Kimi: Worth waiting for!  Amazing work, Squire. Thank you. Bobs curtsey

        Curious: Thanks!  Great job!  

        Estelwyn: Wow!  Thanks.  

dernwyn: That is awesome work!  But strangely, that footer verbiage still makes me shudder - maybe it's simply the thought of the entire LotR written in that style...
(If I ever get ambitious enought to create a website, remind me to hire you for consultation and layout!)

        drogo_drogo: Thanks for filling in that week  

Lúthien_Rising: Thanks, squire!  For both filling in when sorely needed and for the usual bang-up job.

Owlyross: That's brilliant  I'll have to look at that in more detail later!

Modtheow: A masterpiece of summary, organization, and presentation!  I missed the discussion that week, so I'm going to enjoy reading through all this material.  Thanks, squire.  (Do you ever find time to sleep?)

FarFromHome: I love the illustrated map!  As well as the chance to look back on some interesting discussions - thanks for this wonderfully organized summary, Squire.

        FarFromHome: And I hadn't even realized the first time I looked, that all the illustrations are hotspots with links to the relevant discussions. Elegant!

grammaboodawg: Wonderful! Thanks squire :)  I love the diversity and the investigation into every nuance of Tolkien's adventure for the hobbits.  It's such a terrific chapter!

N.E. Brigand: Marvellous!  I'd hate to ever try and index the RR by subject:  the discussions cover so much ground, even when ostensibly limited to single chapters.  Your amazing summary makes the point clear:  in addition to the characters, settings, plot and themes of "A Shortcut to Mushrooms," and the reappearance and amplification of those elements through the LotR as a whole, there's Unfinished Tales, "Bombadil Goes Boating," the illustrations of Tim Kirk and even the "foliage and sun-orientation of Valinor."

The bar is raised again.  However, I strongly encourage other discussion leaders, participants and nervous lurkers not to feel intimidated, nor pressured to match this outstanding work with every post (for starters, it would really slow down our conversations).  All approaches are welcome here, and enthusiasm is the best quality you can bring to the discussions!

        N.E. Brigand: I mean "marvelous."  Sorry.

squire:  "The most marvellous sunset..."  "The most marvellous sunset I have seen for years: a remote pale green-blue sea just above the horizon, and above it a towering shore of bank upon bank of flaming cherubim of gold and fire, crossed here and there by misty blurs like purple rain." -J.R.R. Tolkien, letter 79, Aug 22 1944.

Thanks for all your marvellous appreciation and support!

Beren IV: Very nice, Squire! Of course, that's what I've come to expect from you! Thank you!

        nerdanel_50: Thank you squire!  

        erather: Excellent, thank you!  

Arquen: Thanks, squire, terrific job,  and very nice website.  I shudder to think how long it must have taken to splice all that text together.  *raises glass in silent tribute, falls over*

Finding Frodo: Outstanding, squire! I'm in awe.

stanne: thanks so much   for the thorough treatment!
I really enjoyed this as I don't have time to take part in much discussion here, so rely on the summaries to see what I've missed.
Thanks for all the clever linkies, especially the one to the e-mails between the Nine and Sauron (now safely saved).
Great job, end of discussion  bonus on it's way!!

an seileachan: I'm not often speechless  OK, I'm never speechless. One should be honest.
BUT: My gosh, this is great. I bookmarked it to go back to again, when I have more time.
You wouldn't like to do MY summary too, would ya???

notlost: wow, thanks.... ...I'm forced to lurk as of late, and your summary--and your marvelous website--have brought me up to speed nicely.  Many thanks!

 

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