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Reviewer: Moreth Signed [Report This]
Date: December 23, 2008 - 08:06 am
Title: The Stars That Varda Made

I love star-gazing, so your essay was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Thank you for posting :D

Author's Response:

Thanks for reading! I'm happy that you enjoyed it! Yeah, star-gazing is amazing. Unfortunatly the skies have been overcast and I haven't had the chance all month. But that gave me time to finish the essay so I shouldn't complain. : )

Reviewer: pandemonium_213 Signed [Report This]
Date: December 22, 2008 - 04:59 pm
Title: The Stars That Varda Made

This is a very useful compilation of the Tolkienian equivalents of the stars and constellations of our primary world.  JRRT's love of botany and astronomy added so much richness to his secondary world and made "green sun" believable.  Thanks for adding such a well delineated resource to the SWG. 


Author's Response:

And thank you for your kind review!

My love of astronomy actually stems from reading Tolkien's works, so it became a full-circle when I was writing this essay. It was fun to research and I am glad others may be able find it a useful resource.

Reviewer: Lissas Elves Signed [Report This]
Date: December 19, 2008 - 02:23 pm
Title: The Stars That Varda Made

This is very useful! Thank you for sharing.

Tolkien's stars are rather confusing to us non-astronomers... but this helps a lot.


Author's Response:

Tolkien's stars confused me too! I wrote out rough notes to unbuggle it and... it became an essay. *shrugs* I'm so glad other people are finding it useful. Thanks for reading! : )


Reviewer: Dawn Felagund Signed [Report This]
Date: December 17, 2008 - 08:42 am
Title: The Stars That Varda Made

Astronomy has never been my forte, not for lack of interest (because I love star-gazing!) but for lack of time. :) But, as a researcher myself, I can appreciate all the effort that went into this piece. I am familiar with some of the more common ideas on the astronomy of Middle-earth--i.e., Earendil = Venus and Valacirca = the Big Dipper--but I found so intriguing some of your ideas on the lesser-known or less explicitly described stars and constellations in Tolkien's texts.

In short, a very interesting read based on an admirable base of research and knowledge!

Author's Response: Thanks for reading. Yeah, I can’t always find the time to get outside to so any stargazing… part of the weakness, at least in winter months, is that I’d rather be reading cozily in bed than shivering in the backyard. It was fun to do the research; since then I’ve found it amusing to point at stars and shout Elvish at them. *shrugs* I’m too easily amused.

I appreciate all your kind comments!

-Kitt  : )

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