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  • not_thou
    The Tolkien Society designated Tolkien s Seafarers as the theme of this year s Reading Day [1]. TheOneRing.net has commemorated the day by posting an essay
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 25, 2010
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      The Tolkien Society designated "Tolkien's Seafarers" as the theme of this year's Reading Day [1]. TheOneRing.net has commemorated the day by posting an essay from one of its members on this year's topic [2] (which has been the subject of some follow-up discussion [3]). In addition, on the general subject of reading Tolkien, other TORN contributors have posted on the "ABCs of Tolkien": a short passage by Tolkien for each letter of the alphabet, followed by a little commentary [4]. Some letters were selected by more than one person. The choices range pretty widely:

      A -Arkenstone
      B -Beowulf
      C -Cerin Amroth
      D -Denethor
      E -Erendis and Earendil
      F -Feanor
      G -Gandalf
      H -Halfling
      I -Ioreth
      J -Josef Stalin
      K -Kirith Ungol
      L -Lothlorien and Letters
      M -Morwen
      N -Niggle
      O -Olore Malle
      P -Peregrin Took
      Q -Quickbeam
      R -Rosie
      S -Smith of Wootton Major
      T -Tolkien and Thursday
      U -Uole Kuvion
      V -Voronwe
      W -Woses
      X -X-Ray Vision
      Y -Yggdrasil
      Z -Zirakzigil

      A few of these are still to be posted, in what remains of the day.


      Finally, getting off this topic but returning to the subject of a couple days back, the absence of Peter Jackson's _LOTR_ from a _Film Comment_ survey for the 2000s: at least one contrarian has seen all the highest ranking films in the poll, and finds them lacking by comparison to Jackson's films: "a list of shaggy dog stories, or stories with totally repulsive characters, or shaggy dog stories with totally repulsive characters" [5].

      -Merlin


      [1] http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/tolkienreadingday_2010.html

      [2] http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2010/03/25/35673-tolkien-against-the-sea/

      [3] http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=245934

      [4] http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=245860

      [5] http://newboards.theonering.net/forum/gforum/perl/gforum.cgi?post=245745#245745
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