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Here we go. Are we gonna do the Silmarillion first? (I will have to read it simultaneously with LOTR...)
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The Silmarillion has been sitting on my book shelf for years but I've been too afraid to start it! This was a great idea, thanks for starting this thread too
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I'd like to tackle the Silmarilion.
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Yes, I vote for the Silmarillion. I'd love some help slogging through it.

Yay! This should be fun!

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I'm in.

Can I make an assignment? Everyone secure your copy of the Silmarillion, and read any foreward and prefaces by this Saturday (these might vary a bit, depending upon how old your copy is). Does that sound good? Then we can start with the basics, and make plans for the next week.

Is that okay with everyone?

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mine has the forward and the goes right into Ainulindale and Valaquenta so I just read the forward right? or do I read Ainulindale and Valaquenta too?

My only concern is going to be that we go slow enough. I don't get a ton of reading time and it takes me a bit to slog through this, but if I can't keep up I will just follow along as I get to where you all are.....
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sounds good to me!
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I've ordered a copy and it'll be about a week before it gets here. I will catch up with you all when it does.
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I agree, we should definately go slowly. Just read the foreward. Don't start the Ainulindale yet. I think the foreward (and the preface to the second edition, if you have it) give a little insight into the writing and organization of the history of Middle Earth.

Don't fret, we'll go slowly. And if we go too quickly, you just have to speak up!

Also, would we rather refrain from comments until everyone has read, or should we comment as we go? I see advantages to both, but I tend to think we should just comment as we go, with maybe a new thread for each new section we tackle. That might be helpful for those who need help as we go; also, it wouldn't be overwhelming to go through 15+ pages before you get to what we are discussing. People who start later can read the discussions fairly easily by just going to the appropriate section.

What does everyone else think?
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Is the foreword the small section by Christopher Tolkien?

I also have a page that begins :The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, or the First Age in Tolkien's World... etc... but it is just a short page at the beginning of the book.

I like the idea of commenting as we go too
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Bumping us up.....
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Some editions have a preface, that has a letter Tolkien wrote explaining why the Silmarillion should *not* be a part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I have an edition that has that information; the cover, the first page, and a chunk of the middle was also eaten by our dog recently. I went to the used book store and got a hard back copy that only has the foreward (the letter by C. Tolkien), with no note from the author himself.

Would it be okay with everyone if my nine year old daughter joined our little group? She has read parts of the Sil, but I don't think she really understood a whole lot. She was reading over my shoulder on line this morning, and expressed interest in being a part of our group.

We can still swear, and drool over any characters if she joins. I mean, she is *my* child; taint nothin she aint herd at home.

If not, though, that is *totally* okay. We'll do our own little reading group parallel, or maybe with one of her friends.

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It's absolutely ok with me....tho we can't swear, cause I am not old enough to hear that knid of talk! :LOL and I am a prude, just look at my Senior Title! Drool is great!
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Well #$U#)(*! Now how am I going to express my dislike of Morgoth?!? You mean I have to expand my vocabulary. un-guh (that would be a cavewoman-like grunt).
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'fraid so Lori, sorry.......OTOH, I have become adept at swearing without swearing, so I'll help you!
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Thanks Lori

And it would be great if your daughter joined the discussions I don't swear much online but I do a lot over some of the characters
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I like the idea of commenting as we go too, that way someone can come in where ever they want. Also, I think starting a new thread for each section is a great idea. I can do that if that is ok with all of us....
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I like the idea of the separate threads for different sections of the book. It would make catching up easier. Now to find that book.
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Yeay! Fun!!

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I'll do it, I've picked the Silmarillion up several times without finishing. I need an excuse. Fun!
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I'm here! Haven't read the Silmarillion all the way through yet, and keep meaning to. I think we should comment as we go - otherwise I know I'll probably forget something.

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I'll join, too. I'm in the middle of reading 'seabiscuit'--which is not at all like the movie, fwiw. I think I can try to do two books at one time if we go slowly enough. DH had a copy just sitting on top of his computer monitor waiting to be read. It's a 1977 first printing, first American Edition. It also only has the foreward by his son, C. Tolkien, which is only 2-1/2 pages long.

From what dh says "good luck finishing THAT", we had better go slowly. He tried to read it a couple of times and gave up.

And I have no problem with your daughter joining us, Lori...it sounds fun to include her, IMO.
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So should I start a thread for the forward?
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So should I start a thread for the forward?
I don't think you have to but if you want it in nice sections I would. You could also consider this the thread the forward section. Doesn't matter to me.
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I think this thread could also be for the forward section -- maybe add that on to the title, Bonny. Oh, and I'm also a comment-as-we-go voter

Thanks so much Lori, for setting the assignments! I think if we're going this slowly (which we should!) I'll have to go buy the Similrillion, instead of relying on the copy I got from the library... no worries, tho Like I really needed an excuse to buy the darn thing!

And yay for daughters!!!!
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Title Changed......
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I just picked up a copy today at Borders (as well as a couple other nonfiction books -- self-professed geek here ). I can't wait to join in - this sounds like a lot of fun!

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