric

        Excited about the rambles, of course. I’m sure I’ll reference your chapter notes for bigger picture stuff. Just makes sense to do that.

        And yes! More books!


          1. Eric

            Well, the entire HoME series, of course. The LotR Readers Companion by Hammond & Scull is pretty essential. I’d also suggest anything by Verlyn Flieger. From there, it just depends on your focus.


          2. lurkerinthemirk Post author

            Well, at least I’m not a total lost cause – got BoLT I & II already. I did forget the ones you mention before. As preventive measure. I’m making a list under my Reader page right now.


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