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Comments For Character of the Month Biographies
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.