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Comments For Character of the Month Biographies
I read the bio recently, and I'm glad I did.
I read about Tolkien's time travel story, although I didn't read the text itself, and it always was told in a most complicated way that never made me want to actually read the text.
You changed that for me. Thank you.
Yay, I'm glad the bio was of use! If Tolkien had been a woman and he had done such a blatant self-insert these days, he would have been accused of Mary-Sue-ism. But you are right that the story seems unedited and it's not easy to digest.
Thanks for the review!
I adored the organization of this! That is the difficult part. Me bliowing off and doing the comparative literature stuff is fun and might be thought-provoking for like-minded nerds, but just a tad self-indulgent on my part. I consider that my pay for doing them.
Thank you! I really enjoy the thought=provoking stuff, as you call it. I must re-read the whole set before I start with the Silmarillion -- I've decided I need to go back to the very start and read all the sources again, front to bottom, so that's one of my plans for this winter, Orcling-herding permitting.
While doing these bios I learnt to appreciate Christopher Tolkien's job. Piecing together contradictory and confusing scraps of text is a real nightmare. I really enjoyed writing about Maeglin. I learnt so much in the process, and of course I read stuff in the Silmarillion and HoME that had nothing to do with Maeglin but was thoroughly fascinating. Also, I perceived more than the superficial story of the character, and even glimpsed Tolkine's storybuilding at work as his ideas on a particular thread of his story evolved with time.
I'm glad you like the organisation of the material. I'm good (I think!) at logical exposition, most times, and write a lot of procedural stuff and reports for work. I've just read the bio again, to see what you might have liked, and I had to smile. This was the first bio of the three I've done, and the first item that I ever contributed to the SWG, about three and a half years ago. It seems like ages ago! I'd probably write it in a completely different way now, but I'm fond of it as it stands.
I like this one. I hadn't read it for a long time. Really well done with tons of useful facts.
Hey, thank you! Getting a review is a lovely surprise. These bios were the first bits I ever posted in the fandom, and I didn't dare deviate too much from pure facts and character evolution throughout the many versions of Tolkien's writings. At the time I was more cautious than I'd been today, I guess, and only ventured a few questions. Nothing like the depth and the insight you include in your own bios.
I'm very glad they remain useful. I spent a long time on doing the research in HoME, which was the most fun!
Excellent essay, Russa! So nice to have all the research in one location. I particularly liked your discussion of the evolution of Amandil as a character, which I didn't know, and your questions at the end, which are all questions that I've had too. I've gone over some of the same material for my epic, but you've given me food for thought here, including some bunnies.
Good job and thanks so much!
Hi elfscribe, thanks for your review! I found the info on Amandil scattered all over the place in HoME, and a pain to glue together. In a way I wished I had spent more time on it, because the story of the character is very extensive, even if he does not feature that much in the final Silmarillion - Tolkien wanted to be Amandil, after all... . In the end, well, I ran out of time... I have a plot-bunny too, I might include it in my Mairon story! ;o)
A very useful and important biography to have on the site (especially for the likes of me who doesn't know Numenor as well as I should). The points about why there were not rebellions or we do not hear of more even underground resistance is an interesting one. Maybe they did exist and Tolkien never got around to writing them. Plot bunnies anyone?
Thanks for reading and for your review, oshun! Greatly appreciated, given the awesome biographies you write. Plot-bunnies, there must have been rebellions, I thought. Found nothing, except for Isildur stealing the fruit of Nimloth. I have another plot bunny as a result of this bio, not about rebellions, but close. And by the way, I don't know Numenor that well either, but it makes for interesting exploration of HoME...