[mythsoc] Fwd: Re: Tolkien reading
- I not only know of a marathon Tolkien reading, but I was a happy participant! In 1983, the Columbia University Science Fiction Society read the entire Lord of the Rings aloud from the legendary "Sundial" (a campus landmark that frequently serves as a podium for political rallies) in the middle of College Walk. We signed up for shifts of an hour or two from 9:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday on the week of the Fall of the Ring (March 25). It ran overtime, till 7:00 or 8:00 Friday. Often multiple members would
sign up to read together, which at least once evolved into taking roles in dialog. I was lucky enough to fall into the part of Galadriel opposite Mike Rubin (who I think was a sometime member of the Mythopoeic Society?) as Gimli. It was tremendous fun, despite the occasional rude comment from a passer-by. One passing gentleman asked if we were a cult. I'm not sure, but I think that CUSFS has kept up the tradition of marathon readings.
Pauline J. Alama
THE EYE OF NIGHT
(Bantam Spectra, July 2002)
--- On Sat 11/09, Eleanor Farrell wrote:
From: Eleanor Farrell [mailto: emfarrell@...]
Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 19:00:37 -0800
Subject: [mythsoc] Fwd: Re: Tolkien reading
> In relation to the post I just sent about the marathon LOTR reading
> in Cleveland next week, I'm also passing on a note about another
> Tolkien reading that took place in September. Thanks to Chuck Huttar
> for forwarding the info. Per Chuck's message to me below, DOES anyone
> on the list know of other similar events?
> >>Dear Eleanor,
> >>You may find the following item worth including in _Mythprint_
> >>under "News and
> >>Notes." There is no need to put my name above or below it;
> let it just be
> >>considered as submitted anonymously. It might also be interesting
> to inquire
> >>whether any readers know of similar events, past or to come.
> >> Chuck
> >>A marathon reading of _The Fellowship of the Ring_ took place
> Sept. 27-28 at
> >>Hope College, Holland, Michigan. Organized by Curtis Gruenler,
> >>professor of English, the outdoor event (in the Pine Grove in the
> center of
> >>campus) ran from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 10 to 3 on
> >>Approximately 120 students, faculty, and others participated,
> >>reports. Readers signed up in advance for 10-minute slots, and
> most stayed to
> >>hear other bits of the story as well; a faithful core audience of
> >>stayed around for most of it. When the volume was finished in
> slightly less
> >>than the 17 hours allotted, those with reading slots near the end
> >>went on into
> >>_The Two Towers_, thus (though unplanned) matching the time frame
> of the
> >>recent _Lord of the Rings_ movie.
> >>Gruenler, who teaches Tolkien and Barfield in his "History of
> the English
> >>Language" course and included Charles Williams's poetry last
> year in a course
> >>on Arthurian literature, hopes to make the reading marathon an
> annual event,
> >>going on next year to the second volume in the trilogy. Earlier
> >>such events at
> >>Hope College, organized by Society members Peter Schakel and
> Charles Huttar,
> >>had done Milton's _Paradise Lost_ in a single 11-hour session
> (with meal
> >>breaks--vegetarian for lunch, carnivorous after Book IX).
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- Pauline J. Alama writes:
>I not only know of a marathon Tolkien reading, but I was a happyOh, wow!
>participant! In 1983, the Columbia University Science Fiction Society
>read the entire Lord of the Rings aloud from the legendary "Sundial"
>sign up to read together, which at least once evolved into takingMay he rest in peace. I didn't know you'd known Mike. (who, among
>roles in dialog. I was lucky enough to fall into the part of
>Galadriel opposite Mike Rubin (who I think was a sometime member of
>the Mythopoeic Society?) as Gimli.
his filking endevours, did Borimir's Song to music).
>if we were a cult. I'm not sure, but I think that CUSFS has kept upNot in recent memory (er, that would be 10 years or so, on my part).
>the tradition of marathon readings.
It would be a lovely tradition to revive, though; may talk to the
current membership at some point -- we do continue the tradition of
the Bilbo and Frodo birthday party (complete with reading the first
chapter), but AFAIK, there is no marathon reading.
Joshua Kronengold (mneme@...) "I've been teaching |\ _,,,--,,_ ,)
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