Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sparkling Jewels

There was nothing in Middle Earth like the sparkling simarils which held the light of the two trees...nothing so beautiful nor so destructive to the Eldar.

What does that mean? It means I really enjoyed reading the Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien. I have heard people say it is hard to read...and indeed they might be right, but I loved it. In the introductory material by Tolkien's editor/son, he mentions that it was labelled as "old testament" in a negative sense. My knowledge and appreciation for THE Old Testament perhaps gave me greater understanding as I read the tales that Tolkien birthed into a world of his own imagination.

Its really been a summer filled with Tolkien for me...I watched the extended addition movies by Jackson (again) and read the books (again) then picked up The Hobbit, which I hadn't read since Jr. High, and watched the animated movie of that from my childhood. Then, I was on to the Silmarillion...which is really 4 different works in one book.

I then tried to read the Book of Lost Tales, but I was disappointed in that it is interrupted with much commentary, which I'm sure some people love, but for me it chopped up the stories. Some of the stories were the same as in the Silmarillion, but I guess I'm not really studying Tolkien but enjoying his work at this time in my life. Perhaps someday I'll explore the linguistic study of Sindarin or Quenya...I enjoyed my linguistics study in college (English and Spanish), but that's just not where I am in life right now.

Now what do I read?????


At 10:26 PM, Blogger DenverSop said...

Well, one of my favorite authors is Francine Rivers. Have you read the Mark of the Lion trilogy yet? If not, I'd be happy to lend it to you.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Sara without an H said...

Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy is good. It's probably his best. (in my opinion.)

Otherwise, I alwyas like to check out the classics section of Barnes and Noble. But I'm sick and I like to read Tolstoy and Dostoevksy.

(I also agree about Mark of the Lion)

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Mellifluous said...

:) I have read the Mark of the Lion. And I used to have it, but its missing. I wonder who I leant it to...

Even in my English classes in college I didn't encounter Tolstoy or Dostoevksy. I like the classics... I don't know if I'm ready to move out of the fantasy realm right now... Anyone read any Terry Brooks?

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Mellifluous said...

BTW...I found my Mark of the Lion was on a different book shelf. I'm just losing my memory...


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