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The Liebster Award

liebster-award-logoSo I got my second ever connector mail, and it turned out to be a nomination for something called The Liebster Award.

Thank you, Umbreen (musingsofanerdygirl)!

I’ve followed Umbreen for months but shamefacedly, I can’t say much for Umbreen’s blog except: all ye nerds and nerd-friends, proceed to read her blog (after reading this post please). Because I somehow unknowingly dropped her from my follow list for goodness knows how long.

In her award response and nomination post here, her nom for this blog reads:

Lurker in the Mirk – for any Tolkien nerd

From one nerd to another: that sounds about right. Short and sweet too. Go us, go nerds!

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sundxwn: Crater Lake Ambassador by Bsam An Entwife in the Brown…

sundxwn:

Crater Lake Ambassador by Bsam

An Entwife in the Brown Lands, caught up the conflict of Sauron and the Last Alliance.

(Sidenote: I like the symbolism of the Bristlecone Pine for Entwives. It’s not only the form, even their longevity and how they are speaks to my headcanon. Ref 1. Ref 2.)

sundxwn:
Crater Lake Ambassador by Bsam

An Entwife in the Brown…

Let’s Begin at the Beginning (Silmarillion Slow Cooker)

STM-Silm-20150202The page-a-post Silmmie readalong has completed the Ainulindalë read.

And I’ve been wondering how do I exploit participate without over-committing on time I don’t quite have. Apart from adding my random ramblies to the posts, I’ve decided I’m going to collate each chapter’s posts into corresponding meta posts for my chapter notes. (Stroke of genius, if i may say so myself.)

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Men, Hobbits, and Framing, Or How Tolkien Still Couldn’t Start the Silmarillion (Part 2)

STM-Silm-20150130Men, Hobbits, and Framing, Or How Tolkien Still Couldn’t Start the Silmarillion (Part 2).

The follow-up to The Wandering Elf-friend, Or How Tolkien Couldn’t Start the Silmarillion (Part 1).

Continuing on details about the gestation of the Silmarillion. It’s fascinating, the changes, and unchanges, the manuscript got through the years.

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The Wandering Elf-friend, Or How Tolkien Couldn’t Start the Silmarillion (Part 1)

STM-Silm-20150128The Wandering Elf-friend, Or How Tolkien Couldn’t Start the Silmarillion (Part 1).

So it began, the return of the Silmarillion read, slow-cook style.

This is cuisine vastly different from the read-along on the tumblr group. I think of the tumblr read-along as hors d’oeuvre, and this slow-cook as the entrée. Because the Silm does need several passes to “get”.

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PSA: The Silmarillion page-read, aka “Loitering in those times of bad behaviour”

Silmarillion Book Cover Once more into the drama. If there was any thought of the Silm being done with, this sweatingtomordor announcement put paid to the notion.  28th January, Wedsneday, is the date!
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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.

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Happy 2015 + 2014 in review – wordpress and tumblr

Happy New Year to one and all. I am amazed that both my wordpress and tumblr accounts have followers at all. Thank you. May you be blessed with love, understanding and success in 2015.

For this short year in review, I would just like to say, blogging about the world of Tolkien is fun. Especially when the obsession bit gets free-range at tumblr. And sweatingtomordor is definitely my discovery of the year.

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