THEMATIC DISCUSSIONS OF TOLKIEN STUDIES

5. 'Themes in Tolkien'

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8. Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon (by Brian Rosebury), January 2012 - March 2012

9. Tertiary Characters in The Hobbit, February 2012 - April 2012

10. Law and Arda (by Douglas Kane), May 2013

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13. Tolkien's Letter #131, September 2013 - October 2013

14. The Second TORn Amateur Symposium, November 2013

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Saying "Farewell"

by Curious, September 25-October 1, 2006

Preview [9/23/2006 at 17:15]

#1: Book One, Farewell to Hobbit Lands [9/24/2006 at 12:27]

#2: Book Two, Saying "Farewell" to THE HOBBIT [9/25/2006 at 19:58]

#3: Books Two and Three, "Farewell" to Fairie and Fellowship [9/26/2006 at 21:56]

#4: Books Three to Five, "Farewell" as the Storm Gathers [9/27/2006 at 21:48]

#5 (of 5): Books Five and Six, "Farewell" as the Storm Breaks [9/28/2006 at 21:23]

 

 

Fatherless Children and Childrenless Fathers

by an seileachan, October 2-8, 2006

#1 [10/2/2006 @ 8:02] (11/34)

#2: Anne, Harry, Dorothy & co. [10/3/2006 @ 7:46] (8/21)

#3: Folktales & Children's Lit [10/4/2006 @ 7:41] (2/19)

#4: orphan hero archetype [10/5/2006 @ 14:47] (4/22)

#5: foster parents [10/7/2006 @ 10:10] (6/13)

#6: wrap up thoughts [10/8/2006 @ 10:52] (8/13)

 

The Ecology of Arda

by Beren IV, October 8-15, 2006

I: What is Ecology? [10/8/2006 @ 1:33] (3/3)

II. Botany I: Vegetation and Biomes [10/8/2006 @ 23:54] (3/18)

III. Botany II: Plant physilogy [10/9/2006 @ 0:20] (2/2)

III. Zoology I: The physiology of souls [10/10/2006 @ 0:45] (5/45)

V. Zoology II: Are the Ainur Biological? [10/10/2006 @ 1:40] (5/9)

VI. Intraspecific resource competition [10/12/2006 @ 20:17] (2/2)

VII. Sexual selection [10/12/2006 @ 20:51] (4/9)

VIII - Two Worlds of Beasts [10/13/2006 @ 0:57] (2/3)

IX. Microevolution I: within-species evolution [10/14/2006 @ 1:52] (1/4)

X. Interspecific Competiton I. races at war [10/14/2006 @ 2:16] (1/1)

XI. Population Dynamics [10/14/2006 @ 2:47] (1/1)

XII. Dragons, the top predator [10/15/2006 @ 1:48] (2/4)

XIII. Microevolution II: Extrinsic factors [10/15/2006 @ 2:04] (1/8)

XIV. Prelude to the Fossil Record [10/15/2006 @ 2:13] (1/1)

XV. Open Discussion [10/15/2006 @ 2:16] (4/6)

 

 

Hobbits and their encounters, influences and relationships with others

by grammaboodawg, October 16-20, 2006

Part 1 [10/16/2006 @ 9:28] (6/27)

Part 2 [10/17/2006 @ 6:47] (4/12)

Part 3 [10/18/2006 @ 7:21] (3/13)

Part 4 [10/19/2006 @ 12:09] (4/18)

Part 5 [10/20/2006 @ 14:56] (5/10)

 

 

The Devolution of Man

by Stanislaus Bocian, October 24-30, 2006

The Roots of the Mountain. <N.E. Brigand> [10/24/2006 @ 20:33] (4/17)

No word from Stanislaus yet <Altaira> [10/24/2006 @ 22:27] (1/6)

part 1 [10/26/2006 @ 13:46] (3/6)

part 2 [10/28/2006 @ 21:55] (6/52)

part 3 [10/30/2006 @ 9:59] (5/9)

 

Boasting

by Wynnie, October 31-November 5, 2006

Introduction [10/31/2006 @ 19:14] (1/1)

Poll -- Who Boasts the Most? [10/31/2006 @ 19:27] (4/10)

Anglo-Saxon Meadhall Boasting [11/1/2006 @ 8:08] (3/3)

Different Flavors [11/1/2006 @ 22:52] (3/4)

Mitigating Factors [11/5/2006 @ 0:37] (2/15)

 

Oo, Those Awful Critics

by N.E. Brigand, November 6-12, 2006

Edmund Wilson: 'Oo, those awful orcs!'

Introduction and Wilson, Part I: “the hypertrophic sequel to The Hobbit”. [11/6/2006 @ 6:11] (5/10)

Part II: “The hero has no serious temptations”. [11/6/2006 @ 6:16] (6/17)

Part III: “a lifelong appetite for juvenile trash”. [11/6/2006 @ 6:39] (6/14)

Burton Raffel: 'The Lord of the Rings as Literature'

Raffel, Part I: “making stories … is not the same thing as making literature” [11/7/2006 @ 0:52] (4/17)

Part II: “For most purposes Tolkien’s prose is brilliantly adequate” [11/7/2006 @ 3:14] (4/17)

Part III: “They are no more than Faërie props.” [11/7/2006 @ 3:46] (3/6)

Part IV: “the question of style is simply not at issue” [11/7/2006 @ 4:09] (3/9)

Part V: “it might be more interesting if a starling were not feathered”. [11/7/2006 @ 5:00] (6/20)

Part VI: “It is almost a religious teaching, rather than a literary one”. [11/8/2006 @ 1:13] (1/3)

Part VII: “Sam is … as a characterization virtually meaningless”. [11/8/2006 @ 3:40] (6/11)

Part VIII: “Tolkien has a sense of humor, but not about Black Riders”. [11/8/2006 @ 4:32] (1/31)

Part IX (and last): “The Lord of the Rings is indisputably allegorical”. [11/8/2006 @ 4:36] (3/3)

Christine Brooke-Rose: 'The Evil Ring: Realism and the Marvellous'

Brooke-Rose I: “It is in fact quite remarkable how often theorists abandon their own theories as soon as they analyze texts”. [11/9/2006 @ 18:20] (3/16)

II: “As Frodo himself says (for all is explicit in LR)”. [11/10/2006 @ 0:27] (5/9)

III: “When that is achieved Boromir is got rid of (dies)”. [11/10/2006 @ 13:18] (4/4)

IV: “every reappearance of a vanished character is followed by his story, irrelevant to the main quest”. [11/10/2006 @ 15:03] (1/1)

V: “Aragorn is perpetually losing his way or choosing the wrong way”. [11/10/2006 @ 21:59] (2/5)

VI: “they have given much infantile happiness to the Tolkien clubs and societies”. [11/11/2006 @ 2:34] (3/7)

VII: “the lady Arwen merely appeared briefly by her brother Elrond’s side”. [11/11/2006 @ 4:06] (2/8)

VIII (and last): “a sudden magic waterfall”. [11/11/2006 @ 4:09] (2/3)

Nick Otty: 'The Structuralist's Guide to Middle-earth'

Otty I: “What horse, I would ask, is not descended from the ur-horses?” [11/12/2006 @ 19:36] (1/1)

II: “fantasy certainly offers plenty of practice in keeping the mind closed” [11/12/2006 @ 19:42] (3/5)

III: “Z seems to be especially wicked”. [11/12/2006 @ 19:47] (2/2)

IV: “lost in alliteration, he gazes around wearily” [11/12/2006 @ 22:04] (2/4)

V (and last): “shot by the arrows of Legolas in a kind of bloodthirsty competition”. [11/12/2006 @ 22:41] (2/5)

Open Discussion. [11/12/2006 @ 23:14] (3/30)

 

"Seeming" Moments

by weaver, November 13-17, 2006

Part 1 [11/13/2006 @ 19:46] (6/14)

the Ring [11/14/2006 @ 18:12] (4/5)

Bad Guys [11/14/2006 @ 20:08] (3/9)

Bad Guys, continued [11/14/2006 @ 20:11] (3/5)

in Dark Places [11/14/2006 @ 20:18] (2/2)

Forces for Good [11/15/2006 @ 15:43] (2/9)

Characters, Part 1 [11/15/2006 @ 18:04] (3/4)

Characters, Part 2 [11/15/2006 @ 18:10] (2/4)

Characters, Part 3 [11/15/2006 @ 18:16] (1/3)

Insights [11/16/2006 @ 11:42] (1/1)

Dreams [11/16/2006 @ 11:53] (1/1)

Visions [11/16/2006 @ 12:04] (2/3)

Language [11/17/2006 @ 11:47] (1/3)

Landscape [11/17/2006 @ 12:06] (2/3)

Times of Trial [11/17/2006 @ 16:32] (1/3)

The Most Seeming Moment of All -- The Phial of Galadriel [11/17/2006 @ 16:38] (1/1)

Conclusion [11/17/2006 @ 17:19] (3/11)

 

 

Outlaws in Tolkien

by squire, November 20-December 3, 2006

Introduction [11/20/2006 @ 12:25] (4/10)

The outlaw who wasn’t [11/20/2006 @ 15:49] (2/2)

The Silmarillion – Barahir, Beren, and the outlaw band [11/20/2006 @ 17:19] (3/6)

Túrin and the outlaw band – the early years [11/22/2006 @ 1:27] (1/2)

Túrin and the outlaw band – pre-LotR [11/22/2006 @ 19:38] (0/0)

Túrin and the “bad” outlaw band – post-LotR [11/24/2006 @ 13:19] (0/0)

Túrin and the “good” outlaw band – post-LotR [11/24/2006 @ 14:37] (0/0)

Húrin – Like son, like father [11/26/2006 @ 15:53] (0/0)

Tuor – who doesn’t get an Outlaw Band [11/27/2006 @ 8:46] (1/2)

Rangers and Rebels in Eriador [11/28/2006 @ 10:38] (2/4)

Rangers and Outlaws in the Southern Kingdoms [11/30/2006 @ 9:43] (2/3)

Send in the Brigands [12/3/2006 @ 3:09] (2/4)

Open Discussion [12/3/2006 @ 3:21] (4/4)

 

 

Comic Relief

by Altaira, November 27, 2006

Introduction [11/27/2006 @ 13:45] (3/9)

Comic Relief in The Hobbit - Introduction [11/27/2006 @ 19:26] (5/13)

 

 

The Measure of Man - Coming of Age and Aging

by Entwife Wandlimb, December 4-December 7, 2006

Is Frodo a Man? Considering Frodo’s Coming-of-Age [12/4/2006 @ 14:15] (3/15)

No place for boys? Considering Pippin and Bergil [12/6/2006 @ 0:50] (1/3)

The Most Senior Citizens of Middle Earth [12/7/2006 @ 18:35] (7/22)

 

 

Horses

by erather, December 11-December 16, 2006

Introduction [12/11/2006 @ 13:43] (14/46)

Horses in life and literature [12/11/2006 @ 19:58] (10/40)

Enemy horses [12/12/2006 @ 23:34] (4/8)

Valar, Elves, and horses [12/13/2006 @ 19:12] (3/15)

More elves and horses [12/14/2006 @ 5:00] (3/16)

The horse lords [12/14/2006 @ 22:35] (3/13)

Horses of other lands [12/15/2006 @ 16:14] (2/11)

Shadowfax, chief of the Mearas [12/16/2006 @ 16:41] (3/25)

 

 

Narratives and Tales

by drogo_drogo, December 27-January 5, 2007

1: The Red Book of Westmarch and Other Hobbit Manuscripts [12/27/2006 @ 11:51] (9/14)

2: Hobbit Tales [12/27/2006 @ 11:53] (6/35)

3: Immortal Tales [1/3/2007 @ 12:03] (4/7)

4: Tales of Men [1/5/2007 @ 17:26] (9/33)

 

 

Food

by Penthe, January 7-12, 2007

Introduction [1/7/2007 @ 20:31] (6/19)

Arrivals and Departures = Eating [1/8/2007 @ 17:56] (8/14)

Famine [1/9/2007 @ 16:52] (6/11)

Allusions [1/9/2007 @ 17:12] (1/18)

Food? Who are you calling food? [1/10/2007 @ 17:54] (2/11)

Feasts [1/11/2007 @ 17:24] (2/2)

Open Discussion [1/12/2007 @ 18:38] (8/12)

 

Gifts

by FarFromHome, January 16-21, 2007

The Greatest Present of Them All [1/16/2007 @ 9:46] (5/10)

"Lord of the Gifts"? [1/16/2007 @ 17:35] (3/12)

The male/female divide [1/18/2007 @ 11:25] (2/23)

Mathoms [1/19/2007 @ 13:03] (3/37)

The Wrap ;-) [1/21/2007 @ 15:40] (8/15)