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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

The Dead Marshes, Pt. 1: “So Bright, So Beautiful…” plus poem by jan-u-wine….

Posted on 2007.04.23 at 11:25


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karin_woywod at 2007-04-24 10:08 (UTC) (Link)
Ooops, my quotes didn't turn out to be represented in Italics, so that makes my comments a bit difficult to read :o(
mechtild at 2007-04-24 12:44 (UTC) (Link)
I think your formatting was clear enough, Karin. I know, of course, which are quotes, because they are familiar to me from writing them, lol. But the context tells when you are addressing a different idea.

Wow! You really are on fire! What a shame you weren't on the messageboards during the release of the films. I got there rather late, too, but before RotK came out. You wouldn't have believed what hotbeds of intense, involved, impassioned discussion they were. For someone who came to liking the films late, once you were on board, you were really on board.

I hope you come to feel equal devotion and intellectual excitement for the book. It really is, easily, my favourite work of prose, in which I never stop seeing new things. Thanks again for coming by. This project started out as a lark, celebrating the classical beauty of film Frodo, but has become a place to write about some of my deepest feelings about the films and book.
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karin_woywod at 2007-04-24 17:28 (UTC) (Link)
I am erratic with dedicating my time to something. For me, everything has to be spontaneous. This week-end (and today is my weekly day off from work), I just felt like discussing LOTR, normally, I am not that much outspoken about it. I wouldn't even necessarily call me a "Ringer".

I don't disregard the book in favour of the film. I've always known the book came first, a true piece of literature. And now I succeeded in reading it from start to finish, I am in awe of Tolkien, how he created whole worlds, different peoples (hobbits, Elves, Men, Dwarfs etc.) and designing their respective languages, histories, cultures, calendars, poetry, ANYTHING connected to them. Such a huge backstory - it really is like he's a historian lecturing about / merely recounting these stories, the peoples of this world !

Of course, I read (at least, now [not during my first attempt in my teenage days]) LOTR in the original English language and I really appreciated the way Tolkien used language and poetry and different manners of speaking !

And I am absolutely positive I will read the book again (and again ?), but I wanted to give it a little time before I would start my next go !

Thanks for taking the time to reply to my overlong comments,


- Karin.
mechtild at 2007-04-24 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
It still amazes me, being a single-language American, how many people there are that not only can get along well in other languages, they are fluent. It must be fascinating to read the same book in both languages and be able to think about the translator's choices and see what sort of difference they make to the sense and flavour of the original.
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