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The War of the Ring
The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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By analysing his father's stories Christopher Tolkien shows how unforeseen developments affect the plot in the different stages of the Ring saga. The book includes drawings, plans and maps, some of which are reproductions of J.R.R. Tolkien's originals.
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JazzFeathers
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I can't believe l'm still behind with this. But today l'll try to catch up. Work is seriously killing me.

Loved to read this. The Passing of the Grey Company is one of the most chilling chapters in the book. Tolkien could write some serious horror, if he wanted!

I'm so fascinated with the idea that Aragorn could be a new 'Lord of the Ring'.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa You‘re getting so close! 3mo
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I liked this chapter because l think it showed, even more than the final book does, how central the theme of healing is for Tolkien. It almost seem that to him, a hero who can only kill and is unable to heal is not really a hero.

I am so behind with this. Crazy rhythms at work, then a horrible cold, and l fell so much behind.
But l'll catch up! 😁💪

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I was just going to ask how you were doing with this.... maybe we should push back delay the new one a bit more. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ^ Sorry, I should have tagged everyone @Daisey @BookwormAHN @wordslinger42 I haven‘t seen a lot of posts about the new book yet and we have one member still working on the last one....would you like me to shift the schedule back a week or two for Sauron Defeated? 3mo
Daisey @jazzfeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I started by reading the Foreword this past weekend, but then I "accidentally" read an entire Brandon Sanderson novel and have not gotten any further. ? I'm good with whatever the group decides. 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey 😂 I love when I get sucked into a good book. So if we pushed it back a week or so, you‘d only be ahead by the Forward.👍. What Sanderson did you reread, by the way? I‘m always looking for more distractions... ummm books.😉 3mo
wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've read the Foreword and the first chapter. I'm fine with pushing it back a week, though, because the launch team for my first book just started and I'm a bit overwhelmed trying to focus on that this week! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 I didn‘t know you were in the middle of launching a book! Congratulations! 3mo
wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thank you!! I posted about the launch team on Litsy, but didn't get much of a response 😂 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😂I‘m behind on even reading posts on Litsy! 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @eanderson @wordslinger42 @tdrosebud @BookwormAHN Gals, l can't deny l'd be happy to have one more week. But don't do it just for me! I'm aiming at finishing by tomorrow night and hope to catch up - At least partly - in the weekend. I'll do my best 😁💪
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JazzFeathers Oh my goodness, @wordslinger42 ! If l knew about your launch, l've totally removed it. Stupid that l am. But it's quite a common occurance this time of the year 🙄 Hey, give me a shout via mail. Send me your links. I'll do my best to share 😁 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers well, I‘m going to revamp the schedule. It will give you more time, but at this point none of us is up to date on the new book either. So instead of all of us playing catch-up, I‘ll just move it back and we can enjoy it together....with less rush.😉 3mo
wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hahaha no worries!! I feel like I'm behind on most things right now! 😂 Changing the schedule sounds good to me!! 3mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers Don't worry about it! And thank you so much 😊 The launch team gets to read Part One and then share their thoughts, links to preorder, etc. If you like, I can email you part one! Or I can just send you the link to the website when it's ready next week!! Whichever is easier for you :) Thank you for being willing to help!!! 3mo
BookwormAHN I haven't started yet, so I'm good with pushing it back. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BookwormAHN Apparently we are all behind AND I forgot to even tag @eanderson so we REALLY needed at least 1 more week. 🤪 Hopefully a few more days will sync us all back up.🤞 (edited) 3mo
Daisey Sounds good to me! Also, @wordslinger42, I did see your post but figured I would be overwhelmed at this point in the year. If you want to send info my way as well, I will try to fit it in! 3mo
wordslinger42 @Daisey Thank you so much for being willing to help! I definitely understand this time of year being busy, so no worries at all! I can send you the link to the website nezt week 😊 Where should I send it to? 3mo
wordslinger42 @Daisey You're good to delete it! Thanks!! 3mo
Daisey @wordslinger42 I‘ll look forward to it. Congratulations!! 🎉 3mo
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Sanderson is the first of a fairly new YA science fiction series, I think the only book of it published so far, called 3mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I got wrapped up in the other discussion, but I also really appreciated what you pointed out here about a hero needing to be able to heal as well as fight. Great insight! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey Ok, I know my nephew loved his YA series that started with 3mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 l don't think l'll be able to read part one, even if l'd love to. But do send the link when it's ready 😉 3mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey Yeah, the schedule has kind of taken over 😂 l find Tolkien's concept of hero fascinating and even unique. I'd love to discuss it. But l'm sure there will be the opportunity on Sauron Defeated too 😊 3mo
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JazzFeathers
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Denethor's character's arc is one of the most intense in the book, IMO.
Denethor is one of those awesome, but very difficult characters that Tolkien was brave enough to write, but that readers often seem to dismiss as just assholes.
Maybe l have a problem, but l really like these characters, like Turin, Morwen, Thorin, and of course my boy Feanor 😉

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Really loved reading the evolution of Eowyn's story over the last few chapters.
I've always felt that the Rohirrim kind of have their story inside the story, and seeing how Tolkien wrote LotR in big chunks at a time, l can even see how this might actually be the case.

First glimpes at Arwen's appearance. Can't wait to see her coming into the story.

wordslinger42 This was one of my favorite parts of the book! And I'm also eager to learn more about Arwen 4mo
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JazzFeathers
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Really enjoyed this chapter, with that alternate story. Denethor meets Aragorn and Aragorn saved Faramir from his wounds. And Eowyn dies on the battlefield.
I do prefer the story how it ended up being, but this alternative was interesting too.

Susanita Eomer needs a hug! 4mo
JazzFeathers @Susanita 🙋😁 4mo
Susanita No, me. 😀 4mo
Daisey Agreed! I found this layer of development fascinating. Again, the female characters may be few, but seeing how they each became integral parts of the story is amazing. 4mo
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So granted, l have an extremely soft spot for the Rohirrim, and the episode of the Druadain Forest perfectly shows why.

I find it incredible how Tolkien can pull off a completely new idea in the middle of the story and that idea doesn't feel at all as if it came out of the blue, but it feels as if it has always been there, waiting for the opportune moment to come to the surface.

Storyteller's power!

wordslinger42 Yes, the Rohirrim 🐎🧡 Tolkien was so brilliant at creating depth in a story, and it seems so effortless 4mo
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Wow! In spite of the essencial structure of the chapter of tge Siege of Gondor was written down, there are so many interesting detail that differ from what we know.

At first, Denethor and Faramir's relationship isn't harsh. Surprised as l was, l wasn't as shock as when Gandalf said the Witch King of Angmar is a banned member of his order, back in Numenor. An idea is present that he won't be killed by a hero.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right! He‘s always been the Witch King, but yet I never made that connection or leap either! 4mo
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Trying to catch up. I'm so behind!
This is the second half of the Muster of Rohan as first incarnated.
I'm so interested in the evolution of Eowyn's story. From the synopses so far it looked like she was going to ride with the riders openly, like Merry, but here it seems the story is changing. I'm so very curious.

Daisey I really enjoyed these little bits of Eowyn‘s story. I hope we see more of the development in the next book. 4mo
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It's nice to be back to this book after so many days.
The chapter is mostly nitpicking, but l liked watching Minas Tirith taking up her personality.

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Now that most of the crazy month of September is over, it's time for some catching up.
And l have a lot to do. I'm only half way through this book 😭

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I finished the last couple chapters tonight! I‘m not sure I enjoyed this third book about LotR quite as much as the first 2 just because it felt like there was less unknown here. We saw the development of a story we know, but without the very different early possibilities seen in the previous books. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to continuing these HoME books.

#LotRHistory #YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien

JazzFeathers Congrats!!! I was also thinking that the first books were more surprising, but l'm still enjoying it. Now that most of September madness has gone, l hope to get back to this tonight. I'm soooooo behind! 4mo
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I finished The War of the Ring tonight while Druzy was sleeping. I'm really enjoying reading about how Lotr developed 💫
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OrtizReads1 📚💙 Your kitty is so beautiful! 4mo
Crazeedi Precious kitty! 4mo
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JazzFeathers I'm enjoying it a lot too! 4mo
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I fit in some time to read “The Houses of Healing” this evening. The paragraph at the top of this page that mentions the importance of Pippin and Merry being a part of the fellowship is what I love about this whole story. The story of the hobbits is a message about the impact that each of as individuals can have in the world.

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JazzFeathers I agree. That's why l'm always put off by readers who think the Hobbits are not cool enough to be in the story. I'm sad to say that Peter Jackson unfortunately seemed to think the same. I still love the films trilogy, but the message is comletely different from the book. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love this part! And such a great message! 4mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s such an amazing message, and I appreciate how much it is woven into the stories more and more as I continue to read and reread. 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey That‘s where I usually see the war‘s influence, even if he never consciously intended it...everyone chipping in and doing the best they could no matter their size, shape, gender, etc...makes a difference, just the strongest warriors alone and it wouldn‘t work, it had to be a society endeavor by everyone, no matter their differences, etc. 4mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey l agree. I've become interested in WWI lately, and honestly the more l learn, the more l see it woven into Tolkien's stories: his settings, his characters, and especially his themes. His idea that the 'common man' is special because they can do unthinkable things is one that l feel like totally embracing. 4mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey And still it seems to me that today it gets often brush aside. Today everyone wants to be special in unearthly ways. Maybe that's way Hobbits get discredited so often. 4mo
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Well I spent the weekend catching up, and as I finished my section for today I realized there were just 5 pages left! Yes, I read them! And I can‘t believe that I‘ve finished another of Christopher Tolkien‘s History of Middle Earth books...something I never thought I‘d even attempt to read, but I‘m still here and still loving the backstories, side tangents, and sometimes outright sleuthing to piece together the story behind the story we know.

Daisey Yay! I was catching up last week, but then a friend loaned me the Binti books a few days ago and school has been busier this week. 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey Binti is good too! And take your time and enjoy it. 4mo
JazzFeathers Yayyy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l don't think l've ever been so behind on our readalong. That week rearrenging the bookshop was terrible for my schedule. But l'll do my best to catch up by the end of the month. 4mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey I've been meaning to read Binti since l first heard of it. 4mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Same here. The Binti books have been on my list a while, so when they were loaned to me, I read the first 2 in just 3 days. They‘re pretty short, but it was still unexpected reading that cut into my Tolkien time! I hope to finish up in the next week or so. 4mo
TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 Doing so good on the series! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers I think everyone else is running behind with this one too, so I‘m anticipating a good catch-up period between books! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey I‘m so glad you are enjoying Binti, I bet they are even better when you can read them back to back. 4mo
wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey @JazzFeathers Do we have a date in mind for starting the next book? 😊 I'm ready whenever you guys are! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 Maybe early in October? Does everyone think they‘ll be caught up by then? Maybe Oct 6th? That‘s 2 weeks from now... 4mo
Daisey @wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hope to finish the current book this weekend, so beginning of October sounds good to me. 4mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 Beginning of October sounds good to me too. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Does October work for you too @BookwormAHN 4mo
BookwormAHN Works for me. 4mo
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I may be behind on my readings, and playing a bit of catch-up this weekend....but with Éowyn out as a potential love interest for Aragorn and Arwen not yet developed yet, I have to admit that even though he didn‘t mean it this way....my first thought was now that‘s some fan-fiction I‘d read! ?

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Daisey My immediate response to this sentence was something along the lines of, “What? Oh, that does not read the way he intended anymore!” 4mo
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This was the perfect way to start a Saturday. However, by the time I made & ate breakfast, then read the chapter, I had no time to make a post, so I‘m sharing several hours later. This chapter was fantastic! The first draft included is short without a lot of detail, but what a possibility to consider. Without spoilers, all I can say is Eowyn is seriously strong and amazing!

#LotRHistory #YearsofTolkien #FellowshipofTolkien #BreakfastwithTolkien

Emilymdxn Amazing pic! Agreed that‘s a great way to spend a Saturday 4mo
Daisey @Emilymdxn Thank you! 4mo
JazzFeathers I'm so seriously behind 😭 But l can't wait to read more of Eowyn's developement. 4mo
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I continually enjoy seeing the development of the big ideas in these books, but today this small development caught my attention. Simple word revisions like changing from “You are weary, my son,” to “You are weary, I see,” accumulate to create the harsh Denethor we know.

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JazzFeathers Definitely Tolkien was a wizard of words 😊 l realise l'so much behind. Will try to catch up thus weekend. 4mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I‘m still not quite caught up to the schedule, but I‘ve managed to keep reading this week and even catch up a little. We‘ll all get there sooner or later. (edited) 4mo
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The second part if the chapter is all about synopses and, as usual, l loved having a pick in Tolkien's creating process.
So many things that might have been, but never were. Like many parallel stories.

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Took me two weeks to read this chapter, and certainly it wasn't its fault. Crazy times at work.

There's a lot of work to pin down Dunharrow, one of the awesomest places in Lord of the Rings, in my opinion.
It was so different in the beginning, more like a keep.
I love the history surrounding Dunharrow. Is it my impression, or Tolkien had more trouble definire the Rohirrim than anyone else?

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Steak nachos and a few more pages of Tolkien before I get back to updating grades and lesson planning tonight. I‘m thoroughly enjoying the development of the city and Pippin‘s adventures in “Minas Tirith.”

#ReadandEat #LotRHistory #FellowshipofTolkien #YearsofTolkien

trazo Super cute bookmark 🔖 4mo
Daisey @trazo Thanks! It‘s one of my favorites and currently my designated Tolkien bookmark. 4mo
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1. The War of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
2. I like both but prefer mappe
3. "They had left and gone far away"

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While I thought this whole chapter was interesting, I think my biggest takeaway is that I'm so glad Tolkien decided not to kill of Eowyn! She's one of my favorite characters 💚

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Daisey What!? I haven‘t gotten to this chapter yet, but I would have to agree with you! 4mo
wordslinger42 @Daisey Oh no, I'm sorry to have spoiled it for you! But yes, I was so surprised that he considered that! 4mo
Daisey @wordslinger42 No worries! I like seeing everyone‘s thoughts even if I am behind on my reading. I‘m not really all that surprised knowing what she did face. Yet, I hadn‘t seriously considered it. 4mo
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JazzFeathers I haven't come to that part yet, but now l really want to! Eowyn had such a huge growing arc as a character. Though l suppose we'll see more of it in the revisions. I suppose. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I know, what a great section....and I agree, like Galadriel her character grew into so much more than he originally planned. 4mo
wordslinger42 @Daisey Yeah, I suppose it's not such a surprise! But she's too good of a character to get rid of! 4mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I'm hoping for more information about Eowyn.. and Arwen! I keep waiting for her to come up! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 I know, I keep waiting for her to appear too...at this point I‘m thinking she didn‘t emerge until rewrites later. 4mo
wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hadn't thought of that! I got my copy of Sauron Defeated from the library and the chapter names definitely don't give any hints that she'll be mentioned. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 He writes such great characters, and yet it‘s funny how all the ladies snuck up on him and made themselves known, then grew into bigger than he had planned, etc. Faramir had a similar story development too. It‘s so interesting to read about the characters that surprised him as he wrote them. 4mo
wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It is fascinating, and I think that the characters who surprised him are often some of his best 😊 And I've always been impressed by how strong his female characters are! 4mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l too think Arwen will probably appear in revisions. And true, eh? The characters that snuck up on him are often so interesting. And it's interesting that often they are women. I'm always so surprised that Tolkien's women are seldom acknowledged and yet they tend to be strong characters. Don't know where the legend arisen that Tolkien didn't have good female characters. 4mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey I've heard people say that his female characters aren't strong, and I'm always frustrated when I hear that. He should be acknowledged for writing such strong women at a time when, as far as I know, that wasn't happening very often 4mo
JazzFeathers I've seldom read stronger, more driven or wiser characters even in more recent books. Women in Tolkien often have stronger good quality than men (the are more determined, they often are wiser, they can see deeper and further, they are hard to deceive) and still we fans always have to defend their creator. Just craziness. 4mo
Daisey @wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I tend to think people get frustrated by the small number of female characters and don‘t look further. They don‘t give the amazing female characters that do exist a chance, nor do they give Tolkien the credit for what he did create in them. I would much rather have a few strong women than several that are nothing more than damsels in distress, side characters, or evil. 4mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Daisey Hear, hear! It's the quality of the characters, not the quantity. If I were still in college, I'd be writing a paper on Tolkien's female characters 😂 Oh well. I did manage to make my two final papers of senior year about Tolkien! 4mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 That's awesome! I want to read them! 4mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers You're welcome to, but I'm afraid you'll think they're terribly boring! One is much better than the other, I think, even though I got an A on both 4mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 Did you publish them somewhere? Or should l give you my email? 4mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers Nope, they were just for college, but I can email them to you! 4mo
JazzFeathers oldshelter@yahoo.com 😊 4mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers I sent you an email a little bit ago! 4mo
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 Just seen it! 😀💪Break a leg with your project 😉 But also consider the platform Medium. I've started posting articles about Tolkien there just recently, and l've found that they are more appreciated than l thought they would be. 4mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers Thanks! I might check that out 😊 4mo
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I read this chapter nearly one week ago, but the work got crazy and completely waylaid my life.

I totally loved this. Sam's chapter is one of my favourite in the entire trilogy. It's heatfelt, and so involving. I always feel as if l'm there with Sam, uncertain what to do.
I knew there must have been a lot of work behind such chapter, it's fantastic to have the possibility to see how it was built.

wordslinger42 Dear Samwise 💚 The more I read the books and the histories, the more I love him! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 he‘s my favorite too! I think it‘s because he‘s just the everyday “hobbit” who goes along on this journey...and it‘s his going that makes all the difference. 4mo
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I finally finished the “Kirith Ungol” chapter tonight. There were many interesting developments in this section, but I think the most fascinating to me was change from many spiders to one and the use of the name Ungoliant. Since first reading The Silmarillion I‘ve wondered about the connection between Ungoliant and Shelob, and this seems to confirm their similarities.

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JazzFeathers Shelob is a fantastic character (just like Ungoliant). Yes, that was a fascinating part of the evolution of the chapter. Though l greatly enjoyed Sam's internal struggle too. I'm not ashame to say l she more then a terra when l read that chapter in LotR. I now can see all the work that went into making it what it is. 4mo
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What a great first sketch of a city we would all come to know so well!

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Daisey I love when the little sketches are included in these books about the process! 5mo
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I read a portion of the chapter for #LOTRHistory 💚 I continue to admire Christopher Tolkien's dedication to sorting out the puzzle that was his dad's writing process 😂

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I don't know how this is. I've always had a kind of phobia for spiders and still l'm fascinated with both Ungoliant and Shelob.

I loved reading Shelob's genesis. Imagine reading LotR without Shelob. Well, that's what we did in this chapter. Still, the episode with the many spiders barely resistete. She is the true main character of this chapter. Such a powerful presence.

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I‘ve been busy the last few days with little time to read, but this weekend we‘re camping and I‘m hoping to make some progress. However, with this view from the hammock and quality family time I may not get as much reading time as planned. Either way, it will be a good weekend.

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Tamra 👌🏾 5mo
wordslinger42 I'm a bit behind, but working to get caught up! Real life keeps interfering with my love for Tolkien 😁 5mo
Daisey @wordslinger42 Same here! (edited) 5mo
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Well, it could have been better. I was hoping is something better, considering that l read almost 10 hours in the first half of the challenge. But l was supposed to be on holiday this week... instead l wasn't, so...

This is l'm so impressed with @Clwojick achievement. She was also working, but managed an outstanding result.

I love readathons. I'm just not very good at them.

Clwojick Thanks love! I‘m so happy you had fun! Thanks so much for joining, and well definitely have to do a repeat. 🙌🏻 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Still a great job! I love them too, even if I never complete them! 😂 5mo
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Fascinating!
The writing was so fast and sure up to this point, and now it all became difficult for Tolkien. But it is undertandable. This is a very emotional part of the book.

I was fascinated to see the evolution of the episode of the spiders. Exactly! It seems impossible to.think at this episode without Shelob, and still Tolkien worked long at it without her.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Poor Tolkien is once again fighting with the timeline.
But honestly now l want Shelob! 😆

Everyone, if you are on Instagram, a group will read along The Hobbit and discuss it in September. They told me we can still take part, if we have read the book recently.
The hashtag is #HobbitBirthdayMania

JazzFeathers @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @eanderson @wordslinger42 @tdrosebud @BookwormAHN
Gals, if you are on Instagram, l think our reads makes us good for the discussion. It sounds like fun 😆
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am not on Instagram, but you make me what to join yet another social media platform! 🤔 5mo
BookwormAHN Sounds like fun, I'm in 💚 5mo
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BookwormAHN I also go by Bookwormahn on Instagram. 5mo
wordslinger42 It sounds fun, but I must resist! 😂 I'm also reading Assassin's Apprentice for the #bbbbc group in September, & I don't think I could keep up with three read-a-longs! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 I always say that and then join one more anyway.🤷‍♀️ 5mo
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l hear you! 😆😏 5mo
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I started the Faramir chapter last night and finished it tonight. I truly enjoyed the historical aspect of this chapter, although with school getting into full swing I felt a bit rushed and wish I could have read it a bit more slowly. There just aren‘t enough hours in the day right now.

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MrBook 😻😻😻😻 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa So sorry it‘s getting to be your busy time again! Enjoy the quiet moments when you can. 5mo
Scochrane26 Cute dog! 5mo
JazzFeathers I know exactly what you mean. 5mo
Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa The year is starting off pretty well, it‘s just getting used to a full schedule again, compounded by an upcoming weekend of camping with family to prep for! My reading time is definitely a quiet moment necessity in a busy week. 5mo
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I am really loving the insights by his letters....and realizing how much we‘ve lost as letter writing has become a bit of a lost art.

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JazzFeathers True, eh? I used to write letters a lot when l was a kid. I couldn't image doing it now. It's an art that requires time and consideration. That doesn't sound like my life now... 5mo
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I love these little tidbits in his letter to his son, so long ago....nice to know Faramir was a lovely surprise to all of us. 😉

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JazzFeathers I read this passage many times before. That's why l was surprised that another character existed before Faramir. I was under the impression Faramir had just appeared, fully forced. 5mo
Daisey Loved this little passage! It‘s always fascinating to me when authors talk about how characters just make themselves known. 5mo
jillrhudy Gondor needed a knight, willing to sacrifice all, and, in one of Tolkien‘s greatest masterstrokes, the greatest knight in Gondor ended up married to Eowyn, the greatest knight in Rohan. ⚔️ 5mo
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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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Well, that was fast!
l'm truly in awe that at this stage Tolkien could write such complex story with so little uncertanty. It's easy to say 'the story wrote itself", but when we're talking something as complex as LotR there's nothing simple or easy, in my opinion.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Absolutely loved this chapter. Besides, Faramir is an awesome character.
In the book, Faramir is Middle-Earth's living history. The ancient values and wisdom lives on in Faramir and it looks as if he brought part to it even to his creator, who explore Numenor's history deeper through this character.

Fantastic!

Daisey I enjoyed this chapter but just wish I had time right now to slow down and read it a bit more carefully than I did. 5mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey But at a certain point, we'll reread the book, right? I think it will all ad up in the end. 5mo
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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick
#24B4Monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Considering it was a busy day, l'm not displeased with my time.
Read all through today's (and tomorrow's) chapters dormire the #FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory readalong. Absolutely fascinating.

And now, l'm aiming to finish Spellbound. Still 26% to go.

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 5mo
Clwojick Going strong! 🤘 5mo
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Happy Saturday! I started the day getting a few things done around the house, but as beautiful as it is outside, I might just spend too much of my day right here reading in the hammock. I enjoyed the discussion of letter exchanges between Christopher and his father in the last chapter and am looking forward to exploring the next couple chapters this weekend.

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Chelsea.Poole Hammock reading = ♥️ 5mo
JazzFeathers I read all through 'Faramir' today. Such a fascinating chapter. I like that Christopher always acts so professionale abd detached. But l love it when he is able to add personal memories to the story. 5mo
Daisey @Chelsea.Poole So true! 5mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I hope to get through it tomorrow and am looking forward to it! 5mo
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JazzFeathers
The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

I'm not surprised that the dual timeline gave such headache to Tolkien.
It made me smile that he had to research how to stew a rabbit 😆

I can't wait to read about Faramir. I didn't expect someone on his place at first, since l've always thought Faramir appeared suddenly.
Let's see.

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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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I know l'm a bit late, but l'm finally able to start my #SummersEndReadathon and #24B4Monday

First off, today's chapter per the #FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory #readalong

Clwojick Woohoo! Lets do this! 🙌🏻 5mo
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JazzFeathers
The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#SummersEndReadathon @Clwojick

I'm going to start now, but first...

1. To finish two of the books l'm reading/listening and read one from my #NetGalley pile
2. To finish A Duty to the Dead. It's charmed me!
3. Coffee
4. Set my click
5. Yes l mix both genre and formats, though as always l tend to stay close to my favourite genres: historical, fantasy, magic realism
6. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for the tag! 5mo
Clwojick Mmmmm coffee! 🤤I could definitely use a strong coffee right about now. 5mo
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We could have had Bingo and Sam Goodchild! Oh no! 🙈 Thank goodness Christopher was as attached to Gamgee and Sam as we would all soon become!

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JazzFeathers It was a close call. Can't imagine a Sam Goodchild. Nope! 5mo
Daisey I just finished and agree! So glad Christopher argued to keep Gamgee. 5mo
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JazzFeathers
The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

So now the story 'wrote itself' and we don't get to read much about it.
But l loved reading about Christopher's letter exchange about the story (here regarding Sam's name). And it was amusing seeing Tolkien moving the chapter title Kirith Ungol later and later as the story evolved 😆
That pesky story didn't seem to have any intention to behave.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Nope, very uncooperative! And yes, their letter exchanges of the time are so interesting! 5mo
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I‘m a bit late reading my section tonight, but I love these little tidbits about dating based on the letters the son received from his father, and his father‘s comments about the story running away with him a bit.

These little things always make me smile.😊

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JazzFeathers I loved that too. I'd like to know a lot more about Christopher involment in the writing of LotR. I have the impression that it's true that Tolkien partly wrote the story 'for him'. 5mo
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I always enjoy seeing the reproductions of the actual manuscript pages. I can‘t even imagine struggling through all the mixed pages, some with writing over writing, and handwriting like this to decipher these early drafts. It definitely makes Tolkien‘s difficulty in figuring out the next phase of Frodo & Sam‘s journey more clear, and I enjoyed reading that process.

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Daisey Also, with it being the first full week of a new school year, I can‘t even keep up with my own schedule. I‘ll try to read at least some each day so I can catch up over the weekend. 5mo
JazzFeathers I tried to read that page. Couldn't. Sure, Christopher could read the original, which l think are a bit clearer, but goodness! Still, l like Tolkien's handwriting. It has kind of the same quality as his drawings. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Right! And remember in the Hobbit history he was handing these pages to his son,who was still very young to type up the fair copy for him. No wonder things got missed, and honestly if Christopher can‘t read that writing after all those years of practice, what hope do the rest of us have. 🙈😂 5mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I could read a little of it, but not much. 5mo
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JazzFeathers
The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

In a way, l'm a bit sorry that Tolkien seems to come to the final version of the story so quickly in these later chapters because we don't get to read as much 'new' material as we did in the early stages.

The Dead Marshes is one of my favourite chapters in the book. I was eager to read more. But l suppose l'll have to wait for our reread 😆

Riveted_Reader_Melissa My guess now is they wrote themselves with very little pre-drafting because this is where the story took over for a bit, off the careful track he had planned, so we miss out on the planning stages...because they weren‘t planned really. 5mo
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JazzFeathers
The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

After concluding the Isengard/Helm's Deep episode, Tolkien got back to Frodo and Sam... after one year of hiatus.

As Christopher point out, it's easy to feel Tolkien‘s difficulty in getting back to the story. This first chapter is clearly a trial and mistake path.
But l adored reading Sam! Being a later addition to the story, we haven't read much of him so far. Certainly not as much as l'd like 😆

Daisey I just finished this chapter and really appreciated seeing the rough drafting taking place. 5mo
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The War of the Ring | Christopher Tolkien
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#FellowshipOfTolkien #LOTRHistory

Fantastic! I really enjoyed reading how the idea for the Palantiri emerged, on the page, just like it happend for the One Ring.
I especially like seeing how Tolkien slowly sank into his Silmarillion to explain the Stones.

Incidently, when l read of how The Palantir of Minas Tirith was found, l thought that if they play it right, the new series might turn out to be fantastic!

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“Gandalf‘s plans are risky, and they often lead to a knife-edge. There is great wisdom, forethought and courage in them - but no certainty. You have to do your part as it comes to you; or they would not work.”

This quote is said by Aragorn in one of the drafts for The Two Towers, and it just seems perfectly accurate. I‘m catching up on a few chapters of our readalong today.

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JazzFeathers Really love that quote. In many ways, it is the heart of the entire story. 5mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Agreed! It just seems to accurately sum up so much. I had to share it again. 5mo
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