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The Shaping of Middle-Earth
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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This volume in the history of Middle-earth offers prose, poetry, maps, and chronologies and covers the creation myth through Morgoth's fall; includes a description of the events in Beleriand and the first Silmarillion map.
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Whimsical.Curiosity
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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We have a map! #middleearth #lotr #tolkien

Amazon's Lord of The Rings series is slowly making progress!! I'm secretly hoping to meet Bombadil 💕

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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And so I finish another volume of The History of Middle Earth! Since I read it with another volume, maybe just maybe, I can finish that one when I get home tonight...we‘ll see.🤷‍♀️

Sadly the reviews are starting to sound the same at this point, Tolkien‘s original attention to detail, and his son‘s research exposing the creation and growth of the story through multiple revisions and discarded or enhanced paths continues to amaze.

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JazzFeathers I'm still loving the books, in spite of the repetitions. But l'm also quite ready for a change 😊 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Well this section at the end of “The Shaping Of” went way faster than I thought, since my Old English stinks 😂 (skimming a lot here), but still, even though I can‘t make out much here, I‘m still impressed by his dedication, and attention to detail in making it a traceable living mythology.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Seriously, this language play behind the creation of this language and names is amazingly complex and ingenious. Such a complex mind, that literally spend hours devising the names with references where the (fictional) name derives from, that are based in actual old English language.

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Just imagine what he could have done if he used this power for evil instead of fantasy...the conspiracy theories he could have created🤔😬

JazzFeathers Right, eh? 😈 Fortunatly Tolkien was on the side of Manwe rather than Melkor's. Besides he was a creator, not a destroyer 😊 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers Right! Thank goodness! 1y
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Even when you think Tolkien can‘t amaze you even more, beyond the story, beyond the language development, his son throws in, oh, by the way, he wrote out a bunch of these in Old English too, you know to complete the tale of ancient gods creating our world from ancient times.

No wonder some of the first publishers readers weren‘t sure what to do with this & thought it was some unverified find rather than an elaborately created work!
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I still love this quote:

“For heart that is pitiless counteth not the power that pity hath, of which stern anger may be forged and lightening kindled before which mountains fall.”

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JazzFeathers I read the version in the Questa Silmarillion just today. Such an amazing quote. And so true. 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Ok #YearOfTolkien, I think I finally have both our current read and my catch-up read at a good place, both are at the beginning of different versions of the Quenta....so if I‘m right, I should be able to read 1 and it‘s commentary in The Shaping of and the 1 and commentary in the later version in The Lost Road. Either this will be really confusing or really help me see the developments one section at a time as he amends and expands his story. 🤞

Laura317 You should be able to write a thesis on Tolkien after your year! I admire your determination to stick with it. 1y
CGKOENS Ah...I love Tolkien! That man was a MASTER wordsmith and language expert. As a writer, I can't hold a candle, and as an editor...well, if everyone wrote like him, I'd be out of a job! Enjoy! 1y
Geeklet I‘ve embarrassingly just started my Tolkien journey. I‘ll be finishing Fellowship tomorrow and I‘m completely in love. Can‘t wait to get ALL OF THE MIDDLE-EARTH STORIES!! 1y
Daisey I‘m intrigued to hear what you think as you read the two versions side by side. I did stop the other day to go look something up in The Shaping of Middle-Earth for comparison, but for the most part I just keep reading. 1y
JazzFeathers Like @Daisey l'd be curious to hear what you think of the side by side read. I've been sidetracked by major house organisation these past few days, but l'm onto Lhammas now. Catching up! 1y
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Daisey
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There is a lot of information I‘ve read before in this book, or at least very similar information. However, that in no way detracted from my enjoyment. In fact, there were certain aspects of the stories and the overall timing in the history that finally seemed to click in my brain with these versions.

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JazzFeathers So, have you caught up? 😀 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yep! Finished the last few pages this morning! 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey 💪😀 @wordslinger42 how are you faring? Just asking, you still have plenty of time to catch up. 1y
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers I'm just about done with the commentary on The Quenta! But I'll be ready for book 5 😊 I'm really enjoying the book!! 1y
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Daisey
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I know, I know . . . There‘s so much information, I should just be grateful. Yet, little snippets like this make me even more curious. The line from page 100 doesn‘t seem to match what I thought I knew about the origin of orcs. Then the comments on page 376 make me wonder if there is more information somewhere else. Will it be something elaborated on later in the History of Middle-Earth? Hoping that‘s the case.

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JazzFeathers I would think so! Actually l think The Lord of thd Rings was kind of a game changer in many ways, so l can't wait to read that part of the History. And l want more Dwarves. Have l mentioned that? 😆 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers I actually thought of your comment about dwarves in your review (and maybe just a few other times 😂) when I posted this! Reading this book has definitely made me look forward to the rest of these History of Middle-Earth books much more. I‘m excited to get to the LotR related ones. 1y
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Daisey
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I spent some time ordering things for the #TolkieniteSwap this afternoon and read pages of The Trick is to Keep Breathing in between. Intriguing, but I‘m curious if the missing page numbers follow a pattern or are just random?

I had steak fajitas for supper on the porch since it is beautiful this evening. Now, after I clean the kitchen, I‘m switching back to The Shaping of Middle-Earth and “The Earliest Annals of Beleriand.” #YearofTolkien

tpixie Yum!! 1y
JazzFeathers I have to do some shopping for the #TolkieniteSwap today too 😊 1y
teainthelibrary What is the year of Tolkien? I‘m intrigued! 1y
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Daisey @teainthelibrary Several of us started a readalong of Tolkien‘s books with The Hobbit just over a year ago. A few of us have continued since then and are now finishing this book (4th of the History of Middle-Earth). At some point we switched from #LotRChapterADay to #YearofTolkien. We‘re planning a photo challenge to celebrate next week (#ThereAndBackAgain) and then going on to The Lost Road and Other Writings. Check the hashtags to see more. 1y
Daisey @tpixie It was delicious! So glad to have fresh garden vegetables!! 1y
tpixie @Daisey yes fresh tastes so amazing! Went to the farmers market with Theo yesterday! 1y
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JazzFeathers
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Finished yesterday night and l loved it. Though honestly, l still have to find one book by Tolkien that l haven't quite enjoyed.
The books of the History of Middle-Earth are just amazing. I love watching sets, characters and event evolving, as they slowly become what we know. I'm so grateful to Christopher Tolkien for giving the world these books.

But l want more Dwarves!!!!! Gimme gimme gimme more Dwarves!!!!!!

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Daisey Yay! You did a nice job of catching up! I haven‘t made much progress but hope to read some more tonight. We decided to wait to start book 5 until after the photo challenge, correct? I think the Lost Tales have been toughest and least enjoyable for me so far, but still worthwhile. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey Yes, l'd wait after the photo challenge... in hope that someone will want to join 😆 Really the Lost Tales were hard on you? I loved them. They are so different from the legendarium as we know it and l was fascinated by seeing how everything started off. May be my writer-self 🤗 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, I appreciated the process aspect of the Lost Tales, but I definitely did not enjoy them as much as everything else we‘ve read so far. I also was struggling to find enough reading time then, which probably didn‘t help. 1y
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Daisey
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I read “The Earliest Annals of Valinor” tonight, although I doubt I will make it through all the commentary. I find it interesting to see this information in something like a timeline format, and every version helps me gain a better understanding of the early history.

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TheLibrarian Cute bookmark! 1y
rjsthumbelina That bookmark is adorable! 1y
JazzFeathers I really liked the timelines and the commdntary too 😊 1y
Daisey @TheLibrarian @rjsthumbelina Thank you! I get so many compliments on this bookmark and it is one of my favorites. It came from this Etsy shop based in Canada. https://www.etsy.com/shop/1107Studio 1y
rjsthumbelina What a great Etsy shop! Fun! 1y
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JazzFeathers
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In spite of all my care, the spine cracked 😭

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Moray_Reads It's unavoidable sometimes, especially if you're reading something at a leisurely pace 1y
Leniverse It‘s just a slight crack. Sometimes it can‘t be helped. And it‘s proof that it‘s been read and isn‘t just decorating your shelves. 1y
JazzFeathers @Moray_Reads @Leniverse Thanks, gals. I know, l know. I still hate it when it happens 1y
Moray_Reads It's hardest with black spines too 1y
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JazzFeathers
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I don't know why l find this 'technical' stuff (maps, timelines, lista of names) so fascinating, but l do.
Maybe it's because it exposes the depth of Tolkien creation. It's a true exploration of a living world.

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JazzFeathers @Daisey @wordslinger42 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa l've read half if the Annals of Valinor, so l'm just two section behind. Hope to catch up tonight. Though we may want to wait after the #ThereAndBackAgain celebration to start the new book. It will be nearly a week of photo challenge, and who knows? Someone may want to join 😊 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like a great idea to me, I know you and Daisey were both running behind, so that gives you both an extra week to catch-up too. 1y
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Daisey
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Happy Friday! It‘s been a long day, but this chicken fajita salad (with fresh garden vegetables) was delicious. I read about the first Silmarillion map, which I think would have been really interesting if I could actually read the map. However, in my small paperback, a decent amount of the writing is illegible. It is amazing to think of Tolkien using and updating this map over the years.

#YearofTolkien #readandeat

rather_be_reading s9trongbow is my fav! 1y
Daisey @rather_be_reading One of my favorites too, and always reminds me of the time I spent in England! 1y
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JazzFeathers
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Maidros (Maedhros) and Maglor are such great characters. They are such decente men and still the are truthful to an oath they took willingly, to their father and their brothers, even if they don't believe in it anymore.
I wish there had been a more positive ending for them.

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So Elrond was created before anything from the Lord of the Rings was ever conceived. He is really the connection between the Elder Days and the Third Age.

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Daisey I loved learning more of Elrond‘s story in this section. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey l can't wait to read how his and Elios's story evolved in tge next stage. I have a soft spot for Numenor. Besides, these two brothers' story seems to be the entire backbone of the History of Middle-Earth, now that l think about it. 1y
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Daisey
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I finished The Quenta (including commentary), Appendix 1 (a translation of a fragment in Old English with notes), and Appendix 2 (a poem) this evening. I really enjoyed all of The Quenta and finally feel I‘m getting a handle on some of the stories I didn‘t really absorb just in reading The Silmarillion.

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JazzFeathers You're so ahead of me! I'm hosting to finish the Quenta tonight, though l'm just hoping. I'm really enjoying this book too, but l'm also eager to read the new parts. 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers No worries! It rained yesterday, giving me some extra reading time, but I also have some other books to catch up on. I‘ll skip Tolkien today at least and watch your posts. @wordslinger42 How are you faring? 1y
wordslinger42 @Daisey Still working my way through the Quenta! I'm hoping to be caught up by the end of this week!! 😊 1y
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This is such a compressed rendition of the story of Gondolin. I miss all the details l know from other readings. But l still enjoyed it.

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Moray_Reads Oh, Gondolin. I can't wait for the new volume at the end of August ❤️ 1y
wordslinger42 @Moray_Reads I didn't know a new volume was being released!! That makes my day 😄 1y
Daisey Agreed, I‘ve really enjoyed all of the Quenta, but I missed some of the details from the stories I‘ve become so familiar with from many readings. I most enjoyed the stories I feel that I‘m still figuring out. 1y
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JazzFeathers @Moray_Reads l can't wait either. Actually, l understand that nearly all of the Gondolin material has already been published, but l still can't wait to see it organised chronologically and read the new comment. Of the three great stories of the Elder Days, the Fall of Gondolin is the one that still escapes me 1y
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 Yes, it was announced earlier this year 😊 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey l like that in the History of Middle-Earth we get both familiar stories and new material. I never imagined l'd loved reading it so much. 1y
Moray_Reads @JazzFeathers I'm just really looking forward to an edition that matches all of my others! 😅 1y
JazzFeathers @Moray_Reads Do you Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien editions mach? My Beren and Luthien edition is smaller than my Children of Hurin 😬 1y
Moray_Reads @JazzFeathers I hate it when that happens! Mine are the same size, the deluxe editions 1y
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JazzFeathers
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Every time l read The Children of Hurin, l find something new about this story. There are so many layers to it.

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Every time l read the Nirnaeth Arnoediad l think Tolkien must have had grand ideas about it. In his mind, the story must have existed in far more details, because you can small it as you read it. We just have summaries of it, and still it's so easy to see how much story is crammed in those summaries.
Such a crime the full story never saw the light if day.

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I could read the story of Beren and Luthien one thousend times and l would love it one thousend times ?

"The quest of the Silmaril there aroused the oath from sleep that the sons of Fëanor had sworn, and evil began to grow from it."

In Middle-Earth, everything seems to have power and will. Even inanimete object, even immaterial elements like oaths. Loving it.

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Moray_Reads Yes to this. Oh, for a complete verse version 😍😭 1y
JazzFeathers @Moray_Reads l know 😭😭😭 1y
Daisey So true! 1y
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Ah! And now the history of Middle Earth is truly shaping up.
It's such a fantastic journal, from the magmatinc beginning, to the congregation of ideas, to the fine tuning of them.
Every stage has its own strength and surprises. Reading the History of Middle-Earth is such a strange experience, because it sounds family and still new every time.

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JazzFeathers
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The Dwarves at last 😍

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Daisey
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I found this section of the commentary about The Quenta part 13 interesting. In reading the evolving versions we see names change due to aspects of the story. In later versions these are the only names used, and Tolkien seems to explain this as the role of memory in the legends. I‘m fascinated by the melding of his writing development into what becomes mythological & historical development in the world he created.

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Daisey Also, made it to part 15 of The Quenta tonight, so still reading much more slowly than scheduled. 1y
JazzFeathers Tell me about it! I'm stuck at 8 because l needed to finish a #NetGalley file that was expiring. Let's see what l can catch up today. 1y
JazzFeathers That passage is truly fascinating. I think here the filologist in Tolkien came out. In fact, l think the filologist and historian in Tolkien surfeces much more often than we think, we just don't have the required knowledge to recognise it. 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers I thought some of next sections went more quickly just because the stories are so familiar and shorter than the other versions we‘ve read. I also agree this side of Tolkien is much more prevalent in his work than we normally realize. 1y
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JazzFeathers
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My History of Middle Earth collection is growing 😆

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A very swift treatment of two of the best episodes in The Silmarillion: Feanor's death and Maedhros's inprisonment.
I've always thought there must have been so much more story here. Who knows what was in the Professor's mind when he wrote this summary?
But then this is the case for so many stories in The Silmarillion. You can sense, sometimes very sharply, that you are just seeing the tipo of the iceberg.

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wordslinger42
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Catch up time! 😄 #YearOfTolkien

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Daisey My catching up has not gone as planned, but I read part 9 of the Quenta this morning and really enjoyed it. I‘m looking forward to some more reading time this evening. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey @wordslinger42 Read part 8 tonight. I had hoped to read more, but had a couple other things to do before heading to bed. Let's see tomorrow 😆 1y
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Daisey I read 9-10 of the Quenta. I loved it! Anything to do with Beren & Luthien's story gets my vote 😊 1y
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Daisey @wordslinger42 Have you read Lays of Beleriand? We read it just before this book and the poem form of Beren & Luthien‘s story is amazing! 1y
wordslinger42 @Daisey No, I still need to buy that one! I have Lost Tales 1 & 2, Lost Road & Shaping so far. I did buy the tagged book, though, & can't wait to read it 😄 1y
Daisey @wordslinger42 That tagged book is also fantastic, although it took me a bit to adjust to the format. 1y
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Daisey
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Spending the week at a hotel for a workshop about state ELA testing means a quiet evening to myself with my book and a beverage. Here‘s hoping I get caught up on the readalong this week!

I really appreciated the details describing Ungoliant, and I like the stories about the House of Finwe more every time. I never thought I would enjoy rereading these different versions so much.

#YearofTolkien #TeachersofLitsy #BooksandBooze

Daisey @JazzFeathers I‘m not sure if it‘s your love of these characters slowly influencing me, my greater appreciation as I reread, or most likely a combination of the two, but the story of this family really is fantastic! 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey lt has been growing on me too. These stories are so layered, it is impossibile to truly appreciate their depth on the first read. 1y
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The Oath of Feanor and the Doom of Mandos

In this version of the Quenta none of the two speeches are truly spelled, but the meaning of the is already clear by the events.
Here Feanor has not come into his complete complex self yet, and the dynamics among Finwe's sons are only scetched, but already the final result can be glimpsed.
One of the most powerful passages of the Silmarillion

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The Darkening of Valinor

The episode of Ungoliant is one of the most visually striking in the Silmarillion. The giant spider, the gloomy fog that spreads from her, the killing of the Trees and the darkness, the smoke filling the streets of the city of the Elves.
Absolutely fantastic!

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Daisey Agreed! 1y
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House of Finwe

In the essetintiality of this early Silmarillion, Tolkien presents every character with their strongest treat. Feanor the skilful, Fingolfin the valiant, Finrod the wise of heart. The same for all their children.
the Silmarillion has so many characters and still each and every one of then have their own personality and history. None better than the House of Finwe

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TK421 That is really cool! The house of Finwe has some of the best history in Tolkien's world. 1y
JazzFeathers @TK421 lndeed some awesome characters belong to this House. 1y
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The Eldalie
When the Valar realise the first children of llluvatar have awakening, they move war to Morgoth, to make the world a safer place, the invite the Eldar to live with them.

I find moving the way the Valar love and protect the Elves and the way the Elves give themselves to the Valar in total trust. The world as it should have been, l suppose.

But a few hesitate (Thingol, the Teleri) giving birth to a new history

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I fell so much behind with this, but l'm trying to catch up.

The Beginning of Times
I really like this first section of the earlier Quenta, concerning the Valar, the Two Trees and the first days of Arda. Things are now becoming very familiar, it's like going back to a place we love.

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Daisey I agree about the familiarity. I really didn't absorb the stories of The Silmarillion the first time I read them, and in the fall I had to work at getting through some parts, but now it's getting to a point of familiarity and therefore a much greater understanding of how all the parts fit together. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey That is indeed a characteristic of the Silmarillion. Many readers struggle with it, and l think part of it depends on the complexity of the story. When you become familiar with the characters and the major events, enjoying the story in itself becomes far easier. 1y
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Daisey
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Finally starting The Quenta a few days late, but I‘m switching to two bookmarks and reading the commentary immediately after each short section. I think I‘ll get more out of reading the commentary this way.

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ladym30 Love your bookmark!! 1y
JazzFeathers I'm behind too. And l'm going to do the same as you, l think 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers I read the first couple of sections this morning and think it is a much better method. With the Early Silmarillion I read through the text fairly quickly without thinking about the commentary and then it felt like it took forever to get through the commentary itself. Plus, I was not consciously connecting it back to the text by the time I finished. 1y
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Daisey @ladym30 Thank you! This is one of my favorites. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey To be really honest, l thought about pairing the sections with their commentary on the schedule, but it was going to be messy 😣 @wordslinger42 how are you faring? 😊 1y
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers I'm a little behind, but I'm using today for catch-up!! 😊 1y
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Litsy friends really do find the most amazing bookish gifts! This morning I‘ve got a bit of extra time so I‘m enjoying a cup of tea in my new mug from @Captivatedbybooks as a part of #JaneAustenSwap using the adorable book tea diffuser from @tpixie (sent with my most recent #CovertoCover book) while reading some of the commentary on the early Silmarillion for #YearofTolkien.

tpixie Love the mug!! Fun combo!!! I‘ve never tried that tea.... 😋 (edited) 1y
tpixie Love that you are still on a Tolkien journey!! 1y
BarbaraJean That diffuser is amazing! 😍☕️ 1y
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MCYmermaid Awesome diffuser!! ☕️‼️ 1y
JazzFeathers Sounds like the perfect morning 😆 l'm on the train home from work. I too have a date with a certain professor 😀 1y
Daisey @tpixie The tea is good, although I need to work on the ratio a bit. This was too big of a mug for the diffuser. Also still like bing reading Tolkien! 1y
Daisey @BarbaraJean @MCYmermaid Agreed! I love it! 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers It was a great morning, although I had less time than I thought and still haven‘t gotten far. I‘m hoping to make it half way through the commentary yet tonight. 1y
tpixie @Daisey 💚💚💚💚 1y
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The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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It‘s been a busy few days, and I‘m already behind on this readalong. Although progressing slowly, I‘m really enjoying the short straightforward sections of this early Silmarillion. I also feel like this form is helping me better grasp the timeline of the events that has often eluded me.

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Eyelit Your dragons is adorbs 1y
JazzFeathers I'm trying to keep my head stright about all the different versions. And yeah... l'm kind of messed up there, but l'm still trying because l love to see the evolutions and try to figure out how one idea morphed into another. 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers I have to say I‘m enjoying this one much more than The Lost Tales so far. 1y
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JazzFeathers
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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It's interesting to see this intermediate version of the stories of Turin and Tuor, who are not yet cousins 😆
Not the very first versions anymore, but not yet the more refined versions either.

But what l wonder is: when are the Dwarves becoming what they are supposed to be? 😣

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Daisey I‘m behind on the schedule, but I agree that I would like to read more of the development of the dwarves in these different versions. In pretty much everything we‘ve read they are different from what we know they come to be. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey l wodered if Tolkien changed his mind about the Dwarves when he wrote The Hobbit. I seem to remember Christopher commenting in the Book of Lost Tales that in the earlier works Dwarves always appear as villains. We are fast approaching the Third Age, so... l'm behind too, but hope to catch up over the weekend. 1y
Daisey I guess I kind of find it hard to believe his thoughts on the dwarves changed just as he worked on The Hobbit, but maybe so. I‘m definitely curious to see if we learn more as we keep reading these History of Middle-Earth books. 1y
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Daisey
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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The journey continues . . . I just read the first section of this book and am getting ready to start the second. This first part included very short sections, but I enjoyed the little bits of detail. I‘m intrigued to see how aspects of the Silmarillion came together.

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JazzFeathers It's starting to shaping up 😊 1y
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The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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It's exciting seeing the mythology taking up the shape we best know. After the magmatinc early times, when un the 1920s Tolkien was trying different media and ideas, in the early 1930s the material that will become The Silmarillion starts to settle in a more defined form.

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Sophoclessweetheart Hi sweet. I‘m your match for the #tolkieniteswap — can you confirm you‘ve received my email? I haven‘t had any response from you xx 1y
Ddzmini 😍 1y
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wordslinger42
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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I'm so excited to join in on #YearofTolkien 😄 Especially with the #TolkieniteSwap shopping just beginning!

Daisey So glad to have you joining us! I‘m getting ready to read a bit more right now. 1y
JazzFeathers It's marvellous to have you with us. I've signed up for the #TolkieniteSwap myself and l can't wait... for everything!! And l love that bookmark! 1y
wordslinger42 @Daisey I got caught up last night & had forgotten how much I love reading about how the story evolved over time! 1y
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers Oh, I know!! I already have so many ideas for the swap! Thank you! I got it in NerdyPost's Middle Earth box (they actually have the whole box or individual items from it on sale right now, so you could probably snag one for yourself 😉) 1y
Moray_Reads I love your bookmark ❤️ 1y
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JazzFeathers
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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So nice to be back in Middle Earth. Tonight's chapter is only a very sketchy collection of notes, but it gives an impression of how the first ideas of the stories of the Elder Days trasitioned from the form in the Book of Lost Tales to the Silmarillion.
Always fascinating.

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JazzFeathers
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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I haven't forgotten @Daisey! It was just a very busy couple of days, but hay, here it goes the schedule!

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wordslinger42 I've been meaning to read this book! I might have to join in 😊 1y
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 Do join! 😀💪We have been reading the History of Middle Earth and it's been such a grear esperience so far. I didn't expect to enjoy it so much 💙 1y
Daisey For some reason this tag didn‘t show up in my notifications and I‘ve also been pretty busy the last few days, so I just now checked the hashtag. I had a book to finish for a deadline tonight and some Sherlock to read, but hopefully I‘ll get started tomorrow! Thanks again for planning it out. 1y
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Daisey @wordslinger42 We‘d love to have someone else join the readalong! 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey That's si strange. Could it be that we don's see all of out feed? I've been wondering why l've been seeing so few people on my feed recently 🤔 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey Come on @wordslinger42 come along! 😀 1y
Daisey I have been too busy and dealing with sketchy internet to keep up with everything in my feed, but I‘ve never missed a notification before as far as I know. Not sure what happened. Important thing is I have it saved now. 1y
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 @Daisey yayyyy!!!! So happy to have you on board 🙌🙌 1y
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JazzFeathers
The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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I've divided all the sections, l just need to put the schedule together.
@Daisey l hope to do it tonight. Was thinking to start on Saturday. There will be some 20 sections of about 10/12 pages on average.
Sounds good?

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Everybody else who wants to join is more than welcome.

Daisey Sounds perfect. Thanks for planning out the schedule. 1y
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The Shaping of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien
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Daisey I‘m ready to start whenever; I already have my copy of this one. 1y
InLibrisVeritas I think I am officially tapping out. It's just too dense a subject for me right now, especially since work has been rather stressful as of late 😓 1y
JazzFeathers @InLibrisVeritas So sorry to hear that 😟 1y
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InLibrisVeritas I am pretty sad about it too, since I was enjoying it so much. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Do we want to take a month off and give everyone a breather? Would that help at all? I‘d be fine with that, these are very dense at times. Or do you guys just want to push ahead? Just let me know where you are at. I was thinking about skipping this one myself, since they weren‘t my favorite parts of The Silmarillion...but if I go that way, I‘m planning on jumping back in for the next one as we get back into the 3rd age. 1y
JazzFeathers So @Daisey l think it's up to the two of us. I am quite ready to keep going. I suppose it will take ys nearly one month to go through this and maybe at that time @Riveted_Reader_Melissa and @InLibrisVeritas will be ready to get back in too. What do you think? 1y
Daisey If @Riveted_Reader_Melissa and @InLibrisVeritas don‘t mind skipping this one I‘m good with going on just the two of us and checking back in to maybe read more later as a larger group. I like the idea of working through this one in about a month. I have less reading time in the summer, so I may not do great on a daily schedule but will keep at it. I haven‘t really even looked ahead at all to see how it‘s divided in sections. 1y
InLibrisVeritas I am fine with skipping this one and in a month hopefully things might be calmer on my end. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey l've had a look at it yesterday. Lots a short chapters, shouldn't be difficult to organis a month of reading. I'll try to come up with a schedule by tomorrow. Does that work for you? 1y
Daisey Yes, that sounds good. 1y
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