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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Nan Gagnon's "Reunion", plus Jan-u-wine's "Across So Wide a Sea"....

Posted on 2006.12.02 at 06:10

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Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-12-07 13:51 (UTC) (Link)
We are creatures made for immortality who are trapped in time.

*wibbles*

Ah, the Sil. If I ever finish with Frodo fic, I next would like to read Sil fics. I love reading back tales from HoME drafts, and the fuller treatments of Sil stories in JRRT's Unfinished Tales. I am sure there must be a lot of good Sil-based fic out there. And I'll bet most of it seethes with the blood, sex, guilt, and angst that the histories related in the Sil are full of, along with all the transcendant, magical parts. What a shame JRRT never had the time and energy to flesh it out the way he did LotR. I guess I'll have to read it in heaven if I get there.
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-12-07 15:12 (UTC) (Link)
The Silmarillion is too sad for heaven ... :) Although it's very biblical in its narrative style and it does contain some of the most beautiful and sublime writing I've ever read in my life. Tolkien simply surpasses himself in his magnum opus, the work of his heart. He has this way of painting vistas in my mind. In fact, The Silmarillion reminds me of a Turner painting ... vast, glorious, mysterious, transcendant, with flashes and glimmers of light flickering on the horizon, or nearby in pools of silver.

I've read Sil four times and each time it does my head in. I can never keep track of who is who or of what happened when ... all the battles blur into one. This is why I don't have the energy for Silmarillion fanfic, although I'm sure it's extremely good stuff. I have a hard enough time with the source material. Perhaps the fanfic would help me make more sense of it. :p

But actually, I think I'll just read Sil again ... at some point.

And I love Unfinished Tales!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-12-07 20:48 (UTC) (Link)
So, getting in the Sil mood, ey?

The Silmarillion reminds me of a Turner painting ... vast, glorious, mysterious, transcendant, with flashes and glimmers of light flickering on the horizon, or nearby in pools of silver.

Good, Pearl, that. It is what you say, epic, nay, biblical in diction and feel. But it was reading the fuller drafts and the Unifinished Tales stories that made it really live for me in my imagination. Those pulled me in and involved me in stories of the characters more than the Sil itself did. When I read the Silmarillion again, I got far more out of it because so much backstory was in my mind before I started out.

I can never keep track of who is who or of what happened when ... all the battles blur into one.

This was a big obstacle for me which I addressed intentionally, unable to stand constantly looking up names in the Companion and poring over the maps. I made a chart and a time-table, and my own maps. All that stuff was spread about in the texts, of course, but it was making the charts and maps myself that helped me remember. I kept them by me whenever I was reading -- as well as the chart of the types of Elves and houses of Men etc. It made the story exponentially more interesting to me, knowing who was whom and where they were supposed to be. I know few would want to do that, but I found it well worth it.
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-12-07 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow, what an undertaking! :) What a fab thing to do! :)

I could certainly use similar charts, timetables and genealogies ... :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2006-12-08 00:38 (UTC) (Link)
Your icon SLAYS me! Yes, they are a big help to me. Like having a royal family tree out on the coffee table when I am watching Shakespeare or historical costume dramas from BBC.

Pearl, I see that you posted a tantalizing-looking entry on the setting for the Grey Havens. I am writing recs for the het challenge at Lotr_fic_recs at the moment, but I hope to read it with greater attention later tonight. (I got a heads-up from our most beloved guardian of Frodo het, Ariel, that the challenge had been up for a few days and NO ONE had recced anything. Disgraceful! We are working to remedy that. *grin*)
pearlette
pearlette at 2006-12-08 16:49 (UTC) (Link)
*shows icon again* :p

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