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JazzFeathers
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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So my presentation for the Fall of Gondolin has been schedule for the 18th November and l'm trying to wrap my head around the material.

Honestly... there's so much to say l don't even know where to start 😦😥

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@Riveted_Reader_Melissa @wordslinger42 @Daisey

wordslinger42 You'll do great!! I'm sure it's a little overwhelming to organize something like that, but how much you love Tolkien will show (& that's what matters most)! 1y
JazzFeathers @wordslinger42 l hope so. At the moment l feel like l'm having lots on my hands and am just holding everything without being able to decide what l need to look at first. But l'll do this 💪🙌😁 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa How are you making out, I know you‘ll do great thing, I‘ve seen your journal pages, but I wanted to check In with you anyway. (edited) 1y
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Awww, thanks so much. I've done very little this week, it was a rough one. But l hope to at least pin down what l want to speak about during this weekend. My plan is to present the position of the story inside the mythology and flash out the evolution of the mytholigy too. Touch upon the other two Grear Stories and upon what l think the main themes are that bind them together. Too much? 🤔 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers Nope, it sounds really good👍 1y
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wordslinger42
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

I loved this book, even though it's bittersweet that this is the last of the tales to be published. I think, overall, I've enjoyed reading this and The Children of Hurin even more than the History of Middle Earth (though both are great).
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wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers @Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Hey gals! I'll be taking a break from all social media for a week, but wanted to let you know that I'm fine with starting The History of the Hobbit whenever, so if you want to start reading before next Monday or Tuesday, I'll catch up 😊 1y
Daisey I think I feel the same way about the books on individual tales vs. the History of Middle-Earth. Have a good week! 1y
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JazzFeathers Have a good week @wordslinger42 😄 l'm actually enjoying both presentation of the stories. They are two very different formats that make for different experiences. Gimme more!!!!! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey l still have a couple chapters to go (it has been such a tiring week l've done very little reading), then l'll be ready to go with the History of the Hobbit. Do we want to wait for @wordslinger42 to be back? I don't mind waiting. 1y
JazzFeathers Also, is someone available fir preparing the schedule graphic? With work gone crazy as every year in October, my spare time is very tight in this moment 😶 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers Then I say yes, let‘s wait a week. It will give you a change to catch up and give @wordslinger42 a break too. Sound alright @Daisey ? Or do you want to wait until November @JazzFeathers ? (edited) 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m good with waiting a week or a couple. October is always pretty busy for me too. I took a look at the page count and table of contents, and this is going to be a long read. Do we want to do a schedule for just the first phase or two to start? I only have kindle and no page reference for how long each section is. 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey I have the kindle version too, but yes, I also noticed it‘s a very packed volume. I‘ll tackle the schedule since I haven‘t for awhile, so it‘s most likely my turn anyway. And I think I‘ll skip a couple weeks to give everyone a chance to catch up a bit...I‘ll take a look at it when I get home and see what I can come up with. 1y
JazzFeathers @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds fine with me, and thanks 😊 October is really a busy month... and you know , gals? I'm going to present the ltalian edition of The Fall of Gondolin in my town, so l may bounce some ideas at you soon. Maybe you can help me form a table of contents for the presentation 😇 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers Wow, you will be busy! And yes, feel free! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey Just looking at Goodreads, it looks like this vision of The History of the Hobbit was originally 3 books republished as one volume, so that‘s probably why it‘s so packed. 1y
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Daisey
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Pickpick

I finished the last pages of this newest Tolkien book that compiles the various versions of the story of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin while enjoying the scent of Frostbeard‘s Inklings Candle. After reading some of the History of Middle-Earth, I recognized the individual pieces of the story, but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the evolution laid out in one book. Plus, the illustrations by Alan Lee are amazing.

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JazzFeathers I hope to finish today. I enjoyed it a lot too. Reading The History of Middle-Earth in chronological order is one thing, reading the complete evolution of just one story is another. I'm throughly enjoying both experience. 1y
Daisey Yes, I am so glad I‘ve read both and really appreciate the insight the History of Middle-Earth offers, but I do think I personally enjoy these books of individual tales more. 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I can‘t say there is a lot new here if you‘ve already read The Histories of Middle Earth, but as always it‘s always a pleasure to read one story all condensed into one volume with all its versions and additions accompanied by the beautiful drawings of Alan Lee.

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Daisey Pretty much my thoughts exactly. 1y
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Daisey
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I finished the last version of the story tonight, and the writing in this section is just beautiful. The descriptions of Ulmo at the sea and Tuor finding the armor, as well as the descriptions of each of the gates of Gondolin are some of my favorite aspects of this version.

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JazzFeathers Totally agreed! This time around, l particularly enjoyed the conversation with Ulmo 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes! After reading the versions so close together the development of the writing in this one was so clear. So much build up to be abandoned at such a critical point. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey Have you already read Christopher's insight? It's so melancholy. 1y
Daisey @JazzFeathers When I posted this I had just finished the last version itself. I read the rest of the commentary yesterday. A few of the comments Christopher made at the beginning about what a full story in the final form might have included do seem melancholy and match my own thoughts on what was never finished. (edited) 1y
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JazzFeathers
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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This last part of the written story is so beautiful, so evocative. The setting really comes to light and l almost thought l was there.
But l also loved the way emotions come through. The Elves here all know each other and what they say in their calma way reveals a lot more than it is apparent.

Such a shame that Tolkien never went past this point.

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JazzFeathers
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Honestly, l think that, popular as his major works are, Tolkien's less known work are crazily #underrated

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Daisey Agreed! 1y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
Macbeth | William Shakespeare
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Finally caught up on my #ShakespeareReadAlong, on to catch-up with my #TuorReadAlong next.

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JazzFeathers
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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This central part is so utterly beautiful. The dialogue between Tuor and Ulmo is so powerful. All the passages about the sea are haunting, you can almost feel and hear the power of the waves.
And the sequence about the winter are so atmospheric.

This version is so beautiful. Christopher is right: it's extremely grievious that Tolkien never finished this story.

Daisey Looking forward to this part! I really enjoyed the sections along the coast when reading the History of Middle-Earth. 1y
JazzFeathers @Daisey Me too. It is a beautiful part, and so improved in pace and character building in comparison with the old version. I remembered having loved it, but not that it was so very beautiful 😍 1y
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Daisey
The Fall of Gondolin | J. R. R. Tolkien
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I finished another section tonight and am ready to start the last version tomorrow. The details that caught my attention tonight were not so much in the development of this story, but the parallels to other stories. These include the attack occurring on the night of a festival and the battle with a balrog on a high pinnacle.

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JazzFeathers I too have noticed so many parallels. They are thick ending the further we go into the Silmarillion evolution and l think this is what gives such strong feeling or interconnectiveness which is so characteristic of Tolkien's stories 1y
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