- Nov 10, 2007Thanks for the welcome John...and it is a great pleasure to meet
I'm about halfway through the second volume of The History of the
Hobbit and have found it absolutely fascinating. I must say that
you did a fantastic job not just with the research and scholarship,
but with the organization of the piece, which reads smoothly. The
editorial commentary does not interfere with the narrative, and I
think that gives the volumes a flow that is missing from 'The
History of LotR'.
I actually live about midway between Peoria and Rockford...out in no-
man's land, so to speak. Strangely enough, my sister-in-law also
lives in Harvard. Small world.
I learned at the last moment (from Mike Foster) about your speaking
engagement at Marquette, and wish I had known earlier. I hope to
meet with Mike's Peoria Mythsoc discussion group later this month
for the first time, so that should be fascinating.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, John D Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
> Welcome to the list, Adam.
> And thanks for the link to your website. Only had a chance to
> glance at it so far, but looks quite interesting.
> Where in Northern Illinois? I was just in Harvard and
> last month visiting in-laws. Unfortunately, since the Chicago-
> Tolkien/Inklings discussion group ('Place of the Lion') broke up
> years ago, I think the closest groups of like-minded people these
> days must be Madison (the Univ. of Wisc. Tolk. Soc.) and
> (the Burrahobbits), either of which is well worth a visit if you
yourself in those parts.
> --John R.
> On Nov 8, 2007, at 10:37 AM, Adam Smith wrote:
> > Hello all,
> > I already made my first post a couple of days ago, but since I'm
> > to the board (and to the Mythopoeic Society) I thought I would
> > introduce myself.
> > My name is Adam Smith, I'm 30, and live in Northern Illinois.
> > been a fan of fantasy, and particularly JRR Tolkien, for as long
> > I can remember. I first read 'The Hobbit' some time in my late
> > elementary school years and have been hooked ever since.
> > Earlier this year I returned to Tolkien's books after a few
> > burnout. The movies had put what had seemed like a very private
> > (and exclusive) love of Tolkien into the mainstream. Not that
> > Tolkien hadn't been extremely popular and influencial before
> > but Middle-earth was suddenly on every street corner and on the
> > of people who had never in their life picked up a book.
> > The movies did have a positive effect, however, in helping to
> > forth the current resurgence of scholarship on all things
> > and so I soon found myself once again knee-deep in Tolkien
> > and fascinated anew by the fantasy genre.
> > I started a website earlier this year, www.tolkien-online.com,
> > outlet for my own personal essays & opinions, and as a source of
> > information for others. It is a collection of various reviews,
> > studies, and overviews.
> > I also joined the Mythopoeic Society back in April, hoping to
> > from others and contribute to fantasy studies.
> > I recently stumbled across a link to this group and promptly
> > joined. I already recognize many of the names here as prominent
> > writers, Tolkien scholars, and active members of the Mythopoeic
> > Society.
> > It is wonderful to meet you all. I hope that I can also make a
> > positive contribution to the various discussions here in the
> > ------
> > Adam Smith
> > tolkien-online.com
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