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Mini Appendix A Read-Along Starts Friday!

Mini Appendix A Read-Along Starts Friday!:

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Hey everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed your read-along break! But it’s time to get things going for the 2015 lineup, and to start off we’re doing a nice, quick, casual read of Appendix A of Lord of the Rings.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Week 1 (January 30-February 6) Numenor,…

Well! Here we go again =)

Mini Appendix A Read-Along Starts Friday!

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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Movie: Once more on the merry-go-round (An Addendum)

Thranduil_BotFAAn unexpected coincidence that is surely the perfect augmentation to Movie: Once more on the merry-go-round.

This one panel sums so well the questions. Not all, but well enough.

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Movie: Once more on the merry-go-round

Thranduil_BotFAI’ve worked through my feels and thoughts about BotFA for a whole week, with a rambling list of random thoughts, making a quickie fix-it ficlet for that bizarro ending scene between Thranduil and Legolas, pondered on the emotional quotients of LotR vs TH, expositioned on the social engineering work of the series, even showing a hint of my thraldom to the Elvenking during the proceedings. But I’ve not discussed the reception beyond the lurkmirk. That’s because the reviews I saw that were from fans’ perspective (of particular interest for me) were quite clear-cut in their support (or not) of the movies, and there wasn’t much that was interesting enough for a mention. Until now.

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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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Reader: The Silmarillion. Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

Reader deep thought: The wrap-up! The end of the First Age saw the beginning of the Elven exodus, the Second marked the Downfall of Númenór. And here unveiled are the aftermath the Downfall, interwoven with the tale of how and why Sauron kept it up in Middle-earth after Morgoth’s done for, geology shakeup, and cliff-notes for the Third Age galore. Yes, including the entirety for Gollum’s being, Precious. Though, what is it with crafty Noldor and objects of great allure that must involve W.A.R. at some point?
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Reader: The Silmarillion. Akallabêth

Reader deep thought: From the aftermath of the War of Wrath emerged a new landscape in Middle-earth, both literally and socio-geo-politically. The Second Age, the Age of Men had begun. Morgoth may be gone, but this was not a happily ever after tale about the Edain, the three Houses of Elf-friends who fought on the side of the Eldar and the Valar: this was about Men behaving badly, aka the Downfall of Númenor, which began when the Valar took it into mind to “put things in place”, featuring a brand new pad for the scions of the Edain, or as they called themselves after the fancy new pad: Númenoreans, aka Dúnedain.

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Reader: The Silmarillion. The Allure Of The Valaquenta

the_old_colosseum_by_flaviobolla-d80yv07-iSo closes the Quenta Silmarillion with the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath. So ends the First Age since the Sun and the Moon were first hoisted into the sky. There’s only two more chapters before the main text is done. Meantime, I noticed a curious blog view phenomenon, thanks to the Valar.
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