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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

I'm of on holiday! June 24 - July 9

Posted on 2005.06.23 at 09:00
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I just wanted you to know that while my spouse stays home to hold the fort, I am taking our daughter to visit family (in Wash., D.C. and in northern California; we live in the middle, in northern Minnesota). We fly off tomorrow.

Here's the fellowship leaving Rivendell; I hope Frodo is coming with me on holiday, dearest darlingest figment of my imagination that he is.

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My mother in the east has NO internet, and things might be too busy to check in at my sister's in the west, so this might be the last you'll hear from me till the second week in July.

I am not exaggerating when I say I will miss this terribly. I am a total addict of the Tolkien threads I visit and now LJ. They help me to thrive.

When I get back, I am hoping to finish the very long overdue Ch. 12 of Threshold, and write a few journal entries about things that have been on my mind, such as, what I think constitutes Frodo's "Elvishness".

Also, I might dare to address what I now perceive to be the downside of depicting the hobbits (or any of the fellowship) as lusty satyrs (the cute sort), happily snogging and boffing their through their "Arcadia" in Middle-earth. In some stories I recently read, they seemed to me more like the satyrs the Greeks had ridiculed, made stupid by their lust. Instead of enjoying their bawdy romps with them, I was a looker-on, made to watch them as they did the dirty. I was transfixed, as I am by anything sexual, of course, and could not look away. But they were made to seem ... bestial ... to me; their tongues lolling and their eyes rolling; perpetually fiddling with themselves or with each other like monkeys in old-style zoo enclosures, bored and frustrated, left to pull their puds before all and sundry as they stop to gawp -- repelled; titillated; amused -- or all of these at once.

Well. I must get some things done.

I will very much miss your conversation.

Until I return, then, be well.

~ Mechtild


mariole at 2005-06-23 14:44 (UTC) (Link)
Have a really fun vacation! I will miss you, too. I hope you enjoy your time, and that you and Frodo spend a little quality time now that you won't have so many gabby broads chiming in. ;) Bon voyage!
mechtild at 2005-06-23 15:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mariole.

Seriously, I hope I do have a chance to do some planning and thinking, story-wise; it has been so hectic. But I don't have my story printed out (waste of paper, since I tend to tweak the whole thing every time I post a new chapter - another reason my writing takes so long; if Tolkien had had a computer, LotR would never have been finished).

But I've pored over it so many times, I have a lot of it imprinted in my mind, anyway.

mariole at 2005-06-23 16:16 (UTC) (Link)
I have a friend who's been trying to get me to print my story forever. Just that act gives it a permanence and reality that is valuable. And looking is different from thinking about it. I think that will be a useful tool.

I hope Frodo follows you happily and persistently on all your travels. Cheers!
(Anonymous) at 2005-06-23 21:24 (UTC) (Link)
Enjoy the change of scenery, Mechtild, and I think it might be beneficial if you try not to think about your story too much. If you let it lie fallow in your mind for a while you might find vigorous green shoots thrusting their way through the soil when you get back to it ... well, I think I let that metaphor carry me away. lol.

I just had an exciting thought: you know I'm newly into bookbinding: how cool would it be to print and bind 'Threshold' when it's finally finished? I feel a little faint at the thought of all that ink and paper, but ... wouldn't you love to hold it all in your hands and see it sitting on your bookshelf?

mechtild at 2005-06-24 00:55 (UTC) (Link)

Threshold, bound????

Mariole, if it weren't so many pages, I really would print it. But I just know I'm going to change it the next time I read through it, so I can't bring myself to do it.

But, oh, Scarlet, to have it bound; that would be toooo lovely? But ONLY when it is all done and been through the very LAST revision possible. It's my only child. I actually had thought I would want it printed in the end, I love it so. On lovely, creamy paper, to match its hero's fineness.
But when you mentioned your own new foray into bookbinding, did you mean it as a project for yourself? Did I understand that properly?

~ Mechtild
(Anonymous) at 2005-06-24 05:15 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Threshold, bound????

I'm only a beginner bookbinder, so I fear I would be unequal to the task - at present. Yet come the day you declare, "It is quite finished", who knows? :) Still, you might prefer to find someone closer to home to do the job. We'll see: in the meantime, keep it in mind, and so shall I!

mechtild at 2005-06-24 12:19 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Threshold, bound????

Scarlet, that is so lovely an offer. Especially fter seeing images of the book you have been making, I would be absolutely thrilled. I was picturing something very plain, of course, were I to have it done. I just wanted nice paper and a typeface that looked "classic." (One of these days I'll figure out how to make my LJ have some other typeface, too; I don't like this "modern"-looking one.) What about the cover? Is the cover made before or after all the pages are made?

I'm getting ready to leave this morning. Our tornado warning was cleared last night, so I hope the plane doesn't crash! It's still very windy out.

Adieu, Mechtild
just_ann_now at 2005-06-23 15:23 (UTC) (Link)
I'm in the DC area! Come visit me! Four computers, no waiting!
mechtild at 2005-06-23 15:49 (UTC) (Link)
Ann, you live in D.C.? My mother lives in Springfield, VA, about 12 miles out. I think it would be cool to meet for lunch or something, but I have my daughter to entertain (she wants to go every day to the nearby wave pool) and my mother is extremely jealous of my time when I am there, seeing us so infrequently, so I can't promise. We leave for CA from D.C. for a trip-within-a-trip early on June 30, returning late July 5.

I will email my mother's phone number to you, just in case.

pearlette at 2005-06-23 21:28 (UTC) (Link)
Wish I was coming to Northern California with you! I've been to the Eastern side of the US (including Ariel's 'office', the big woods in Pennsylvania :) ) but never west.

Wish a wave pool was near me too!

Well now, call this Harem synchronicity but I saw a rather beautiful satyr today, in the gift shop of the National Gallery (I had a very nice day up in London, meeting a former boss who is also a good friend). I was browsing through the postcards when THIS caught my eye: this sad satyr, mourning over a nymph:


What an unusual - and surreal - painting. Who killed the nymph, and why? (There's a wound in her throat). Very mysterious ...

So I hope this sad and grieving satyr helps to put satyrs in general in a more favourable light. :)

As for hobbit-porn ...there's a difference between erotica and porn. But I must be honest: I've read a lot of hobbit-porn purely for the titillation factor. Which is why the stories centred on love are best. :)
mechtild at 2005-06-24 12:20 (UTC) (Link)

Now about hobbit-porn....

Oh, Pearl, that was a lovely painting; you're right, that's not a typical depiction of a satyr at all. Byrne Jones did a sympathetic one of Pan comforting the grieving Psyche. Oh, and yes, Northern California is very beautiful.

Now, about porn. I wasn't against "hobbit porn", per se; I even said I enjoyed their merry pranks!

I have thought about it all day, and decided that what makes me like any Frodo fic the most is that it in some way enhances my love for Frodo and LotR. But when a fic (gen or smutty, but especially smutty) portrays Frodo (or the other beloved characters) in what I think of as a seriously false and unflattering light, I just don't like it, even if I am titillated by it while reading it.

I love to tease Frodo, as your know, and see him sported with in fics, but it must be clear in the fic that it sees him with an affectionate, loving eye -- that no matter what he is being put through as a character (for our pleasure, usually *grin*), the fic still most of all wishes him honour and happiness. To see Frodo made into a randy circus midget, even for laughs, I cannot like.

I would say loads more, Pearl, but my mother in law just called to say there's a tornado warning up (!). Not typical for up here. I'll have to see if I can get the weather service site.

~ Mechtild
wendylady1 at 2005-06-26 07:05 (UTC) (Link)
I know you have probably already gone, so I will just say I hope you have a really good time on your vacation, both East and West...
Just keep a tight rein on that Muse-Frodo, and keep him out of mischief....(a tough job, I know, but someone will have to do it, lest he become uncontrollable....Oh no, an uncontrollable Frodo...the mind boggles !!! )
Lady Wendy
( with newly acquired journal )
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